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In the Shadow of Our Steeples
Pastoral Presence for Families Coping with Mental Illness

ISBN 9780789006202
Published March 14, 2000 by Routledge
138 Pages

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Book Description

In the Shadow of Our Steeples: Pastoral Presence for Families Coping with Mental Illness helps you and other experts and quasi-experts in the field of religious and family counseling to give sound direction and guidance to family members who are caring for a loved one who suffers from mental illness. You'll find many avenues of care and counseling that will greatly enhance your ability to lend support and encouragement in situations where the burden of care seems too great for only a few individuals to lift. In reading it, you'll find your options increase tenfold, and you'll become a better symbol and resource of faith for these unique families.

Inside In the Shadow of Our Steeples, you'll discover how to cure the obsession with success that too often goes along with counseling situations that involve mental illness. You'll also discover a greater, more enduring strain of Christian love, full of surprising joys, caring, and hope. Geared toward moving parishes away from public stigmas and toward a collective ministry of presence, this book beckons to those clergy who know and believe that a far more understanding and far-reaching form of counseling exists. Specifically, you'll learn about these and other long-sought-after aids:

  • establishing theological foundations and goal-setting in the area of pastoral care
  • countering the stigmas of mental illness using biblical studies and models
  • using a “ministry of presence” to analyze chronic illness and promote “rehabilitation in the absence of cure”
  • bringing clergy and mental health professionals into a collaborative arena of care
  • improving the relationship of professional chaplains to clergy in ordinary parish settings

    Overall, In the Shadow of Our Steeples helps bring together the sufferer, the family, the civil servant, and the religious counselor into one synergistic group of rehabilitative influence. This sound guide's specific examples and proven strategies will help turn your despair into hope, even in the face of chronic mental illness.

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Listener
  • Chapter 1. The Challenge
  • Breakdowns in the Sufferer
  • Elusive Symptoms for the Caregivers
  • Threatening Impressions to the Public
  • Chapter 2. Family Impact
  • Tumults and Shouting
  • Shalom in a Bottle?
  • Grief Work
  • Chapter 3. From Madhouse to Mad House
  • The Waiting Family
  • Surfing the System
  • Absorbed
  • Chapter 4. Negotiating Contact
  • Why We Hesitate
  • A Word in Season
  • Fruits of Repentence
  • Empathy
  • Part II: Mediator
  • Chapter 5. Telling the Truth
  • The Sting of Flippancy
  • Faithfully Silent
  • Breaking the Silence
  • Testing the Ambiguities
  • Chapter 6. Teaching the Congregation
  • Back to the Basics
  • The Libel of Our Labels
  • Hearing Voices: Your Neighbor's Chronic Mental Illness
  • Bridge Builders
  • Part III: Advocate
  • Chapter 7. Willing to Care
  • At the Manor
  • Volunteer Friendship
  • When Shadows Fade
  • Chapter 8. Habits of Presence
  • Allies and Friends
  • Promoting Hope
  • Consumers of Caregiving: Their Presence
  • Appendix: Sources for Information
  • Denomination Networks
  • Interfaith
  • Secular Organizations
  • Primary Resources
  • Notes
  • Index

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Stewart D. Govig *Deceased*