Soft Shepherd or Almighty Pastor: Power and Pastoral Care

Soft Shepherd or Almighty Pastor: Power and Pastoral Care

by Annemie Dillen

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In 'Soft Shepherd or Almighty Pastor?' contributors seek to go beyond the taboo on power within pastoral contexts. They not only discuss fundamental theological and philosophical questions about power but also develop ways to prevent power abuse in pastoral context. Power is considered as omnipresent and is analyzed in its positive and negative aspects. Not only the classical associations of power over or domination are discussed in relation to ecclesial and pastoral situations, but also forms of power linked to

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780227904442
Publisher: The Lutterworth Press
Publication date: 03/26/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Annemie Dillen is Associate Professor of Pastoral and Empirical Theology at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium. She is the coeditor of Prophetic Witness in World Christianities (2011) and Children's Voices: Children's Perspectives in Ethics, Theology and Religious Education (2010).

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Power, Church, and Pastoral Care: Beyond the Taboo -Annemie Dillen Part 1 Fundamental Philosophical and Theological Reflections on Power and Pastoral Care 1 A Web of Power: Toward a Greater Awareness of the Complexity of Power -Machteld Reynaert 2 Power and Compassion in Pastoral Work: From the Perspective of Michel Foucault -Roger Burggraeve and Anne Vandenhoeck 3 Beyond the Almighty Pastor: On Three Forms of Power in Pastoral Care -Stefan Gartner Part 2 Power and Interculturality 4 Self-Affirming Prejudice and the Abuse of Pastoral Power -Carrie Doehring 5 "When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong": An African Christian Reflection on the Ambiguities, Paradoxes, and Challenges of Pastoral Power -Emmanuel Lartey Part 3 Power and Sexual Abuse 6 Intimacy in Pastoral Care: Ethical Notes on the Use of Power in Pastoral Guiding -Didier Pollefeyt 7 A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Dealing Honestly with Pastoral Power -Cristina Traina Part 4 Challenges for Theology and Pastoral Praxis 8 Empowerment in Pastoral Care for Persons with a Psychiatric Disorder: Towards Human Flourishing -Jana Binon 9 The Meaning of Informed Consent in Pastoral Counseling -Axel Liegeois Contributors Index all of which reflect on the complexity of power issues

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