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Healing Wisdom: Depth Psychology and the Pastoral Ministry

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2010 / Paperback

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* Our society's religious diversity has complicated our understanding of what it means to "care for souls." What core values and skills should pastoral counselors embody? Inspired by Ann Belford Ulanov's work, this introductory text explores how "healing wisdom" influences ministry practices, human flourishing, and suffering and evil. Contributors include Rodney Hunter, Pamela Cooper-White, and David Augsburger. 202 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 202
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802862543
ISBN-13: 9780802862549
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Publisher's Description

While the field of pastoral care and counseling has emerged as a strength within the Christian tradition, the increasing religious diversity of our society has complicated our understanding of the "care of souls." What core values should pastoral caregivers seek to embody? What core competencies are required for this care? The contributors to this volume show that the answers to these questions for any compassionate ministry must use "healing wisdom" as a source of fundamental values.

"A well-prepared minister is not afraid to face the depths of human suffering," say the editors. "The ability to offer a 'non-anxious presence' to those in need, to bracket the pain of one's own woundedness while listening empathically, to face head-on the purifying fires of human transformation -- these are a few of the qualities in ministry we designate as 'healing wisdom.' "

Inspired by the work of Ann Belford Ulanov, this introductory text in pastoral care explores the depth dimensions of pastoral ministry with an eye toward teaching practitioners to value and embody this life-giving wisdom. It captures many of the multiple strands of pastoral work and weaves them together into an integral whole.

Contributors:
  • David W. Augsburger
  • Pamela Cooper-White
  • Russell H. Davis
  • Kathleen J. Greider
  • Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger
  • Rodney J. Hunter
  • Cedric C. Johnson
  • James W. Jones
  • Felicity Brock Kelcourse
  • Kyungsig Samuel Lee
  • K. Brynolf Lyon
  • Ana-Marφa Rizzuto
  • Daniel S. Schipani

Author Bio

Kathleen J. Greider is professor of practical theology,spiritual care, and counseling at Claremont School ofTheology.
Felicity Brock Kelcourse is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Christian Theological Seminary.
Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger is Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

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