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The Man in the Tree

A psychiatric chaplain dwells in the silences that follow difficult questions, responding to Chris Berlin’s “A Jewel in the Lotus.” By Duncan Gasson-Gardner

‘Chaplain, Can You Do an Exorcism?’

To accompany people struggling with command auditory hallucinations, the author uses a metaphorical approach and works within each patient’s own religious framework. By Jeremy D. Sher

Chanting through the Spring Surge

An interview with Sarah Byrne-Martelli, a chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital, on the quiet camaraderie and unnamed grief among hospital staff during the pandemic. By Wendy McDowell

Let My People Go

Mass incarceration is Jim Crow’s most obvious descendent. Faith communities must focus on the collective work of dismantling this catastrophic system. By Raphael G. Warnock

Doing by Not-Knowing

A hospital chaplain reflects on the wonder and intimacy of not-knowing, responding to Chris Berlin’s “A Jewel in the Lotus.” By Jill R. Gaulding

Chaplaincy as ‘Tragic Improv’

Erica Rose Long describes the honest conversations about race taking place at Massachusetts General Hospital and discusses the unique challenges and joys of chaplaincy. By Wendy McDowell

Can a Buddhist Monk Become a Chaplain?

A Buddhist monastic reflects on his chaplaincy training through the lens of Theravada Buddhism, responding to Chris Berlin’s “A Jewel in the Lotus.” By Bhante Kusala

A Jewel in the Lotus

The Buddha’s life, teachings, and response to human suffering inform practices of spiritual care in the hospital, and also in the classroom. By Chris Berlin

At Trump’s Right Hand

With Paula White’s elevation to a position of power in the White House, the prosperity gospel has achieved its highest level of national exposure. By Mark I. Pinsky

With Her Head Held High

Even after her imprisonment and torture, a Sikh woman relentlessly pursues justice for her father’s murder during the state-sanctioned 1984 violence. By Kalpana Jain

What Truth Do Martyrs Tell?

Christians sought to rewrite the system of ancient social relations through their own narratives of ritualized embodiment in torture and execution. By Karen L. King

Lives of Unbelief

Portraits of nonbelievers from five different countries. Photographs and interviews by Aubrey Wade.

‘Namaste All Day’

Spiritual appropriations and commodifications are always in negotiation with power. By Andrea R. Jain

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