Welcoming Interfaith Dialogue in our Ministry as Chaplains
Presented by Michael Skaggs PhD
June 16, 2022 ~ 12pm – 1:30pm Central Time
Interfaith dialogue has long been a component of Catholic engagement with the world, but what does this mean for chaplains? What is unique about the Catholic intellectual and theological experience that prepares chaplains for their work? Where does the commission to serve the world come from for all Catholics, and how can Catholic chaplains best adapt this commission for their work with believers from all traditions (and none)? This session will introduce the NACC community to contemporary research in spiritual care as well as emerging competencies in classroom and field education to help underscore the particular contribution that Catholic chaplains make to this vital and growing field of spiritual care.
- To understand contemporary demographics of religious belief and self-identification
- To consider together the future demographic makeup of populations served by chaplains in multiple settings
- To understand better how core values of the Catholic spiritual tradition prepare Catholic chaplains uniquely for ministry
NACC Certification Competencies Addressed in this Webinar
ITP1, ITP6, PIC4, PPS3
Michael Skaggs, PhD is Director of Programs of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, overseeing the Lab’s education and networking initiatives as well as public relations. He is the host and producer of the Lab’s webinar series and editor of the Lab’s eBook series and newsletter. Trained at the University of Notre Dame as a historian of American religion, Michael has a particular interest in interfaith dialogue and has served in innovative theological education programs. His work has appeared in Sociology of Religion, International Journal of Maritime History, American Catholic Studies, U.S. Catholic Historian, Books & Culture, and elsewhere. He previously served as Communications Director for Transforming Chaplaincy.