We held our Summer 2018 Commissioning Service for our Clinical Pastoral Education Trainees. Our trainees are: Christine, Kenino, Daniel, Dorina, Esther, Chiqui, Christian, Michael, Eden, Joel, Matthew, Fredirick, and Edgar (Chara and Lyn could not join the service). The Supervisor is Celia, and the SITs (Supervisors-in-Training) are Vo and Edgar. Our trainees this Summer are from the four countries.
One of our CPE Supervisors-in-Training, and staff member, Chaplain Violeta Canoy will be in Ghana and will be leading a seminar in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. Our prayers are with her and her husband, and we are looking forward to hearing a good report of that event.
Celia and Vo’s CPE groups were blessed to have a guest instructor– Chaplain Salvador Delmundo. He is the head chaplain of the famed Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas .
He was able to speak via Skype for two hours. He shared a great deal of wisdom in terms of his role as a chaplain at a psychiatric institution. We are greatly thankful for his support, and look forward to future communications.
On April 26 and 27, our team traveled to Maddela in Quirino Province for training in Pastoral Counseling. It was held at Agape Christian Ministries of the Philippines. This actually involves a network of 13 churches. The host church is led by Ptr. Juanito Leal.
There were approximately 32 trainees involving pastors and lay ministers. We had a wonderful time. Our team of 7 consisted of both members of the staff, and CPE trainees.
After the trip, we continued on to Aurora to visit with friends in Baler.
Dr. Doug Dickens will be visiting us for a couple of weeks. He is a Diplomate with CPSP, and a professor at Gardner-Webb University. He will be teaching PC 6 Grief and Loss (a 3-unit course that can be taken for credit at PBTS).
This was technically not a Bukal Life Care ministry trip. Rather, it was a project of one of the mission classes at PBTS. It is a class taught by Bob Munson (administrator at Bukal). They choses to do a seminar in Family Relations ina small mining community in Sangilo, Itogon. The two resource speakers were Atty Ben Gaab, and Celia Munson (the latter being a counselor at Bukal Life Care).
We had a great time. Pictures are available at Bob and Celia’s personal blog, HERE.
Here is a quote by Howard Stone from “The Word of God and Pastoral Care”
Over the years, while making pastoral care visits and especially hospital visits, I have sadly encountered many people whose well-meaning friends and acquaintances have responded to their why questions with theological answers that left them terribly upset and proved actually to be destructive: ‘This is God’s punishment on you and for your sins.’ ‘This is God’s will; you have to accept it.’ ‘This has happened to bring you to the Lord.’ ‘God wanted your dear one with him in heaven.’ ‘If you hadn’t skipped out on your wife, this wouldn’t have happened.’ ‘If you had stayed home with your children where God wants you to be, they wouldn’t have started taking drugs.’
More recently I have also come across another whole class of answers — more psychological than religious — to theodicy issues: ‘You are responsible for your illness.’ ‘You are sick because of your destructive thoughts.’ ‘The cancer inside you is pent up anger; you’ve got to release it to get well.’ ‘You are what you eat; if only you had cut out salt and exercised more.’ Some people are so eager to give their answers that they scarcely wait for the questions to be asked. The results are often quite grim.
When I first began pastoral care work, I would have thought such pronouncements were rare, or occurred only in the more conservative denominations. Not so! Things such as this happen everywhere, regardless of the conservative or liberal orientation. Simplistic and damaging answers flow from well-meaning people at a time when their hearers are in considerable distress, vulnerable, and unable to talk back. I raise the issue here because if ministers care only for people’s emotional pain and do not respond theologically to the issue of theodicy, parishioners will inevitably get their theological education elsewhere, and it may not be the kind we would have wished for them. In other words, if ministers will not respond, sooner or later, to the vital questions of theodicy, neighbors and friends are likely to do so, and not always in a helpful manner. –page 165
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 12 and 13. Summer CPE Orientation.
April 26-27. Quirino Ministry Trip
May ____. Dr. Doug Dickens trip to Philippines.
May ____. Bob Munson (Administrator of Bukal Life Care) trip to Philippines.