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Interreligious Chaplaincy Course Overview

Course Overview: Interreligious Chaplaincy Certificate


Requirements for Certificate in Interreligious Chaplaincy (24 credits)


Theology (3 Credits)

Two 1.5 credit courses in theology offered by the GTU certificate in Interreligious Studies. OR

ICP Seminar: Issues in Hindu, Jewish, and Islamic theology

Contextual Chaplaincy (3 credits)

ICP Seminar: Interreligious Chaplaincy: Methods & Responsibilities in Different Contexts

Practice of Chaplaincy (15 credits) course work in the “Art and Practices” of chaplaincy
(Students have the option of taking ICP courses or equivalent GTU Consortium courses that cover similar topics in consultation with the ICP program director)

Chaplaincy Course Work: Students will take only one course from among each theme that is offered by the ICP or equivalent from GTU member schools.

  1. Introduction to pastoral care, theology, and leadership
  2. Rituals and worship in lived experiences, traditions, and texts (life, birth, marriage, divorce, death)
  3. Contextual ethics and law (bioethics, ethics of care)
  4. Religion and Culture (diversity, secularism, spirituality, and identity)
  5. Art of chaplaincy (preaching, counseling, crisis intervention, grief, death, suicide, addiction)

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE): Placement for Track One students can take anytime during their three-year study. Track Two students must complete an extended CPE unit in the spring or an intensive summer unit after the completion of the coursework. CPE placement requires the permission of the program director.

Chaplaincy Retreat: Students must attend at least one annual 1 ½ days retreat. The retreat is an opportunity to meet and network with active chaplains, ACPE supervisors, and guest scholars.