Introduction to Family Systems Thinking & Book Study of Friedman’s Fables: Metaphors for Family Systems Thinking

Every Saturday at 11 am ET / 10 am CT, March 25-April 22 (5 sessions)
Instructor: Pastor Jim Duehring, Assistant to the Bishop
Registration deadline: March 11 to allow time to acquire book, Friedman’s Fables by Rabbi Ed Friedman, available on

In these 5 sessions, we will begin session #1 with an Intro to Family Systems thinking by Murray Bowen and then continue with four more sessions discussing various parables in the book Friedman’s Fables by Rabbi Ed Friedman, who was a student of Dr. Murray Bowen, who first suggested the concepts of Family Systems Theory. Friedman, as a good Jewish rabbi, loved to think of Bowen’s concepts in terms of the metaphors of parables. Like Jesus’ use of parables, they allow us to better understand deeper concepts. This book discussion will allow us to explore the wisdom of family systems thinking. Prior to reading Friedman’s Fables, it is recommended that you have some basic background on Bowen Systems Theory by attending the March 25 class introducing Bowen Theory and/or doing some basic preliminary reading on your own—especially noting the 8 Concepts of Bowen Theory. A good website is: