Balm for Gilead: Pastoral Care for African American Families Experiencing Abuse

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Abingdon Press, 1998 - Religion - 226 pages
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Balm for Gilead expands our understanding of the role of the Black Church as an agent of care and reconciliation for African American families experiencing the results of child and domestic abuse. Crossing the disciplinary boundaries of pastoral care, theology, and ethics, this book provides a major examination of core issues of family violence.

The authors maintain that the contemporary Black Church must provide more extensive professional and ethical training and education for its pastoral care givers through a multisystems approach to effective forms of ministry for African American families. Using case studies from individuals who have experienced abuse or who struggle with the reality of domestic violence, Balm for Gilead identifies and explores theological and ethical themes that are crucial for understanding and revitalizing the pastoral care of African American families who suffer because of child and domestic abuse. Illuminating the dynamics of abuse in these families, and challenging the silence and helplessness surrounding their pain, this cross-cultural work will have a profound effect on all whose lives have been touched by this social and personal evil.

Balm for Gilead is indispensable for pastoral leaders whose ministry and profession is often the only hope of healing and reconciliation available or acceptable of African American families.

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Contents

Introduction
11
Chapter
35
Chapter Three
54
Chapter Four
73
Chapter Five
89
Chapter
111
Chapter Seven
133
Chapter Eight
154
Chapter Nine
182
Bibliography
207
Index
224
Copyright

About the author (1998)

Toinette M. Eugene is Formation Director of the Pastoral Leadership Placement Board, and Director of the African American Pastoral Center, Diocese of Oakland, California.

Poling is professor of pastoral care, counseling, and theology, and director of the Ph.D. program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.

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