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Showcases the Romero House group and her program of Integration for Ministry that provides adult education and m inistry formation
Lays out a transformative Contemplative Theological Reflection Process leading to conversion, contemplation, and holiness through practice and dialogue
Enlists Scripture, social justice concerns, and a cast of critical thinkers in the theology of ministry
Anyone involved in ministry-whether in formation programs, in parishes, or in social justice activities-will welcome this creative, process-oriented framework for ministerial theology and faith development, a framework that is firmly grounded in the minister's grassroots experience.
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 (inches)|
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The Long Journey takes us into the heart of Jerusalem, Mount Zion, the site of the Benedictine Dormition Monastery, a place where pilgrims, seekers, and peacemakers come for liturgies, prayer, and conversation. Our guide on this journey is James Paharik, who in nine closely woven essays, leads us through the labyrinthine spaces of Jerusalem, al the while digging through the layers of history to expose the rich stories that are the foundation of the city. We meet not only Jews and Palestinians but also Armenian and Ethiopian Christians, +¬migr+¬s and expatriates, living and working in this polyglot place. Paharik reveals hearts damaged by violence but also brimming with hope that Israel will one day soon live up to her calling, as expressed in Psalm 76:
In Judah God is known,
his name is great in Israel.
His abode has been established in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war.
James G. Paharik, PhD, is a member of the sociology faculty at Seton Hill University. He writes and teaches in the areas of comparative genocide and peace studies. Paharik is director of research and curriculum design for Beit Benedict Peace Academy and an oblate of Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem.
The never-ending demands of ministry can lead many ministers to compassion fatigue, an experience of burnout that deadens not only our work but also our spiritual lives. Kathleen McAlpins Ministry that Transforms offers a path toward new life and fresh meaning in ministry. The book outlines a practical method of theological reflection drawn from the authors journey with Romero House, a Toronto community dedicated to housing and assisting refugees. Through the inspiring stories of seven dedicated individuals, McAlpin shares a model of reflection that is full of wisdom, theological insight, and pastoral sensitivity. It is a model of ongoing conversion that both ministry students and experienced ministers will find lifeaffirming and lifegiving. - Edward P. Hahnenberg, PhD, Past consultant to the US Bishops Subcommittee on Lay Ministry, Author of Ministries:A Relational Approach and A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II
McAlpins Ministry That Transforms marks a new more practical and more spiritual stage in theological reflection. This bookclear, practical, and forcefulmakes explicit the requirements for graceful pastoral reflection in todays world: a reflection firmly rooted in a community of faith and action; where there exists an ongoing courtship of mercy and justice; with the expectation of transformationboth of participants and the world.
The community of McAlpins reflection is Romero House in Toronto that shelters immigrants and refugees as they arrive in Canada; here a ministry of mercy flowers into demands of justice for societys most vulnerable members. This model of contemplation in action would delight the heart of Ignatius Loyola.
Readers will find in McAlpins two brief appendices an excellent illustration of how her method of reflection proceeds.Few pleasures rival that of professors watching their student surpass them in a creative contribution to society. - James and Evelyn Whitehead, Authors of Method in Ministry
The powerful and convincing thesis of Kathleen McAlpin that it is in the service of others and through reflection on that experience we become truly contemplative and authentic disciples of Jesus, is carefully and theologically articulated in this splendid book, Ministry That Transforms. Theories of transformational learning described by the author are brought to life through the experience of seven participants who the author comes to know as they assist refugees of Romera House through the legal procedures required to become landed immigrants in Canada. Particularly meaningful for me was the personal reflection of the author herself as she struggled and learned not to project her own perspectives and spirituality on the participants. This book offers not only content but above all reflection on an experience rooted in a compelling reality. It is a valuable tool for practitioners on many levels. - Margaret Brennan, IHM, Professor Emerita, Regis College, Toronto, Ontario