Pastoral care in an age of autonomy

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David W. Augsburger


Rebbe Nahman of Bratzlav (1772- 1810) left us a timeless tale of human community. "Once upon a time there was a king who knew that the next harvest would be cursed. Whosoever would eat from it would go mad. So he ordered an enormous granary built and stored there all that remained from the last crop. He entrusted the key to his friend and this is what he told him: 'When my subjects and their king will have been struck with madness, you alone will have the right to enter the storehouse and eat uncontaminated food. Thus you will escape the malediction. But in exchange, your mission will be to cover the earth, going from country to country, from town to town, from one street to the other, from one man to the other, telling tales, ours—and you will shout, you will shout with all your might: Good people, do not forget! What is at stake is your life, your survival! Do not forget. Do not forget!'"

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Augsburger, D. W. (2001). Pastoral care in an age of autonomy. Reformed Review, 55(2). Retrieved from