Joining the Spiritual Care Movement

A Field Guide for Aspiring Chaplains

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A three-part conversation series in the fall of 2020 for those in degree programs leading to careers in spiritual care

The Lab is pleased to have the Fetzer Institute and a growing community of theological schools, seminaries, and service institutions as partners for this series. The Field Guide series is intended to offer a basic introduction to 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). View Spring 2021 series here.

If you are interested in these events, click here to notify Michael Skaggs, Director of Programs. As we want to keep these conversations as dynamic as possible, we will use a simple Zoom room for this event; a link will be sent to you shortly beforehand.



“I’m Thinking about Working in Spiritual Care: Key Issues to Consider”

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7 to 8 PM, with an option for small-group discussions from 8 to 8:30. Recording available here and below.

  • Chaplain (Colonel) Larry Bazer, United States Army
  • Rev. Kirsten Boswell-Ford, Associate Dean for Student Support Services, Brown University
  • Chaplain (Lieutenant) Martine Joseph, United States Air Force
  • Rev. Dr. Donna Mote, Missioner for Engagement & Innovation, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta; 76th Support Brigade Chaplain, Georgia State Defense Force


“Reflections During the First Few Years of a Spiritual Care Position”

Tuesday, October 27, 7 to 8 PM, with an option for small-group discussions from 8 to 8:30. Recording available here and below.

  • Ylisse Bess,  Interfaith hospital chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Lara Ericson, Assistant Director, Center for Spiritual Life, Brandeis University
  • Laura Martin, Hacer
  • Chaplain (Captain) Daniel Ritchie, United States Army


“What Do You Know Now You Wish You Knew Before You Entered the Field?”

Thursday, December 10, 7 to 8 PM, with an option for small-group discussions from 8 to 8:30. Recording available here and below.

  • Rev. Jennie Gould, PhD, BCC, ACPE Educator and Chaplain, Boston Medical Center
  • Rev. K. Monet Rice-Jalloh, Associate University Chaplain, Wake Forest University
  • Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben (Ret.), 26th Chief of Chaplains, United States Navy
  • Rabbi Mychal Springer, Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education, NY-Presbyterian Hospital

We are grateful to our generous co-sponsors:

Association of Muslim Chaplains

Bayan Islamic Graduate School

Boston Theological Institution

Boston University School of Theology

Brite Divinity School at TCU

Claremont School of Theology

Hebrew SeniorLife

Iliff School of Theology

National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces

Nazarene Theological Seminary

North American Maritime Ministry Association

Union Theological Seminary, where the Chaplaincy and Psychology and Religion Programs have invited their communities to participate in this series.

For Chaplains Only

Facebook logo 100x100We invite you to join the Lab’s private Facebook group for chaplains. Engage in lively conversations and connect with chaplains willing to share, support, and help. Have a question? Have a challenge? Looking for resources? Join us!

Those interested in our Field Guide series should also download our free eBook Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Care, now available here.


We are grateful to our generous co-sponsors!

AMC chaplaincy supporter
Bayan chaplaincy sponsor
Boston-theological Institute chaplain supporter
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Claremont logo chaplain supporter
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Iliff logo sponsor for chaplaincy lab
NAMMA logo for chaplains support
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Nazarene logo for chaplaincy support
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