Ministry Among God's Queer Folk | LGBT Pastoral Care (Kundtz and Schlager)

Ministry Among God's Queer Folk | LGBT Pastoral Care (Kundtz and Schlager)

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Caring for the Queer Community

This practical handbook, written by two self-described "queer people of faith," covers the basic skills religious caregivers and ministry students need in order to be effective and supportive pastoral care providers to LGBTQ persons.

Authors Schlager and Kundtz distinguish pastoral care from pastoral counseling: while the latter is reserved for those with special training in the practice of therapy, the former can be developed by ministers and lay people alike with sufficient understanding and practice.

Ministry Among God's Queer Folk treats the following topics: the definition and functions of pastoral care; effective care in challenging times; coming out of the closet; creating communities of care; and caring for a wide variety of LGBTQ relationships. The authors provide case studies throughout the book to ground and illustrate their theology of pastoral care.

About the Authors

David Kundtz is a psychotherapist who holds a doctorate in pastoral psychology. He is an alum of Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union and an adjunct professor with the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.

Bernard S. Schlager
 is director of national programming for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at Pacific School of Religion, where he is also an adjunct professor.  Schlager is a consultant to private foundations on issues relating to LGBTQ people of faith and is founding director of the Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations.  He received his Ph.D. from Yale University.

Paperback: 242 pages (6 x 9 in.)
ISBN 978-0-8298-1706-5