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Myth busting clergy mental health

“It is my practice now to see a psychologist six times each year, in between visits to my Spiritual Director. I also look out for the signs that I’m not coping – withdrawing or striving to be creative out of an empty bucket – and attend to them before they become a problem,” says The Rev’d Canon Sarah Plowman

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Hero priests or communities of care?

“In an unsettled environment, there is much pressure on the ordained person to be the leader that provides continuity, stability and certainty. When clergy talk among ourselves, we often describe this style of an ordained leader as the ‘Hero Priest’…Can I suggest that it is in the tension between a desire for certainty and the reality that no such assurance is possible that our wellbeing problem lies?” says The Rev’d Michael Stalley in a new anglican focus series on ‘creating communities of care’

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Seeing is believing

“Have you ever noticed how often in the gospels ‘seeing’ is such a key thing? Seeing is often associated with coming to faith or expressing faith. The healing of people who were blind often parallels the disciples finally understanding Jesus, faith finally dawning for them,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

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Why do people go on retreat?

“Like the military manoeuvre that shares the same name, many feel the need to draw back in order to seek clarity and experience God’s presence in solitude. Maybe some go on retreat in the hope that communication with the ‘commander-in-chief’ will be re-established,” says The Rev’d Nicholas Whereat