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April 17, 2006

A Letter to the CPSP Community From Myron Madden


This is a word to my beloved sisters and brothers of CPSP. That word is to express my regrets of having to miss the annual meeting of CPSP.

A couple of weeks ago I crossed over the double eight marker. Age has done what age does to people of my years; it has left me feeble of life and limb. Fortunately its work has been wrought upon the physical and not so much the mental. As a result I am left longing to be at the meetings with you without the ability to circulate among you as in times past.

I have to accept what has been given, or rather what has been taken away.

I have struggled to make my ministry one of bringing blessing into the lives of others. But you can never be sure if you have succeeded unless it comes back in the form of some real human affirmation from others. You as a group in CPSP have so affirmed me that I can go in the strength of that gift even as the body stretches toward sundown.

Have a great meeting, and I will celebrate down here in the ravages left by Katrina.

-Myron Madden
March 15, 2006

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:31 PM

April 14, 2006

William Sloan Coffin, Chaplain and Social Activists Dies

The Rev. William Sloan Coffin, former Yale University Chaplain and social activists dies at 81. He was one of the nations leaders supporting the civil rights movement and he was also in active opposition to the Vietnam War.

George Hull in his blog, In the News, shares excerpts from an interview with Rev. Coffin from the Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, August 2004:

"The Rev. COFFIN: I'd just as soon live a little bit longer. But when you are 80, you can't complain. Joy in this world comes from self-fulfillment. Joy is a more profound experience than mere happiness. When you feel a sense of undeserved integrity because you think you're in the right fight -- against segregation, against the war in Vietnam, against the stupid and cruel discrimination against gays and lesbians -- these are the right fights, I feel very deeply. And the sense of self-fulfillment which comes from being in the right fight is a wonderful thing."

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:55 AM

April 11, 2006

Raymond Lawrence, New York Times Op-Ed Contributor, Comments on Faith-Based Medicine

<imgRaymond Lawrence, CPSP General Secretary, was a Op-Ed Contributor to the New York Times with his article, Faith-Based Medicine.

Dr. Lawrence writes a very balanced and thoughtful point of view on the use of prayer in the medical contex when he writes in the following excerpts::

"RESPONSIBLE religious leaders will breathe a sigh of relief at the news that so-called intercessory prayer is medically ineffective....But if it could ever be persuasively demonstrated that such prayer "works," our religious institutions and meeting places would be degraded to a kind of commercial enterprise, like Burger King, where one expects to get what one pays for."

Faith-Based Medicine is the New York Times' 3rd most emailed article from its website today. This represents a strong interest in the article. Obviously, we of the CPSP community are very proud of our General Secretary. He provides wise and articulate leadership not only within the CPSP community but also within the whole clinical pastoral field.

To read the full New York Times Op-Ed piece, click here.
-Perry Miller, Editor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 7:25 PM

April 4, 2006

PBS ANNOUNCEMENT: "The Boy in the Bubble"

The American Experience (PBS) will show 'The Boy in the Bubble" Monday, April 10. This case is extremely interesting, and raises profound ethical issues. Raymond Lawrence and Joseph Fletcher were involved in the case in the 70s. The show's producer and director, Barak Goodman, has a record of producing solid and responsible TV journalism.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 4:35 PM