We are in a bit of a lull right now. There may be a CPE group starting August 17, but that is uncertain (depending on whether some can really join who have expressed interest).
Of more certainty are the following:
- September 14. Basic Christian Counseling seminar will be led by Chaplain Vo Canoy in San Jacinto, Pangasinan.
- September 16. We plan to begin a CPE Intensive program. It will be based at Pines Doctors Hospital in Baguio.
- October. We expect to start CPO as part of the 2nd semester at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. More info to follow.
- Late October. Hoping hold IPR (Inter-Personal Relations) training led by Dr. Cal Sodoy. Again, more info to follow.
July 26, 2019 we held CPE Commissioning for our 9 trainees at Bukal Life Care (with Diplomate Supervisor Celia Munson and Supervisor in Training Lyn Montecastro). We also welcomed 6 recent CPE trainees from Saint Andrews Theological Seminary (with Diplomate Supervisor Paul Tabon). The commissioning was held at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. Father Ivo Anselmi provided an inspirational message on family, and each of the trainees provided their ministerial metaphor to the group. Afterwards, all joined at the PBTS canteen for celebratory lunch.
Other photos of the event can be found at the Munson’s blogpage: https://bobandceliamunson.wordpress.com/2019/07/28/cpe-commissioning/
July 6. CPSP Meeting
July 24-26. Final Eval and Commissioning of CPE half unit.
August. We will have one or two CPE half units starting in August. One will meet on Saturdays. The second group may be on Saturdays, or at a different time depending on needs of the trainees. Contact us a firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
On 26 June 2018, Bukal Life Care was honored by the Governor of Benguet for our work with those incarcerated at the La Trinidad District Jail. Also honored was an attorney (sorry I have forgotten the name… will update later when we get the group photo), and a pastor and wife who works with Prison Fellowship International (PFI) in discipleship work at the jail.
Actually 2 years ago (March 2017), the executive assistant (Ms. Okubo) was the one who contacted us about coming to the jail to work with the PDLs (Persons Deprived of Liberty). We have been able to bring chaplains and chaplain trainees there on Mondays for the last two years and believe that it is beneficial to those at the jail as well as the trainees. We are, in fact, very appreciative of this partnership.
As of today, June 24, we are in the middle of our latest CPE Unit— well actually half unit, with 9 trainees. Diplomate Celia and SIT Lyn are leading this group. We have also added the BGH Cancer Institute and Pines Doctor’s Hospital to their ministry practicum locations.
Commissioning is expected to be on July 25th.
The whole CPE group, celebrating the birthdays of Albert and Erica
Two more units are anticipated soon. In August we may have two half units starting. One is expected to be a half unit intensive led by SIT Vo, and the other a Saturday half unit extended led by SIT Lyn.
Our plan is to take a break in leading CPE starting in October. However, we may be leading CPO (clinical pastoral orientation) at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary during that down-time.
Our book, Dynamics in Pastoral Counseling, is getting close to completion. The first draft is done. It is presently in editing. Will update you when it will be published.
Congratulations to our CPE trainees for Summer Intensive 2019.
Ameenah, Asami, Chara, Solomon, Xerxes, Matthew, and Kimcheng
Our next CPE unit starts June 10, 2019
May 17. CPE Commissioning (for Summer CPE 2019). Dr. Simplicio Dang-Awan Jr. will be our guest speaker.
June 10. This is the week of the start of the next batch of CPE as well as CPO
Below are a couple of pictures from Drug Awareness seminar led by Chaplain Celia for youth at South Sanitary Camp Barangay on May 12.
“Adventures in Pastoral Theology” website has a presentation that looks at some models of chaplaincy. Please click on the link to a model for considering chaplain roles. https://adventures-in-pastoral-theology.org/2019/05/03/models-of-chaplaincy/
We held Church Confict Resolution Training
Celia, Bob, Amm, and Chara of Bukal Life Care with Fhey and Ysrael who lead ABCM
at ABCM, a church ministry here in Baguio with several daughter ministries throughout Northern Luzon.
Bob and Celia Munson led the training, assisted by two trainees of Bukal Life Care (Amm and Chara). It was held on Good Friday (April 19, 2019) with approximately 50 to 60 attending. We do different activities depending on the size, needs, and duration available. We had three hours available, so we did the following:
- The Blame Game (large group activity)
- Conflict Management Types and Discussion (quiz)
- Stages of Church Conflict (lecture)
- Hurtful and Healing Words (a game)
- Intentional Dialogue— Behavior Change (small group activity)
We are thankful to our friends at ABCM for inviting us. We had a great time.
Robert Munson, the Administrator of Bukal Life Care, recently created a website on Pastoral Theology. It is called “Adventures in Pastoral Theology.” You can visit it at https://adventures-in-pastoral-theology.org/
This website will be used primarily for new, and updates related to Bukal Life Care, while articles related to Pastoral Theology (and its related concerns) will be located there. You are welcome to visit any time.