A Brief Reflection on the Clinical Pastoral Training Group: Redemption & Transformation -- By George Hull

09 Sep 2016 8:38 AM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

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