Seminarian Caroline Peacock is spending the summer of 2012 developing an audio series of interviews with luminaries and sages in the field of pastoral care and posting the interviews on a new website she has created, Voices of Pastoral Care. Her project is made possible by a Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellowship, for which she was nominated by General Seminary.
Before coming to General, Caroline worked as a clinical and administrative social worker, including with veterans returning from the conflict in Iraq. Her project reflects her gift and passion for pastoral care ministry.
"As pastoral care providers, we spend sacred timelistening to people, and I wondered what it would be like to listen to the stories of those who have ministerial wisdom to share," she said.
The extraordinarily skilled pastoral care providers she will interview include experts in trauma and grief, multicultural pastoral care, and the use of social media for pastoral care. Listeners will learn from a prison pastor, a seasoned vocational deacon in The Episcopal Church, a United Church of Christ minister, and a rabbi who writes about the psalms. Those who will share their expertise are professors, Clinical Pastoral Education supervisors, authors, and scholars. The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, will also be among those who offer their perspectives.
"Each of these individuals is a professional beholder of others, giving her or his gifts to make God's love and compassion known in the world," Caroline said. "I hope you will join me on this journey of learning."