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The Family Therapy Approach

Its Relevance to Work with Congregations

John Launer

In thinking about how to address this subject, three possible points of entry come to mind. Firstly, there is the theoretical approach. I could, for instance, start with some definitions. What is family therapy? What are its central tenets? What techniques do family therapists use? These are important questions and I will have to address them in some way. However, talking a great deal about theory always runs the risk of dryness, so perhaps it is better to find a more imaginative way of giving you answers to these questions.

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John Launer

Some time ago my wife and I were invited to join a week of Jewish-Christian study workshops at Hedwig Dransfeld Haus in Bendorf, Germany. This is an ecumenical centre where people from different faith traditions study together and attend each other’s religious services. The study text for the workshops consisted of the opening six chapters of the prophet Ezekiel.