Oral history

Using the oral history interview and coding system variables with a retired ex-military Christian couple in the San Diego area: a single case study method

Author
Richard D Ross
Abstract
This project was a single case study to draw conclusions about the usefulness of the oral history interview and oral history coding system with a retired ex-military couple. Another goal was to describe key elements that might be used for further research in a pilot study. I used the observational method of qualitative research. I concluded that the oral history interview and oral history coding system are effective ways to provide couples with useable feedback on ten dimensions of satisfaction within their marriage. I also concluded that the oral history interview and oral history coding system and key elements will also prove effective in a pilot study.

Discovering the story of Spring Creek Baptist Church through life histories, world view test, and guided interviews

Author
Stephen O Graham
Abstract
The aim of the project was to lead a small group to discover and articulate the story of Spring Creek Baptist Church and the common themes, values, and patterns of behavior of our congregation through the use of life histories, guided interviews, and world view tests. The group participants wrote and shared their life histories. From these personal narratives we discovered a common dramaturgical pattern within our congregation. These were confirmed by guided interviews with church leaders and a world view test designed by James Hopewell in his book "Congregations," (Fortress Press).

Trinity Church: a sesquicentennial history of the Episcopal Church in Yazoo County, Mississippi

Author
Robert G Certain
Abstract
This project is intended to be a reasonably comprehensive record of the Episcopal Church's work in Yazoo County, Mississippi from the first service of worship in 1834 through the following 150 years. The historical research conducted to develop this paper included review of the documents of the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Mississippi, the parish, the state of Mississippi, and the town of Yazoo City. Interviews, both oral and written, were conducted with residents, former residents, and clergy in order to learn additional stories and to aid in the interpretation of other information. The purpose of the project was to provide a permanent collection of stories about the history of God's people in the Episcopal Church in Yazoo County. In telling and hearing the story of the past, each new generation becomes one with the saints of God who have gone before.

The use of oral history in developing a profile of ministry for the Church of All Nations of Boston

Author
Bradford Howe Bryant
Abstract
Using oral history methods the author developed a profile of ministry for the Church of All Nations of Boston during the decade of the 1970's as the church moved from temporary quarters to a new multi-purpose facility. Tape recorded interviews of 26 members of the church were conducted; the responses to eleven questions were submitted to five parish observers who prioritized the responses in terms of their own experience. The resultant data was analyzed by the author and used to develop seven inferences followed by a series of implications for the ministry of this church.
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