May 22, 2018


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Events hosted by the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

Other events

December 13, 2018
1p EST
“Research-Informed Chaplaincy: Healthcare and the Transforming Chaplaincy Project”
Beba Tata
Staff Chaplain, Mayo Clinic
Registration here (free and open to the public)

January 30, 2019
1p EST
“Innovation in End-of-Life SpiritualCare”
Zac Willette
Allay Care Services
Registration 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 9-11, 2018
Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference
NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
New Orleans, LA

The 2018 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Conference is designed for any higher education professional that works in (or aspires to work in) religious, secular, and spiritual endeavors. Focusing on the concepts of Identity, Community, Leadership, and Research, the RSSI conference will address the intersectionality of identity, religion, and spirituality with students, community members, and professionals. Join us to spark strategic action towards creating socially just and inclusive campus environments that support religious, secular, and spiritual exploration and practice in our communities. Register here by November 4.

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.