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Dissertation Published via ProQuest

A local faith-partnership's story of compassionate community

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Dr. Dena Michele Rosko's dissertation published via ProQuest 2017

Thank you ProQuest for publishing my dissertation for my PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University about a local faith partnership's story of compassion + community (10616493). I have volunteered with this partnership for over five years with storycrafting consulting services, various human health + service programs, + leader coaching.

This dissertation shows possibilities for applied + creative research for people who desire to design strategic + actionable health systems after the heart of what matters to those who support people who experience suffering because they have been marginalized from access to basic needs + safe love. Onward now to the anthropology of writing for health systems <3:

I integrated data from photographs and stories with participant visions of an ideal future for partnerships. I combined organizational compassion and communitas from anthropology to search for the qualities of compassionate communitas in the sources. I call this approach storied systems design, + I continue to apply it to health systems in my current projects.

Unexpected findings emphasized partnerships as relationship whilst people walk with others through suffering, + the natural environment as the hosting context for partnerships that function as a health system. Some other themes involved transition to motherhood, desire for a spiritual family in the absence of a support system, + the need to address wealth disparity with a softer side of designing society similar to a photograph of a Last Supper quilt to comfort + beautify us from what ails us in-between the for-/non- profit divide.

Dove Painting Acrylic on Pine Board (c) Dena Michele Rosko 2021

Participants envisioned a world where clients + partners alike give/receive each other's unique giftedness for basic + safe love for all to thrive. Participants idealized this faith-inspired vision of spiritual hospitality as coming to the table. Findings matter for health systems as the demand for lay partnerships grows around the world, + for various needs essential to human flourishing.

Dissertation available for purchase via ProQuest. Per a contact at ProQuest, I am free to disseminate + promote my work in whatever medium or mode I choose. Access the dissertation via Scribd if you cannot afford the cost of purchase. I ask that you cite me, contact me if any questions about this dissertation for your current research so as to cite-it-well, + help me to promote this work in your social media channels + word-of-mouth.

Rosko, D. M. (2017). Storied systems design for faith-based cross-sector social partnerships via organizational compassion and anthropological communitas (Published doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection.

Contact me if questions or intrigue about my current creative projects + future research that applies storied systems design to improve or support health systems, especially for perinatal lived experience + practice. Please visit the home page to learn more. Thank you ProQuest for staying student-centered, publishing the correct file, + answering my inquiries.

I saved the best for last: I birthed a beautiful baby boy whilst finishing candidacy. PhD- + Dr- Moms please contact me if you want encouragement + support! We succeed together.


Dr. Dena

Dena Michele Rosko, PhD, MA, CLCM encourages and inspires people to develop cultures of heritage in their ministries, partnerships, and organizations by writing, publishing, and training creative content about heritage theology, formation, and care across multiple genres, by facilitating groups, workshops, and retreats with dialogue and heritage circles, and by consulting and coaching leaders, advocates, carers, and families. The gospel promises a beautiful story of a shared heritage together in Christ that can bless and light the world!