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Learn to reach out to these hidden Christians! Offering a wide variety of points of view from the welcoming to the traditional, Pastoral Care and Counseling in Sexual Diversity addresses one of the crucial issues facing the church in these shifting times. Pastors of all Christian churches, whatever their denomination or theology, are likely to be faced with pastoral care or counseling of someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered. This valuable compendium examines various ways you can meet the spiritual and psychological needs of these members of your congregation. Pastoral Care and Counseling in Sexual Diversity addresses the basic problems of sexual diversity, including definitions of sexual orientations and issues of human development. It offers wise guidance for offering pastoral care and counseling, and it provides tested solutions for the problems counselors face in dealing with these individuals. Pastoral Care and Counseling in Sexual Diversity offers thought-provoking points of view on a wide range of issues, including: * changes in attitudes toward homosexuality among mental health professionals * the limits of confidentiality * sexual diversity in the black church * a developmental model for effective treatment of male homosexuality * pastoral care and the formation of sexual identity * Biblical perspectives on homosexuality * counseling lesbians * AIDS ministries and grief counseling Pastoral Care and Counseling in Sexual Diversity is an essential resource for pastors, pastoral counselors, and therapists dealing with these vexing issues facing the Christian church in the new millennium.
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Contents * About the Contributors * Foreword * Sexual Diversity: An Issue for Counselors and Churches * Changes in Attitudes Toward Homosexuality Among Mental Health Professionals: What Pastoral Counselors Need to Know * Does "Confidentiality" Have Limits? Relationships Between Pastors and Counselors * Pastoral Care of Sexual Diversity in the Black Church * Gay and Lesbian Christians: Faith and Coping in the Church * Pastoral Care with Marriages and Domestic Partnerships * A Developmental Model for Effective Treatment of Male Homosexuality: Implications for Pastoral Counseling * Pastoral Care and the Formation of Sexual Identity: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered * Love the Sinner: A Pastoral Response to Homosexuality * A Practical Theology of "Welcoming" * What Does the Bible Say About Homosexuality? * What Does the Bible Call Us, as Christians, to Do on This Issue? * A Welcoming Ministry for All God's Children * Counseling Lesbians * A Pastoral Theology for the Sinned Against: Adult Christian Women Sexually Abused as Children * Disenfranchised Bereavement: Pastoral Care of Complicated Grief Reactions to AIDS-Related Losses * AIDS Services Organizations: A Call to Ministry * Index * Reference Notes Included

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