Gathered Together: Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation

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Imagine a liturgy in which a woman, tired of carrying around years of anger and resentment, buries a large rock in the ground as five of her closest friends surround her, singing hymns of praise and forgiveness.

Gathered Together is a compassionate how-to guide for creating and conducting personal liturgies (specialized services focused on one individual) of healing and celebration. Tilda Norberg, an ordained minister and Gestalt therapist, thoughtfully guides readers through ...

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Overview

Imagine a liturgy in which a woman, tired of carrying around years of anger and resentment, buries a large rock in the ground as five of her closest friends surround her, singing hymns of praise and forgiveness.

Gathered Together is a compassionate how-to guide for creating and conducting personal liturgies (specialized services focused on one individual) of healing and celebration. Tilda Norberg, an ordained minister and Gestalt therapist, thoughtfully guides readers through the careful process of proposing, designing, and implementing personal liturgies. Her book will help ministers and healing teams design simple, meaningful worship experiences of healing and celebration.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780835899161
  • Publisher: Upper Room Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     9
Liturgies: Vehicles of Healing     17
What Are Personal Healing Liturgies?     33
Opportunities for Personal Healing Liturgies     43
Getting Ready to Lead a Personal Healing Liturgy     61
Leading a Personal Healing Liturgy     77
Stories of Personal Healing Liturgies     93
Liturgies of Celebration     95
Finding Roots     95
Recovery from Cancer     98
Rites of Passage     101
Jessica's Vows     101
Becoming a Man     103
A Service of Endings and Beginnings     109
Liturgies of Vocational Blessing     114
A Ministry of Car Repair     114
The Dedication of a Musical Career     115
Liturgies of Commissioning     117
First Steps toward a New Project     117
Becoming a Mennonite Wild Woman     121
Liturgies of Declaration     125
Good Enough!     125
Undoing Old Vows and Making New Ones     129
Claiming Motherhood     131
Liturgies of Surrender     134
Giving Up Family Shame and Sorrow     134
Giving Up False Hope     136
Liturgiesof Grieving     139
A Funeral, One Year Later     139
Creating a Memorial Shrine     140
Liturgies in Desolation     146
Losing a Job, Gaining Hope     146
Creating a Garden of Hope     147
Liturgies of Healing from Sexual Abuse     151
Telling a Secret     151
Pablo's Confession     154
Tough Love     156
Eileen's Cleansing     162
Eileen's Celebration: Making Vows and Taking a New Name     168
Naming Lies, Speaking the Truth     177
Notes     181
Bibliography and Resources     185
About the Author     187
About Gestalt Pastoral Care     190
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