M483INT Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

We will explore some practices of pastoral care, in particular, and the vocation of pastoral ministry, in its broader sense, and we will touch upon the whole connected ensemble– beginning with reflection on our own selves; considering family systems and relationship skills; addressing communal concerns as we discuss both pastoral ministry across the lifespan and pastoral care in relationship with other facets of ministry; and finally returning to our selves, considering the things that challenge us and the things that sustain us – including especially the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition which shapes us and calls us.