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Title: Monastisches Engagement in Kunst und Kloster
Subtitle: Lebensentwürfe im hermeneutischen Lehrgespräch mit dem Liedermacher Konstantin Wecker
Author(s): QUARTIER, Thomas
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 25    Date: 2015   
Pages: 313-338
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.25.0.3112899

Abstract :
Monasticism and societal engagement are often not a happily married couple. At the same time, the social relevance of their life is major responsibility for monks. Within an apparently different form of life than monks, performance artists often seem to miss contemplative depth, due to a lack of time and rest. In this article, monastic and artistic views are described from a unique research setting: the author, monastic scholar, and Konstantin Wecker, a famous German singer-songwriter meet each other in a spiritual dialogue (collatio). In different steps, central topics of spiritual life are dialogically explored using monastic habits and virtues and poetic sources. This opens a new research method for spirituality studies: collatio as empirical and hermeneutical research instrument. The topics concentrate on the perspective of contemplative dialogue (1), form of life (2), content of life (3), contemplation (4) and action (5). Interestingly, monastic and artistic views often meet on a spiritual level and bring about new insights. This leads to what one can call monastic engagement. The dialogue the two contributors held, is a hermeneutical process of a deep desire that unifies contemplation and action in an authentic form of spiritual life.

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