"African American Pastoral Care" Analytical Essay by Research Group

"African American Pastoral Care"
Examines the book "African American Pastoral Care" by Edward P. Wimberly.
# 25865 | 1,735 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 02, 2003 in Literature (American) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines the main theme in the book which is that the custom and practice of storytelling that has been embedded for centuries into the culture of African peoples.The research sets forth the principal thesis of the work and then discusses how the pattern of ideas contained in the work and the means by which these ideas are conveyed can be applied to the practical experience of African-American clergy as well as to the individual minister's own spiritual growth.

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"Using examples from his own and others' pastoral experience as a minister, Wimberly develops the view that the use of narrative, from the perspective of the Bible, from the perspective of the minister, and from the perspective of those who are being counseled, can result in satisfactory pastoral encounters and can most fully integrate the human experience with that of what he terms God's narrative, or plan, for man. No less significant is Wimberly's view that African American narrative traditions conform with and indeed actually prefigure certain diagnostic and treatment theories and techniques of progressive psychotherapy and that African American pastoral counselors should feel confident about exploiting and applying their knowledge and direct experience of their indigenous cultural roots and socialization customs to arrive at maximal outcomes for those whom they counsel who may be facing serious problems in the context of contemporary life."

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