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Supporting Interreligious Caregivers

More than 1 in 5 Americans interacted with a chaplain within the past two years, according to a 2019 National Opinion Research Survey. While these chaplains are often called on to provide spiritual and emotional support to those from many religious traditions, they may not have extensive—or even adequate—teaching about religious traditions outside one’s own.

Chaplains (now more broadly called “spiritual caregivers”) are on the frontlines as interreligious leaders, fostering understanding, compassion, and support across difference. Currently, there is no other organization providing both interreligious education and networking opportunities to a Maryland-focused, multi-sector community of chaplains and spiritual caregivers.

In 2023, ICJS will launch the ICJS Chaplaincy Initiative to address this need. 

This program is supported in part by The Bunting Family Foundation. 

Calling all Maryland chaplains

ICJS wants to know where are Maryland’s chaplains and spiritual caregivers and how they are doing their work. Do they see themselves as interreligious leaders? What do they need to be more effective in their caregiving? In summer 2022, ICJS and the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab will launch a statewide survey to ask those and other questions. The results will enable ICJS to create education and support programs for chaplains that address real needs for spiritual caregivers.


This survey is a partnership with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab at Brandeis University.


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Our survey will help us understand how chaplains are prepared to be interreligious leaders in their organizations.

Alisha Tatem

ICJS Program Director