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My attention has been drawn to a recent commentary on my circle of place spirituality (CoPS) model written by Joel Brulin and Pehr Granqvist from Stockholm University, Sweden. While I have not personally met with Pehr, I have had the pleasure of sharing a plenary session with Joel during the 2017 IAPR conference in Hamar, Norway. Granqvist is a well-respected scholar in the attachment-religion field and I always respect and follow his arguments; most of Read More
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My new study on the Caregiving Faith of African Pentecostals in New South Wales has been published in the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 30(1): 55-74, the official publication of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion. In this study, I examined the links between attachment patterns and faith development within African Pentecostal communities in New South Wales. Below is the abstract: This article reports on the association between global attachment styles and Read More
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I recently published a series of papers in the Journal of Community Psychology. Although the papers focus on the sense of place attitudes of African diasporas, they have a different scope in relation to the migration-related and socio-demographic determinants of sense of community/belonging (for the European sample) and the quality of life outcomes of place attitudes (for the Australian sample). I have summarised the abstracts for both papers below and provided links to download the Read More
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Our recent study on the sense of place attitudes of African migrants in Dutch society, published in the Journal of Community Psychology, suggests that educated migrants are less attached to their host country. The study reveals the negative relationship between the level of education and attachment to place among migrants of African background, with weak attachment to Dutch society expressed by educated African residents compared to those with a high school education or less educational attainment. Read More
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I am pleased to share my latest publication on the circle of place spirituality in the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, co-authored with Adam Possamai, Cameron McAuliffe, and Tanya Meade of Western Sydney University School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Australia. The study is titled “Attachment to Australia, attachment to God, and quality of life outcomes among African Christian diasporas in New South Wales: A cross-sectional study.”   Firstly, what is clear about the Read More
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My first official publication on the theology of juxtaposition was finally published last week on HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, Volume 74, No 2, a4630. It was exciting to work on the paper with my long-time friend and brother in Christ, Dr Joe Miller of Southern California Seminary, USA. You can download the full paper online here. The paper basically responds to the spiritual struggles and issues associated with having a relationship experience with God by Read More
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I am excited to publish this new study on Relational Spirituality and Quality of Life, covering recent research on the topic between 2007 and 2017. Despite the contrasting views on the health benefits of spirituality, our study suggests that there is good evidence that spirituality is related to better outcomes of quality of life in the areas of psychological well-being, social relationship quality, and spiritual functioning – though this depends on the individual context and the Read More
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