• Chapter 2 -Insights from Child Development for Pediatric Chaplains

    Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) The difference between what someone can do on their own and what they would be able to do with support or collaboration. Infancy Feeling loved and cared for are critical for their future physical, mental and spiritual development. Chaplains should encourage medically appropriate touch between infants and parents (Necessary for emotional development).  Has a great impact on how we view the devine.   Toddlerhood High level of determination and a lact of caution. Support their desire for autonomy.  Play is the best gateway into a child’s world.  Carry a ‘magic visitng bag’ filled with games, toys, and other stuff.     Preschool Imagination is a…

  • Chapter 1 – Child Spirituality and Faith Development

    Toddlers High Level of Determination Lack of Caution Trust and Per-verbal world of relationships. Preschool Image and feelings ScriptureGiven to magical explanations of religious events rather than a narrative sequence. God ImageA magical power. PrayerA wishful, magical activity. Religious IdentityAutomatic, unquestioned.   School Age The power to be ‘in’ a story. ScriptureEngrossed by narrative but can’t extract meaning; metaphores are opaque. God ImageAnthropomorphic (Man with a beard). PrayerInstrumental; bargaining to get things I’d like. Religious IdentityLiteral logic (I believe because my parents do). Teenagers Faith as an expression of ‘meaning’ and interpersonal identity. ScriptureCan use symbolic, metaphorical levels of meaning to make sense; deeper concepts are possible (salvation). God ImageCan…

  • F-Google Strikes Again

    How can Google continually ruin productivity? Great question. By adding services that automatically interrupt normal business operations because they’re marketing a new sub-par service, that’s how. There I was, waiting for my most important business meeting of the month wondering. I was completely prepared and on-time, yet the person I was meeting was late. It was unlike him to be late, so I started thinking of other reasons that could be the problem: Is my Zoom meeting public? Does he have the link? Did Zoom change the meeting link? (It’s happened before) Did I get the TimeZone wrong again? Was the meeting 3 hours earlier? Did I already miss it?…

  • Conducting an Online Memorial Service

    The day and time for your Online Memorial is finally here, so ready or not it’s happening. This article covers what happens in real time. How do you manage the meeting flow? How do you deal with technical issues? I can’t wait to get started.  This document is broken down into two main sections:  Technical Issues Ceremony Flow If you missed it, I recently talked about how to construct a proper ZOOVP Memorial Invitation, and if you read that you’d already know what ZOOVP means. But for those who didn’t read it, alas. There are many Zoom-Or-Other-Video-Platforms (or ZOOVPs as I call them). They are fairly similar and they share…

  • 3 Tips to Improve Your Shelter-In-Place Mindset

    I live in San Francisco, and we were recently issued a public health order to shelter in place. This, obviously, has completely disrupted the normal business and family operations of everyone, not just in San Francisco, but all across the country. Schools and bars are closed, kids are home, and tensions are high. But even in the worst of times, we still have the ability to control our thoughts and choose the things that we allow to influence our mindset.  Here are three things that you can do to help improve your mindset and help this situation for everyone else. STOP Listening to the News! The news is a cacophony…