Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Theology

Faculty/School

Seminary

First Advisor

Thomas O'Connor

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor

Abstract

How does a female clergy's personal experience of divorce affect her religious faith? The female identity is based in relationship both divine and human. Though there is nothing written about female clergy and divorce, the literature on clergy and divorce is fairly extensive. Professional implications of clergy divorce, the uniqueness of clergy marriage and divorce, differing Protestant theological viewpoints, the need for support systems and personal divorce as resource for ministry. are all examined. To ascertain female clergy’s experience of divorce, an analysis of women and crisis, the differences between women and men including how each experiences the Divine, and the different gifts each brings to ministry has been undertaken. A composite case study, an extensive review of the specific scriptures pertaining to marriage and divorce, and a comparison of such are included in this study. The differences in society affecting clergy divorce are addressed.

Convocation Year

2001

Convocation Season

Fall

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