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The sacrificial embrace: exploring contemporary English parish clergy lives

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Expository Times
Issue number8
Volume126
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)378-388
Publication statusPublished
Early online date27/06/14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Describing clergy experiences ‘in their own words’, this paper reflects on the findings of a qualitative study (by the authors) on the lives of contemporary Church of England parish clergy.1 From the data, themes of obedience, sacrifice and intimacy emerge to provide an explanatory framework for clergy lives. In applying theological, social science and occupational management perspectives, the research counters the literature about clergy failures. While acknowledging a range of clergy views about the nature of faith and commitment, it nevertheless reveals an enduring and authentic vocational steadfastness among priests across the years.