In May 2019, over 25 alumni of the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship came together to discuss topics they were working on in their own personal or professional fields. Those conversations generated several podcasts, and this one, focusing on “Can Liturgy Be Empirically Tested?,” features Gawain de Leeuw, Sara Gottlieb, Ruth Shaver and Zack Jackson.

Do prayers and rituals and liturgies “work”? How would we know? What happens in our bodies and in our brains when we join together in a communal liturgy, where people sing or dance or celebrate together? And what are the ways in which American rituals, like the Super Bowl or going to prom, can help us better understand our spiritual life?

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