March 13, 2018

Who We Are

In 2018, a visionary group of scholars, chaplaincy leaders, and educators convened to launch the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab out of the success of the Transforming Chaplaincy project. Working from the state of chaplaincy that we’ve outlined in the Lab’s case statement, we seek to foster spiritual care responsive to the needs of all, whoever they may be and wherever they are.

We’ve combined support from the Henry Luce Foundation, BTS Center, and FISH to show how chaplains in healthcare, the military, prisons, airports, seaports, workplaces, colleges and universities, and other settings are being effected by changes in American religious life. Before the Lab began addressing these questions, no one had named those changes and challenges and brought chaplains together to respond. We see the Lab as a site of dialogue and experimentation: we seek not to offer ready-made answers but rather to encourage an ongoing conversation about the present state and future of spiritual care as it is needed by so many people.

Senior Advisors

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Advisory Group

  • Tahara Akmal – Director, Clinical Pastoral Education, Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences
  • Abdullah Antepli – Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs and Senior Fellow, Office of Civic Engagement, Duke University
  • Tracy A. Balboni – Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Clinical Director, Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center
  • Rev. Dr. Rita Brock – Senior VP for Moral Injury Programs, Volunteers of America
  • Bernadette J. Brooten, PhD – Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies, Brandeis University
  • Mark Chaves – Professor of Sociology, Religious Studies, and Divinity, Duke University
  • Martin Doblmeier – President and Founder, Journey Films
  • Diana L. Eck – Founder and Director, The Pluralism Project
  • John H. Evans – Tata Chancellor’s Chair in Social Sciences, Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Co-director of Institute for Practical Ethics, UC San Diego
  • Betty Ferrell – Director and Professor, Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Population Sciences, City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Nancy Fuchs Kreimer – Director, Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
  • Rev. Dr. Janet Fuller – Chaplain, Elon University
  • Kathy Gallivan, SNDdeN – Director, Spiritual Care Services Department, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Rev. Kathleen Green – Executive Director, Yale Humanist Community
  • Ken Hawkins – Executive Director, Seattle Seafarers’ Center
  • Sarah Jobe – Chaplain, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women
  • Sarah Knoll Sweeney – Director of Spiritual Care Education, St. Benedict’s Workshop / Iona Collaborative
  • Heidi Kugler – Chaplaincy Administrator, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Rabbi Irwin Kula – President, CLAL
  • CAPT, CHC Jack Lea (RET) – Executive Director, National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces
  • Dennis LoRusso – Visiting Fellow, Princeton University
  • Janet R. McCormick – Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling, Denver Seminary
  • Barbara A. McGraw -Director, Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism and Professor, Social Ethics, Law, and Public Life, St. Mary’s College of California
  • Zachary Moon – Assistant Director of Practical Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Steve Nolan – Chaplain, Princess Alice Hospice (UK)
  • Ronald Oliver – President-Elect, Association of Professional Chaplains
  • Sara Paasche-Orlow – Director of Spiritual Care, Hebrew SeniorLife
  • Su Yon Pak – Senior Director & Associate Professor, Integrative and Field-Based Education, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
  • Koshin Paley – Co-Founder, New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
  • Sue Phillips – Director of Strategy, On Being Impact Lab
  • Chris Piasta – Chaplain, John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Christina Puchalski – Professor of Medicine and Health Science, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Director, GWU Institute for Spirituality and Health; Co-Director, MFA-GWU Supportive and Palliative Outpatient Clinic
  • Shelly Rambo – Associate Professor of Theology, Boston University
  • John Schmalzbauer – Blanche Gorman Strong Chair in Protestant Studies, Missouri State University
  • Yael Shy – Senior Director, New York University Global Spiritual Life
  • Rev. Dr. J. Eric Skidmore – South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program
  • Rabbi Mychal B. Springer – Director, Center for Pastoral Education, Jewish Theological Seminar
  • Ronit Stahl – Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley
  • Tiffany Steinwert – Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life, Wellesley College
  • Beth Stroud – Research Fellow, ACPE
  • Winnifred Sullivan – Professor of Religious Studies and Affiliate Professor of Law, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Lauren A. Taylor – Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Business School
  • Rabbi Seth Winberg – Executive Director, Brandeis University Hillel
  • Jason Zuidema – Executive Director, North American Maritime Ministry Association

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab Advisory Group is a gathering of individuals who offer general guidance to the Lab at the invitation of the Lab’s Administrative Leadership. The Advisory group meets quarterly to consult on the Lab’s activities, provide constructive criticism, and brainstorm about developments in chaplaincy and how the Lab can most effectively address them. They also help the Lab partner with and support chaplains in a range of settings. Advisory Group members initially serve for three-year terms.