Whitehead, James D

Homily preparation for evangelization : the contributions of ethos and storytelling

Author
Yeonwoo Jeong
Abstract
This thesis-project examines the contribution of ethos and storytelling to homily preparation for evangelization employing the model and method developed by James and Evelyn Whitehead in Methods in ministry for theological reflection. The preacher's interest in ethos enables the preacher to prepare the homily through the eyes and ears of the assembly. In addition, storytelling can encourage the assembly to listen to God's Word in their lives because life is easily understood in a narrative mode. Thus, this thesis-project states that ethos and storytelling assist in preparing a dialogic homily.

Funeral celebration among the Akan of Ghana avoiding extravagance, but preserving Akan and Christian values

Author
Alex A Anaman
Abstract
This research is about the current development through which the Akan of Ghana celebrate funerals in our contemporary time, and the challenge this development poses to the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of the people. The author calls for the reduction if not total elimination of excesses in these funerals and how through conversion and action the Akan and Christian values will be preserved.

Enhancing the facilitation of Kabataan-life in the Eucharist Seminar (K-LITES) in the Philippines

Author
Rudsend P Paragas
Abstract
The thesis-project, "Enhancing the facilitation of the Kabataan-Life in the Eucharist Seminar (K-LITES) in the Philippines," uses the method of the Whiteheads, which correlates experience, tradition, and culture, to find ways to improve the facilitation of K-LITES. The author proposed to study the Eucharistic themes that are relevant to the life of the Filipino youth. He also suggested embracing a posture of humility in facilitating the seminar. Finally, he encouraged the full commitment of his own Order for this endeavor.

Competing with the competition: navigating the role of the church in a university town

Author
Tiffany Greer Hamilton
Abstract
The question of how to do ministry in a town centered on the university had been a part of the 104 year old relationship between First Baptist Church of Clemson, SC, and Clemson University. This Doctor of Ministry project describes ways for First baptist Church to maintain an awareness of both the spiritually relevant aspects of football and those attributes that conflict with the missio Dei in which the church is called to participate. Utilizing James D. and Evelyn Eaton Whitehead's method in ministry model, the project offers a three point plan for navigating the sports culture.

Revival of Wexford Heights United Church: which path should it take?

Author
Stephen A McAllister
Abstract
This thesis-project sought to determine whether the chosen path to renewal for a declining mainline Protestant church was the best path; that being a combination of structural, management, administrative, and functional strategies, or whether a spiritual/theological focus might provide new opportunities for revival. The method of study is described by the dialogue between praxis-theory-praxis articulated by James D. Whitehead and Evelyn Eaton Whitehead. The author suggested that the path to renewal is "spiritual/God centered", returning to John Wesley's teaching, with the focus being personal growth in holiness through faith in Christ, ultimately carrying out God's mission in the world.

A biblical pastoral approach to the problem of suffering in India

Author
Fiorello Mascarenhas
Abstract
This thesis-project studies the recent suffering of the Christians in India caused by persecution from the advocates of the Hindutva culture. Using the Whiteheads' model and method of doing practical theology, this study has moved from practice, to theory, to practice. A biblical interpretation of suffering, and a pastoral approach to coping with the problem, are suggested. Drawing from the Bible, the teachings of the magisterium, the lives of the saints, and the social sciences such as psychology and Indian sociology/ philosophy, three pastoral strategies are offered: a series of approaches meant to introduce people to and make them familiar with the word of God and with specific biblical texts on Christian suffering; a plan for fostering vibrant parish prayer groups and Small Christian Communities, in order to provide an environment of solidarity, support, and security for the Christians exposed to persecution; an approach to the practice of a 'partnership' spirituality that consists of an attentiveness to and an active cooperation with the Holy Spirit in one's day-to-day life, but most especially in times of suffering.

Journey from the margins: toward a spirituality of accompaniment for ministerial leaders in Mindanao context

Author
Francis Efren Zabala
Abstract
Using a nuanced version of James and Evelyn Whitehead's model and method of doing practical theology, this thesis-project proposes elements of a spirituality for ministerial leaders who are or might be involved in the ministry of journeying with marginalized peoples. It addresses the question: what elements of a spirituality of accompaniment can ministers model in seeking to arrest the vicious spiral of marginalization? It hopes to be a resource for pastoral leaders in their quest to be in solidarity with the dispossessed, not only in their struggle for liberation but also in the hope that these unfortunate ones will not themselves evolve into becoming marginalizers of others.

The eucharistic liturgy as a school of spiritual formation

Author
Martin J Barnum
Abstract
This thesis-project asserts a direct relationship between the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church and a program of seminary spiritual formation. The method offered by James and Evelyn Whitehead in their book Method in ministry is employed for this project. Chapter One introduces and defines the terms liturgy and spiritual formation. Chapter Two explores current seminary practice at Sacred Heart School of Theology. Chapter Three presents theories of symbols and their meanings. Chapter Four describes conversion theories of various authors. Chapter Five places liturgy and spiritual formation into dialogue. Chapter Six presents ingredients for renewed praxis in a seminary formation program.

Journeying toward inculturation: a propadeutic for catechesis

Author
Margaret A Hillary
Abstract
This project proposes a process for contextual development of curriculum guidelines for religious education, using a method and model suggested by the work of James D and Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and testing the process with religious education leaders. Recent ecclesial, theological, and anthropological literature in contextual theology, catechetics, cross-cultural training, and aspects of Hispanic, African, and Asian American cultures offer insights for curriculum design in culturally diverse settings.

A study on evangelizing African Americans in Arkansas

Author
Perry Henry
Abstract
This project proposes specific principles for evangelization and a new vision of how the Catholic Church's understanding and practice of evangelization can be applied among African Americans in Arkansas. Emerging from nine years of evangelistic work among African Americans in southwest Arkansas, the project employs methods of theological reflection developed by James D and Evelyn Eaton Whitehead.
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