DO I CALL YOU FATHER?

REFLECTIONS ON HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY IN A TIME OF TRANSITION

Authors

  • Janet Dyer St. John's Hospital

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v3i1.20

Keywords:

church work, women, healthcare

Abstract

The author writes as an Anglican woman, ordained by the Scottish Episcopal church as deacon and later as priest, at a time when the controversy over female ordination was at its height. She describes the spectrum of reactions which she encountered, as church people, often painfully, reviewed their often deeply held beliefs and attitudes. The story is told largely in the light of the author’s experience as a hospital chaplain: a ministry which can sometimes be viewed by some as less complete than that of the parish clergy. And so, as a woman, ordained, and a chaplain, she understands well the feelings of being on the margins. She describes coping with the tensions between perceived pastoral need and ecclesiastical correctness which can arise in hospital, complicated by her own peculiarly exposed situation. The hurt, the anger are there, but the tone is ultimately positive and hopeful. Her ministry has been as liberating and affirming as it has been costly and challenging.

Author Biography

Janet Dyer, St. John's Hospital

Janet Dyer is part-time Anglican chaplain at St. John's Hospital, Livingston.

References

RUPP J. 1998 The path of mid-life spirituality, Crossroad press.

Published

2013-06-11

How to Cite

Dyer, J. (2013). DO I CALL YOU FATHER? REFLECTIONS ON HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY IN A TIME OF TRANSITION. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 20–23. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v3i1.20

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