I’m going to do a 3-month intensive hospital chaplaincy training program this summer… really excited. Watch this page for what I discover along the way. Some things so far:
– Two friends just sent me the same link in light of what I’ll be doing this summer– and I thought it was a good read:
– Somehow the title of “chaplain” opens up a different conversation than that of “pastor” or “minister”. People go, “a chaplain? What’s that?” Different people would be willing to talk for longer — or about different topics. I first discovered this at Harvard, where I worked for a few years with the Harvard Chaplains… and as one of the campus ministers with a parachurch organization. All this has gotten me interested in the different places where chaplains work — the military, in hospitals, with police departments.
– In the fall, as part of my training to do police chaplaincy work, I did a ‘ride-along’ with a female police officer accompanied by a K-9… four hours in a car with a cop taught me a lot about the very private world of law enforcement, the daily uncertainty of what you’d find covering your beat, the sense that they’re not well-paid for what they do each day but for what could happen one day — and the funny things people will say to a cop they trust! Hope to write more later about this…