RSS Feed

Religion is for people

This is an interesting quote. Parker Palmer and others, including complexity scientists, point out that the etymological roots of religion is to yoke together or join together. Yesterday, during my reading one author (the name escapes me) said ligament has the same roots. We are bound together through what we hold in common. I think religion understood this way stands with spirituality which is what we each bring to the collective and can share with others.


About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

7 responses »

  1. “I think religion understood this way stands with spirituality which is what we each bring to the collective and can share with others.”

    Yes, I so agree.

    Having a knowledge of the etymology changes what a word can mean to us.
    I think there’s a cultural misuse of the word religion, but I think I understand the point people are making, which is that spirituality is an experience one can have anywhere, anytime and religion has come to mean an experience of rituals managed by organizations.

    Great topic!

  2. True. That needs affixing to every pulpit for Lent. No need for any galling sermons about sin, then!

  3. This is a wonderful reminder of the difference between faith and religion! I really liked this and thought it made a great point. I wrote about someone who has been misled about religion and is in the public eye, (post is called, Cost of Silence.) We need to be more aware of misuse of God and the Bible. This was just the right thing for me to read today! Robin


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: