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


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. And, how to ensure that all our chaplains are competent in promoting diversity. 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.