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Pastoral Care

Listen, listen, listen to my heart’s song.
Listen, listen, listen to my heart’s song.
I will never forget you, I will never forsake you.
I will never forget you, I will never forsake you.

Paramhansa Yogananda (adapted)

As we minister to each other with love and care, we create and sustain connection. This ministry is shared by people of all ages as elders minister to young ones and young ones minister to elders.

The role of pastor is a natural one for me, which I developed as a social worker and continue to deepen as a minister.

I love being invited to accompany others on their spiritual journey as they make meaning of the events of their lives. I relish the opportunity for celebration and joy. My Buddhist practice helps me not turning away from that which is painful or frightening, being with what is before me and maintaining presence.

Visiting a Pioneer Cemetery with the kindergarten RE class.

Time for reflection, meditation and prayer are an important part of my pastoral toolbox. In the December 16, 2018 services at First Unitarian Church-Portland, I offered this pastoral prayer after sharing the parish Joys and Sorrows.

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