On October 15 we started a new CPE group. We have 6 trainees. They have Vo and Lyn as SITs for the trainees. The left image below is on the first day of CPE. We also have 3 trainees for CPO led by Bob and Celia.
The right picture was taken in the office of Dr. Pagara, dean of the School of Theology at Central Philippine University. We were meeting with Dr. Cal Sodoay, a partner in CPE. The picture includes Doc Cal, Celia, Bob, Doc Gibbs, and Dr. Pagara. The trip, including Doc Lyn, and several CPE members in Iloilo was on October 4-7.
October 4-7 Iloilo Trip
October 9 Start of Clinical Pastoral Orientation (CPO)
October 15 Start of CPE. 9am
October 26-27 Dumaguete Trip
November Welcoming Dr. Dickens
January Welcoming Dr. Lawrence
Friday, we held our CPE commissioning for half unit trainees. They began their training 6 weeks ago in early June. There are 14 trainees, 10 of whom were doing half unit intensive. The 10 are Matthew, Jymar, Ely, Eleazar, Claribel, Bhab, Shoneem, Charles, Nap, and Jerry. Most are associated with Philippine Baptist Theollogical Seminary or Lutheran Theological Seminary. Their supervisors (SITs) are Chaplains Vo and Edgar. Chaplain Celia is supervising the other four who will complete their work in September.
Many joined the celebration which culminated with a dinner social at the Bukal Life Care Office. We were blessed with some special guests. These include Dr. Armand Canoy the president of PBTS, and Dr. Aloysius Schwartz, OT professor of LTS. Additionally, Dr. Sim Dang-Awan Jr. spoke briefly on military chaplaincy, and Ptr. Renato Eustaquio spoke briefly on Marketplace (or Corporate) Chaplaincy.
Today, Saturday, we are have certification board for four. These four have completed four (4) units of CPE and are seeking certification in clinical chaplaincy.
Our counseling center has a partnership with Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, particularly in terms of the Clinical Pastoral Education program. More recently, the partnership has expanded to developing degree programs focusing on pastoral care. This work has been aided through further partnerships with specialists.
Bob wrote an article for the Fellowship of Baptist Educators that speaks to this partnership. The newsletter is attached.
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.