Group spirituality is an increasingly popular area of focus, and working in groups raises some very different and valuable consequences which wouldn't necessarily arise in a one-to-one encounter. In Group Spirituality, Roger Grainger, an author already established as an authority on Drama therapy, provides a functional guide to group spirituality and workshops. Derived from the authors' experiences of working with groups of people interested in exploring their own and other people's spirituality, Group Spirituality turns an abstract idea into a practical and recognizable experience. The nature of group work, the embodiment of ideas and feelings, and circumstances aiding personal encounter are discussed. Workshop examples aimed at establishing group identity and the introduction of the idea of the 'safe place' are explained. The symbolism of spiritual awareness is approached, and a firm distinction between spirituality and religion is made.
Group Spirituality's approach to spirituality from a workshop focus, successfully attempts to embody spirituality and provide a framework for consciously examining and integrating spirituality within the rest of our life.
Table of Contents
Introduction. The Spirituality of Groups. The Space Between. Story into Archetype. Dreaming. Down to Earth.
Roger Grainger is a chartered counselling psychologist and parish minister, who formerly worked as chaplain of Stanley Royd Psychiatric Hospital in Wakefield. He combines professional theatre work with writing and teaching, and is the author of several books about worship and therapy.
I have never come across a more comprehensive and useful book. It is eminently practical and should appeal to church groups, drama clubs and colleges. It should surely qualify as the definitive work to date on its subject. - Terry James in Candle and Keyboad, February 2004