chapter  4
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Mirroring God: Clergy in Relationship

As the Reverend Rachel Hosmer, OSH, so beautifully put it, in her book Gender and God: Love and Desire in Christian Spirituality,1 we mirror God, not as individuals, but in relationship. And this relationship is always a work in progress. The image of who we are is only seen and developed in the presence of the other. Two great Gestalt therapists, Erving and Miriam Polster, have said it well, “ I am alone, yet to live I must meet you.”2 It is not in solitude, but in the interaction with another that we test out our beliefs about our­ selves and risk relationships.