P623 Pastoral Care as a Public Practice

This course is intended to teach students how to engage in pastoral care beyond its traditional focus of congregational and individual care and into broader social and public spaces. Students will learn how to participate in public practices of pastoral care that critically assess and respond to the range of contextual, systemic, and relational factors that often contribute to individual and social suffering. Furthermore, students will learn practical ways to provide pastoral care in public spaces and understand the theoretical and theological foundations of this public ministry. Ultimately, students learn a communal-contextual method of pastoral care that is committed to both the care of souls and societies.

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