Health and Social Care Chaplaincy 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Lindsay Carey Open Journal Systems <p><em>Health and Social Care Chaplaincy</em> is a multidisciplinary forum for research and discussion relating to the delivery of pastoral and spiritual care across various settings: acute, paediatric, mental health, aged care, palliative care, paramedics, police, detention, military, welfare, industry and other community settings. <a href="">Learn more.</a></p> Kelly, E. & Swinton, J. (Eds.) (2019). Chaplaincy and the Soul of Health and Social Care: Fostering Spiritual Wellbeing in Emerging Paradigms of Care 2022-03-08T12:10:35+00:00 Chris Swift <p>Kelly, E. &amp; Swinton, J. (Eds.) (2019). Chaplaincy and the Soul of Health and Social Care: Fostering Spiritual Wellbeing in Emerging Paradigms of Care. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 368 pp. (pbk). ISBN: 9781785922244.</p> 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Peng-Keller, S. & Neuhold, D. (Eds.) (2019). Charting Spiritual Care: The Emerging Role of Chaplaincy Records in Global Health Care 2022-03-08T12:21:00+00:00 Rev. Dr. Catherine Lewis-Smith <p>Peng-Keller, S. &amp; Neuhold, D. (Eds.) (2019). Charting Spiritual Care: The Emerging Role of Chaplaincy Records in Global Health Care. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 232 pp. (ebk). ISBN: 9783030470692.</p> 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Peery, B. (2021). Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy: Perceptive, Intentional, and Effective Caring 2022-04-29T11:19:53+00:00 Rev. Dr. Steve Nolan <p>Peery, B. (2021). Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy: Perceptive, Intentional, and Effective Caring. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 128pp. (pbk). ISBN: 9781785926822.</p> 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Challenges for Pastoral Care in Times of COVID-19 2021-07-04T09:12:21+00:00 Annette D Haußmann Birthe Fritz <p>During the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges have arisen in pastoral care as a result of physical distancing and an increase in social and mental distress. Daily burdens and their consequences have led to an increased need for pastoral support in various fields, for example, hospitals, schools and church congregations. The study analyzes n = 307 pastoral carers in Germany in spring 2020 at the end of the first lockdown. Encounters and media use, interprofessional cooperation, topics of communication and the needs of pastoral carers were assessed for different areas of pastoral care. Results show a drastic decline in face-to-face communication, with significant differences between the various fields of pastoral care. The use of media has increased significantly, with a preference for synchronous interaction via telephone and video. Topics of pastoral care varied from everyday hassles to existential concerns, also including spiritual needs and struggles. Social isolation, the need to just talk to someone and the need for comfort and hope were mentioned the most. During the pandemic, pastoral carers used various media and established new ways to enable encounters and maintain contact. In the future, new methods for enabling pastoral care must be developed, evaluated and reflected on.</p> 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. From Theory to Practice when Presenting Core Features of a Swedish Hospital Chaplaincy Identity 2022-02-01T18:54:47+00:00 Jan Grimell <p>Research on healthcare chaplaincy-identity over the years has to a large extent, been both theory-driven and less pronounced in the field of chaplaincy. While this research has contributed important insights, it has also called for empirical/qualitative research, which can add to the growing need for research that complements and nuances theoretical frameworks and suggestions. This article presents an in-depth narrative identity analysis of a hospital chaplain who has served two decades within the healthcare context. The rationale for this case was to specifically explore how a full-time position as a hospital chaplain, coupled with extensive experience within a secularized context organized around medical expertise and other important social and spiritual factors, forged a specific chaplain character, which consisted of six overarching core features or identity markers. The findings from this case study broadens existing knowledge, while also confirming existing theoretical positions. Future research is warranted, in order to display potential additional core features of hospital chaplains, explore contextual identity markers associated to other contexts, and to employ these core features in top-down research or as deductive categories in qualitative research.</p> 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. A Reflection on Empowerment through Spirituality 2021-09-04T20:27:37+00:00 Ikali Karvinen Sinikka Winqvist Varpu Lipponen <p>This article provides a reflection upon empowerment through spirituality. It presents the way in which the updating process of a spiritual guidebook was taken forward in Finland. The original guidebook, which was meant to be used in hospitals by healthcare professionals and chaplains, was published in 1996. At one point, it became evident that the original guidebook no longer correlated with the changing realities of Finnish society. At the time that the guidebook was originally published, Finnish society was rather homogenous and Christianity dominated the discourse. Nowadays, society has become more pluralistic and the discourse has become more enriched. The Nordic healthcare system increasingly includes people from diverse religious groups. The project to update the guidebook, which ran from 2014 to 2020, aimed to give social and healthcare professionals working in a variety of settings an easy way to update their knowledge on providing spiritual care. The primary objective of the project was to renew and update the guidebook to better match the contemporary spiritual landscape of Finland. The project had several stages. In the first phase, master’s degree students conducted thesis research to produce new information and evidence for the process. In the second phase, data from the two theses were synthesized and analyzed, and the results were used to update the guidebook. The revised guidebook was ready to go to press in March 2020. In this article, we provide insights into the project, and reflect on our own understanding of the role of spirituality in our society and in healthcare based on the work of one of the master’s theses. The master’s thesis discovers relationships between disabled individuals and their assistants, and suggests changes to the guidebook through widening the horizon of spirituality in the caring relationship.</p> 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. The Angel Raphael 2021-09-04T20:36:58+00:00 Neal Dunnigan N.Dunnigan@CorkCommunityChaplains.IE <p>The Book of Tobit features the most well developed account of an angelic apparition found in the Bible. The deuterocanonical Old Testament story of Tobit focuses on how the distress of the righteous Tobit and his family is soothed by the divine presence in the disguised form of the angel Raphael (“God heals”). This article reviews the literary and historical context of the story. It then examines the story’s characterization of Raphael in contrast with contemporary archetypes of spiritual care. The analysis contrasts Raphael’s interactions with the most common spiritual care interventions, and uses textual analysis to expose recurring spiritual care themes.</p> 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Rembrandt’s Portraits and the Contemporary Spiritual Care Encounter 2021-05-24T00:08:57+00:00 Elizabeth Topper <p>Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669), the Dutch painter, printmaker and portraitist, is frequently listed as being among the greatest of all visual artists. His portraits, in addition to their undeniable technical virtuosity, seem to be illuminated by an extraordinary light that evokes a spiritual dimension. This article explores what can be extrapolated from Rembrandt’s empathetic portraiture with a view to positively impacting the spiritual care encounter. It describes Rembrandt’s ongoing process of introspection and his concomitant ability to bear witness to his sitters, as evidenced by his compassionate portrayals of their vulnerable humanity. A contemporary insight into the empathetic reading of faces, as reflected in portraiture, is demonstrated through a comparative analysis of several portraits from the 2020 “Portraits for NHS Heroes” project during the COVID-19 epidemic.</p> 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Editorial 2022-04-29T11:14:01+00:00 Lindsay B Carey <p>Four topic areas are covered in this issue of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy: (i) healthcare chaplaincy, spiritual care and disability, (ii) COVID-19, (iii) deuterocanonical considerations of the “Angel Raphael” and (iv) the artwork of Rembrandt.</p> 2022-05-04T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd.