Chaplaincy as Public Theology

A Reflective Exploration

Authors

  • Stephen Pattison University of Birmingham

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v3i2.27176

Keywords:

chaplaincy, theology, public theology, metaphor, imagination

Abstract

This article explores the need for a renewed and creative engagement with theology on the part of chaplains so as to articulate and assist the public work of chaplains in (mostly secular) institutions. Acknowledging the current performed public theology of chaplains and the dearth of formal theological activity, some of the possible inhibitors to engaging with theology are then discussed. Images and metaphors of theology are advanced with a view to showing the pluriform nature of this activity. It is then suggested that chaplains could adopt more creative and imaginative approaches to their theological traditions that might enable prophetic and apologetic roles within organizations, to the benefit of those organizations and of chaplaincy itself.

Author Biography

Stephen Pattison, University of Birmingham

Stephen Pattison is a part-time practical theology teacher and researcher at the University of Birmingham and an honorary academic in medical humanities at Durham University.

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Published

2015-10-16

How to Cite

Pattison, S. (2015). Chaplaincy as Public Theology: A Reflective Exploration. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 3(2), 110-128. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v3i2.27176

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