Beyond Accompaniment: Guiding a Fractured Community to Wholeness

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Liturgical Press, 2011 - Psychology - 208 pages
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When a community experiences a fracture in its communal life, what tools can be used to foster reconciliation? How can right relationship be restored when there is conflict in the Body of Christ? In Beyond Accompaniment, William Nordenbrock proposes the use of a process that is based in the theory of Appreciative Inquiry as a ministerial method to guide a community from brokenness to communion. His practical application of this process in his work with St. Agatha Catholic Church in Chicago a community whose pastor had been accused and convicted of sexually abusing minors in the parish will be beneficial for communities experiencing conflict of any kind. Nordenbrock helps us focus on the positive aspects of our communities in order to discover that "our redemption and reconciliation with God, won for us by Christ, is inseparable from the reconciliation and communion that Christians are to live with one another."
 

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Contents

Chapter
3
How Has God Blessed
84
St Agathas Faithful Future
97
How Will St Agatha Live
109
Restoring Communion through Appreciative
121
Reconciliation and Communion Ecclesiology
129
Conclusion The Place of Appreciative Inquiry in
143
Epilogue
153
Appendix A The DNA of Appreciative Inquiry
156
Appendix G Interview Summary Sheet
168
Appendix J Prayer to Consecrate Sacred Space
174
Dream
180
Appendix N The Dream of St Agatha Catholic Church
182
Notes
192
Bibliography
202
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