Saturday, December 03, 2005

CPE and Blogging

Because of my curiosity about what other bloggers are writing about Clinical Pastoral Education, I have two searches that I have bloglines run for me automatically: I have technorati run this one and I have Google Blog Search run this one.

There are not many of us out there. I am sometimes led to Rachel over at Velveteen Rabbi, but I already read her blog. Other links that appear regularly lead me to religious bloggers who make a passing reference to CPE, and some lead me to career change blogs.

In the last two days I was pointed to two that are worth looking at, one for interest and the other for curiosity. For interest, head over to slactivist, where Scaramouche has written this post about the culture of death in the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye, contrasting it with what others have learned about death and dying in CPE. For curiosity, and perhaps a giggle, check out the Pet Chaplain Community. They do, by the way, care not just for sick pets, but also grieving pet owners.


Blogger Curt Hopkins said...

Do you know if there is any system in Christianity that is the equivalent of the Jewish system of parsha -- weekly readings that take you through the whole of the Torah. Does Christianity have anything of that sort for the NT?

Sunday, December 18, 2005 4:45:00 PM  
Blogger Preston said...

It certainly does. The daily office lectionary of the Book of Common Prayer will get you through nealry all of it. This link will give you the texts. It skips around a little bit, but it comes close to covering everything.

Sunday, December 18, 2005 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger David Fleenor said...


I didn't realize that you were in a CPE residency. I have been reading your previous CPE posts and I really enjoy them. I did a residency in 1999-2000 at University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital. I had a great experience. Keep up the good (and difficult) work!


Sunday, February 12, 2006 7:22:00 PM  
Blogger Marshall Scott said...

In a residency! Bless you, my son! I have had 22 units of CPE (Seminary, two residencies, and three years of supervisory CPE (not leading to certification). There can be a lot to process in CPE - as long as you don't triangulate with your blog matter that should be processed in your group! ;-)

As an APC Board Certified Chaplain (and Past President of the Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains) I have a clue what you're doing. Hang in there!

Sunday, February 26, 2006 1:30:00 PM  
Blogger Preston said...

Well, Marshall, I hope I'm not triangulating anything I shouldn't. I think I'm on safe ground - I got word from my supervisor that another local supervisor checked the blog and gave it the green light. Nothing inappropriate.

22 units of CPE? And no lasting damage? Amazing.

Sunday, February 26, 2006 4:18:00 PM  
Blogger Animal Chaplain said...

Hi Marshall,

I googled "pet" and "animal" and "chaplain" and found your site.

I am the Chair of the Interfaith Association of Animal Chaplains. I know you were just kidding around when you were laughing about "pet chaplains" but I invite you to take a serious look at the Animal Chaplains website. The words "Pet Chaplain" are trademarked so none of us are allowed to call ourselves that, but essentially, we all do exactly the same things Rev. Gierka does (with some variations, depending on ministerial interests and denomination), as far as I can tell.

Animal Chaplains help bereaved families, sit with people during their companion animal's euthanasia, assist with a dignified burial, encourage responsible stewardship of God's creatures (how wonderful it would have been if Michael Vick had been taught caring for animals were his spiritual reponsibility!), be an emotional support to veterinarians and others who work with animls, and much, much more.

I hope you will take a moment to visit our site. I think you will happy you did.

Yours in respect and friendship,
Chaplain Nancy

Monday, August 27, 2007 12:36:00 AM  
Blogger Animal Chaplain said...

P.S. I noticed on your blog you are with the Episcopal church. The most famous Animal Chaplain of all is Rev. Andrew Linzey, professor at Oxford University, founder and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. The Oxford Centre is known around the world for its advancement of the idea of protecing animals as a spiritual responsibility. He has authored almost 30 scholarly books on the subject, and the Episcopal church has many followers of his ministry.

Monday, August 27, 2007 12:41:00 AM  

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