Join authors Nancy H. Wiener, Director of the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, and Jo Hirschmann, CPE Coordinator, in conversation with Adriane Leveen, Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, about what the book of Leviticus teaches us about contemporary pastoral care.
About the book:
Maps and Meaning is rooted in the authors’ experience as clergy and chaplains and is relevant to those looking for a fresh perspective on biblical narratives related to the role of the priest, patients, soldiers, and others who spend time “outside the camp.” Drawing on diverse fields, from neuroscience to anthropology, the authors consider the geographical, interpersonal, temporal, and spiritual transitions individuals experience when they move “in” and “out of the camp” and the impact their time outside the camp has on family and community. They offer a unique perspective on self-care for caregivers of different disciplines who negotiate these transitions in their work. And they explore the lives and transitions of patients and returning veterans. Drawing on contemporary explorations of stigma, the authors raise communal questions related to healthcare, returning veterans, and incarcerated people. They propose a societal approach that embraces the inevitability of life’s ebbs and flow and that draws maps to facilitate these journeys.
What people are saying:
“Here is a book that is fresh, ambitious, and inviting about the book of Leviticus…of all things! Wiener and Hirschmann bring to this study their competence in neuroscience discussing human ‘wiring’ as reflective of being in or out, pure or impure, near or far; they make their case with a pastoral sensibility that focuses on the lives of real people, and they discern a genuine pastoral ministry in the tradition of Leviticus. They suggest the ways in which Leviticus is designed and functions that fit none of our caricatures of this material. Attention will be well invested in this imaginative study.”
–Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary