Caring Cultures: How Congregations Respond to the Sick  -     By: Susan J. Dunlap
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Caring Cultures: How Congregations Respond to the Sick

Baylor University Press / 2009 / Paperback

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Helping sick people requires an understanding of their culture. Caring Cultures examines how three churches from three different cultures respond to their members in times of illness. Learn how different church cultures approach "healing" in a larger sense than simply medical healing. Pastors and health-care workers will gain great insight from this book, especially through its touching stories of lives in crisis.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 260
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1932792872
ISBN-13: 9781932792874
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Skilled pastoral caregiving, Susan Dunlap argues, requires an understanding of the culture of the local congregation where it is practiced. An engaging example par excellence, "Caring Cultures" looks closely at three very different congregations' responses to the body in times of illness: an African American congregation in the Apostolic Holiness tradition; a Euro-American mainstream Protestant church; and the Latino members in a Roman Catholic parish.

With vivid examples drawn from the author's interviews and observations, this beautifully written book shows how each congregation has developed divergent ways of thinking about the body, habits of responding to it, and understandings of God's response to the body's pain or peril. The author offers unusually rich descriptions of care-giving as it is displayed in these three congregations, integrating both well-explained theory and moving personal stories.

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