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Are Clergy Public Servants? Gov't Says NO!

Commented Feb 10, 2012 at 00:52:59 in Religion

“I'm a Jewish seminarian who is studying to become a hospital chaplain. The hospital that hires me one day will be hiring me to do the following things:

1. To be available 24/7 to offer crisis support to individuals and families facing trauma / death of a loved one. (I am not allowed -- and have no desire -- to mention ANYTHING religious unless the family specifically indicates they want me to. In any case, I am expected to "speak the religious language" that the family requests, not my own.)
2. To serve as a patient advocate.
3. To offer emotional support to people faced with when taking a loved one off of a respirator, or when considering organ donation. While this is a religious decision for many people, for many it is not. We serve both groups.
4. To be available 24/7 to help doctors break bad news to families.
5. To help mediate disputes between staff members, patients, their families.
6. To serve on the hospital's ethics board.

You would be surprised to find out how many of the not-necessarily-religious functions I described are also filled by clergy people in your community.

I know there's a lot of hurt regarding the ways that religion has been used to abuse people. I carry some of that hurt myself. Please don't take it out on people going into debt in order to be with you in your darkest hours, who have absolutely no intention of preaching to you.”

Let Y Be Any Other Man on Feb 10, 2012 at 06:18:54

“"Daren Briscoe, a Department of Education spokesman, said via email that "many employees at faith-based social service organizations will be eligible for the PSLF program. He added that the latest document "did not change existing Federal policy, but clarified that individuals working at religiously-affiliated non-profit organizations who perform at least 30 hours of non-religious activities are eligible for PSLF, and that, consistent with similar long-standing programs, the federal government does not subsidize explicitly religious activity."”