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A Great Read For a New Year

Melanie Bishop | Posted 12.31.2016 | Home
Melanie Bishop

Kerry Egan has written a book that only she could write, combining her study at Harvard Divinity School, her years of experience as a hospice chaplain...

These Are The Religious Accommodations Available At The Rio Olympics

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.27.2016 | Religion

The Olympic Games bring people together across nations, faiths and backgrounds. Whether it was ever intended to be or not, the festive competition may...

How Police Chaplains Help Departments Cope With Officer Deaths

NPR | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.11.2016 | Religion

Police officers are struggling with the deaths of five of their own. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks with chaplain Gary Holden, founder of the Police Chap...

What Life Is Like As A Prison Chaplain

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) They can be found on the battlefield, at a chicken-processing plant and behind the locked gates of a prison. They are chaplains, and as a two-ho...

7 Reasons To Hang Out With Your College Chaplain (Even If You're Not Religious)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.25.2016 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Having worked with chaplains from other colleges around the country, I can assure you that they are some of the most compassionate, well-traveled, non-judgmental and quirkily intellectual people you are likely to meet on campus.

The Army Chaplain Who Came Back From War And Lost His Faith

NPR | John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

David Peters' life was supposed to be one continuous arc of piety and service. But for the U.S. Army chaplain, it's ended up a more circuitous rout...

NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos 'Loved God And Loved Humanity'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion

NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos was a protector. As mourners gathered at Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens on Friday for the officer’s wake, Ramos is ...

The Communications Dilemma: Searching for a Cure

Eric J. Hall | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

In recognition of their contribution to patient care, today's professionally-trained hospital chaplains are being included more and more as important members of the medical team.

Unexpected Results From an Unexpected Resolution

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

I usually don't go for New Year's resolutions, but I'm glad we did this one. I want my voice to be heard loud and clear if there ever comes a time when my family has to make health care decisions on my behalf.

Providing Care to Bereaved Parents During Infant and Child Death Awareness Month

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

We all have the opportunity during October and November to provide much-needed care to bereaved parents and family members. Being aware of the potential impact of "forever grief" is the first important step.

Caregivers for the Ill Need Care, Too

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

Spiritual distress arises when a person finds it difficult to discern meaning, find comfort and draw upon a source of spiritual strength in order to cope more effectively. It speaks to what gives meaning, purpose, and comfort to a person's life.

Military Chaplains -- Treating PTSD at the Battlefield

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Chaplains have direct access to our troops, as they are experiencing trauma, whether it be sexual trauma or the result of a physical injury on the battlefield.

Paging God In Health Care

Wendy Cadge | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Wendy Cadge

The realities of health care in America make many of us wish we could make this call/page/text and that God would swoop in and makes things right. An all-powerful God might find lost paperwork, speed up slow health care systems and heal the conditions that led us to the hospita in the first place.

Your Feelings Are Your Feelings And You Are Entitled to Them

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

When someone we love dies, it doesn't matter what else is going on in the world. What matters is that your loved one is dying. You have every right to feel upset no matter what else is going on around you.

The Tissue Controversy: Tears in Hospitals

Wendy Cadge | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Cadge

When health-care providers cry -- as they almost all do, at least occasionally -- I encourage all of us as their family members, friends, colleagues, and sometimes patients to offer them an ear, a tissue, and a reminder that even though it is rarely talked about, they are not crying alone.

AmeriCorps Chaplaincy: A Call To Clergy

Wayne Meisel | Posted 11.14.2012 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

The AmeriCorps Chaplaincy is an idea based on the realities of these experiences and the need to intentionally reach out to and be present for these volunteers. It's amazing how receptive people are if you are open, vulnerable, genuine and there to do what you can

Speaking Different Languages: Physicians and Chaplains in Health Care

Wendy Cadge | Posted 10.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Cadge

While some physicians think chaplains just provide end-of-life rituals, others see that chaplains can be more helpful when they get involved with a patient and family early in their care and have time to get to know them and their situation.

Wise as Serpents: Finding Trained Trauma Chaplains in the Wake of a Crisis

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

it's pretty easy to come to town, say you are a "trained trauma chaplain", flash your badge and get assigned to help people who are at their most psychologically and spiritually vulnerable. The potential for doing harm, to the point of spiritual abuse, is high.

A Chaplain's Advice On How To Be There For Our Troops

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Unless you have a family member who is in the service, or live in a community near a base, it is all too easy to ignore the human cost and trauma of war.

Ravana, Al-Awlaki And The Hijacking Of Religion

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Vineet Chander

We need not look far to find the Ravanas of our time... They are us -- at our weakest, basest, and grossest; people of faith, in our darkest moments of hypocrisy.

Small Ceremonies

Brigid Brett | Posted 10.12.2011 | New York
Brigid Brett

When Dave Walker talks about the time he spent at Ground Zero in 2001, he has to pause from time to time -- to clear his throat, try and stop a coughing attack or allow his escalating heartbeat to quiet down a little.

Prison Chaplains A Common Victim Of State Budget Cuts

Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion

By Yonat Shimron and Adelle M. Banks c. 2011 Religion News Service RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) In the two months since North Carolina's legislature laid o...

Remembrance and Thankfulness: A Memorial Day Prayer

D. A. Graham | Posted 07.29.2011 | Religion
D. A. Graham

Memorial Day has special significance for all of us, and it has significant meaning for me as a former military chaplain serving in the United States Navy with sailors and Marines.

Should Taxpayers Support Religion In The Military?

Rick Hamlin | Posted 07.17.2011 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

An atheist chaplain? Isn't that a contradiction in terms? And come to think of it, what does a military chaplain do anyway?

Pentagon: DADT Repeal Won't Change Anything For Military Chaplains

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- The pending repeal of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay members will not change policies r...