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August 30, 2007

Dorothy Greet Jailed for Civil Disobedience


Dear Family and Friends,

I want you to know that I am back home and doing well after my stint in the D.C. Jail system.

On July 23 I joined 400 others in a peaceful protest in the hallways of the Rayburn Office Building, office of Representative John Conyers Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Our purpose was to urge him to move forward with Impeachment proceedings against the Bush Administration. Although Conyers has been a friend and inspiration to the Impeachment Movement, his negative response led to our sit-in and refusal to leave the building. I was among the 45 arrested and one of 5 who went to jail for refusing to pay the $50 fine.

The jail experience was deplorable and frightening. We were confined behind bars in shackles hand and foot for over 24 hours for this non-violent action. We were subjected to food, water, and sleep deprivation in freezing temperatures wearing only t shirts & slacks. All other possessions had been confiscated. The places we were taken were crowded, filthy, cold and blankets, matresses, pillows.

It is not an experience I would recommend, and yet, Civil Disobedience is an important way for citizens to express outrage at a government and an administration that thinks it is above the law.

I leave you with a quote from Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on Impeachment for, and conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

May each one of us act according to the dictates of our conscience.


Editor's Note: The full story of Dorothy Greet's act of civil disobedience and jail experience was published in Delaware's Cape Gazette.

Dorothy Greet is a retired UCC minister and former CPSP Diplomate Supervisor living in Lewes, DE where she is founder of CITIZENS FOR IMPEACHMENT.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:06 PM

August 26, 2007

Dorothy Sexton-Nagel Becomes Peconic Bay Medical Center's First-Ever Chaplain

New Peconic Bay Medical Center Chaplain Dorothy Sexton-Nagel with Rev. Peter Sulyok, Pastor of the Westhampton Presbyterian Church (left) and Joseph Van de Wetering, PBMC’s Chairman of the Board.

RIVERHEAD – For the first time in the facility's history, Peconic Bay Medical Center has a chaplain of its own.

Joseph Van de Wetering, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Peconic Bay Medical Center, today announced the appointment of Dorothy Sexton-Nagel of Baiting Hollow as facility chaplain. Working with PBMC’s Pastoral Volunteer Corps, her main responsibility will be addressing the spiritual needs of patients, their families and medical center staff

“We are quite fortunate indeed in having someone with Dorothy Sexton-Nagel’s experience and education join the Peconic Bay Medical Center family,” said Mr. Van de Wetering. “The course we have set for her is a challenging one.”

The position of PBMC chaplain is non-denominational and the services will be available to all. In her new position, Ms. Sexton-Nagel also serves as PBMC’s liaison to parishes and clergy councils in communities served by the medical center.

“As a Planetree hospital, we would like Dorothy to help us to create a healing environment that encourages patient education, involvement and exploration as they recover,” Mr. Van de Wetering added.

“Having a medical center chaplain betters our ability to offer the full continuum of care -- physical, emotional and spiritual,” said Andrew Mitchell, PBMC’s President and CEO. “Healthcare means treating the whole person.”

Before coming to PBMC, Ms. Sexton-Nagel served as Director of Parish Social Ministry for St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church in Melville and, prior to that as Associate Chaplain for Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home in West Islip.

She holds an MA degree in Pastoral Ministry from Caldwell College and has completed the Catholic Health Services’ Clinical Pastoral Education Program. Her impressive résumé includes membership in both Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, and the national College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.

This appointment of a staff chaplain was made possible through the generosity and support from the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

In 2006, PBMC provided care to more than 26,000 emergency department patients and 6,000 inpatients.
The PR congratulates Dorothy Sexton-Nage and we are pleased she is a member of the CPSP community.

This story appeared in Peconic Bay Medical Center's Website in its PBMC NEWS section. -Perry Miller, Editor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:11 AM

August 12, 2007



October 22-23, 2007 Monday thru Tuesday (Carmel Retreat, Mahwah, New Jersey)

Please register for the National Clinical Training Seminar. You may download the registration and mail it to: Dept. of Pastoral Care, Attn: Rev. Francine Angel, 622 W. 168th St. New York, New York 10032

More information will follow this announcement!

Please note that the form below is an electronic form that can be filled out on the computer and returned as an email attachment.
Download NCTS Registration Form file

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 10:47 PM

August 2, 2007

Professor Arthur W. Frank Keynote Speaker for 2008 CPSP Plenary

The 2008 Plenary of the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy will be held March 31 through April 2, 2008, at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock Arkansas.

We are pleased to announce that Professor Arthur W. Frank will be the Keynote speaker at the at the 2008 Plenary Gathering of The College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy.

Arthur W. Frank is professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Calgary, Alberta Canada.

Dr. Frank received his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University (High Honours, 1968), his M.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University (1975). He has taught at the University of Calgary since 1975. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of The Hastings Center, the preeminent U.S. bioethics institute, and also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, which is the highest honor that Canadian academics can receive.

He is the author of At the Will of the Body: Reflections on Illness (Houghton Mifflin, 1991), the story of his 1985 heart attack and subsequent testicular cancer. The book has been translated into four languages and won the 1996 Natalie Davis Spingarn Writer's Award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Washington, D.C. A new edition was published in 2002 with a new Afterword. In 1995 he published The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics (University of Chicago Press), a study of first-person accounts of illness. Both of his books have had excerpts reprinted in multiple anthologies in medical sociology, social medicine, and the meaning of illness.

His most recent book, The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live, was published by The University of Chicago Press in 2004. The review in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the book: “Frank rightly understands that communication gains its importance not in achieving a technical mastery…but in educating one to face difference, frailty, and limitation. Through a rich telling of stories and reflection on them, Frank conducts a symphony of ideas about medicine…” (Dec 30, 2004).

His recent journal publications have appeared in Qualitative Health Research, Qualitative Sociology, Health, Families, Systems & Health, health:, The Hastings Center Report, BioSocieties, and Literature and Medicine.

Dr. Frank is on the editorial boards of Body & Society, Families, Systems & Health, Qualitative Health Research, Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Health and Well-being. In 2002 he became book review editor of the British journal Health. He is a corresponding editor of Literature and Medicine.

In 1998 Dr. Frank was William Evans Fellow in the Bioethics Research Programme, University of Otago, New Zealand. In July-August 1999 he was Visiting Professor at the Centre for Values, Ethics, and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia. In 2000 he delivered the R.A. Goodling Lectures at Duke Divinity School. His most recent invited lectures include delivering the 2007 Carl Moore Lecture at McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine. He has given workshops on narrative analysis in Canada, Korea, South Africa, Britain, and Australia.

His national research awards include a Killam Resident Fellowship and a three-year project, funded by Social Science and Research Council of Canada, titled “Survivorship as moral choice.” He has been a participant in two working groups at The Hastings Center: “The Role of the Clinician-Patient Relationship in Cancer Care and Research” and “Surgically Shaping Children.” He is currently a collaborator on “The Experience and Resolution of Moral Distress in Pediatric Intensive Care Teams: A Canadian Perspective”, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 2:43 PM