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 →
It’s sort of (but not much) like being pregnant. I got the good news about a month ago, but I wanted to get through filling out some of the forms, and my vetting by their HR Department. But now I feel like I can publicly announce it… I got into a Clinical Pastoral Education program for the fall. Starting in… Read more →
Just saw this is coming out, obviously a topic of interest to me. Given that chaplaincy is a mystery to many of my friends, even this trailer may be enlightening. I’ll definitely be watching the film.
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 →
Well, I’ve got my reading for the next few days… “Treatment of physical, psychological, social and spiritual suffering are central to palliative and hospice care, but our knowledge of the specific roles and practices of chaplains is still limited. Linda Emanuel and Joshua Hauser discuss the latest article collection on the activities of chaplains and the models guiding their practice,… Read more →
A moving essay on chaplaincy, and training to be a chaplain, by author Alejandra Diaz Mattoni. Follow her on Twitter at @alediazmattoni. Peace. _____________________________________________________ The mechanics of dressing a dead newborn are basic. The little girl’s face is white, lacking the flushed cheeks normally present in a newborn. She has a full head of hair and a button-type nose that makes you want… Read more →
Friends, I just got back from a 9-day retreat in the desert, with the School of Lost Borders’ Practice of Living and Dying curriculum, focussing on forgiveness, apology and reconciliation. Deep, physically and emotionally challenging, reinvigorating. Among many gifts, I came out from this trip with a renewed commitment to writing at least two blog posts a week until the fall (when… Read more →
Now is the time. Read this first, dated July 27th, 2014. When I was growing up, my dad had a big sign on the wall of his ceramics studio: IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT IF YOU’RE AN ANGEL, YOU MUST GO TO THE ABRUPT EDGE AND LEAP. As a boy and a young man I didn’t give the… Read more →