Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care
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Spiritual Dimensions of Pastoral Care

Practical Theology in a Multidisciplinary Context

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Written by significant researchers and practitioners within the field, this unique collection of key texts introduces the reader to practical theology. It critically explores the way in which the spiritual dimension of pastoral care has entered into constructive dialogue with other disciplines and ways of thinking, including: psychiatry, psychology, counselling, intercultural studies, educational methodology, narrative theory and political studies.Set within this multidisciplinary context, the individual contributions (a selection of articles from a leading journal of pastoral theology, Contact: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies) cover a wide range of practical and theological issues that alert the reader to the spiritual dimension of pastoral care, such as bereavement, sexuality, ethics, learning disabilities, infertility, the meaning of pain, sickness and suffering and the nature of theology as a practical discipline. The book is an invaluable resource for practitioners, researchers, students and all who have an interest in the ways in which a spiritual dimension can enhance caring practices within a multidisciplinary context.
RELATED TOPICS: Religion & Spirituality
'The essays cover a wide range of practical and theological issues such as bereavement, sexuality, ethics, learning disabilities, infertility, the meaning of pain, sickness and suffering and the nature of theology as a practical discipline.'- Leveson Newsletter'This is a significant book... we have here an important source book and significant history of the key debates in pastoral theology and care over the last 40 years in Britain.'- Modern Believing'David Willows and John Swinton have assembled a collection of essays that illustrate the wide range of concerns of some of those who, in recent decades, have agreed on one thing if nothing else: that theology should do something useful. As Dr. Walton concludes: "This is how theology is done."'- Church Times'Jessica Kingsley are to be applauded for their expansion into the area of spirituality since social and community work in the UK tends to be secular-based and suspicious of this dimension. Personal growth is to be seen as a process of discovery and the development of spiritual wisdom or " transformational knowledge". Spiritual care must take seriously the "via negativa" experienced by many ageing people in which God seems to be absent. Personal care and support in suffering must not be privatised as to ignore its corporate and political dimensions. An essential tool in pastoral care is the person's own story and transforming power.'- Plus (Christian Council on Ageing)'Practical theology, however, is an ambitious and largely successful attempt to examine God's ongoing revelation in the daily lives of ordinary people. Pastoral theology, a further development of practical theology is, in the words of James Newton, the study of "human caring as a site of God's incarnation". For those involved in pastoral care who seek to find essays that speak, in theological terms, to the realities of their own lives and to their "caring ministry" this collection of essays will be both informative and useful. The topics covered are both practical and theological and include such issues as bereavement, sexuality, ethics, learning disabilities, infertility, sickness and suffering.'From its roots in ministerial training, pastoral theology has emerged as a challenging mode of theology which not only applies, but also constructs and clarifies theological understanding, including that of pastoral care. The editors have brought together 22 articles written over a period of 30 years, that help to demonstrate the development and range of pastoral theology. They represent constructive dialogues with other disciplines such as psychology, political studies, educational methodology, and counselling, and the attention to pastoral issues, including suffering, sexuality, and ethics, makes this book a resource for ministers and practitioners. James Mathers encourages a healthy and health-centred society to understand death as a natural part of life. Alastair Campbell examines the therapeutic captivity of pastoral care, where ethical responsibility and structural evil are ignored. Michael Wilson emphasises the same point through challenging pastoral carers to look beyond the individual to the political context and the community relationships. The book ends with a section on Practical Theology as Story, where there is a challenge to creativity in helping people to find their own stories within God's story. We find that we have reached a familiar conclusion as this book on pastoral theology points us toward new ways of being church, in which the vulnerable and the hurting are able to tell their stories and find good news in God's story and amongst God's people.'- Regent's Reviews'It would be difficult to find a more distinguished collection of authors than the ones in this volume, or a more timely subject - the spiritual revelations that God gives to common believers. For too long, theology has been dominated by historical and philosophical studies, which, though valuable, often ignore the fact that God has yet more truth to reveal to the world. Practical theology is the study of God's ongoing revelations of love and power in the daily lives of ordinary people. Pastoral theology is the study of human caring as a site of God's incarnation. This volume promises to move all theology forward in its carefully developed and often inspiring essays on the spiritual dimension of pastoral care.'- James Newton Poling, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
David Willows, PhD, was Editor of Contact: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies from 1997-2000. A former mental health chaplain in Oxford, he is currently Examining Chaplain for Educational Studies to the Bishop of London and Research Director of the Paternoster Centre, London. John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy; King's College, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, and a minister in the Church of Scotland.
Introduction, David Willows and John Swinton, Contact Quarterly Part One: The Emergence of Practical Theology. 1. Pastoral theology: Towards a new discipline (1983), Anthony Dyson, formerly University of Manchester. 2. Can theology be practical? (1992), Paul Ballard, Cardiff University and British and Irish Association of Practical Theology. 3. A vision of pastoral theology: In search of words that resurrect the dead (1994), Stephen Pattison with James Woodward, Cardiff University. Part Two: Practical Theology and the Art of Theological Reflection. 4. Pastoral action and theological reflection (1989), David Lyall, University of Edinburgh and New College. 5. The case study method in theological education (1990), Michael Northcott, University of Edinburgh. 6. The personality profile of Anglican clergymen (1994), Leslie Francis, University of Wales, Bangor and Raymond Rodger, Personal Assistant to the Bishop of Lincoln. 7. Practical theology as a theological form (1996), Emmanuel Lartey, University of Birmingham. Part Three: Practical Theology in Search of Practical Wisdom. 8. Pain, sickness and suffering (1980), Kenneth Boyd, University of Edinburgh and Church of Scotland. 9. Pastoral counselling and psychotherapy (1985), Michael Jacobs, formerly Leicester University. 10. Truth or dare? Sexuality, liturgy and pastoral theology (1994), Elaine Graham, University of Manchester. 11.Friendship in community: Creating a space for love (1997), John Swinton. Part Four: Practical Theology in Critical Dialogue. 12. Objections to a national pastoral organisation (1971) Robert Lambourne, formerly University of Birmingham. 13. Religion and psychotherapy: Friends or foes? (1978), Irene Bloomfield, Association of Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling. 14. The theology of pastoral counselling (1980) Frank Lake, founder of the Clinical Theology Association. 15. Pastors or counsellors? (1992) Alan Billings, parish priest. 16. Where is the theology of British pastoral counselling? (1996), Gordon Lynch, University of Birmingham. Part Five: Practical Theology and Social Action. 17. A healthy society? (1976), James Mathers, formerly University of Birmingham. 18. The politics of pastoral care (1979), Alastair Campbell, University of Bristol. 19. Personal care and political action (1985), Michael Wilson, formerly University of Birmingham. Part Six: Practical Theology as Story. 20. Telling tales: The narrative dimension of pastoral care and counselling (1998), Gordon Lynch, University of Birmingham and David Willows. 21. The challenge of creativity (1999), David Aldridge, University of Witten Herdecke, Germany. 22. Passion and pain: Conceiving theology out of infertility (1999), Heather Walton, University of Glasgow. References. Index.
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