A week for washing one’s surplice – or maybe dry cleaning the infulae from one’s mitre…
…or as the Church Times tweeted “[In a] thin week, the appointment of a humanist to lead an NHS chaplaincy team got the most coverage of any story not connected to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry”. Apart from the humanist chaplain appointment which also featured in L&RUK, below, thereafter we tended to cater for our respective audiences with significant interest being shown in the availability of defibrillators, and the used of card readers in churches.
Humanist chaplains in the NHS
The Times (£) reports that Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has appointed a humanist, Ms Lindsay van Dijk, as its lead chaplain in charge of a team of three clergy and 24 volunteers from a range of faiths: “the first time that Christian clerics have worked under a non-religious lead chaplain in the health service”. Continue reading