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    • Perchance to dream : dreams of death and spiritual transformation

    • Backstrom, Kirsten
    • This thesis substantiates the premise that dreams are meaningful experiences, which can be a rich source of insight into the spiritual life of the individual dreamer and the nature of reality itself. Dreams of death can be especially significant...
    • Dreams--Religious aspects; Death--Psychological aspects; Death--Religious aspects; Spiritual life
    • Life and death choices

    • Beaumont, Kathryn S.
    • Although death is an inevitable fact of life, many older Americans avoid end-of-life planning until they face a life-threatening health crisis--if they plan at all. The question this interdisciplinary thesis asks is why and what needs to change....
    • Terminal care--Decision making; Death--Psychological aspects; Death--Social aspects
    • Finding the sacred through the spirituality of ecofeminism

    • Belknap, Bonnie L.
    • This thesis provides research and analysis concerning the spirituality of ecological feminism (ecofeminism). The biological origin of patriarchy is discussed. An examination of the positive influence of the Prophetic Tradition of the Hebrew...
    • Ecofeminism--Religious aspects
    • "I don't like meat to look like animals" : how consumer behavior responds to animal...

    • Blake, Michelle L.
    • As the animal rights movement enters its fourth decade, it is clear that American attitudes have evolved. Polls show that people are increasingly intolerant of animal suffering and more aware of animal causes. However, their consumption of animals...
    • Animal rights movement--United States; Animal welfare--United States; Consumer behavior--Moral and ethical aspects; Consumers--Attitudes
    • Integrating parish nursing with chronic care education programs

    • Bondley, Karen S.
    • The aging American population will increasingly need chronic illness care and education. As clinicians struggle to care for an increasing number of chronically ill patients, and the health care workforce faces shortages, there will be a need to...
    • Parish nursing; Nursing; Pastoral care; Terminal care--Study and teaching
    • Aging discourse of rock 'n' roll icons

    • Bonney, Ronda L.
    • Preconceived ideas associated with rock 'n' roll and its aging icons are currently being challenged by aging rock 'n' roll icons themselves. Most notably these rock icons continue to maintain a visual presence within the public eye to dilute...
    • Older musicians; Rock musicians; Aging--Psychological aspects
    • Personal legacy : bridging generational conflict and organizational intelligence

    • Borne, Christopher J.
    • This thesis investigates the concept of personal legacy and its capacity to enable a confluence of three powerful organizational dynamics: individual well-being, intergenerational conflict, and the transfer of organizational knowledge. Personal...
    • Knowledge management; Organizational learning; Intergenerational communication
    • Evolution of leadership mastery

    • Borne, Timothy M.
    • This thesis is about leadership and the path to mastery. Specifically, I will focus on the application of influencing skills along the path to mastery. Not every person who assumes the role of leader applies influencing skills at a level of mastery...
    • Leadership; Influence (Psychology); Persuasion (Psychology)
    • Bringing faith to work : including spirituality in diversity programs

    • Borsch, Rachel
    • The population of America is changing, and so is the religious landscape of the country. With these changes diverse workplaces are becoming ideal for businesses. The coming together of many different cultures and personalities makes for a richer...
    • Work--Religious aspects; Religion in the workplace; Diversity in the workplace; Freedom of religion--United States
    • Dark night of the soul and the U.S. Veteran experience

    • Carey, Suzanne M.
    • This thesis project blends the ways that the U.S. Veteran's perspectives mirror what a person going through a dark night of the soul experiences. Examining a combination of the psychological and the spiritual elements, the thesis explores several...
    • Veterans--Mental health; Post-traumatic stress disorder--Religious aspects; Psychic trauma--Religious aspects; Church work with veterans
    • Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" : an account of narrative memory and dystopian...

    • Carpenter, Susan
    • This thesis examines dimensions of the literary genre known as dystopian fiction as articulated in Margaret Atwood’s social political novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The primary assertion of this thesis is that by applying a form of literary...
    • Atwood, Margaret, 1939- . Handmaid's tale; Atwood, Margaret, 1939- --Criticism and interpretation; Dystopias in literature
    • Meaning and understanding : Christian imaginative hermeneutics

    • Carpenter, Susan
    • This thesis/project represents a discourse on the act of narrative and its relationship to a paradigm of meaning for Christian theology. Addressing this dynamic through the writings of Paul Ricoeur and other theological scholars led to the design...
    • Bible--Hermeneutics; Bible--Criticism, interpretation, etc.; Imagination--Religious aspects
    • The present moment : the transformational power of the "I AM" consciousness

    • Compton, Laura Lucille
    • The word religion means to “bind back.” The purpose of religion is to bind us back to God. My thesis considers this sacred purpose through the lens of “I AM” theology and the principles of non-dualism associated with Advaita Vedanta....
    • Spiritual life--Buddhism; Spiritual life--Hinduism; Mysticism--Buddhism; Mysticism--Hinduism
    • Spiritual sustainability : a personal and social imperative

    • Cratty, Elizabeth Engstrom
    • This thesis project asserts that when Jesus left this world, he imbued each of us with his Spirit of Truth to help us navigate the rocky shoals of everyday life. Our war-torn history and greed-inspired culture demonstrate that, in large measure, we...
    • Spiritual life; Sustainable living--Religious aspects
    • Mindful journey : a new vision of psychosocial intervention in early dementia

    • Davis, Colleen O'Brien
    • Over ten million people are forecasted to be living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by the year 2030.Pharmacological treatments to prevent or even slow the progression of disease have proved elusive. Historically, psychosocial...
    • Dementia--Patients--Care; Alzheimer's disease--Patients--Care
    • Epiphany endangered : theological influence for a transhuman age

    • Deasy, Dorothy
    • The last half of the twentieth century was labeled the information age because of the convergence of digital technology and the emergence of the internet. As we move further into the twenty-first century biotechnology, robotics,...
    • Human body--Religious aspects; Theological anthropology; Technology--Religious aspects; Biotechnology--Religious aspects
    • Journey through self transformation for service as minister

    • del Arroyo, Edward A.
    • My Near Death Experience spoke to me of the power of awareness, and the clarity of being, that in the process of suffering in life, one comes from possible disintegration to a synthesis of integration towards wholeness. I have honored the path of...
    • Clergy--Training of; Whole and parts (Philosophy); Spiritual life; Meditation; Thought and thinking--Religious aspects
    • Black for a second

    • Edwards, Elzy P.
    • For nearly four-hundred years, blacks in North America have survived under conditions of oppression or in environments where they are required to assimilate into communities that have historically served the predominantly white privileged culture....
    • Blacks--Race identity
    • Thorn in the flesh : on Paul, L'Arche, and the sprirituality of weakness

    • Eischen, Ellen
    • This research explores 2 Corinthians 12:7b-10, with a particular focus on Jean Vanier's interpretation through the hermeneutical lens of L'Arche, communities founded around their members with developmental disabilities. Vanier speaks of Paul in...
    • Bible. Corinthians, 2nd--Criticism, interpretation, etc.; Paul, the Apostle, Saint; Spiritual life--Catholic Church; Arche (Association); Vanier, Jean, 1928-
    • Acceptance, trust, compassion : a healing balm in the process of loss

    • Elmore, Naomi Dharma
    • My personal journey of witnessing my mother accept her death, supporting the many friends and loved ones in their processes of loss and processing my own acceptance, compassion and trust has led me to believe that to find compassion, trust and...
    • Loss (Psychology)--Religious aspects
    • Sky's body : constellations and medicine

    • Ferris, Carol L.
    • This thesis outlined the parallel and divergent developments of nature based thinking in the two cultures of Hellenic Greece (circa 460 BCE - 200 CE) and Han China (circa 300 BCE - 200 CE). It examined the development of theoretical and applied...
    • Cosmology, Ancient; Astronomy, Chinese; Astronomy, Greek; Nature, Healing power of
    • The Worth of water : controversy concerning charging for water

    • Flood, Marian Louise
    • Governmental water agencies endeavor to provide clean water to all householders in their service area. The agencies that now provide water service say that their prices reflect only the cost of service, without an additional charge for the resource...
    • Water-supply; Water conservation
    • African American women's role in the social club and civil rights movements

    • Frost, Marquyta A.
    • This thesis examines the role, attitude and actions of African American women in the social club and civil rights movements. A general overview of the Emancipation and Reconstruction years will be discussed to show how those events eventually led...
    • African American women--Social conditions; African American women civil rights workers
    • Treating separation trauma in foster youth : mending the broken family door

    • Gardner, Christopher
    • Separation trauma is visited on an average of 280 children a day by the American child welfare enterprise. In an effort to provide and protect children from abuse and neglect a federal and state partnership has grown up around a humane and well...
    • Separation (Psychology); Child psychology
    • Attentive listening to self and others : a daily spiritual activity

    • Gaughan, Mary A.
    • The focus of this thesis/project is attentive listening. Attentive listening is a great gift that one can provide to another. Being heard by an attentive listener has the potential to facilitate a speaker’s self-understanding and self-awareness....
    • Listening--Religious aspects
    • "Junk for Jesus"-- the commodified gift : donation in a global economy

    • Gibson, Nancy Ann Hiett
    • The donation of used medical equipment and excess medical supplies is promoted by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as delivering needed goods to provide healthcare to the developing world. The reality is that much of what is received...
    • Gifts--Taxation--Deductions; Neoliberalism; Environmental justice
    • The Rise and fall of the middle-class in the United States

    • Hart, John F.
    • This thesis explores the rise of the middle-class beginning in the 1950's and provides key statistics and industries that laid the prosperity path that lasted until 1980. At that point in time, the decline of the middle-class began; this thesis...
    • Middle class--United States--Economic conditions; Income distribution--United States; Plutocracy; Oligarchy
    • Role of communication in the field of self-governance and the development of public policy

    • Harvey, Larry D.
    • Regardless of the type of government and the role each branch of government and its many agencies plays in the lives of citizens, communication is a fundamental cornerstone of every community and how it is managed. This thesis examines the role of...
    • Communication in public administration; Communication--Social aspects; Political planning; Communication policy; Government accountability; Government publicity
    • Rethinking Alzheimer's : everyday a new day

    • Kocen, Susan L.
    • As the growth of our population of people over 80 years old rapidly increases in the coming decades the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will grow accordingly. In our 21st century enlightened world, the body and our experiences of it...
    • Alzheimer's disease--Social aspects
    • God for the skeptic : a free and responsible search for truth and meaning

    • Larsell, Katie A.
    • This thesis explores the spiritual path of skeptics with special attention to their connection to the sacred. A skeptic has a stance of questioning around religion and often rejects the concept of God especially the God of supernatural theism. Many...
    • Universalism; Unitarian Universalist churches
    • Defining elder self-neglect : the quest for common understanding among professionals

    • Lawrence, Jennifer O.
    • Elder self-neglect is a little-studied phenomenon that often hovers under the radar and goes largely undetected by those charged with caring for some of society’s most vulnerable citizens. This interdisciplinary thesis examines the phenomenon of...
    • Older people--Care; Social work with older people; Older people--Psychology; Police services for older people
    • Coming out : sacred journey to wholeness and embodied spirituality

    • Lawson, Kevin J.
    • This thesis/project explores what makes the coming out experience of lesbian and gay men a potential sacred journey to wholeness. Additionally, it explores embodied spirituality for understanding the nature of a healthy sexual attitude in...
    • Coming out (Sexual orientation)--Religious aspects; Gays--Identity; Lesbians--Identity
    • Reclaiming the message of Jesus as the voice of a liberating God

    • Luft, Joanna M.
    • This thesis intends to show Jesus as a human being who, experientially, preached a relationship with God that all may attain. Its genesis grew from observing that the Christian church of this thesis creator’s youth focused on the need for...
    • Jesus Christ--Humanity; Christian life--Presbyterian authors
    • "I am eating misery" : inviting Christian compassion to the table

    • Macpherson, Victoria L.
    • This thesis proposes a compassionate Christian response to the suffering of domesticated animals that are used for food, especially those raised and slaughtered in large-scale industrial operations. The thesis begins by noting the extent and...
    • Animal welfare--Religious aspects
    • Complex trauma : impact on childhood brain development

    • Mason, Jill Mallette
    • The purpose for this thesis study was to gain information and knowledge regarding how the complex trauma of child abuse impacts brain development which influences learning and behavior in children in an elementary school setting. The research for...
    • Psychic trauma in children; Child abuse; Brain--Growth; Child development
    • Role of faith communities in the lives of their oldest-old members

    • McCarty, Susan G.
    • The oldest-old, or those living beyond 85 years of age, is the fastest growing segment of this Nation’s population. While many will remain active and relatively healthy into their oldest years, most will suffer from multiple illnesses, and...
    • Reminiscing in old age; Narrative therapy; Legacies; Older people--Care; Older people--Pastoral counseling of; Older people--Religious life
    • Addressing compassion fatigue in social work : training facilitative identities

    • McConnell, Whitney
    • This thesis explores the literature as it relates to the original research question “If the ameliorative paradigm functionally defines a social worker’s professional identity, how can reframing this identity, which is currently vested...
    • Social service; Burn out (Psychology); Job stress; Work--Psychological aspects
    • Breaking the habitus : story telling to raise the social capital of older adults

    • Niro, Natasha L.
    • Social capital – the social ties of trust and reciprocity between neighbors, kin, and acquaintances – has been declining in the United States since the 1960s. The time period of this shift in social connectedness coincides with the youth and...
    • Aging--Psychological aspects; Storytelling--Psychological aspects; Adjustment (Psychology) in old age; Social capital (Sociology)
    • Darkness as a spiritual path : an interdisciplinary approach

    • Nyschens, Mia
    • It is inevitable that a person will encounter times of darkness during his or her lifetime. This thesis project asserts that these times of darkness can become fertile compost that allows for growth of new ways of being in the world, ways in which...
    • Suffering--Religious aspects; Spiritual formation--Psychology
    • Jane Addams : the embodiment of American pragmatist philosophy

    • Ortiz, Jennifer M. Strasbaugh
    • This thesis examined the biography of Jane Addams, Nobel Laureate and founder of Hull House, as an embodiment of American Pragmatist Philosophy. Addams was not studied as a historical figure from the Progressive Era, rather, she was considered as a...
    • Addams, Jane, 1860-1935--Study and teaching; Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.)--Study and teaching; Women social workers--Biography--Study and teaching--United States; Women social reformers--Biography--Study and teaching--United States; Pragmatism--Study...
    • Appreciative organizing : charting a course for social change

    • Parini-Runge, Shelly
    • The voices and capacities of everyday citizens matter to community progress when it comes to organizing and sustaining social change in America. Our nation’s vitriolic culture has created paradoxical situations for community organizers who depend...
    • Pressure groups--United States
    • Laugh the world awake : toward a declaration of liberation comedy

    • Pittman, Melinda E.
    • How does egalitarian, emancipated comedy change the world? This thesis is a deliberation on the philosophy and phenomenology of funniness as an embodied project of evolving, transcendent, individual autonomy within communitarian social justice. By...
    • Comedy--Social aspects; Social justice; Social change
    • Positive effects of combat in shaping soldiers' lives

    • Repp, Gary
    • In both the military and civilian culture there has been a great deal of attention and research on the negative effects of war and combat on soldiers, sometimes with a focus on fitness of our U.S. troops, and often in regard to post traumatic...
    • Combat--Psychological aspects; Soldiers--Psychological aspects; Mental discipline; Operational readiness (Military science); Psychology, Military; War--Psychological aspects
    • In your own hands : personal integrity and the individual's experience of work life

    • Richardson, Jean
    • This thesis argues the proposition that key aspects of systems thinking and leadership theory are the underpinnings of Scrum’s contribution to character recovery in the workplace, an outcome which holds value for both workers and organizations.
    • Scrum (Computer software development); Project management--Evaluation; Interpersonal relations; Teams in the workplace
    • Sustainable servant-leader : viewing compassion through an intrapersonal lens

    • Rosario, Tiffany Templeton
    • Compassion fatigue and burnout among employees at all levels of human service organizations are well-documented conditions adversely affecting productivity and health. Many scholars have offered various solutions, some more promising than others,...
    • Servant leadership; Organizational effectiveness
    • Toward spiritual wholeness and growth : a theological reflection of our time

    • Rose, Elizabeth
    • The outcome of this thesis/project is to help one understand a Theology of Self-Knowledge and what it is to examine oneself by way of theological reflection that incorporates life and faith review. The reflection process enables one to better know...
    • Self-perception--Religious aspects--Christianity; Reflection (Philosophy); Self-knowledge, Theory of
    • Fine art archives : SNJM art educators

    • Sammons, Leslie
    • The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and Marylhurst University , the institution of higher learning founded by the Holy Order, maintain a collection of 20th century artwork, created by three of the Order‟s art educators who were art...
    • Art--Historiography; Art criticism; Art appreciation; Art and religion; Art--Study and teaching
    • Game changer : games as a medium for creating and influencing culture

    • Schnelle, Richard Daniel
    • It is important to recognize the role games and play have in the development of both the human species and its cultural institutions. This thesis explores the consequences of Huizinga‟s assertion that “civilization arises and unfolds in and...
    • Games--Social aspects; Play
    • Healing Through Narrative: How Storytelling Leads to Grace and Forgiveness

    • Schuman, Mari
    • The purpose of this thesis / project is to bring to light the importance of telling one;s story as a way to heal emotional wounds. The key aspects addressed in this thesis are how storytelling through narrative, poetry or other means leads one to...
    • Storytelling--Religious aspects; Storytelling--Psychological aspects; Narrative therapy; Forgiveness--Religious aspects; Church work with prisoners
    • Mindfulness practice and leadership roles

    • Service, Hilary A.
    • Mindfulness is derived from Eastern practice that is proving to be beneficial to many in the west, and is currently transforming modern medicine. Although mindfulness is simple in its practice, scientific research has revealed the many complexities...
    • Leadership--Religious aspects--Buddhism; Ānāpānasmrt̥i
    • Towards a system of intentional human design

    • Slade, Derecus R.
    • Throughout history there have been many approaches for individuals to develop or design themselves into who they want to be. Various competing ideas, from religious, to philosophical, to scientific methods, and commercial life coaching programs...
    • Personal coaching; Self-actualization (Psychology)
    • Visio Divina : seeing as a spiritual practice

    • Smith, Laurie E.
    • A spiritual practice is a means to deepen relationship with the Divine. This thesis will explore the concept of seeing visual image(s) as a spiritual practice, through a theological lens of compassion. Seeing, in the religious sense, may provide...
    • Vision--Religious aspects; Image (Theology); Compassion--Religious aspects; Spiritual life
    • Natural piety : meeting God in the garden

    • Speirs, Marjorie Anne
    • This thesis explores “natural piety” as an overlooked and legitimate approach to a relationship with the Divine, and gardening as one path to the experience of natural piety. The author begins with an exploration of the term “natural piety”...
    • Piety; Gardening--Religious aspects; Spiritual life
    • For want of a nail : self-selection as a tool for welfare reform

    • Stewart, Leanne
    • When viewing responses to the issue of poverty in America, what is clear is that welfare, as an entitlement to encourage self-sufficiency and touted as removing barriers toward the achievement of the American Dream, this thesis shows that more is...
    • Poor--Services for; Poor--Government policy--United States; Poverty--Government policy--United States
    • Eucharist and earth : communion and cosmos--a consideration of themes in the writings of Pierre...

    • Strawn, Carole L. Rohner
    • In the Christian tradition, eucharist represents the central action of community as the People of God, the mystical body of the Risen Christ. Yet in the climate of the present-day Roman Catholic church, women are excluded from full participation in...
    • Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. Messe sur le monde. English; Lord's Supper; Women in the Catholic Church; Sex role--Religious aspects--Catholic Church; Feminism--Religious aspects--Catholic Church
    • Human struggle to create in interior design : learning through narrative inquiry

    • Suzio, Peggy J.
    • This thesis examines the role of Narrative Inquiry in Interior Design Education. When introduced into the current educational paradigm, Narrative Inquiry offers students a new way of thinking and doing with which to collect and focus resources that...
    • Narrative inquiry (Research method); Interior decoration--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States.
    • Credible workplace communication : methodology and limitations

    • Todd, David L.
    • Organizational change initiatives are typically less successful than desired, yet organizations continually attempt to implement new methods and methodologies. Lean Improvement Methodologies are a proven way to achieve productivity improvements in...
    • Communication in organizations
    • Phenomenological hermeneutic in art-making : connecting creativity to blind contour drawing

    • Walker, Deborah Anne
    • Blind contour drawing is an easily accessible phenomenological hermeneutic that translates the extraordinary value of art-making as a vehicle to honor one’s inherent, sacred, domain of inner wisdom. There is a palpable spiritual awareness...
    • Mediation--Psychological aspects; Self-actualization (Psychology); Drawing, Psychology of; Drawing--Technique
    • Reader of the future? : electronic books, hypertext, and meaning making

    • West, Carrie Quill
    • This thesis explores hypertext theory and theories of reading process in order to understand how reading printed narrative is a different activity than reviewing electronic narratives. Within this thesis is a new term, hypertexting, developed...
    • Literature and technology; Hypertext systems; Books and reading
    • Search for the historical Jesus through the eyes of the Samaritan woman at the well

    • Wilkins, Tara L.
    • Repeatedly in the New Testament Jesus and his disciples proclaim that the reign of God was open to all. The telling of the story of the Samaritan woman at the well seems to make a significant social statement. Jesus called for a new social vision....
    • Jesus Christ--Example.; Samaritan woman (Biblical figure); Acceptance in the Bible; Love--Religious aspects; Discrimination--Religious aspects

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