Transforming Chaplaincy is a think tank with a mission to promote research literacy in chaplaincy to improve patient outcomes.

By integrating contemporary scholarship into ongoing practice, chaplains can provide better care, educators can prepare chaplains to be more effective in their work, and healthcare administrators and professionals can drive effective institutional change. Our resources give these groups the tools they need to transform chaplaincy in their institutions.


Thinking of all of you in the context of the pandemic.

Our partners at CIL, APC, ACPE, NACC, NAJC, and AMC have assembled resources which might of benefit to your invaluable work at this critical time

Chaplaincy Innovation Lab – Coronavirus Resources

APC Coronavirus Resources

ACPE COVID-19 Resources

NACC Coronavirus Resources

NAJC Coronavirus Resources

AMC Coronavirus Resources


What Is Your Theory of Chaplaincy?

Monday, April 12th, at 11:00AM (EST) 10:00AM (CST)

What is your theory of chaplaincy? Chaplains seeking board certification are being asked to clearly identify the theory behind the spiritual care that they practice. The chaplaincy literature hasn’t had many theories. An important new one, the Religiously Informed, Relationally Skillful Chaplaincy Theory (RIRSCT), was just published by Judith Ragsdale and Cate Michelle Desjardins.* Join us for this webinar to hear Judy and Cate describe their theory. Our respondents, Laurie Garrett-Cobbina and Steve Nolan will lead a discussion about theories and models in chaplaincy.

Judith R. Ragsdale, MDiv, PhD, ACPE Certified Educator is the Senior Director of Pastoral Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an Associate Professor in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Cate Michelle Desjardins, MDiv, MPH, BCC is a Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow, Convener of the Pediatric Spiritual Care Research Network, and the Executive Director of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship.

Rev. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina, PhD is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care & Education and Shaw Chair for CPE at the Graduate School of Theology of the University of Redlands. She is also the Director of the Shaw Chaplaincy Institute and an ACPE Certified Educator.

Rev. Dr Steve Nolan, PhD MSc MA BA BRC BACP (Accred) is the Chaplain, Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, UK, and Visiting Research Fellow, The University of Winchester, Winchester, UK

Rev. Jana Troutman-Miller, BCC, is the Director of Spiritual Care, Saint John’s On The Lake, Milwaukee, WI and Chair, BCCI Commission on Certification

*Ragsdale JR, Desjardins CM. Proposing religiously informed, relationally skillful chaplaincy theory. J Health Care Chaplain. 2020 Dec 28:1-16. doi:10.1080/08854726.2020.1861533.

Spiritual Care: Voices for Diversity in our Departments and Organizations

Wednesday, April 21st, at 2:00PM (EST) 1:00PM (CST)

Join us for a conversation on how Spiritual Care can be leaders promoting diversity in its many forms. Chaplains serve in diverse communities however our departments and organizations don’t always reflect this. We will look at diversity both in our departments and how we serve as a voice in our institutions. We will talk about how to promote having associates who reflect the communities in which they serve. In this webinar we will hear from two leaders who are striving to promote diversity.


Antonina Olszewski, MSQ, Director of Spiritual Care for Ascension Wisconsin

Rev. Pamela Lazor, M.Div., ACPE Certified Educator, Manager, CPE Program, Spiritual Care Department at Cedars Sinai, Los Angeles


Benjamin Schaefer, M.Div., BCC,  Manager of Spiritual Care for Mid/North, and Southwest Ascension Michigan, Convener, TC Spiritual Care Managers Network

Divine Flatline: Is God Dead in the ICU?

Thursday, May 6th, at 11:00AM (EST) 10:00AM (CST)

Research shows that patients and families desire to have their religious and spiritual needs met by the medical team. For patients in the Intensive Care Unit, this becomes even more important as they face the very real possibility of death. In this webinar, we will review recent studies that shine light on the fact that health care teams are not adequately addressing the spiritual needs of ICU patients, while providing clinicians in both medicine and spiritual care the opportunity to reflect on ways to improve spiritual care in the ICU.

Phil Choi, MD, MA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Michigan
Medical Director, Assisted Ventilation Clinic, multidisciplinary program for patients on home ventilation
Core Faculty, University of Michigan Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality, and Religion

Alexia M. Torke, MD, MS
Director, Daniel F. Evans Center for Spiritual and Religious Values in Healthcare
Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University
Associate Chief, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics
Investigator, Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute


Improving end of life cancer outcomes through development and implementation of a Spiritual Care Advocate program.”

We’re proud to feature the Article of the Month from ACPE Research. We’re grateful to editor John Ehman for sharing his work here and encourage you to take advantage of this valuable resource.