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Spirituality and Medicine: The Varities of Religious Healing, Rituals in Our Midst

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Susan Sered, Ph. D. (Director of the Religion, Health and Healing Initiative, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Bar Ilan University, Israel) presented her work and observations on "religious healing in urban American" with an emphasis on the Boston area. Dr. Sered described the "typical trajectory of healing in the United States" [middle class], examples of ritual forms, healing structures, beliefs regarding what constitutes "health," beliefs regarding "healing, " beliefs regarding the cause of illness, the role of God in the healing process, the role of community, the intersection between religion and medical healing, and the patient-healer relationship. Edith Turner, M.A. (Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Unive [...]
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2002