About Daring Compassion

The Daring Compassion Movement Chaplaincy Project is aimed at advancing the emerging vocational role of Movement Chaplain. Movement Chaplains offer accompaniment — spiritual, emotional, relational and practical wholistic care — to those in social change events, organizations, and movements.

While justice movements have become increasingly receptive in recent years to spiritual technologies, individuals need more spiritual support to thrive and attend to the needs of the communities they serve. Our movements lack a cadre of trained and accountable spiritual care practitioners. Daring Compassion offers the training, networks, and structures of accountability Movement Chaplains need to be purposeful, resilient spiritual practitioners.

This project is made possible with support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Trinity Wall Street Church.


Daring Compassion: The Role of Movement Chaplaincy in Social Change

Movement Chaplaincy is the work of spiritual accompaniment to social justice movements and their leaders. Just as there are chaplains who attend to the spiritual needs of people in hospitals, colleges, corporate environments and other settings, there is a need for those who can fill this role within our movements for social change.

This paper articulates the vision of the Daring Compassion Movement Chaplaincy Project. It defines the need for spiritual accompaniment within movements for social change, as well as the role, capacities, and practices of movement chaplains.

Movement Chaplaincy Resource Portal

Over the past several years, FMN has created and compiled movement chaplaincy resources from kindred organizations. Looking for tools to use in your community? Check out our resource portal.


Healing Circle at a Mijente-led direct action in San Diego, CA (July 2018).

Healing Circle at a Mijente-led direct action in San Diego, CA (July 2018).

Our Movement Chaplaincy Timeline

December 2016: Fortifying the Movement gathering

Alongside the Scarritt Bennett Center and Standing on the Side of Love Campaign, FMN hosted a two-day gathering of healers and practitioners to explore the emerging field of movement chaplaincy.

January-July 2017: Middle Tennessee Movement Chaplaincy Cohort

Launched in partnership with Auburn Seminary’s Justice Ministry Education Program, our Middle Tennessee Movement Chaplaincy cohort consisted of seminarians who were embedded within local movement organizations.

December 2017: Launch of Daring Compassion

Co-led by Micky ScottBey Jones and Hilary Allen, this project is the first of its kind to map the expanding ecosystem of movement chaplaincy nationwide and create vocational pathways for training and continuing education in the field.

Fall 2019: Daring Compassion Movement Chaplaincy Online Pilot Begins!

Interested in becoming a part of our first cohort? Sign up below to be the first to hear updates about our program.

Share Your Movement Chaplaincy Experience with Us!

We are always looking to learn more! Have a story to share about the way spiritual caregiving is showing up in your movement work? Get in touch with us below.

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Poster from the March for Our Lives in Nashville, TN (March 2018).

Poster from the March for Our Lives in Nashville, TN (March 2018).