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.
I am appointing a new ACPE-CPSP Dialogue Committee consisting of Brian Childs, chair, Barbara McGuire, Tom Carter, and Henry Heffernan. This Committee will report directly to the Mediation Committee consisting Perry Miller, George Hull, Jim Gebhart and me, and ultimately to the Executive Committee and Governing Council.
During most of 2011, the previous Dialogue Committee consisting of Jim Gebhart, chair, Annari Griesel, and John deVelder resolved a number of outstanding issues between the two communities. Both they and their ACPE counterparts in dialogue deserve our deep appreciation for their work through 2011. As you have been informed, and much to our regret, that committee found itself unable to function in December of 2011.
In letters this past January 2 to the leadership of ACPE I urged the ACPE to return to the negotiating table, to join with us to put an end to our internecine struggles, and to fully implement our November 30, 2010, Mediation Agreement that was signed by both communities.
While we have received no direct response from the ACPE leadership, attorneys representing both ACPE and CPSP have been in conversation. We have received word from the attorneys that the ACPE is willing to resume conversations directed toward fully implementing the Mediation Agreement.
I have great hopes that this new committee will be able to resume our earlier discussions on how we can live together as collegial communities committed to very similar objectives, and make a path toward professional collegiality between the two communities.
Let us all wish them Godspeed.
Raymond Lawrence, CPSP General Secretary
Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at July 11, 2012 12:14 PM