The Parish Weave

On a recent trip to Lancaster, located in the north west of England, I visited the cathedral. It sits atop a hill with a view towards Morecambe Bay. It was a winter day and the warmth of the cathedral was a reprieve from the biting wind. I entered into the building and was struck by … Continue reading “The Parish Weave”

When prayer shows up

Our blog has been quiet, hasn’t it, as we’ve shifted from data collection and coding to full immersion in writing up our project with the book monograph we are preparing. Early in the writing up period, the research team met for a 3 day Think Tank in Vancouver (September 6 – 8, 2017). Sonya Sharma, … Continue reading “When prayer shows up”

The ambiguous role of the chaplain

Acute hospitals are places where boundaries and/or bridges between clinical and spiritual priorities are tested, especially in the decision-making process, such as in multidisciplinary team meetings. In our field site in London, chaplains are part of the end-of-life multidisciplinary team meetings. During a walking interview, one of the spiritual care practitioners took me to the … Continue reading “The ambiguous role of the chaplain”

Taking prayer on the road

The summer months are sometimes referred to as conference season and this year we are taking “Prayer as Transgression” on the road, with presentations in Toronto (May 28 – 30th, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (Congress), Lausanne (July 4 – 6th, International Society for the Sociology of Religion), and Leeds (July 12 – … Continue reading “Taking prayer on the road”

I am not your doctor

  I am not your doctor By Lawrence T. Cheung January 12, 2017 Do I look like a doctor to you? Yes, I suppose so. Glasses, wrinkle free shirt, meticulously pressed pants…and yes, that non-anxious presence. No I am not your doctor. I can read your blood work and count your potassium. I can speak … Continue reading “I am not your doctor”

Prayer at work

Workplace spirituality has developed as a movement in the last decade or two to encompass the religious accommodation required by legislation (i.e., the employer is required to make reasonable accommodation for an employee’s religious practice or observance), the diversity management spawned as workforces become more diverse, and a philosophy that tending to human values (such … Continue reading “Prayer at work”

The ambiguities of nurses and prayer

We are interviewing nurses, doctors, and social workers (along with spiritual health practitioners) as part of our project, “Prayer as Transgression?” (See about project).  I’ve been intrigued with the responses of nurses because of my own identity as a nurse and nurse educator.  I am aware that there are great variations in what nurses (and … Continue reading “The ambiguities of nurses and prayer”

‘Nice one’ – but why at the end of the list (and just at the end of life)?

NICE – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – is an English special health authority and non-government public body. It is tasked, amongst other things, to reduce variation in the availability and quality of NHS treatments and care in England, and also provides services to other governments within the United Kingdom. In March … Continue reading “‘Nice one’ – but why at the end of the list (and just at the end of life)?”

Photosynthesis of prayer: on exchanges of energy and healing gardens

In his article on nature and hospitals, Roger Ulrich writes about how windows with views of nature speed healing (1984). The notion that nature was important to healing has been around for thousands of years: see, for instance, how the temples in honour of Asclepius -the Greek god of healing – were built high up … Continue reading “Photosynthesis of prayer: on exchanges of energy and healing gardens”

Keep calm and carry on

In this blog, I am musing about the influence of a national culture on how prayer is manifest in hospitals.  When asked what the desired outcome of spiritual care would be, a UK nurse in our Practice Advisory Group said it would be to communicate a sense of calm.  Another physician spoke about spiritual care … Continue reading “Keep calm and carry on”