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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy

For a Special Issue on
Chaplains of Color: Histories and Practices

Abstract deadline
01 June 2022

Manuscript deadline
01 September 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Wendy Cadge, PhD, Barbara Mandel Professor of the Humanistic Social Sciences Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Brandeis University
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Aja Antoine, Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology, UC-Berkeley
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Marilyn J. D. Barnes, MS, MA, MPH, BCC, Rev. Robert B. Lantz Chair and Assistant Professor Patient Counseling Department College of Health Professions
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Chaplains of Color: Histories and Practices

Aims of the Issue:

The goal of this issue is to highlight the work of chaplains of color, historically and in the present, in the provision of spiritual care in the United States. We invite manuscripts focused on chaplains in any sector (healthcare, education, prison, military, community/social movement, etc.) and any group of chaplains of color. Intersectional and comparative approaches are particularly welcome. Of particular interest are manuscripts that advance our understanding of chaplaincy and spiritual care as shaped by race and ethnicity. We seek insight into the educational preparation of chaplains of color, structural racism, religious diversity, provider and client experiences, workplace dynamics and other themes. Topics may include:

  • Data on the number and positions of chaplains of color and their duties relative to their institutions’ aims.
  • Descriptions of educational or workplace dynamics with colleagues, care recipients, and institutional authorities; professional development (self-led or guided); and information on retention, recruitment, and advancement, or lack thereof.
  • Primary assessments of historical and institutional records documenting the entry of chaplains of color (particularly women of color) into the field.
  • Analysis from chaplains and/or other professionals about the impact of systemic racism on spiritual care provision.
  • Descriptions of the experiences of chaplains of color in areas of their work, the clinical pastoral education process, and/or the professional certification process.
  • Locality-specific (e.g., city, region) historical studies.
  • Narratives about the obstacles chaplains of color have faced, as well as those about personal and professional fulfillment.

Articles that draw on qualitative, quantitative, and/or archival/primary research are all welcome.


From the gallows and fields of war to the street and bedside, chaplains of color have been present and instrumental in providing spiritual and emotional support in public and private settings across the United States. Their histories and experiences are not well documented and integrated into the fields of spiritual care and chaplaincy, a field often understood as predominantly white and Christian. The presence and actions of chaplains of color parallel, converge with, and diverge from patterns laid out in the normalizing studies of white chaplains. Research is needed to document these realities so that individuals and institutions can name, address, and respond to historically grounded racial inequities in the work of chaplains of color. This research will enable chaplains of color to relate their experiences in their own words and to consider the practice and scope of spiritual care at the intersections of race, gender, class, and religion.

Submission Instructions

For this issue, the editors request that authors initially submit paper proposal abstracts, after which decisions will be made on invitations for authors to submit full-length manuscripts.

  • Proposal abstracts should be no more than 500 words, not including title, authors, and contact information.
  • Proposal abstracts should describe the potential manuscript and provide preliminary data, if available.
  • Proposal abstracts should be e-mailed to Wendy Cadge ([email protected]), copying Grace Last ([email protected]) by June 1, 2022 and should include contact information for the corresponding author.

Important dates are listed below:

            June 1, 2022: Paper proposal abstracts due (500-word limit)

            July 1, 2022: Invitations to submit full-length manuscript will be sent

            September 1, 2022: Invited full-length manuscripts due (20-page limit; please note in your cover letter that this is for the special issue)

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