Citation: Cadge, Wendy and Michael Skaggs. 2018. “Chaplaincy? Spiritual Care? Innovation? A Case Statement.” Chaplaincy Innovation Lab.

Executive Summary

Guiding principles

This case statement summarizes what we do and do not know about chaplaincy in the United States and outlines a vision for the Lab based on three guiding principles:

  1. Universal welcome
  2. Research-driven nature of our work
  3. Respect for differences in all forms

We aim not to advocate for the work of chaplains but to understand it, contextualize it and, when we can show social scientifically that it is of benefit to people, to think with individuals and institutions about how it can be provided in professional, ethically-appropriate, and equitable ways.

We also offer here our statement on systematic racism and the response that spiritual care can offer.


Chaplaincy education and more… 

By promoting innovative projects in spiritual care; centralizing resources on research, education, credentialing, and professional associations; hosting online events that are free and open to the public; and producing original research, the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab aims improve, and professionalize chaplaincy in the twenty-first century.

Open or download the complete case statement here.

Please contact us with any questions!

Learn more about Wendy Cadge and Michael Skaggs and check out some of the Lab’s offerings in our webinar archive.

Photo of Wendy Cadge, who will address the World Health Organization conference on October 2021
Wendy Cadge, PhD, Lab Director
Michael Skaggs, PhD
Michael Skaggs, PhD, Lab Director of Programs

Free Educational Webinars for Chaplains

Our webinars are informative, educational, and free for all to attend. Please join us for the next FREE webinar by the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. Learn more about our upcoming webinars here.