From the Executive Director’s Desk: Seeing our Future, Embracing our Strengths
By Trace Haythorn, Executive Director/CEO | September 17, 2018
Over the last several months, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Wendy Cadge and Michael Skaggs of Brandeis University on something we’re calling the “Chaplaincy Innovation Lab.” We’ll be launching our website soon, but suffice to say for now it is intended to be a big tent for people doing chaplaincy in a wide variety of settings to come together to explore research, shared projects, and advance the larger field of chaplaincy. Last Friday, we had a video-conference with representatives from a group we have asked to serve as our advisory board. Over 30 people joined the call, including many ACPE Certified Educators. Other representatives were there from several chaplaincy contexts, including military, college/university, ports (both air and sea), industrial/business, first responders (including police, fire, disaster, and EMT), and of course healthcare.
The diversity of chaplaincy is in some ways breathtaking. It gave me pause to consider the vast array of places and circumstances into which people walk each day to meet the spiritual needs of folks in their most vulnerable moments. A couple of other take-aways: