How can spiritual care providers, including those in healthcare, best serve those with eating disorders? The Lab welcomes Emily Boring, biologist, Yale Divinity Student, and previous chaplain intern to discuss the complex relationship between spirituality, spiritual care, and eating disorders. We’ll learn about how chaplains can best accompany those experiencing eating disorders and disordered eating, how chaplains can integrate their own experiences of illness into their care of others, and the relationship between nourishing the body and caring for the spirit.
You can read her article “What the body means to say” at The Atlantic.
Emily Boring writes and works at the intersection of science, medicine, and spirituality. A native of Oregon, she earned her B.S. in Ecology and Evolution from Yale and her MSc in marine ecology from Oregon State University. She currently studies religion and literature through the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale Divinity School (MAR ’23).
Emily’s creative nonfiction has appeared in publications such as The Christian Century, Yale Distilled, and The Atlantic. In the field of eating disorders, she combines research and personal experience through essays for the FEAST blog, podcasts, conference talks, and one-on-one mentoring of adolescents.
Emily is a postulant for ordination in the Episcopal Church (Diocese of Oregon). She completed her ACPE Level I chaplaincy internship in summer 2021.