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Title: Anglican priests on priesthood : from representative person to integrative symbol.
Author: Hennessey, Roger.
ISNI:       0000 0001 1701 6138
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2000
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The thesis is divided into three sections which are a review of literature concerned with the Anglican priesthood, a description of the research methodology, and an analysis of the data collected by interviewing 35 Anglican clergy. The literature review traces the stages of becoming a priest, from vocation through to selection, formation and ordination. At each stage it asks what a priest is expected to do, and what a priest is expected to be. As the review proceeds it will be seen that there are different opinions about these questions. The review concludes by showing how the literature divides into those who tend towards seeing the priest as functional, and those who tend towards a symbolic understanding of the ministry. The research methodology is grounded theory. In summary this involved interviewing priests, asking them about what they believe, what they do, and ways in which they understand both themselves and their priesthood. The data from these interviews provided a grounded base of personal experiences upon which to rest the analysis of priesthood. The data analysis begins with priests' descriptions of themselves as being representatives of God and the people. These descriptions lead to the construction of a triangular shaped "map" of the terrain upon which priesthood happens. The map, or "arena of operations", follows through the analysis and it is bounded by three aspects - namely, the Individual person, the Community of people, and God. In the data priests' claims to be representative people are thoroughly explored but, out of the exploration, evidence emerges that their representative activities and their daily routines may lead to an additional understanding of priests being integrative of the Individual, the Community, and God. Evidence is presented to suggest that the priest who is fully operational in the three cornered arena may have moved beyond being a representative person and towards being the facilitator and symbol of the integrative.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Clergy