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Find insight and wisdom from more than 20 contributors to help in dealing with those who come to you with various forms of oppression in their lives. Oppression may come in the community because of ethnic background, race, addiction, disability, homelessness, or sexual orientation. Contributors include seminary professors and seasoned practitioners.
Pastoral care is often focused on individual problems, but much of what harms and impedes us stems from the larger social maladies at work in our lives. This unprecedented gathering of two dozen essays discusses the realities of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, and classism prevalent within the church and society in an effort to broaden and inform pastoral caregivers with the knowledge and the skills needed to respond effectively to oppressed and marginalized persons. The volumes also help pastors to reflect on the ways their own social location has an impact on their ministries and to gain familiarity with resources available to support pastoral caregivers in a variety of contexts.