Caring Ministry: A Contemplative Approach to Pastoral Care


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by Sarah A. Butler. Bloomsbury Academic, 2007.

Although the title may indicate otherwise, the author writes for all people engaged in caring ministry. At the heart of the book is the author’s belief that “caring ministry is about what we know and who we are.” “Our cultivation of listening, awe-filled prayer nurtures our capacity to listen to one who is hurting. . . . Freed from the constant need to talk at people (or God) we move to the contemplative space of being present to the story and feelings, thus allowing the encounter to be transformed into Holy Ground.” At the end of each chapter there are exercises and thoughtful-provoking questions which aid readers in understanding this contemplative approach to caring ministry. Sarah Butler is Canon Pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, CO, where she supervises the Caring Ministers. She is also a spiritual director and leads retreats and quiet days of prayer and spiritual formation.

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