CPE, Discernment, and Acompañamiento

Well, I’ve been a little MIA lately, but with good reason.  For the past five and a half weeks, I’ve been working on a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at a major hospital in the Midwest.  So, essentially, I’ve been a hospital chaplain (and I still have another four weeks or so to go after this one).  It’s been a good experience and while I wouldn’t trade it for the world, I’m still not sure that this is a career path for me.

So I’m doing a lot of discerning, trying to figure out what’s next.  I still don’t know what I’m doing once this internship ends, but I know I’ll find something.  Eventually.

But lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about acompañamiento, the concept of accompaniment found in liberation theolog.  It’s highly relevant to being a chaplain, as my job is basically to walk with patients through their illness or surgery or whatever it is that brings them in here.  Once I have my thoughts in a better semblance of order, I’ll do a post about them, but after struggling to connect that which I have studied for so many years (liberation theology) with what I’m doing now, I finally feel like I’m starting to find the connections.

Becky Chabot is a third year Masters of Divinity candidate at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.  After graduating from Creighton University, Becky lived in Bolivia and spent a year as a St. Joseph Worker (www.stjosephworkers.org).  Her research interests include Latin American liberation theology, intercultural theology, and social ethics.  When not doing schoolwork, she enjoys Bob Dylan, Doctor Who, knitting, and good Scotch.  She also enjoys figuring out peoples’ Enneagram numbers, Myers-Briggs types, and Hogwarts houses.  Her main blog is entitled A Traveling Theologian.

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