The Spiritual Care Podcast
By David Freudberg
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On the Spiritual Care Podcast, you’ll hear stories of caregivers (chaplains, nurses, social workers and many others) who provide spiritual support for people in need – and often in distress. They’re trained to be inclusive, not exclusive. They serve in diverse venues, including hospitals and hospices, colleges, the military, prisons, retirement communities, first-responder services, the emerging field of community chaplains and other settings. These providers offer a sympathetic, non-judgmental ear to people facing times of challenge, unease and sometimes loss of meaning. Our podcast explores the skills these professionals bring to the profound act of listening. The Spiritual Care Podcast is non-sectarian and includes voices from many faith traditions and walks of life. We also honor the many people on a spiritual – but not religious – journey. This may be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about how to listen and care. It may appeal to a wide variety of listeners: clergy serving in congregations, lay leaders, social workers, medical professionals, theologians, academic administrators and school guidance counselors, human resources professionals, social activists representing vulnerable communities, and participants in other organizations. The heart of the podcast project will be stories of personal transformation, as experienced in the lives of caregivers and those they serve. Our aim is to acquaint listeners with the practice of spiritual care and to stimulate reflection about the stories and information presented.
||CleanWhat the Research Shows||Health care chaplaincy has increasingly been a subject of evidence-based research in recent years: What do spiritual care providers do? How do patients and their families respond to a chaplain’s services? Does chaplain care affect levels of anxiety an||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFirst Responders||From firefighters to police officers to the Red Cross and many others, First Responders play an essential role in protecting public safety and helping people cope with emergencies. In this segment, we consider the work of providers of disaster spiritua||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCompassionate Presence||Perhaps more than any other trait in a spiritual caregiver, the recipients of care yearn for the attention of an open-hearted person who can bear witness to their challenges. But what does it mean to bring that presence into an encounter with someone w.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnections That Heal||At the typical nursing station of today’s hospitals, it can sometimes seem like high-tech medical machinery supersedes a personal connection formed between the patient and nurse or other health care professional. But for many caregivers,||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPastoral Services for Members of the Military||We explore the duties and challenges of military chaplains from two nations: Britain and Canada. Ian Wheatley, Chaplain of the Fleet of the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom, and Guy Chapdelaine, a soft-spoken Canadian who currently serves as Chaplain G.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJailhouse Chaplains||The United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world. Federal and state prisons and county jails hold around two million prisoners. In this segment, we explore in-depth the experiences of two prison chaplains.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanServing the Whole Patient||In this segment, we hear the stories of two contemporary hospital social workers as they describe encounters with patients who are looking for a way to explore important life questions that can arise in times of challenge.||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcoming the Stranger||We visit a shelter at Seattle’s Mission for a rich exchange with a formerly homeless man who feels the spiritual care he received from mental health workers helped him develop the ability to transition into housing.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS: Hospice Doc Joel Bauman||Joel Bauman, MD, a geriatrician now working in a hospice, describes ways that physicians are called to provide compassionate support and sometimes spiritual care of dying patients.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaring for People at the End of Life||We hear from remarkable hospice professionals who accompany — and learn from — people in their their final chapter of life.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSafe Place in a War Zone||We profile a military chaplain who served in Afghanistan and who has been absorbed by questions of war and peace. He ultimately resigned from his role as an army chaplain over American drone policy.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterfaith Understanding on Campus||We hear from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) campus chaplains and students, representing different traditions, on the challenge of fostering interfaith understanding in a complicated and diverse world.||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing the Spiritual Care Podcast||David Freudberg, host of Humankind public radio, announces a new podcast on the fascinating practice of “spiritual care”: stories of caregivers (chaplains, nurses, social workers, etc) who provide nonsectarian support for people in need and sometime||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Wizened, informed, and spiritually fed
When I listen to this podcast I never go away without learning something new. As a chaplain in the Boy Scouts of America and a deacon at my church I constantly seek new "tools in my toolbox" to employ both in my church and in my scout troop. The most recent podcast about prison chaplains touched me especially because that is a ministry I have a heart for but (due to the enemy we know as time) I have not been able to continue to focus on it as I wish. But I feel this podcast was very timely and has encouraged and reinvigorated me. I assure you that there is a legacy podcast in this feed or one coming soon that will teach you as well.
Well worth your time
A terrific new series by the folks behind one of my favorite public radio programs, Humankind. Can’t wait for more!
Worth a listen!
I love the concept, and I found the stories told to be really fascinating. They're really diverse, and always compelling, I highly recommend!