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The new physics: an examination of its origins in nineteenth-century thought and its impact upon theology in the twentieth century

Author
Jerome B Wichelns
Abstract
This project proposes a scientific theism consonant with Christian metaphysics through a historical, theological, and scientific examination of the "new physics"--an evolving and holistic view of creation that embraces something like a pattern-forming principle, something like "mind" that holds our universe together in exquisite balance. From a comparison of the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty and the pragmatism of Charles Sanders Peirce with the medieval Cloud of Unknowing, the project turns to the work of Bernhard J F Lonergan and John C Polkinghorne.

"A present duty": Episcopal chaplains in Confederate service, 1861-1865

Author
George W Pursley
Abstract
This project examines the dynamics of pastoral and chaplaincy ministry in a time of rapid, unwanted social change, through a detailed historical study of Episcopal chaplains--including Charles Todd Quintard, Randolph Harrison McKim, and Anthony Toomer Porter--in Confederate service during the US Civil War. These chaplains are sustained and enabled by a strong sense of God's providence and by a clear vision of "calling" understood through a rather literal application of the Ordinal of the Episcopal Church. The project discusses worship among nineteenth-century Episcopalians and the church's place in the antebellum South. It is a resource for re-enactors and living-history presenters.

With gladness and singleness of heart: spiritual formation as a part of ministry development

Author
Sandra A Holmberg
Abstract
This project proposes and prepares a manual for intentional spiritual formation to be used by individuals and teams ministering together, testing it in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. On the premise that serious adherence to baptismal vows requires intentional, ongoing spiritual formation, the manual begins with baptismal vows and proceeds to prayer in the New Testament, personal rule of life, community/group spiritual formation, and contemporary issues. A bibliography includes more than 50 classical, contemporary, scholarly, and devotional works.

Husband and wife clergy teams: their value as indications of God's purpose for them: the transformation of the church

Author
Roberts C Smith
Abstract
This project proposes that clergy couples are called to ordained ministry together to counter deleterious effects of patriarchal patterns of behavior in the church. In a qualitative study of 12 Episcopal/Anglican clergy couples in the United States and Canada, the project finds that couple ministry is an authentic call of God for transformation of the church, but the personal cost to these couples is high. Churches need to prepare couples and support them in such ministry.

Women of fracture, women of faith: Jesus' conversations with women: antidote to the Greco-Roman pantheon

Author
Aloha L Smith
Abstract
This project investigates and analyzes the influence of Greco-Roman goddess religion on interpretation of the interactions and conversations of Jesus with women. Goddess religion aids understanding of real women in the New Testament and opens a contemporary dialogue with people on the margins of Christianity. Jesus' responses to women illustrate the complementary roles of men and women in the work of the reign of God.

Homeless in the suburbs: a study of homelessness, its causes and ramifications in a suburban community

Author
Peter Ross Powell
Abstract
This project investigates and analyzes the plight of homeless people in Westport, Connecticut, highlighting many characteristics that homeless people share, isolating predictors of success or failure, and drawing conclusions about ways the Bible is used and could be used to understand homelessness. Until suburban Americans adopt biblical models of society and family they will continue to treat parts of society as disposable.

The making of the Reverend Samuel Moor Shoemaker: "the third cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous"

Author
Seamus P Doyle
Abstract
This project identifies influences that shape the person and ministry of Samuel Moor Shoemaker (1893-1963) and examines him as a model of and for ministry. The Episcopal Church, the Bible, and the Evangelical movement as mediated by Frank Buchman are the primary influences that form Shoemaker, whose one-on-one model of ministry, a legacy to Alcoholics Anonymous, remains an effective evangelistic and ministerial model worth emulating.

Anglicanism in Appalachia: the formation of the Episcopal Church in east Tennessee

Author
D Michael Doty
Abstract
This project explores the historic religious and cultural roots of East Tennessee and examines how the Episcopal church is specifically formed within that hostile, frontier environment during the nineteenth century. Appalachia's earliest settlers bring with them a Scotch-Irish culture and historic anti-Anglican biases. Tennessee's first two bishops promote a High Church understanding of ecclesiology. These two distinct and often diametrically opposed cultural and religious forms remain at odds even into the late twentieth century. For the twenty-first century the Episcopal Church must reevaluate its message and its methods in evangelizing East Tennessee.
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