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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My book of the decade! I read Generation to Generation six years ago, and I find myself recalling a principle from it about once a week. The concepts that helped me... 1. Anxiety - wasted thinking ... Read full review

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Introduces systems and family systems theory then successfully applies it to all areas of life: work, home, school, church/synagogue/mosque. Systems and family systems theory basically states that ... Read full review


Family Theory
The Idea of a Family
Understanding Family Process
The Families within the Congregation
The Marital Bond
ChildFocused Families
Body and Soul in Family Process
A Family Approach to LifeCycle Ceremonies
The Congregation as a Family System
Family Process and Organizational Life
Leadership and Self in a Congregational Family
Leaving and Entering a Congregational Family
The Personal Families of the Cleargy
The Immediate Family Conflict and Traps
The Extended Family Its Potential for Salvation

When the Parent Becomes the Child

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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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