Along the Lumbee River, North Carolina
The Work of Faith: A Report on Rural Church Life in the Time of Pandemic
As in many rural and southern towns, religion and spirituality are integral to public life in Robeson and Scotland Counties. This is made visible in traditional sites of spirituality such as temples, mosques, and churches, but may also be found in spaces typically viewed as secular. As a result of the way a building or site is used, it can become a new type of consecrated space through the memories, histories, uses, and meaning that are layered into its walls over time.
The second half of this two-part exploration of spirituality and public space documents an overt mixing of religious space, spiritual ideology, and political engagement. Here, Tanner Capps examines how a predominantly white congregation deals with questions of social politics brought on by pandemic-related government regulations and the Black Lives Matter movement, and the ways in which the congregation wrestled with politics as it entered its grounds.—Morgan Augillard and Joey Swerdlin, Along the Lumbee River report editors
Read Reflecting on the Farm, part I of our exploration on spirituality and place.