Introducing the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab Case Studies

Watch here a recording of with case study creators as we discussed a new tool launched by the Lab in collaboration with Boston University School of Theology and with support from the Henry Luce Foundation. These four case studies were developed by a team of chaplains and theological educators for educational purposes.

Each case study focuses on a different set of skills critical for chaplains in all settings. Each case study is interactive and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. We will discuss the origins of the case studies, why the creators chose these themes, and how chaplains and students can get the most out of them.

Elizabeth Aeschlimann is the Interim Director of Community Building at Tufts Hillel, and served as the Rachlin Director for Jewish Student Life and Assistant Director for Religious and Spiritual Life at Vassar College from 2017 to 2020. She received her MDiv in 2017 from Harvard Divinity School, where she studied the role of spirituality in social change.





Imam Jawad Bayat, MA, ACPE Certified Educator serves as Manager of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health. He holds primary spiritual care responsibility for inpatients, provides outpatient coverage, supports staff members, and supervises CPE students throughout the Penn Medicine Princeton Health system.

Jawad is a first generation Afghan-American born and raised in New Jersey. He graduated from Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy program, is ecclesiastically endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America, and completed his ACPE educator certification with the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.


Libby Gatti currently works for Partners in Health as part of the COVID response team, and previously worked as a chaplain with The MANNA Community. MANNA stands for “Many Angels Needed Now and Always,” and is a ministry of and with folks who sleep out on the street or in shelters in Boston, MA. MANNA seeks to empower all people to claim their place as essential members of the community.

Often folks out on the street are considered for what they lack- housing, healthcare, money, stability, etc.. The community at MANNA considers not only what we each need, but what gifts we each have to offer and how to make space for those gifts to shine. Someone may be a great writer, and contribute to the quarterly magazine The Pilgrim. Someone may love to sing, and thus joins the choir.

Someone might be particularly patient, and so sits with a person who is having a rough day during the weekly lunch. One of the many blessings of being a community mostly of unhoused people is that it is hard to forget the depths of our need for each other, and opportunities to share our gifts abound! Libby got her MDiv from Boston University.


Munir Shaikh serves as Vice President of Operations and Academic Affairs at Bayan Islamic Graduate School, headquartered in Southern California. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a non-profit executive, program manager, and public educator. He holds an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and certificates from academic programs in Morocco, Egypt and Spain.

He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam, and world history, led world heritage tours in various countries, and has contributed to the efforts of numerous Muslim American organizations. He is an advisor for projects addressing Islam’s place in world history, interreligious and religious leadership issues, and Muslim American community developments.


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