The Very Rev. Robert (Rob) Price is Dean of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife, Kate, have three boys that range from a sophomore at Baylor to an admitted freshman at Texas A&M to an eighth-grader. He will not have nice things for a very long time. Theologically, if you put Schmemann, N.T. Wright, and Hauerwas in a blender and then strained out anything clever or original, Rob might be the result.
Parish priests find themselves thoroughly embedded in families in nearly everything they do. In my judgment, Bowen Family Systems Theory offers a way forward for parish clergy to negotiate the challenge of pastoral care and leadership.