Marnie C Venema (author), Derrick W Klaassen (thesis supervisor), Janelle L Kwee (second reader), Richard A Young (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
This study explored relational grieving in community through examining how community members grieve with bereaved parents after the death of a child. Three bereaved parent couples and their community members were interviewed together using the qualitative action-project method (QA-PM) to examine their shared grieving actions. Data was analyzed through top-down and bottom-up processes to understand the shared intentions of their grieving actions together. The findings of this research elicited thick descriptions of relational grieving at a community level. Four main assertions of how communities grieve with bereaved parents emerged including: (a) selflessly offering emotional and practical support, (b) engaging in and honouring vulnerability, (c) holding the complexity of grieving, and (d) fostering remembrance of the deceased child together. The novel descriptions of relational grieving in community contributed to the growing area of relational bereavement research. The theoretical, empirical, and clinical implications of this study were discussed.
Joel F. Korytko (author), Larry J. Perkins (thesis supervisor), Robert J. V. Hiebert (second reader), Dirk Büchner (external examiner), Trinity Western University GSTS (Degree granting institution)
Septuagint Exodus has long been recognized as an outlier when it comes to the general rigidity and stereotypical translation practices found in other books within the LXX corpus. The general freedom exhibited by the translator, though expressed within careful limits, is well-documented when it comes to grammatical, syntactical, and lexicographical evaluations. This thesis, while engaging in the descriptive analysis of these topics, is also directed towards a new type of synthesis: a comparison of the translation with Ptolemaic legal norms. It is due to the idiosyncrasies and anomalies arising from a translation-technical analysis that the question is asked, “Could these differences be accounted for by consulting Greek legal and societal standards?” With respect to Exodus 21.1-32, the answer in many cases is, “Yes.” This study demarcates these potential influences on a verse by verse basis after briefly identifying the broader legal structures and forces at play in Ptolemaic Egypt.
Megan J. England (author), Derrick Klaassen (thesis supervisor), Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham (second reader), Peter Gubi (external examiner), Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
This study sought to understand Christian clients’ experiences of praying in therapy. Currently, there is little research in this area, which may reflect the fact that praying in therapy is often regarded as ethically contentious. This thesis, thus, seeks to fill a gap in the literature by asking: what are Christian clients’ lived experiences of praying in therapy sessions? A hermeneutic phenomenological research approach (van Manen, 1990, 2014) was used to understand the meaning of praying in therapy. Five Christian women were interviewed. Eight themes emerged: seeking support; therapist guidance and support; following and participating in prayer; the sanctuary of prayer; acknowledging and encountering God; letting go and leaning on God; clarity through prayer; and journeying on. Participants shared that praying was part of their path to healing and was a relational and spiritual experience. These findings support that praying can be meaningful for and beneficial to clients.