Practical Bearings

The Critical Bibliography Series for Health Care Chaplains

HealthCare Chaplaincy, with the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, is pleased to offer Practical Bearings, a series of bibliographies and critical reviews of the important books, articles and other publications on the theory and practice of pastoral care.

The series name Practical Bearings derives from the Pragmatic Maxim of the great philosophers Charles Sanders Peirce and William James who contended that all important ideas have consequences for life and living—that is, “practical bearings.”

“Practical Bearings will point professional chaplains to resources that will help them fulfill their mission in the evolving and complex world of health care,” says Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel, editor-in-chief and director of supervised clinical ministry at Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He is a visiting scholar at HealthCare Chaplaincy.

Click on the title to download each edition in an easy-to-print PDF file:

Edition 1: By Its Fruits: The Science of Health Care Chaplaincy.

 

 

 

 

 

New York, NY – February 11, 2009 – HealthCare Chaplaincy, with the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, introduces Practical Bearings at http://www.healthcarechaplaincy.org/chaplaincy-research-resources/practical-bearings.html, a series of bibliographies and critical reviews of the important books, articles and other publications on the theory and practice of pastoral care.

Practical Bearings will point professional chaplains to resources that will help them fulfill their mission in the evolving and complex world of health care,” says Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel, editor-in-chief and director of supervised clinical ministry at Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He is a visiting scholar at HealthCare Chaplaincy.

HealthCare Chaplaincy plans at least six issues, each on a single topic. Each issue will contain:

  1. The rationale behind the key role that the topic plays in the profession of pastoral care
  2. A list of the three to five publications on that topic that are either most essential or most representative with a summary and comments on each
  3. Other publications of value

Practical Bearings will publish a new issue at the beginning of each month.

Among the issue topics will be:

  1. By Its Fruits: The Science of Health Care Chaplaincy
  2. Ministry Amidst Chance, Necessity, Love: Cancer and Health Care Chaplaincy
  3. The Management of Care: Literature on Leadership and Organizational Development
  4. The Comfort of Strangers: Trends in the History and Current Practice of Health Care
  5. To Want to Learn: Educational Theory for Supervision and Training

The series name Practical Bearings derives from the Pragmatic Maxim of the great philosophers Charles Sanders Peirce and William James who contended that all important ideas have consequences for life and living—that is, “practical bearings.”

“A basic premise underlying this series is that pastoral care in health care can, and should, and needs to make increasingly predictable and evidence based contributions to the holistic care of those who are suffering, and their care givers,” says Rev. George Handzo, BCC,  author of the first issue “By Its Fruits: The Science of Health Care Chaplaincy.” He is vice president for pastoral care leadership and practice at HealthCare Chaplaincy.

About HealthCare Chaplaincy:

HealthCare Chaplaincy is a progressive New York City-based non-profit healthcare organization committed to advancing the profession of pastoral care. Building on nearly a half century of measurable achievements, the Chaplaincy is an acknowledged industry leader, both nationally and internationally, in multifaith pastoral care research, education, clinical practice, and consulting.   We partner with many leading academic medical centers, regional healthcare institutions, and community hospitals to provide patients, their loved ones, and staff with professional spirit-centered care and supportive counseling that promote integration and health.

CONTACT:

Jim Siegel
Director of Marketing and Communications
HealthCare Chaplaincy
E-mail:jsiegel@healthcarechaplaincy.org
Office: 212-644-1111 ext. 141
Cell: 917-723-8537

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