Method in Ministry: Theological Reflection and Christian Ministry revised

In this new edition, the Whiteheads have revised and expanded their now-classic discussion of theological reflection in ministry. Theologically-based and ministerially-tested, Method in Ministry provides a portable method for pastoral reflection, supporting the essential Christian vocation of generous response to God's Word.


Reckoning with Aggression: Theology, Violence, and Vitality

Thus, society has often viewed aggression as evil or sinful. Aggression is ambiguous in our society, according to Kathleen Greider. While giving us strength to fight the world's social ills or to create vital and powerful lives, aggression can also lead to rage and violence. In exploring aggression from feminist, Greider examines the relationships between violence and vitality, passion and aggression, and theological perspectives, pastoral, and finds that Christians can be strong without being destructive.

Greider wants christians to repair their view of aggression and realize that aggression is what can spur them to make the world better.

Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions Plus

He also details the various addictions from which we can suffer, performance, sex, not only to substances like alcohol and drugs, responsibility, but to work, and intimacy. Addiction and grace offers an inspiring and hope–filled vision for those who desire to explore the mystery of who and what they really are.

Addiction and grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions. Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist working with the chemically dependent, May emphasizes that addiction represents an attempt to assert complete control over our lives. May examines the "processes of attachment" that lead to addiction and describes the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness.

Addiction and grace is a compassionate and wise treatment of a topic of major concern in these most addictive of times, one that can provide a critical yet hopeful guide to a place of freedom based on contemplative spirituality.

Pastoral Counseling Handbook: For Pastors, Deacons and Spiritual Advisors

This book is intended for pastors, deacons and spiritual advisors. Addiction and grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions. This leads into learning the basic Solution-Focused-Counseling approach with application to Grief, Marriage and Family, and Crisis Counseling. The book begins with the Meaning of Pastoral Counseling followed by the development of Active Listening Skills.

The appendix lists several possible ways to answer typical questions that may be asked by persons seeking help.

Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action

The third edition features significant updates throughout, including extensive coverage of Pope Francis and his two major social teaching documents: Evangelii Gaudium on gospel-grounded justice and Laudato Si’ on the environment. Rowman Littlefield Publishers. It also looks at the pope’s contributions to peace and justice efforts around the world, simplicity of lifestyle, including his advocacy for diplomacy, and healthy family life.

Now in its third edition, Living Justice is an ideal introduction to Catholic social teaching. Addiction and grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions. It also contains expanded sections on globalization, the environment, and issues of peace and war. With its accessible and reader-friendly style, the third edition of Living Justice includes new discussion questions, revised topics for further study, and an updated list of resources that make the book an excellent resource for students or parishes.

Thomas massaro introduces readers to the history and basics of Catholic social teaching while highlighting new developments and helping readers understand how to apply this teaching to life today. Living justice leads readers step-by-step through the building blocks of Catholic social thought, including its central themes, sources, and methods.

Along the way readers encounter great heroes of social change and prophets of peace and justice. The third edition includes two new case studies in the dynamics of globalization—the global migration crisis and the scourge of human trafficking.

Parish Social Ministry

Meeting the social needs of their communities-the elderly, poor schools, teen moms, blighted neighborhoods-is essential to the life of the parish. Questions posed and answered: what does a fully functioning parish social ministry effort look like? what is its vision? what does a parish social ministry effort attempt to accomplish? how does it attempt to accomplish it? what is the foundation of parish social ministry? What are the characteristics of direct service and social action ministry? What are the scriptural foundations for parish social ministry? What are the key elements of successful parish social ministry? How does one assess to what extent parish social ministry is being fully developed in the parish? What exactly is a parish social ministry leader? How do we identify potential leaders? How is a team of leaders organized to be the conduit for parish social ministry efforts? How do you effectively recruit parishioners to lead social ministry work? Is it important for social ministry to be integrated into the life of the parish? How is that accomplished? How can diocesan offices and parishes create a partnership to do parish social ministry? What are the main considerations and skills for being a successful meeting facilitator? Addiction and grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions.

. Used book in Good Condition. Whether looking to build upon, a concerted social ministry outreach, or simply start, this guidebook poses all the questions and provides direction and answers to help your parish move forward. Rowman Littlefield Publishers.

The Emerging Diaconate: Servant Leaders in a Servant Church

Sketches the current state of the permanent diaconate, and finally, suggests a vision of the diaconate for the future, especially in the United States, then offers the historical developments which led to the contemporary diaconate, always within the matrix of a servant-ecclesiology which should characterize the entire Church.

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The Art of Theological Reflection

The authors describe theological reflection as "the artful discipline of putting our experience into conversation with the heritage of the Christian tradition. Their practical book provides a way for all of us to experience greater meaning in life and a more tangible sense of God's creative presence. Rowman Littlefield Publishers.

Addiction and grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions. Here is a book for the millions of Christians who want to make a vital connection between their faith and their lives. Used book in Good Condition.

The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Not only is this finding of immediate importance for pastoral counselors and psychotherapists, it will even necessitate a paradigm shift in the way that pastoral and spiritual practitioners approach the general care of souls. Studies in neuroscience demonstrate that a focus on mindfulness meditation and contemplative spiritual practice has the capacity to increase our non-anxious awareness and significantly lower our stress.

The introduction of mindfulness- and acceptance-based counseling approaches will provide pastoral and spiritual practitioners with an important therapeutic framework to situate their work, from which they can make more informed and effective interventions geared toward using the mind to change the brain.

It is designed to make the research accessible to and relevant for those engaged in the work of pastoral and spiritual care in order to help clients and congregants effect lasting and transformative changes in the mind and brain. Used book in Good Condition. Rowman Littlefield Publishers. The starting point for such a paradigm shift is an acknowledgement of the built-in negativity bias of the brain, and how certain beliefs and theological views may inadvertently reinforce the bias to the detriment of individuals and faith communities.

Once necessary for human survival, the ingrained bias can often be excessive for today’s world, resulting in negatively disproportionate assessments of life events and human relationships. To balance the neural predisposition toward negativity and anxious awareness, it is necessary for pastoral and spiritual caregivers, and those in their care, to cultivate a regular contemplative-meditational practice.

The power of neuroplasticity for pastoral and Spiritual Care focuses on the groundbreaking finding of contemporary neuroscience—that the brain is built for change across the entire lifespan.

Practical Theology: An Introduction

Every church congregation encounters challenging situations, some the same the world over, and others specific to each church. Richard osmer here seeks to teach congregational leaders -- including, but not limited to, clergy -- the requisite knowledge and skills to meet such situations with sensitivity and creativity.

William b Eerdmans Publishing Company. Rowman Littlefield Publishers. Addiction and grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions. Used book in Good Condition. Osmer develops a framework for practical theological interpretation in congregations by focusing on four key questions: What is going on in a given context? Why is this going on? What ought to be going on? and How might the leader shape the context to better embody Christian witness and mission? The book is unique in its attention to interdisciplinary issues and the ways that theological reflection is grounded in the spirituality of leaders.

Useful, accessible, and lively -- with lots of specific examples and case studies -- Osmer‘s Practical Theology effectively equips congregational leaders to guide their communities with theological integrity.

Experiencing Ministry Supervision

Used book in Good Condition. A useful and thorough presentation of the most important dimension of a supervised ministry program written by experienced and competent leaders in the field. B h publishing Group. William b Eerdmans Publishing Company. Addiction and grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions.

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