This article forms part of a study which was inspired by the ever-growing need for significance
expressed both by my life coaching and pastoral therapy clients as well as the need for existential
meaning reported both in the lay press and academic literature. The study reflected on a life
that matters with a group of co-researchers in a participatory action research relationship. The
study has been positioned within pastoral theology and invited the theological discourse into
a reflection of existential meaning. Adopting a critical relational constructionist epistemology,
the research was positioned within a postmodern paradigm. The implications for meaning
and research were explored and described. This article tells the story of how spirituality was
positioned in the narratives of meaning by my fellow researchers.
This article is published in the
section Practical Theology of
the Society for Practical
Theology in South Africa.
This article represents a
reworked version of aspects
from Francois Wessels’ PhD
dissertation (University of
Pretoria) with Prof. Dr Julian
C. Müller as supervisor.