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Edwin Howard Friedman May 17,  — October 31,  was an ordained rabbi, family therapist , and leadership consultant. Friedman's approach was primarily shaped by an understanding of family systems theory. His seminal work Generation to Generation , written for the leaders of religious congregations, focused on leaders developing three main areas of themselves:. His contribution to intercultural communication and understanding in family therapy appears in a key essay, "The Myth of the Shiksa" original , collected ,  using the concept of "cultural costume and camouflage" to describe the ways that people express their ethnic or cultural identity. This was elaborated in greater detail in the model of cultural family therapy in "Chapter 3: The Presenting Culture" of A Stranger in the Family by family therapist and transcultural psychiatrist Vincenzo Di Nicola.
As church leaders may know, often our church communities are not the Christian utopia that we hope that it is or should be. Change is hard and conflicts abound. There is plenty of literature addressing a myriad of conflicts in churches and how to work through them. One way of understanding the church is using family system theory and utilizing family systems therapy to address the problems and conflicts.
This is especially important for Asian Americans, as we do often find our churches to be a part of our extended families. Thus, it is helpful for us to understand the interconnectedness of our fellow congregation members and the dynamics that exist.
Using the framework of family systems theory, we can improve our pastoral care roles and functioning in our churches. This will allow for people to think about their roles in a more integrative way rather than to become defined by the roles they play. Friedman utilizes his decades of experience as a pastoral counselor to provide examples and demonstrate his points. The book is divided into four sections, beginning with an introduction to family theory, then discussing the families that exist within the congregation which leads into his argument of the congregation as a family system.
Finally, he addressed the clergy and our families—as how clergy relate to their families can be important to how clergy interacts with the congregational family system. One of his most important contributions is conflicts within the church should be located in a system, rather than in a vacuum.
It does not look for blame, but to place the problem into the context of a community. This is an approach of clergy toward congregation members, both to provide care for members and help them better understand their problems, but also as a strategy to work with the different clergy-congregant relationship.
Though his readers may not become professional therapists, having a basic understanding of family systems and applying this approach to congregational and personal families present an opportunity for us to take on healthier leadership models as well as to address concerns of the congregation by identifying the informal family structures that may exist within the formal structure of the church so that the church can be the family that God intended.
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As church leaders may know, often our church communities are not the Christian utopia that we hope that it is or should be. Change is hard and conflicts abound. There is plenty of literature addressing a myriad of conflicts in churches and how to work through them. One way of understanding the church is using family system theory and utilizing family systems therapy to address the problems and conflicts. This is especially important for Asian Americans, as we do often find our churches to be a part of our extended families.
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We wished to identify predictors of family functioning from models including perceptions of stresses associated with mobility, financial compensation, intrusiveness to family boundaries, expectations on time demands, and the lack of social support. Data were collected from randomly selected couples from six denominations in which husbands were clergy. Participants completed a survey that included the Clergy Family Life Inventory which assessed perceptions of five work-related stressors and the Self Report Measure of Family Functioning scale which measured 12 dimensions of family functioning.