"Doing Theology”: A Phenomenological Exploration of Knitting in the Lives of Contemporary Mennonite Women

Full Title
"Doing Theology”: A Phenomenological Exploration of Knitting in the Lives of Contemporary Mennonite Women
Author
Gwen Ann Gustafson-Zook
Abstract
This research project explores the theological meaning in knitting for a small group of contemporary Mennonite women. Using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, including a five-week focus group (Knitting Circle) and intensive interviews, the study validates knitting as embodied theological practice. This research expands understanding of “doing theology” to include making things as a means of embodied theology, thus adding breadth, balance, and substance to the experience of doing theology. The results of this study promote an understanding of lived theology that celebrates creativity and embodied practice as significant and realistic expressions of faith as well as a means of doing theology.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Spiritual Direction
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
Nancy E. Bedford Ph.D.
Language
English
Date
2022
Number of Pages
120
Copyright Statement
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