Volunteer Chaplain Training
Sojourn chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to the diverse population of patients, their loved ones and the staff of San Francisco General Hospital. Chaplains serve individuals of all faiths and spiritual traditions and those claiming no specific tradition. Chaplains offer compassion and human connection through active listening and genuine presence. At the request of those served, chaplains also facilitate prayer, ritual, sacramental ministry, and access to scripture and devotional resources of many faith traditions written in multiple languages. Our chaplains come from a variety of traditions and backgrounds, and support the faith and spirituality of every individual they serve.
Sojourn continually seeks to build and support a volunteer community described by diversity of faith, gender, race, culture, and sexual orientation. We welcome those who are interested in providing hospital chaplaincy to contact us for further information about our volunteer programs.
We train individuals from all Bay Area communities called to chaplaincy work or other outreach ministry, whether they wish to work at SFGH or another health care institution or pastoral care setting. Sojourn also provides programs of training for seminary and university students. We provide continuing education and learning opportunities for our volunteer chaplains on a variety of topics pertinent to their work with Sojourn.
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Eucharistic Ministers Training
In summer 2016, we have been privileged to work closely with St. Peters Roman Catholic Church to develop a new training program for Eucharistic Ministers here at the General. Each of these ministers has received training from their home congregation and currently serves the parish as a Eucharistic Minister. We are privileged to be welcoming this new class of faithful vounteers to bring the sacrament to patients Catholic patients requesting holy communion. If you would like to learn more about Eucharistic Ministry at ZSFG, please click here and talk to your parish Priest
Theological Student Chaplain Internships
For over 30 years Sojourn has been educating seminarians and students of theology. For hundreds of religious leaders in the bay area alone, study with Sojourn has been a fundamental part of their spiritual formation. Each year, we welcome Chaplain Interns from Graduate Theological Union schools, the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, and Westmont College. These students participate in the Volunteer Chaplain Training as well as undergo additional studies as a part of their internship. If you are interested in Sojourning with us as a part of your pastoral formation, please apply today
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
We have had CPE interns serve here at Sojourn with ZSFG as their clinical placement while CPE learning happens offsite. If you are interested in serving at the General and would like to explore CPE credit elsewhere, please apply today!