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Parklife: listening to stories as a deep missional practice

Parklife: listening to stories as a deep missional practice

Mann, Sally (2022) Parklife: listening to stories as a deep missional practice. Ecclesial Futures, 3 (2). pp. 11-29. ISSN 2770-6656 (Print), 2770-6664 (Online) (doi:

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This paper offers theological reflections on a sociological research project the author undertook during the 2020 Covid lockdown, called Parklife (Mann, 2021). It adopts Riceour’s hermeneutical phenomenology and the concept of the narratological self to explore the potential for transformation in autobiographical stories. In reflecting on stories gathered from a community of people experiencing homelessness it argues that deeper listening has transformational power - an act of soul recreation, the transformation of the self. It grounds its findings in a set of suggestions to shape how we might better attend to stories and become story-rich communities as a missional practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper was invited by the editor and offers a theological reflection on a previous sociological project. The journal is new but is a “Diamond Open Access” international juried journal, partnering with @RadboudUniPress and @openjournalsnl. As it is free to publish articles, and for readers free to read articles, it offers a good place to develop impact and readership for this and other projects I have undertaken.
Uncontrolled Keywords: parklife; Ricoeur; self; story; narratology; homelessness
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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