Center for Chaplaincy Studies

Center for Chaplaincy Studies logoThe Center for Chaplaincy Studies provides training and consulting to develop courageous, compassionate, and creative leaders who can effectively serve in trauma-impacted communities. Our partners include academic institutions, congregations, and a broad range of community organizations. A comprehensive list of programs is provided.

Introduction to Chaplaincy Studies

This course introduces the field of chaplaincy studies. Chaplains are rooted and accountable to their religious traditions but serve people and communities who may have different religious backgrounds or no religious affiliation. How does one develop a ministry resilient in the face of pluralistic religious demands, complex human suffering, and institutional cultures that may conflict with human flourishing? This course will engage five contexts of chaplaincy ministry: hospital, military, prison, campus, and hospice.

Rituals and Liturgies for Chaplaincy Contexts

Chaplaincy ministries are distinct in many ways from congregational leadership. However, there are situations in chaplaincy ministries that necessitate liturgical expertise, including facilitating spiritual practices and rituals, prayer, leading worship, and providing sacraments including baptisms and end-of-life liturgies. This course will engage the particularities of chaplaincy contexts including the pluralistic character of ministries in those contexts and equip students with liturgical competencies for faithful and effective service

Sustaining Practices for Ministry

The spiritual and emotional demands on those who accompany others in time of distress and transformation can be intense. Ministering to those experiencing profound change requires a dynamic balance to be found between the expending of internal energy and the need for boundaries and replenishment. This course explores practices for self-care both at the individual level and in terms of nurturing an organizational culture that positively contributes to healthy, professional, and sustainable ministry in the long-term. Students will become more familiar with literature considering studies of emotional fatigue, vicarious trauma, and develop potential replenishing strategies in light of their possible presence. The course is designed with experimentation and practice in mind: students will leave not only with knowledge, but having reflected on their own experience and needs, designing practicable habits for their own context(s).

You can read about these and more courses for Masters level and Doctoral Studies Courses at the Centre for Chaplaincy Studies website.


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