The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy is a theologically based covenant community, dedicated to "recovery of the soul" and promoting competency in the clinical pastoral field.
The letter below was received today from the Rev. Dr. Chris Swift, President of the College of Health Care Chaplains:
Dear Perry and colleagues at CPSP,
The National Professional Committee of the UK's College of Health Care
Chaplains was in session when news reached us of the devastating events
We wish to extend to CPSP colleagues our prayers and support at a time
when the kind of services provided by your organization will be in great
demand. Not only now, but in the months and years to come there will be
a need to care for those affected by these dreadful events.
Please pass on our condolences to any of your members who may have been
directly connected to the consequences of this shooting - and our best
wishes to those who are working to support others.
We of the CPSP community are very fortunate to have such dear colleagues as Chris Swift and the College of Health Care Chaplains in the United Kingdom. His words of wisdom, truth and support captures, not only the generous and affectionate spirit of our bothers and sisters in the UK but his words serve as a reminder to all of us in the clinical pastoral field as to who we are and who we are called to be.
Our mission must be that we all become big enough to reach beyond ourselves and our self-interest as pastoral organizations into a vision and mission that knows, "...Not only now, but in the months and years to come there will be a need to care for those affected by these dreadful events...."
The sad truth remains, there are far too many in this world who face the dreadfulness of life, a dreadfulness that eventually befalls all of us, for clinical pastoral organizations to not support the uniqueness of each another as together we share the burden and the hope that as clinically trained clergy we might be able to make a difference in the lives of those who face within their lives and relationships dreadful hours and days.
Perry Miller, Editor
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at April 18, 2007 6:42 PM