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Pastoral Care and Social Conflict: Essays in Honor of Charles V. Gerkin [Paperback]

By Pamela Couture (Author)
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The authors of the essays in this volume look into the next 15 years, forecast the conditions of social change and potential conflict, and propose changes for the theory and practice of pastoral care. Some of the crucial problems discussed include race, gender, politics, aging, economics, medical care, sexuality, and the neglect of children.

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This volume honors the life work of Charles V. Gerkin, Franklin N. Parker Professor of Pastoral Theology, Emeritus, at Candler School of Theology. Eighteen scholars attempt to determine to what extent current models of care and counseling are adequate for meeting the pastoral needs of society. The contributors address such issues as abortion; child abuse; racism; and conflicts between the sexes, generations, economic classes, ethnic groups, races, and religious and moral cultures.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 19, 1999
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687302676  
ISBN13  9780687302673  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Pamela Couture is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean at Saint Paul School of Theology, in Kansas City, Missouri, where she also serves as a professor of practical theology. She is a well-established writer and has given numerous presentations, throughout the United States and internationally, on the societal issues of children.

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The Foundation and Future of Pastoral Care  Jul 5, 2007
Pastoral Care and Social Conflict is a collection of essays compiled in honor of Charles V. Gerkin, one of the pioneers of the modern pastoral care movement. The eighteen scholars who are represented in this compilation examine the foundations of pastoral care, its present state, and where it is headed in the future.

The authors begin by examining the history of the pastoral care movement, the cultural situations that gave rise to it, and the movement's embedded convictions. The authors then turn to numerous contemporary social issues. They examine how pastoral care interfaces with issues such as single parents, postmodern family, aging, gender, sexuality, abortion, and race. Finally the authors discuss the current trends in contemporary pastoral care as it seeks to meet the challenges of contemporary society.

Pastoral Care and Social Conflict is not an easy read. But for those who are concerned about the interface between pastoral care and contemporary issues, it is worth your time.
The Changing Contours of Pastoral Care  Mar 2, 2007
In Pastoral Care and Social Conflict, numerous authors combine to stretch the boundaries, challenge the barriers and define the changing dynamics of pastoral care. What is the nature of pastoral care? In what ways is it, and should it, be in dialogue with its ever-shifting environment of conflicting pressures and needs? Furthermore, how can theology, sociology and psychology work to strengthen and deepen the work of pastoral care? These are some of the issues the authors seek to probe in this volume.

They invite us to wrestle with issues such as single parenting, abortion, inclusivism and postmodern ways of constructing family life. In this regard, the book does a fine job of helping readers to see the need of having a theologically-anchored, yet fluid-around-the-edges type of pastoral care ministry to persons who are facing these, and other, real-life challenges. The anchor keeps pastoral care in the cultivating context of the church community -- while the fluidity reminds pastoral care providers that pastoral care must not be kept within the confines of the church, but it must keep both informed and informing in relation to the social cures as well as the social conflicts escalating in the world today.

Pastoral Care and Social Conflict is not an easy read but it is a worthy read. Some chapters will inevitably appeal to certain readers more than others. Such is the nature of such a multifaceted volume. Any serious and prolonged interaction with the book, however, should cause nearly any reader concerned with the shape and significance of pastoral care to consider and reconsider its present work through the church and into the world.
PASTORAL CARE  Mar 2, 2007
Pastoral Care and Social Conflict
Pamela D. Couture and Rodney J. Hunter, Eds.

This is a book of essays honoring the work of pastoral care done by Charles V. Gerkin, a literal pioneer in the field. Gerkin served Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, where he worked against racism, and sought to prepare many men and women to gi ve exemplary care in institutional and congregational settings. This book includes essays that deal with the social issues that Gerkin himself was devoted to during his stellar career
One essay discussing the future of pastoral care talks about the seperation from the church. Historically pastoral care was performed by a pastor of a local congregation. The congregation provided his salary, and what was done was in harmony with that tradition. Couture, who happens to be one of the writers of this particular essay, goes on to say that in the past couple of decades more and more pastoral care has been done outside of the local congregation, and paid for by institution. However, the economics of this are getting very weak, as more and more health-care providers are saying there is no need for this kind of help.. However, she says there is hope for God will help us make creative changes to continue ministering to the spiritual, social, psychological and even physical needs of people.
There is one other essay I found helpful. Joretta Marshall writes about Pastoral Care with Congregations in Social Stress. This addresses what I believe will continue to be a growing problem for some time into the future. I agree with her statement, " The congregation remains the primary context for pastoral care." This essay helps us realize the need for congregational pastoral care as an essential element in helping the church to be healthy as well as individuals.
This is not a book for the casual reader. In fact the subject matter is probably beyond where most pastors will want to go. For those however, who sense a call to help at deep levels of human need this will serve as a wonderful guide.

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