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Place-Based Chaplaincy: An Interfaith Approach to Chaplaincy Training.

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Title:Place-Based Chaplaincy: An Interfaith Approach to Chaplaincy Training.
Authors:Ritter, Laura E.
Contributors:Religion (Asian) (department)
Date Issued:Aug 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) claims to be an interfaith chaplaincy training program.
However, what constitutes interfaith chaplaincy is not clearly defined in CPE literature. This
study asks the question: “Does interfaith chaplaincy work?” In other words, “Can a person be
trained to offer support to people from a range of religious traditions other than their own?” To
examine this question, I interviewed thirteen professional chaplains and conducted three focus
group interviews with a group of chaplaincy students in Hawaiʻi. I argue that, while CPE training
effectively prepares students for a ministry of presence, it does not train students to function as
religious experts. To succeed in an interfaith capacity, I suggest that chaplains need religious and
socio-cultural education specific to the populations with whom they are working. My study
concludes with a proposal for a place-based chaplaincy course which integrates an academic
approach to religion with CPE’s experiential training program.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62776
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Appears in Collections: M.A. - Religion (Asian)


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