Skilled pastoral caregiving, Susan Dunlap argues, requires an understanding of the culture of the local congregation where it is practiced. An engaging example par excellence, Caring Cultures looks closely at three very different congregations' responses to the body in times of illness: an African American congregation in the Apostolic Holiness tradition; a Euro-American mainstream Protestant church; and the Latino members in a Roman Catholic parish.
With vivid examples drawn from the author's interviews and observations, this beautifully written book shows how each congregation has developed divergent ways of thinking about the body, habits of responding to it, and understandings of God's response to the body's pain or peril. The author offers unusually rich descriptions of care-giving as it is displayed in these three congregations, integrating both well-explained theory and moving personal stories.
|Publisher:||Baylor University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Susan J. Dunlap is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Duke Divinity School. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Healing Waters Apostolic Holiness Church
Chapter 3: Healing Waters’ Beliefs-Practices
Chapter 4: First Downtown Church
Chapter 5: First Downtown Church’s Beliefs-Practices
Chapter 6: Our Lady of Durham
Chapter 7: Our Lady of Durham’s Beliefs-Practices
Chapter 8: A Practical Theology of Care for the Sick
What People are Saying About This
The depth and attentiveness of Dunlap's research and the compassion and beauty of her writing, make this book important reading.
A challenging, hopeful book. Dunlap's insights may very well help us set right much that is wrong with today's care.