Category Archives: 01 Dissertation Proposal

This category will track the development of the Dissertation Proposal as I work through the class designed to help me accomplish this task.

Why Is This Research Important?

I started the last course in my program yesterday. It is called Dissertation Proposal Using Social Science Research. It is designed to help us craft a solid dissertation proposal that we can submit after we pass our comprehensive exams in the fall.

Our first assignment was to state our research questions and write three paragraphs describing its importance to us personally, to the academy, and to the church. Here is my response:

The Question

How would an increased awareness and understanding of the Social Trinity impact the ideation and praxis of spiritual formation in the suburban ELCA congregation? read more

A Happy Little Scholar Moment

I am an emerging scholar. In other words, I still don’t know exactly what I’m doing and I get really happy when something works and seems scholarly. Something like that happened to me last night.

I am working on my dissertation proposal right now. The first part of the proposal lays out the theoretical lenses that frame my research. One of my lenses is Robert Kegan’s theory of the five orders of consciousness. In the proposal I wrote

“Kegan’s theory intertwines well with other important theoretical and theological frames for my research, namely communicative action, Trinitarian relational ontology, and Social Trinity.” read more

Chapter One | The Question

What do suburbia and spirituality have in common? This sounds like the set-up for a bad joke. The term suburbia often conjures up caricatured images of plastic, white, middle-class Americans driving gas-guzzling Suburban Utility Vehicles past white picket fences into cavernous garages that swallow them up into isolated fortresses behind automatic garage doors. The term spirituality often conjures up equally caricatured images of bald-headed, robed monks sitting in the lotus position, precariously perched on the precipice of a majestic mountain peak. These two images could not be further apart in how they relate. This study will explore the intersection of these two worlds. Further, it will explore how the specific doctrine of the Trinity might weave a connective thread between these things. The questions and conversations pursued in this study will be framed within the larger conversation that many call the missional church. read more