Healthcare chaplaincy

Kia ora koutou,

UK has multi-faith/belief chaplaincy service (see link below). We know spiritual care impacts positively on wellbeing. NZ hospital chaplains do a good job, but are underfunded, under resourced, and mostly underutilized. Our national healthcare chaplaincy service needs to be reviewed, re-structured and re-invigorated to take spiritual care into the 21st century, where over 80% of us don’t attend church, synagogue or mosque, yet have spiritual needs (call them existential if you don’t like the S-word).




2 thoughts on “Healthcare chaplaincy

  1. Agreed Richard, I would like to become a chaplain and although I am a follower of Jesus, don’t fit in the “mainstream” mindsets and upon investigating the courses found them to be somewhat rigid and to be honest stuffy and in many cases not relevant to todays society. We spend a lot of the time voluntarily in our community speaking to people and just making ourselves available for spiritual conversations or just to be there as a listening ear and have discovered that the thousands of people we have spoken to over the last 10 or so years are more than happy to stop and chat and all leave with their hearts a little if not a lot happier. I would love to see the system revived and some authentic solutions found. Happy to help in Auckland if this is ever given the green light to go ahead!!!

  2. Interesting piece Richard. I’m curious about the way the article looks to a solution by separating out pastoral care from spiritual or religious care as if one can be carried out separately from the other. Pastoral care has a long history as being one aspect of the care of the soul within then Christian tradition. It is a bit like those who take up “meditation” as if it is a technique that can be learned in isolation from the religious/spiritual tradition it arose from. I agree with your analysis of our current chaplaincy model being “underfunded, under resourced, and mostly underutilized.” The government strategy papers give lip service to spiritual or pastoral care but funding from the outset has consistently fallen short of what they originally promised. Meanwhile the institutional churches are struggling to survive and have no more to spare.
    Alistair McBride

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