The Liminal Loop: Astonishing Stories of Discovery and Hope

By Timothy Carson (editor)

Interdisciplinary reflections on the transitions and fringes of modern life.

ISBN: 9780718895839


Recent and current crises in health, ecology, society and spirituality have lent the whole arena of liminality a new urgency and relevancy. Those who traverse the great transitions are rediscovering new ways of interpreting life through the liminal lens, a way to make sense of the great voluntary and unchosen transitions that characterize modern life.

This anthology provides a unique overview of liminality as it gathers a diverse coterie of authors, disciplines, and contexts to explore its many facets. Distinct in its interdisciplinary approach, The Liminal Loop serves as an important source book for general readers, teachers, students, artists, counselors, spiritual guides, and social transformers.

From liminal poetry and musical traditions to the strange vertical world of the rock climber, The Liminal Loop explores the swirling chaos on the other side of critical thresholds and suggests a pathway through the daunting middle passages of the in-between. With what can only be described as courage, the many authors of this collection dare to look uncertainty in the eye, knowing that this is a necessary journey, and that it is better to travel with a common band of pilgrims than to go it alone.

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Dimensions234 × 156 mm


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About the Author

Timothy Carson is a pastor, curator of, co-founder of The Guild for Engaged Liminality, and teaches in the Honors College of the University of Missouri. He is the author of Liminal Reality and Transformational Power (The Lutterworth Press, 2016), editor of Neither Here nor There: the many Voices of Liminality (The Lutterworth Press, 2019), and co-author of Crossing Thresholds: A Practical Theology of Liminality (The Lutterworth Press, 2021).


Foreword / Carrie Newcomer
Introduction / Timothy Carson and David McGee

The Path of Initiation / Timothy Carson and Suzan Franck
Wayfinding to Freedom / Lisa Withrow
Liminality and the Event / Jonathan Best
The Body Leads the Way / Mary Lane Potter
Extreme Liminalities that Shape Us / Timothy Carson
Seven Practices for a Liminal Age / Justine Huxley
Unknownland, Blackness and Liminality / Phil Allen, Jr.
Liminal Dimensions of Education Abroad / Gabrielle Malfatti
Unending Liminality / J.D. Bowers
Liminal Pathways to Healing / Elizabeth Coombes and Kate Weir
Radical Uncertainty in a Time of Transition / Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
The Art of Liminality / Júlia Coelho, Louise Fago-Ruskin, Mary Farrell, Jenny McGee, Katie Potapoff

Conclusion / Timothy Carson