On the first of September in 2017, I retired from a career of 42 years of active ministry as a United Methodist ordained clergyperson. I served in the local church for the first 12 of those years and then continued in institutional ministry as an ACPE Educator for the next 30. This shift was one of my major life changes, and with it came processes of letting go and reclaiming.Continue Reading
There’s a local car dealership in Philadelphia that always ends its television ads with the owner of the dealership saying, “I’ve always been your dealer, even if you didn’t know it.” It may seem weirdly disjointed to summons a car dealer slogan for an inaugural entry of the Journal of Pastoral Care Publication’s new blog, but this slogan uniquely captures my perspective on the Journal and its place in the field of spiritual care and spiritually integrative counseling: JPCP has always been your resource for spiritual care and spiritually integrative counseling, even if you didn’t know it.Continue Reading
“If you have strong faith, you won’t need anti-depressants and you won’t need to see a therapist.” I cannot even count the number of times I’ve heard this analogy from people of faith. Muslims are no exception to this misconception.
Mental health stigma is alive and strong in our communities. We need to continue talking about it and normalize seeking help and reaching out for support.Continue Reading
Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer.Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
After graduating with my PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision a few years ago, I found myself unable to secure a teaching position at the graduate level. During this same time, I was receiving therapeutic support from a social worker who believed that we are supported by a host of “guides and angels” who work to help fulfill our deepest desires.Continue Reading
Although much more is known about domestic abuse in Jewish homes, it is still often missed. The myths and misinterpreted beliefs both within and outside of the Jewish community continue to ignore the reality that it occurs in the Jewish community at the same frequency as in all other communities.Continue Reading