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1. Garrett, Carol Marie. Can these bones live? : Ezekiel 37:1-14 : the fabric of discontent between church and community : a prophetic message.

Degree: D. Min., 2017, University of Rochester

In this dissertation, I will explore how the discontent between church and community have caused residents near and around Portland Avenue to lose hope. The valley of dry bones offers an analogy for this community with data from personal interviews revealing the downward spiral over time. This project will examine the commitment of the church to the local community, leadership, and prophetic preaching. The language used in Ezekiel 37, symbolizes the oracles of deliverance and salvation. It illustrates Ezekiel’s dilemma preaching to a community in exile. Questions to be asked are: (1) What has changed within the urban context from then to now? (2) What are the barriers that prevent the prophetic work of justice and mercy? (3) What is the commitment of the church to the community? And (4) What will be the outcome of prophetic preaching in an urban community? These questions will determine my findings regarding churches performing their prophetic work in a community identified as being hopeless. I, an African American woman and preacher, like Ezekiel was placed in the middle of a valley of the dry bones. A prophetic response is ideal for the process of social change and community survival. When prophesying to a community identified as dry bones, the church must be willing to build relationships with residents in its geographical area and create an environment that residents can reciprocate connections with the church.

Subjects/Keywords: Church; Prophetic preaching; Ezekiel; Fabric; Community; Fatal crescent; Hood; Black feminist; Female prophets; Leadership; Racism.

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APA (6th Edition):

Garrett, C. M. (2017). Can these bones live? : Ezekiel 37:1-14 : the fabric of discontent between church and community : a prophetic message. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of Rochester. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1802/32869

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Garrett, Carol Marie. “Can these bones live? : Ezekiel 37:1-14 : the fabric of discontent between church and community : a prophetic message.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Rochester. Accessed August 23, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/1802/32869.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Garrett, Carol Marie. “Can these bones live? : Ezekiel 37:1-14 : the fabric of discontent between church and community : a prophetic message.” 2017. Web. 23 Aug 2017.

Vancouver:

Garrett CM. Can these bones live? : Ezekiel 37:1-14 : the fabric of discontent between church and community : a prophetic message. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Rochester; 2017. [cited 2017 Aug 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1802/32869.

Council of Science Editors:

Garrett CM. Can these bones live? : Ezekiel 37:1-14 : the fabric of discontent between church and community : a prophetic message. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of Rochester; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1802/32869

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