"Fat Ladies"

They say that “it isn’t over until the Fat Lady sings,” and what a true word that is. Everything can seem to be perfectly in place and heading towards resolution, when suddenly a whole new plot-line comes along in (what you thought was) the final act, and it turns out the play might only just be begining!! Then again, wouldn’t life be dull if it always went to plan?

Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counselling, Howard Clinebell, SCM Press, 1984. A very interesting and helpful book – quite daunting in many ways, but very illuminating as to the particular pastoral role that clergy have, and the crisis points that we all face in life. This is clearly a book that needs proper study to get the most from it, as it is fairly practical. There are a number of techniques presented on how to listen and counsel effectively, and good ideas for practical responses in a church setting. These include; The “six dimensions of wholeness” – Mind, body, […]

"Moving on"

Funny old thing – we bought this house 4 1/2 years ago, knowing it was never going to be our ‘ultimate’ family home, and also knowing it was in a bit of a state (“in need of modernisation” according to the estate agents). I fully concede that we expected to have finished “modernising” the house sooner than 2 weeks ago, but there we go. So the estate agent came around to value it this morning, so we spent considerable effect yesterday “staging” the house – de-cluttering, cleaning, tidying, etc.. Please don’t interpret amazement as arrogance – but it looks fantastic. […]

"How to say ‘I love you’"

Another proud parent entry. Well actually it’s a parenting anecdote. I try and to tell Ben a lot that I love him, and I have a little spiel every night at bedtime that’s something like “Night night Ben, love you lots, God bless you, and sleep tight.” Anyway, a couple of nights ago, I got as far as “love you lots”, and the little voice squeaks out “Love you Daddy.” Momentous occasion – 2 1/2 years old, and he’s just told me for the first time that he loves me. My little heart melts, but also catches in my throat… […]

"Reading"

I feel like such a Hermione Granger; I’ve managed to find nearly all the books on the reading list (at least for the 1st year modules), and have no reason to think I won’t have skim read all of them by the start of term. It does help that I work at a university with a theology department, and hence had many of the books in the library! Current book is Basic Types of Pastoral Care and Counselling, by Howard Clinebell, which so far has been very interesting. I think the pastoral side is one of the weaker aspects of […]

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