Chapter V: A Commitment to healing those who suffer from spiritual pain.
The collect of St. George states, "…doctor of the sick...” As a Community we are dedicated, as Saint George was dedicated, to helping those in spiritual pain or distress. This often manifests itself in one of four different means of affliction: meaning and purpose, forgiveness, relatedness, and hope. The community strives to be doctors of the sick by helping those suffering from spiritual pain through the administration of the sacraments and through the practice of spiritual or pastoral care. It is important for clergy within the Community to know their limitations and strengths in knowing when it is appropriate to provide spiritual care and when to refer someone to a mental health professional; however, it is important to be ever mindful that often the best one can do for another is to offer an ear to listen to the expressions of their heart.