Hindu Chaplaincy – An Emerging Field of Lay Dharmic Leadership
Shama Mehta, Michgan, USA
Hindu chaplaincy brings forth a stage for new Dharmic leadership in Hindu diaspora around the world. Chaplaincy is a craft that combines theoretical, technical, spiritual and theological principles with inner intuition, vision, and artistry. Spiritual care thus empowers care-receivers and their loved ones by mediating compassion in the here-and-now moments of crisis, transition, and loss. Hindu chaplains are professionals who provide spiritual care in hospitals, universities, military, prisons, parliaments and corporations to name a few.
As the Hindu diaspora grows, the lack of traditional support systems are not easily available. This creates a need that a trained Hindu chaplain is prepared to ﬁll. The aim of this poster presentation is to identify where the presence of Hindu chaplains is making a diﬀerence through caring for university students, patients in healthcare settings irrespective of the faith traditions of care-seekers. The poster presentation will also identify where the larger Hindu community can contribute towards training more Hindus to become chaplains, as well as share examples of how Hindu chaplains are making their presence felt at an interfaith table across the globe.
About the presenter…
Shama Mehta is a Board Certiﬁed Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. She works as a hospital chaplain at Beaumont Health in Michigan, USA. She holds a Master’s in Pastoral Ministry and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Administration. Shama is also involved in Interfaith dialogue and social justice activism through local organizations.