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The Future of Chaplaincy & How to Heal
The religious, spiritual and secular demographics of the US are changing and, with them, the role of chaplaincy. How can any one person support the spiritual needs and development of college students? How does a chaplain serve patients and their families, from Atheist to Zoroastrian, dealing with life and death? How do the history of chaplaincy in the military and the emergence of chaplains for social justice activists inform what preparation for this role entails? After months of protests against systemic racism, bitter partisan battles, and social distancing amidst an ongoing global pandemic, how can we heal? Join Tahara Akmal, Wendy Cadge, Micky Scottbey Jones (bios below), and Joe Morrow for a rich conversation.

The moderator for the conversation is Rev. Joe Morrow, Pastor of Discipleship at 4th Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL. Joe is the former chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and vice-chair of the Mission Responsibility Toward Investment (MRTI) committee of the denomination. Rev. Morrow has worked in congregational, non-profit, higher education, and corporate settings. He holds degrees from North Park Theology Seminary and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Joe is husband to Sung Yeon and father to Ella.

This webinar is part of IFYC's "Centering Racial Equity in Building Interfaith America" series of public conversations. Registering for this e-mail means opting-in for IFYC's communications.

Nov 12, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Micky Scottbey Jones
Director of Healing and Resilience Initiatives @Faith Matters Network
Micky ScottBey Jones, the Justice Doula, is an author, speaker & facilitator. Micky is the Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives with the Faith Matters Network and was a core team member with The People’s Supper who gathered more than 10,000 people around tables after the 2016 U.S. election for bridging and healing conversations. She is the author of Keep the Fires Burning: Conquering Stress and Burnout as a Mother-Baby Professional (Hale Publishing, 2011) and contributing author of Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture and Religion and Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers. Micky leads the Daring Compassion Movement Chaplaincy Project, training hundreds in world-wide, multi-faith explorations of the emerging field of movement chaplaincy. Follow Micky at facebook.com/MSJSpeaks/ and @iammickyjones
Wendy Cadge
Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Sociology @Brandeis University
Wendy Cadge is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University. She is an expert in contemporary American religion, especially related to religion in public institutions, religious diversity, religion and immigration, and religious and moral aspects of healthcare. She is the author of two books, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine and Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, and a co-editor of Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion. She founded and co-directed the Transforming Chaplaincy Project from 2015 to 2019, and in 2018 launched the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. An award-winning teacher, she has published more than seventy-five articles and raised more than $6.5 million in support of her own research and teaching and that of colleagues. On campus she is the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and the Social Science Division Head in the School of Arts & Sciences. @chaplainlab
Tahara Akmal
Clinical Pastoral Education Manager @MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Tahara Akmal is the Clinical Pastoral Education Manager and a Chaplain at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in DC. Tahara is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. In 2016, Tahara received the Muslim American Chaplain’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award, an annual recognition for an individual that demonstrates excellence in service to humanity. Tahara earned a B.A. degree in psychology focused on ministry and leadership from Vanguard University in California. She earned a M.A. degree in Islam and pastoral counseling from Claremont School of Theology, also in California. Tahara is a Ph.D. candidate at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania.