Representation Matters: CBF chaplain becomes first woman to direct Air National Guide Chaplain Corps
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Representation Matters: CBF chaplain becomes first woman to direct Air National Guide Chaplain Corps

By Grayson Hester  Leah Botona Boling woke up the week of June 21, 2021, to discover something she’d never experienced before: In her country of origin, the Philippines, she was trending on social media. From one Pacific Island, Hawaii, to another, Boling was making headlines. As well she should. Three days before – on Juneteenth, … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Bidden or Not Bidden, God is Present
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Spiritual Care Week 2021: Bidden or Not Bidden, God is Present

By Chris O’Rear The work of CBF-Endorsed Pastoral Counselors is rarely the headline of CBF communications, as the work of the pastoral counselor is confidential and usually occurs behind closed doors. We are not able to share much about our clients and their stories and we do not share photos of us doing our work. … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: You Helped Me Feel Whole Again
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Spiritual Care Week 2021: You Helped Me Feel Whole Again

By Veronica Martinez-Gallegos As a CBF-endorsed chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education (“CPE”) Educator, CBF has impacted my ministry in ways I never imagined. After two decades in congregational ministry, my horizons expanded since I completed my CPE internship. After a few days through the hospital corridors, my focus changed and I found myself on a … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Leaning on Active Listening
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Spiritual Care Week 2021: Leaning on Active Listening

By Chris Towles Out of the blue a young Muslim wanted to know if we could meet. I had been the faculty advisor for the Interfaith Council, an associate chaplain at Wake Forest University, and I had started working with Baptist students. I had worked with students of different faiths (or no faith) having deep conversations … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Creating a Complete Clinical Picture
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Spiritual Care Week 2021: Creating a Complete Clinical Picture

By Rhonda P. James-Jones In July 2018, I was asked to attend the Chaplaincy Research Summer Institute (CRSI) offered through Transforming Chaplaincy.  Chaplains are invited to this institute for a myriad of reasons. Two drew me in—“providing leadership to chaplaincy quality improvement projects”[1] (QI) and “chaplaincy-related DMin projects”[2]. We discussed the importance of engaging in research, explored … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: To Sit with Someone
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Spiritual Care Week 2021: To Sit with Someone

By Layne Rogerson My final visit of the day was with a family who recently started hospice services.  At the conclusion of the visit the adult child walked me to the car and shared that several years ago she had attempted suicide when she was at a place in her life where she could see no hope. Now, she has confidence that with God she will always … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2021: It Is Enough
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Spiritual Care Week 2021: It Is Enough

By Allison Anderson This Fall we oriented our 3rd Chaplain Resident group to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s still mind-boggling to say that. What shifted our world and our work in the Spring of 2020, changing everything for that Residency year, continues to define and redefine the work of healthcare chaplaincy every day. With … Continue reading