As I prepare for a new group of CPE residents and interns, I pause for a moment in reflection upon the outgoing training group that has just completed a year of clinical pastoral training. I appreciate their struggles over the past year as they engaged the many challenges and opportunities afforded them in clinical pastoral training. In honor and with gratitude I wrote the following short poem in celebration of their engagement of each other in the dreaded clinical case study seminar.
Through a Glass Darkly
Forged by experience of confrontation and challenge
Shaped by critical reflected accountability
Disarmed resistance yields to midwifed transformation
Fledgling self-awareness for the first time born!
1st Corinthians 13:12:
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known.
(New International Version)
George Hull, Director
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences