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DOE & CPSP BY J. John Edgerton lll

Paul Tillich, in his sermon on the yoke of religion defined the yoke of religion as law, doctrine and dogma. I want to suggest these are equivalent to standards, outcomes, results and accreditation processes. The yoke of religion is parallel to the yoke of Clinical Pastoral Education. Rather than the standards, outcomes and resources being sources of liberation, they are in my opinion sources of restriction. Instead of them contributing to the transformational processes of new being or new creation, they tend to truncate whatever inner wisdom might evolve. In the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education programs are expected to address three major arenas: 1) Pastoral Formation, 2) Pastoral Competence and 3) Pastoral Reflection. Under Pastoral Formation there are three objectives. Under Pastoral Competence there are five objectives. And under Pastoral Reflection there are two objectives. If the student was to have a specialization in Pastoral Care there would be three more objectives they are to address. When you think of the staggering tasks of having placed before you ten objectives as you begin a unit of CPE and then asked to write an individual contract, you wonder where there is any room for evolution, creativity and process.I remember in my initial unit of CPE, in the nineteen sixties, I was asked what I wanted to learn. I didn’t know what else to say except I want to learn something about death and dying. The particular center I was doing CPE in must have had a good time with my learning contract because they placed me in Oncology; a unit at that time where everyone was expected to die.

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CPSP Clinical Pastoral Education Training Programs


ARKANSAS AR – Little Rock (CPE)  George Hankins-Hull,  M.Div   University Arkansas fo Medical Sciences Medical Center  Little Rock,  AR (501) 686-6888 
AR – Springdale (CPE)  C. J. Malone,  M.Div   Northwest Health System  Springdale,  AR72764  (479) 957-8782 

CALIFORNIA CA - Long Beach (CPE)  Karyn Reddick,  M.Div   Long Beach Memorial Medical Center / Miller Children's Hospital  Long Beach,  CA90806  (562) 933-1452 

COLORADO CO – Lakewood (CPE)  Foy Richey,  M.Div   Rocky Mountain Center for Education and Training  Lakewood,  CO 80235  (303) 797-8255 

DELWARE DE – Wilmington (CPE) Bryan Bass-Riley Nemours-Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803 (302) 651-5063

MASSACHUSETTES MA – Boston (CPE/PPS)  William E. Alberts,  Ph.D.,   Boston Medical Center  Boston,  MA 02118  (617) 638-6850 

MARYLAND MD – Easton (CPE/PPS)  Benjamin P. Bogia,  Ph.D.   Shore Health System of Maryland  Easton,  MD21601  (410) 822-1000 
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The leadership of CPSP regrets to inform you that the mediation process between CPSP and ACPE has broken down. The Mediation Agreement which was signed with high hopes in Philadelphia, November 30, 2010, by the leadership of both organizations, and which created a good spirit and considerable optimism in the larger clinical pastoral field, has been critically breached.

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