Harriet Mowat - The Promise of Chaplaincy

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Harriet Mowat - The Promise of Chaplaincy

  1. 1. THE PROMISE OF CHAPLAINCY Harriet Mowat Keith Albans
  2. 2. The journey so far.. • Chaplaincy is provided to support religious lives of particular groups or individuals. • Awareness of value of chaplaincy recently heightened by • Lockerbie • Piper alpha • Padres in army in Afghanistan • NHS and humanism
  3. 3. Why does chaplaincy survive? • Challenge to empiricism • Metaphor for present but invisible values and beliefs • Gives permission for unscientific and “unspeakable” emotions and feelings • Love in strangeness • Peace in change • Hope in death • Joy in suffering
  4. 4. What do Chaplains do? • NHS study 2006 Mowat and Swinton • The very activities that make chaplaincy viable also make it vulnerable
  5. 5. Recent changes and challenges • What do chaplains do now? • Community work- in place of church and parish work • Admin • Mediation and negotiation in grievances • Bereavement and loss • Non religious and religious Rituals
  6. 6. Community Pull • Scottish examples of developments • Community Chaplaincy listening (CCL) • Values based reflective practice • Blether
  7. 7. Gerontological chaplaincy • Is there a case • Adaptive capacity research with chaplains • Special needs of older people? • End of life discussions • Particular end of life needs • Encore, meaning of life stuff
  8. 8. Methodist Homes Chaplaincy • Background • Who pays • Current Research
  9. 9. What is the promise of chaplaincy for older people • Discussion

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