Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue

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Guilford Press, 1985 - Psychology - 319 pages
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This bestselling book applies the concepts of systemic family therapy to the emotional life of congregations. Edwin H. Friedman shows how the same understanding of family process that can aid clergy in their pastoral role also has important ramifications for negotiating congregational dynamics and functioning as an effective leader. Clergy from diverse denominations, as well as family therapists and counselors, have found that this book directly addresses the dilemmas and crises they encounter daily. It is widely used as a text in courses on pastoral care, leadership, and family systems.

 

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One of the best pastoral counseling books that I have ever read. It helps get at the anxiety below the surface behavior. Read full review

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One of the best pastoral counseling books that I have ever read. It helps get at the anxiety below the surface behavior. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Family Theory
9
The Idea of a Family
11
Understanding Family Process
40
The Families within the Congregation
65
The Marital Bond
67
ChildFocused Families
100
Body and Soul in Family Process
121
A Family Approach to LifeCycle Ceremonies
162
The Congregation as a Family System
191
Family Process and Organizational Life
193
Leadership and Self in a Congregational Family
220
Leaving and Entering a Congregational Family
250
The Personal Families of the Cleargy
275
The Immediate Family Conflict and Traps
277
The Extended Family Its Potential for Salvation
294

When the Parent Becomes the Child
147

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About the author (1985)

Edwin H. Friedman, a family therapist and ordained rabbi, was born in New York City and worked for more than 35 years in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, until his death in 1996. Well known in the fields of mental health and pastoral education, Dr. Friedman brought his unique blend of systems thinking and common sense to his highly regarded work as a consultant and leadership trainer with diverse professional and government organizations.

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