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Religiosity And Patient Engagement In Their Healthcare Among Hospital Survivors Of An Acute Coronary Syndrome, Hawa Ozien Abu, David D. Mcmanus, Catarina I. Kiefe, Robert J. Goldberg Apr 2019

Religiosity And Patient Engagement In Their Healthcare Among Hospital Survivors Of An Acute Coronary Syndrome, Hawa Ozien Abu, David D. Mcmanus, Catarina I. Kiefe, Robert J. Goldberg

Robert J. Goldberg

Background: Optimum management after an Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) requires considerable patient engagement/activation. Religious practices permeate people's lives and may influence engagement in their healthcare. Little is known about the relationship between religiosity and patient activation in hospital survivors of an ACS.

Methods: We recruited patients hospitalized for an ACS at six medical centers in Central Massachusetts and Georgia (2011-2013). Participants self-reported three measures of religiosity - strength and comfort from religion, making petition prayers, and awareness of intercessory prayers for health. Patient activation was assessed using the 6-item Patient Activation Measure (PAM-6). We categorized participants as either having ...


Religiosity And Patient Engagement In Their Healthcare Among Hospital Survivors Of An Acute Coronary Syndrome, Hawa Ozien Abu, David D. Mcmanus, Catarina I. Kiefe, Robert J. Goldberg Apr 2019

Religiosity And Patient Engagement In Their Healthcare Among Hospital Survivors Of An Acute Coronary Syndrome, Hawa Ozien Abu, David D. Mcmanus, Catarina I. Kiefe, Robert J. Goldberg

David D. McManus

Background: Optimum management after an Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) requires considerable patient engagement/activation. Religious practices permeate people's lives and may influence engagement in their healthcare. Little is known about the relationship between religiosity and patient activation in hospital survivors of an ACS.

Methods: We recruited patients hospitalized for an ACS at six medical centers in Central Massachusetts and Georgia (2011-2013). Participants self-reported three measures of religiosity - strength and comfort from religion, making petition prayers, and awareness of intercessory prayers for health. Patient activation was assessed using the 6-item Patient Activation Measure (PAM-6). We categorized participants as either having ...


The Social Effects Of Psychism: Spiritual Experience And The Construction Of Privatized Religion, Marty Laubach Mar 2018

The Social Effects Of Psychism: Spiritual Experience And The Construction Of Privatized Religion, Marty Laubach

Marty Laubach

What is the relationship between spiritual experiences and privatized religion? This study defines spiritual experiences in terms of “psychism,” or psychic intrusions in the stream of consciousness that are not perceived by the actor as originating within the “self.” Intrusions interpreted as psychism are regarded by the actor as having the same facticity as empirical experience and are regarded as “proof” of an esoteric belief system. Psychism originated beliefs are therefore resistant to refutation or change, and support spiritual autonomy. Psychism theory is tested using 1988 GSS data on religious beliefs, where psychism is measured using GSS questions on “paranormal ...


The Problem Of Evil And The Grammar Of Goodness, Eric Wiland Jan 2018

The Problem Of Evil And The Grammar Of Goodness, Eric Wiland

Eric Wiland

I consider the two venerated arguments about the existence of God: the Ontological Argument and the Argument from Evil. The Ontological Argument purports to show that God’s nature guarantees that God exists. The Argument from Evil purports to show that God’s nature, combined with some plausible facts about the way the world is, guarantees (or is very compelling grounds for thinking) that God does not exist. Both presume that it is coherent to predicate goodness (or greatness) of God. But if Peter Geach’s claim that goodness is logically attributive is cogent, then both arguments fall to the ...


Thanksgiving Service Celebrates All Faiths And Reminds Community To Be Thankful Nov 2017

Thanksgiving Service Celebrates All Faiths And Reminds Community To Be Thankful

Karreem Mebane

Clergy, students, faculty and staff came together at Sacred Heart University’s annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service at SHU’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit recently to celebrate the approaching holiday and share why they are thankful. 


Building A Spiritual Home: Religious Engagement Of Former Vincentian Volunteers, Scott Kelley, Patricia A. Wittberg Sc Jul 2017

Building A Spiritual Home: Religious Engagement Of Former Vincentian Volunteers, Scott Kelley, Patricia A. Wittberg Sc

Scott Kelley

Recent academic and popular literature has postulated a “story of diminishment” when speaking of the religious practice of young adults in the United States.  The current paper looks at the impact of volunteer service on the likelihood that young adults will remain connected to organized religion through an analysis of two studies of young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 who had previously participated in volunteer programs that were sponsored by various Catholic organizations in the Vincentian tradition. The first study, conducted between February and May of 2014 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA ...


The Epistemology Of Esoteric Culture: Spiritual Claim-Making Within The American Neopagan Community, Marty Laubach Jun 2017

The Epistemology Of Esoteric Culture: Spiritual Claim-Making Within The American Neopagan Community, Marty Laubach

Marty Laubach

Non-institutionalised religious communities within western esotericism, such as New Age or Neopagan subcultures, are dynamic marketplaces for knowledge construction that may appear to be chaotic and governed only by the rule of caveat emptor. However, a close examination reveals authorization processes developing along similar lines as those followed by scientific empiricism during the seventeenth century. Claims of esoteric knowledge are developed from psychism experiences, and are authenticated by examining the claimant’s social standing, the narrative structure of the claim and the interests of the claimant and the judge. Such claims are authorized by incorporation into collective action, publications, workshops ...


The Sacred And The Secular: Aligning A Marianist Mission With Professional Standards Of Practice In An Educational Leadership Doctorial Program, Darla J. Twale, Carolyn Ridenour Apr 2017

The Sacred And The Secular: Aligning A Marianist Mission With Professional Standards Of Practice In An Educational Leadership Doctorial Program, Darla J. Twale, Carolyn Ridenour

Carolyn S. Ridenour

This inquiry was conducted to explore how the characteristics of our university’s religious mission are interwoven into our educational leadership doctoral program and are manifest in the structure and learning experiences that our students encounter. We examined how these characteristics might correspond to or relate to the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards that resulted from national reform initiatives in educational leadership in the mid 1990s. We concluded that the foundations of the PhD program are built solidly on the distinctive characteristics and identity of our founders and are aligned with these professional standards as well. Implications for ...


Served Through Service: Undergraduate Students’ Experiences In Community Engaged Learning At A Catholic And Marianist University, Elizabeth M. Fogle, Savio D. Franco, Edel M. Jesse, Brent Kondritz, Lindsay Maxam, Heidi Much-Mcgrew, Cody Mcmillen, Carolyn Ridenour, Daniel J. Trunk Apr 2017

Served Through Service: Undergraduate Students’ Experiences In Community Engaged Learning At A Catholic And Marianist University, Elizabeth M. Fogle, Savio D. Franco, Edel M. Jesse, Brent Kondritz, Lindsay Maxam, Heidi Much-Mcgrew, Cody Mcmillen, Carolyn Ridenour, Daniel J. Trunk

Carolyn S. Ridenour

Students participating in sustained community service at an urban Catholic and Marianist university were volunteer informants in this qualitative exploration of the meaning they make of their service experiences. A PhD student research team (nine members) interviewed fourteen undergraduate students (eleven of whom were seniors). Findings were organized as themes constructed within three domains: background, experience, and meaning. Within “background,” students who had prior work in faith-based service before college deepened their meaning of service. Within “experience,” there were social and cultural dynamics of navigating on and off campus life, including the roles students played as well as the challenge ...


Review: 'Women In Catholic Higher Education: Border Work, Living Experiences, And Social Justice', Carolyn Ridenour Apr 2017

Review: 'Women In Catholic Higher Education: Border Work, Living Experiences, And Social Justice', Carolyn Ridenour

Carolyn S. Ridenour

Twelve writers challenge the structures and priorities of traditional Catholic colleges and universities: contemporary “reality TV” for anyone who values social justice in Catholic education. Throughout the book the writers confront the status quo of Catholic universities, questioning even those who have embraced feminist theology. The editors divided the book into three parts with subheadings that overstate their contents: “Feminist Border Work: Tensions and Contradictions” (3 chapters), “Living Experiences: Identity, Empowerment, and Action” (4 chapters), and “Social Justice: The Ideal, the Reality, and the Quest” (3 chapters). Like bookends, the editors have constructed two additional chapters: one at the beginning ...


The Black Church : Responding To The Drug-Related Mass Incarceration Of Young Black Males : "If You Had Been Here My Brother Would Not Have Died!", Sharon E. Moore, A. Christson Adedoyin, Michael A. Robinson, Daniel A. Boamah Nov 2016

The Black Church : Responding To The Drug-Related Mass Incarceration Of Young Black Males : "If You Had Been Here My Brother Would Not Have Died!", Sharon E. Moore, A. Christson Adedoyin, Michael A. Robinson, Daniel A. Boamah

Sharon E. Moore

The mass incarceration of young Black males for drug-related offences is a social issue that has broad implications. Some scholars have described this as a new form of racism that needs to be addressed through the concerted effort of various institutions, including the Black Church. In this paper the authors will elucidate the past and current roles of the Black Church, discuss the utilization of the social work Theory of Empowerment and Black Church theology to address the disproportionality of drug-related mass incarceration of young Black males, focus on initiatives undertaken by the Black Church to address this issue and ...


Using Poetry As An Aid To Life Review, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Using Poetry As An Aid To Life Review, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

Growing numbers of gerontological settings have discovered that poetry is a readily accessible resource to prompt and enrich life review among groups of older adults. Participants can sample poems at their leisure, reflecting upon them and the memories they evoke from their own lives. Many older adults find poetry replete with images and themes that express the meaning of events and relationships that surface in their life review. References to these images and themes are especially helpful in easing the participation of introverted or troubled older adults.


Spirituality: Integral To The Assessment Of The Life Satisfaction Of Retired Sisters, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Spirituality: Integral To The Assessment Of The Life Satisfaction Of Retired Sisters, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


Shame, Mystical Writers, And A Spirituality Of Self, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Shame, Mystical Writers, And A Spirituality Of Self, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


Using Older Adults' Life Review In Marriage Preparation: Report From A Pilot Project, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Using Older Adults' Life Review In Marriage Preparation: Report From A Pilot Project, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

This article examines how four guidelines for sharing reminiscences with kin soon to be married enhanced the self-understanding of older adults while helping kin to recognize patterns they are bringing into the marriage. The first guideline is to tape record or videotape the meeting with kin. The second is that the kin be physically present to question and elaborate upon the reviewers' memories. The third is that the reviewers avoid discussions about relationships involving generations younger than their own. The final guideline is that the reviewers have facilitators reconvene the original groups to hear their accounts of the meeting with ...


The Relevance Of Life Review To The Vowed Life, James J. Magee Jan 2016

The Relevance Of Life Review To The Vowed Life, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


Using Poetic Paradox To Enhance The Self-Esteem Of Shame-Driven Older Adults, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Using Poetic Paradox To Enhance The Self-Esteem Of Shame-Driven Older Adults, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

The article first identifies the characteristics of shamedriven reminiscences. It then explains how poetic paradox can draw troubled members from relentless self-criticism toward increasing self-acceptance of their life remembered. Finally, it concludes with illustrations of poetic paradox and the enabling responses that occur among the group participants.


Mysticism And Reframing Memories In Life Review Groups, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Mysticism And Reframing Memories In Life Review Groups, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

This article presents a pilot project in which reminiscence group members read mystics from several religious traditions to select imagery about the mystical theme of an unconditionally accepted "Core Self." The perspective from "Core Self," in turn, reframes unforgiving judgments some members have made about their personal history, ameliorates meager levels of self-esteem through which they have reviewed their life, and draws from their reminiscences more functional ways of managing current issues. The article concludes with examples of members offering additional insights into the life review of three colleagues that enhance the benefits of the project.


Early Church Models Of Some Elderly Ministries, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Early Church Models Of Some Elderly Ministries, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


Metaphysical Self In Other Mystical Traditions, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Metaphysical Self In Other Mystical Traditions, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


Life Review: A Spiritual Way For Older Adults, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Life Review: A Spiritual Way For Older Adults, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

This paper presents an integrative model of life review as a readily accessible resource for the spiritual well-being of older adults. The model contains a sequence of three interdependent, developmental components. The first component examines the family context within which life review occurs and the pervasive influence of this context throughout the life cycle. The second component explains the role of designated groups or confidants in facilitating the sharing of memories, emotions, and self-assessment evoked in life review. The final component explores the ways in which this companionate life review elicits and affirms for older adults new, more gratifying images ...


Older Sisters Know What They Need To Keep Up Their Morale, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Older Sisters Know What They Need To Keep Up Their Morale, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


Empowering Themselves: A Spiritual Path For Shame Bound Older Adults, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Empowering Themselves: A Spiritual Path For Shame Bound Older Adults, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

This article describes how older adults with life long deficiencies in self-esteem can draw upon their spiritual life as an ancillary source of self-empowerment in the counseling process. It explains how insight into the spiritual dimensions of five age related changes facilitates transcending shame as an older adult. It concludes by noting five stages through which older adults proceed as they find the source of their self-esteem first in God and gradually in themselves.


Determining The Predictors Of Life Satisfaction Among Retired Nuns: Report From A Pilot Project, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Determining The Predictors Of Life Satisfaction Among Retired Nuns: Report From A Pilot Project, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


Life Review, Paradox, And Self-Esteem, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Life Review, Paradox, And Self-Esteem, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


Life Review, Families, And Older Religious, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Life Review, Families, And Older Religious, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


A Spiritual Approach To Reframing Memories In Life Review Groups: Report From A Pilot Project, James J. Magee Jan 2016

A Spiritual Approach To Reframing Memories In Life Review Groups: Report From A Pilot Project, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

This article presents a pilot project in which reminiscence group members read mystics from several religious traditions to select imagery about the mystical theme of an unconditionally accepted "Core Self." The perspective from "Core Self," in turn, reframes unforgiving judgments some members have made about their personal history, ameliorates meager levels of self-esteem through which they have reviewed their lives, and draws from their reminiscences more functional ways of managing current issues. The article concludes with examples of members offering additional insights into the life review of three colleagues that enhance the benefits of the project.


A Paradoxical Model Empowering Reminiscence Group Members To Transcend Physical Impediements To Participation, James J. Magee Jan 2016

A Paradoxical Model Empowering Reminiscence Group Members To Transcend Physical Impediements To Participation, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

This article presents a pilot project with physically impaired members of four reminiscence groups in an assisted living residence. The members had already attended literary discussion groups which primed them for the project. First, they selected authors or characters described as living "once removed from their body." Then, participants filled this space with a homonym term associated with their physical condition. Finally, they reflected on their conditions from the perspective of the other homonym term. Bemused detachment replaced obsessiveness about their health and eased the interaction and candidness among group members.


A Model For The Congregational Assessment Of The Life Satisfaction Of Retired Sisters, James J. Magee Jan 2016

A Model For The Congregational Assessment Of The Life Satisfaction Of Retired Sisters, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.


Assessing A Community's Financial Situation: An Agenda For Discussions Among Community Members, James J. Magee Jan 2016

Assessing A Community's Financial Situation: An Agenda For Discussions Among Community Members, James J. Magee

James J. Magee

No abstract provided.