Tag Archives: CPE

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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Lenten journal: Ashes, ashes

One of the readings for today, Ash Wednesday, is from the words of Isaiah, specifically 58:5-12. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to … Continue reading

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Dogwood days

The dog days of summer have given way to the dogwood days. Each fall recreates the surprise of when I first moved to North Carolina: here, the dogwoods invite us to the dance of fall. After the dogwood’s showy tiaras … 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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To see and be seen

Some coincidences are what my friend Margot calls “Godincidences.” Maybe that’s one of the easiest ways for God to peek around the corners of our lives, to work a synchronicity that makes us grin or punctures our hearts or just … Continue reading

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CPE: Another journey begins …

The first day of Clinical Pastoral Education brought a couple of happy surprises and some familiar fears: all told, a good day of intention and grace. You might think someone who’s completed undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees would be through … Continue reading

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