The Spiritual Care Podcast

15 EpisodesProduced by David Freudberg

Moving stories of caregivers from diverse traditions who support the spiritual and emotional needs of people in many venues including health care, prisons, the military, colleges and elsewhere.

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Listeners (Part 2)

January 29th, 2019


This episode considers the need to carve out an experience of silence in our own lives – as a basis for attentively listening to others. But actually setting aside quiet time can be hard can be hard for many of us. It …

Listeners (Part 1)

January 22nd, 2019


There’s a kind of mystery in sitting calmly, patiently, attentively and tuning into someone else’s personal story – their experience and life journey.

In this segment, we hear the insights of people who, in a sense, …

What the Research Shows

December 6th, 2018


Health care chaplaincy has increasingly been a subject of evidence-based research in recent years: What do spiritual care providers do? How do patients and their families respond to a chaplain’s services? Does chaplain …

First Responders

October 25th, 2018


From firefighters to police officers to the Red Cross and many others, First Responders play an essential role in protecting public safety and …

Compassionate Presence

September 4th, 2018


Perhaps more than any other trait in a spiritual caregiver, the recipients of care yearn for the attention of an open-hearted person who can bear witness to their challenges. But what does it mean to bring that presence …

Connections That Heal

July 26th, 2018


At the typical nursing station of today’s hospitals, it can sometimes seem like high-tech medical machinery supersedes a personal connection formed between the patient and nurse or other health care professional. But …

Pastoral Services for Members of the Military

June 14th, 2018


We explore the duties and challenges of military chaplains from two nations: Britain and Canada. Ian Wheatley, recorded at the Defence Ministry in Westminster, London, serves as Chaplain of the Fleet of the Royal Navy …

Jailhouse Chaplains

May 2nd, 2018


The United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world. Federal and state prisons and county jails hold around two million …

Serving the Whole Patient

April 11th, 2018


In this segment, we hear the stories of two contemporary hospital social workers as they describe encounters with patients who are looking for a way to explore important life questions that can arise in times of …

Welcoming the Stranger

March 7th, 2018


We visit a shelter at Seattle’s Mission for a rich exchange with a formerly homeless man who feels the spiritual care he received from mental health workers helped him develop the ability to transition into housing.

BONUS: Hospice Doc Joel Bauman

March 1st, 2018


Joel Bauman, MD, a geriatrician now working in a hospice, describes ways that physicians are called to provide compassionate support and sometimes spiritual care of dying patients.

Caring for People at the End of Life

January 25th, 2018


We hear from remarkable hospice professionals who accompany — and learn from — people in their their final chapter of life.

Safe Place in a War Zone

January 25th, 2018


We profile a military chaplain who served in Afghanistan and who has been absorbed by questions of war and peace. He ultimately resigned from his …

Interfaith Understanding on Campus

January 25th, 2018


We hear from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) campus chaplains and students, representing different traditions, on the challenge of fostering interfaith understanding in a complicated and diverse world.

Introducing the Spiritual Care Podcast

January 18th, 2018


David Freudberg, host of Humankind public radio, announces a new podcast on the fascinating practice of “spiritual care”: stories of caregivers (chaplains, nurses, social workers, etc) who provide nonsectarian support …

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