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In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling [Paperback]

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.99" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2003
Publisher   Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN  1843107503  
EAN  9781843107507  

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The meaning of pastoral care in modern multicultural societies is challenged and reexamined from a pluralistic, global perspective in this book. Emmanuel Lartey stresses the importance of recognizing different cultural influences on individuals in order to effectively counsel, guide and empower them. He provides a clear and concise history of pastoral care and considers its relationship to different models of counseling and spirituality. This new edition has been updated to reflect recent congregational studies and provides illustrations of how an intercultural approach can work in practice. Theological teachers and students will welcome its return as an indispensable introduction to the field of pastoral theology. In Living Color will prove an essential source of inspiration to leaders from any religious stream who wish to provide pastoral care in a way that reflects their community's cultural diversity. This book is also a useful resource for practitioners in a wider range of caring contexts who work in multicultural environments.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Emmanuel Lartey is President of the International Council on Pastoral Care and Counseling and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Columbia Theological Seminary, Georgia, USA. He was formerly Senior Lecturer at Birmingham University, UK and has taught at Trinity Theological Seminary in his home country of Ghana.

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A help with pluralism  Mar 6, 2006
Lartey's work is a much needed resource for those of us providing pastoral care in increasingly pluralistic realities. For those of us confronted with pluralism in the Western World we have the uncomfortable task of scrutinizing our "Monoculturalistic" models of pastoral care that we have inherited from our faith traditions. While this paradigm may have been appropriate when the hegemony in our parishes was the norm, this is no longer true. Even in rural and more isolated contexts than the metropolitan centers of our Western World, the www, media, and various rejections of Judeo-Christianity present us with the diverse and complex realities of those with whom we engage in caring.

Lartey's well argued and documented presentation of this dilemma concludes with a not-so-veiled suggestion of embracing the patoral care model of "Intercultural." He titles this work "In Living Color." He does so to illustrate the dynamic manner that intercultural counseling embraces the mosaic of human diverstity while recognizing the underlying basic colors that serve us all.

I especially appreciate Lartey's "Pedagogical cycle for liberative pastoral praxis" (pp 131-133). This model of Intercultural pastoral care is not too different than the often ad hoc manner that I presently attempt pastoral care. I am indebted to Lartey for this intentional model that I will most definitely implement more intentionally in my care giving.

I recommend this work to anyone who struggles with the frustrations of attempting pastoral care with persons who do not respond to the most typical model of pastoral care used in the Western parish--monoculturalism. This text will challenge the assumptions behind this paradigm and offer a model that may prove more helpful as we--caregivers--minister in an increasingly pluralistic world.
The Palette of Life  Mar 2, 2006
This book is especially valuable for pastoral counselors. Having been an ordained, clinical, pastoral counselor for almost fifteen years, I have had the privilege of participating in intercultural settings both in worship and in counseling. Lartey says, "If there is to be any genuine human encounter, attempts need to be made to equalize the relationship through mutual awareness of power dynamics in such intercultural encounters" (173). The care giver and the cared for must both be vulnerable, open and sensitive enough to seek as much information as they can obtain in order not to offend or act inappropriately with the cultural other. In order to have a true appreciation for the rich color of diversity about which Lartey writes, pastoral care providers must first deal with their own insecurities, prejudices and assumptions about care.

In these settings we must be secure enough to learn from our clients instead of thinking that they can only learn from us. For the most optimal outcome, power dynamics must be equalized in order for care to take place. The pastor and the pastoral counselor are considered to be in a position of power or influence and we must be willing to abdicate that throne in order to tiptoe in the moccasins of our clients across the terrain they have traversed, even if that terrain is radically different from what we are used to.

This book would be most helpful for those who find themselves in multicultural settings of any kind. There is a need to move beyond a simplistic, mono-cultural notion of care into a broader spectrum of understanding of those with whom we share this journey in life. Some may see this as threatening, but it has the potential of being an exciting and phenomenal journey.

In Living Color  Mar 1, 2006
In Living Color is an insightful book that offers a more inclusive and holistic approach to doing pastoral care. The author gathers together methods, techniques, and cultural understandings from all over the world that informs the practice of pastoral care.
After tracing and defining both the historical developments of pastoral care and various models for doing care, Lartey outlines necessary functions and resources found within intercultural pastoral care. The author helpfully describes intercultural pastoral care through the following areas common to counseling: respect, empathy, interpathy, respect, non-possessive warmth, genuineness, concreteness, confrontation, confidentiality, and immediacy.
While I appreciate a broadly informed practice of pastoral care, I also sound a note of caution to the possibility of diluting the supremacy of Christ while incorporating techniques, wisdom, and theology from Islam, Hinduism, Marxism, and liberation theology.
All in all, I found this book helpful, challenging, and thought provoking.
A multicultural kingdom  Mar 1, 2006
Emmanuel Lartey has written a scholarly piece of work that addresses the activities of pastoral care and counseling from an intercultural perspective. He includes historical observations, current practices and trends, and issues of spirituality from a multiplicity of ethnic and geographical sources in his text. Lartey's theme of intercultural pastoral care is more relevant than one might think at first glance. The world is shrinking, and individuals from varying cultures and people groups are now our neighbors. This is the norm rather than the exception. Attention to this demographic phenomenon will only help us as we seek to minister to a global community in our several local contexts.
Lartey has a keen interest and desire for all persons to be shown genuine care in interpersonal relations. This is nicely developed in his introduction in the following way: Every human person is, in certain respects, like all others, like some others, and like no other (34). Since we in fact do minister to individuals who are like no other, we can ill afford to use a monoculturalist (163) paradigm in our approach to pastoral care and counseling. While there are principles that will remain the same across cultures, the methods of applying those principles must take into consideration the plurality of cultural nuances that abound.
Lartey's chapter entitled "Liberation as Pastoral Praxis" is only marginally helpful to me as a spiritual caregiver. While we must confront and process cultural dynamics that contrast our own, I do not believe Scripture should be altered in any way. Lartey quotes a theologian from Zimbabwe who suggests that the Bible should be edited; there is a need to "liberate it and make it more relevant for today." This type of comment is troublesome if the intent is to deliver a message that is hermeneutically sound.

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