I’m going to have lunch with a friend who teaches at Earlham College. By training she is a psychologist (I’m hearing R. saying that that’s just what I need….therapy 🙂 ) and starting in January she will be an official student at ESR.
Why am I telling you about this when the title of the post is “Cultural Inclusion”? Simple. On the bookshelf in her office, M. has more books on counseling with culturally diverse populations than I think the professor of Pastoral Care has even heard of. What does that say about the education that seminary students are getting here that you have to go outside of the school to get the information you need on working/giving care to diverse populations? Seeing as though most of the students, no matter what their religious persuasion, will be working in urban/suburban settings, isn’t it important to talk about the people they will encounter and be working with?
As you can see, I am in a rant phase about ESR right now. Trying to figure out how to deal with it. That’s why I’m writing it on here. More later.