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Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care

Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care

Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice

Edited by Vineet Chander and Lucinda Mosher

Quick Overview

An edited handbook on Hindu chaplaincy, the issues surrounding it, and Hindu pastoral care offered in other 'non-chaplaincy' settings. A unique resource for Hindu chaplains to practice spiritual care in a way that is authentic to their tradition, and for chaplains of all backgrounds to understand the spiritual needs of Hindus.
2019, Paperback / softback, 8.98in x 5.83in / 228mm x 148mm, 304pp
ISBN: 9781785926051

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CA$48.95

Description

Showing how spiritual care is practiced in a variety of different contexts such as healthcare, detention and higher education, as well as settings that may not have formal chaplaincy arrangements, this book offers an original and unique resource for Hindu chaplains to understand and practice spiritual care in a way that is authentic to their own tradition and that meets the needs of Hindus. It offers a Hindu perspective for all chaplains to inform their caregiving to Hindus.

The book explores the theological and metaphysical roots of Hindu chaplaincy and puts forward the case for Hindu chaplaincy as a valuable spiritual practice. It covers the issues that arise in specific locations, such as college, healthcare, prison, military and the corporate sector. Chapters also examine Hindu pastoral care offered in other, 'non-chaplaincy' settings, such as LGBT centres, social justice work and environmental activism.

Made up of some 30 essays by chaplains, scholars and other important voices in the field, Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care provides spiritual caregivers with a comprehensive theoretical and practical approach to the relationship of Hinduism and chaplaincy.

Reviews

'This landmark volume is a critical addition to the new conversation regarding Hindu chaplaincy in the United States. The depth and breadth of the volume highlights the challenges and complexities facing Hindu chaplains, as well as their unique and creative opportunities for engagement and support. As the religious landscape of the United States continues to shift, Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care illuminates a path forward not just for Hindu chaplains, but for all chaplains working in a multi-religious ecosystem.'
- Varun Soni, Pd.D., Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, Vice Provost of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, University of Southern California

'Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care is a pioneering volume that sheds light on the foundations, practicalities and growing of Hindu spiritual care in America today. There is much-needed wisdom here for the wider Hindu community, but also countless insights for the rest of us, as we think about Hinduism in America - and also rethink and renew our own ways of spiritual care.'
- Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Parkman Professor Divinity, Harvard University