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...
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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.
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.
Kathleen J. Grieder is Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California.
Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger (Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City) is professor of pastoral theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister, she is interested in educating clergy and laypeople to offer theologically sound and psychologically informed pastoral care in the church. As a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, she has received extensive training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, having worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is a member of the Society for Pastoral Theology and of the Karl Barth Society of North America. Her major publications include Theology and Pastoral Counseling: A New Interdisciplinary Approach (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1995), The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies, ed. Wesley Carr, Donald Capps, Robin Gill, Anton Obholzer, Ruth Page, Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Rowan Williams (SPCK and Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2002) and Pray without Ceasing: Revitalizing Pastoral Care (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2006).