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.
Join ZSFG and Sojourn Chaplaincy for our next Grand Rounds on Challenging Islamaphobia. Come hear about how Islamaphobia is affecting our community and what you can do to take action and make a difference. We will be joined by esteemed panelists,
Suzanne Barakat MD. Resident, Family and Community Medicine SFGH/UCSF
Ameena Jandali, Founding Member, Islamic Network Group
Hatem Bazian, Senior Lecturer of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
Zahra Billoo, Council on American Islamic Relations
In Carr Auditorium on the SFGH Campus on Tuesday February 28th from 12-1pm.
On #Giving Tuesday choose to give care to the most marginalized.
Sojourn was founded in 1982 when the Episcopal Diocese partnered with San Francisco General Hospital to establish a ministry for patients with HIV/AIDS. Today, Sojourn provides services to all San Francisco General Hospital patients seeking emotional support. The General is the city’s only public hospital and we serve some of the most marginalized members of our community. From people living on the streets to refugees coming to San Francisco for sanctuary from war zones, people who don’t have access to care other places, can receive non-judgmental and affordable care here. Whether a patient is religious, spiritual, or does not identify with any tradition, our amazing team of chaplains is there to comfort them and their families.
This Tuesday November 29th, #Giving Tuesday, people across the world will be celebrating generosity by donating to their favorite charitable organizations. Can you join in this generosity and support Sojourn Chaplaincy today? All donations are tax-deductible and every dollar helps us to provide spiritual care for some of the most marginalized members of our community.
Thank you for your support for Sojourn Chaplaincy. Our small organization depends on the generosity of donors like you to keep our doors open. Thank you for your support, your generosity and your care.
May your holiday season be blessed,
Rev. Claire Bohman and the Sojourn Team.
On November 2nd Sojourn Chaplaincy partners with San Francisco Zen Center to present an evening with Lucy Kalanithi, Grace Dammann, Lennon Flowers, and our moderator, Jennifer Block. We will explore how the human experience of sickness, old age, and death creates an appreciation for the preciousness of life.
The evening’s conversation will invite each speaker’s multiple perspectives on death, sickness, and ageing. Lucy Kalanithi draws upon her experience as a widow and mother, caregiver, and physician. Grace Dammann speaks as a physician and also one who has been both a care receiver and a trainer of caregivers. Lennon Flowers met death from the perspective of a daughter and now creates community through the millennial generation’s experiences of death. Our moderator, Jennifer Block, calls upon her broad experience as one who works with those facing the spiritual and emotional issues related to ageing, sickness, dying and grief.
You can purchase tickets here. If you are a ZSFG patient, staff member or chaplain and are interested in attending please contact Chaplain Claire Bohman at Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a few comp tickets available.
Sojourn Chaplaincy and ZSFG is excited to be joining with Spiritual Care departments across the country in celebrating National Spiritual Care week. The theme of this years celebration is “Spiritual Resilience”. Here at the General, our patients know a lot about resilience. As a public safety net hospital, many of the people we serve here struggle with multiple forms of marginalization and injustice on top of the health challenges that are now bringing them to the hospital. Survival in the face of this oppression is an act of resistance. Connecting with our spiritual resilience is one to the ways that we can begin to dismantle these systems of injustice.
It’s amazing how many times when we ask patients, “What’s helping you get through these challenges?” we are met with an articulation of faith, spiritual practice, an expression of art, and/or gratitude for family, community and more. The ways that we as humans find a connection with spiritual resilience is as vast and diverse as our fingerprints. A key dimension of our work as multi-faith Chaplains is to meet patients facing tremendous challenges and support them in connecting with their inner resources. This is one of the greatest gifts of Chaplaincy–being given the honor of witnessing patients as they find threads of reconnection with the resiliency deep within their human spirit.
During Spiritual Care week we will be reaching out to staff to increase awareness about our services. We will also be offering “Blessing of the Hands” on Tuesday October 18th to support the spiritual resilience of staff doing the incredible work of service here at ZSFG and the Department of Public Health. We will be posting pictures and bios of our incredible Chaplains in the communication board near the cafeteria. I think I can speak for all the Chaplains when I say each of us has a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity to serve in this incredible place of healing.
Saalam. Shalom. Peace. Paz.
Rev. Claire Bohman, Sojourn Chaplaincy Program Director
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!
Feeling inspired? You can also support the great work of Sojourn! Gifts of all sizes are invaluable. We are able to provide quality spiritual care and training for spiritual care providers because of donors like you. Please give to Sojourn today. All gifts are tax deductable.
Please join us for “A Service of Hope” as we gather to remember those who lived under the shadow of drug overdose this year — those who have left this earthy life and those who are still with us. We will gather from 10:30-11:30am on Wednesday August 31st, 2016 in the Prayer and Meditation room of the San Francisco General Hospital. The prayer and meditation room is located on the 2nd floor of building 5 (the “old building”) at 1001 Potrero Ave in SF.
Later from 7-9pm Glide Memorial Church at 330 Ellis St in the Tenderloin district of SF will hold a memorial and celebration of life. There will be films, food, Narcan distribution, needle exchange, and an altar for remembering loved ones. Please bring art and pictures for share for the altar.
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.