Field Guide for Aspiring Chaplains

Beginner's guide ebookThe Field Guide series serves as a guide to becoming a chaplain, offering a basic introduction to the profession of chaplaincy from education and training through to practice. Each session includes an in-depth conversation with spiritual care practitioners on topics of key importance to those considering careers in chaplaincy; there are also opportunities for small-group discussion afterward (not recorded). You can view recordings from Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Those interested in our Field Guide series should also download our free eBook Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Care, now available here.

The Field Guide series is offered at no cost. As we want to keep these conversations as dynamic as possible, we will use a simple Zoom room for these events. You may register for the Field Guide series here.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors for this series:


Introduction to Spiritual Care (recording now available below)

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 8 to 9 PM Eastern
Option for non-recorded, small-group discussion 9-9:30 PM

Beba Tata, BCC, Staff Chaplain

Beba Tata, MDiv, BCC
Mayo Clinic

Photo of Jason Callahan, advisor for the Spiritual But Not Religious Project

Jason Callahan, MDiv, BCC
Palliative Chaplain
VCU Health

Photo of Wendy Cadge, who will address the World Health Organization conference on October 2021

Wendy Cadge, PhD
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

Michael Skaggs, PhD

Michael Skaggs, PhD
Director of Programs
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab


Introduction to Clinical Pastoral Education (Recording now available below)

November 17, 2021, 8 to 9 PM Eastern
Option for non-recorded, small-group discussion 9-9:30 PM

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Su Yon Pak, EdD
Senior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative & Field Based Education
Union Theological Seminary


Mychal Springer
Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education
New York – Presbyterian Hospital


Combining Chaplaincy with Another Career (Recording now available below)

December 9, 2021, 8 to 9 PM Eastern
Option for non-recorded, small-group discussion 9-9:30 PM

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Omari Jahi Aarons
Howard Thurman Fellow & MDiv Candidate
Boston University School of Theology

CASEY Bonnie-Jeanne 500sq

Rev. Bonnie-Jeanne Casey
Phillips Exeter Academy

POPPERSON Lindsay 300sq 2

Rev. Lindsay Popperson
Associate Minister
First Church of Christ at Marblehead

This series also endorsed by our partners:

AMC chaplaincy supporter
Boston-theological Institute chaplain supporter
BU Theology logo chaplain supporter
Hebrew senior life logo for chaplaincy innovation lab
NAMMA logo for chaplains support
NCMAF logo for chaplains support
Nazarene logo for chaplaincy support