SCM Studyguide Pastoral Theology

Author: Margaret Whipp,Michael Byrne

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334045509

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 1996

The SCM Studyguide Pastoral Theology designed to support undergraduate courses for the training of clergy and lay pastoral workers at an accessible introductory level. The book aims to develop pastoral wisdom and integrity through a critical integration of theology and the human sciences. Introducing key themes in theological anthropology and pastoral practice, it shapes a creative pastoral vision which is deeply rooted in a Christian vision of what it means to be human and what it takes to care. Working with case studies, the book will introduce broad frameworks of understanding of issues such as growth, loss, and sexuality, together with critical perspectives on important aspects of practice such as language, power and boundaries. The book provides an accessible overview of key concepts in pastoral theology, offering key entry points for further discussion and study. Each chapter includes discussion questions and/or reflective exercises at the end of each chapter together with a short bibliography. Throughout the text, key summaries of learning will be indicated by boxed Practice Points.
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SCM Studyguide to Theological Reflection

Author: Judith Thompson

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334040558

Category: Religion

Page: 246

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Practical in emphasis, this textbook offers newcomers an introduction to understanding theological reflection and helps those training for ministry to explore which of the methods introduced best suits them and their particular situation.
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SCM Studyguide to Christian Ethics

Author: Neil Messer

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 9780334029953

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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This book is a wide-ranging introduction to Christian ethics that assumes no prior knowledge of the subject. It introduces a range of approaches to Christian moral reasoning and discusses numerous practical ethical issues. Throughout the book, ethical theory and practical ethics are integrated with one another, in order to show how each informs the other. Topics often neglected in Christian ethics are dealt with here, including Christian ethics and science and Christian ethics and pastoral care. Case studies and exercises give readers the opportunity to formulate their own responses to the moral issues discussed in the book, and to reflect on the sources of their own moral deliberation and action. Chapter bibliographies list print and web resources offering more detailed coverage of the topics introduced in the book.
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The Grace of Waiting

Learning patience and embracing its gifts

Author: Margaret Whipp

Publisher: Canterbury Press

ISBN: 1848259778

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 4545

This wise and beautiful book draws on the experience of unchosen waiting – in sickness, in old age, and in the struggles and frustrations of everyday life – to explore the challenges of waiting and the skills it demands. A lifeline for anyone who finds themselves in a time of waiting, chosen or unchosen, or accompanying others through such times, it shows how the paradoxical gifts of patience point to the God who kindly waits for us. Beginning with an introduction exploring practices for spiritual formation as we wait, it explores four vivid metaphors for life’s waiting times: • Wilderness – the practices of surrender and struggle; the gift of sustenance • Winter – the practices of resilience and rootedness; the gift of renewal • Winepress – the practices of constancy and compassion; the gift of consolation • Womb – the practices of nurture and noticing; the gift of newness and naming A book of grace, depth and beauty, destined to become a modern spiritual classic.
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SCM Studyguide: Theology in the Contemporary World

Author: Ben Pugh

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 0334055741

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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No sooner have they mastered the basics than students of theology can quickly find themselves in over their heads. They are bombarded with claim and counter-claim as soon as they want to tackle anything topical. The contentious subjects tend to be the historical Jesus, gender and sexuality, or the atonement. Other subjects might be less contentious but attract an astonishing excess of literature. Take the vast literature tackling the subject of the Church, for instance, or the bloated body of tomes on various aspects of Pneumatology. This book tries to provide the bewildered and intimidated student with a primer that is at once introductory and incisive; approachable and informative. It will help those training for ministry to recover their fascination for the subject of theology and how it could apply to their future ministry. Subjects covered include - The Quests for the Historical Jesus - Third Article Theology - The Missional Church - Liberation Theology - Feminist, LGBT and Queer Approaches - Postmodern Faith and the Emerging Church - Nonviolent Atonement
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Practical Skills for Ministry

Author: Andrew Pratt

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 033404359X

Category: Religion

Page: 197

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Suitable for those who are training for ministry, both lay and ordained, within the church, this book covers the aspects of pastoral ministry required within the practical contextual areas of the course of preparation for ministry in use by mainstream denominations, such as baptisms, weddings, communication, meetings and funerals.
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SCM Studyguide: Liturgy, 2nd Edition

Author: Stephen Burns

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 0334056802

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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The SCM Studyguide: Liturgy, 2nd Edition is an introduction to liturgy that considers the basic 'buliding blocks' needed to grasp the subject area. It outlines the essential shape and content of Christian worship and explores a range of liturgical dynamics of which both students of liturgy and leaders of liturgy need to be aware. This 2nd edition of the popular Studyguide is fully revised, updated and expanded. The book takes account of new developments in scholarship, engages with new contexts for liturgical celebration (notably, fresh expressions as part of a mixed economy of church), encompasses recent revisions in liturgy and seeks to broaden the engagement beyond the British context to consider the wider global context.
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SCM Studyguide: Preaching

Author: Peter K. Stevenson

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 0334043743

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Peter Stevenson provides an introduction to the practice of preaching. It is designed for people from various church traditions, in the early stages of ministerial formation. Preaching is a complex and challenging business requiring a demanding mixture of skills. People listening to a sermon have the right to expect that a person who stands up to preach, can interpret the Bible competently, has a grasp of core Christian beliefs, and believes what they preach. They also expect someone who has the necessary range of communication skills to put the message across in an accessible way. Such a range of expectations presents daunting challenges to the most experienced preacher. Including practical exercises which could be used by individuals or by groups, this book is suitable for introductory courses in preaching or for modules which consider preaching within an overall focus upon leading public worship.
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Skills for Collaborative Ministry

Author: Paul Nash

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281066086

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Contemporary mission and ministry, as well as best practice in secular government, emphasize partnership and working together. Yet this can be easier said than done. At its best, working together brings energy and synergy and enables you to achieve something you could never do alone. At its worst, it's a nightmare that you may well wish you had never got into. Skills for Collaborative Ministry will help you to work more effectively with other people, both inside and outside of the Church. Each chapter focuses on a particular skill - such as team building, facilitation, diversity skills, conflict resolution and evaluation techniques - outlines the theory and the theology behind it, and gives practical guidance and advice. Written by an experienced team, the book includes exercises for both individuals and groups, along with a range of ideas that can be adapted to your own context. It will enable you to work collaboratively with confidence and skill.
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SCM Studyguide to Christian Mission

Historic Types and Contemporary Expressions

Author: Stephen Spencer

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 9780334041085

Category: Religion

Page: 206

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Explores the nature of Christian mission in contemporary post-modern society. This book examines the main historic types of mission in the Christian tradition, seeing how they were forged in the cross currents of history and how they continue to be expressed by different Christian communities.
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Exploring Ordinary Theology

Everyday Christian Believing and the Church

Author: Leslie J. Francis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317137221

Category: Religion

Page: 254

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'Ordinary theology' characterizes the reflective God-talk of the great majority of churchgoers, and others who remain largely untouched by the assumptions, concepts and arguments that academic theology takes for granted. Jeff Astley coined the phrase in his innovative study, Ordinary Theology: Looking, Listening and Learning in Theology, arguing that 'speaking statistically ordinary theology is the theology of God's Church'. A number of scholars have responded to this and related conceptualizations, exploring their theological implications. Other researchers have adopted the perspective in examining a range of Church practices and contexts of Christian discipleship, using the tools of empirical study. Ordinary theology research has proved to be key in uncovering people's everyday lay theology or ordinary dogmatics. Exploring Ordinary Theology presents fresh contributions from a wide range of authors, who address the theological, empirical and practical dimensions of this central feature of ordinary Christian existence and the life of the Church.
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Psychology for Pastoral Contexts

A Handbook

Author: Jessica Rose

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334045525

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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Care for other human beings is at the heart of ministry and brings ministers in contact with wholeof human life. The focus of this handbook of psychology for pastoral contexts is on psychological insight into human relationships and mental health. It can be read as a whole, or used as a handbook for reference to particular problems. At the same time it attempts to put psychological concepts into everyday language. Jessica Osborne, an experienced psychologist and teacher, discusses areas such as attachment, dependency and anxiety, betrayal and reconciliation, mental health issues, such as depression, eating disorders and addiction, stress, violence and abuse and suffering. The book will be useful on pastoral care courses at all levels and suitable for practitioners and people in training for pastoral ministry - lay or ordained.
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Mindful Ministry

Creative, Theological and Practical Perspectives

Author: Ross Thompson,Judith Thompson

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334043751

Category: Religion

Page: 189

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Ministry, the authors contend, is a range of energies freely bestowed by the Spirit. Our task is to channel it mindfully and reflectively. Through the use of imaginative exercises based on scripture, focusing exercises directed at practical situations, and theological reflection that is rooted in the authors' own experience of ministry as Anglican priests, the following 'colours' of the ministerial rainbow are explored: - The Apostle: Mindful Representing, the Christlike shape of ministry.- The Holy One: Mindful Praying, the still centre of ministry.- The Pastor: Mindful Serving, the hard-working body of ministry.- The Teacher: Mindful Nurture, the wise soul of ministry- The Leader: Mindful Organising, the overseeing mind of ministry.- The Go-Between: Mindful Collaboration, Conviviality and Communication, the interlinking and encouraging hands of ministry.- The Herald of Good Tidings: Mindful Evangelism, the swift, urgent feet of ministry.- The Liberator: Mindful Subversion, the courageous heart of ministry.
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Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health

Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Author: Christopher Cook

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 0334046262

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Theology, Spirituality and Mental Health provides reflections from leading international scholars and practitioners in theology, anthropology, philosophy and psychiatry as to the nature of spirituality and its relevance to constructions of mental disorder and mental healthcare. Key issues are explored in depth, including the nature of spirituality and recent debates concerning its importance in contemporary psychiatric practice, relationship between demons and wellbeing in ancient religious texts and contemporary practice, religious conversion, and the nature and importance of myth and theology in shaping human self understanding. These are used as a basis for exploring some of the overarching intellectual and practical issues that arise when different disciplines engage together with an attempt to better understand the relationship between spirituality and mental health and translate their findings into mental healthcare practice.
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Practical Theology in Action

Christian Thinking in the Service of Church and Society

Author: Paul H. Ballard,John L. Pritchard

Publisher: SPCK Publishing

ISBN: 9780281057191

Category: Theology, Practical

Page: 212

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Offers a basic introduction to those who need to apply Christian thinking to the service of Church and society. This book includes a chapter on inner city issues, which covers a range of issues: post-modernism, pluralism, emergence of congregational studies, stress on mission, Black theology and charismatic theology.
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Biblical Hermeneutics

Author: David A. Holgate,Rachel Starr

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 9780334040040

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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A uniquely entry-level guide to biblical hermeneutics; offering accessible and practical advice for students and church-reading groups.
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The Practice of Pastoral Care

A Postmodern Approach

Author: Carrie Doehring

Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp

ISBN: 0664238408

Category: Religion

Page: 223

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The Practice of Pastoral Care has become a popular seminary textbook for courses in pastoral care and a manual for clinical pastoral education. In it, Doehring encourages counselors to view their ministry through a trifocal lens that incorporates premodern, modern, and postmodern approaches to religious and psychological knowledge. Doehring describes the basic ingredients of a caregiving relationship, shows how to use the caregiver's life experience as a source of authority, and demonstrates how to develop the skill of listening and establishing the actual relationship. This new edition elaborates on and expands the author's previous work, adding an intercultural perspective that gives more attention to religious pluralism in the pastoral care setting. It offers a road map for using a step-by-step narrative, relational, embodied approach to spiritual care that respects the unique ways people live out their values and beliefs, especially in coping with stress, loss, and violence. Readers will be able to confidently and professionally offer pastoral care and counseling to members of their congregations or other places of ministry.
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A Critique of Pastoral Care

Author: Stephen Pattison

Publisher: SCM Press

ISBN: 9780334028154

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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A Critique of Pastoral Care is firmly established as a classic text in the field of pastoral theology. The book is now reissued in a third edition which contains a significant new concluding chapter articulating the author's vision for the field: pastoral theology should be a lively, ecstatic theology, transforming individuals and communities alike. Such a theology will also be subtle and allusive, including doubt, darkness and shadow as well as assertion and light. Finally, it should be an imaginative, creative activity which enters the public consciousness and changes lives and practices well beyond the confines of the church. Stephen Pattison is a pastoral theologian passionately concerned for the place and future of theology in the world, and in this, one of his finest books, he advances a powerful case for a re-energized, committed public theology, alongside a politicized and compassionate form of pastoral care.
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A Theology of Compassion

Metaphysics of Difference and the Renewal of Tradition

Author: Oliver Davies

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532604734

Category: Religion

Page: 398

View: 843

The wholesale rejection of metaphysics today has become the test of the postmodern. In this groundbreaking volume Oliver Davies argues for a renewal of metaphysics, as the language of createdness, based not in a return to outmoded concepts of essence but in a dynamic new understanding of ontology as narrative and performance. This repairing of the Western metaphysical tradition is grounded both in the divine self-naming in Exodus--which, for the rabbis, identified God's presence in the world with God's compassionate acts--and in the compassionate resistance of Etty Hillesum and Edith Stein to the violence of the Holocaust. Building on a new metaphysics of compassion that is attentive to the histories of the contemporary world, Davies offers a renewed systematic theology of divine speech and relation, focused in Jesus Christ, who, as the triadic "Word" of God, speaks creatively at the heart of human culture and action and who, as the redeeming "Compassion" of God, regenerates the world.
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