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By Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Most humans within the usa this present day not reside their lives below the advice of neighborhood institutionalized non secular management, resembling rabbis, ministers, and clergymen; really, liberals and conservatives alike have taken cost in their personal spiritual or non secular practices. This shift, in addition to different social and cultural adjustments, has spread out a possibly spectacular area for chaplains—spiritual pros who frequently paintings with the endorsement of a non secular neighborhood yet do this paintings clear of its quick hierarchy, ministering in a mundane establishment, resembling a jail, the army, or an airport, to an ever-changing staff of consumers of largely various faiths and beliefs.

In A Ministry of Presence, Winnifred Fallers Sullivan explores how chaplaincy works within the United States—and particularly the way it sits uneasily on the intersection of legislation and faith, non secular care, and govt law. chargeable for ministering to the wandering souls of the globalized economic climate, the chaplain works with a customers frequently unmarked by means of a particular non secular id, and does so on behalf of a mundane establishment, like a health center. Sullivan's exam of the occasionally heroic yet usually deeply ambiguous paintings yields attention-grabbing insights into modern religious lifestyles, the politics of non secular freedom, and the unending negotiation of religion's position in American institutional life.

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