It’s time to wake up. Sitting in my dark office, cat and computer in my lap, dog asleep on the floor, partner and daughter asleep inside. But the roosters are crowing and the dogs are barking in my neighborhood, and I can feel the pregnant day, beginning. It’s not really my first day training. I’ve been training my whole life… Read more →
All hospice work is spiritual work. This is what people who work in hospice often say. So as I approach chaplaincy with my hope of working in hospice, my question has been, If it’s all spiritual, why this path? Why not nursing? Or social work? I have come to this conclusion: because I want to be an advocate for the… Read more →
Application for Clinical Pastoral Education–#2: A description of my spiritual growth and development.
My mother was an atheist who identified historically and culturally as a Jew, the child of immigrants. My father’s faith lineage was an undefined and little-discussed mix of Protestantism, and the only piece of his spiritual heritage I’m certain of is that his father was a lifelong Spiritualist after an experience he had in World War I. My dad was… Read more →
Writing a letter to a friend that recaps my path to chaplaincy this morning, I realized I had never posted my essay for applying for Clinical Pastoral Education. It has five parts: A reasonably full account of my life. A description of my spiritual growth and development. A description of my vocational history. An account of a “helping incident.” My impressions of clinical… Read more →
As I go into this next phase of my life, there are four fronts on which I’m moving forward: Chaplaincy training Wilderness spirituality Changing my work Envisioning and documenting all this I’ll give each of these their own post. Because each one can handle it. While the whole of this transition feels like a leap of faith, the chaplaincy component is… Read more →