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 →
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 →