February Updates

January 20st.  CPSP-Philippines Board of Trustees Meeting was held at Bukal Life Care.

February 16th.  Hot Springs Trip for Drug Surrenderer Group.

March 8th.  Graduation of PBTS. Also graduation of two CPE groups (9 total), and our CPO group (6 total).

March 26th.  Start of Summer CPE.  11 weeks long.

April 26-27.  Quirino Ministry Trip

May ____.  Dr. Doug Dickens trip to Philippines.

May ____.  Bob Munson (Administrator of Bukal Life Care) trip to Philippines.

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Quote on Spiritual Disciplines

“… (W)e need to check that our disciplines foster the fruits of social as well as individual compassion (though even individual compassion ultimately is social compassion by virtue of the interdependence of all things). We need to ensure that our spiritual attentiveness leads to sensitivity and action that fosters God’s just and reconciling peace among the many social configurations of our planet — ethnic, class, and racial groups; nations; deep religious traditions — and between these and our ecological environment (including our own bodies).

What has been called the spiritual life in the past often has had a sad tendency to ignore this wider concern so central to the Church’s prophetic tradition. This compartmentalization of the individual spiritual life is, happily, breaking down today. Increasingly, spiritual life is understood as the life of the Spirit in the whole life of the planet, coaxing us toward ever-deeper, liberating communion with one another and witnessing to our shared and gifting Source who empowers our true unity in diversity.

At the same time, it is evident today that those who once tried to collapse the spiritual life into direct action for a just, human community have discovered that God’s shalom requires more than this. If such action is to be sustained and discerning, it must be rooted in a direction relation to God in prayer, Scripture, and daily attentiveness, not only for the activist, but as part of the goal for the community for whom he or she works. Without a deep spiritual vision, realism about grace and freedom, and sustained discipline, no community can have an adequate foundation for the fullness of life to which we are called. It is hard enough to find our way with these. Without them, we lose our orientation to the discerning knowledge of how to be in the world but not of it: alone and together. This knowledge for Christians begins with faith in God for us as revealed in Jesus Christ. It is sustained through time in a rhythm of appreciation and active ministry, both in solitude and with others who form the various dimensions of community to which we are called.

      -Tilden H. Edwards. Living With Apocalypse: Spiritual Resources for Social Compassion (San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1984), 5.

This passage speaks of Spiritual Discipline(s) and the dangers of extremes. One could be said to be the extreme of the Individualist. This person focuses on self in relationship to God, with little focus others in the community of faith, or the broader human community. It might be said that this person sees spiritual discipline in emphasizing the first half of the Great Commandment (love of God) without understanding its implications in terms of the second part (love of neighbor). The other extreme is that of the Activist. This person is so focused on helping others (love of neighbor) that the foundation of that love (love of God) is wanting.

Spiritual vitality rejects these extremes and brings the two aspects of the Great Commandment together.

Book Updates

  1.  The Art of Pastoral Care.  Just finished making corrections on this book. The corrected copy is now on Amazon.com and should be active in the next 24 hours. The corrections are mostly minor.  You can go to Amazon.com to see it. Otherwise, updated copies should be available at our office by the Lide-Walker Conference (January 8, 2018).
  2. Dr. Sim Dan-Awan’s book on Ministry and Alcoholism will be done soon. It is actually a dissertation, and it is being moved to book form. Hopefully, it will be done and available by March.
  3. Dynamics in Pastoral Care. We keep pushing off the completion date… but will be done, prayerfully in 2018. Will keep you updated.

December Updates

We recently had a few small holiday events.

On December 12th, we had our Drug Surrenderer Christmas celebration at Lualhati barangay. We are presently meeting with the Lualhati group monthly, and with the Pacdal group weekly.

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On December 15th, we had the last CPO (Clinical Pastoral Orientation) meeting of 2017. We did several case presentations, most of them done while having merienda at Noodle King.

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On December 16th, we went to the La Trinidad District jail for counseling, and some gifts for all of the female inmates. Afterwards, our team went out to lunch at Future Diner. . This is our last ministry day until the holidays is over.

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Some pictures from Huey on the jail ministry (can’t take pictures inside the jail)

December 19. We will have our last CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) on this date. This is for one of our two groups. The other group is already off for the holiday and will return in 2018.

January 8.  This is the start of three activities. One is the Lide-Walker Conference 2017. The focus will be on from the Grimes of The Relationship Warehouse. Second is a module course on Marriage Counseling, January 8-19, led by Dr. Chuck Henderson. Third is the SEE conference. All of these are at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary.

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January.  We will be having the Annual Board Meeting of CPSP-Philippines. Details as they become known.

Upcoming Activities

November 7.  Start of CPE Extended Unit. Supervisor is Celia Munson. This group meets from 6pm – 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (It is possible that there will be a second group that meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.) Contact us at bukallife@gmail.com if interested or have questions.

November 14.  Drug Surrenderer Program Family Day.

January 8-10.  Lide-Walker Conference. Guy and Roxanne Grimes from the Relationship Warehouse.

Other trainings upcoming.

A Parable of Three Cars

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My wife and I were having an a somewhat impromptu conversation with a couple of our ministry partners (they know who they are). As we talked the issue of achieving one’s dreams (or failure to do so) came up, along with issue of regret. That led me into what I hoped was a somewhat inspirational speech of sorts. Well, with some further reflection, I think maybe I should have said it this way instead.

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John and Bill were next-door neighbors and were in their 60s. Bill came over to John’s yard where John was working on his car. John had a sports car. It was pretty obvious that it once was a sleek powerful machine. But now it looked quite beat up, and the oil stain on the driveway suggested that this car was really struggling. Bill asked him about his car.

John said, “Oh I have had this baby…

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Pastoral Theology at PBTS

Dr. Doug Dickens of Gardner-Webb University is spending 2 weeks at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (PBTS) to teach a module in Pastoral Theology. Dr. Dickens is a Diplomate Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education/Training with CPSP in the US. We have found his previous visits a great blessing and are thankful for spending time with us.