Managing Clergy Lives: Obedience, Sacrifice, Intimacy
Managing Clergy Lives: Obedience, Sacrifice, Intimacy

Managing Clergy Lives: Obedience, Sacrifice, Intimacy

by Nigel Peyton, Caroline Gatrell


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Managing Clergy Lives gives a unique insight into the everyday lives of Church of England parish priests. It examines how men and women priests manage their many and everyday commitments to God, the Church and their personal relationships. In a fast-changing world, Managing Clergy Lives shows how the vocational commitment of priests to their ordinal vows remains steadfast. For today's clergy, the ordained life means obedience, sacrifice and a loss of intimacy, embodied in spiritual self-discipline and the ultimate dedication of body and soul to God.

Written by an Anglican Bishop (Peyton) in Dundee and a Senior Lecturer from Lancaster University (Gatrell), Managing Clergy Lives opens a window onto clergy households in terms of personal relationships, spirituality and work-home balance. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with 46 Area/Rural Deans, it reports their everyday experiences using their own words. The book reveals the stories behind the enduring commitment within the Church and gets behind the scenes in order to understand the staying power of men and women who are 'becoming priests' across a lifetime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441137920
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/07/2013
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1 In Search of Priesthood \ 1.1 Parish clergy and the Church of England \ 2 'Lights still burban in vicarage windows' \ 1.3 The ordination of women \ 2 Describing Clergy Lives \ 2.1 The research sample \ 2.2 Clergy optimism \ 2.3 Faithful community pastors \ 3 Obedient Clergy Bodies \ 3.1. The panopticon of ordination \ 3.2 Promise and praxis - Life in the vicarage; Collared: visible and vulnerable \ 3.3 Bodies out of place? Gender and race - Reverend mother: the baby in the priestly body; Daniel: embodying race \ 3.4 Getting to the finishing line \ 4 The Sacrificial Embrace \ 4.1 Sacrificial agency: governing the soul - Sacrificial Embrace: a meta-theme; Sacrificial selves \ 4.2 Vocational professionalism - Professional identity; Women and professional work; Gender and impression management; Clergy professionalism: cultivating virtue; Clergy accountability: ministerial review \ 4.3 Clergy careers: ambition, preferment and disappointment \ 4.4 Labour without reward - Pauline's account; Stipends and pension worries; Housing anxieties; A household contract? Accumulative opportunity cost \ 4.5 Emotional labour \ 5 Lost Intimacies \ 5.1 Personal relationships \ 5.2 Relationships in organisations - Church as a moral community; Organisational sexuality; Friendship \ 5.3 Clergy marriages - The transformation of intimacy; Married to the ministry?; Marriages at risk \ 5.4 Family practices - Happy families? Two clergy couples; Clergy households and work-home balance \ 5.5 Home alone? Secrets and sexuality - Issues and secrets: clergy sexuality; Single clergy; Gay clergy \ 5.6 The erosion of intimacy \ 6 Still priestly after all these years \ 6.1 The research participants: where are they now? \ 6.2 Holy representative: Minister of Word and Sacrament \ 6.3 Priest and person: belonging and believing \ 6.4 Finding priesthood and understanding authenticity \ 7 Prospects for priesthood \ 7.1 Feminization of the clergy \ 7.2 Designer ministries \ 7.3 Disestablishment and the end of the parish? \ 7.4 Valuing, acknowledging and reinforcing the role of clergy

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