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.
While there are those who specialize in Narrative Counseling, there are some basic aspects to it that can be of value to those who seek to do Pastoral Counseling.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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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“The pride of the cup
is in the drink, its humility
in the serving. What, then
do its defects matter?”
And that is not actually all. For 2nd Semester, we also have two “regular” PC courses at PBTS.
-Intro to Pastoral Care and Counseling. Taught by Dr. Lyn Montecastro (Master’s level course)
-Interpersonal Relationships. Taught by Mrs. Celia Munson (Bachelor’s level course)
Regular courses start the week of October 9, although enrollment is the week before.
Several upcoming trainings from October through January. Information regarding these are at the following post.