Spiritual/Moral Dilemmas in COVID-19: How Might Spiritual Care Help?


We gathered over 600 chaplains, faith leaders and educators for a facilitated discussion with leading chaplains and pastoral theologians about the particular challenges facing those who provide spiritual care in health care settings and some of the solutions for moral dilemmas facing spiritual caregivers. On April 6, 2020, the Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime, Director of Religion and Civic Engagement at Odyssey Impact and Michael Skaggs, Executive Director, Chaplaincy Innovation Lab led a thoughtful conversation with chaplaincy practitioners and educators with expertise and lived experience with communal trauma, moral injury, moral anxiety and moral dilemmas in the context of spiritual care. The panelists shared wisdom and insights from their personal experiences.

A ministry of presence is so important now more than ever, even with social distancing.

Resources to help lead congregations, communities and classroom
discussion on topics related to spiritual care and moral dilemma.

To help you in your work, please review the video excerpts of the intimate conversation, curated by Rev. Dr. Carrie Doehring, Clifford Baldridge Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, along with brief expert reflections, discussion questions and suggested additional resources.

Spiritual Practices for Coping with COVID-19 Stress
Curated Video Clip #1

Duration [10:24]

Being Part of a Legacy of Healers
Curated Video Clip #2

Duration [7:19]

Moral Stress and Injury
Curated Video Clip #3

Duration [4:25]

Expert Reflection and Discussion Guide

We hope that the accompanying written resources will equip you with support while leading your congregations and classrooms during this time. We have heard from our wider network that these “bite-sized” resources are ideal for clergy cohort groups, deacon/congregational care teams, seminary education modules, and general faith leader edification and support.

Rev. Dr. Carrie Doehring

For these curated video clips and written resources, we are grateful to the Rev. Dr. Carrie Doehring, Clifford Baldridge Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Iliff School of Theology and Spiritual/Moral Dilemmas in COVID-19: How Might Spiritual Care Help? panelist.

We are a part of a legacy of healers…there is something in us that has the answer about how to get through the moral dilemmas [of spiritual care].

Panel Moderators:

Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime

Director of Religion and Civic Engagement
Odyssey Impact

Dr. Michael Skaggs

Executive Director
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab


Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton

Associate Professor of Practical Theology
McCormick Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL

Rev. Dr. Carrie Doehring

Clifford Baldridge Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Iliff School of Theology
Denver, CO

Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon

Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Chicago Theological Seminary
Chicago, IL

Cantor Michael Shochet

Senior Clergy
Temple Rodef Shalom
Falls Church, VA

Special thanks to our Co-Presenting Partner on this Live Town Hall:

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