Professor Carrie Doehring, Clifford Baldridge Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, is a participant in the three-year Luce Foundation’s project on educating effective chaplains under the direction of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab at Brandeis University.

Her scholarship includes a focus on competencies needed for intercultural, evidence-based, socially just spiritual care, and how to use a spiritually integrative pedagogy for teaching these competencies in highly interactive distance courses that include video-recorded spiritual care conversations in which students can demonstrate and assess their competencies.

Iliff is one of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab’s partner organizations. Formed in 2018, the lab focuses on improving how chaplains are trained, how they work with diverse individuals (including those with no religious or spiritual backgrounds), and how chaplaincy and spiritual care coheres as a professional field. This lab also does research and educational modules on chaplaincy practice, training, and education.


Webinar on “Spiritual/Moral Dilemmas in COVID-19: How Might Spiritual Care Help” – April 6, 2020 @ 10 a.m. (MT)

Professor Carrie Doehring is one of the speakers on a webinar on “Spiritual / Moral Dilemmas in COVID-19: How Might Spiritual Care Help.” The webinar will feature practitioners sharing solutions for moral dilemmas facing spiritual caregivers: what to do when “do no harm” is threatened by a chaplain’s bodily presence, and perspectives on how acute moral stress is caused by denials of care and other pandemic dynamics.

The other speakers on the webinar, co-sponsored with Odyssey Impact, include:

Register for the webinar HERE.

Here is a write-up of Professor Carrie Doehring’s presentation at the online webinar – Coping with moral struggles arising from coronavirus stress: Spiritual self-care for chaplains and religious leaders.
You can watch the full video recording of the webinar here –

March 17 (Tuesday) @ 12 noon EST

Caring for the Caregivers: Spiritual Care in the Midst of Coronavirus

We are hearing from many of you about the work you are doing with multiple constituents in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. We are sending patience, love, and strength and want to be a resource as we work through this together. I have been thinking a lot about Henry Whitehead, the priest who helped early epidemiologist John Snow discover the source of the 1854 cholera epidemic. That crisis, like this one, was a spiritual as well as public health issue.

Consider joining us for a special town hall-style webinar from 12 – 1pm EST Tuesday March 17th. Will Whitmore, chaplain at Mercersburg Academy, and I will facilitate a conversation with Carrie Doehring (Iliff School of Theology), Elaine Yuen (Naropa University), Trace Haythorn (ACPE) and maybe one or two more people reflecting on spiritual care in the midst of the virus that we hope will provide support and a bit of self-care.

As always, registration is free and open to all. We can continue to hold a weekly town-hall meeting by Zoom through this period as helpful.

Many of you are innovating by the hour if not the day. Consider sharing ideas and practices you are trying that seem like effective spiritual care.

And for those of you moving teaching online, share tips and / or ask for help. We will monitor these Google docs and respond within a day. Let us know what else you need and we will do our best.

With thanks for your continued work,

Wendy Cadge and the CIL Team