Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 59, Issue 6, pp 747–767 | Cite as

From My Center to the Center of All Things: Hourglass Care (Take 1)

  • Gregory C. EllisonII


In the tradition of presenting metaphors as theoretical and practical models of care, this article introduces the hourglass as a new direction for pastoral care. Everything in this model is “a circle with a triangle in it.”


Self Care Hope Center Metaphor Pastoral care Pastoral theology Brita Gill-Austern Philip Culbertson Carl G. Jung Thelonious Monk Henri Nouwen Howard Thurman 



On this first take, I express my gratitude to my research assistants, Christina Repoley and Quentin Samuels, who played the role of sidewoman/sideman as I soloed from center stage.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Candler School of TheologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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