Pastoral Considerations for a Pandemic

Tanya Wittwer

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    Abstract

    “Providing pastoral leadership in a pandemic” doesn’t appear in the handbooks of our seminaries and colleges.

    The collective trauma of COVID-19 means we are faced with a pastoral challenge for which few of us have rehearsed. However, the foundations for responding appropriately were present as we learned that all pastoral leadership takes place in a multi-layered context which evolves and changes over time. Building on this foundation, I wish to explore the addressing of collective trauma.

    First, I describe a potential pathway of healing for faith communities, through and beyond the pandemic. I then explore five principles of care named by a panel of experts in addressing trauma, for their applicability within the church setting during the active phase of the pandemic. Finally, I briefly touch on some key points regarding two further phases of the healing pathway.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)28-34
    Number of pages7
    Journalstimulus: new zealand journal of christian thought and practice
    Volume27
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

    Keywords

    • pastoral care
    • pandemic
    • crisis
    • healing

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