Author

Lemora Dobbs

Date of Award

5-2018

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

First Advisor

Hebert Palomino

Abstract

The goal of this project was to test whether storytelling could be used to facilitate healing in adult parishioners who had experienced violence. The project engaged congregants of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Canton, Georgia in a series of five workshops that taught, modeled, and used storytelling as a pastoral care intervention. The personal stories of five research participants were recorded in individual sessions. Common themes within the individual stories shared were identified and discussed with the research group. The group brainstormed ideas about how the church could use storytelling to minister healing to violence victims. The outcome of the study bears implications for future research.

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