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Adventist HealthCare Clinical Pastoral Education Celebrates First Anniversary

By Cindy Glass

The Adventist HealthCare (AHC) Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, based at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md., celebrated its one-year anniversary of accreditation as an independent CPE Center.

The Rev. Thewodros Asfaw, CPE regional director and Mission and Pastoral Care Services director at Shady Grove, opened the celebration by welcoming approximately 75 attendees, including former and current CPE students, members of the CPE Professional Advisory Group and Pastoral Care, and community leaders. An invocation by The Rev. Edco Bailey, program advisor and Shady Grove senior staff chaplain, followed.

In his remarks, The Rev. Douglas Griffin, chair of the Professional Advisory Group, said the event celebrated a “high point” for Adventist HealthCare and Shady Grove. He reflected on the “enthusiastic commitment by the community to make the program a reality, to focus on a sense of wholeness in body, spirit, mind and heart.”

The CPE program started in 2005 as a satellite relationship with Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. Since the first class in 2005, 48 students have graduated from the CPE program, an accomplishment noted by The Rev. Glenn Calkins, retired CPE coordinator. These successful graduates are clinically trained chaplains, many of whom serve as staff and directors of area healthcare institutions. The Rev. Calkins also thanked the many Professional Advisory Board members who oversee the program.

Clinical Pastoral Education is an interfaith professional education for theological students and ministers into supervised encounters with persons in crisis. Out of an intensive involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, CPE interns develop new awareness of themselves as person and of the needs of those to whom they minister.

For more information about Adventist HealthCare’s CPE program, call (240) 826-6497.