“The time I spent in class learning to examine family systems and face my own emotional and spiritual issues made me a wiser, more compassionate pastoral caregiver when I was doing my rounds. I learned that I wasn’t there to cheer patients up, solve their theological problems, or pray for them; I was there to hear their anguish, make a safe space to ask the questions they were afraid to ask, and pray with them. CPE taught me both confidence and humility in the pastoral role.”