Rev Deborah Cameron-Fawkes was Ordained to the Ministry of Word, Sacrament, and, Pastoral Care of Clergy Support Memorial Church on the fourth of May 2018.
My first call to ministry came in 2001 when I began to wrestle with the question, when and if, and where, I might become Ordained. Ultimately, my call narrowed down to serve the unchurched and religiously-alienated – those outside the comforts of mainline religion – which let me to Clergy Support Memorial Church.
Alberta College of Art, Calgary
Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Vancouver School of Theology (VST)
Thesis: Individualism as Idolatry, assessed “Very Good With Distinction”
Awarded scholarship for “Outstanding Graduating Student”
Master of Theology, Vancouver School of Theology, Thesis: The Theology of Tommy Douglas
VST Summer School: Ethics & Spiritual Care, 2006 (audit); Readings in Modern/Post-Modern Theology 2009 (credit); Sacred Dying, 2017
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Providence Health (teaching site St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver): Graduate-level training in non-denominational spiritual care in institutions and community settings.
First unit completed March 2018. (Second and third units planned for August 2018-Feb 2019.) NB: Each CPE unit requires 200 hrs class time + 200 hrs supervised client time in spiritual care.
Credentialed through the Canadian Association for spiritual Care (CASC).
I have been, as I describe myself, self-employed, serving as pulpit supply (mostly in the United Church). Since 2006, I have experience leading funeral and memorial services.
I contribute to Covenant House in Vancouver (for homeless youth) and to First Nations Child & Family Caring Society as well as to Sojourners and the ACLU in the US.
My volunteer time is to Metro Vancouver Alliance – a broad based alliance of faith, labour, community, academic communities, educating and advocating for active citizenship and social justice.
People describe me mostly as Kind, Calm, Intelligent.
I’ve participated in workshops on Christian history (focusing on Scotland, France, and Ireland), conflict transformation and community-building (Belfast, the US), and travelling in general. All have contributed greatly to my personal development.
Mostly related to end of life spiritual care. I have studied ‘Sacred Dying’ with Dr. Megory Anderson.
I am engaged in ongoing training in chaplaincy and palliative care is a focus.
Graphic Arts, Calligraphy, Gardening, Flower Arrangement.