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Wally, Mary and others,
Each of your integrating your own journey and story with the story listening of the ones to whom you have been called to ministry is compelling. Perhaps, one of the major differences between lay persons who provide spiritual care and professionals is the in-depth exploration we professionals have done and keep doing through supervision, therapy and other growth experiences. While many other self-care techniques or strategies are necessary in able for us to see the connections and enable us to empathize without getting too hooked into the other’s story. That bit of distance allows us to provide a nonanxious presence while the other explores the depths of their soul journeys.
I hope our other friends will join this discussion as they are able as we begin our last week together.