Purpose of the Chaplains Association of Ohio
To offer those engaged in chaplaincy and related pastoral ministries in Ohio the following:
- An opportunity for collegiality
- A means of participating in the professional experience of others and those in related fields.
- A program for the advancement of knowledge in the field of chaplaincy.
- A resource of open chaplaincy positions and/or chaplain training opportunities in Ohio.
- A means to promote the growth and recognition of spiritual care in our facilities and agencies.
- A means to encourage dialogue with other health care providers and to include them in our conferences and education programs.
Who are the members of the Chaplains Association of Ohio? Many of us have advanced degrees. Many of us have been through rigorous clinical training to learn to face the truth about ourselves and our issues, so as to better walk with others in their truths and issues. We are not afraid of deep things, of conflict and challenges. We respect them and the riches within them.
- We work in hospitals, retirement communities, congregations, classrooms, corrections, fire departments, police departments, home care and hospices. We work with young, old, addicted, broken, challenged, fearful, hopeful, recovering, dying. We work with families. We work with staff.
- We come from varied religious traditions: Jewish, Sufi, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, many stripes of Protestant Christian, and others. We value diversity.
- We accompany people in challenging walks of life.
- We are engaged in our own spiritual journeys. We are still in process ourselves. Join us in exploring.
- We respect the religious and spiritual traditions of our patients, colleagues, and neighbors. No one group has all the Truth. We believe we share it together. We do not 'preach religion.'
- We respect the cultural, ethnic, gender, racial, sexual-orientation, and religious diversity of others and strive to eliminate discrimination.
- We promote peace among all people--valuing our diverse gifts and celebrating our common origins.
- We affirm the dignity and value of each individual and wish our speakers to do likewise.
- The focus of our work is the well-being of the people entrusted to our care
- We invite you to address us to teach us and to help us grow in our self-knowledge, our self-care and our serving.