THE PROMISE OF
The journey so far..
• Chaplaincy is provided to support religious lives of
particular groups or individuals.
• Awareness of value of chaplaincy recently heightened by
• Piper alpha
• Padres in army in Afghanistan
• NHS and humanism
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
What do Chaplains do?
• NHS study 2006 Mowat and Swinton
• The very activities that make chaplaincy viable also make
Recent changes and challenges
• What do chaplains do now?
• Community work- in place of church and parish work
• Mediation and negotiation in grievances
• Bereavement and loss
• Non religious and religious Rituals
• Scottish examples of developments
• Community Chaplaincy listening (CCL)
• Values based reflective practice
• 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
Methodist Homes Chaplaincy
• Who pays
• Current Research
What is the promise of chaplaincy
for older people