The Rev. Bev. Brazier invites you to participate in a research project. There are two letters below: for ministry personnel and  for lay folk.

If you are willing to participate please contact Bev by clicking no this link to her email. Bev’s Email Address.

Letter for Ministry Personnel

Dear Colleague –

I’m doing some research, and inviting you to consider taking part.

The background is this: it’s now been 25 years since 1988 (can you believe it???).  As a result, I’ve been remembering, and been in conversation with some colleagues who, like me, were in pastoral charges and early in our ministry at that time. It struck me that there is a wealth of experience and stories from that time, and it seems to me that they ought to be told, collected, and passed on.

Is this something you’d consider participating in? Some of the people who went through it with us have already died – and it seems as though it was a unique situation, and those of us serving at that time have things to pass on and it would be a shame if these experiences were lost.

It would involve, minimally, me sending out a series of questions. (These are listed below). If you choose to, I’d ask you to take some time, and respond to each question with a narrative, as long or short as you like, (but I’m hoping for more than one or two sentences) and send your responses back to me by July 1.

In responding, please let me know if you’d like to go further with this by

  1. gathering one or two colleagues to share memories and stories based on the questions I’ve asked, and sending me the gist of your conversations, any stories that should have a wider audience

and/or

  1. doing a longer, face to face or Skype interview with me.

I’m doing this completely on my own – it’s not for a course, or anything else. Just my own personal interest. I have some hunches about how we’ve been changed as individuals and as a church but I want to hear from others. Once I collect the material though, it’s important for you to know that I’ll write it up, sanitized to remove names and details that might identify people. I’ll share it somehow, seeking publication, or finding some other way to get the stories out to a wider audience.

Take a look at the questions, let me know

  1. will you do it?

Any questions you’d add or change

  1. will you share the request with others you know?

Thanks so much, Bev Brazier

PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING, TAKING AS MUCH TIME AND SPACE AS YOU NEED

  1. Where were you serving in 1988?
  2. How long had you been there?
  3. Say a bit about your general experience of pastoral ministry at that time.
  4. Please describe at least two stories from that time that you would call positive or hopeful
  5. Please describe at least two stories from that time that were negative
  6. what are your memories of Presbytery life at that time?
  7. How would you say your pastoral identity and practice have been affected by 1988?
  8. How would you say we as a denomination have been affected by 1988?
  9. Is there a Biblical story, character, concept that seems to express any of this for you?

 


 

An Invitation for Lay Folk

Hello friends –

I’m doing some research, and inviting you to consider taking part.

The background is this: it’s now been 25 years since 1988 (can you believe it???). As a result, I’ve been
in conversation with people who were involved in their congregations then. It struck me that there is a
wealth of experience and stories from that time, and it seems to me that they ought to be told, collected,
and passed on.
Is this something you’d consider participating in?
It would involve, minimally, me sending out a series of questions. These are listed below. If you
choose to, I’d ask you to take some time, and respond to each question as long or short as you like, (but
I’m hoping for more than one or two sentences) and send your responses back to me by July 1.
In responding, please let me know if you’d like to go further with this by doing a longer, face to face or
Skype with me.
I’m doing this completely on my own – it’s not for a course, or anything else. Once I collect the
material though, it’s important for you to know that I’ll write it up somehow, sanitized to remove names
and details that might identify people. I’ll share it somehow, seeking publication or some other way to
get the stories out for a wider audience.
Take a look at the questions, let me know
1) will you do it?
2) Any questions you’d add or change
3) will you share the request with others you know?
Thanks so much
Bev Brazier
PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING, TAKING AS MUCH TIME AND SPACE AS YOU NEED

Where were you worshipping in 1988?
How long had you been there?
How were you involved in your church at that time? (on the board, in the choir….etc)
Say a bit about your general experience of church at that time.
Please describe at least two stories from that time that you would call positive or hopeful
Please describe at least two of your worst memories from that time
How would you say your own faith has been affected by 1988?
How would you say we as a denomination have been affected by 1988?
Is there a Biblical story or image or passage that seems to speak to your experience of 1988, and if so, how?