May 22, 2018


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Events hosted by the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

Other events

February 27, 2019
12p EST
“Chaplaincy Education”
Frank Yamada, Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
Alice Hunt, American Academy of Religion (AAR)
Register here (free and open to the public)

April 11, 2019
2p EST
“Chaplaincy beyond Tradition”
Ann Kansfield, Fire Department of New York
Rev. Dr. LeSette Write, Berea College
Laura Everett, Massachusetts Council of Churches
Register here (free and open to the public)

April 24, 2019
2p EST
“Chaplaincy to the Non-religious”
Rev. Mary Martha Thiel, Hebrew SeniorLife
Vanessa Gomez Brake, University of Southern California
Register here (free and open to the public)

Past events

October 23, 2018
1p EDT
“Airport Accompaniment: Chaplaincy to Travelers”
Rev. Dr. Donna Mote, Chaplain, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
Missioner for Engagement and Innovation, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
View the recorded event here

November 5, 2018
1p EST
Panel Discussion – Serving People in Transition: Chaplains’ Perspectives
Moderated by Michael Skaggs, Brandeis University
-James Weathersby, Riverview Psychiatric Center, Maine
-Sarah Jobe, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women
-Bart Campolo, Humanist Chaplain, University of Cincinnati
View the recorded event here.

November 13, 2018
1p EST
“Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy to Seafarers”
Rev. Stephen Cushing
Executive Director, New England Seafarers’ Mission
View the recorded event here.

November 28, 2018
2:30p EST
Panel Discussion – Trauma Chaplaincy: Accompanying Those in Crisis
Moderated by Michael Skaggs, Brandeis University
-Rev Mischa R. Smith, Staff Chaplain, Rush University Medical Center
-J. Eric Skidmore, South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program
-Glenn Calkins, CPE Supervisor, Adventist Healthcare and Instructor, Fire Chaplaincy Institute
View the recorded event here.

December 13, 2018
1p EST
“Research-Informed Chaplaincy: Healthcare and the Transforming Chaplaincy Project”
Beba Tata
Staff Chaplain, Mayo Clinic
View the recorded event here.

January 30, 2019
1p EST
“Innovation in End-of-Life SpiritualCare”
Zac Willette
Allay Care Services
Video posting in process

February 19, 2019
7p EST
Virtual information session – chaplaincy in the military
Hartford Seminary
Register here.

February 20, 2019
Convergence Spring Webinar Series: The Role of Chaplains in Higher Education
Rev. Dr. Monica Sanford
Register here.

February 24-26, 2019
ACURA/NACUC Joint Conference “Chaplaincy for the 21st Century”
This conference features sessions facilitated by the Lab’s project on university chaplaincy.
Conference schedule here.

March 2-3, 2019
Religious Dimensions of Healthcare Delivery: A Multidisciplinary Workshop
Initiative on Islam and Medicine
University of Chicago
This activity is worth up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and 10 CE Credits. Register here; agenda available here.

By initiating conversations between allied health professionals including clinicians and chaplains, this multidisciplinary workshop will:

  • Highlight relationships between religious dimensions of health and healthcare delivery
  • Foster collaboration among allied health professionals to improve delivery of care
  • Assist health care professionals to understand the spiritual care resources available in a hospital
  • Enhance the ability of healthcare professionals to serve as advisers, counselors, and navigators to patients
  • Facilitate the incorporation of patients’ religious perspectives into healthcare interactions, including decision-making conversations

The workshop will be divided into 4 sessions, each comprising of an inter-religious panel presentation and a facilitated small group discussion or skill-building exercise. The session topics will include:

  • Definitions of Health and the Production of Health in Society
  • Professional Boundaries and Knowing When to Collaborate
  • Suffering and Pain: A Religious Healthcare Perspective
  • Vulnerability as Liability and Possibility: Religious & Professional Explorations

March 28, 2019
Convergence Spring Webinar Series: Multifaith Space
Adriana Tulissi and Bob Smith
Register here.

April 18, 2019
Convergence Spring Webinar Series: Muslim Professionals
with Members of Convergence’s Muslim Professionals Resource Team
Register here.

May 2, 2019
Convergence Spring Webinar Series: Exploring Sikhism
Simran Jeet Singh
Register here.

July 8-12, 2019
Conference in Sociology of Religion
Theme: The Politics of Religion and Spirituality
Barcelona, Spain
Convener: Kees de Groot, Tilburg University (
For more information and to submit a proposal, please go here; the deadline for proposals is December 16, 2018.

Session: The politics of religious diversity: the case of chaplaincy (Les politiques de la diversité religieuse: le cas de l’aumônerie)

The institutional dynamics of chaplaincy depends first on the institutional setting involved, such as care institutions, schools, the army, prison, and the police, and secondly on the religious composition of the societal context, in particular the arrangements between state and organized religion. In religiously homogenous countries chaplaincy is often dominated by a particular church that finds itself challenged to dealing with people with other worldviews. In heterogeneous countries, chaplaincy may have evolved into an institution linked with a variety of religious, spiritual or humanistic agencies. Chaplaincy may also transform into spiritual counseling operating in a market-context. This session seeks to gather and compare cases of dealing with religious diversity in order to refine the typology mentioned above and to explain similarities and differences between the various institutional dynamics.

La dynamique institutionnelle de l’aumônerie dépend du cadre institutionnel impliqué, comme les institutions de soins, les écoles, l’armée, la prison et la police et de la composition religieuse du contexte sociétal, en particulier des accords entre État et religion organisée. Dans les pays religieusement homogènes, l’aumônerie est souvent dominée par une église particulière qui se trouve confrontée à un défi de traiter avec des personnes d’autres convictions. Dans les pays hétérogènes, l’aumônerie peut avoir évolué pour devenir une institution liée aux organisations religieuses, spirituelles ou humanistes. L’aumônerie peut également se transformer en ‘conseil spirituel’ opérant dans un contexte de marché. Cette session vise à rassembler et à comparer des cas de traitement de la diversité religieuse afin d’affiner la typologie mentionnée ci-dessus et d’expliquer les similitudes et les différences entre les différentes dynamiques institutionnelles.