11th International Congress Presenters


Prof. Felix Wilfred

Felix Wilfred is founder-director of the Asian Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies, Chennai. Until his retirement, he was the Chairman of the School of Philosophy and Religious Thought at the State University of Madras, India. Since 2007, Prof. Wilfred has been the President of the International Theological Review Concilium. He was a member of the Vatican International Theological Commission then chaired by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. He was on deputation by the Government of India as ICCR Professor of Indian Studies in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Recently he edited a landmark volume: The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia published by Oxford University Press, New York. He is also the chief editor of the International Journal of Asian Christianity (IJAC 2017) published by Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands.

LECTURE: Religious Cosmopolitanism and Its Pastoral Implications.

ABSTRACT: The paper distinguishes between a bourgeois cosmopolitanism inspired by pragmatism, and a cosmopolitanism that represents infinite openness of the spirit towards the other, and willingness to learn from the other and make oneself at home in the world of the other.

After elucidating the concept of cosmopolitanism and the mindset and values required for that, the paper tries to relate it to religious experience and expressions. All religions have a universal destiny. Religious cosmopolitanism is based on the conviction that all religions belong to humanity as a whole and in a primary sense. No religion belongs exclusively only to those claiming to “belong” to a particular religion. It follows that the community of humankind and its wellbeing is what all religions are called upon to contribute which requires more than simple inter-religious dialogue and understanding. The resources of all religions need to be drawn in a cosmopolitan spirit to overcome the crisis humanity and nature are facing in contemporary time, and lead them to a situation of wholeness, well being, and salvation.

Today we need a new pastoral pedagogy by which people are helped to overcome their prejudices against the religion of their neighbours (often due to narrow theological positions), appreciate it, and help people feel at home in the beliefs and ritual traditions of others and their religious spaces: temples, mosques, pagodas, gurudwaras or churches. Speaking of Christians, the cosmopolitan spirit needs to reflect also in the institutions like schools, hospitals they run and welfare works they do. It calls for pastoral agents who will be able to navigate with ease in the world of the neighbours of other faiths and be supportive to them as much as they are to Christians. We could think of promoting inter-religious faith education, also of inter-faithh chaplaincy in hospitals and in the care for the poor and the victims who cut across religious traditions. This kind of cosmopolitan opening will require that the Christian communities are formed with a new mindset and openness of the spirit that characterize the pastoral life of Jesus in the Gospels as we find in his encounter with people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds – geographical, religious, cultural and so on. At bottom, cosmopolitan spiritual and pastoral practice and care, call for radical theological re-conception of religion, truth, salvation, ethics, and so on.

Prof. Brenda Ruiz

Brenda Ruiz has been Director of the Institute for Gender Studies of the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua for the last 15 years. She has a Master’s Degree on Gender Perspectives and Development from the Central American University in Managua. She also has a Master’s Degree on Child and Family Development from the University de Georgia, USA and a Master’s of Religious Education from Nueva Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisiana, USA. She has taught Pastoral Counselling in different seminaries in Managua, been a commissioner for the World Council of Churches from 1991 to 2006 and a member of SIPCC since 2006. She has written and lectured extensively in different parts of the world.

LECTURE: Am I “The Other”? Learning to Serve People in Situations of Intense Political Turmoil.

ABSTRACT: Beginning with a short group dynamic, some of the basic skills necessary to serve people of other groups and cultures will be explored. The term “other culture” will be amplified and applied to a situation of intense political turmoil and the issues of power and powerlessness in that context will be examined as well as the use of empowerment in pastoral care in different religious contexts. The hope is to generate greater insights for the participants at the Congress about effective ways to accompany refugees from different faiths who come from contexts of intense political turmoil, a situation becoming more common everyday world wide.

Prof. Vhumani Magezi

Vhumani Magezi is an Associate Professor in Practical Theology & Pastoral Care at North-West University (NWU) in South Africa. He is the Acting Coordinator for the Faculty of Theology with assigned responsibilities for Community Engagement and Stakeholder Relations and the Subprogram Leader for the Public Practical Theology and Civil Society. He also serves in NWU leadership positions that include: Committee for Advanced Degrees (CAD); Vice Chairman of Basic and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (BaSSREC); and is a Member of the Humanities and Health Research Ethics Committee (HHREC).

Prof Magezi is the African Representative to the Coordination Committee of the International Council of Pastoral Care and Counselling (ICPCC) and the Treasurer of the African Association for Pastoral Studies and Counselling (AAPSC). He is an active member of academic and professional organizations that include: International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT); Association of Practical Theology (APT) (USA); Society for Pastoral Theology (SPT) (USA); International Council of Pastoral Care and Counselling (ICPCC); Practical Theology of Southern Africa; African Association for Pastoral Studies and Counselling (AAPSC); South African Sociological Association (SASA); International Aids Society (IAS) and South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA).

Prof Magezi has authored 3 books, more than 40 articles in academic journals and over 40 research reports in the following areas: Public Pastoral Care, Pastoral Care, Diagnosis and Spirituality in Africa; Church & Public Ministry; Congregational (Church) Ministry Designs; Church Driven Development (Church and Public Health; Church and Community Development); Church and Civil Society Leadership.

LECTURE: Positioning Care as “Being with the Other” within A Cross Cultural Context: Opportunities and Challenges of Pastoral Care Provision across People from Diverse Cultures.

ABSTRACT: Pastoral care is an intervention that relies on good and quality relationships between the caregiver and the cared individual for effective positive outcomes. With increased intermixing of people due to migration, globalization and other technological advances, caregivers find themselves in a complex and awkward situation when attempting to “care for other” persons from different cultural contexts. This challenge presents opportunities for developing innovations in strengthening of care to not be a threat of worsening the situation or failing to positively alter the situation. Within this context, the critical humane factor of “being with the other person” as enshrined in African humane thinking and as indicated by the notion of Ubuntu, provides a lens of “doing” care across cultures. Care, humaneness and being with the other people are notions that bind humanity universally and yet their expression differs across cultures. Thus, pastoral care should constantly learn and adapt itself to fulfil this yearning of all human beings to ensure wholeness and meaning.

Rev. Dr. Steven Abbarow

Rev Canon Dr D Steven Abbarow (B. Econs, UM; MDiv and MTh, STM; DMin, Perkins, SMU) is an Anglican Priest from the Diocese of West Malaysia (since 1990). He ministered in Parish ministry until 2012 as a Parish Priest. Other appointments include Chairman of the Board of Tamil and Allied Work, Archdeacon and Coordinator of the Malaysian Indigenous Clinical Pastoral Education. In June 2012 he was seconded to STM as the Vice Principal, where he also lectures in Pastoral and Practical Theology. He is also the Anglican Chaplain for the Anglican community in STM. He is the team Vicar of the Parish of St. Mark’s, Seremban. He is also a member of the Provincial Missions Committee (PROSEAMS) and serves on the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission for Unity Faith and Order (IASCUFO). He is married to Anne (1990) and they have two children, Ruel and Naomi.

Prof. Emmanuel Lartey

Emmanuel Y. Lartey teaches pastoral theology, care and counseling at Candler, as well as in the Person, Community, and Religious Life program in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. Lartey came to Candler in 2004 ,and previously taught pastoral and practical theology at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Lartey’s research examines pastoral and spiritual care theories and practices operating in African, European and American cultures. An internationally acclaimed scholar, Lartey is recognized as a pioneer in the development of an intercultural approach to pastoral care and counseling, which argues for and models respectful engagement across racial, gender, class, cultural and religious boundaries. His 1997 book, In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling (Jessica Kingsley, 2 ed., 2003), now in its second edition, is internationally used as a textbook in pastoral care. "His latest book is Postcolonializing God: An African Practical Theology, SCM, 2013."

Prof. Ursula Pfaefllin

Dr. Ursula Riedel-Pfaefflin is Professor Emerita of the School of Applied Sciences in Social Work, Dresden, Germany. She is a Trainer, Supervisor and Counselor. Prof. Ursula Riedel-Pfaefflin has worked as a Pastor in Hamburg, as Assistant Professor in Albrechts University Kiel, in Chicago Bethany Theological Seminary and from 1986- 95 in the Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, USA. Her work focused on theory and praxis of Care and Counseling especially in regard to history of societies, relationships of women and men and intercultural counseling. She developed research in gender history and works with clients and supervision groups. She published several articles and books in cooperation with Prof. Archie Smith, Jr. from PSR, Berkeley. She is the author of: Siblings by Choice; and with women from East Germany, they published a biographical study on ´Effects of two World Wars on Family Systems: I am the Author of My Life´. Ursula Riedel-Pfäfflin has been active in ICPCC since 1978 and served as Vice-President with Dr. Emmanuel Lartey, and as President of ICPCC from 2004-2007.

Prof. Joseph George

Joseph George is currently the Dean of Doctoral Studies at the United Theological College, Bengaluru, India. He has been on the Faculty of the United Theological College since 1992 completing 27 years of teaching pastoral care courses and clinical training at the Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctorate of Theology levels. Prior to this ministerial assignment, he has been on the Faculty of the Clark Theological College, Mokokchung, Nagaland, India for 8 years which had given him an opportunity to learn from a rural tribal community. Besides the clinical training program in the College, he has been a practicing pastoral counselor with programmes across India. He comes with the experience of counselling practice and training across faith communities. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (IGNOU), Bachelor of Divinity (Senate of Serampore College (University), Master of Theology (SSC), and Doctorate of Theology (Emory University, Atlanta). During the doctoral study, he also obtained advanced level clinical training from the Georgia Association for Pastoral Care (Decatur, GA). He has edited two books, contributed chapters for more than 10 books, and written over 60 articles in reputed theological journals in India.

REMARK: Prof. Daniel Louw: Please refer to Information in the Workshop section

Prof. Daniel Louw

Professor Daniel Louw was Dean of Faculty of Theology from 2001-2005, elected President of the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT) from 2003 – 2005 and President of the International Council for Pastoral Care and Counselling (ICPCC) from 2011-2015 following his election in Rotorua New Zealand in August 2011.

His special field of interest and research is in pastoral care and counselling; pastoral anthropology and human dignity; hospital care; marriage and family enrichment, theodicy, theopaschitic theology and the human quest for meaning in suffering. He has authored several major books and over 85 articles in accredited journals which include: Illness as Crisis and Challenge: Guidelines for Pastoral Care (1994); Love Lasts: A Couple's Guide to Growth and Enrichment (1995); A Pastoral Hermeneutics of Care and Counselling: A Theological Design for Theory, Anthropology, Method and Therapy (1998); A Mature Faith: Spiritual Direction and Anthropology in a Theology of Pastoral Care and Counseling (1999); Meaning in Suffering: A Theological Reflection on the Cross and the Resurrection for Pastoral Care and Counselling (2000); Cura Vitae: Illness and the Healing of Life (2008); Networking of the Human Soul: On Life Skills, Spirituality and Maturity (2012); Icons: Imaging the Unseen. On Healing of Life Body and Soul (2014); Wholeness in Hope Care: On Nurturing the Beauty of the Human Soul in Spiritual Healing (2016).

WORKSHOP:“Introspection” and “Interpathy” within the Outreach to People of Other Cultures and Belief Systems in Pastoral Caregiving: Towards a Theology of a “Loving Gaze” in Intercultural Visioning and Hospitable Co-existence.



Co-existence is proposed as a mode of living within the daily dynamics (on grassroots level) of cultural and religious diversity; co-existence as a mode of interpathy and introspection; as vivid expressions of ‘seeing’ and ‘experiencing’ the other as different but not as threat. Thus, the plea for integral spirituality in an anthropology of human wholeness and wellbeing.

The workshop will deal with:

1 Conceptualization (language and grammar for interfaith/intercultural communication)

2 Visioning as mode of co-existence

It is indeed a challenge to a spiritual and loving hopeful gaze to become engaged with the embodied materiality of objects, thus the need for metaphoric approach comprising of the following aspects:

  • Enriched spatiality – the space of seeing differently – perspectivism
  • Living together – neighbouring with the other – befriending
  • Reaching out to the other – creating an ethos of hospitable sharing – faith communities as hospice; the art of homing.
  • Compassionate being-with – the vulnerability of the ‘wounded healer’.

A diagnostic model within a hermeneutical approach to cultural diversity and the dynamics of civil society will be developed and discussed.

3 The making of a socio-cultural analysis in a pastoral hermeneutical approach to inter-pathetic coexistence.

Important is the fact that religion, faith and spirituality cannot be understood without an understanding of culture and the dynamics in civil society. In terms of the argument thus far it becomes clear that culture provides the categories and means for religious articulation and expression.

The making of a socio-cultural analyses comprises of the following aspects:

  • Existential questions within environmental settings.
  • Belief systems
  • Societal and communal structures.
  • The dynamics of relationships
  • The existing ethos.
  • Philosophy of life.
  • Passages of life and ritual
Dr. Ulrike Elsdörfer PhD

Ulrike Elsdörfer was born in Frankfurt Main, Germany. Her expertise is in Studies of Protestant Theology whilst also being a Pastor and Hospital Chaplain. She has a Doctorate in Religious Sciences and a PhD in Practical Theology. Ulrike is a Lecturer of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt Main and Heidelberg University, Germany. Her publications include 10 books and various articles. Her last book is entitled : Spirituality in Diversity. South East Asia meets South Africa. Towards a Global View of Spiritual Counselling, 2019. She was the Secretary of ICPCC from 2011-2017 and Extraordinary Professor at North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.

ABSTRACT: ICPCC was founded in Edinburgh/Great Britain in 1979. 10 Global Congresses have been held in various parts of the world since then, presenting all kinds of approaches to the practice of Pastoral/Spiritual Care and Counselling worldwide. During ICPCC’s history, social and cultural differences, interreligious encounter as well as all aspects of diversity enriched the discussion of methods and philosophies of counselling. The 11th Congress in Malaysia provides space to discuss the foundations and the development of the ICPCC network. The global community of Spiritual Counsellors is invited to share plans and hopes for the future of ICPCC. Suggestions on whether some parts of the constitution or some of the basic assumptions may possibly be revisited will also be welcome.

This Special Presentation aims to introduce this process. It prepares the 40th Birthday of ICPCC.

Henni Wattimena

Hennie Wattimena is originally from Mollucas, Indonesia and lives in Salatiga, Central Java, where she taught Pastoral Care and Counseling at Satya Wacana Christian University. She is a graduate of Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga Indonesia (1991), and received her Master of Theology degree from Silliman University, Philippines in 2004. She is an Ordained Minister of the Protestant Church in Western Indonesia, and has pastored the churches in Java and Sumatera for 15 years. She did her Clinical Pastoral Education in Hawaii in 2006 & 2010. She finished her M.A. in Congregational Ministry at Luther Seminary Minnesota, USA in 2015. Currently she is working on her Ph.D. in Practical Theology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam.

WORKSHOP: A Study of Hindrance Factors Toward Pastoral Counseling as Perceived by Pastors in Indonesia.

ABSTRACT: There is a great hope among parishioners of the Protestant Church in West Indonesia and also in society at large, that pastors can help them solve their problems. One of the important roles of a pastor is to refer people with problems to a well-organized pastoral care program. Unfortunately, not all of the Protestant Churches in West Indonesia have an effective pastoral counseling program in place.

Considering the importance of pastoral counseling, this research addresses the problem facing most of the churches in West Indonesia i.e. the absence of a proper pastoral counseling program. It aims to identify the hindrance factors that contribute to the problem as perceived by pastors themselves. These factors can be categorized into three sub-groups: cultural factors, psychological factors and extrinsic factors.

Dr. Maria Lopez

Born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and raised in the USA, the Rev. Dr. Maria Lopez was the Chaplain at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. It is a maximum-security prison for women in New York, USA. Rev. Dr. Maria Lopez has over 20 years of intensive experience as a Pastor and Chaplain in prison and jail ministry. She was also the Pastor for the Cornerstone Church for six years and Chaplain for Hospitals and Hospice for ten years. She has had a long career in the caring of souls. She went through her CPE Supervisory training at the Episcopal Health Service Center in New York under the guidance of the Rev. Dr. Richard Liew, the Rev. Dr. Joel Harvey, and in 2012 she was certified as a CPE Supervisor under the supervision of the Rev. Dr. Steven Voytovich.

WORKSHOP: Ministry and Pastoral Care in a Prison Setting.

ABSTRACT: “The challenges of providing pastoral care to prisoners and conducting Pastoral Education in a prison setting, especially when the composition of the training group are both prisoners and non-prisoners.” This was my area of specialty from 2005 – 2009 at the Bedford Hills Correctional facility. I will focus on this at the beginning of the workshop, then I will share with you my current focus since my retirement. Workshop participants will gain significant knowledge and insight from this one-of-a-kind combination of Clinical Pastoral Education training and Prison Ministry at a maximum security women’s prison in New York, USA.

Dolores Rubia

Dolores “Dolly” Rubia is a social worker with almost 30 years of work on women, children and family issues. She has extensive case management experience on cases of abuse and exploitation. She was the Supervising Social Worker of the Philippine General Hospital – Child Protection Unit for almost 20 years. She also teaches social work at the Asian Social Institute. She has been a trainer of multidisciplinary teams composed of doctors, police and social workers who manage women and children protection units of the country. She also trains community leaders on how to properly respond to cases of women and children.

Dolly first joined International Justice Mission (IJM) Manila Field Office in 2013 as an Aftercare Consultant. She provided technical and leadership support to the field office's Aftercare Department regarding the various processes in the healing and reintegration of survivors of human trafficking and child sexual abuse. She became a full-time Director of Aftercare in 2016. She was responsible for directing all activities of the IJM Field Office Aftercare Department.

Currently, she serves as the National Director of Aftercare Development of IJM. She is tasked to develop and implement strategies to support the Philippine public justice system’s (PJS) efforts to provide models of care for Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) survivors. She also provides mentorship, guidance, and support to the IJM Aftercare teams serving in the Manila and Cebu field offices.


ABSTRACT: Sex trafficking is considered a modern form of slavery that involves the abduction and illegal recruitment of victims for sexual exploitation. The rise of sexual exploitation online somehow labeled commercial sexual exploitation as the traditional form of sex trafficking and cybersex trafficking as the newest type of sex trafficking that was unimaginable before the digital age. The workshop defines the significant differences between traditional sex trafficking and the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). It informs the audience on the challenges in providing care to the survivors and their families. The International Justice Mission’s (IJM) model of care presents a trauma-informed psychological and emotional support to survivors. A model that highlights the collaboration between aftercare and church contributes to meeting the complex needs of survivors and their families. The workshop will have three parts:

Part I – Traditional Sex Trafficking and Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC): A Comparison

  • Defining sex trafficking and online sexual exploitation of children
  • Facts and Figures on Sex Trafficking and OSEC in Asia and globally
  • Distinguishing Traditional Sex Trafficking and Online Sexual Exploitation of Children/Cybersex trafficking

Part II – Trauma-Informed Psychological and Emotional Care to Victims/Survivors

  • International Justice Mission’s (IJM) model in providing trauma-informed care to sex trafficking and OSEC survivors
  • Unique challenges of providing care to survivors of OSEC
  • The role of the church in caring for the survivors

Part III – Pastoral Response of the Church in Caring for Survivors

  • Principles in Responding and Caring for Survivors in a Multi-Religious World
  • Models of Collaboration Within the Global Body of Christ
  • Workshop: Pastoral Response of the Church to Sex Trafficking and OSEC – Reflections and Way Forward

(Joint Presentation with Ms Mary Girlie Glen M Tupas)

Mary Tupas

Mary Girlie Glen “Gigi” M. Tupas is currently the Church Partnerships Senior Manager of International Justice Mission (IJM) Philippines. She collaborates, networks and shares IJM’s mission of protecting the poor from violence, currently combatting OSEC (Online Sexual Exploitation of Children) to PIMAHT (Philippine Interfaith Movement Against Human Trafficking) members PCEC (Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches), NCCP (National Council of Churches in the Philippines), CBCP (Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines) and various faith-based networks to respond to needs of OSEC survivors.

She was in high school when seeds of her personal mission for service, social justice, solidarity with the poor and Christian leadership were sown. This mission was nurtured and strengthened in her university years. In 1994, the year she graduated from university, she served full-time for faith-based organizations (FBOs) in their various ministries participating, designing, training, organizing, pioneering and implementing programs for integral evangelization, youth leadership and development, spiritual formation, poverty alleviation, socio-political education and human rights advocacy for more than 20 years now.

She has been a youth minister for more than 10 years, Coordinator of the Archdiocesan Youth Organizations and Movements and executive board member of the Ministry for Youth Affairs of the Archdiocese of Manila. She was part of teams managing and organizing formation and events for social awareness, spiritual and leadership formation of the youth in the Philippines and abroad. In these pastoral programs, she accompanied young people in their spiritual journey ministering to their needs and raising them to be present and future Christian leaders.

She did mission work with the Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) through their FBO, SHIFT Foundation in Northern Samar, implementing poverty alleviation programs, campus ministry work, staff/volunteer training and development, capacity-building, disaster response, networking and collaboration, public relations and fund generation, community organizing and peace-building work.

Guided by the motto, “Kay Kristo, Buong Buhay, Habambuhay” (“For Christ, Our Whole Lives for the Rest of Our Lives”) and John 10:10,”I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,” she continues to live out her personal mission and Christian faith in all the work that she does.

Dr. Ying Cheng

Dr. Ying Cheng is an ordained minister and board-certified Chaplain and pastoral counselor. Since 1991, she has been serving people of different cultures in churches and hospitals in the USA. Her pastoral care and counseling experiences cover human life stages from pregnancy to death. Currently, she conducts pastoral care and counseling services among churches and health care facilities through her Equipping for Christ Ministry in Gaithersburg, Maryland. From her clinical experiences and theological reflections, she wrote a series of Life-Care, presenting pastoral care and counseling to the Christians at different stages of life. She also trains and mentors church leaders to enhance their care ability for the congregants.

WORKSHOP: Pastoral Care and Counseling to the Chinese Population: The Case in Greater Washington D.C Area.

ABSTRACT: Pastoral caregivers and counselors stand at one of the most strategic positions in tending to people in a life crisis. In our time, we increasingly live and interact with people from various cultural backgrounds different from our own. Pastoral caregivers and counselors are put in the position of ministering to people of other cultures. In this workshop, we will first review some critical issues regarding ministering to people of other cultures and to Asian-Americans in the USA. A few simple stories and cases in multi-cultural contexts will be used to illustrate these issues. Then we will focus on the Chinese population in the Greater Washington D.C. area. Some life issues, needs, and opportunities in pastoral care and counseling among this people group will be presented. In addition, some growth areas for pastoral caregivers and counselors who minister to the Chinese population in the USA will be identified and explored. Finally, the workshop will propose a few ways to increase the competence in ministering to people of other cultures for pastoral caregivers and counselors.

Alesana F. Pala’amo PhD

Rev Alesana F. Pala’amo PhD is Head of the Practical Theology Department at Malua Theological College in Samoa. Ordained as a minister of the Congregational Christian Church Samoa (CCCS), his teaching and research interests include Christian ministry, youth and social ministries, practical theology, worship, research methodologies, and pastoral counselling. Alesana received his PhD through Massey University in New Zealand exploring pastoral counselling practices of Samoans. In addition to his teaching duties, Alesana and his wife Lemau founded a non-governmental organisation in Samoa called Soul Talk Samoa Incorporated that provides pastoral counselling and social services

WORKSHOP: Va’aalo Pastoral Counselling: An Approach that Navigates Vā (relational space) to Engage Samoans with One’s Own Self, with One Another, and Especially with God


Counselling in the Samoan context has been a traditional practice of Samoans (Schuster, 2001; Seiuli, 2010) involving elders who are often also matai (title holders). Such traditional practices involve a more didactic and directive encounter from these community leaders. Over time, and partly influenced by the first Protestant missionaries into Samoa in 1830 (Liuaana, 2004), these community counselling roles have now become important roles of church ministers and their wives. An emerging ethos of individualism is challenging traditional notions of collectivism in the culture and traditions of Samoa known as fa’aSamoa (Macpherson, 2009). This evolution has been identified and described as the ‘changing Samoan self’. This workshop is based on my doctoral research that presented the voices of 34 Samoan participants living in Samoa that including ministers, minister’s wives, matai, New-Zealand born Samoans, church members, and service users of a domestic violence agency. Participants shared their expectations of being counselled as well as counselling others, together with reflections concerning effective and ineffective counselling practices. Va’aalo Pastoral Counselling (VPC) conceptualises traditional Samoan canoe fishing using a bonito canoe (va’aalo), came forth from my research. As an approach that incorporates the concept of a changing Samoan self, VPC is framed with the minister and his wife becoming co-counsellors in the process of counselling. Further, the minister and wife both encourage a dialogical approach in their pastoral counselling work. Navigating relational space (vā) is necessary for the many social interactions Samoans are involved, demanding pastoral counselling practices to also consider vā in order to become effective and relevant to church members who use this service.

Dr. Abdush Salaam Musa

Chaplain/Imam Abdus-Salaam Musa is the co-Founder of the Islamic Indigenous Clinical Pastoral Education (IICPE) movement. The inspiration came from the late Rev. Dr. Richard Liew and Imam Luqman Abdush Shahid. With the assistance of Rev. Dr. Steven Voytovich, Musa and two others went on to incorporate IICPE. Subsequently, Musa developed what is now known as the Islamic Compassionate Care Humanity Service/CPET program. Musa holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling and is currently writing his dissertation for a Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Counseling by developing Islamic Compassionate Care Clinical Pastoral Educational Training that is focusing on “Wellness in the Islamic Community.” He is the first Muslim Diplomate (supervisor) for the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy and is also a board-certified Clinical Chaplain and board-certified Pastoral Counselor. Chaplain/Imam Musa is currently a staff chaplain at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway. He trains individuals to become Clinical Chaplains at the Park Christian Church in New York City and Imams and others in the Bronx, New York, in Islamic Compassionate Care Clinical Pastoral Education. Dr. Abdus-Salaam Musa, holds a Doctorate in Ministry specializing in Pastoral Counseling. He has a certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary; and is certified with three different organizations as a Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education. Dr. Musa is the first Muslim Supervisor to be certified by these organizations. He is renowned for co-founding the first Muslim Women’s Shelter in Queens, NY, now known as ICNA Relief Women’s Shelter. Dr. Musa was the former director of the United Muslim Movement Against Homelessness and the Muslim Women’s Help Network. He has been certified and trained in Disaster Response, Domestic Violence Counseling, HIV/AIDS Support and handling Adoptions and Foster Care. Musa runs workshops on how to deal with Mental Health issues, Substance Abuse and Parenting. He has been an advocate for those who are in need in our communities for the past 25 years.

WORKSHOP: Islamic Indigenous Compassionate Care Clinical Pastoral Education Training.

ABSTRACT: This workshop will demonstrate the methodology of training IICCCPET from an African American Muslim perspective. The power point presentation will highlight the white paper. It entails the integration of techniques that have been developed with the co-founder of the organization, Dr. Muhammad Hatim. The techniques and strategies utilized are not only for African American Muslims, but for all American Islamic cultural groups. The Christian CPE cultural challenges that the author endured on his journey, highlight the development of our organization and the training.

Ann Gunaplan

Ann is a Licensed and Registered Counselor in Malaysia with a Masters in Counseling who is part of a large private practice with offices in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. She also works as a volunteer counsellor in her local church and a community-based NGO. She is also certified NLP Practitioner, a Prepare-Enrich Facilitator and is trained in providing Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy. She is a clinical member of the National Association of Christian Counselors, Malaysia and The Malaysian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Ann works with adults by providing individual, couple and family counseling. Her clients come from diverse backgrounds and are both Malaysian and foreign. She helps them deal with a range of issues that include marital, family, and other relationships, career decision making, depressive symptoms, anxiety, anger, grief, loss and trauma.

Ann’s desire is to understand and help people to live empowered and full lives in the midst of their challenges. She seeks to provide them a safe unbiased relationship that allows and encourages them to come to realize what is strong and good about themselves. She believes that people have the capacity to arrive at their own solutions. She has an ongoing commitment to provide a therapeutic relationship that engenders a sense of freedom and to keep learning and growing herself.


ABSTRACT: This workshop was initially written to help pastors and members of a church with the struggles and challenges they faced in providing care and support to members who were suffering from depression with suicide as a particular concern. The workshop covered the understanding of the possible causes of this problem and sufferer’s experience as starting point for creating a helping relationship and also the need for care-givers to take care of themselves as well.

Today’s workshop will include all these elements and I will share my experiences of how the shame factor in our Malaysian culture affects those who have suicidal feelings and what I do when required to navigate through these cultural issues.

Dr. Noel Tiano

Noel Tiano, ThD, MSCW, completed his Master of Divinity, Doctorate in Theology, PGDip and Master in Social & Community Work. He has served in various capacities as a Pastor, Hospital Chaplain, and Director of the Ethics Centre at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently a community social worker at Mary Potter Hospice. Originally from the Philippines, his family emigrated to the US in 1990. He and his wife have been living in NZ since 2009.

WORKSHOP: Narratives and Mental Health in New Zealand.

ABSTRACT: This workshop will focus on the use of stories in spiritual assessment amongst Māori, Pasifika and European New Zealander clients at a forensic and mental health rehabilitation hospital. The discussion will examine the client satisfaction survey (N=38) and qualitative interviews (N=15) conducted at the hospital. Clients reported five key areas that they valued regarding chapel services, namely, that they felt safe (97%), welcomed (95%), hopeful (87%), connected with others (87%) and connected with God/Higher Power (85%). Recommendations for more spiritual and culturally sensitive approaches will be explored.

Heike Komma

Dipl. Religious Education & Supervision
President of the European Council of Pastoral Care and Counselling

WORKSHOP: Serve One Another …. like True Servants of the Unmeasured Grace of God (1 Peter 4:10)

ABSTRACT: You are invited to participate in a Bibliodrama with the theme “Serve one another, according to 1 Peter 4:10-11.”

Bibliodrama involves stepping into a Bible Text by using your senses and giving these experiences an expression with the help of the arts. This kind of work, with its own frames and conducted by a leader, might be a support to understand ourselves, the text and the theme better. “What is “serving” for you? What does “serving” mean in the context of your job and your church? What does it mean in Germany and Europe where Christianity is the main religion? We will share what it means to serve…How the history of the text is connected to your contemporary life? Welcome to a bibliodrama workshop that will invite you to explore in a playful way.

Trace Haythorn

Trace Haythorn, Ph.D. joined the staff of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) in 2013 as Executive Director and CEO. Prior to coming to ACPE, Trace served as the Executive Director of the Frazer Center in Atlanta; President of the Fund for Theological Education in Atlanta; Professor and Program Director at Hastings College in Hastings, NE; and Associate Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He completed his Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University and a Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. He works closely with Wendy Cadge, George Fitchett, Christina Puchalski and Betty Farrell on several research projects about Chaplaincy, Spirituality and/or Palliative Care, including the recently launched Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. Trace is married to the Rev. Mary Anona Stoops. They have two children: Jacob, who recently graduated from Davidson College, and Martha, who serves in several internships around Atlanta and Decatur.

WORKSHOP: Healing the Healers: Facing Challenges for Pastoral Caregivers following Community Trauma.

ABSTRACT: When mass trauma strikes, whether it be a natural disaster or human-caused violence, pastoral/spiritual caregivers and faith leaders are called upon to guide, heal, and sustain communities through the aftermath. Healing the Healers is a new media resource intended to support clergy, laity, social workers, first responders and other spiritual care providers facing community-level trauma. In this five-part film series, Rev. Matthew Crebbin of Newtown Congregational Church leads an important conversation with faith leaders who’ve experienced mass trauma, either suddenly, as in the school shootings in at Newtown, Connecticut and Dublane, Scotland, or during September 11th, or in American urban areas facing chronic violence. The resource explores both the short-term and long-term implications for healing and includes theological and professional reflections and support material for use across a range of educational, theological, and clinical settings.

This workshop will feature a screening of selected highlights from Healing the Healers, along with insights and background about the creation of the resource by Odyssey Impact of NYC, and insights on the changing shape of chaplaincy in preparing caregivers to respond to mass trauma and find healing for themselves.

More information: https://healingthehealers.org

Jennifer Wegener

Jenni has over 25 years’ experience in pastoral care as a Pastoral Counsellor, Chaplain, Educator, Supervisor and Manager in Healthcare. She has also worked as a Counsellor and Educator in schools, parish and community settings and consults widely with Pastoral care providers in Australia and New Zealand in the provision of Education for Supervision. Currently, Jenni works as Spiritual Care Supervisor – Integration and Development for Baptcare, a Not For Profit organization working in the Aged Care, Community and Disability sector. She has a private practice in Supervision and Education, Supervision and Pastoral Care, Counselling and Psychotherapy. Jenni has served as Secretary and as Communications officer for ICPCC and is currently an Asia/Pacific representative on the board. Jenni’s love for contemplation and the natural world has led her to walk the Camino De Santiago and the Machu Picchu Inca trails. She also enjoys local bushwalks, time at the beach and in the garden. She enjoys the creativity of sewing, singing, music, reading and time with her family and friends. Jenni is married to Gordon and they have 3 adult children and 3 grandsons.

WORKSHOP: Beyond our Dominant Narratives.

ABSTRACT: Every person listens to and experiences life through the lens of his/her dominant narrative. This interactive workshop will explore how we are formed by the dominant voices in our lives and cultures and how these voices shape our expectations, our values and our way of responding to those around us. We will use some general principles from different cultural and philosophical perspectives to explore some alternative ways of seeing and hearing, and plumb deeper within ourselves. Using the group process we will seek to recognize some of the as yet unseen/unknown corners of our personal and professional Johari windows. As we look again at our pastoral intention and our capacity to receive each other’s wisdom, we will examine and hopefully discover new ways of giving space to every voice in our pastoral work. Participants are encouraged to bring along case study descriptions of “culture clashes” they have experienced in their pastoral care/counselling work, to enable us to work with the content in the process and not only theoretical principles.

Imtimenla Aier

Imtimenla Aier hails from Mokokchung Town, Nagaland. She completed her Bachelor of Divinity at Clark Theological College, Aolijen, Mokokchung and is an alumnus of The United Theological College, Bangalore where she completed her Master of Theology in Pastoral Care and Counselling. She is passionate about counseling and considers pastoral care as an integral part of the Healing Ministry of the Church. Currently, she works as the National Secretary for Chaplains Section of Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI). CMAI is the health wing of the National Council of Churches in India. She is deeply committed to the Christian faith and brings a critical perspective to the issues people face on a daily basis. She is sensitive to the pastoral needs of the people from a variety of backgrounds. Her journey with different groups of people has given her a holistic view of healing for every individual. She worked as a Superintendent of Jubilee Memorial Bible College, Hyderabad, Telangana. She has served the sick and suffering at the Christian Medical College and at Hospital Vellore as the Hospital Chaplain. She is also an active member of WCC Yatra India team, an independent body of young individuals joined together by the purpose of promoting dialogue for peace and justice in India. She holds the post of Treasurer for the Asia Pacific Council for Pastoral Care and Counseling (APCPCC). She can be contacted at imtimenla@cmai.org and menty.aier@gmail.com

WORKSHOP: Learning to Serve People from Other Cultures

ABSTRACT: The Chaplaincy department in Indian hospital settings is a wonderful ministry. The spiritual needs of the people who come to the hospital for treatment are tremendous, irrespective of their religion. The quest for a divine healer fills the hearts and minds of those who come for healing to the hospital. India is a multi-cultured and multi-religious country. The people are from different races, ethnicities and social divisions and speak different languages. In such a context, our chosen theme “Serving people from other cultures” is very relevant. I am from Northeast India and left home to go to South India to pursue my studies. It was a different kind of experience where I was exposed to the ‘Other’ at close range. The culture, food, physical features and language were entirely diverse. My experience at the Christian Medical College and Hospital made me more aware of the need to embrace the ‘Other’ as my own. The service rendered to people across cultures and religious beliefs is very unique and challenging. The chaplaincy department in India can be found mostly in Christian Mission hospitals. The idea behind this is to provide care and guidance to the suffering community. The Ministry of Presence is emphasized as care is extended to people of various religions and cultures.

The dynamics in the hospital setting is entirely different. Faith plays an important role in times of pain and sickness. It is the ultimate hope that people turn and hold onto.

The Chaplain’s role in serving people in the healing ministry in India is:

  1. To enable and equip the churches in India in their healing ministry
  2. To promote fellowship, knowledge and skills in pastoral counseling to hospital chaplains and pastors
  3. To provide theological, spiritual and ethical input on issues
  4. To develop vision and goals for Health, Healing and Wholeness
  5. To nurture health professional students in government, private and Christian institutions.

The workshop will cover the various aspects of diversities and uniqueness in learning to serve other cultures in the context of India based on my personal experience and a collection of stories from Chaplains in India.

Mercy Anna Saragih

I was born in Medan, North Sumatra on October 22, 1970. I am from the Simalungun Batak tribe in North Sumatra Indonesia. Currently, I am a minister in Simalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS). I completed my theological study at the Jakarta Theological Seminary in 1994, and my Magister Study on Pastoral and Society from Satya Wacana Christian University in Salatiga, West Java, in 2007. I was certified as a CPE Supervisor in Manila, Philippines, in March 2017 by the Asia Center for Clinical Pastoral Education Foundation (ACCPE). Through my CPE Supervisory study, I was given the opportunity to minister to students from different backgrounds, tribes, and nationalities, with many personal issues in the hospital in Indonesia and Philippines. It challenged my cultural background, my theology, my personality and spiritual maturity. Presently I am conducting CPE and Pastoral ministry training for Pastors, Woman Evangelist, Elders and Sunday School Teachers.

WORKSHOP: My CPE Journey: A Journey with God and His Beloved People. A Report on CPE Education and Practice in the Philippines and Indonesia.

ABSTRACT: Immanuel Kant, a famous philosopher once said ‘Experience without understanding is empty, understanding without experience is blind’. In CPE we do not dwell so much in the aspect of theory alone but also in the aspect of experience.

CPE’s action – reflection - action model of learning. The CPE method has helped students with tools and process of journey in which the person can better put himself in the right perspective to better understand the most important things about his feelings. The students learn empathy and compassion when listening to the pain and suffering of peers in the group, patients and observers.

As a CPE educator, I have the freedom to explore the roads to discovery. I dare to take risks, to try new approaches, to reflect on my assumptions, to share my mistakes and to learn from them. In the learning process, mistakes are the opportunity to evaluate oneself and to grow. There is no judgment. CPE has taught me that life is about relationships. People are interdependent and are deeply connected with each other. God made human beings as a community of people who understand and work together as one entity. There is no dichotomy between people and God. God exists in the faces of the students or patients. CPE has taught me to see God in the faces of suffering people. I believe God is in everything and in every situation. I only need to open my heart to see Him and experience Him in every day to day experiences.

It has challenged me not only concerning the cultural background, but in my theology, my personality and spiritual maturity. I am open to learn from a dialogue with other people with different faith, backgrounds, countries and philosophies. I value each of these opportunities because it opens a space for me to grow and understand people even more. The CPE journey has opened a door for me to practise my faith and to do real ministry to people. Ministering to people has enriched my life, empowered my calling and nurtured my spiritual growth. I feel blessed and honored to be able to set my anchor in this CPE journey.

Marudut Manulu

Marudut Manalu is an active member of HKBP (Huria Kristen Batak Prostestan) Church. In 1982 he spent six months in Vellore, India for counseling training. He has attended training in Clinical Pastoral Education in Philippines at Visayas Community Medical Centre (VCMC) in Cebu followed by training at Santo Thomas Hospital in Manila. In 2015 he began his work as a Chaplain in Cikini Hospital serving thousands of patients with different belief systems.

The counseling training and his personal experience of undergoing psychotherapy in India helped him to understand how meaningful the counseling ministry is. Under the supervision of the Chaplaincy Office in Philippines, he conducts counseling training for volunteers at Cikini Hospital. This includes students of Theological Seminaries who come to visit patients as part of their practicum for their counseling training.

Marudut is married to Rospina Nadapdap and they three sons and three grandchildren. They all live in Depok City, a neighbouring city to Jakarta in Indonesia.

WORKSHOP: In Loving Way, Pay Attention On Common Human Ground

ABSTRACT: Working in Cikini Hospital in Jakarta, where the majority of the Patients are of a different belief system to the Chaplains in the hospital, I will share some background on the origins of this hospital which is part of Indonesia’s cultural heritage and the oldest private hospital in Central Jakarta and my learning on serving the needs of these Patients through providing pastoral care and counseling.

Francis Amer

Francis Amer is from Sarawak the "Land of the Hornbills" Malaysia. He is a Bidayuh by race, a minority in Sarawak. "We were shielded from any outside influence without electricity and no telephones. We lived in a community subsisting on jungle produce and rice as our staple food. We were animist." But God completely turned his life around and he became a Minister of God.

Having completed his Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a Minor in Public Health, Francis went on to complete his Masters in Ministry and returned to Sarawak and served as a Pastor for 13 years. Thereafter Francis moved to Penang to serve in the hospital as a Certified Pastoral Counselor and Clinical Chaplain for 10 years. At present he works at the Southeast Asia Union Mission which comprises of Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos serving as Youth Ministries Director, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director, Chaplaincy Director and Campus Ministry & One Year in Mission (OYIM) Director.

WORKSHOP: Minority serving Majority

ABSTRACT: Working in these countries is very challenging because of its diverse cultural, religious and socio-economic background. The different religious make-up of these countries provides the background to why there is a need to contextualize when sharing one’s faith. Out of these 7 countries that Francis works in, 5 have a Buddhist majority and 2 have a Muslim majority. The minority religious groups of these countries tend to face challenges from the majority group. It is important to build relationship with people from different cultures and religious background as this is the key to breaking down the wall of prejudices. In order to work with people from different racial language, ethnic or economic groups effectively, one needs to build sturdy and caring relationships based on trust, understanding and shared goals.

Francis will share his experiences as an Ambassador of Christ and Minister of Peace who believes in building bridges to foster better understanding amongst people of all races, languages and religions. "To make peace, we must talk to those we deem our enemies"

Rev. Dr. George Melel

Originally, I come from India. I have spent the last 30 years in Germany, carrying out a pioneering ministry in giving care to patients of an International community and planting a community church to meet the spiritual needs of various communities who are living, working and unemployed in Germany.


ABSTRACT: Context: I landed in a developed country which has a foreign language, culture, political, economic, and religious backgrounds. Germany was known as a mono-cultural, mono-lingual, mono-religious and non-immigrant white community for several decades. This picture has recently changed to a multicultural, multilingual and multireligious country.

In the beginning of my ministry, I had the opportunity in serving the Indian community who were working mainly in the hospitals. In the 80s more refugees came from Sri Lanka, because of the civil war in that country. They had similar culture but their language was different to me. At least 99 percent of them belonged to the Hindu religion and practices.

As we know, Europe is experiencing a great influx of migrants. The refugees came from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, belong to different countries in Africa etc. Millions of them came to many European countries looking for Asylum. All these immigrants belong to diverse cultures, languages, religions, customs and practices, some belonging to tribal communities, having varied educational backgrounds. Most of them had to flee for their own lives taking very little belongings travelling through very dangerous routes risking their lives. Not all immigrants came from the war drawn countries. In fact, some of the refugees came with new hope of economic prosperity, looking for new jobs, wanted to escape utter poverty in their respective countries as a result of corruption and exploitation of rich land Lords. They are expecting human dignity and human rights in their new country. On the way to Europe, they have experienced life threatening situations, violence, rape, brutality, hunger and destruction. Many of them had experienced severe traumas in their lives. For me, all these realities were real challenges for my pastoral care and counselling.

Surprisingly, in 2015 about one million refugees landed in a strange culture which they had no idea about . This huge migration brought new challenges and fear on the migrants and the host cultures. The immigrants were so vulnerable and lacking communication skills in the host country. Especially the new comers, they were experiencing a severe shock when they landed in the new country . Following the example of Jesus Christ and his teachings, ( I was a stranger and you welcomed me Mathew 25: 35), volunteers from various denominations like Catholics, Protestants, Free Churches etc., we got together in serving the people of other cultures. I can say that, this migration was a new epoch in the history of Germany.

This panel discussion aims to share with the International Community, the kind of real challenges which I had to face in serving people of other cultures. For me it was a herculean task in trying to understand multicultural, multireligious and multi religious aspects of the new immigrants. They are not object of human services and material goods, but truly they are looking for peace, spiritual consolation, love and care in the host country. Their need is safety and a new home of hope.

I want to share more of my experiences and looking forward to have a personal encounter with you all. I sincerely expect your feed backs, inputs and critiques in the panel discussion in our conference.

Prof. T. David Ito

T. David Ito, MA, MDiv., CFSC is Professor and the Chair of Program in Death and Life Studies, Graduate School of Applied Religious Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo Japan He is a member of the Chaplaincy team at St. Luke’s International University Hospital and teaches Clinical Spiritual Care at its Graduate School. He is currently the General Secretary and Supervisory Clinical Fellow of the Japan Society of Spiritual Care. He is also the current President of the International Council on Pastoral Care and Counselling and will complete this term at the current congress being held in Malaysia. He was a supervisor in residence (2002~03) of the CPE program, Stanford University Hospital and Clinic. He was educated at the International Christian University Tokyo, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Wolfson College, Oxford, and The Church Divinity School of the Pacific Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA.

WORKSHOP: Pastoral Care & Counseling in the Ground Zero


  1. We cannot localize the ground zero of our religious (whether it is Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist) map(s)
  2. Ground Zero is described as where the Big Bang happens. Humanity’s religious quests and self-reflection have their origins at the ground zero experience of our forefathers/mothers and as well as of ourselves
  3. We cannot, therefore, just APPLY what we have already known and understood on humanity upon the ground zero experiences. We are, rather, invited to start over our important quests from the narrative of those who suffer from the ground zero experiences and from our compassionate presence with them.
  4. It is not at all the destructive nor doubting process. It must be very deep self reflective and (hopefully) reaffirming process for the survivors and for those who serve them.
Dr. Liesje A. Sumampouw

Liesje A. Sumampouw is a church leader in Indonesia. She is Chairwoman of Gereja Protestan Indonesia (GPI) Synod and is based in Jakarta. GPI is the "mother" of 12 churches in Indonesia, with historical links to the Netherlands Church in Indonesia. These 12 churches cover North Sulawesi, Maluku Province,Nusa Tenggara, Central and East Indonesia. This extensive network puts her in a good position to coordinate API's ministry in the Palu disaster program. support. She is the current Chairwoman of API (2017-2021).

John Livingstone Wuisan

John Livingstone Wuisan is the Responsibility officer for API's program on disaster response. He has 18 years’ experience in humanity program design and implementation, working alongside Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI), an established humanitarian organization in Indonesia. He has been involved in environmental issues in Indonesia for 10 years. Currently, he is Secretary General of API (2017-2021).

Dr. Theresia Citraningtyas

Dr. Theresia Citraningtyas is a medical doctor with a passion for Pastoral Ministry. With her background in medicine and psychiatry she has been able to make a significant contribution to the pastoral work in the disaster areas in Palu. She was appointed as Deputy Chairman of API for the period 2017-2021.

Dr. SHEE Soon-Chiew

Dr SHEE Soon-Chiew is a counseling/educational psychologist and clinical pastoral counselor. He has more than 30 years’ experience, practising in 5 different countries. Starting as a school teacher in the early 80s, his experience includes counseling (pastoral care), university lecturing, consulting, as well as educational and healthcare administration. He is keenly aware of the benefits of fellow “sojourners” embracing and encouraging each other in the noble profession of reciprocal helping. Besides being a resource person for the church institutions in the Southeast Asia region, he is based in Singapore as the Principal of the San Yu Adventist School.

WORKSHOP: Being Attentive to “Wholistic” Health & Healing, Counseling and CPE in the East Asian Context.

ABSTRACT: As we meander the terrain of ‘helping’ in a ‘VUCA’ world (Bennis & Nanus, 1987), would we find ourselves reinforcing cultural practices or pulling away from them? How do we remain humble, relevant, and effective in this noble engagement? This brief sharing, impacted by a “Quest” religious journey (Allport, 1950; Batson & Ventis, 1982) with professional counselors and chaplains over 30 years, will highlight biblical principles of ‘Wholistic Health and Healing’ (White, 1999) vis-a-vis the multiplicity of ways to serve our communities. A relational dynamic based on respect, reciprocity, accountability as well as humility, should help us appreciate how a whole-of-life view will positively influence the therapeutic process and its outcomes.

Dr. Amanda Du Plessis

Amanda du Plessis is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Theology, North-West University in South Africa. Her field of specialty is the contextualization of pastoral care and counseling in different cultures. She has more than two decades’ experience in pastoral counseling. She is member of the Practical Theological Subgroup at the faculty, as well as the Research Ethical Committee and the North-West University Education, Management and Economic Sciences, Law, Theology, Engineering and Natural Sciences Research Ethics Committee (NWU-EMELTEN-REC). She obtained her Ph.D. in 2008 on the theme of the role of prayer in the process of inner healing and has since published 15 articles in scientific journals and 2 chapters in scientific books.

Prof. Gert Breed

Gert is a Professor of Practical Theology at the North West University. In his teaching and learning tasks he specializes in congregational ministry including pastoral care, children and the youth ministry. His research focus is the diakon words in the New Testament and congregational ministry. He served in various congregations of the Reformed Churches in South Africa for 30 years. He obtained his Masters Degree in 1989 and his Doctorate in 1994, both in catechetics. He also obtained a second Doctorate (in New Testament) in 2018 from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherland. In 2010, he was called by the Reformed Churches to train ministers for the church at the Potchefstroom Theological School and the North West University. He is currently Director at the Faculty of Theology of the School for Christian Ministry and Leadership. He is also the Rector of the Theological School. He is actively involved in a pastoral program for healing students who are addicted to pornography. To date, Gert has written 22 articles in scientific journals, 7 chapters in published scientific books. He was the editor of two scientific books.

WORKSHOP: Diakonia and the role of storytelling, art and music therapy in an African contextualized pastoral care and counseling model.

ABSTRACT: Since South Africa has become a democratic state under the governance of the African National Congress in 1994, many voices have arisen and called for the decolonizing of programs presented at universities. This is also true of the pastoral care and counseling modules. Most of the content of these modules were previously written from a Western perspective and have little or no meaning to African students. While looking at the African culture, the authors came to realize the importance of diakonia and the role of storytelling, art and music therapy as channels to facilitate inner healing and dealing with emotional wounds in the pastoral care and counselling process. Diakonia empowers counselees to heal, while facilitating healing to others in their communities. An African contextualized pastoral care and counseling model based on diakonia, story telling and art and music therapy will be presented.

Prof. Nalini Arles

Nalini Arles joined UTC in 1994, after obtaining her Doctoral degree at New College Edinburgh. She is currently retired from teaching at the United Theological College, where she held different positions such as Dean of Masters’ Studies, Doctoral Studies, Head of the department of Christian Ministry and Coordinator of the one-year Diploma in Proficiency in counseling. She also served as Registrar for a term and was appointed to several other committees. She convened the International Congress on Pastoral Care and Counseling in Bangalore in 2004.. She served as the President of both the International Council on Pastoral Care and Counseling and of the Asia Pacific Council of Pastoral Care and Counseling. She served as a member and an executive member of the Society of Intercultural Pastoral and Counselling in Germany for 15 years. She has contributed to the academic world, church and society through teaching, preaching and presenting papers. She was one of the founders of ATTWI Association of theologically trained women in India. She has presented papers at various conferences and organized exposure programmes for foreign students. She taught a semester in the US at the Pacific School of Religion and Lutheran Theological seminary in 2008 and a year at St. Thomas University, Miami. Her husband is Dr. Siga Arles, a Missiologist and writer who founded the “Contemporary Center for Christianity” which offers post-graduate studies. Her eldest son Naveen, is a musician living in London. Sandesh, her second son lives in US and works for Charles Schwab. She has travelled extensively and gained enormous experiences from her travels. Nalini Arles and her husband run an NGO, named India Ministries Fellowship in three places. The NGO aims to provide holistic development and education for 200 downtrodden children. It also provides skills training to youths and runs a primary and Nursing school. They provide lunch for 50 Senior citizens at a centre in Madras. Many of the people that they have helped are now doctors, dentists, IT professionals, nurses and teachers.