Chaplaincy: Intro

When I think of a chaplain, I picture Father Mulcahy, SJ, from M*A*S*H. He’s a pushover whom everyone likes but few respect. He wields no authority as a religious leader. He will perform services from any religion upon request, and he celebrates mass alone on Sundays.

Father Mulcahy may represent an accurate stereotype of many real-life chaplains. In spite of this, I have a hunch that chaplaincy may become a growingly impactful medium of ministry, and I want to explore how this might be the case (or see if my hunch is wrong). I want to examine the history of the chaplaincy (which I do not know at all), learn about modern practices, and speculate on how chaplaincy may change (hopefully for the better).

Instead of writing a single mature article, I will conduct bite-sized research, sharing findings in a series of short articles along the way. I don’t know where this series will lead… it could get cut short very early or become an eye-opening adventure!

I hope to write such series on a number of other topics I am interested in. I intend to write on the arrival of a modern Dark Age. I will also look into a trend I’ve noticed: how Democrats, in their rhetoric, like to use their relative success in the realm of healthcare and public health as a bully pulpit to promote other agenda items such as gun control, “anti-racism,” and more. I have been contemplating both of these subjects years before COVID hit, so it has been interesting to observe how the past two years have played out… But one conversation at a time!

About The Author

Z is the Chief Editor of the Morning Walk Website. He built and continues to maintain the Website. As Chief Editor, he will attack every word you write. Nothing is safe from this grammar police who will take your words–all of them–and expose them to the greatest torture. Your clauses, phrases, and participles are not safe from him. (Chief Editor's note: The disgruntled Executive Director wrote the polemical portion of this bio.)

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