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Note: The following is an article writen by my Head Chaplain at the Hospital where I am a Chaplain. I so appreciate James Richardson and his wonderful caring spirit. Director OCA William Dillon
There are various human emotions that are distressing and painful, but few affect us as much as the pain of guilt. Almost everyone experiences guilt in their lifetime. Guilt involves awareness that a person’s action or inaction has injured someone else. Acceptance of personal guilt may be followed by feelings of conviction. Sometimes guilt motivates a person to make amends, to confess and seek forgiveness, and to change their thinking and behavior.
Like frustration and anger, guilt can slow down or totally inhibit an individual’s progress, and at times, it can completely restrain his/her thinking and actions. When guilt is repressed, it can eventually take control of every aspect of a person’s life. It can totally dominate the thinking process, decrease motivation and productivity, undermine self-esteem and sense of worth, and crush any hopes and dreams. Each day can become more troubling and depressing. A mother, Karen Lang, wrote the following about her experience with guilt: One night after my nine-year-old son had just gone to bed, he asked me if I would lie down with him, as he was scared. I was getting ready for a busy week and was tired, so I replied, “No, you’re fine. Go to sleep.”
When he died the following afternoon after being hit by a car, I remembered what he’d asked me. The guilt that followed me from that day on was overwhelming. The guilt I felt after my son died burdened me for several years. Every anniversary, I would go over and over what I hadn’t done during those last few days before his death. I would remember every conversation, every request. The guilt beat me up, it made me replay my mistakes, and it wasted enormous amounts of my energy, re-enacting how I could have done something differently. It made me feel bad even when I didn’t feel bad!
I think one of the reasons it was so hard to give up and let go of my guilt was because I felt the need to push myself after his death for all the things I hadn’t done in his life. I would pretend that if I had made different choices, I could have changed that day. People would remind me of all the things I had done for my son and the wonderful life and love he was given, but it wasn’t enough for me. I constantly questioned why I hadn’t done more. After a few years, I realized that guilt was consuming me and in order for me to move on, I needed to find a way to let go and forgive myself. I was weighed down because I was living a life consumed by the past. Guilt did not allow me to be fully present with my family, or to see all the good that I had in my life then and now.
Studies have proven that many are helped with their guilt when involved in the religious practices of church, prayer and reading the Scriptures. A discussion with a minister, rabbi, priest, or other religious leader can be very supportive for processing feelings of guilt. Still, there are others who may also need the assistance of a psychologist in an individual or group therapy setting for finding peace and healing in their struggle with guilt.
By His Grace,
Rev. James Richardson, Chaplain
CPE Residency unit 4
August 18, 2020
Inspiration Article for the Occupational Chaplains Association
My Road to Chaplaincy
In 1967, I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in N.Y.C. My mother raised me as a single mother. Growing up as a Hispanic in N.Y.C., without a father made life difficult for me. My mother did the best she could, coming to N.Y.C with little to nothing. Not knowing the language and having raised me on her own was not easy. We were already at a disadvantage being minorities and poor. I did not have a male figure that I could look up to or mentor me. At the age of 15, I started to hang around friends that began to smoke and drink beer. We also began to drink whiskey and other alcoholic beverages, eventually some of us started to use drugs. My mother did not raise me in any religion, but she was raised as a Catholic. She found the Lord in a Pentecostal church in Queens, N.Y. when I was about 16 years old. I started to notice her change for the better. She stopped drinking, going out to parties, and using foul language. My mother went to church now and read the Bible. This made a great impression on me as a teenager. From that experience, I thought I would have to seek the Lord for myself someday.
In 1985, after graduating from High School, I decided to join the U.S. Army. I had to get out of that environment. At the rate I was going, I would have found myself in jail, a drug addict, or dead. Two years later, I was sent to South Korea for a one year tour. I decided to turn my life over to the Lord. I repented of my sins, baptized in Jesus' name, and filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). I have never been the same since.
I retired from the U.S. Army in 2008 after 23 years. My military service was challenging, stressful, and dangerous. After my second tour of duty in Iraq, I had to prepare myself to transition out of the military. This gave me six months after being back from the deployment. It was a difficult transition for me and presented several challenges. I did not finished my Bachelor's degree, and jobs were difficult to find because of the financial crisis of 2007-2008. I tried different lower-level positions, but they did not seem to pay very much, especially when I was married with two children. Eventually, I decided to work and go back to school. After finishing my Bachelor's degree, I found a position that suited me. I worked in that position for about two years until the company had to lay-off several positions. Three months before my supervisors informed me about the lay-off, God told me that I should go and find another job. I did not listen; I was very comfortable where I was and did not want to go anywhere. Now I found myself going back to school for a Master's degree in Theology.
The Senior Pastor asked me to pastor the Spanish group. I reluctantly accepted the position. I felt anxious; this was the first time I had taken a leadership position in the church. One Sunday, after church, a Hospice Chaplain friend of mine talks to me about becoming a chaplain. He thought I would make a good chaplain and asked me to pray about it. After one week, I felt God calling me to chaplaincy. I received training from the Occupational Chaplains Association and started to work as a Hospice Chaplain part-time. The opportunity came along to experience Clinical Pastor Education at a local hospital for an internship and a one-year residency. This road has been an exciting experience and way out of my comfort zone, but with God's help, all is possible if you believe (Mark 9:23).
Worst Part Of Being A Cop
Cops deal with a wide variety of situations and emotional and physical challenges that they might define as the worst part of the job. Understanding some of their answers can help those interested in serving others as a law enforcement officer decide if being a cop is the right career move.
Because of regular interaction with people, and the nature of law enforcement and emergency duties, cops often see people suffering. They bear witness to the physical and emotional harm and struggle of adults, children and even animals from actions taken by those who break the law, or from natural or man-made emergencies. Grief and sadness from being close to this suffering, coupled with feelings of helplessness, anger or frustration about the amount of assistance the police can provide, can take a toll on the minds and bodies of police officers.
Relaying News of a Death
Cops don’t want to cause pain to the people they serve and protect. Many say that delivering the news of a death is the worst part of their career because the message causes people pain. Cops faced with this duty often don't know how people will react to the news and find it difficult coping with the range of different reactions that can occur -- crying, stunned silence and laughter. Additionally, some cops must cope with people who react by verbally or physically lashing out at the messenger.
Losing a Colleague
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cops have one of the highest rates for job-related fatalities in the country. This means many cops regularly attend police funerals and deal with related grief and depression. Cops usually face the public with controlled emotions and can find it difficult to grieve openly or watch fellow officers grieve. Some struggle with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, along with a mix of anger and relief at being a survivor. If a colleague died on duty, or took his own life, some struggle with guilt over the belief that they could have prevented the death.
Coping With Personal Life
Cops often work long hours, irregular shifts, nights, holidays and may be on call, resulting in missed opportunities to build and grow stable relationships with family and friends. Many have difficulty connecting with loved ones, or seem emotionally unavailable or overly negative because they can’t forget or share some of the things they've seen. They may feel they can't give up the emotional self-control, cynicism or other behaviors that help them react to work situations. Additionally, many cops struggle with mental or physical health issues from exposure to high stress, injury and diseases.
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America on Anesthesia
How soon America forgets the sudden wave of shock, pain and suffering we experienced on 9-11. It is as if we suddenly awoke on an operating table to the horrible pain of live surgery only to be given more anesthesia and now we are back asleep.
What was lacking most on that day? It was not the police, fire fighters or emergency personnel, many of whom gave their lives. The Red Cross was there taking blood donations and helping the physical bodies of victims and rescuers. They all were there! So what was needed?
A Day In The Life of A Police Chaplain
by Senior Pastor Mark Hattabaugh, Cooper City, FL
The UPCI has been a movement who’s vision and passion has been “The Whole Gospel To The Whole World!” Various ministries have been formed and designed to meet this vision we all share. One of these is Occupational Chaplains Association. This is a ministry where we focus on training men and women to serve in various roles available to chaplains. The main areas we focus on are Occupational Chaplains, Hospital/Hospice Chaplains and Law Enforcement/Fire Chaplains. We provide training and certification to prepare men and women to serve in their communities.
Being a volunteer police chaplain allows me to see a side of the Police Department that most civilians never get to see. With all of the bad publicity and certainly even some bad actions by a few officers who wear a badge, some in the community have lost some of their confidence and respect for our Law Enforcement family. I would like to change that attitude.
I ride along with Police Officers all the time, I’m even in their homes counseling their families. I am standing by caskets and holding family members hands, and sometimes I’m in an office counseling married couples. I'm sitting down to have coffee with them while on duty. I pull up on scenes in homes that are torn apart, and maybe help someone trying to get home. Yes, sometimes we pull over people who are simply absent minded but some who have purposely broken the law.
I can't tell you how many times these officers have treated the community with such respect and such dignity - many times with people who have been pulled over and are rude and disrespectful - and yet they've kept their professionalism and their composure.
One of the most difficult things that most civilians do not understand is the fact that police officers go from one call to another (there is no time to process the trauma or heartache). In other words, you are not the only person coming into contact with that officer on that day.
The officer who just pulled you over, may have just come from a child drowning, or a domestic violence abuse situation - or, from helping a young lady who has been raped, or assisting a child who has been strung out on drugs. He may have just interviewed a family that has been robbed and have lost their sense of dignity and security.
We tend to only see the flashing blue lights behind us - the inconvenience of having to pull our cars over for some infraction that we have committed. That's all we see. We don't see the officer pulling away from us, scratching his head - still heavy with a load from the call that came from before pulling you over, and is now headed to another difficult call.
So today, as you drive and see an officer pass you by, or pull someone over, I pray that you have compassion, and I pray that you have respect, and it would certainly be good to say a prayer for them and their family. That day, when they walked out of their home, their family said goodbye to them, not knowing if they would return that evening.
Yes, we all know that there are some bad cops, politicians, doctors, and even some bad preachers, but that is not to erase the fact that police officers are precious human beings who put on a badge every day because they took an oath to serve and protect you and I in our communities. Daily they put their own lives at risk, even when the very communities they are protecting and serving are sometimes the ones that are being so rude and disrespected and even threatening their very lives.
Today, we lost one of our own, not in the line of duty, it was from natural causes. Nevertheless, the family of the police department came together, rallied together, cried together, and tried to make sense of the fact that we may never be able to truly thank them for their sacrifice. Today a 9-year-old boy, an 18-year-old girl and a wife of many years - who had shared their dad, husband and their son with the community said goodbye for the last time.
Heroes sometimes wear a badge, and sometimes they don't come home. Pray for them, respect them, and know that they have feelings just like everybody else. Today, as I walk through the halls of our police department, there are many tears being shed, as well as heavy hearts.
We had to drive to the home of the wife, children and parents of the officer that we lost today. At our police department we had a debriefing with the officers and especially with those that served on the squad with him. The room was very tense, very quiet and very solemn. One thing that you will notice across the nation is that when an officer dies, all police officers are going to have a black stripe across their badge - this is sign of mourning. As I put one over my badge today I was again reminded of how we are all a family. We all come to serve our community. We all want to see the families in our communities live in safety, and most importantly to get home each night - safely.
May God Bless and continue to protect all of the men and women who are protecting us.
If you would like more information about training or becoming a member of the Occupational Chaplains Association, please visit us here: http://www.ocachaplains.com/
Sr. Pastor - The Pentecostals of Cooper City
Miramar Police Department - Broward County Florida
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Distance Learning Primary Site
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Level one and two distance learning can be found on Ministry Central (click on picture to link) You can take both levels on Ministry Central. To apply for endorse status you must complete level one training and pass the tests. These are open book tests so feel free to review the material as many times as you need to. You can either take this training though our live training taught by Dr. Sidney Poe or take the training on line. The courses are offered at a very reasonable cost compared to industry standards. When you apply there is a charge for application processing and first year dues. After the first year the renewal fee is $90.00 a year.
Within one year after being endorsed you are required to complete level two. This training is designed to give you tools to use when the need arises so that you will be able to help those in crises.
We have two sites for distance learning. Below you will see the link to OCATeachable.com. That site was our first training site and only has level one training. Because of the program limits level one on this site had to be split up in to parts A&B with test. It takes both A&B and the test to complet level one training.
We sincerely pray that your journey into chaplaincy will be an anointed and fruitful path. If we can help you in any what please contact my administrative assistant Lori Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you need to talk to me you can call 870-814-0901.
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THE FOUR CHAPLAINS
Submitted to Chaplain Mark Hattabaugh
On the frigid night of February 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark waters near Greenland. At 1:00 am, a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into the transport's flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others below deck. It sank in 27 minutes. The two escort ships, Coast Guard cutters Comanche and Escanaba, were able to rescue only 231 survivors.
In the chaos of fire, smoke, oil and ammonia, four chaplains calmed sailors and distributed life jackets. They were Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish.
When there were no more life jackets, the four chaplains ripped off their own and put them on four young men. As the ship went down, survivors floating in rafts could see the four chaplains linking arms and bracing themselves on the slanting deck. They bowed their heads in prayer as they sank to their icy deaths.
Congress honored them by declaring this "Four Chaplains Day." On February 7, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower spoke from the White House for the American Legion "Back-to-God" Program: "And we remember that, only a decade ago, aboard the transport Dorchester, four chaplains of four faiths together willingly sacrificed their lives so that four others might live. In the three centuries that separate the Pilgrims of the Mayflower from the chaplains of the Dorchester, America's freedom, her courage, her strength, and her progress have had their foundation in faith..." America's God and Country Eneyelopedia of Quotations.
Eisenhower continued: "Today as then, there is need for positive acts of renewed recognition that faith is our surest strength, our greatest resource. This 'Back-to-God' movement is such a positive act... Whatever our individual church, whatever our personal creed, our common faith in God is a common bond among us... Together we thank the Power that has made and preserved us as a nation. By the millions, we speak prayers, we sing hymns-and no matter what their words may be, their spirit is the same-'In God is our Trust.'"
Eisenhower stated in his address: "As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth-that there are no atheists in the foxholes."
IN NEED OF CHAPLAINS
Arkansas State Trooper 1st Class Moomey hit a drunk driver head on, ON PURPOSE! The drunk was speeding the wrong way on the interstate highway, obviously posing a grave danger to others.
The durnk is dead, the Trooper is barely hanging on. The Trooper made a deliberate, informed decision to stop a threat despite a very low chance of survival for himself.
He quite literally put himself between innocents and a threat.
The Hallsville Community and the Hallsville First Responders stand and salute you, Trooper Moomey for your sacrifice and heroism.
HERE IS A NEED for a Chaplain to minister to the family of the injured Trooper's family, and his coworkers in the division in which he served; and a need for a Hospital Chaplain to work with the family of the injured trooper. There is also a need for an EMT Chaplain to work with those who had to go and bring him into the hospital. So many lives and emotions are devestated by this matter!
If you are currently serving as a chaplain
WE WANT YOU