Chaplains can be a key treatment resource in secular workplaces

Chaplains in secular workplacesParticularly for complex, crisis-driven and emergency service workplaces, emerging research and certainly trauma and stress focussed praxis indicates the usefulness of pastoral care and chaplains, in particular, as part of inter-disciplinary treatment responses. However, the reality in some organisations is notably different. Sometimes, chaplains are seen as anachronistic or “just” for the religiously minded. This reflection article briefly reviews the substantial and emerging applied research that places chaplaincy care at the centre of treatment and care – yet always in support of medical and psychological care. Not only does it challenge certain limiting notions, it suggests that many ill or injured workers in the search for meaning, healing, and the restoration of relationships and trust actively use chaplains. Leader and researchers are encouraged to take note of this and engage with holistic forms of care.

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Chaplaincy and Competency: Scope of Practice


This document seeks to articulate the scope of practice that chaplains need to effectively and reliably produce quality spiritual care. It follows on the work of an international, multidisciplinary consensus panel that identified a list of evidence-based quality indicators for spiritual care and suggested metrics and measures for each.

Having identified the quality indicators for spiritual care to create the reference point for all that is to follow, this next step seeks to establish what chaplains need to be doing to meet those indicators and provide evidence-based quality care.

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Inclusivity in UK Pastoral, Spiritual, and Religious Care: A Humanist Perspective

Inclusivity in UK Pastoral, Spiritual, and Religious Care: A Humanist Perspective

Chaplaincy – wherever it serves – will inevitably encounter those of no particular religious belief. A chaplain serves and meets needs where duty calls. How does a chaplain meet the needs of a non-religous person? Here, we bring a series of articles which directly address this growing phenomenon that is encountered in all domains of chaplaincy service.

Dr. David Savage is the author of Non-Religious Pastoral Care: A Practical Guide, and he took a leading role in establishing the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network. He has provided pastoral care at Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust since 2012, and was the first non-religious person to successfully complete their spiritual healthcare department’s two-year professional training course.

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Non-religious spirituality

park benchIn this article, we read of a spiritual care encounter with a person holding a worldview derived from an empirical approach to the natural world, in order to reflect on the nature of non-religious spirituality and its implications for the spiritual care sector. Non-religious spirituality is examined as a genuine form of spirituality. What follows are excerpts from a paper by Dr. Christopher Turner of Stirling University.

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Non-religious spiritual care

Forest in IsraelIn this article we consider spiritual care uncoupled from formal clergy in Israel. We look to the utilisation of spiritual care by spiritual care providers in various settings, respectively: a private clinic, a nursing home, and the haematology department. Each used one of three religiously neutral methods of spiritual care: connecting with nature, nature and gentle touch, and non-theistic personal prayer in its various forms.

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There is always hope: A conversation with Chaplain Imam Abdul-Wahab Omeira

Yule observance in PrisonWhat is Chaplaincy? When an untrained Muslim cleric – student of a Grand Mufti in Syria – builds a Mosque and then a Prison is built near the mosque, he responds to the call of serving, of being a volunteer. From part time to full-time chaplain, Imam Abdul-Wahab Omeira serves people from all faiths, including Wiccans and Pagans. He says that having religion in prison – and religious services – is a right, not a privilege. An interesting, wide-ranging article that rings bells for those who have worked as a chaplain.

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A Chaplain discovers Moral Injury

Jeff SavilleJeff Saville has served as a Navy chaplain for twenty-three years around the globe. As chairperson of the Covenant Chaplains Association, Jeff’s leadership has been seminal to our upcoming Quarterly issue. He shares with us here some of the challenges, rewards, and lessons of chaplaincy ministry.

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Book Note: Foundations of Chaplaincy

Book Cover: Foundations of Chaplaincy“Chaplaincy is one of the most interesting and innovative forms of ministry. It finds its roots within the established church, but takes the ministry of care, compassion, and presence into the world in a diversity of healing ways. But what exactly is chaplaincy? What do chaplains do? Why should anyone care? In this interesting and timely book Alan Baker lays out the essence of the tasks of chaplaincy in a way that is clear, accessible, and open to a broad range of people inside and outside of faith communities. Anyone who wants to know about and understand the importance of chaplaincy should read this book.”

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Buddhist Chaplain Speaks

Idol of BuddhaBuddhist chaplaincy is a profession in which Buddhists with specialized training care for the spiritual needs of suffering individuals (careseekers), typically within non-religious settings such as hospitals, hospices, military, workplaces, or universities. What follows is an (anonymous) witness of one Buddhist Chaplain.

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Multifaith Worship Spaces

Multifaith Worship SpacesIn the summer of 2019, Eric Salitsky researched the global phenomenon of multifaith worship spaces by traveling to various cities throughout the U.S. and Europe to study and photograph this unique architectural typology. He visited more than 50 sites in New York, Boston, London, Manchester, Zurich, and Berlin to document the various ways that designers and facility administrators address the inherent challenges of accommodating the prayer needs of various religions in a single space.

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