Holy Defect

We used this presentation for our Ministry Heartlink Pastoral Care Skills Training… and will most likely continue to use it for our short and long courses.


Beautifully Broken

Carl Jung gives the concept of the “wounded healer”… the idea that the drive to become a counselor flows out of an experience of past brokenness. Hardly a shocking revelation. I had a friend in High School who had had lots of work done on his teeth over several years. He wanted to become a dentist (although he ultimately went in a different direction).

Father Henri Nouwen, among others, have gone further suggesting that the sens of being wounded or broken, actually facilitates the counselor as a healer of others.

As a metaphor, one could look at the idea of Kintsugi (golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (golden repair) from Japanese craftwork, for the view that brokenness may provide a special form of beauty.

Here is a two-part article that explores this idea. It could easily, I believe, be brought over to be looked at from the idea of being a counselor or pastoral care provider.

Kintsukuroi Faith: Beautifully Broken. Part 1

Kintsukuroi Faith: Beautifully Broken. Part 2