Spiritual life

Promoting the Psalms as prayer through Bible classes and preaching

Author
David H. Petersen
Abstract
The goal of the project was to increase the Redeemer Lutheran Church congregation's knowledge and appreciation of the Psalms and of their use of the Psalms as prayer. Research was conducted on a Lutheran definition of prayer for the Psalms, the use and role of imagination in interpreting the psalms, and on homiletic strategies tailored to the Psalms as prayer. The research method was to take surveys and observation notes throughout an intensive period of Bible classes and sermons and then again at a later date. The results were positive but most pronounced in those for whom the concepts were new.

A Study of Christian Spirituality Training through Wesley's Means of Grace Focusing on InHeung Methodist Church

Author
Lee Hoo Jung
Abstract
This is a study of the spirituality training through Wesley's means grace and of the spirituality training project implemented to the church members over 60 years old living in the agricultural rural area. In this project, Wesley's means of grace " Bible studies, prayers, the Holy Communion, Christian fellowships, and spiritual journaling" has been applied and the purpose is spiritual growth of participants with progressive changes into holiness in all realms. Therefore, by implementing the project, the author discovers that participants have understood Wesley's spirituality and means of grace, but also their life aims have been switched to resembling Jesus, and it can be a necessary tool for visible growth as they maintain and grow personal relationships with God.

Assessing the Physical and Spiritual Needs of Homeless Women for Memphis Union Mission, Memphis, TN

Author
Randy Daniels
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to assess the physical and spiritual needs of homeless women in Memphis, Tennessee. The outcome was to make ministry recommendations to the Memphis Union Mission. The project director gathered and synthesized statistical data of homeless women. The project director organized information available for homeless women from existing agencies. The project director sources material by utilizing surveys completed by homeless women. Data from these surveys gave the project director information to ascertain their physical and spiritual needs. The project director recruited and assembled a recommendation team and presented a recommendation.

Psychopharmacology as a Secondary Means of Grace: The Pastoral Vision of Wesleyan-Holiness Pastors in the Upper Ohio River Valley of West Virginia, 2017

Author
Heather Vacek
Abstract
Since the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has spread in Western society, how can positive attitudes about psychiatric medications be best encouraged among the Wesleyan-Holiness pastors in the Upper Ohio River Valley of West Virginia? Through a survey involving fourteen pastors and a seminar engaging six pastors, the author--a pastor with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)--demonstrates the effectiveness of an interactive seminar in developing balanced yet positive attitudes about psychiatric medications. Mapes' argument focuses on the medical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of psychiatric disorders, presenting psychopharmacology as the "way of Naaman" and yet as an essential option.

Praying with Waldo: reclaiming the spiritual practices of nineteenth-century Unitarians

Author
Robert M Hardies
Abstract
Contemporary Unitarian Universalists can enrich their spiritual lives by reclaiming the spiritual disciplines of their nineteenth-century Unitarian and Transcendentalist ancestors. Using sermons, devotional manuals, journals, memoirs, letters and other primary source material, the author rediscovers and reconstructs the spiritual theology and spiritual practices of nineteenth-century Unitarians and Transcendentalists. He creatively re-appropriates and re-packages these practices for use by contemporary Unitarian Universalists, including teaching handouts and syllabi for congregational and graduate school classes. The project demonstrates the potential of this work to enrich contemporary Unitarian Universalist spirituality.

The spiritual life and ministerial crises

Author
Todd H Benner
Abstract
A leading cause for pastors leaving the ministry is a weak spiritual life. As a result, their experience of ministerial crises are defeating. The purpose of this research was to determine the relationship between ministerial crises and pastors' spiritual lives. The information was gathered from United Methodist pastors in Kentucky through an interview process. Findings revealed that those pastors who have a growing spiritual edge in their lives and ministry generally survive crises; whereas, pastors that do not struggle.
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