Some portraits of the incoming Spiritual Training Education Class of 2018! The Spiritual Care Visitor training is essentially a lay-chaplaincy (aka non-professional / volunteer) training program, built around developing active listening skills while preparing them for the complex encounters they will face within their pastoral care work for their faith communities. Excited to be working alongside an organization that helps equip individuals with the tools and language to give spiritual care to all faiths.
As I look back on the two years I’ve known George, I say with confidence there are very few people as genuinely delightful and disarmingly honest. It’s no surprise or secret there’s a certain murkiness in the authenticity of the relationships you forge working in entertainment and the arts. Some of that is quite frankly insincere, selfish people but on a much more complex level the more dedicated the performance artist the deeper their personality becomes entwined with their character, their vision, their art. *
When building and creating relationships with fellow artists I often find myself on a playing field in between reality and fantasy-a structure to build upon yet a space where the dream can soar. In my experience queers, women, poc tend to have an innate understanding of this as we’ve always lived in between two worlds. One we imagine to be true and the one that is the reality we step into when we walk out our front door. Most of us at some point have played by the rules to survive, to get booked, to pay our bills, to play the game. Those of us that have forged ahead teach us one thing, when we break those rules we truly thrive.