Benjamin Meagher, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, recently received a $17,784 award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Teacher-Scholar Vital Worship Grant for the project titled The physical ecology of religious worship, identity, and emotional experience. The project runs from 1 March 2020 through 30 June 2021. Drs. Courtney Peckens and Marsley Kehoe will be joining Ben as co-investigators on this project.
This project is an interdisciplinary, empirical investigation of how the physical design and layout of a worship space influences the experience and reflects the religious identity of the congregation that workships there. This research will provide insights for faith leaders seeking to design, build, or renovate their church’s physical space in ways most likely to enhance community and facilitate positive worship experiences for their congregation.
Congratulations on your award, Ben!