Masters of Chaplaincy Studies
Lesson 8 ~ Trust, Confidentiality, and Compassion
By: Rev. Trent Murman
Check the laws in your state concerning what clergy are required to report on and develop a short paragraph. In the state of Indiana like in most states clergy are required to report incidents of known child abuse or if told in confidence that the act may occur. They are also required to report crimes of the heinous nature which are confessed or are told they are or may going to be committed. Also, thoughts of suicide after evaluation by the clergy deem it an eminent act.
Write a short paragraph on recent action of compassion in your ministry to another. Recently I had the honor of helping an elderly lady deal with the pending eminent demise of her husband. Her immediate family (children) were all from out-of-the-state and she needed help getting her husband to and from doctor's appointments. I assisted in arranging travel help within the community and when they were not available I helped her myself, so the husband could get his comfort needing treatments prior to his demise. This is our work and I feel we should not embellish on it or seek praise. It should be an honor to help others when in need.