This issue of A Public Witness reviews the position of congressional chaplain before analyzing last week’s House prayers during the battle to elect a new speaker. Then it offers a benediction contemplating a better way of thinking about religion and politics.
When Americans picture a chaplain, many of them likely think of someone like Father Mulcahy, the Irish American priest who cared for Korean War soldiers in the classic TV show “M.A.S.H.” The reality is much more complex.
In episode 66, Wendy Cadge, founder and director of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, talks about the work of chaplains. She also discusses issues she has written about, including the evolution of the role of chaplains, unique positions like humanist chaplains, and the work of chaplains during COVID-19.
Kristel Clayville reframes the student loan forgiveness conversation around reconciliation. Except she thinks that the proverbial tables should be flipped: the government should be asking essential workers for forgiveness.
Kristel Clayville examines a recent New York Times guest essay where Tish Harrison Warren talked with Prof. Charlie Camosy about the “secularization of medicine.” Having worked in religiously affiliated higher education, seminaries, and churches, Clayville argues that hospitals are actually the places where she has
National Guard troops were deployed during this summer’s widespread unrest over racial injustice following George Floyd’s death. Now chaplains say they’re working on main lessons learned from those tumultuous times for whenever they may be mobilized again.
One of the most difficult things for Cathy Tisher, a chaplain to three different nursing homes in the Oklahoma City area, is seeing the face of a particular nursing home resident as she conducts regular video calls.
Like many other ministry leaders around the world, Air Force Chaplain Dan Thompson has needed to make a number of adjustments to minister to the people he shepherds in Afghanistan. Now, when he counsels people, he sits six feet away.
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Brian O'Day felt God's calling to establish a church in a military community with its unique challenges, with military families that move often, and the soldiers who deploy for months at a time.
(RNS) - In the shift across all health care professions, from volume-based to value-based care, the goal is to promote services led to positive outcomes. Chaplains, too, are increasingly being rated by a wide range of measures: better outcomes, lower costs, and higher patient satisfaction.