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We are so excited to announce that the 40th Anniversary Evensong service in honor of Sojourn Chaplaincy will be shared over livestream. Please join us for interfaith worship by clicking on the link below. And please consider an anniversary gift to Sojourn by Support Sojourn page.
This year the SF General Hospital Foundation chose to honor the tremendous work of Sojourn Chaplaincy in their annual Hearts in SF Event. We are so grateful and honored to receive this honor and to be among so many healthcare heroes here at the General. This event was held online and hosted by Pria David Clemens of KQED at the SF Giants Stadium. You can watch the Sojourn segment below or you can watch the entire event and celebrate all the award recipients by clicking here.
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Since 1982 Sojourn has practiced the mission described in its name: “to stay with for a time.” We offer compassion and understanding to patients and their loved ones as well as to the staff at SFGH. Our vision: Comprehensive spiritual and emotional support for everyone who needs it.
Sojourn Chaplains offer support through a skilled response to suffering. Chaplains work alongside patients, families and staff to support them in reconnecting with their inner resources that will carrying them through the challenges they face.
Sojourn provides a critical element of San Francisco General Hospital’s holistic care. SFGH staff members are skilled in providing resources for physical, mental and emotional health. Sojourn completes the circle, by attending to the spiritual needs of patients, families and staff.
Dr. Jeanne St. Pierre, former Unit Chief of the LGBT Psychiatric Unit at SFGH writes: “Often in a day I realize the inadequacies of modern medical treatments for trauma, schizophrenia, substance dependence, and other causes of emotional suffering. At those times I am particularly grateful for the Services of Sojourn chaplains. Chaplains offer kindness and understanding to those who will likely never be cured, yet do not need to be alone with their pain.”
Join ZSFG and Sojourn Chaplaincy in Celebrating Spiritual Care Week this October 21-27. The theme this year for National Spiritual Care week is “hospitality”. Radical hospitality is foundational to the services that we offer here at the General. As a safety net hospital, ZSFG serves some of the most marginalized people in the healthcare system. At Sojourn we are committed to providing hospitality and compassionate care to all patients here at ZSFG.
Here at the hospital, we will be celebrating Spiritual Care week by offering resources for staff at the bridge between buildings 5 and 25 at lunch from the 22st-26th. Please stop by our resource table, learn more about Spiritual Care and help us in celebrating Spiritual Care Week 2018!
Do you love the Chaplains? Please consider a donation to support our work. This year Sojourn is a part of the city wide combined charities campaign. Click here to donate to Sojourn through the Combined Charities campaign if you are a SF City Employee or you can donate here today!
In 2013, California led the nation in banning Transgender exclusion in health care plans. This made it illegal for Health Insurance Companies to deny transgender people access to lifesaving healthcare. After years of organizing and struggle for access to healthcare, California insurance companies can no longer discriminate against trans people. This has opened the doors to access to health care that many Transgender Californians have never had before.
The Trans Spiritual Care Initiative was born when Sojourn Chaplains were approached by Trans members of their spiritual communities about challenging experiences with Chaplains. These experiences ranged from problematic at best to disturbing. Sojourn Chaplaincy’s chaplain training program was born during the epidemic as a ministry for people dying from AIDS. During these painful times, we learned how important justice rooted training is for Chaplains and Spiritual Care providers.
Here at Sojourn at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, we serve many trans and gender variant patients–some of whom are the most marginalized in the trans community. Training around gender diversity has become an important part of our Chaplain training. We are developing this curriculum to improve our care for trans and gender variant patients at ZSFG. We are also developing this training with the hope that it become a resource for Chaplains, Spiritual Care Departments, clergy and healthcare providers across the country who would like to improve their services and provide more culturally appropriate care for gender variant patients.
In a time when the trans community is facing so many challenges and an increasingly hostile political climate, we believe it is critical for the faith community to stand up and take leadership to support LGBT rights. We are hopeful that the Trans Spiritual Care Initiative will create critical new resources to help Chaplains and other spiritual care practitioners provide better care and develop deeper relationships with the trans community. As spiritual people, we know that relationships are powerful. As Chaplains, we know that bearing witness to the suffering of others can create openings for solidarity rooted in personal connection. We launch this initiative with a prayer for healing and justice for the trans community. May we be open to the divine gifts that are possible when we open to witnessing the pain and struggle of all members of our human family and work toward a more just world.
Sojourn Chaplaincy is honored to announce we are recipients of a Hearts Grant from the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation has given Sojourn Chaplaincy $3,800 to support our work providing multi-faith spiritual care to the patients, families and staff of ZSFG. This money will go specifically to efforts to make our Prayer and Meditation room more accessible to people of different faiths and spiritual traditions. One dimension of this grant is to create a chest accessible for staff and visitors to store Muslim prayer rugs, Buddhist Malas, and other religious supplies.
We are thrilled to receive this generous grant and for all the support of the SFGH Foundation. Deep bows of gratitude to all the Officers, Members and most of all the donors of the SFGH Foundation. Thank you for supporting our work and for supporting the spiritual and emotional needs of the patients, families and staff of ZSFG!
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We are no longer accepting applications for our Fall 2016 Chaplain training program. Our Spring 2017 training session will run from Monday January 23rd to Friday May 19th. Applications for the Spring session are due Friday December 19th.
San Francisco General Hospital is a unique environment in which to learn: a busy county hospital providing medical services regardless of economic status. Many of the patients we serve are socially and economically marginalized, homeless, suffer from mental illness or substance abuse, or are victims of trauma or violence.
The Sojourn Training and Internship Education Programs introduce students to the work of hospital chaplaincy and assist them in developing spiritual care competencies. The programs include the following methods of learning: didactic seminars; reading & writing assignments; Peer Reflection Group, clinical coverage (direct patient care), group supervisory/reflection sessions, and individual supervision.
Sojourn is affiliated with seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union (and is in the process of developing relationships with other seminaries) for Field Education placements. Field Ed Internships are tailored to students wishing to complete their field education or do an internship or advanced field education placement in a chaplaincy setting. Interns work closely with on-site mentors who offer regular feedback and support. Students develop a learning covenant and work on specific learning goals, which often include goals related to leadership development, community-building, and teaching or educational opportunities.