Thank you for visiting my virtual study, a place where you can find out what I am up to and read some of my reflections on a range of questions and issues.

I am committed to learning and change and growth through engagement with people and the questions that shape human wellbeing. I am a teacher and writer of pastoral and practical theology.

My concerns have been very much shaped by the diversity of contexts within which I have worked. These include pastoral work with people at various stages of their living and dying; health and social care in acute and primary care settings; organisational development; theological education and inter-professional collaboration on ethics.

This experience has shaped my interests which include Pastoral and Practical Theology, Reflective Ministry, Pastoral Care and Counselling, Autobiography and Biography, Health and Social Care, Care of Older People, Spirituality and Ageing and Death and Dying.

You can see more of these interests in each of the sections of this website and below are my latest additions to the website.

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In Praise of Harry Moodys 70th birthday

MY 70th BIRTHDAY

I turned 70 this past month. No, don't send me a birthday card. Just send me an
answer to the question "How then shall we live?" And listen to Jalal ad-din Rumi:

I keep running to reach the Friend.
My life nears its end, but still I am asleep.
Let's say I will reach the Beloved by the end;
yet where will I find the days that have passed?

-RUMI'S SUN: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz

THE MORAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MEMORY

THE MORAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MEMORY

"Nothing holds firm. Everything is here today and gone tomorrow.
But the good things of life-- truth, justice, and beauty-- all great accomplishments
need time, constancy, and memory, or they degenerate. The man who feels
neither responsibility towards the past nor desire to shape the future is one
who forgets. And I do not know how one can really get at such a person
and bring him to his senses."

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer (d. 1945)

WHAT MAKES LIFE SIGNIFICANT

WHAT MAKES LIFE SIGNIFICANT

"The problem with medicine and the institutions it has spawned for the care
of the sick and the old is not that they have had an incorrect view of what makes
life significant. The problem is that they have had almost no view at all...

It's been an experiment in social engineering, putting our fates in the hands
of people valued more for their technical prowess than for their understanding
of human needs.

That experiment has failed...

HEAVEN AND HELL

TEACH ME ABOUT HEAVEN AND HELL

A Samurai warrior came upon an aged Zen monk and went up to him,
demanding, "Teach me about heaven and hell."

The monk looked up at the warrior and said simply, "I can teach you
nothing. You are ignorant and incapable of learning."

At this reply the warrior was enraged. Furious with anger, he pulled out
his sword, holding it up and preparing to cut off the monk's head.

The monk simply looked up at him and said, "That is hell."

PABLO CASSALS ON AGING

PABLO CASSALS ON AGING

"On my last birthday I was ninety-three years old. That is not young, of
course. In fact, it is older than ninety. But age is a relative matter. If you continue to
work and to absorb the beauty in the world about you, you find that age does not
necessarily mean getting old. At least, not in the ordinary sense. I feel many things
more intensely than ever before, and for me life grows more fascinating."

Forgetfulness

"Forgetfulness"

The name of the author is the first to go
followed obediently by the title, the plot,
the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel
which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never
even heard of.

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain
to a little fishing village where there are no phones.

Age and Ageing Resources (web sites) Centre for Aging and Pastoral Studies

Vision

Promoting well-being in later life through research, education, ethics and spirituality.

Mission

The Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies (CAPS), is a not for profit centre for multi-disciplinary research, education and policy development in pastoral studies, ageing and related ethical issues, CAPS seeks to:

Age and Ageing Resources (web sites) Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality

The Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality

Chapel at Selwyn VillageOlder people have spiritual needs, particularly at times of illness, disability or approaching death. They frequently seek to bring deeper meaning to their lives, and their spiritual needs intensify as they near the end of their lives. They may wish to examine relationships, look to find connections, to bring sense and satisfaction for a life lived - and explore their individual sense of being.

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