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Philip Anderson of Chicago Theological Seminary tells a favorite story to illustrate that long, long distance between pedalogical theories of pastoral care and the actual practice of parish ministries. Shortly after graduation one year Phil received a frantic phone call from a former student newly established in his first parish. “Phil,” panted his young caller, “what do you do at a funeral?” “We covered funeral practices in my spring course on pastoral care,” answered Phil. “I know we did,” said the caller, “but this guy is really dead!” From the “Vignettes of Seminary Life,” Christian Century, Feb. 3-10, 1982, page 139.

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