Chaplains are present in many settings, but often their role in health-related contexts is limited to end-of-life care. Regretfully, chaplaincy is less common in mental health treatment programs. There are many historical reasons for this, including anti-religious sentiments espoused by Freud in the early 20th century.Continue Reading
As part of a recent pastoral care class, I was invited to create an image of care that would capture my growing understanding of my pastoral role and identity. Using Robert Dykstra’s book, Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings (2005) as a starting point and drawing particularly on Henri Nouwen’s Wounded Healer and Bonnie Miller-McLemore’s Living Human Web, I created the image of the Injured Advocate.Continue Reading
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