August 20, 2018 at 4:55 pm #3897
Trop, Taylor, Jamie, Lee, and maybe Anne,
By now, you should have watched the first video (funny one / how to not do active listening), read Chapter one in eacaah of the books, shared a time you received spiritual /pastoral care, and answered the questions at the end of Chapters 1 in each of the readings, and read Michael’s short article on fears.
What was the best idea you got from reading in chapter 1 of each of the books and how do you see yourself applying the idea or concept or technique?
The paraphrasing or reflective responses take some practice. It seems simple but I find I have to tune in and make a point to do this. It is a good idea to tell the person with whom you are practising what you are doing. Otherwise, they might think you are weird. I used to practice on my kids when they were teenagers without telling them and they would refuse to cooperate. All of you know how to do these basic techniques and I am sure practice them all of the time. With laypersons, it helps to explain we are going to break down the different parts of the experience in order to learn it better. For years, I taught graduate students in these skills. When we started, they all felt like they knew how to do it. However, when we started practicing and role-playing most of them struggled at first.
Chapter One of the Premier describes a team approach in offering spiritual/pastoral care and asks each of us to share our unique gifts. Pastoral/spiritual care initiative was something I had to learn through the years. I think it is extremely important to reach out as soon as possible when I hear of a spiritual care need is discovered. This especially true in the case of a sudden loss or trauma. What do you all think?
Please share with us what you are thinking about the material.
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August 30, 2018 at 11:22 am #3904
We are in week 4 and are discussing learnings, questions, reactions to reading Chapter 3 in the Premier and Chapter 8 in Listening and Caring. There is a great deal in these two chapters. What are your reactions, best ideas, etc.? What is your image of spiritual care in Scripture that suits you or that undergirds your thinking and action as a spiritual caregiver?
Paul was a bad person who experienced a profound transformation as the Spirit of Christ encountered and entered him. His powerful experience with the love of God enabled him to forgive an love himself and out of that love was able to reach out and love his neighbors of walks of life. Further, it is clear in his writings that he continued to minister to others as a wounded healer. He was able to accept and integrate both his light and dark sides and was able to invite others to do the same. While I don’t agree with some of Paul’s theology, I do think his journey relates to my journey as a spiritual care giver.
Would love to hear yours….
What is your response to Bagby’s “Language of Tears” audio?
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