The first class session of the last course for the Ph. D. meets on Saturday. So, that means the procrastination by blogging will probably increase. I’m taking Advanced Quantitative Research Methods. But really, I’m starting to put some thought toward the dissertation that comes after the comps.
When I started (Fall 2002), I knew exactly what I wanted to do. That has shifted. I’m now considering clergy and grief. I know that is not defined enough yet. However, I’m thinking that there are times when clergy are involved with church members in multiple relationships that cross boundaries, like the church member who is a 3rd grade teacher and has the preacher’s kid in class while the preacher is also the room mother (or whatever they are called now) and a leader in PTA with the husband of the teacher who is also a Trustee at church. When that 3rd grade teacher dies from breast cancer, the grief cannot be contained in a neat little professional box. There are times when, for clergy, to adapt someone else’s phrase, the professional is personal.
That is the kind of grief and clergy study I’d like to attempt. I have not found it addressed in any professional literature. (If you know of some please let me know!) What do you think? Would you consider participating (this is not a commitment, just a question)? I could use some conversation around this with other clergy. So comments or questions would really be helpful.