Mapping Spiritual Care in Maryland

Funded by Institute for Islamic – Christian – Jewish Studies

This project explores spiritual care in the state of Maryland, with a particular focus on three questions:

  1. How are chaplains interreligious leaders in their respective organizations?
  2. How do chaplains view their work? Do they see it as specifically interreligious?
  3. How have chaplains been prepared to offer spiritual care across lines of religion and spirituality, including the non-affiliated? What additional resources or support to chaplains need to do this work?

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab drafted and fielded a survey to collect this information. We also conducted a small number of follow up interviews to inform an overall strategy for ICJS to better support chaplains in Maryland.

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab mapped Maryland chaplains according to:

  • Sector of spiritual care
  • County-level location
  • Training received
  • Spiritual / religious affiliation / identification
  • Support systems
  • Individual demographics

The results of this project were published in the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab eBook Chaplains in Maryland: Mapping and Assessing Needs, by Amy Lawton and Lijun Lin. You can download the eBook here.