Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #46


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Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is John 15:12 which reads, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Thomas Merton. He said, “Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “The Call to the MInistry: Years of Wandering” (Part 18):

It was somewhat the same general pattern I had followed in the Adirondacks. I was “up to my neck” in all sorts of activities. I was urging my people on before they were ready to go, and I met with difficulties. The first difficulty was with the community’s other church. To that church I was a threat. Its members were not enthusiastic in their support of our “neighborhood association” and of its community-service projects. Then my own people began to balk. I left after two years, feeling that all was a failure, but taking with me one thing of crucial importance in the years that have followed, the friendship of Arthur Holt.

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