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: 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: 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

Spiritual Care Week 2021: Witnessing God’s Hand at Work
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Spiritual Care Week 2021: Witnessing God’s Hand at Work

By Durrell E. Brown, 2LT, USAF, Chaplain Candidate Have you ever felt like you encountered a thing that you never thought you needed? That’s how I feel about chaplaincy.  I am fortunate enough to do God’s work and, at the same time, transform myself through the encounter of ministering to people. Those ministered to often have … Continue reading

Chaplain Paul Byrd Awarded the Carl Hart Award
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Chaplain Paul Byrd Awarded the Carl Hart Award

by Caleb Mynatt With a nearly 30-year career as a chaplain under his belt, Paul Byrd can’t imagine his life being any different. But before his career began as a resident in a Clinical Pastoral Education program, Byrd had never really considered pursuing a career in chaplaincy. In childhood, Byrd thought he would grow up … Continue reading