The Mystery of God and the Power of Redemptive Relationships


An Australian Contribution – Essays in Honour of Roy Bradley

Edited by: Stephen Ames and Eugen Koh

Publish date: 22/4/2019
Pages: 196
Publisher: Morning Star Publishing
Dimensions: 148 x 210 mm
ISBN: 9780648453772

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With these essays we honour Roy Bradley, who played a major role in the development of pastoral care in Australia, particularly in the introduction of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
His dual training as a priest and CPE supervisor enabled him to embrace the modern emphasis on the psychological and spiritual need of the individual without losing sight of the key elements of the long-standing faith traditions of pastoral care.
Roy also had a great intuitive capacity to hold all these threads together in his ministry and supervision. All this eventually led him to the distillation of pastoral care as the art of helping people remain open to the mystery of God through the power of redemptive relationships. The statement could be embraced by people from different religious traditions or by people whose spirituality does not stand in any such tradition. Roy’s distillation of pastoral care holds together mystery and power, the real power of redemptive relationships in diverse settings and shows the depth of Roy’s pioneering work. In Roy’s hands, CPE took a distinctive Australian form shown in the breadth of the many programmes he pioneered across the country over several decades.

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Thanks to Stephen Ames and Eugen Koh for bringing us this collection of essays to honour the life and work of Roy Bradley.
It is a fitting tribute to Roy that the authors have engaged with his thinking about the power of redemptive relationships and taken their explorations into the new areas of theological, cultural and pastoral reflection. – The Most Rev Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne

Melbourne Anglican Review

2 reviews for The Mystery of God and the Power of Redemptive Relationships

  1. Rev Pam Kerr, former Moderator of the Uniting Church of Australia and student of Roy Bradley

    These essays give an excellent insight into Roy Bradley’s person and his pioneering work. They show his ability to encourage both self-awareness and awareness of the “other”, both human and divine, in the practice of pastoral care.

  2. Dan Murphy, President of the Association for Supervised

    These essays reflect the respect with which Roy was regarded by his peers and his supervisees over many years as the founder of CPE in this region, and the deep sense of loss we have all felt since his death. Roy was my first Supervisor in CPE, and I hold his memory dearly. I commend this collection to all readers with the expectation and hope that something of this very special man will remain alive with us through what is offered here.

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