Sparking Practical Innovation in Spiritual Care

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab (CIL), based at Brandeis University, launched in October 2018 to bring chaplains, theological educators, clinical educators and social scientists into conversation about the work of chaplaincy and spiritual care.

As religious and spiritual life continues to change, the CIL sparks practical innovations that enable chaplains to nurture the spirits of those they serve and reduce human suffering. Our work is shaped by four central commitments maintained by all who are connected to CIL. Learn more about our principles here.

We value learning together.

We believe collaboration leverages our strengths and expands community benefits.

All are welcome.

We foster care 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.

We respect differences.

We do not seek to proselytize, convert, or otherwise convince others of a particular religious or spiritual conviction.

We are research-driven.

We gather, foster, and share rigorous academic research about the provision of spiritual care across a range of settings to enhance best practices and improve delivery of care.


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Mapping Jewish Chaplaincy

Study of 1,000 Jewish chaplains finds a vital resource is overlooked. Report from the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab calls for more prominent role for chaplains. See the story and get your full report here. 


Rethinking chaplaincy course

Thinking and Rethinking Chaplaincy

This is NOT a webinar. Short courses start in spring 2024. A partnership between the Lab and Union Theological Seminary! ALL DAY, Feb 9-10. Learn more here.


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Demand for Spiritual Care 

In these videos, leading spiritual care providers from a variety of sectors in which chaplains serve, discuss what it is those sectors need. Prepare for your future. Watch these! 

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Upcoming Webinars

[External] Faith Matters Network Movement Chaplaincy Training 2024

Start date: February 5, 2024

End date: April 26, 2024

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This 12-week course focuses on the practice of movement chaplaincy – providing spiritual, emotional, and relational support to people and communities engaged in social justice movements.

Spiritual Infrastructure for the Future

Start date: March 5, 2024

End date: April 2, 2024

New for Spring 2024 – a partnership between Chaplaincy Innovation Lab and Union Theological Seminary!

[External] 2024 World Congress on Moral Injury, Spirituality, and Healing

Start date: March 11, 2024

End date: March 13, 2024

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Please join event organizers to learn key strategies for the prevention and healing of moral injury. Earn a Certificate of Completion in Trauma Informed Spiritual Care (optional).


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FREE eBooks! Resources & Inspiration for Chaplains!

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab offers eBooks on a growing variety of topics. These resources are offered freely for use by all. If there are topics or ideas you’d like to see explored in an eBook, please reach out. All of these eBooks are created by CIL staff, partners, supporters, and experts in their field. Get yours HERE!

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