Basics of Empathic Listening for Pastoral Care Ministry​

Basics of Empathic Listening for Pastoral Care Ministry​

A review of empathy’s importance as a fundamental dynamic in human interaction and pastoral care ministry in particular.

Featuring Dr. Theodore M. Smith and Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis.

Theodore M. Smith, D.Min, is a recently retired United Methodist minister with almost 40 years in professional hospital ministry as a chaplain and pastoral educator in four faith-based hospitals. He currently serves as primary faculty person for the Pastoral Care Institute, a major educational program in pastoral care ministry for laity in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Dr. Smith is a published author and national speaker.

Kathryn Getek Soltis, Ph.D. is director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and assistant professor of Christian Ethics in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. Kathryn was the lay Catholic chaplain for several years in a house of correction in Boston and currently leads communion services in the Philadelphia Prison System. Her academic research focuses on issues of justice and punishment, mass incarceration, family ethics, and Catholic Social Teaching.

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