On Being Sent with Style

Reflections on Health Care Chaplaincy

Authors

  • Raymond A. Reddicliffe University of Queensland

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v1i2.173

Keywords:

Health care chaplaincy, ministry styles, pastoral metaphors, prudent thinkers, transparent practitioners, vulnerable representatives

Abstract

This article has been developed from key points in an occasional address delivered by the author at a Dedication Service for healthcare chaplains in Brisbane, Australia. The metaphors of sheep, serpents, and doves mentioned in the focal verse from Matthew 10: 16-23 are explored and some possible pastoral implications are discussed. It is suggested that being sent as vulnerable representatives, prudent thinkers, and transparent practitioners represent complementary elements in a style of offering spiritual and pastoral care with relevance for contemporary healthcare chaplains and other pastoral workers.

Author Biography

Raymond A. Reddicliffe, University of Queensland

Revd Dr Raymond A. Reddicliffe is an Hon. Research Fellow (Religious Studies), School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia.

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Published

2014-05-27

How to Cite

Reddicliffe, R. (2014). On Being Sent with Style: Reflections on Health Care Chaplaincy. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 1(2), 173-184. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v1i2.173

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