Race, Ethnicity, and the Work of Spiritual Care: Session 1

Part of our resources on and for chaplains of color

Sponsored by the Fetzer Institute, this spiritual care lecture series treats the historical development and current work of African Americans and spiritual care in the US. The series is part of a pilot project to support and build networks for spiritual care providers of color and will focus on the expertise, compassion, and care African American chaplains bring to their work; their experiences as people of color in this work; and opportunities for everyone to unite in action around disparities in access to spiritual care. Session 1 features a discussion on how conversation circles can be used to support, network, and draw together chaplains of color to promote professional wellness and mutual uplift. This session also officially launched the eBook Conversation Circles.


We are joined by:

Dr. Su Yon Pak, Senior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative and Field-based Education at Union Theological Seminary. In this hybrid faculty-administrator position, she envisions, creates and oversees the curricular and co-curricular work of the Office of Integrative Education including field education, clinical pastoral education, life-long learning, ministerial formation, and combined courses inside Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Prior to her current position, she was the Vice President for Institutional Advancement; and the Associate Dean for Student Life/ Director of Recruitment at Union.

Rev. Kirstin Boswell, University Chaplain and Dean of Multifaith Engagement at Elon University. Prior to her work at Elon, Rev. Boswell was Associate Dean of Student Support Services at Brown University. Her former roles have included serving as Chaplain to the Institute and Director of the Office of Religious Life at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and theProtestant Chaplain at both Brown University and Bentley University and the Director of Operations for The International Association of Black Religions and Spiritualities at the University of Chicago.