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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

Chaplaincy is becoming more and more central to the religious/spiritual experiences of individuals and communities in the world. Shifts in religious leadership, religious/spiritual affiliation, and theological education are all occurring at a rapid pace; this unit helps shape AAR as the primary academic home of these discussions. This unit is not only academic in nature; its work is consonant with the AAR’s commitment to the public application of scholarship taking place within the Academy.

This unit gathers researchers, educators, and broad-minded practitioners to extend and make permanent the conversation begun through an exploratory session held at the AAR in November 2018. Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care breaks down the barriers between these siloed communities and draws them into a common conversation on how best to meet individuals’ and communities’ spiritual needs today. Doing so requires:

• translating the research needed to support the work of accompanying individuals through growth, change, and struggle;
• investigating how chaplaincy provision is shaped by the people it is offered to and the institutions within which it is provided;
• asking how chaplains can be more effectively present in settings currently lacking spiritual care providers for those in need and how those chaplains can respond most effectively to the increasingly diverse religious landscape.

The mission of Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care is to improve how chaplains are trained, how they work with diverse individuals (including those with no religious or spiritual backgrounds), and how chaplaincy and spiritual care coheres as a professional field.

Call for Papers: 

The Innovations in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Unit invites proposals for individual papers or complete panels related to the themes of changes in American religious demographics; interfaith/multifaith chaplaincy; organizational and relational models of chaplaincy; and cultural connotations of chaplaincy and its perception in the broader public. Papers should offer meaningful guidance to the field and, whenever possible, be based on new creative research. We especially invite proposals related to the following sub-themes, proposals that examine aspects of spiritual care and chaplaincy across institutional settings, and panels that bring practicing chaplains, educators and researchers into conversation with one another:

● The role of the chaplain in public and private institutions (including, e.g., legal and political issues)

● Education for religious work and placement in chaplaincy roles

● Metrics of chaplaincy’s effectiveness or significance in specific settings/institutions

● Workshops on the state of the field from a variety of disciplinary perspectives

● Workshops focused on practical issues for working chaplains (for example, working with the non-religious; working with non-majority religious communities, etc.)

● Workshops on chaplaincy pedagogy, including in seminaries and divinity schools

● Roundtables/listening sessions to hear from chaplains, researchers, and educators on what is needed to support them and professionalize the field

● Roundtables on the engagement of chaplains as they work at intersections of race, class, gender, and religious / spiritual diversity.

● We partner with the Moral Injury and Recovery in Religion, Society, and Culture Unit to invite proposals for a co-sponsored panel on moral injury and military chaplaincy.

We partner with the Religion, Medicines, and Healing Unit invite proposals for a co-sponsored panel on racialization and spiritual discourses in chaplaincy.

We also partner with the Buddhism in the West Unit to invite proposals for a co-sponsored panel on Buddhist theological education and pedagogy.

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ChairSteering Committee