Community Care Chaplains
Healing the community through compassionate care
What are our chaplain-interns saying about their CPE experience?
WOUNDED HEALER
What makes CPE a life-transforming experience for our students? Meet Chaplain Ruth: "I am the wounded healer. There were times in my life I didn’t think I would survive my wounds and so many times I really didn’t want to survive them. Now I am embracing myself and my wounds more and more. They made me who I am and at this point in my life I don’t think I would change anything about my past life. Life is challenging and my experiences are just different than other people. My wounds allow me to empathize and be sincere in my expressions of compassion, kindness, and love. When someone knows I get it that’s enough and it’s the gift they need.
I more and more appreciate the awareness of my wounds and how they have formed me and how God has used them to bless people in my life. I am thankful for being more aware of each wound and how it makes me who I am but also that I am okay and can be at peace. I don’t have to let them control me or my responses to others. Through this process I have found out I like me and I accept myself, wounds and all. If I can love myself I can love others more. I am a better chaplain because of my wounds. I am learning to accept myself as I am, others as they are, and allowing the genuine me to be present more and more.” - Chaplain Ruth
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CPE Calendar and Admission (click here)
​Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a professional, theological, and formational program for lay and clergy. It is a a clincal training and preparation for chaplains and a formational tool for those who are entering the ministry. Fall and Spring units are 20-week extended internship program. Summer unit is a 10-week intensive clinical training program.  Admission is ongoing. Click here for more information.
Meet Chaplain Robin on her experience of her formation.  "About 2 weeks ago, I felt myself demanding something: a tool, a trick for how to make this (CPE) all make sense.  None of it made sense.  I couldn’t seem to apply anything in the way I had framed my expectation.  I resolved that I must be failing at this or it just wasn’t the right fit for me.  But I could not deny that every week, I was challenged to change something about me, about my approach in my life and in the world.  It finally clicked.  Formation.  MY formation.  Not into a role, but into ME as a person. "
​Meet Chaplain Jeff on his experience of grace towards self. "Through CPE I am being given a chance to learn and grow as a minister, and I am extremely grateful for that. As I am trying to embrace everything I am learning about myself, there are times I find myself repeating a lot of the same patterns of behavior that I am trying to avoid.  If it wasn’t for CPE I would not be able consciously to recognize these behavioral patterns.  Such as: lack of self-worth, trying to save people, pleasing others, it is a battle at times. And the battle can be tedious; however, just understanding my limitations has been a huge breakthrough in my life, and will only guide me to bigger things in ministry. Understanding my limitations has in a way helped me to better understand God’s grace, because I can look at myself with the same compassion that God has for us." - Chaplain Jeff