These questions were taken from the survey and interviews we conducted with foster carers and adoptive parents. They give you some ideas of what sorts of questions can be helpful to ask. You may want to choose a handful of these questions and put them in your own words.
My friend has challenged me to move beyond compassion at what is, undoubtedly, profound suffering and to see her as a sister first and foremost. From difference being the main paradigm to sameness. Someone who is like me! Since she is in Christ, the fundamental realities of our lives now and for eternity are the same.
Sacraments don’t change a person’s state before the Lord. Being intentionally reflective about the Lord’s Supper does not guarantee specific pastoral results. But doing something can help us grasp truths in ways that’s just talking about them can’t. Taking and eating involves our whole body. It invites us to see the gospel truly is for me.
My friends’ collection of sea glass has become a favourite metaphor to describe my experience in the church in recent years. Five years ago, the seemingly strong bottle of my Christian heritage was shattered. No less than three scandals in my Christian circles came to light.
Does liturgy have a role in pastoral care?