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Dwelling in Dialogues: Being-at-home in Relation to Clutter, Nature, and People

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"Home" may be understood as an intangible concept separate from its material manifestation—the tangible place where one dwells, the house. However, this is not necessarily the way people experience the two concepts of "home" and "house". In daily life, both the experience of the tangible and the intangible dimensions of "home" may be inextricably linked. To explore how lived religion and spirituality relate to these dimensions, we engaged practicing Buddhists and Christians in dialogue about the role of their home in the practice of their faiths. Three major topics emerged from the interview process: clutter, nature, and people. The overlapping but distinct perspectives on these topics that the two groups of participants offer illustrate common dialectics that characterize the experience of "home".

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