A Conversation in Sacred Space

  • David Trimble
  • Khawla Abu-Baker
  • Kiran Arora
  • Saliha Bava
  • Paulette Hines
  • Hugo Kamya
  • Jay King
  • Linda Longo-Lockspeiser
  • Rockey Robbins
Part of the AFTA SpringerBriefs in Family Therapy book series (BRIEFSFAT)


This chapter concludes the book, Meeting in Sacred Space: Engaging with Spirituality in Family Therapy, an edited volume whose chapters are written from the authors’ diverse perspectives informed by Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Native American spiritual practice, Sikhism, Southern and Eastern African spiritual traditions, and Taoism. The reader is invited to imagine joining the conversation among the authors over the course of three years writing the book. The conversation embodies our experience of generating “sacred space,” a collective experience of spiritual vitality that emerges when people immersed in diverse particular spiritual/religious traditions engage respectfully in dialogue. We have challenged ourselves to generate ideas about a global culture that respects human spirituality, as an alternative to the current dominant global discourse of materialist individualism. The conversation includes our shared experience of sacred space that emerges from our polyphonic reflections on the work of contemporary prophetic theologian Neale Donald Walsch. We explore the limitations and possibilities of language in spiritual experience. We develop the idea of sacred space, drawing on the stimulation of our spirituality that comes from sharing our diverse spiritual/religious perspectives, and from Bakhtinian perspectives on generative dialogue. We consider the many ways that family therapy can contribute to a global spiritual culture that respects human differences. We acknowledge the complex relationships between religion, pain and suffering.


Dialogue Spirituality Family therapy Polyphonic discourse Sacred space Global culture Dominant discourse Individualism Bakhtin Instrumental and metaphysical practice Neale Donald Walsch Rivett and Street 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Trimble
    • 1
    • 2
  • Khawla Abu-Baker
    • 3
    • 4
  • Kiran Arora
    • 5
  • Saliha Bava
    • 6
    • 7
    • 8
  • Paulette Hines
    • 9
  • Hugo Kamya
    • 10
    • 11
  • Jay King
    • 12
    • 13
  • Linda Longo-Lockspeiser
    • 14
  • Rockey Robbins
    • 15
  1. 1.Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, Division of PsychiatryBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming PracticesBostonUSA
  3. 3.Alqasemi College of EducationBaqaIsrael
  4. 4.Western Galilee CollegeAcreIsrael
  5. 5.Long Island UniversityBrooklynUSA
  6. 6.Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Mercy CollegeDobbs FerryUSA
  7. 7.Houston Galveston InstituteHoustonUSA
  8. 8.Taos InstituteChagrin FallsUSA
  9. 9.Department of PsychiatryRutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (Emerita)PiscatawayUSA
  10. 10.School of Social Work, Simmons CollegeBostonUSA
  11. 11.Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming PracticesBostonUSA
  12. 12.Palo Alto UniversityPalo AltoUSA
  13. 13.Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming PracticesBostonUSA
  14. 14.Private Psychotherapy PracticeValley StreamUSA
  15. 15.Department of Educational Psychology (Counseling)University of OklahomaNormanUSA

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