Pastoral Report Articles 

  • 16 Feb 2019 9:30 PM | Krista Argiropolis (Administrator)

    1. The Riverwalk
    The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río or simply as The River Walk) is a city park and network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of San AntonioTexas, United States. Lined by bars, shops, restaurants, nature, public artwork, and the five historic missions, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.

    The River Walk is a successful special-case pedestrian street, one level down from the automobile street. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Shops at Rivercenter, to the Arneson River Theatre, to Marriage Island, to La Villita, to HemisFair Park, to the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, to the Pearl and the city's five Spanish colonial missions, which have been named a World Heritage Site, including the Alamo. Many of these sites are on our list - read on! 

    2. Mariachi Bands
    Mariachi music is the sound of Mexico and mariachi was recognized by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011. The listing cites that: "Mariachi music transmits values of respect for the natural heritage of the regions of Mexico and local history in the Spanish language and the different Indian languages of Western Mexico."

    We promise that at some point in the Plenary event, you will find yourself tapping your feet to some lively mariachi music!

    3. The Alamo
    The Alamo Mission in San Antonio (SpanishMisión de Álamo), commonly called The Alamo and originally known as the Misión San Antonio de Valero, is an historic Spanish mission and fortress compound founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries in what is now San Antonio, TexasUnited States. It was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. Today it is a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District and a part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site.

    4. McNay Art Museum

    This modern art museum specializes in 19th and 20th-century European and American Art and is the first museum of modern art in Texas. The museum is in a 24-room Spanish Colonial Revival-style mansion that sits on 23 acres, with fountains, including a Japanese-inspired garden and fish pond. Current exhibitions range from American Dreams: Classic Cars and Postwar Paintings to Van Gogh to Munch: Seduction and Anxiety to Estampas Chicanas. 

    5. The Pearl
    A 22-acre district of San Antonio, this thriving development is a community gathering space featuring over 15 independent retailers and 19 chef-owned and operated restaurants contributing to its budding culinary and artisan scene. 

    The Pearl is also home to the Culinary Institute of America, a weekly farmers market, and the Museum Reach River Development, an extension of the Riverwalk, featuring public art, native plants, pedestrian bridges and an amphitheater and park where local events are held. 

    6. It's Foodie Heaven
    Where else are you able to order a whopping 42-inch pizza for your table or enjoy a 24-hour authentic Mexican fare at a cafe and bakery?

    San Antonio is also home to several food truck parks such as The BlockThe Point, or the famous Alamo Street Eat Bar. We know that Plenary attendees love food trucks, as they enjoyed them at the 28th Plenary in Oakland! 

    7. The Five Missions of San Antonio - now a World Heritage Site & The Saga
    In 2015, UNESCO recognized a group of five frontier mission complexes, as well as a ranch located along a stretch of the San Antonio basic, as a World Heritage Site, joining the Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, and just seven other cultural historic sites in the United States.

    The Five Missions include architectural and archaeological structures and a variety of features including the decorative elements of churches and indigenous designs inspired by nature. 

    An explosion of color, light, music and historical images, “San Antonio | The Saga” is splashed over the facade of one of the city's beloved historic structures — San Fernando Cathedral — at regular nighttime intervals beginning Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, at 9 PM, 9:30 PM, and 10 PM. This event is free and open to the public - and it's a MUST SEE!

    Make your plans - don't delay

  • 06 Feb 2019 7:40 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Don’t call this a book review. 

    Call it rather a book alert, an urgent update to members of the CPSP community.

    It’s been forever since a theological tome at any point caused my eyes to water, and was given to pause, impeding the reading process. Certainly, I would not call this book a tear-jerker. However, it is a monumentally moving work that both breaks new ground and stirs emotions, and perhaps more importantly, one’s thinking, profoundly. It is also a very serious critique of us pastoral clinicians, not to mention the culture at large.

    Dykstra is the reluctant successor to our beloved Donald Capps, late of Princeton Seminary. He has produced what I am calling an immensely important theological reflection on both our times and our behavior.

    Dykstra has herein produced an authentic theological reflection, a far cry from what which is typically observed in clinical training programs, aka CPE. His analyses penetrate the depth of human interactions.

    Each of us in CPSP owes it to him or herself to digest this modest but psyche-rattling  tome of 143 pages, especially its two notable chapters, “Zombie Alleluias” and “Follow the Naked Christ Naked.”

    You will not be bored.

    More likely you will be taken aback, blessedly so.

  • 04 Feb 2019 7:22 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    The theme of the 29th CPSP Plenary, "The Soul of Clinical Pastoral Work: The Clinical Chaplain as Therapist". This year's event will feature a consultant with an impressive background and extensive experience to journey with us as we gather together in San Antonio next month. 

    Author, professor, instructor, and therapist are just some of the titles that our event consultant, Dr. Roslyn A. Karaban, has has been recognized for in her professional work: An American ministry studies educator and pastoral counselor, Dr. Karaban is also a Claretian Social Justice grantee, Mexico-American Cultural Center, San Antonio (1980); a member of the American Association of University Women, Society for Pastoral Theology, Theological Commission Diocese Rochester; and the Rochester Women's Ordination Conference among many other recognitions  

    Dr. Karaban received her bachelor summa cum laude, Stonehill College, 1975; Master of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School, 1978; Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Theological Union, 1984. 

    The author of numerous publications, including articles, sermons, bibliographies that include:  Responding to God's Call: A Survival Guide; Complicated Losses, Difficult Deaths: A Practical Guide for Ministering to the Grieving; and Crisis Caring. She is also the editor and contributor to Extraordinary Preaching: 20 Homilies by Roman Catholic Women. 

    This year's event will be a different format than previous years' events, as attendees are invited to freely explore, learn, and reflect on the many issues facing today's clinical pastoral chaplain, in various settings, groups, and forums. Working together, the group will share insights, thoughts, feelings, while identifying solutions and empowering themselves and their colleagues through their experience. 

    This Plenary represents a significant opportunity for  Clinical Chaplains, CPE Supervisors, Supervisors-in-Training and Parish Pastors committed to a clinical approach to ministry. 

    A reminder: The 29th CPSP Plenary will be held March 24 – 27 at and registration includes the workshops, in English and in Spanish, offered on Saturday, March 23.

    Some of the workshops that will be offered include:

    • Addiction and Spirituality
    • Attaining Intercultural Competencies in Pastoral Care (English and Spanish)
    • CAPPT/CPSP Accreditation
    • Change and Grief
    • Chapter Life
    • CPSP Standards
    • Managing a Pastoral Care Department
    • RedCross CPR (Spanish only)
    • Spiritual Evaluation (Spanish only)
    • Two Kinds of Splitting: Transference and Counter-Transference

    Event registration includes meals offered during the event (Sunday luncheon, Monday breakfast, Tuesday breakfast and banquet with entertainment) and the workshops on Saturday. There are special rates for early birds ($350) and a justice initiative rate ($225) for members making under $60K a year and whose travel is not paid for by their employer

    Register today! 

  • 21 Jan 2019 5:55 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Friday, January 11, 2019, in Asheville, North Carolina, our tradition lost one of its finest providers of hospitality and sustainers of this movement when the Reverend Dr. C.  Roy Woodruff, Sr. passed peacefully holding the hands of his two sons. Charles, Jr. and Earl. Roy and his wife Kay Carolyn Jernigan Woodruff were married for and served together for 57 years, well-complementing each other.  

    Roy dedicated his life to helping others through his work as a chaplain, pastoral counselor, teacher, and executive director who was committed to his family, church and community.  A native of Anniston, Alabama, an Eagle Scout, and a member of the tennis team at the University of Alabama, Roy completed his B.D. and Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Psychology and Pastoral Care. He was Head of the Pastoral Counseling Department at Bryce State Hospital (Tuscaloosa, AL), taught Patient Counseling at Medical College of Virginia; served as head of the Department of Pastoral Care at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; was Executive Director of both Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center (Hampton/Newport News, VA) and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and Visiting Professor for the Korean Christian Institute of Psychotherapy (Seoul). Of his many publications especially significant were those that focused on addictions and their impact on spirituality and the family. Roy received the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care’s Distinguished Service Award (2002), the Wayne Oates Award from the Wayne E. Oates Institute (2004)  and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in Religious Services by Marquis Who’s Who (2018). 

    A dear friend and colleague whose obituary well captured Roy as “a gentle, kind person with a wry wit and a sensitive soul” I got the privilege of knowing him as we worked closely to sustain the profession in certification, accreditation, endorsement, public marketing , and in interdisciplinary, international and military context.  Roy well exemplified our field, his faith and our discipline’s common mission. Just as when we function at our best, Roy, his message and the mission consistently were integrated. Roy typified integration in his care for a young, confused student at a conference or in training workshops and certification interviews through interpreters in Seoul, understanding a family life chaplain who presented a certification counseling tape of a session with live gun fire in the background, advocacy of dual accreditation site visits with CACREP and collaboration with ACOA, development of endorsement options for persons marginalized, support for new certification tracks for pastoral psychotherapists, production of the Telly Award-winning video depicting the distinctiveness of pastoral counseling, encouragement of CPSP’s membership as Chair of COMISS and his consistent ability to communicate to others, “You are important. You are valuable.” 

    Roy found life meaningful hiking, backpacking, playing tennis, reading, writing, enjoying dogs but he also enjoyed people and in his own way by being a Sensitive Gentleman offering hospitality… So can we! 

    Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street in Asheville, NC, many of us will recall our shared story and why we sustain this discipline as we remember our dear friend, Roy Woodruff. Memorial donations of Dr. Roy Woodruff may be made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy ( or to The Carter Center (

  • 16 Jan 2019 6:16 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Ken Waddell, Chair of the CPSP Accreditation Oversight Committee (AOC) and Brian Childs, Board Member with the Commission for the Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT) will be offering a three hour workshop on the process for training program accreditation and also offer training certification for persons wanting to participate in site visits of programs for accreditation overseen by CAPPT. It is important that persons currently providing CPE/T training or those anticipating creating training programs attend this workshop.

    The first part of the workshop will outline the accreditation process and offer strategies and practices to facilitate a positive accreditation experience.

    The second part of the workshop will provide the requisite training of those person who want to participate in site visits of training programs up for review by CAPPT. CAPPT needs site reviewers from around the country so we have hopes that we will have a good turnout from across all regions of our CPSP community.

    In order to participate and receive certification of this training the candidate must be a Diplomate in Supervision and/or a Diplomate in Psychotherapy. It is suggested that participants in both parts of the workshop first become familiar with the CPSP Accreditation Manual AND the CAPPT Certification Manual both of which can be found on the site under the Accreditation tab (which also has link for the CAPPT website.) 

    Register today for the 29th Plenary in San Antonio!

  • 12 Jan 2019 9:16 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    Brian H. Childs, Ph.D. a Diplomate Supervisor and Psychotherapist as well as training supervisor in CPSP, has been recently board certified as a healthcare ethics consultant. Initiated by the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities an independent organization, the HCEC Certification Commission, was founded and over a three-year period developed the criteria for a person to sit for an exam to earn board certification. Childs, who qualified to sit for the exam in November 2018 was granted the board certification on January 11, 2019. In order to sit for the exam a candidate has to demonstrate competence in theory, analysis, clinical communication and mediation skills, as well as process improvement. The proctored exam is several hours long and consists of several hundred items including case studies, ethical and moral theory, legal and procedural issues, and research of process improvement as well as human subject research.

    Childs is a past Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute of Medicine, Literature and the Life Sciences at Northeastern Ohio School of Medicine and Hiram College and the Presidential Citation of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities for his contribution as an author of the ASBH Code of Ethics for Clinical Ethics Consultants. He is currently Professor of Bioethics and Professionalism and Director of Ethics Education at the Mercer University School of Medicine on its three campuses in Savannah, Macon, and Columbus, Georgia. He is also a CPE/T Supervisor at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and founding Chair, and now member of the Board of Trustees of the Commission for the Accreditation of Pastoral and Psychotherapy Training (CAPPT).

  • 23 Dec 2018 9:43 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    A year ago, I "Faded to Black" in a Pastoral Report essay. Attending a few meetings this year of a Denver CPSP Chapter has since rekindled those ashes.

    The chapter's first meeting, to which I had been invited on account of the essay, seemed usual: check-in, business, candidate bio. The second included an e-talk with CPSP leadership on procedures, and a frank discussion. The last meeting of 2018, a breakfast, turned out to be the fire-stick, a spirit of early training days, a ministering. 

    A hospice chaplain who had been on call arrived almost at the end of the meal. Her body language said, "rushed, disquieted." She spoke of a funeral that just attended in what I understood to be disturbing family dynamics not unlike those chaplains witness and my own family recently experienced after the death of a loved one. I heard from the Chapter only words of comfort and support, not only for this chaplain but indirectly for myself.

    Until that moment I had been asking others and myself, "What am I even doing here at these meetings?" The others replied that I had been invited, a great line from " Close Encounters of the Third Kind. " My tentative answer now is that I am warmed, during this season of wonder, by their kindness.


    Dom is a retired Clinical Chaplain who lives in Littleton, Colorado. He can be reached at

  • 16 Dec 2018 8:47 PM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    The continuing ill treatment of immigrants seeking refuge in our country is not congruent with who we are as a nation. We call on all citizens to protest the actions of our current government that continue to disrespect and abuse immigrants as a class. The death last week of a dehydrated child in custody after extended neglect by governmental authorities was an unconscionable, notorious and inhumane act that every decent citizen must forcefully protest. Such deeds betray the basic ideals that brought forth this nation more than two centuries ago. Many if not most of those seeking asylum are fleeing failed states, just as the Polish, Irish, Italians and others were doing in the 19th century. And we in this country are not entirely innocent of contributing to the decompensation of social order beyond our borders.  We must not remain silent in the face of such despicable and inhumane treatment of those desperate for safe harbor.

    Ruth Zollinger and David Plummer, Co-Presidents
    Charles Kirby Treasurer
    Cynthia Olson, Associate General Secretary
    Raymond J. Lawrence, General Secretary

  • 07 Dec 2018 11:25 AM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

    The new (2018) edition of The Standards of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy marks the third stage in the evolution of our basic documents since our adopting Bylaws that set out a new form of CPSP governance in 2014.

    As we lived into our new organization and roles, growing clarity brought the first committee recommendations for changes to our Standards and procedures. The Certification and Promotion of Chapters Committee led the way by identifying the essential functions of chapters (Chicago Plenary, 2015), thus providing an impetus for revising The Standards to keep up with our actual expectations among one another.

    The 2016 version built directly on the work that was already well under way by early 2014 (and reported to Plenary in Virginia Beach) in the area of Accreditation Oversight. That version also reflected our awareness of the changing pastoral care environment, resulting in a new certification, pastoral psychotherapist, equipped to offer care a step above the capabilities of the pastoral counselor. The diplomate role, too, was reframed to highlight the supervision of psychotherapy training – also a step up in the level of capability for which we train.

    In the area of clinical pastoral training, the Standards for supervisory training – for both supervisors-in-training and training supervisor candidates – also saw major updating in 2016.

    The 2017 Standards began to take shape almost immediately after the 2016 document was released – adapting, in the light of experience, within the existing frame.

    This year, input from the Certification Committee, resulted in the decision by the Governing Council to combine two certifications – clinical chaplain and pastoral counselor – into one (Oakland Plenary, 2018). Once again, our Standards keep up with our evolving notion of the nature of our work as chaplains/counselors. The experience of re-visioning that one certification invited deeper reflection on the structure of the Standards document itself – and suggested a structure that corresponds to our essential functions. The new organization of the Standards, accordingly, addresses accreditation, training, and certification, in that order, followed by the structure that undergirds them all – the CPSP Chapter.

    More reflections on – and tips for navigating – the new Standards will be coming soon!

    Ed Luckett, Jr.
    Chair, Standards Committee