For centuries the concept of the Jubilee Year has been celebrated in the Christian tradition and has its origin in the ancient Hebrew tradition. The Christian scriptures state and also imply the concept of the Jubilee Year celebration in several places, though there is no specific mention of a time when there was a Jubilee Year celebration done by all the people of Israel. However, the Jubilee Year celebration was embraced by the Christian tradition to mark significant events and anniversaries in the life of the Church.
The focus of this Doctor of Ministry project was to study the relationship between a parish Jubilee Year celebration that is well done and Christian renewal. A parish Jubilee Year celebration that is well done means that a committee was in place, and there were specific activities that were well designed and spread out through the parish Jubilee Year celebration. For the context of this study, one parish was in Uganda: Pajule parish in the Archdiocese of Gulu; and three parishes were in the Diocese of Cleveland in the United States of America: St. John the Baptist, Akron; St. Hillary, Fairlawn; and Annunciation parish, Akron.
The underlying thesis of this project indicated that there was Christian renewal in all three parishes in the United States and the one parish in Uganda. There were many similarities among the parishes in the United States in the activities in which they engaged as part of their Jubilee Year celebration, and in the actual outcomes of the celebration. However, when compared to the one parish in Uganda, there were stark differences, mainly because of cultural and geographical differences.
All in all, the determining factor for Christian renewal in the three U.S. parishes was dependent upon a parish having a structure in place for the celebration, as well as planned activities and an effort being made to follow through. Even if the plans of the parish Jubilee Year celebration were not well executed or disrupted by unforeseen events, as long as some efforts were made to implement the existing plans through the parish Jubilee structures that were in place, Christian renewal took place to some degree.
|School:||Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/06, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Biblical studies, Theology, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||A comparison of jubilee year celebrations, Christian, Christian renewal, Jubilee celebration, Jubilee year, Jubilee year renewal, Parish, Parish jubilee year|
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