Deadlines have been looming again so that’s why it’s been a bit quiet here. Monday (14th) is the due date for the coursework portfolio for my Pastoral Care placement at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. The total word count for the three pieces to be submitted is around 8500 words – not far short of an honours dissertation. The verbatim and the fieldwork report were fairly straightforward but I struggled a bit to get a handle on the essay. The assignment was to take a week from last semester’s Pastoral Theology course (we did a different theological approach to pastoral care each week) and relate the theory to the practice. Well, I have to be honest and confess that this is difficult for me. It’s not that the theology isn’t there but to me it seems very nebulous – but that’s the burden I carry for preferring systematic theology apparently. So I took a bit of a cop-out approach and chose the opening week to engage with. It’s about the ‘integrity’ of pastoral care and I did actually uncover, and wrestle with, a fair bit of theology after all.