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A manual for leaders of overseas short-term volunteer work camps of the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church

Author
H Russell Blanchard
Abstract
This thesis involved a study of stewardship, an historical examination of events that led to the STVIM (Short-term Volunteers in Mission) movement, and an examination of STVIM materials to produce a uniform manual for assisting STVIM teachings. The biblical concept, based on the word, "oikonomia," traces God's plan of stewardship from creation to living-out Jesus' teachings. Historical and informational STVIM material was combined with the personal experience of the author in leading STVIM teams. The material was evaluated by 55 persons related to STVIM. This thesis resulted in the production of a STVIM leader's manual for the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC.

Loneliness in the life of the divorced single

Author
Gary A Whitbeck
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to discover ways to use the Bible effectively in counseling with divorced singles. While working with divorced people the author discovered one theme that is common to nearly all divorce situations, the theme of loneliness. To address the theme of loneliness he modeled his procedure after William B Ogleby Jr's book Biblical themes for pastoral care. Oglesby underscores the importance of using the biblical story to intersect life themes. Similarly the author used the biblical images of Hosea, the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, and Jesus alone in the garden and on the cross, to illustrate the feeling of loneliness in the life of the divorced single.

The silent canon: biblical materials not included in the lectionary

Author
Douglas J Meister
Abstract
This project briefly examines the origin and development of lectionaries and the issues accompanying the expanded use of the Revised Common Lectionary. Recognizing the importance of the scriptures in shaping the community of faith, questions are raised around issues of selection, arrangement, parameters of lections and the relationship between lections. In addition, the issue of what biblical material is not included in the lectionary becomes important. The content of the non-lectionary biblical material is identified and summarized chapter by chapter. Thematic and hermeneutic issues are examined. The author concludes with recommendations for thoughtful users of the lectionary in worship and for preaching.
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