Tags: Chaplaincy

Universities must commit to free expression – and they should stop hiring religious chaplains

Universities must commit to free expression – and they should stop hiring religious chaplains

Posted: Thu, 02 Aug 2018 by Chris Sloggett

A chaplain should not have been sacked for criticising Pride off campus, says Chris Sloggett. But universities can strike a blow for free speech and critical enquiry if they stop appointing religious representatives.

It is both impossible and undesirable to... Read More »

Tags: Universities, Chaplaincy, Freedom of Expression

NHS pastoral care should be a non-discriminatory service for all

NHS pastoral care should be a non-discriminatory service for all

Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 by Stephen Evans

If NHS Trusts want to provide pastoral care for all, then there is no rationale for restricting the role of chaplain to those of faith, argues Stephen Evans.

God forbid – but if you or any your family end up in hospital, and feel the need for some emotional... Read More »

Tags: Healthcare, Chaplaincy

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

It’s the Church’s Christian duty to support the health service, not leech off it

Posted: Mon, 13 May 2013 by Terry Sanderson

The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, says that hospital chaplaincy services "ought never to be seen as a luxury to be discarded when budgets are tight; or chapels as spaces to be sacrificed to other purposes when needs arise."

Speaking at... Read More »

Tags: Chaplaincy, Healthcare, Public Services

Hospitals in dire cash crisis, but the chaplains sail merrily on

Hospitals in dire cash crisis, but the chaplains sail merrily on

Posted: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 by Terry Sanderson

By Terry Sanderson

Not a week goes by now without more depressing headlines about the gradual demolition of the NHS. Recent ones include:

Tags: Chaplaincy

Cracks appearing in NHS, but chaplains sail on regardless

Cracks appearing in NHS, but chaplains sail on regardless

Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Horror stories about the state of the National Health Service are an almost daily occurrence now. Latest is a report from the Kings Fund issued this week. The think tank warned that "cracks are beginning to appear" as waiting times creep up, and hospitals... Read More »

Tags: Chaplaincy, Healthcare

The Church of England should act now if it wants to save its hospital chaplaincy service

The Church of England should act now if it wants to save its hospital chaplaincy service

Posted: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 by Terry Sanderson

The following message appeared recently on the social networking site Gransnet:

"Went with a friend for her Chemo session. A chap who was a spiritual healer, wearing a chaplaincy badge, was approaching, one by one, everyone who was having chemo treatment, asking... Read More »

Tags: Charity, Healthcare, Chaplaincy, Big Society, Church of England, public funding

Hospitals axed, wages cut, frontline staff dispensed with – but Chaplains are sitting pretty

Hospitals axed, wages cut, frontline staff dispensed with – but Chaplains are sitting pretty

Posted: Sat, 15 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson

Several alarming headlines over the past few weeks have indicated that hospitals up and down the country are about to close and that those that stay open will have savage staff culls and wage cuts.

Tags: Chaplaincy, Healthcare

We’re all in this together – aren’t we?

We’re all in this together – aren’t we?

Posted: Tue, 01 May 2012 by

As previously reported, the NHS spent around £29M on hospital chaplains in 2009/2010. The National Secular Society argues that churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples should fund these chaplains off their own bats and I couldn't agree more, especially... Read More »

Tags: Chaplaincy

The booming industry of religious chaplaincy

The booming industry of religious chaplaincy

Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 by Stephen Evans

Despite the parlous state of the UK economy, it appears chaplaincy is a boom industry. An ever increasing army of priests, pastors, rabbis, imams and laypeople are attaching themselves to secular institutions, largely funded by the taxpayer, to take the word... Read More »

Tags: Chaplaincy

How did our education system become a playground for theocrats?

Posted: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 by Terry Sanderson

We are seeing the new crop of academy schools beginning to advertise for chaplains

Tags: Faith Schools, Education, Chaplaincy