About the Author

Samuel Blair is a full time Chaplain with Bridges Hospice in Pittsburgh, PA, and has been involved in hospice care since 2003. He recently completed certification to become a Board Certified Chaplain and Certified Pastoral Counselor through the Pittsburgh CPSP chapter.

My first experience in hospice care took place in Connecticut Hospice in Branford, CT where I volunteered during seminary at Yale Divinity School.  I had no sudden apocalypse where I knew that I would be a hospice chaplain forever.  In fact I fell in to this position after being laid off from a church position where I headed the counseling and adult education programs.  Prior to that I had been involved in geriatric psychology, psychiatric testing, the philosophy of religion, counseling and health care.  It has been through this winding path that I’ve found myself where I am today.

I received the BS and MA degrees in psychology from Geneva College and the MDiv from Yale Divinity School. I also completed four units of CPE through the Pittsburgh Veterans Administration Center.

I love music, need to read more, and try not to take things so seriously. The photos featured in the header are all my own, taken on trips to Newfoundland, Canada.

If you like the blog please let me know! I appreciate your comments and feedback, and please share with others. Email me at scblair@chaplainsreport.com

14 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Reading through some of your posts I could not tell if you only work at a Roman Catholic hospice or if you are a practicing Roman Catholic. I followed your link from an Evangelism Explosion link because I was curious about your post concerning Manning and Merton. I have read both but disagree with them on the authority of Scripture (being RC’s they adhere to the practice of elevating tradition and the papacy to the same level as Scripture). Scripture was the final authority for Athanasius who stood against the entire Roman Empire and the “visible church” that had been taken over by the corrupting powers and politics of his time. If not for Scripture (and a man prepared by God to wield it) the “visible church” would have adopted the Arian heresy that both the Orthodox in Constantinople and the Catholic in Rome had embraced because of political pressure.
    It is not because of Calvin, Luther, or Zwingli that I embrace “Scripture Alone”. It is because of Athanasius against the World.

    • Actually I’m neither: not catholic and not working for a catholic hospice.

      I can’t say I can speak much to Merton’s or manning’s beliefs regarding church authority and scripture. Manning seems to go against your reckoning of him however. On page 141 of “the Ragamuffin Gospel” he comments that while he agrees that the church has the right to require celibacy for ordained clergy, he disagrees with the. Hutch regarding the “adulterous” nature of his own marriage. He frequently dismisses legalism and feels many church teachings get in the way of the gospel.

      Regarding Merton, I read him mostly concerning his beliefs around solitude and reliance on God’s grace in his life.

  2. Hi. Thank you for your blog. I really enjoyed about your work as a hospital chaplain. I also appear to be on a winding path myself towards a ministry calling in chaplaincy and/or pastoral care. I’m not sure exactly where I’ll end up with it all but I’m just trying to enjoy the journey and to trust and follow God wherever he leads me. I look forward to reading more of your postings. God bless your ministry work. Jaye

    • Not sure if you can. If you’re using Chrome you can hold the CTRL key while rolling your mouse’s scroll wheel up and down to increase the page size if that helps.

  3. Really excited to have found your blog! I’m taking my second unit of CPE right now and trying to navigate some of the information out there on board certification and membership with professional organizations. Quick question if you have a moment: does CSPS accept units of CPE from ACPE accredited training centers? I’m in Maine, there aren’t any CSPS training centers nearby. Just curious! Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences!

  4. Glad to find your blog. I am doing my first unit of CPE and find the process for certification confusing. I am not even aware of any ACPE chapters around here. It seems like everyone does CPSP. I am what you would consider a non-traditional student with a lot of life experience. I am willing to get all of my units of CPE, it just seems to take forever. I could really use a paid position as well. Are they out there?

    • Thanks! It can be a long process but before you know it you’ll be done. Regarding paid CPE positions I know there are some that have stipends but they are few and far between. Ask around – networking may be your best route to a position.

  5. You said CPSP has not commented on SCA, In the Pastoral Report, Raymond Lawrence, commented that we should welcome them. Since you’re in CPSP can you elaborate more on that for your general audience so they can see that CPSP’s position?

  6. Thanks for your blog. One of our members here follows your blog and has found it quite useful. I do agree… and have welcomed your thoughts. We are blessed to have had a few mentors from CPSP including Raymond Lawrence, Doug Dickens, and Charlie Starr, but we gain from multiple perspectives. Bob Munson, Registrar, CPSP-Philippines.

  7. Hi there! I’m a seminarian who will start my first unit of CPE in October. I’m so excited and grateful I’ve found your blog – it’s an amazing resource. Thanks so much! 🙂

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