Spiritual Care Week
Pastoral Care Week
Relevant and Responsive in Times of Crises
October 23-29, 2022
Spiritual Care Week/Pastoral Care Week is hosted by The COMISS Network: The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings. The first Pastoral Care Week was held in October 1985. Since then it has grown beyond national to international proportions. The celebration of Spiritual Care Week provides an opportunity for chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers to share their story and to celebrate various ministries. More specifically, the established objectives of the Spiritual Care Week Committee outline the scope of Spiritual Care Week observance:
To celebrate the education for and practice of spiritual care through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling.
To interpret and promote pastoral care.
To honor and celebrate all practitioners of pastoral care.
To express appreciation to institutions and their staff who support pastoral care ministries.
To publicize the work of pastoral care organizations affiliated with COMISS.
To promote continuing education for clergy, laity, and institutional employees regarding the value of pastoral care.
Each year a new theme brings to the light a certain aspect of spiritual care as a focus. A new theme invites us to new and creative ways to tell the story of spiritual care.
Celebrate This Week
Spiritual Care Week gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide.
This Year's Theme
Relevant and Responsive in Times of Crises
Spiritual Care Week: October 23-29, 2022
The role of Spiritual Caregivers was exemplified during the COVID 19 pandemic! A spiritual caregiver’s role is rooted in the sacred space of the selfless acts of listening and quiet presence that promotes open and safe conversations to manifest into moments of hope and resilience. The role and responsiveness of professional spiritual caregivers was an affirmation of the interdisciplinary role they have within their organization and industry of service.
The fact that spiritual caregivers have always engaged in crisis, either singular or collective experiences, accentuates the value they bring to an organization. As the pandemic demonstrated its real threat to lives both locally and abroad, the idea behind who were considered essential workers became strategic discussions in all organizations. During the pandemic, planning to harness all available resources and essential employees based on expertise and roles was critical for the sustainability of the organization. Chaplains and spiritual caregivers rose to the occasion and utilized their expertise, in ethics consultations, modes of delivery in telehealth, caregiving to frontline staff, and modalities of coping with stress. They offered traditional, unique, and inventive models of practice that were new to the landscape of their professions. They forged areas of new challenges offering safe and sustainable care and practice. An outcome of notable relevancy of profession and responsiveness to the crisis not overlooked nor unseen.
Additionally, the emotional and physical drain on the psyche of employees, and the manifestations of this reality became spiritual, ethical, and emotional dilemmas and crises. Chaplains and other spiritual caregivers were in this public light and became a beacon for hope to many organizations struggling for their employees to feel a sense of normalcy and safety. They became relevant and responsive to a greater degree in retrospect to the pandemic than they were accustomed in their pre-pandemic roles. This new threat raged as a war on the human spirit, and Chaplains and spiritual caregivers all over the world were available to give spiritual support in creative and reimagined platforms. Many of them discussing and collaborating across state and country lines, forging plans for how to give hope and relatable resources in forms of spiritual care. When there were furloughs and lay-offs, spiritual caregivers all across the continuum offered valuable perspectives to their organizations. Spiritual caregivers are responsive and relevant every day, everywhere, and in every situation!
2004 Pastoral Care Week
2015 Pastoral Care Week
2010 Pastoral Care Week
2009 Pastoral Care Week
2006 Pastoral Care Week
2003 Pastoral Care Week
The Spiritual/Pastoral Care Week Committee
For more information or to send feedback or comments please e-mail the
Pastoral Care Week Committee c/o
Chaplain Clyde Angel
Pastoral Care Week Committee:
Clyde Angel: Chair (First Term) - 2022
Brenda Brown - 2023
Kathleen Gallivan - 2022
Peter Oliver - 2022
Carolyn Huff - 2024
Tim Staker - 2024
2013-Spiritual Care Week
2008-Pastoral Care Week
2016-Pastoral Care Week
2012-Pastoral Care Week
2007-Pastoral Care Week
2005-Pastoral Care Week
MERCHANDISE TO SUPPORT YOUR CELEBRATION
Spiritual Care Week is no longer offering Spiritual or Pastoral Care Week celebration merchandise. If you desire to have items available to support your local Spiritual Care Week celebration, we encourage you to download one of the printable logo images above and take it to a local printer or merchandiser to create any desired celebration items.
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