Spiritual life

Creating a sacred space: introducing lectio divina as a devotional method for the heightening of the spiritual lives of the pastors in the Northern Ohio District, Church of the Brethren

Author
Bradley C Bohrer
Abstract
Many pastors neglect their own spiritual formation needs while tending to the needs of others and the church. This project introduced the lectio divina methodology to 25 actively serving pastors of the Northern Ohio District of the Church of the Brethren in an attempt to elevate the sense of God's presence in their lives. The author addressed (1) training in the methodology with materials on formational reading, (2) the devotional process of 6 weeks in length using the lectio divina method, and (3) the survey material and results that measured the sense of God's presence in the process.

Utilizing a spiritual wellness tool to assist the pastoral caregiver in the dialogue of spirituality

Author
Mark Hart
Abstract
This project prepares a Spiritual Wellness Tool designed to raise consciousness of the presence and profound effect of spirituality in human life and work, distributing it to 606 employees of Gundersen Lutheran Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin, in Spring 1997. By 7 July 1997 257 persons complete and return the assessment. The project seeks to provide pastoral caregivers with a vehicle to assist them in engaging people working in institutional systems regarding the pervasive presence of faith and spirituality in the workplace and other areas of life.

The effect of spirituality class on improving spiritual assessment scores and the relationship . . . to length of stay of patients. . .

Author
Phillip B Binnie
Abstract
This project develops a Spiritual Assessment instrument and a program of spirituality classes for use by hospital chaplains in psychiatric residential treatment programs, testing the process at Miami Veteran Affairs Medical Center. The project finds that patients who attend more classes and a higher percentage of classes improve their Spiritual Assessment Scores (SAS), but a higher SAS does not lead to a shorter length of stay (LOS). Those who exhibit the greatest improvement in SAS do have a shorter LOS, primarily because they attend classes consistently. Classes improve patients' sense of meaning and purpose, peace when circumstances are beyond control, reconciliation with past events, and hope for the future.

Actualizing a climate of spiritual well-being in adult long term care: a systems approach

Author
David Martin
Abstract
This project proposes a process by which chaplains in long-term adult care facilities can assist the facilities in articulating and implementing an understanding of resident spiritual well-being. The project conducts 49 interviews among residents, families, and staff to elicit perspectives on spiritual well-being, placing these within a conceptual framework developed from research in current literature. The project finds that residents see staff as a definite resource for spiritual well-being, not limiting this role to clergy. The project offers recommendations for organization policy and program to support spiritual well-being of residents.

Exploring the faith pilgrimage from a feminist perspective

Author
Martha P Washington
Abstract
The goal of this project was to develop a model of prayer and meditation for women using object relations theory as a theoretical foundation. The presentation ofmaterials was made from a feminist perspective, examining critical feminist issues. Use of the model examined how the use of prayer and meditation can be used in pastoral counseling to develop a deepened spirituality through an individual faith journey. A select group of women worked with the model which consisted of seven sessions. Following the experiment each was interviewed and an evaluation was used to determine its effectiveness. All participants reported positive results from using the model.

The role of spirituality in the treatment process of the chemically dependent

Author
Raymond A Bell
Abstract
The main objective of this research is to explore whether if a person has a high spirituality, their need for chemical involvement will be reduced. The nine subjects selected were currently involved in a methadone treatment program. The subjects were divided into three groups: experimental, control and untreated control. With the experimental group, the stimulus was spirituality. Methadone and spiritual education were combined to determine if the stimulus was helpful to the patient. The control group was exposed to the methadone and drug education. The untreated control group was exposed only to its current methadone treatment and basic social training education. The results of the study showed that the experimental group improved dramatically after receiving the stimulus of spirituality education; there were very minor positive results with the control and untreated groups.

Waking to the poetry of life: exploring poetry and spirituality

Author
R Scott Colglazier
Abstract
The central thesis of this paper is that one's spiritual growth can be significantly enhanced through the experience of reading poetry. This thesis is developed both theoretically and practically. Theoretically, the paper reflects exploration into the meaning of spirituality as defined by Paul Tillich and David Steindl-Rast, coupled with the adaptation of a spiritual reading methodology, lectio divina. The paper also establishes the dialectical relationship of poetic language and theological language. Practically, the paper reports the preparation and evaluation of six workshops designed to facilitate spiritual growth through reading a variety of poetry.

A living faith: learning through living and reflection

Author
Robert W Carlson
Abstract
The Christian faith is a way of life. This paper begins by examining how faith has been separated from life. The solutions offered to correct this shortcoming include the roles of pastor and the Christian community. Also included are the use of experiential educational methods which involve the whole faith community together with projects, storytelling, and ritual to inculcate the Christian faith in the lives of church members. Library research is the primary form of study for this project in areas of spirituality, liberation theology, educational theory, psychology, and developmental psychology. The conclusion is that education is a life long process.

A contemporary spirituality for active ministry

Author
Corita Clarke
Abstract
This project is designed as an explanation of the essential components of a contemporary apostolic spirituality for Christian ministers and as a tool for spiritual formation for ministry. Using a method of pastoral theological reflection, it includes discussion of key topics such as prayer, action, conversion, ministry, and community. It provides reflection questions, activities, and recommended readings.
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