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‘We feel better able to take part in the difficult and distressing conversations and situations that take place in cancer and palliative care’
The training is part-time, and while there are clear academic requirements in the curriculum, much of the training is experiential. The first year focuses on studying the world’s religions and mystic traditions and developing personal spiritual practice and self-enquiry.
The second year builds on this, but also includes creating and conducting ceremony and ritual to honour significant life events. A further strand is spiritual counselling. At its conclusion, each successful student is ordained and given the title of Interfaith Minister.
The impact of taking this course and becoming interfaith ministers has been significant for each of us. This is both in terms of our professional work and our personal development, which are interwoven.
In our daily work we are much more aware of the spiritual dimension and how to honour and address that. We feel better able to take part in the difficult and distressing conversations and situations that take place in cancer and palliative care.
We have become increasingly aware of our own spirituality, too. We feel more settled and at home in the world, distilling our own life values, with an enhanced awareness of what it really means to be of service and to help others.
We also recognise that we have the ability and the settings in which to help raise awareness of spiritual care with other colleagues, in either formal or informal education. Neither our, nor the seminary’s aim, is to take the place of existing spiritual provision, but to enrich and support it.
Email Kenneth Day|, Macmillan Uro-Oncology CNS at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust.
Email Lizzie Foster|, Macmillan Palliative Care CNS Macmillan Palliative Care Team for NE Lincs Care Trust Plus.
Online information - the Interfaith Foundation|.
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