International Perspectives on Humanist Chaplaincy

Date: May 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

In collaboration with University of Humanistic Studies, Mount Sinai & Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

International Perspectives on chaplaincy around the world

Chaplains from all over the world encounter patients and clients whose worldviews can be characterized as multireligious and (post)secular. Humanist chaplains, who have been established in the Netherlands for many decades, offer care to different groups of clients.

  • How do they offer chaplaincy care grounded in their own worldviews?
  • What are the possibilities and boundaries of humanist chaplaincy in a changing society?
  • How does the context of humanist chaplaincy corelate with the philosophy behind humanist chaplaincy?

In this webinar we want to discuss humanist chaplaincy from an international perspective, starting with a discussion between the US and the Netherlands.



Rev. David Fleenor, assistant professor of medical education and director of education, Center for Spirituality and Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.




Dr. Joanna Wojtkowiak, assistant professor, University of Humanistic Studies.





Dr. Carmen Schumann is assistant professor at the department of humanist chaplaincy studies at the University of Humanistic Studies in the Netherlands and specializes in (post)secular chaplaincy from philosophical and empirical perspectives.




Joel Nightingale Berning  is a chaplain at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He is a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains and serves on its Board of Directors and its Commission on Certification. He majored in Religious Studies at Pomona College, earned his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and is endorsed by the Religious Naturalist Association.


Hope Fried identifies as a Humanist Reform Jew and serves as a chaplain at the Hospital for Special Surgery. She holds a BA in Art History and Religion from Smith College and earned her M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary with a thesis on the history and psychology of ghost experiences in the process of grief and mourning. She is currently working towards her board certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains.