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Contemplative Healing: The Congregation as Healing Community
Francis Geddes, Author of Contemplative Healing
Original Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
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In his book Contemplative Healing, Francis Geddes maintains that Jesus introduced healing into the Judaism of his day, and for the Church’s first three hundred years, healing was an important spiritual practice. He describes healing prayer’s importance and recommends congregations renew this ancient Christian practice. Dr. Geddes presents an overview of Christian healing for the church and beyond. It addresses society’s need for loving connection with one another and the source of our being within a broad Christian context. Contemplative Healing demonstrates the following essential points: Everyone can be a healer; Science and healing need not be at odds; Jesus introduced healing as a transforming spiritual practice; Healing is grounded in love.
Contemplative Healing communicates how the loving spirit of God and Christ function in a community by alleviating pain and bringing wholeness. While many books on healing describe one-on-one healing, Contemplative Healing also describes how the congregation can become a healing community that supports and practices healing in various forms.
Francis Geddes, D.Min. is a United Church of Christ parish minister, and author of Contemplative Healing: The Congregation as Healing Community. Dr. Geddes has taught hundreds of people over the last 35 years to engage more directly in healing. He is a United Church of Christ parish minister and a graduate of Yale Divinity School; he also did doctoral work at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Dr. Geddes and his wife live in Santa Rosa, Calif.
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