Religion: The Pastor as Psychologist

The minister smiled expectantly at the three men and four women who were gathered around him in a parish house in Manhattan. "Well," he said, "anybody want to start?" A lanky, well-groomed young man with horn-rimmed spectacles and a crew cut spoke up. "I had a funny dream about Walter over there last night," he began.

For the next hour and a half they talked —smoking, sometimes laughing, sometimes passionately serious. A casual passer-by would have taken them for a group of friends chatting together after dinner. But the minister who sat with them,...

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