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School of Theology and Ministry

Melissa Kelley

associate professor of pastoral care and counseling and
co-director of contextual education

Melissa Kelly

Contact Information

melissa.kelley.1@bc.edu | (617) 552-6521
9 Lake Street, Room 320


Education

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Boston University)


Areas of Interest

Dr. Kelley’s primary research interests are pastoral care and counseling, grief and loss, death and dying, pastoral care of the family, prophetic pastoral care, and pastoral formation for ministry.


About

Melissa M. Kelley is associate professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and the faculty director of the Professional Ministry Practicum at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Previously, she was on the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA.  She has many years of pastoral-clinical experience, including serving as a campus minister for 14 years at both Boston College and Emmanuel College in Boston.  She holds a PhD from Boston University in pastoral psychology.

Dr. Kelley is a fellow and nationally certified pastoral counselor through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.  She is also certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement through the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the primary organization in the country for all bereavement researchers, educators, and clinicians.   She is a pastoral formation guide with the Metropolitan Boston Association of the United Church of Christ and is the author of Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry, published in 2010 by Augsburg Fortress Press.


Courses

Fall 2014
Sabbatical

Spring 2015
Death and Dying (TMPS 7018)
Professional Ministry Practicum (TMPS 8023)

Other Courses
Pastoral Care of the Family
Grief and Loss
Grief and the Bible


Recent Publications

Kelley, M. (2013).  Pastoral implications of 1 Kings 21:1-10, (11-14), 15-21a.  Lectionary Homiletics, 24 (4), 21-22.

Kelley, M. (2013).  Pastoral implications of 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14. Lectionary Homiletics, 24 (4), 41-42.

Kelley, M. (2013).  Compassionate listening: Healing skills and sensitivities.  In Healing God’s People: Pastoral Approaches and Practical Skills.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. 

Kelley, M. & Chan, K. (2012).  Assessing the role of attachment to God, meaning, and religious coping as mediators in the grief experience.  Death Studies, 36, 199-227.

Kelley, M.  (2010). Grief: Contemporary Theory and the Practice of Ministry.  Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

Kelley, M. (2010).  Loss through the lens of attachment to God.  In M. Jordan and W. Schmidt, eds., The Spiritual Horizon of Psychotherapy (pp. 87-105), New York: Routledge.

Kelley, M. (2009).  Loss through the lens of attachment to God.  Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 11, 88-106.

Kelley, M. (2009).  The grace of teaching mistakes.  Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, 11, 282-289.

Kelley, M. (2007).  The losses of leaving home.  In St Mary’s College Study Bible (p. 763), Winona, MN: St. Mary’s Press.

Kelley, M. (2007).  Relationship violence.  In St Mary’s College Study Bible (p. 1476), Winona, MN: St. Mary’s Press.

Kelley, M. (2007).  Restorative justice.  In St Mary’s College Study Bible (p. 1346), Winona, MN: St. Mary’s Press.