Trinity, polyphony and pastoral relationships

J Pastoral Care Counsel. 2004 Winter;58(4):351-61. doi: 10.1177/154230500405800408.


The author explores the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to shed light on the nature of the pastoral ministry. Using the trinitarian term, "polyphony" (David Cunningham) for this purpose, he explicates unity and difference as key polyphonic categories in the doctrine of the Trinity. The author suggests that the polyphonic notes sounded by pastoral caregivers are toughness and tenderness, woundedness and health, wisdom and folly, and communion, nearness and distance.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Pastoral Care*
  • Religion*