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ERIC Number: ED555126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 119
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-5592-2
Drama Queen or Trauma Queen: Does Elevating Self-Awareness Impact the Colonized Consciousness of Female Clergy?
Clifton, Angelita
ProQuest LLC, D.Min. Dissertation, Drew University
This project design incorporates three Aramaic phrases enhancing an existing ministry model for women victimized by trauma. "Talitha Cum-Woman Arise," "Ephpatha-Be Opened" and "Maranatha-O'Lord Come," serve as the foundation for a three tiered spiritual support system for female clergy. This project design serves: (1) to introduce an innovative ministry model to help elevate awareness regarding the signs and symptoms of trauma; (2) to provide the necessary resources to educate and empower women by nurturing their emotional wellbeing with a holistic ministry model addressing mind, body and spirit; and (3) to cultivate the sacred space necessary for facilitating introspection and self reflection. The insights gleaned during the three workshops (spiritual spa sessions) with the ministerial leadership at Fountain Baptist Church (FBC) in Summit New Jersey, served to increase awareness regarding trauma triggers. The workshops introduced to some and reintroduced to others, the subject of trauma helping to enhance the praxis of ministry. Three consecutive, two hour sessions were presented: Phase one consisted of a pre-survey to access the level of knowledge regarding trauma and concretize the new concepts i.e., a colonized consciousness, spiritual spa and mindset massage. Trauma definitions contextualizing the Genesis narrative extrapolating Eve's perspective were provided. Phase two was presented with a questionnaire matching the terms to definitions provided in phase one. The Garden of Gethsemane narrative was used to distinguish the difference between a colonized and a decolonized consciousness by examining the subjective nature of trauma. Phase three introduced new concepts i.e., compassion fatigue, self care and spiritual swagger providing new avenues for understanding the affect trauma has on the relational dynamics of pastoral caregiving. This research is only suggestive and is not determinative. The indications reveal female clergy who understand the impact of trauma triggers on the dynamics of relationships, both personally and vocationally, serve more effectively. Female clergy with a decolonized consciousness posses an elevated sense of self awareness and are able to recognize trauma triggers in their lives as well as in the lives of others. Managing the level of reactivity these stressors generate is one of the signposts for highly astute, spiritually mature, ministerial leaders. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey