Standing With You in Stress and Serenity

Standing With You in Stress and Serenity

The majority of my work does not happen at the scene of a disaster. I am most in demand back at the station.   Critical Incident Stress is an occupational hazard; aggression and irritability frequently increase the drama. Acknowledging this reminds me of Charlie, a...
What is Different About Chaplaincy

What is Different About Chaplaincy

I am happy to be amongst those who dislike organized religion.  Even though I have been trained as a pastor, I have worked hard to stay away from the church.   I became a counsellor and a chaplain because I was called to be present with people who struggle to find...
Two Sons, Two Brothers

Two Sons, Two Brothers

I became a counsellor and a chaplain because I was called to be present with people who struggle to find meaning. As a chaplain in the Fire Department, I am present with folks in and out of the uniform. Jackson’s Story “9-1-1 dispatch to Fitchburg firefighters, we...
Bill and Being New to the Job

Bill and Being New to the Job

A Baptist at a Lutheran seminary was different.  For both Jeff the Baptist (me) and the seminary.   A cultural shift is one way to describe walking down the seam of the reformation.   Baptists tend to follow the modality of John Calvin, although several of the finer...
Applying Fire Scene Tetrahedrons to Our Lives

Applying Fire Scene Tetrahedrons to Our Lives

A what?  A tetrahedron is a 4 sided triangle.  It is a three-dimensional triangle with the fourth side as the base.   We use a tetrahedron as a model to demonstrate three sides are the elements, while the fourth side is the dynamic that interconnects them.   The fire...