The words that follow are offered as an encouragement to all who feel called to express their Christian faith in terms of ministry. Ministry should be life-affirming because it is sustained by an inner spiritual dynamic that is procreative in the lives of those who are ministering in Christ's name. Ministry grows out of awareness of our being connected to God in and through Christ. If the joy of this connection is broken, it may be a sign that our lives are out of control, our expectations are destroying us, and our spiritual centre if numb. There is a lack of care for the carers. My hope in this book is to help us remain centred in God who calls forth ministry in response to his love". -- Intro.
Contents: Preface -- Introduction -- Care for the Carers -- Spirituality: A Theology of Response -- Christian Spirituality: A Response Within -- Christian Spirituality: A Response Directed outside Ourselves -- Conclusion and Possibilities -- Notes.
Author is Suffragan Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Huron [now retired].
Bishop Ken Genge asked the House how it dealt with clergy in distress. Discussion followed. Bishop Percy O'Driscoll offered to provide information (see Attachment) with regard to a program underway in the Diocese of Huron.
That the House forward a recommendation to the Metropolitans that, at the time of consecration of a bishop, the Metropolitan ensure that, as a `Standard of the House', a Bishop-to-Bishop relationship be established. CARRIED
A three page attachment entitled "Clergy Assistance Program for Diocese of Huron" is attached to the House of Bishop minutes, but not reproduced here.
The author "focuses on a spiritual approach to coping with stress. He gives evidence that the mind, the body, and the spirit must be healthy to create a whole person. Those who make a spiritual response to stress have a time-tested, rich and highly rewarding treasury of wisdom and inspiration from which to draw. Using sacred texts from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and other religions, along with new scientific findings, Harpur proves that faith is an irreplaceable resource for approaching stress. In reading the ancient wisdoms, your will see where modern coping techniques such as the use of breath, mindfulness, and other forms of meditation, originated. As the years passed, the techniques were divorced from their spiritual roots, and now lack a potency which they were meant to have and impart. Organized into four sections -- The Contemporary Scene, The Spiritual Response, Sources and Mantras, and The God Within -- the book considers spiritual meditation and other approaches from many traditions". -- back cover.
Contents: Dedication -- Introduction -- Part One: The Contemporary Scene -- 1. The Chronic Stress of Modern Living --2. The Medical Response -- 3. The Meditation Response -- 4. Health for What ? -- Part Two: The Spiritual Response -- 5. Spiritual Meditation -- 6. The World Community for Christian Meditation -- 7. The Labyrinth Movement -- Part Three: Sources and Mantras -- 8. From the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible -- 9. From the New Testament -- 10. From Other Faiths -- Part Four: The God Within -- 11. Prologue and Creeds -- 12. What Jesus Found -- 13. Jesus' Teaching -- 14. What about Paul ? -- 15. Conclusions -- Endnotes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Colophon: Printed by Northstone Publishing and imprint of Wood Lake Books Publishing Inc., Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
Author is a former Anglican priest, writer and journalist.
Primate's column looks at the demands on people's time. "The church at every level is no less prey to the frenzied style than the rest of the culture. Urban clergy are implicitly urged to adopt as their motto the words of Psalm 59:6, `They grin like a dog and run about through the city'."
"The plan of this book is simple. I have grouped together men and women whose lives show us a certain truth about human experience. There are eight of these groups, and each group is introduced by a short reflection. I invite you to meet these people. If meeting them allows us to see that we have the guidance of God on our life's journey, then I will, at least by my own measuring, have succeeded in the work". -- Intro., p. 8.
"Where can we find truly inspiring models of leadership, friendship, creativity, and humanity to guide and motivate us today ? How can we deal constructively with human shortcomings that continually trouble our world ? Reflecting on twenty-nine well-known biblical characters -- including Moses, Abraham, Bathsheba, Naomi, Pontius Pilate, and Jesus himself -- Herbert O'Driscoll shows how their strivings to live wisely, fully, and joyfully have timeless relevance for us. In our daily struggles with faith and wilderness, self-worth and failure, courage and guilt, power and weakness, we share much with our biblical ancestors. Learning from their journeys with God can deeply enrich our own spiritual journey." -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction / Herbert O'Driscoll -- Thinking Creatively -- 1. A Leap in Faith -- 2. A Larger God -- 3. A Dream of the Future -- The Challenge of Leadership -- 4. Facing the Wilderness -- 5. Courage Under Fire -- 6. Recognizing Loyalty -- 7. A Serious Commitment -- 8. A Recipe for Survival -- Accepting Responsibility -- 9. The Cost of Integrity -- 10. A Presence Beyond Panic -- 11. A Welcoming Community -- 12. A Lived Commitment -- Struggling with Our Humanity -- 13. A Walk in Darkness -- 14. Realizing Self-Worth -- 15. A Grace Beyond Failure -- Moments of Self-Discovery -- 16. A Turning for Home -- 17. An Acknowledgement of Guilt -- 18. An Unnecessary Burden -- Acknowledging Our Flaws -- 19. The Weakness of Power -- 20. The Greatest Gift -- 21. An Uneasy Crown -- Preserving Hope -- 22. Resisting Domination -- 23. A Quest for Healing -- 24. Acknowledging One's Humanity -- 25. The Years of Maturing -- In Lasting Friendship -- 26. A Longing for Companionship -- 27. A Discovery of Maturity -- 28. A Moment of Honesty -- 29. A Loving Faithfulness -- Lectionary References.
The world's skyrocketing suicide rate can be reduced with the help of the Christian church, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada said in an interview yesterday.
Archbishop E.W. Scott, attending the meeting of the National Executive Council of the General Synod, said suicides are attributable to various causes, including the loss of faith. But basically, he said, it is the pressure of modern society.
"We have to learn to live in the midst of pressure and change, and it is my conviction that the Christian church can help people do just that," he said.
Citing three cases of close friends who had committed suicide, Archbishop Scott said: "They were tremendously sensitive, creative people but they lacked the kind of human support to enable them to live with that kind of sensitivity in the midst of the realities of the world in which they were."
The church has not done enough to provide people with the resources they need to make the kinds of increasingly complex decisions required today and to survive under the pressures and change in modern society, he said.
"Participants in the Wellness Project@Wycliffe -- who can be lay of ordained, as long as they are involved in ministry -- answer a set of online questionnaires; their responses are then turned into a summary report that they can use as a guide in making changes in their lives to prevent burnout and improve their well-being. The tool, says project head Wanda Malcolm, a professor of pastoral psychology at Wycliffe, incorporates an important innovation: unlike other ways of evaluating on-the-job wellness, it takes into account the causes of satisfaction as well as stress". "The team's research has convinced them that people in ministry life need to take into account the things they find satisfying -- not just the things that stress them out -- as well as how these things interact with one another, if they want a true picture of how they're doing". "We naturally get caught up in the task of trying to eliminate unnecessary stress, but sometimes we do that forgetting that there are good things that we should also be guarding and protecting" Malcolm said. From graphic at top of article: "Top five satisfiers: Sense of having a calling -- Work relationships -- Cultivating personal spiritual depth -- Ongoing learning -- Being free to choose how to use time while having a diversity of tasks. Top four stressors: Deciding how to use time while having many tasks and responsibilities -- Barriers to personal prayer -- Personal spiritual struggles -- Having to lead through change and controversy".