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The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies Launches Initiative for Maryland Chaplains
By: Institute for Islamic, Christian, & Jewish Studies
The ICJS Chaplaincy Initiative will provide interreligious education and networking opportunities to those ministering in diverse communities and institutions, including hospitals and hospices, educational campuses, the military, and fire and public safety departments. Currently, there is no organization in Maryland providing these opportunities to a multi-sector community of chaplains. ICJS, with its expertise and experience in convening interreligious networks, is well positioned to fill this gap.
"Most chaplains are interreligious leaders by default, given they regularly provide spiritual care to people from diverse religious backgrounds,"
In preparation for launching the Chaplaincy Initiative, ICJS worked with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab (CIL) (https://chaplaincyinnovation.org/
ICJS and CIL will report on the survey's findings at a March 1 online event, The Ministry of Presence: A portrait of chaplains in Maryland (https://icjs.org/
The study found that most paid chaplains were concentrated in the healthcare sector, while most volunteer chaplains worked with state and local police. The chaplains surveyed reported that approximately 40 percent of their time is devoted to serving people from religious traditions other than their own. The survey revealed that although chaplains in Maryland have rich resources and support to navigate the field, they still encounter challenges that may hinder chaplaincy work:
Organizations like ICJS can work at the local level to connect chaplains to available resources and existing chaplain networks, because many chaplains are unaware of existing programs and do not have the time or knowledge to become connected.
In the coming months, the ICJS Chaplaincy Initiative will carry out a number of new programs to meet those needs.
To read the results of the Maryland Chaplain survey, visit www.icjs.org/
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