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Develop a verbatim that reflects at least a 30 minute conversation with one of the primary persons named in this case: Karl at the outset of his diagnosis, Ruth at various points, or Katrina.-(approximately 10-12)
The purpose of this exercise is to practice what seems to you your best way of being present as a skillful pastor to any of the three persons actively engaged in this situation. So shape your responses to reflect as best you can practices and responses that represent what Dr. Emma Justes proposes in her book Hearing Beyond Words, and draw on the rich insights about how narratives shapes us as represented in Anderson and Foley book Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals. That is, with the benefit of not being in the crucible of the actual experience, this assignment gives you a chance to propose how you hope you would skillfully respond. And of course this involves your imaginative description of the experience of Ruth, Karl, or Katrina.
After you draft the series of responses by you and the parishioner and conclude the “Conversation,” (possibly with prayer) then develop two reflective sections of at least 3 pages each:
1. Share your rational for the responses you gave and point out how they reflect your sense of best listening practice in light of the experience the parishioner voices. Reference Justes and or Anderson and Foley.
2. Share your reflection on the effectiveness of your conversation at a pastoral conversation. What were your goals pastorally? If you offer prayer in the conversation include reflection on what goals you hope it serves.
Begin with a paragraph that defines the setting, your role (e.g. pastor), and the nature of your relationship with the family at the point of the visit, and the occasion for your visit including whose initiative set it up. Include your emotional experience from the point of initiating the conversation through the end. Reflect on the ways the conversation and experience inform your spiritual and theological understanding with regard to the sorts of suffering this case includes. If relevant, include some reflection on ways this situation links with your own narrative and how you seek to learn from that while not using it analogously. That is, how does engaging with any of these three persons widen your own imagination and or reflection about the challenges personally, spiritually, and theologically that this experience poses for you.
Please Follow Instructions, No Plagiarism; papers are looked at very closely.
If you cannot finish the assignment, please don’t accept this assignment. This assignment must be sent back as scheduled and agreed.
Insert the Verbatim using first initial for the speaker
P: (for pastor)
K or R or Ka for the parishioner with whom you are conversing
Proceed with the comments of each. For example
P. Hi Karl, I am glad we could have time for a conversation today after you had confirmation of your diagnosis.
K. Pastor, thanks for coming. This is a hard time for Ruth and me.
Pastoral Conversation analysis
1.Anderson, Herbert and Edward Foley. Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals. San Francisco Jossey Bass, 1998.-(ISBN: 0787956481: 978-0787956486
2. Justes J. Emma.Hearing Beyond the Words
3. Case Study: Alzheimer’s Disease and Family Systems: Verbatim and Analysis
4. Any Journal of Theology Articles on Alzheimer’s
5. Any Journal of Pastoral Care on Alzheimer’s
6. Any Pastoral Psychology on Alzheimer’s
7. Any internet Resources from Alzheimer’s web site