In the Land of Unlikeness

A Reflection On the Risky Adventure of Being a Chaplain


  • Kevin Franz Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board



community chaplaincy, hospitality, interpathy, reflective practice, therapeutic relationship


The work of chaplaincy within mental healthcare brings an invitation to enter a “world of unlikeness”, to set out deliberately to see and know the world through the experience of the other. If we respond to the invitation, cultivating an interpathic approach as the guiding model of our work, we are led to the margins, to places of anxiety and puzzlement. They can also be places of adventure where we discover both friendship and fresh ways of being ourselves. This reflection suggests that the hospitality we receive, both from individuals and within communities, can renew us as practitioners, as human beings and as people of faith.

Author Biography

Kevin Franz, Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board

Revd. Dr Kevin Franz is Head of Mental Healthcare Chaplaincy for the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, Scotland.


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How to Cite

Franz, K. (2013). In the Land of Unlikeness: A Reflection On the Risky Adventure of Being a Chaplain. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 1(1), 75–82.