Acting Religious: Theatre as Pedagogy in Religious Studies

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Pilgrim Press, 2005 - Fiction - 163 pages
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People are torn by conflict, fractured by cultural, religious, racial and economic divides. Religion has often been a prime motivator for this violence. Classrooms must be places in which we learn to hold differences and commonalities. Classrooms are opportunities to rehearse, to practice, how we want to live with one another. Religions, says Rue, are more than ideas: they are lived, enacted by human beings in particular ways. And courses in religion need more than a cognitive understanding of central concepts. Rue asserts that students need to viscerally encounter belief, religious practice, religious imagination, and religious experience.

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Why Theatre as Pedagogy?
Improvisation in the Classroom
Toward a Theology of Memorization and Enactment

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Victoria Rue is a theater writer/director, professor, and Roman Catholicwoman priest. Dr. Rue works as a spiritual care counselor with VNA/Hospicein Salinas, California. She is the author of Acting Religious: Theatre as Pedagogyin Religious Studies. She is an activist working for the transformation of theRoman Catholic Church as a woman and also as a lesbian. Her website

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