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A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law

ISBN13: 9780226779751
Published: September 2014
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £31.50

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Most people in the United States today no longer live their lives under the guidance of local institutionalized religious leadership, such as rabbis, ministers, and priests; rather, liberals and conservatives alike have taken charge of their own religious or spiritual practices. This shift, along with other social and cultural changes, has opened up a perhaps surprising space for chaplains-spiritual professionals who usually work with the endorsement of a religious community but do that work away from its immediate hierarchy, ministering in a secular institution, such as a prison, the military, or an airport, to an ever-changing group of clients of widely varying faiths and beliefs.

In A Ministry of Presence, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan explores how chaplaincy works in the United States - and in particular how it sits uneasily at the intersection of law and religion, spiritual care and government regulation. Responsible for ministering to the wandering souls of the globalized economy, the chaplain works with a clientele often unmarked by a specific religious identity, and does so on behalf of a secular institution, like a hospital. Chaplains' examination of the sometimes heroic but often deeply ambiguous work yields fascinating insights into contemporary spiritual life, the politics of religious freedom, and the never ending negotiation of religion's place in American institutional life.

Other Jurisdictions , USA
Introduction: US Law and Religion Today
One / Spiritual Governance
Two / The Chaplain
Three / Credentialing Chaplains
Four / Chaplains and the Constitution
Five / A Ministry of Presence
Appendix: Armed Forces Chaplains Board Endorsers
Selected Bibliography