Faculty Directory

Peter Yuichi Clark

Professor of Pastoral Care
Director of Spiritual Care Services at UCSF Medical Center

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
2003

When I was ordained to the Christian ministry, I was charged to serve as chaplain and as a teacher. I take seriously–and rejoice in–this dual sense of calling, and I feel blessed to interact with ABSW students as a seminary teacher, as a clinical pastoral supervisor, and as a colleague and co-learner in ministry with people in crisis.

I envision the primary task of pastoral care as the nurturing and sustaining of hope. The capacity for hope is crucial for human thriving, and so I seek to help students understand how they can encourage people to connect with their sense of hope, or even “bear hope” for others while they regain their strength in stressful situations.

Like any art, pastoral care requires that we bring our full humanity into our work. Obviously, this means practicing the skills of caring for individuals, families and groups. Yet, it also means cultivating an awareness of ourselves: our gifts and abilities as well as our limitations, motivations, assumptions and convictions. Only by exploring our self-awareness and enhancing our pastoral skills can we mature into resilient “earthen vessels” who can convey God’s love to a hurting world. I find that our students are eager to grow into compassionate and competent ministers; and, like a good seedbed should (“seminary” comes from Latin word for “seed”), ABSW yields rich soil for that learning to take root and blossom.

Degrees and Certifications

PhD, Emory University, 2001
MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1991
BA, Baylor University, 1987

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Spiritual care in Asian American and Pacific Islander populations
  • Dynamics of aging and religious faith
  • Implications of Buddhist-Christian interreligious dialogue for pastoral caregiving
  • Spiritual assessment based on the capacity for hoping/hopefulness
  • Cultural competence and humility in spiritual caregiving
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
Selected Publications
  • “Care and Service,” in Asian American Religious Cultures, ABC-CLIO, 2015.
  • “Baptists,” in Religion: A Clinical Guide for Nurses, Springer Publishing Company, 2012.
  • “Tending to Trees of Life… and Hope” [ACPE Theory Paper of the Year], Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry, 2006.
  • "Exploring the Pastoral Dynamics of Mixed-Race Persons," Pastoral Psychology, 2004.
  • "Compassion among Aging Nisei Japanese Americans," in Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America, Routledge, 2003.
  • "Biblical Themes for Pastoral Care Revisited: An Asian American Re-reading of a Classic Pastoral Care Text," Semeia, 2002, and in revised form in Pastoral Psychology, 2006.
Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Congregational Care
  • Introduction to Healthcare Chaplaincy
  • Ministry and Mental Health
  • Pastoral Care in Anger and Conflict
  • Clinical Pastoral Education