Refine Your Awareness and/or Become a Professional Chaplain
Physicians care for the body. Psychologists care for mental health
Chaplains care for the wellness of the soul and its sacred values
Who are the chaplains and what service do they offer?
Chaplains are clerics such as imams, pastors, rabbis, or lay representatives of a religious tradition, or humanistic atheists or agnostics, who serves at a secular institution to provide spiritual care for people regardless of their faith backgrounds
Chaplains are now in-demand - Read The Washington Post Article:
As Americans become less religious, the role of chaplains may grow
Where can chaplains work?
Hospitals & Hospices
Prisons & Police
Universal Chaplaincy is now offering two tracks in chaplaincy-training
General Pastoral Education
For students desiring spiritual growth to learn how to provide spiritual care for themselves and their loved ones.
It is also for students who desire to work as chaplains in a professional non-clinical setting such as prisons, non-profit organizations, mosques, schools, or colleges.
Clinical Pastoral Education
For students desiring to learn how to minister to patients and their families, to those who are facing end of life situation and to their families. This program is equivalent to clinical pastoral education (CPE) where students will be on call to answer patients' virtual calls.
Universal Chaplaincy is now offering Master of Arts in Islamic Sufi Knowledge
Who can enroll in the Chaplaincy-Training Program?
Every person should learn the skills of the Chaplain
Whether you desire to provide general pastoral care in a professional setting, or clinical pastoral care in a hospital or a hospice, or you are pursuing your own spiritual wellness and growth, this course is for you. You just have to apply for the track you desire.
Postgraduate students of religious studies or anyone who has a postgraduate degree in a related field such as psychology, social services, comparative philosophy, who aspire to become chaplains will be fully certified to provide pastoral care or pastoral clinical care based o the track they choose.
Individuals who do not have a master's degree will be able to be certified and enhance the spiritual quality of their services whether they are relief workers, youth leaders, religious institutes managers, life coaches, social workers, counsels, therapists, physicians, nurses, parents, and business owners, and employees in corporations. If they desire, they can still plan to have their Master's degree to widen the possibility to be hired as chaplains.
People who are seeking spiritual growth can enhance the quality of their lives and the lives of the people whom they care for, and some places can still hire them if they prove they are active members in their spiritual communities and get their communities to endorse them as spiritual care providers.
The etymology of the word chapel comes from Old French chapele, from medieval Latin cappella, diminutive of cappa ‘cap or cape.’ The word chaplain means custodian of the cloak, or someone who inherits and preserves the sacred teaching of a spiritual tradition.
Ḥakīm is the closest word in Islamic tradition that describes the word chaplain
In Arabic, Ḥakīm means a "wise person." Ḥakīm was also used more generally to refer to polymath scholars who were knowledgeable in healing, theology, psychology, and philosophy such as Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna). Ibn Sīnā argues that spiritual wellness requires that the connection between the body and soul be strong enough to ensure the soul's individuation but weak enough to allow for its immortality. According to Ibn Sīnā, this process of perception and abstraction of meanings is the nexus of the soul and body, for the material body may only perceive material objects, while the immaterial soul may only receive the immaterial, and makes meanings of the world.
Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: "Each of you is a caretaker and each of you should provide quality care for whom he/she cares for. The father is a caretaker of his household and he should provide quality care for his household. The mother is a caretaker for her children and she should provide quality care for her children. An employee is a caretaker of customers and he /she should provide quality care for his/her customers. A leader is a caretaker of people, and he/she should provide quality care for the people whom he/she leads,"
The quality of care that Prophet Muhammad described includes the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. Physicians care for the physical bodies, psychologists care for mental health, and Ḥakīms care for the souls.
Become a Ḥakīm: Mercy for the world!
Heal and You will be healed
Universal Chaplaincy welcomes people of all faith and no-faith backgrounds
Universal Chaplaincy's Non-Discriminatory Policy
Universal Chaplaincy vow to offer equal educational opportunity and spiritual care, support, and employment opportunities for all people regardless of their national origins, race, color, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical abilities, religious beliefs, age, marital status, military status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.