Oct 18, 2011

What makes sacred space sacred?

Anthony Santoro wrote himself a note the last day of the conference: is there a good definition of sacred space?

It’s a good question, especially in the context of looking at seemingly secular activities that are maybe better understood as sacred. But are they sacred? Sacralized? And what does that mean, exactly? In a world where lots of people understand themselves to be “spiritual but not religious,” there must be spaces understood and experienced as spiritual, but which aren’t institutions, aren’t religious. What are those spaces, though, and what makes them the way they are?

The question is: what has to happen to a space for it to be experienced as spiritual?

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