Amy Huntereece, Ph.D. is a 2021 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Amy Huntereece at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Joseph Wegwert, Committee Member, Dr. Lize Booysen, Committee Chair, Dr. Lemuel Watson, Committee Member
- Lize (A.E.) Booysen, DBL, Committee Chair
- Lemuel W. Watson, Ed.D., Committee Member
- Joseph C. Wegwert, Ph.D., Committee Member
Unitarian Universalist, religious education, faith formation, engagement, Generation X, Millennials, parenting, action research, adaptive leadership, collaborative leadership
The issues that this research addressed were the changes related to engagement in religious education (RE) in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) church in the past several decades. To address this problem, the purpose of this research was to innovatively problem-solve with other religious professionals and consider how to redefine engagement to support families in their faith formation. The research aims to answer the question: How could UU RE professionals more effectively engage families in faith formation opportunities designed to meet the desired outcomes of RE parents/caregivers? To gather data, interviews with seven Millennial and Generation X parents/caregivers from the Baja 4 UU congregations in Southern Arizona were conducted. The interviews were transcribed, coded, and analyzed. The data from interviews provided insight about Gen X and Millennial parents’/caregivers’ needs, desires, and expectations and gaps in their RE program, types of multigenerational offerings, and alternative approaches to engagement. A new RE engagement pilot study was designed by a team of innovators and launched for three weeks. Following the pilot study, a summarizing focus group was facilitated. Parents/caregivers had the opportunity to offer additional thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. Together we made meaning of the data from the interviews and focus groups and synthesized it to redefine engagement and offer pedagogical indications for the future of faith formation in the UU church. This dissertation is accompanied by one MP4 file. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA, https://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/etd.
Huntereece, A. (2021). Shifting Paradigms: Using Action Research to Redefine Engagement in Faith Formation in Unitarian Universalism. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/714
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