Facing Feelings in Faith Communities

Facing Feelings in Faith Communities

by William M. Kondrath

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Facing Feelings in Faith Communities by William M. Kondrath

Facing Feelings in Faith Communities is based on a simple premise: We have emotions because we need them. God created us as affectively competent beings, William Kondrath argues, to help us understand our world and to give appropriate signals to people around us about what we are experiencing. When we express our feelings clearly, other people can more easily respond in ways that are helpful to us, thus enhancing our relationships and the work we might do together. Kondrath also recognizes that unfortunately, for many of us, our emotional software was infected early on with viruses (early familial and social conditioning) that distorted the way we responded to natural stimuli. Because we are underusing or misusing our emotional capacities, we are missing out on the opportunity to express our full humanity. Fortunately, we can re-program our emotional software. Facing Feelings in Faith Communities helps us restore our emotional systems to their original state, or at least invites us to imagine how we would live differently if our emotional expressions were more nearly congruent with the situations and events we encounter. Kondrath invites us to explore six feelings—fear, anger, sadness, peace, power, and joy—through poetry, meditation on an evocative drawing, as well as through his own analysis of each feeling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566994347
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/05/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

William M. Kondrath is a consultant for VISIONS, Inc., a multicultural consulting and training organization; an executive coach; and coeditor of the Journal of Religious Leadership. He is the author of God's Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences and Liberating Leadership: Practical Styles for Pastoral Ministry. Visit his website at www.billkondrath.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Three Dimensions of Learning and Change 15

Chapter 2 Fear 21

Chapter 3 Anger 39

Chapter 4 Sadness 55

Chapter 5 Peace 75

Chapter 6 Power (Agency) 97

Chapter 7 Joy 113

Chapter 8 Substitution and Projection 127

Chapter 9 Shame and Guilt 135

Chapter 10 Affectively Competent Congregations 147

Conclusion 153

Appendix A Feelings as Messengers Chart 157

Appendix B Feelings as Messengers Exercise: Completed Sample 159

Appendix C Outline of Feelings Retreat or Workshop 161

Notes 167

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