Last week saw an important milestone for the project as the team met for the first time with members or the project advisory board. The team is extremely grateful to the group of specialised practitioners who have agreed to be part of the board, and these meetings will represent the team’s best opportunity to share ideas, challenge assumptions and explore possible new directions. At this first meeting Dr Ruth Layzell led a discussion about pastoral counselling and ministry in times of trauma, with particular reference to clergy boundaries and implications for self-care. In addition, the project’s new postdoc researcher, Meg Warner, presented a paper on the pastoral and practical use of lament psalms, with particular reference to advisory board member John Swinton’s Raging With Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil. If you are interested in that topic and the paper please email Meg at .