Posted on in Saints Are Us by The Rev. David Marshall
This organization of the Episcopal Church was founded in Chicago in 1950 as “The Assembly of Episcopal Hospital Chaplains.” It has evolved into its new name as it now encompasses all aspects of chaplaincy involved in all areas of healthcare, not just in the hospital setting. That would include the areas of clinical settings, counseling outreach programs, home care programs, and age centered programs from infant/child care to senior care.
The church has a long tradition of caring for those in need in body, mind, and spirit. It teaches that chaplaincy is sacramental and healing to those who suffer. Many times throughout the history of the Episcopal Church we were the ones to spearhead the care of the ill and poor. This tradition continues today with the life of Our Lord as the model for these ministries.
The Assembly provides the place where standards for education and certification are set as well as providing the place where one can interact with others in these ministries. In addition to setting the standards for the various chaplaincies, the organization over sees the healthcare institutions of the church. It also serves as the facilitating agency for ecclesiastical endorsement of specialized ministries within the church. I am a longtime member of the Assembly.
See you next time,
I am your bro. John, O.C.P.