This course critically explores chaplaincy in this new historical context: In addition to theology and pastoral care, what does one need to know in order to be a critically reflective professional chaplain today? What is chaplaincy? What do chaplains do? Where do they work? How are they trained? To whom are they accountable? What assumptions do they embody? What assumptions do they contradict? What are the competencies of effective chaplains? What do the “prophetic” and the “ministry of presence” have to do with one another? How can spiritual care be justly distributed? What power analyses are needed? How do chaplains broker the space between religion and state? What is the evidence base for spiritual care, and why would that matter?
Prerequisites: PS 101 and PS 110.
Note: Concentration requirement for Chaplaincy students.
- Professor: Joel Berning