Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction will publish its second article by Sister Sophia Park in its March issue. The article, “Toward Cross-Cultural Spiritual Direction: When Feeling is Caught in a Pattern,” uses the metaphor of the beast from The Beauty and the Beast folk tale as an indicator of the nature of otherness in cross-cultural spiritual direction.
Sr. Sophia is an assistant professor of religious studies and philosophy. Her first article in Presence, “Cross-Cultural Spiritual Direction: Dancing with a Stranger,” appeared in the March 2010 issue. She is also the author of A Hermeneutic on Dislocation as Experience: Creating a Borderland, Constructing a Hybrid Identity (Peter Lang Publishing, 2011), which explores the experience of spiritual and geographical dislocation from the perspective of Asian immigrant women.
Sr. Sophia’s other research interests include Asian women’s spirituality, Korean Shamanism, biblical spirituality, and religious life from a post-colonial and global feminist perspective.