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September 21, 2008

Raymond Lawrence's Article Examing the Rapture and Its Political Implications Published in CounterPunch

Raymond Lawrence's article, The Politics of Tribulation: Sarah Palin and the Rapture was published September 20, 2008 in CounterPunch, a political newsletter. As usual, he applies his insightful theological acuity to examine Sara Palin's possible belief in the rapture and its potential implications if she were to ascend to the office of President of the United States. Dr. Lawrence writes:

... belief in the Rapture as an historic event toward which history is rapidly moving, is a belief with potentially catastrophic political implications. Do the American people want a believer in such a fantasy to hold in her hands the nuclear power to destroy civilization?

Given all that is being said and written during this presidential election season, it is refreshing, even if you disagree with Lawrence's point of view, to have someone providing a theological critique of current political issues. To read the full article, click here.

Perry Miller, Editor
Contact Raymond Lawrence with your comments.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 7:17 PM

September 18, 2008

URGENT APPEAL FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS: Board Certified Clinical Chaplains Needed to Respond to Hurricane IKE Disaster


Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues, families, and their patients in Texas and Louisiana, as mandatory evacuations took place (and were disregarded) in coastal and metropolitan counties along the Texas Gulf Coast. hurricane Ike has has destroyed not only property but lives. Many, including emergency respondents are in desperate need for the services of clinically trained chaplains.

Only three years ago, numerous evacuees died in traffic and other accidents during the mandatory evacuation of the Houston area before hurricane Rita made landfall. Today, government hoped to apply lessons learned and had far smoother evacuation implementation by only doing coastal counties by zip codes and not the entire Houston metro area.

That being said, numerous hospitals, nursing homes, and special needs populations were evacuated. If you are reading this email update, you fully realize the implications of evacuating an entire hospital---as well as sheltering in place and hunkering down if one did not evacuate. Oftentimes, very bad things continue to happen to populations that already are living on the margins of society---the aged, the infirmed, injured, the poor, and the incapacitated. Extreme weather occurrences like hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes exacerbate the living conditions of all in harm's way.

1. If you can deploy immediately to serve those impacted by hurricane Ike, please let me know ASAP for a two week deployment.

2. Training will be on-site because of the urgency.

Several members of our CPSP community have already responded to this national emergency.

Please contact me using the information listed below for more details.

Thank you,

-- Linda Walsh
Linda Walsh
CPSP Liason to American Red Cross, National

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:17 PM

September 15, 2008

Dale T. Irvin Named Guest Presenter for 2008 Fall National Clinical Training Seminar


Dale T. Irvin is President and Professor of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary, in New York City will be the Guest Presenter for the Fall National Clinical Training Seminar that will be held in Parsippany, NJ November 10-11, 2008. He will be presenting on the topic, Clinical Pastoral Supervision: A Distinctive Theological Journey.

Dr. Irvin previously served the school as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1981) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (Ph.D., 1989), he has been a member of the Seminary’s faculty since 1989. He is the author of several books, including History of the World Christian Movement, with Scott W. Sunquist. His articles have appeared in a number of journals over the past several decades, including Christianity Today, Christian Century, The Ecumenical Review and The Journal of Pentecostal Studies. Dr. Irvin has held visiting or adjunct appointments at a number of other theological schools or universities, and has lectured throughout the world. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, he is a member of The Riverside Church in New York City.

Click here for more information and NCTS Registration Form

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 3:05 PM

September 9, 2008

The Spiritual Care Collaborative Unable to Deliver on Collaboration by George Hull

The Spiritual Care Collaborative sounds all the right notes when it comes to promoting and advertising the SCC as new breakthrough in collaboration between pastoral care and counseling organizations. High ideals expressed on paper sound good and make a good sales pitch but unless accompanied by serious results on the ground amount to nothing more than lofty words blowing in the wind. Rather than creating harmony in the midst of the pastoral care and counseling movement the SCC sound a jarring note of discord tainted by an exclusive elitism. The SCC recently admitted that it has no developed mechanism for including other participating organizations in the partnership of collaboration. So much then for lofty ideals and claims of Collaboration mere code words used as cover for darker motives of control and monopoly (see Notice to CPSP Community Re Relations to the Spiritual Care Collaborative.

George Hull can be contacted by clicking here.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 6:31 PM


<imgThe College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors will once again offer a joint regional conference. The theme of this fall's conference is Compassion: A Postmodern View featuring Robert C. Dykstra, M.Div., Ph.D.

Robert C. Dykstra is associate professor of pastoral theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned both the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees. A native of Minnesota, he is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and an ordained Presbyterian Minister. He served for a number of years as a minister, hospital chaplain and pastoral counselor. His academic interests include pastoral care and counseling, contemporary psychoanalytic theory and developmental psychology, pastoral preaching, and the integration of biblical and theological precepts with contemporary research in the human sciences. He is author of Counseling Troubled Youth (Westminster John Knox Press, 1997); Discovering a Sermon: Personal Pastoral Preaching (Chalice Press, 2001); Images of Pastoral Care: Classic Readings (Chalice Press, 2005); and Losers, Loners, and Rebels: The Spiritual Struggles of Boys (with Allan Hugh Cole Jr. and Donald Capps,) (Westminster John Knox Press, 2007). He and his wife Molly, also a Presbyterian Minister, and their daughters, Eleanor and Annie, live in Princeton, NJ.

CONFERENCE THEME: Compassion: A Postmodern View

PRESENTER: Robert C. Dykstra, M.Div., Ph.D.

CONFERENCE DATE: Saturday, November 8, 2008

Harvey Park Christian Church
3401 Lowell Blvd
Lakewood, Colorado

I hope PR readers will consider this CPSP & AAPC conference more than a regional event only for those living in the area. Why? I can answer this in two words. Robert Dykstra.

The CPSP community was first introduced to Dr. Dykstra at the Columbus, Ohio 2005 CPSP Plenary when he was the keynote speaker. Who Shall We Be?, his address to the CPSP community, was published in the PR. I'm confident that many would join me in affirming that Robert Dykstra is a fresh, clear and deeply human voice in the clinical pastoral field. Regardless of where you live, make your plans to attend the conference.

Please contact Foy Richey, one of the coordinators of the event, for more information. Also, download the Conference Flyer for more details as well as for registration information.


Perry Miller, Editor

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 2:41 PM

September 7, 2008



We are delighted to announce that Dr. Rodney Hunter and Dr. Sandra Brown will be the featured speakers at the 2009 CPSP plenary gathering of the CPSP community.


The Plenary will take place March 29th –April 1st, 2009 in Virginia Beach, VA.


We have booked the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel for our gathering and will provide more registration information at a later date.

Please set aside these dates and plan to attend the plenary gathering.

George Hankins Hull
Plenary Secretary

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 12:48 PM

September 3, 2008


September 3, 2008

Notice to Members of the CPSP Community

From the Executive Committee

Re: CPSP Relations with the SCC

We in CPSP have made ourselves collegially available to the Spiritual Care Collaborative (SCC) since the SCC and its precursors began in 1996. John deVelder and Jim Gebhart have been in good faith, extensive, and ongoing communication with SCC leadership during the past twelve years. The results of years of collegial conversation have come to no resolution.

The SCC has reported officially to John deVelder that it has developed no process for including other organizations in its membership. Thus, the SCC's claim to be a collaborative organization is to date only talk.

The SCC (and its precursors) was founded originally by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). The data suggest that the ACPE purpose from the beginning was to establish a monopoly in clinical pastoral training under the aegis of ACPE, in a joint venture with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

We in CPSP had hoped that the ACPE, allied with the APC, had abandoned the dream of monopoly. Apparently it has not. There can be no hope of collegial relations until the dream of monopoly is abandoned. For the time being we must consider our conversations with SCC to be fruitless.

CPSP will continue in its mission to promote with all its energy the training and certification of pastoral clinicians of several levels of expertise. We will continue to make ourselves available collegially to other organizations in the field. But we will also energetically resist any claims of monopoly from any other organization in our field of work.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 9:59 PM


The Fall National Clinical Training Seminar will be held in Parsippany, NJ on November 10-11, 2008.

CPSP training supervisors are encouraged to send their trainees to the NCTS. The NCTS, however, is designed for all clinical practitioners within community. Clinical chaplains, pastoral counselors, psychotherapist and CPE supervisors will find the NCTS a valuable resource to enhance their clinical practice. All participants are expected to bring clinical cases and/or matters of life and practice for presentation within a small psychodynamic group consultative process.

Please complete the NCTS Registration Form listed below:

Download NCTS Registration Form

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at 8:45 PM