Hospital Preaching as Informed by Bedside Listening: A Homiletical Guide for Preachers, Pastors, and Chaplains in Hospital, Hospice, Prison, and Nursing Home Ministries

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Hospital Preaching as Informed by Bedside Listening states the great need to sit down face to face and attentively listen to stories, experiences, and feelings of patients. These bedside encounters with patients can well inform the preacher (chaplain or pastoral minister) and can result in more effective liturgical preaching in hospitals, hospice, prison, and nursing home settings. This book aims to improve pastoral care ministry of the sick. This pastoral approach provides a homiletical guide for preachers, ...
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Hospital Preaching as Informed by Bedside Listening: A Homiletical Guide for Preachers, Pastors, and Chaplains in Hospital, Hospice, Prison, and Nursing Home Ministries

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Overview

Hospital Preaching as Informed by Bedside Listening states the great need to sit down face to face and attentively listen to stories, experiences, and feelings of patients. These bedside encounters with patients can well inform the preacher (chaplain or pastoral minister) and can result in more effective liturgical preaching in hospitals, hospice, prison, and nursing home settings. This book aims to improve pastoral care ministry of the sick. This pastoral approach provides a homiletical guide for preachers, pastors, and chaplains involved in hospital, hospice, or nursing home ministries. It also helps pastoral ministers to develop better listening skills for the stories and experiences of the sick, as well as the ability to use these stories and experiences in the proclamation of the gospel. Such intentional bedside listening and the preaching that results from listening are important for addressing the problems of the sick and can enhance emotional, spiritual, and physical healing.
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Editorial Reviews

Fr. Charles Hart
…A practical, well-informed, and valuable resource for anyone in ministry, but especially ministers to serve the sick, the infirmed, or the imprisoned. He addresses the parallel process in regards to storytelling and preaching, which is not usually done nor done well in books about preaching.
M. Cristina Stevens
In this research, Fr. Ihewulezi has provided the pastoral care community a rich resource for ministry development. I would recommend this book to anyone who is preparing for parish or specialized pastoral ministry.
Fr. George Boudreau
…Armed with communications theory from the experts and his extensive experience as a hospital chaplain …Ihewulezi's work will no doubt serve as an eye-opening must-read for hospital, hospice, and nursing home chaplains. But for all parish ministers and preachers who are privileged to visit the sick, especially those thrust into this ministry with little or no formal training, this book will be most invaluable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761852926
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 12/2/2010
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cajetan Ngozika Ihewulezi is a Catholic priest of the Holy Ghost Order. He received an M.A. in systematic theology at Duquesne University and in historical theology at St. Louis University. He holds a doctorate degree in homiletics at The Aquinas Institute of Theology and is a board-certified hospital chaplain by the NACC.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 Hospital Bedside Listening as True Hospitality to the Sick 1

Hospitality, Not Hostility 1

Active/Intentional Listening to What the Sick Have to Offer 2

From Hospitality to Finding Meaning in Suffering: Victor Frankl's Logotherapy and a Personal Incident 3

The Healing Effect of Storytelling: The Cases of Jan Newhouse and Jim 5

Sharing the Patient's Bedside Story with the Worshiping Community 6

2 Interpersonal Conversation 9

Why Do We Converse or Communicate? 9

The Cooperative Principle in Information Exchange 10

Using the Proper Reference Terms in Conversation 10

Interpreting Identity through Conversation 11

Making Meaning Out of Interpersonal Conversation 12

Interpersonal Communication as a Process of Rendering Help 12

Rapport Building 13

Rapport by Nature 14

Rapport by Chance 14

Rapport by Design 15

The Skills of Establishing Rapport 15

The Greeting 15

Conversation with the New Person 19

Talking and Questioning 19

Listening 21

Listening Skills 21

Recognizing the Sensory Preferences of the Other Person 24

3 Pastoral Conversations with Hospital Patients 28

The Importance of Good Communication Skills in a Health Care Setting 28

The Skills for Establishing Immediate Rapport with the Patient 29

Entering the Patient's Room 29

Dialogical Conversation at Bedside with Patient 33

Active Listening to the Patient 34

A Full Encounter with a Patient: The Case of Ken 35

Short Analysis of the Encounter with Ken 39

4 From Patient's Story to Homily 42

The Role of Story in Preaching Proclamation 42

The Sick as Sacrament to the Community 44

The Preacher as a Theological Reflector 44

Bedside Encounter and Its Effects on the Pastoral Minister 46

Types of Stories as Gifts to Preaching 47

Listening for the Gifts of Question and Challenge 48

Listening for the Gifts of Blame and Despair 48

Listening for the Gifts of Witness, Acceptance, and Hope 49

Selection of Text from the Church Lectionary or as Chosen by the Preacher 50

Selection from the Bible 50

Lectionary Preaching 51

Abstract Lectionary Texts and Preaching to the Sick 51

A Three-way Hermeneutics 52

Interpreting the Community of the Sick 53

Interpreting the Biblical Text 54

Interpreting and Selecting the Appropriate Story 55

Ritualization of the Patient's Story: Linking God's Story with the Human Story 55

Plotting the Homily 56

The Preaching Text: An Exciting Message of Hope 57

The Presentation of the Homily 57

5 The Preaching Evaluation 60

A Questionnaire for the Responses of Hospital Patients 61

Evaluation of the Questionnaire 62

The Results of the Questionnaire 62

Evaluation of the Homilies 62

Anecdotal Responses 64

The Limitations of the Questionnaire 64

Homilies 67

Homilies with Patients' Stories and Experiences 67

Homilies without Reference to Patients' Stories and Experiences 72

Conclusion 79

Bibliography 83

Index 87

About the Author 91

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