Spiritual Care Week
Pastoral Care Week
Chaplaincy and Mental Health: It's Healthy to Get Help
October 22-28, 2023
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
Chaplaincy and Mental Health:
It's Heathy to Get Help
Spiritual Care Week: October 22-28, 2023
Spirituality and Mental Health are close siblings. The condition of one’s spiritual worldview has a direct impact on one’s mental wellbeing. Spiritual Care Week provides the opportunity for chaplains, pastoral counselors, and other spiritual caregivers to focus on the importance of working closely with our mental health colleagues. It is also an opportunity to review the state of our own spiritual journey.
Spiritual Care Week 2023 offers a venue within our individual settings to emphasize the integral work with our mental health colleagues as we intersect with a multitude of issues to name a few:
Pandemic fatigue and post-pandemic recovery
Promoting self-care and whole health
Family and Couples Counseling
Multicultural spiritual counseling
End of Life
The integration of spiritual care and emotional support with mental health care increases the healing and peace that individuals seek and leads to a fuller and more balanced life. Spiritual Care Week is a prime time to let others know that chaplains, pastoral counselors, and spiritual caregivers are accessible, present, and willing. We affirm that “It’s Healthy to Get Help”!
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
Spiritual Care Week Committee c/o
Chaplain Tim Staker
Pastoral Care Week Committee:
Tim Staker: Chair (First Term) - 2023-2026
George Akins - 2024
Clyde Angel - 2026
Brenda Brown - 2023
Kyle Christiansen - 2024
Carolyn Huff - 2024
Teresa Sires McIlwain - 2026
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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