Cultivating meaning. Fostering hope.

Our Principles

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab is a think tank that supports research, teaching, and the provision of spiritual care in a range of settings. As the human spirit grows, changes and struggles, chaplains and spiritual care providers accompany people along the way. We gather and translate the research needed to support this work. Headquartered at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, the Lab links people across the United States and around the world.

All are welcome

 Spiritual needs and struggles are not limited to any one group. The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab excludes none. We foster care provision that is responsive to all individuals, regardless of present or past spiritual or religious affiliation (including none), race, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, and gender identity.


The best spiritual care offers interpersonal support from an empirical basis and best practices. The Lab gathers, fosters and shares rigorous academic research about the provision of spiritual care in a range of settings. We actively investigate how spiritual care provision is shaped by the people it is offered to and the institutions within which it is provided.

We Respect Differences

Chaplaincy does not seek to proselytize, convert, or otherwise convince others of one’s own religious or spiritual convictions. Chaplaincy practice effective in one cultural context may be ineffective or harmful in another. We support a professional field cognizant and responsive to cultural and individual differences in all forms.

What we do

Everyone has spiritual needs. Spiritual care must be responsive to all.

We are a think tank that promotes the best in spiritual care. As chaplaincy develops as a field, individuals benefit when research, education, and practice are combined to support best practices. We nurture the heart and the mind of chaplaincy as a field engaging diverse groups committed to providing spiritual care in today's world.

  • We connect chaplains and researchers with grant funds to help build the field.

  • We bring together practitioners, educators, researchers, and administrators to break down barriers between groups and to foster common conversation and learning.

  • We conduct and support research on spiritual care, publishing and publicizing articles on spiritual care.