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I practice spiritual care through chaplaincy, making art as a visual and vocal artist and embodied storyteller, group – retreat facilitation, as well as teaching and applying InterPlay. It is always my intention to link reflection and action in my work and to invite others into this as well. One of the ways I accomplish this is through the intentional application/grounding of my work in sound theories/models related to Spiritual Care/Spiritual Development, Inquiry, Play, and Change/Transition.

 

Spiritual Care/Spiritual Development

As a professional healthcare chaplain, I provide spiritual care for individuals, families, systems of professionals – – institutions – – in order to bear witness to the fragility and vulnerability within living systems during times of change and transition. It is my work/privilege to call out, and to listen for the inner and outer resources that individuals and systems possess in order that healing pathways can be discovered and supported.

I am an ordained protestant clergy since 1994 (American Baptist), with Unitarian/Universalist theological leanings. My pastoral theology reflects a belief in the existence of soul and soul’s expression through the human body. I also believe that we humans suffer and struggle during times of transition; that the role of spiritual care can positively impact a person’s sense of well-being through sustaining that care, resulting in decreased anxiety, distress, and isolation. From that comes increased hopefulness and the possibility of healthy “meaning-making” grounded in the valuing and reverence of one’s direct experience. I believe in the Creative Source that vivifies humanity and nature; that we are inextricably linked. I respect interfaith expressions of the sacred and work to support individual’s freedom to practice and embody such faith. My theological/epistemological framework is in formed by the theory/training models of Anton Boisen, John Patton, James Fowler, Mary Belenky at al.(Women’s Ways of Knowing), Carol Gilligan, Maxine Glaz, Dr. Rachel Remen and Roshi Joan Halifax.

 

Inquiry

“Participatory [inquiry] is the art of dwelling… of learning to use the language of the other; in short, is the art of empathy.”
H. Skolimowski, The Participatory Mind.

Participative inquiry perceives human beings as co-creating reality through participation. Inquiry involves coming alongside individuals/group(s) in order to learn, to listen…together – – resulting in co-creating a field of greater knowing about what is true, and what is possible.

We all possess knowledge – wisdom, derived from lived direct experience. My approach supports and encourages curiosity and leveraging of personal-collective knowledge and wisdom, toward greater wholeness. It also allows for us to be open to a new fullness of expression or practice that can emerge in a present moment, when we begin to play with what’s possible. My work is influenced by action-based research models and the scholarship –activism of Henryk Skoliminski, Peter Reason, as well as Fran Peavey and David Cooperrider.

 

Play

Play, in its essence, is the freedom to explore without set purpose. Children do this naturally and with ease. When we allow ourselves this kind of “wandering,” or experimentation, we are able to rest momentarily from production and the need to make meaning. In this interval, where possibility is large, lie hope, wonder and deep restoration. Play limits the costs on a psychological and spiritual level, when we have our attention drawn repeatedly “out into the fields of our concerns,” outside of ourselves. For those of us who are “meaning-mongers,” and I am one, our perspective and insight can be narrowed by the very actions/practices we embrace.

Playing, roaming around, un-purposed time does in fact increase the possibility of spontaneity, surprise, and serendipity. As I link play with inquiry, I invite people to play around with ideas, things that are familiar, in order to discover or be curious about what might be hidden in the moment. Play increases flexibility, spontaneity, wonder, and hope. Even with difficult, serious matters, play can open up new ways of thought and experience and can lead to an increased sense of body ease as well as broadened life perspectives.

I practice InterPlay,it’s body wisdom principles, and it’s play forms on a daily basis. Through my work, I support people in discovering the gifts of play resulting in deeper/fuller connections with self and others and an enhanced quality of life through the wisdom of the body. My practice as an InterPlay teacher is informed by the written and taught work of Phil Porter, Cynthia-Winton Henry, (Co-Founder’s of InterPlay), Betsy Wetzig, as well as master InterPlay teachers, Krista Gemmell Harris, and Laurie Rudel.

 

Change/Transition

The experience of change and consequent transition leads inevitably to loss. This is a part of living. When people experience pain-distress related to loss, this can be experienced, variably, in expressions of anger, sadness, fatigue, boredom, regret, a sense of not living fully in one’s own skin, and loss of “soul.” These responses can also be experienced on a larger group-body level within institutions, organizations, and faith communities. Individuals and groups can be more successful in negotiating new realities when change and transition is understood, when inner and outer resources are leveraged, and adaptation is realized. My work is influenced by the work of William Bridges (see video below), Ron Heifetz, and Joan Halifax.