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Mental health and healing in parish ministry
by Gavin Knight; Joanna Knight;
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Disturbed by Mind and Spirit
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It offers a unique exploration of how mental health in a parish setting can be addressed via the dual perspectives of pastoral theology and clinical psychology. It is constructed in pairs of chapters, with each theological chapter followed by its psychological counterpart. Thus psychological thinking is used to reflect upon the liturgical pattern of the Eucharist as a means of deepening our awareness of and response to mental health and trauma.
- to help raise the profile of mental health issues present in parish life
- to encourage individuals to reflect on their own personal stories, ideas and belief systems, and how these might impact on their ministry and/or discipleship in the context of mental health
- to help recognise and acknowledge that mental health is often a stigmatized, forbidden and misunderstood subject; one which has no clear-cut answers, but which challenges our core selves and requires us, if we are to respond to it authentically, to recognise our own strengths and limitations, our areas of expertise, and the times when we need to seek additional help or support
- to offer hope for the renewal of parish life in general, not necessarily through specific strategies and solutions but through a deepened understanding of our shared stories of brokenness and healing.
Gavin Knight worked for Saatchi & Saatchi before reading theology at St Andrews University. Since training for ordination at Cuddesdon, he has served in parishes in Birmingham and London and is currently Chaplain of Monmouth School. He has a post-graduate Masters Degree in Applied Theology from Oxford.
Joanna Knight read English at Cambridge before training as a Clinical Psychologist. She specialises in child psychology and has worked for the NHS with children and their families in London, the South East and Warwickshire. She has recently helped establish a charity which offers a training service for parents and teachers of children with autistic spectrum disorders.
Disturbed by Mind and Spirit by Gavin Knight; Joanna Knight was published by Continuum in April 2009 and is our 40179th best seller. The ISBN for Disturbed by Mind and Spirit is 9780826427755.
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Disturbed By Mind and SpiritRichard Greatrex, via The Good Book Stall
In 2001 the parish priest of St Andrew’s Church, Fulham Fields, Fr David Paget, was murdered in the vicarage. Revd Gavin Knight and his wife Joanna, a clinical psychologist, were the next occupants of the house when Gavin was appointed to be the new priest of the parish. While David Paget’s death at the hands of a mentally ill man understandably had an immense impact on the life and health of the parish and on Gavin and Joanna Knight’s subsequent ministry there it is the death and resurrection of Christ as experienced through the mystery of the Eucharist that lies at the centre of this book.
In alternating chapters the Knights apply theological and psychological insights to the traditional fourfold structure of the Eucharist – Gathering; Liturgy of the Word; Liturgy of the Sacrament; Dismissal – specifically in relation to the situation they found in the Fulham Fields community. We incidentally find out more about the highs and lows of life in this parish but with a clear focus on illuminating both the continuum we know as ‘mental health’ and the healing, probing, comforting and challenging nature of the Eucharist itself. At the end of each section there is a chapter outlining the practical implications for taking seriously the Eucharist as a vital tool for our mental and spiritual well-being and sets of questions about how mental health is treated within our own parishes.
A gentle, yet honestly written and at times painfully open book it has much to offer to help deepen our understanding of the gift of the Eucharist, to provide tools for a fresh appreciation about how we deal with the mental health of both parishioners and the parish and as a perceptive commentary on the joys and vicissitudes of parish ministry.
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Details for Disturbed by Mind and Spirit
|Page last updated||15th July 2016|
|Author / Artist||Gavin Knight; Joanna Knight|
|Publisher||Continuum (April 2009)|
|Number of Pages||144|