At 33rd CPSP Plenary—East

Bob and Celia Munson had the opportunity to attend the 33rd Plenary Of CPSP (East Coast gathering). This was held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on March 12-14, 2023.

This was a smaller gathering than before the pandemic. Part of this is because for 2023 the Plenary was broken into an East Coast and a West Coast gathering. The other was that over half of the registrants chose to join online rather than face to face.

Still, we had a wonderful time meeting clinical chaplains and pastoral counselors from the various regions in the United States.

There were numerous presentations given. Some drew strongly on the history of the Clinical Pastoral Training movement and Interpersonal Psychology. Others were more intentionally in the now addressing things like community health care chaplaincy, and responding to mass shootings.

The dinner with the handing out of diplomas and certificates was wonderful to participate in, as was the Tavistock group.

Bob and Celia made many new friends, and hopefully partners, for the future.

The plenary is an inspiration for us as well. We can do this as well in the Philippines.


December Updates


CPE Group at Bukal Life Care (Baguio City)

  • November 29th we held a planning meeting in Baguio. Updates coming on some of the matters covered.


  • January.  Two CPE groups will be starting in Baguio. At Global Community Center, Supervisor Paul Tabon will start a unit. At Bukal Life Care, a half unit of CPE will commence.


  • January 31 to early February. Dr. Raymond Lawrence, Secretary General of CPSP will be visiting us. He will be teaching at meeting with CPSP-Philippines members at St. Andrews Theological Seminary and at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary.


  • April.  We have set up a working team for our 2019 CPSP-Philippine Plenary. The plan is for it to be held on the grounds of Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in April. More details when we get them.