FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why the term “Movement Chaplain”?
Committed to integrating healing and justice into social change work, we have designed a training with a clear commitments to liberation, care and life for all through the centering of those most impacted by oppression. We use chaplain as a “shorthand”, understandable term for those who focus on spiritual, emotional, relational and physical care and movement chaplain to those who provide that care in settings that are particularly focused on social justice movements for change.
We recognize that chaplain is a particularly religious and most often Christian associated term that now includes spiritual and emotional care and accompaniment by people of all/no faith. We acknowledge that we (the instructors) have been educated in Christian contexts. We also have advisers and collaborators of various religious traditions and affiliations as part of our commitment to developing a curriculum that is useful to people of all faiths and no particular faith.
So, if you use a different word or phrase to describe your work, we think that’s great - you can still do the training and use whatever name for yourself that most deeply resonates with yourself and your community!
Who should register for this training?
This training is for anyone who is drawn to it. Intrigued by it. Who wants to take it. People who feel like your role in the world is something to do with healing, support and care. Maybe you are already in movement or maybe you are a spiritual, healer type dipping your toes into activism. Maybe you are a longtime organizer who can’t stomach one more campaign but really love creating a space for people to debrief after actions. Maybe you are a faith leader who is also an activist who wants to be lifegiving in the support you give, not weird or abusive. People come at movement chaplaincy from a lot of different angles.
Does the training require that I have a religious tradition?
The training will have folks who are atheist, humanist, deist, mix things up, indigenous, ancestor, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, nothing, and everything else. People will bring their own spirituality. We will talk about it. It is an important part of accompaniment and care for a lot of people and a tool that movement chaplains and movement healers of all kinds, must know how to handle with grace and care.
How much time should I expect to commit to the training?
The course is 50 contact hours according to Continuing Education Unit standards.
We are encouraging students to set aside at least an hour each week to engage the lessons (Video, written content, etc) released on the course website. Time in addition to that could be exponential and will be up to each individual. This would include reading, assignments, journaling or reflective exercises you might want to devote particular attention to, time to engage the discussions on the course's Slack channel (a requirement if you are interested in a certificate of completion), and digesting the resource materials for each lesson. All of that could be 3-4 hours a week total depending on your particular study habits, reading speed and interaction with the material.
The written assignments won't be long form papers or essays, but multi-paragraph entries that you would submit on the course's Slack channel. We also encourage completion of assignments using art, music, film and other forms of expression.