Category Archives: Clinical Pastoral Education

Improv (for) life, listening for justice

Whether we are facing personal conflict in our relationships, or leaning into the harder conversations of our society – like those around racial injustice and sexual identity – many of us struggle to listen to what needs hearing and speaking … Continue reading

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Unreadiness

When I worked for a business consultancy, I loved the pace and the learning. We worked with companies trying to make large-scale changes as quickly and efficiently as possible. The rate of growth and learning and change in these companies … Continue reading

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Is this answered prayer?

This is the time I have been working and hoping for; this is also the time I have been anticipating looking back from. I left full-time employment in 1997, and — an M.Div. and Ph.D. notwithstanding — have only worked … Continue reading

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Baker’s dozen: 13 things I learned in ’13

2013 was an amazing year for me, by my own happiness index if not the world’s. No, I did not get a job (though I tried, and I will.) No, I did not travel the world or make a shit-ton … Continue reading

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God Forsaken

Deuteronomy 31:1-6 Psalm 22:1-11 Hebrews 13:1-6 Mark 15:33-41 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” That’s a promise. And while I do believe God keeps promises, feeling forsaken is something we all experience. Just check the latest movie marquee: … Continue reading

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Giving up the old …

I have a hearing problem. An old hearing problem. It kicks up whenever someone says something nice to me about me. Perhaps you also have this hearing problem. One of the side benefits of working in a chaplaincy education program … Continue reading

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Real theology: can’t earn this

“Reel Theology” was the title of the presentation at CPE Day, a program of scattered film clips interspersed by whole-room conversation. With over 100 people in the room, this was not the best format to engage many of us, but … Continue reading

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A grief: lostness, and wholeness

I’m working the bookends of life this summer: the oncology floor and labor/delivery/pediatrics. Maybe you think I have those in the wrong order; not for me. The oncology floor holds my attention so much more directly than LDR or peds. … Continue reading

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Fear talks back …

A few weeks ago, just beginning the Clinical Pastoral Education process as a chaplain intern, I asked some questions of the fears I was feeling: Okay, Fear. Who are you? What do you like? What do you not like? Where … Continue reading

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Befriending fear

Does the universe send you messages in threes? That seems to be what it takes for the word to sink in around me. My beloved M first told me a story years ago about how her counselor helped her deal … Continue reading

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