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Call me mother

01 November 2013

IT WAS an afternoon workshop designed particularly for those members of the clergy who are also mothers. It was part of the Nurturing Women Clergy event, in Southwark diocese, when the intention was to explore and debate the part played by nurturing in ministry, as well as nurturing themselves intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

The Chaplain of Trinity College, Oxford, the Revd Dr Emma Percy, spoke on mothering as a metaphor for all priests, whether or not they are parents. It was a ministry to be explored, while accepting that no one can ever be the perfect priest or parent. "Good enough is OK," she said.

Toys were used in the workshop. One participant used a glove puppet to represent the different personas she assumes each day, trying to be holy and homely at the same time. Another used a ball to remind her that, in the midst of it all, God was there. Other workshops included those on feminist theology, meditative worship, relaxation techniques, and cognitive behavioural therapy.

One of the organisers, the Assistant Curate of Holy Innocents, South Norwood, the Revd Anna Eltringham, said: "We created a friendly space for those who often feel isolated in their parish or deanery to come together to support each other."

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