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Friday, August 25, 2017

A shift in focus...

For several years I wrote theological essays for The Paper Gryphon. As my status as a student progressed past my baccalaureate to grad school, then a pastoral care residency (Clinical Pastoral Education, CPE), and on to a fellowship specializing in spiritual care for those struggling with behavioral health concerns I realized that while I absolutely love the aspect of my faith that involves deep theological study; I had gotten lost in the matters of the mind and lost sight of matters of the heart. My connection with people had lessened...

The rigors of school, work, and family kept me away from my contributions to The Paper Gryphon. Life hasn't slowed whatsoever, if anything, it has become more demanding. That being said, I feel drawn to revamp my long neglected endeavor as one that better reflects my current state: minister of spiritual care.

All of my previous essays will still be available for viewing, but I'm very much unsure of when I might contribute another essay dealing with academic theology. It will, without a doubt, continue to influence who I am moving forward, and it will continue to be part of my faith. For now, however, I choose to contend with matters of the heart as well as those of the mind. They are, after all, both necessary to our wholeness and wellbeing. We are both physical and spiritual creatures. To neglect either aspect is to invite darkness in out midst.

"One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal." 

- Henri Nouwen

My fellow chaplains and I celebrate the last day of our residency.