Pastoral Care textbooks, eh?

"What you have to realise is that pastoral care is all about relationships. Some people evidently think it's about sitting alone in a room and not talking to people, but it's clearly not. Sometimes the most significant thing you can do is just be there. Don't try to fix anything, just be present. I've been a spiritual director at Widegate Christian Church in Whocaresville, South Carolina for ten years and I've spent the whole time just being there, doing nothing and not fixing anything. Now I've decided to write a book about it."

I get that there's value in being present with people in difficult times. I didn't need a 300 page book to explain that. But helping people "by just being there" implies that you're the sort of person gifted with the sort of presence that calms people down and makes them feel heard. I'm not really gifted that way. My "just being there" doesn't tend to make anyone feel better about anything. I tend to break things. If I could help people "just by being there" then anyone I ever hung out with would leave feeling great. There's obviously more to it that that. Why can't they put that in the book?

Make of that what you will.

Garry with 2 Rs

Just exactly what it says in the headline.

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I am all too aware that using the word Aloha in the title of a piece about a holiday in Hawaii is a pungent cliché. However, I looked up the statutes established in the State of Hawaii Department of Tourism, and it turns out it’s a federal offence punishable by three years imprisonment or a $30,000 fine not to do it. So there.

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So in the wake of the horrific murder-suicide in Brisbane this week, a lot has been written and shared about domestic violence and societal responses to it. I’ve tried to read as much of it as I can stomach, and now I can’t read any more. Now I have questions, so bear with me while I build up to them.

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Back in 2017 Kim and I went to see our very first Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble show. It was their yearly main stage production in Roma St Parklands and in 2017 the put on A Winter’s Tale. I remember loving the way the company used minimal sets and used the language and the emotions of the performances to drive the story. It was exactly the sort of theatre I wanted to do, but it seemed like a level of performance that was a bit beyond me.

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