This extraordinary compendium of religious traditions is invaluable to all healthcare providers. The user-friendly resource contains specific and detailed information on faith traditions vital for providing optimal spiritual care in a clinical setting. A series of inspirational introductory chapters promote the importance of spiritual well-being as a vital component in whole person care, but the majority of the book forms a compilation of articles from a wide-ranging expert panel of contributors. Ideal for quick reference, the A-Z organisation from American Indian Spirituality to Zoroastrianism is presented in a clear and logical format, covering: History and Facts Basic Teachings Basic Practices Principles for Clinical Care . Dietary Issues . General Medical Beliefs . Specific Medical Issues . Gender and Personal Issues Principles for Spiritual Care Through the Cycles of Life Concepts of Living and Dying for Spiritual Support . During Birth . During Illness . During End of Life Care of the Body Organ and Tissue Donation Scriptures, Inspirational Readings and Prayers
Preface. Foreword by Perry A. Pugno, MD. Foreword by Carl E. Lundstrom, MD. Reasons For and How to Use This Book. About the Editors. About the Contributors. Acknowledgements. Setting the Stage. Spirituality and Religion: An Overview of Three Families of Faith. Spirituality, Religion and Culture. Spirituality and Religion: Relevance in the Clinical Setting? Spirituality and Religion in the Clinical Setting: Pros and Cons. Spiritual Care in the Clinical Setting: Assessment and Application. Agnosticism. American Indian Spirituality. Atheism. Baha'i Faith. Buddhism: General Introduction. Mahayana. Theravada. Vajrayana. Christianity: General Introduction. Anabaptist Traditions: General Introduction. Amish. Brethren in Christ. Church of the Brethren. Hutterites. Mennonite. Catholic Traditions: General Introduction. Eastern Rite. Roman. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Community of Christ. Jehovah's Witnesses. Orthodox Christianity. Protestant Traditions: General Introduction. African American Baptist/Protestantism. African American Pentecostalism. African Methodist Episcopal (AME). Anglican. Assemblies of God. Baptist. Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Christian Science. Church of God, Indiana. Church of God in Christ. Episcopal. Evangelical Covenant. Lutheranism. Nazarene. Pentecostalism. Presbyterian. Seventh-day Adventist. United Church of Christ. United Methodist. Unity. Quakers: General Introduction. Liberal Quakers. Pastoral Quakers. Confucianism. Free Thinker. Hare Krishna. Hinduism. Humanism (See Secularism). Islam. Jainism. Judaism. Paganism. Scientology. Secularism. Shinto. Sikhism. Spiritualism. Sufism. Taoism. Unitarian Universalism. Vodou. Wicca. Zoroastrianism. Concluding Words. Special Days of the World's Religious and Spiritual Traditions. Glossary of Terms. Sources Cited and Consulted.