Skip to main content

Marylhurst University Digital Collection

Add or remove other collections to your search:

Narrow your search by:

Browsing items in: Marylhurst Digital Thesis Collection

(119 results)

Display: 100

    • The Curious silence of gender inequity

    • Wilson, Grace
    • Gender inequity, or the unequal treatment of individuals based on their gender is deeply engrained in our society and I believe limits our ability to create and sustain positive social change. Gender inequity is pervasive in the food system as...
    • Women agricultural laborers; Sex role in the work environment; Male domination (Social structure); Sex discrimination against women
    • Techfluenza and the generative spirit : effects of screen media on wellness

    • Allen, Elizabeth Roberto,
    • This inquiry explored the rapidly evolving landscape of human experience with respect to technology, particularly screen based media communications technology and its effects on health and wellness. Specific effects of screen media examined were:...
    • Digital media--Social aspects; Digital media--Health aspects; Visual sociology; Human beings--Effect of technological innovations on
    • Solitude and silence : a pathway to the Divine

    • Anderson, Brian P.
    • The busyness, technology and noise of modern culture are pervasive. They create a perpetual sense of needing to be in con-stant motion, connected to information, plugged into gadgets and cut off from each other. Busyness and noise are found in both...
    • Contemplation; Solitude--Religious aspects--Catholic Church; Silence--Religious aspects--Catholic Church; Labyrinths--Religious aspects; Spiritual life--Catholic Church
    • Voting rights: how the fetishization of organic compromises food justice

    • Athens, Kristy
    • The organic industry has grown exponentially since the distinction was established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1990. While organic has become a household name and driven food sales for both corporations and small farmers, its...
    • Food supply--Social aspects; Food industry and trade--Government policy; Food industry and trade--Moral and ethical aspects; Agricultural laborers--Social conditions; Organic farming--Social aspects; Sustainable agriculture;...
    • 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
    • Leadership from deep within

    • Bell, Barbara Anne
    • Leadership is an ever-deepening journey of self-discovery. The focus of the Thesis was to take the values based leadership concept originally developed during my previous career, compare and contrast the concept against selected leadership models...
    • Leadership--Religious aspects; Leadership--Moral and ethical aspects
    • Morality in conflict in the workplace

    • Bennett, Cathy A.
    • Conflict is still thought of as something to avoid at all costs in most organizations. Unfortunately, the way conflict is currently framed by Western society keeps it from being better understood and well managed. Most workplace conflict is...
    • Conflict management; Leadership--Moral and ethical aspects; Social conflict--Psychological 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
    • Sustaining the Healer : creating a holistic self-care program for nurses in the work place

    • Blaney, Julie B.
    • This thesis examines the relationship between the holistic -nature of nursing as explored in the founding mother, Florence Nightingale, and nursing theorist that followed, with the current day theory of Caring in patient care delivery. By examining...
    • Holistic nursing; Nursing--Religious aspects--Christianity; Self-care, Health; Spiritual care (Medical care); Love--Religious aspects--Christianity
    • 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
    • Under her own power : identifying and fostering resiliency in aging women

    • Carman-Murray, Jilian
    • This thesis investigated the factors that contribute to resilience in older women to offer insight into the potential to cultivate and nurture inner resilience despite the culmination of losses over time. Resilience was examined as learned...
    • Resilience (Personality trait); Older women--Psychology; Loss (Psychology) in old age
    • 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 critical...
    • 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. Through that...
    • 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
    • A Food justice analysis of Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network

    • Friscia, Bryn
    • In the United States the food system operates using a capitalistic model controlled by for-profit entities, which frequently operate large monopolized food companies. As a result of unequal power within the food system, this imbalanced model...
    • School children--Food--Oregon; Children--Nutrition--Oregon; School gardens; Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network
    • 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
    • Discovering God : resurrection from the hell of sexual abuse

    • Gassoway, Daniel Lee
    • This thesis explores the concept that sexual abuse so harms the survivors intimacy with God, that many turn against God. It is God who can resurrect them, turn their damage into strengths, and restore them to a greater love and unity with God. An...
    • Child sexual abuse--Religious aspects--Christianity; Faith development
    • 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
    • Forgiveness : the art of letting go

    • Horner, Lisa
    • This thesis explores the process of forgiveness by embarking on the arduous journey to healing and wholeness. My thesis asserts that the inability to forgive one’s self and others, stands in the way of our healing, loving, and living fully....
    • Forgiveness--Religious aspects; Contemplation; Meditation; Prayer
    • Restoring honor : Mary Magdalene as the Mary of The Gospel of Mary

    • Howard, Laura Lynn
    • This thesis/project is a foundational work to establish Mary Magdalene as the Mary of the Gospel of Mary. The discovery of the Gospel of Mary will be included to provide historical context. This work identifies the many Mary’s of the New Testament...
    • Mary Magdalene, Saint; Gospel of Mary--Criticism, interpretation, etc.; Apocryphal Gospels
    • Stories behind the story of the nativity of Christ as recorded in Matthew 2:1-12

    • Johnsen, William A.
    • The intent of this Thesis Project of The Stories Behind the Story of the Nativity, as recorded in Matthew 2:1-12 was to better understand the richness of the story of the Nativity of Christ. Through searching the literature we can come to a...
    • Infancy narratives (Gospels); Bible. Matthew II, 1-12--Criticism, interpretation, etc.; Jesus Christ--Nativity; Natal astrology; Magi; Symbolism in the Bible
    • Who is the anamchara?

    • Kaczor, Kathleen V.
    • This thesis project researches the question “who is the anamchara in the Celtic tradition?” The thesis project relies on a historical, theological model to discover the anamchara in its historical context. It begins by exploring the ancient Celtic...
    • Celtic Church; Spirituality--Celtic Church; Celts--Religion
    • Dimensions of story : circumpolar belief through the hermeneutic circle

    • Kiczula, Leah
    • This thesis examines the myths, beliefs, and rituals of indigenous circumpolar peoples through the lens of the hermeneutic circle. In taking a hermeneutic approach to the tales of this region, one begins to understand how story, ritual, and belief...
    • Mythology, Arctic; Arctic peoples
    • 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
    • Healthy food on wheels : an exploration of mobile produce markets through a food justice lens

    • Mari, Elisabeth (Elle)
    • The built environment significantly influences the accessibility of healthy affordable foods. However, examination of built environments alone is insufficient to understanding why some neighborhoods in the United States are bountiful with fresh...
    • Food industry and trade--Moral and ethical aspects; Food security--United States; Food supply--Social aspects; Poor--Nutrition--United States; Minorities--Nutrition--United States; Food trucks
    • 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
    • Carbon dioxide : an invisible link between stress and chronic disease

    • Mefford, Benjamin C.
    • Carbon dioxide has been well recognized in biology and physics as an important physiological gas, yet is less regarded by the general public. Individuals generate significant quantities of carbon dioxide through metabolism of fats and carbohydrates...
    • Carbon dioxide--Physiological effect; Stress (Physiology); Breathing exercises--Therapeutic use
    • Changing gold to platinum : having a great old age

    • Metelmann, Velda Piff
    • This thesis proposes that one can have a great old age even with wrenching loss, physical pain, and financial insecurity. Literature on prejudice against old age, resilience, frailty, and strength was explored. The fear of old age, the fear of...
    • Self-actualization (Psychology) in old age; Older people--Psychology
    • 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 adult...
    • 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
    • Continuing selfhood in Alzheimer's disease : the alliance partnership care approach

    • Parrish, Ronda L.
    • By the year 2050, it is predicted that over eleven million people in the United States will be affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Attitudes regarding the quality of life of those with Alzheimer’s disease have been slow to change. The belief that...
    • Alzheimer's disease--Patients--Care; Alzheimer's disease--Patients--Family relationships
    • 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
    • An Analysis of farm labor depiction : is the local food movement perpetuating farmworker injustice?

    • Riddle, Melanie Quinn
    • The food system is made up of a diverse labor pool. Those responsible for growing food are known by many different terms. Within the local food movement there is a major focus on knowing your farmer. This research helps identify the importance of...
    • Agricultural laborers--Social conditions; Food supply--Social aspects; Food industry and trade--Government policy; Food industry and trade--Moral and ethical aspects; Organic farming--Social aspects; Local foods--United States
    • 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


Display a larger image and more item information when the pointer pauses over a thumbnail

Layout options:

Select the collections to add or remove from your search