My last post was about an achievement in our prison ministry, and I received a good n' provocative question regarding my experiences serving as a Minority Faith Prison Chaplain.
"The link to corcoran prison lists some infamous inmates. Have you
ever worked with any of the more noteworthy inmates or celebrities?"
This is a really good question because it gives me the means and opportunity to jump up on my soapbox and shout at the top of my lungs "NO COMMENT!" Why? Because as a professional (volunteer) chaplain I consider it an ethics violation to say yes (if I had) and /or identify anyone, famous or not.
It's funny, just the other day I read somewhere online about some self proclaimed spiritual guidance counselor to the stars, who's made some public claims and dropped some big names. I about chewed my own neck off. I'm normally not one for personal attacks, especially public ones, but what a hack!
To publicly advertize that you're a personal spiritual counselor for [insert insanely famous celebrity name here] for self promotion and validation is pathetic. I suspect serious embellishment, and smell something else.Okay, there, I feel better. Had to vent, and in my defense, I don't do that often if ever. My point being that there are some important legalities such as privileged communication and confidentiality. But moreover there is something else called respect; respect for your client, respect for your craft and the essential self-respect.
I do not in any way mean to exaggerate my role, but prison chaplaincy is not for the faint of heart, and Corcoran State Prison is a high security correctional facility with a significant reputation, so there's not really much room for exaggeration, but this is the big leagues and we take it pretty seriously. I would argue that all those who would shoulder the title and responsibility of Pagan clergy respect their clientele, preserve their privacy, their anonymity and their trust. Because one of the most powerful and profound things we can do for some people is not talk about them.
Thank you Lord & Lady for my Trap-Jaw. Blessed Be!
PS and for those who were interested in hearing the rest of the Fijian Kava story, I was reminded that I wrote about it back in 2008, you can check it out here.BB