May 2019 Updates

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.

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Church Conflict Resolution Training

We held Church Confict Resolution Training

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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.

 

Pastoral Theology Website

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.

 

Big Congratulations

Chaplain Renato Eustaquio and his wife Dr. Joy are establishing a care center at Dr. Yanga’s Hospital in Bocaue Bulacan.

Chaplain Renato is a staff member of Bukal Life Care. His work as an industrial/corporate chaplain is part of a pilot program of Bukal.

However, based on a 3-day visioning here in Baguio last week, it was agreed that the correct direction is for the Eustaquio’s to set up their own center in Bocaue. This is an exciting opportunity and we wish them well.

That is not to say that we are breaking all ties. Celia will serve as the supervisor for Supervisor-in-Training Renato in CPE. Additionally, he is on the board of trustees of Bukal. We look forward to working together for years to come.

Their website is:   https://hesedlowvisioncare.home.blog/

Christian Counseling Seminar

We had a great time at Center of Hope for Women… a ministry in Baguio City… in leading a one-day seminar on the basics of Christian Counseling.  Around 15 trainees attended from the Center of Hope and Philippine College of Ministry. We also had a few of our CPE trainees join. We had five parts to our training. The first part was a presentation on the background or introduction to Christian Counseling. The next was a presentation on Emotions. The Center of Hope provided a great lunch. After lunch we had a learning activity that involved a ball of string and a series of insults and compliments (don’t ask… but it went well). Then we had our third presentaiton, and that was on self-care and healthy boundaries. Finally, we had question and answer. We also provided a handout on effective (and ineffective) therapeutic conversation. We really did not go over that because of lack of time.

Activities for March and Beyond

We started CPE this week for our Summer Intensive with 7 trainees. We had some changes in our follow-on units due to schedules of some trainees. This list updates these changes.

March 12:  Start of Summer Intensive

March 29:  Training at Center Hope for Women

April 15:  Mid-term Eval

May 10:  Commissioning

June (perhaps June 3)   Orientation for new CPE Unit

June 11   Start of CPO

Congratulations

In our partnership with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (PBTS), we are happy to have the first graduates of the new Pastoral Care programs at PBTS. They are the first in decades.  We are justifiably pleased and proud.

—MDiv-PC:        Daniel Spaeth

—MA-PC:            Dorina Belran

Christine Fodra