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 Performing Pastoral Care

Performing Pastoral Care

Music as a Framework for Exploring Pastoral Care

Gregory Clifton-Smith

Part of the Studies in Religion and Theology series

Quick Overview

Using musical analogies, Gregory Clifton Smith explores the role of pastoral care, both from the point of view of performance and of music as a different form of engaging with life in extreme situations, such as war. Through the prism of music, he demonstrates the ongoing importance of pastoral care in religious communities.
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Paperback / softback
2016, 9.02in x 5.98in / 229mm x 152mm, 160pp
ISBN: 9781785920363
£45.00
Ebook
2016, ePUB, 176pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-287-4
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£45.00

Description

Making the case for the relevance of pastoral care today, this book explores the role of pastoral care through the prism of music. Using musical analogies, the author provides a new way of understanding and practising pastoral care, grounded in practical theology. Challenging overemphasis on mission, he shows that pastoral care remains essential to the life of the church, especially when engaging with extreme situations such as dying, suffering or war, and considers the role of pastoral carers in the specific pastoral encounter and in the life of the church in general.

Reviews

'A haunting book. Clifton-Smith tenderly unsettles the church's modernist notions of mission with his musical and pastoral explorations of life in all its rawness. His use of musical form as a template for chaplaincy is lodged in my soul. I look forward to many variations and performances of this rich theme as his work reaches a wide, and appreciative, audience.'
- Revd Canon Dr Margaret Whipp, Lead Chaplain, Oxford University Hospitals

'Gregory Clifton-Smith's book is a rare and exceptional contribution to the field of pastoral theology - imaginative, inspired, creative and clever. The arena of pastoral theology is normally dominated by books that focus on reflection, applications or techniques, so it is refreshing to find a profound volume such as Performing Pastoral Care, offering such an original insight into how pastoral care can be both imagined and practised. Gregory Clifton-Smith's book is both wise and winsome, and will repay careful reading for all those engaged in mission and ministry.'
- The Very Revd Prof. Martyn Percy, Dean, Christ Church, Oxford

'We live in interesting and complex times. Modernity has given us choice and freedom to shape our destiny in many, often competing, directions. The Church is only one place where the shape of human experience is opened up and attended to in our struggle to flourish. This context provides us an opportunity to reimagine how theology and its practice might contribute to well-being. Performing Pastoral Care is a serious and substantial contribution to our understanding of this practice as it calls us all to rediscover our pastoral heart with imagination and creativity. Interdisciplinary in its focus - music and theology both blend and dialogue to provide a stimulating, intelligent and well-organised narrative. The reader is asked to look outwards through a number of lenses and using a variety of methods to engage with the paradoxes and ambiguities of human experience. It succeeds in providing a significant contribution to the literature around music and pastoral theology and its carefully organised chapters offer practical tools for the resourcing of the shapes of pastoral activity and performance. I hope that it will be widely used as part of the ongoing conversation about what might need to be transformed in and through us as we seek to reach out and serve our world and its peoples. I shall be adding it to core reading lists for my students.'
- Dr James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College

Authors

By (author): Gregory Clifton-Smith
Foreword by: Dr June Boyce-Tillman