The article sets out to develop an eschatological ethic of friendship to guide pastoral care and counselling towards a liberating practice. It uses post-metaphysical categories and terms from the ethical metaphysics of Emmanuel Levinas to enrich pastoral theology. The aim is to stretch compassion towards the future world of Isa 64: 4 and 1 Cor 2:9 in which we can announce a logos of friendship. By having such a sense of transcendence (an experience of a non-experience), compassion as friendship testifies to the Reign of God and to the very hope of encountering Christ in one another.
Morrison, G. (2006). Pastoral care and counselling: Towards a post-metaphysical theology of friendship. Paper presented at the Association of Practical Theology in Oceania Conference. Auckland, NZ, 3-5 November, 2006.