Spirituality

A Study of the Unity of the Church in Diversity by Acceptance of the Various Spiritual Forms as Expressed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 Focusing on the Experience of Various Prayers

Author
Chin Gi Hong
Abstract
This paper is a study seeking the unity of the Church by admitting that there are diverse forms of the spirituality in the church context having diversity, through the first letter of Paul to the Church of Corinth, especially 1 Corinthians 12:1-12, in which Paul deals with the diversity of the spirituality. In the text, Paul reveals that if there are various different forms, and simultaneously there is unity of spirituality to confesses Christ as the Lord, the diverse forms make the church more beneficial and complete. In the project of the paper, the author tries to admit the different forms of spirituality especially through the training that experience various forms of prayer spirituality, and at the same time to clarify the essence and definition of the Christian prayers existing in the diverse forms of prayers. The participants experienced unfamiliar forms of prayers and the existence of other types of pray forms and learned to admit other kinds of figures.

A Collegiate Exploration into Celtic Spirituality

Author
Casey L Callahan
Abstract
This project seeks to educate college students about the particular spiritual understandings and practices of the ancient Celtic peoples and to establish an historical, religious connection with their own instinctive spiritual insights and practices through the development, implementation, and evaluation of an educational curriculum. "Thin Places: A Collegiate Exploration into Celtic Spirituality" utilizes teaching sessions and engaging experiences framed around "Five Essential Threads" of historic Celtic spirituality.

Stirring grace the spirituality of the culinary arts

Author
Robert Melnick
Abstract
From the birth of Christianity, family dinner has provided a steady immersion into Eucharistic spirituality. However as fewer families regularly cook and eat together, this vital link between the feast around the kitchen table and the Eucharistic banquet has been weakened. Using a small group format, this parish-based project provides an antidote for this troubling situation through a program to highlight the spiritual potency of preparing meals and dining in common. By confirming the sacred dignity of cooking, the program helps participants to recognize their work in the kitchen as a significant expression of their baptismal call to their ministry.

Hands-on faith: a practical plan for a ministry of spiritual formation in local congregations

Author
William V Buchanan
Abstract
The concept for this project began with the twofold observation that ministries of spiritual formation are often conducted in contexts apart from local congregations, and that many local congregations do not have ministries that are specifically oriented toward spiritual formation. The response to this two-sided issue evolved into the creation of a curriculum piece that is designed to help persons grow in their spiritual lives through the experience of personal and ecclesial practices within their local churches, and to help persons experience their local churches as centers for community and spirituality.

Braided streams: a model for an ecofeminist spiritual practice and ministry

Author
Margie Ann Latham
Abstract
Christian spiritual practices rarely consider relationships between humans and the rest of creation/nature. This elision from worship, education, and devotional practices is analyzed from feminist and ecofeminist standpoints as a kyriarchal cultural construction which structures perceptions of reality into an interlocking patrix of impasses based on A/not-A dichotomies. This ministry project bypasses malestream impasses by constructing an ecofeminist spiritual practice around a model of braided stream systems borrowed from the geological sciences. This project gives positive reality to the rest of creation/nature and demonstrates it is possible to construct a spiritual practice using a braided stream model.

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.

Spiritual development by personality type

Author
Gregory C Gilson
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to create a model of spiritual development and discipline for ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada which re-emphasizes the centrality of spirituality to the life and ministry of the Church. The volunteers for this study were Anglican clergy from the Diocese of Huron. The project has grown out of the traditional Anglican demand that the clergy participate in a discipline of daily offices, the sense that these offices no longer meet the needs of the clergy, the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator and various forms of Lectio Divina. From this I developed specific daily offices for each personality type. The volunteers filled out a pre-test survey. Then they followed the daily office for their personality type for one month and finally filled out a post test survey. 94.4% of the clergy surveyed said that the traditional daily offices did not meet their needs for spiritual development and nurture. There was no significant difference by personality type. At the end of the month 77.7% of the clergy surveyed across all personality types represented felt that the proposed daily offices as outlined in the project did meet their needs in spiritual development.

Textual analysis of "The Song of Songs": the relationship of the erotic, the sensual, and the mystical in worship

Author
Ana R Vargas
Abstract
The author researched the role that sexuality and sensuality play in relation to spirituality, and how in "The Song of Songs" the erotic and sensual images express in a positive manner the human longing for union with the divine. The research is applied to the design of a call to worship and a sermon. Lastly, a theology of sexuality and spirituality is presented, with Jesus as representative of the right relationship that G-d seeks with humanity.
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