Two new chaplaincy courses at BU Theology

In the Spring 2022 semester, Boston University School of Theology will launch 2 new chaplaincy courses. Interested students in the Boston area should contact BU School of Theology to inquire about enrollment in these chaplaincy courses.

Logo of Boston University, whose school of theology will begin offering chaplaincy courses in Spring 2022.

Spiritual Care for the Non-Religious

Mary Martha Thiel (Hebrew SeniorLife)
Ylisse Bess (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

1 credit:

  • M 1/3/22 9 AM-12 PM
  • T 1/4 9 AM – 11 AM
  • T 1/11 9 AM – 12 PM
  • T 1/18 9 AM to 11 AM

This course focuses on the theory and practice of spiritual care by persons who are not religious and/or of those who are not religious.  The religious/spiritual landscape of the US is in significant transition, and a growing number of persons going into professional chaplaincy consider themselves nonreligious.   This course will explore ways to cultivate the spiritual groundedness of the spiritual care provider, and how to identify and respond to a care seeker’s core spiritual issues when expressed in nonreligious language, within standards of professional ethics  for spiritual care.  This is a 10-hour intensive course with significant preparatory reading in advance of the course meeting. The course is open to graduate students and to persons serving as chaplains in any sector. 

Introduction to Chaplaincy

Shelly Rambo (Boston University School of Theology)

3 credits:

  • Tuesdays 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Organized around three competencies (interpersonal, organizational, and meaning-making), this focuses on the unique dimensions of what it means to provide spiritual care in public settings.  The course provides opportunities for students: 1) to identify strengths they bring to the work; 2) explore various sectors of chaplaincy; 3) interact with working chaplains; and 4) engage historical, contemporary, and future-forecasting research on spiritual  care in North America. The course is highly recommended for students pursuing chaplaincy, those discerning vocation in this area, and working chaplains eager for further study. The course also welcomes those who are not pursuing chaplaincy as a vocation and  interested in the practice of spiritual care in public spaces.