13071Re: Classifications among the Valentinians
- Jun 29, 2007
--- In email@example.com, "Mark" <larockpitts@...> wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, lady_caritas no_reply@ wrote:
> > I was under the impression that most hospitals ask if one has a
> > religious preference in order to better facilitate "spiritual"
> > care from pastors, etc. This past year I was in a surgical lounge of
> > metropolitan hospital with a relative who was awaiting surgery.
> > I've never experienced this before, but a pastor moved around the
> > room talking with individual groups of people, asking if people wanted
> > to pray with him. He was offering a Christian prayer. I'm sure
> > many of the Christians would find this appropriate; however, the
> > initially wouldn't have known whether they were Jews, Muslims,
> > Buddhists, atheists, etc. unless they spoke up. One might even run
> > a Mandaean. ;-)
> Concerning this pastor and his actions: as the hospital staff chaplain
> I would ask him to leave and not come back and call security if needed
> (as I have done before if I find a pastor visiting people who are not
> of their faith tradition and invited). This kind of "pastoral care" is
> inappropriate in a multi-cultural, multi-faith setting such as most
> healthcare institutions today. Board certified chaplains today are
> trained to work with a variety of faiths or no faith in the provision
> of spiritual care. You may read an article I wrote on this topic at
Mark, thank you for the article. It was very informative. I can see that when approached with training and sensitivity, a hospital staff chaplain's work can be quite challenging as well as satisfying.
I'll repost your link without the added ending period, so that members can access the article more easily:
> I generally find my work more satisfying the less traditional a
> person's spiritual path is. I am a seeker who has found a path that
> feeds my soul and enjoy traveling with others on other paths that feed
> them. Within Valentinus and Sethian traditions I have found much that
> speaks to me and that is currently informing my path.
> I will check out your link on angels. Thanks!
You're welcome, Mark. I'll be interested to hear whatever you care to share about Valentinians and Sethians that speaks to you, whenever you have some time.
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