Zachary Moon explores the rich traditions of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in relationship to the field of pastoral theology. Firstly, he explores the significance of metaphor in influencing the pastoral theological imagination. This includes revisiting Seward Hiltner’s classic ‘shepherding perspective.’ Moon secondly utilizes the works of Jim Corbett in animating an alternative pastoral metaphor and claims a ‘goatwalking perspective.’ Finally, he broadly traverses the terrain of Quaker traditions, particularly those practices that pertain to compassionate care and support of spiritual wellbeing, acknowledging that the concepts of ‘pastoral theology’ and ‘pastoral care’ are largely unfamiliar within Quaker theological understanding yet asserting that Quaker traditions provide resources that aid broader pastoral theological discourse and support the healthy living out of Quaker faith in community.
In a foreword, Jim Higginbotham explores a complementary metaphor of sanctuary for pastoral theology. Inspired by Corbett's role as one of the founders of the Sanctuary Movement, sanctuary is understood as a sacred liminal space of radical hospitality connecting the pastoral and prophetic.
Zachary Moon, Ph.D. (2016), Iliff School of Theology, is Associate Professor of Theology and Psychology at Chicago Theological Seminary. He has authored numerous articles and two monographs, including most recently Warriors between Worlds: Moral Injury and Identities in Crisis (2019).
Foreword "A Love Letter in Response: Pastoral Theology as Sanctuary" by Jim Higginbotham Abstract Keywords 1 Introduction
2 Metaphor and Pastoral Theology
3 A Goatwalking Perspective
4 Quaker Tradition and Practices of Care
5 Implications for Pastoral Care
All interested in pastoral theology including universities, divinity schools, and seminaries, and anyone interested in Quaker traditions and practices including pastoral care, chaplaincy, and community support from a Quaker perspective.