Bringing it home : a hermeneutic phenomenological study of teenagers doing Lectio Divina with their parents

Title

Bringing it home : a hermeneutic phenomenological study of teenagers doing Lectio Divina with their parents

Subject

Bible -- Teenagers' use -- Case studies.
Bible -- Devotional use.
Bible -- Reading.
Reading -- Parent participation -- Case studies.
Christian education of teenagers -- Case studies.
Christ Church Bells Corners (Ottawa, Ont.) -- Case studies.
Anglican Communion -- Canada.

Description

By Peter John Hobbs, 2013. -- For many years, the parish of Christ Church Bells Corners in Ottawa, Ontario has made the faith formation of children and youth a high priority. As the Rector, I began to the suspect the results of this ministry were fragile. Social science has demonstrated that Canadian mainline churches have experienced a demographic decline and face an uncertain future. The Anglican Church of Canada, for example, exists now as a de-facto disestablished, remnant Christian entity in the early years of a post-Christendom epoch. Within this context congregations must partner with parents and households in the faith formation of young people. The act of ministry at the heart of this thesis project is a hermeneutic phenomenological, qualitative inquiry of the essence of the lived experience of teenagers doing Lectio Divina with their parents at home during Lent 2012. While the hermeneutic phenomenological method calls for a bracketing of prior knowledge and presuppositions, at the outset of the project I anticipated that participating teenagers would demonstrate a willingness to discuss matters of faith, engage in theological reflection, find comfort and enjoyment in doing Lectio Divina with their parents, and show interest in continued spiritual practices at home. The methodology culminates in an exhaustive description of the experience. In the concluding chapter I offer reflections, learnings, and recommendations pertaining specifically to an ongoing partnership between parent, pastor and congregation as well as the usefulness of hermeneutic phenomenology within the frames of pastoral and practical theology.

Creator

Hobbs, Peter John.

Source

See record for print version in Library Catalog

Publisher

Virginia Theological Seminary

Date

2013

Rights

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. All other rights reserved by US copyright 2013.

Files

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Date Added
July 16, 2018
Collection
VTS Theses - D. Min.
Citation
Hobbs, Peter John., “ Bringing it home : a hermeneutic phenomenological study of teenagers doing Lectio Divina with their parents ,” Theses from Virginia Theological Seminary, accessed September 15, 2019, https://vtsbpl.omeka.net/items/show/24.