VTS Doctoral Theses

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VTS Doctoral Theses

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Mutual Blessings : Towards a community centered on the sacredness of creation
By Scott, Matthew R. (2020) -- "An opportunity for dialog between church members and unchurched local environmental activists offers an evangelistic opportunity for a rural Episcopal congregation. The paper argues that by sharing reflections in a…

Celebrating the Music of Appalachia in the Episcopal Church and Anglican Tradition: Mission, Evangelism, and Renewal
"Traditional music of Christian faithful in Southern Appalachia offers hope and richness, greater community, and life for Episcopal churches throughout the region and beyond. As St. Thomas’ Christmas Eve celebration in 2017 revealed, musicians whose…

Reimagining Women’s Ministry and Leadership in Light of the Eucharist : A Palestinian Anglican Perspective
By Naoum, Hosam Elias (2019) -- This project’s purpose was to highlight gender inequality within Palestinian society in general and the local Anglican Church in particular. In the context of the project, women initiated conversations centering on…

Let’s Talk About Money : How Breaking Money Silence In The American Church Unlocks Greater Christian Financial Generosity
By Ateek, Sari Naim (2020) -- The aim of this project thesis is to advance the research in the field of Christian charitable giving to the church in America. Prior studies in the field identify that American Christians have the capacity to give more,…

The Black Church and Economic Empowerment: An Ecumenical Collaboration in The Revitalization of West Dayton
By Speare-Hardy, Benjamin E.K. II (2021) -- "This thesis is about an Ecumenical Collaboration of the Black Church to address the disparities in the education of Black students in Dayton (Ohio) Public Schools. These disparities include unjust…

Finding God in All Things: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of Praying the Ignatian Examen
By James Pevehouse, 2020 -- "As part of the clergy staff of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Waco, Texas, I have wondered what practices are used to help experience a deep relationship with God, especially when it is affirmed that believing in God is…

‘Evangelistening’ – Listening as Evangelism in Caring Concern for Community
By Nyasha Gumbeze, 2020 -- "Anglican congregations throughout Western countries are struggling with the decline of membership numbers as the societal context becomes more secular. Members at Henderson Anglican Church in Auckland, New Zealand, are…

Vocational Understandings: An Exploration of the Nature of the Tensions in the Musician-Cleric Relationship
By Alexander C. Graham IV, 2020 -- "Go up to a group of clergy and say, “let’s talk about Church musicians…” and the eyerolls will be ubiquitous and revelatory. Go up to a group of Church musicians and do the reverse, and expect to encounter the same…

Unconventional prayer practices
by Dawna D. Wall, 2013 - How do we as people of faith keep ourselves in tune with the rhythm and mystery of God while being inundated with increasing levels of information, noise, frantic motion, and jobs that are more connected to the flow of…

Vestry Members as Trustees of the Soul of the Parish
by Divis, Mary Lou Hoover (2020) -- Vestry members need to understand their leadership role in the parish by attending worship and meetings, engaging in the life of the parish, establishing prayer and Bible reading habits. In a specific workshop,…
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