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Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care

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  • Written for hospital spiritual care providers, including chaplains and chaplain educators
  • Uses surveys and case studies to explore opportunities for chaplains and doctors working together
  • Offers a re-imagining of The Parable of the Good Samaritan

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This book, written with hospital spiritual care providers in mind, investigates how to expand the field and scope of compassion within the hospital context, for the spiritual care and safety of transgender patients.  Written by a law-educated pastoral counselor, it advocates for chaplain legal literacy, and explains the consequences of spiritual care providers not knowing more about the law. It explores the current political and legal situation transgender hospital patients find themselves in, and especially how these new policies put transgender people at risk when they are in a hospital setting. Pamela Ayo Yetunde offers Buddhist-Christian activist interreligious dialogue methods to promote deeper understanding of how spiritual practices can cultivate empathy for transgender patients.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)


“This overtly political practical theology provides chaplains and other healthcare workers with concepts and practices to hate-proof hospitals on behalf of trans people. Writing with a theologian's heart, a lawyer's mind, and a bodhisattva's compassion, Yetunde identifies the constitutional and legal literacies chaplains can develop to help protect the civil and religious rights of trans people as they are deliberately erased and exposed to harm by the Religious Right in collusion with the Trump regime. Yetunde draws on the Christian New Testament, Buddhist sacred texts, and womanist theology to articulate the Parable of Our Collective Survival as a touchstone for effective public pastoral theology and trans advocacy. The book makes important contributions to spiritual care for trans communities and to the emerging pastoral literature of Buddhist-Christian studies. No other scholar could have written this text.”
Duane Bidwell, Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling, Claremont School of Theology, USA

“Integrating passionate socio-political engagement and legal acumen with spiritual insight from Buddhist and Christian traditions, the author makes a convincing case for welcoming and full inclusion of the vulnerable among us who tend to be despised by many in society, making an appeal for disobedience, resistance, and eventual transformation of oppressive laws designed to exclude "the least of these (Mt. 25:40)."
Ruben L.F. Habito, Professor of World Religions and Spirituality, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, USA 

Authors and Affiliations

  • United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, USA

    Pamela Ayo Yetunde

About the author

Pamela Ayo Yetunde is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Yetunde is also the author of Object Relations, Buddhism, and Relationality in Womanist Practical Theology (2018).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, U.S. Law, and Womanist Theology for Transgender Spiritual Care

  • Authors: Pamela Ayo Yetunde

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-42559-3Published: 01 May 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-42562-3Published: 01 May 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-42560-9Published: 30 April 2020

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 144

  • Topics: Religion and Gender, Buddhism, Christianity, Gender and Sexuality, Counselling and Interpersonal Skills

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