Practice What You Preach / Edition 1

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Calling for accountability, Practice What You Preach discusses ethical questions that arise in congregations and pastoral leadership. Formation of pastors, empowering leaders, resolving power struggles between clergy and laity_these and other critical pastoral issues are addressed by an ecumenical group of contributors. Divided into four parts: the way the churches train their pastors; the way their pastors live; the way communities worship; and the way communities behave, this collection identifies and offers positive solutions to areas where churches are often slow to change. Each essay begins with a case describing a typical problem_from wages to in-fighting_and then discusses what virtues or character traits might be developed to resolve the problem effectively.

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Editorial Reviews

New Theology Review
This is to be welcomed as an ecumenical, pragmatic text truly putting flesh on the virtue ethics movement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580510646
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

James F. Keenan, S.J., has an S.T.D. from the Gregorian University and currently teaches at Weston Jesuit, where he is professor of moral theology and director of the doctoral program. Rev. Joseph J. Kotva Jr., is pastor of First Mennonite Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, which regularly holds regional ecumenical discussions. He holds a doctorate in Theology and Ethics from Fordham University, has published several articles, and is the author of The Christian Case for Virtue Ethics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why a Course on Virtue Ethics in Church Ministry? 1
Introduction 13
Admissions and Candidacy Development
Ch. 1 Christ and Darwin Go to Church: Ministerial Selection and the Candidacy Process 17
Ch. 2 Testing Religious Order Candidates for HIV 29
Ordination, Marriage, and Pastoral Assignments
Ch. 3 Ordination and Immigration 43
Ch. 4 Married Clergy and the Acceptance of Appointments 56
Introduction 67
The Pastor and Personal Relationships
Ch. 5 Seeking Out Good Friends 71
Ch. 6 The Wisdom of Boundaries: Power and Vulnerability in Ministry 81
Ch. 7 Virtue Ethics and the Sexual Formation of Clergy 101
Context Affecting Self-Understanding
Ch. 8 In the Shadow of the Execution Chamber: Affirming Wholeness in a Broken Place 115
Ch. 9 Virtue Ethics and the Problem of African American Clergy Ethics in the Culture of Deference 128
Introduction 143
Truth in Prayer and Preaching
Ch. 10 Transformed in Prayer 147
Ch. 11 The Preacher and the Virtue of Forgiveness 157
Inclusive Language and Communion
Ch. 12 Imaging and Speaking of God 171
Ch. 13 No One Goes Away Hungry from the Table of the Lord: Eucharistic Sharing in Ecumenical Contexts 186
Introduction 203
Empowering Leaders
Ch. 14 Leadership in Empowering Others: A Case Study from Rural Congregations/Parishes 209
Ch. 15 Ministerial Malaise and Disillusionment: Recovering Hope in Ministry 225
Arbitrating Conflict
Ch. 16 Debating Homosexuality: Disagreements Held in Patence and Hope 239
Ch. 17 Doctrine and Ecclesiastical Authority: A Contemporary Controversy in the Armenian Church 252
Ch. 18 Serving the Church and Facing the Law: Virtues for Committee Members Evaluating a Pastor 268
The Measure of Justice
Ch. 19 Vicious Virtue? Patience, Justice, and Salaries in the Church 280
Ch. 20 "His Dogs More Than Us": Virtue in Situations of Conflict Between Women Religious and Their Ecclesiastical Employers 293
Ch. 21 Collegiality as a Moral and Ethical Practice 315
Contributors 333
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