Practical Bearings

The Critical Bibliography Series for Health Care Chaplains

HealthCare Chaplaincy, with the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, is pleased to offer Practical Bearings, a series of bibliographies and critical reviews of the important books, articles and other publications on the theory and practice of pastoral care.

The series name Practical Bearings derives from the Pragmatic Maxim of the great philosophers Charles Sanders Peirce and William James who contended that all important ideas have consequences for life and living—that is, “practical bearings.”

“Practical Bearings will point professional chaplains to resources that will help them fulfill their mission in the evolving and complex world of health care,” says Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel, editor-in-chief and director of supervised clinical ministry at Gettysburg Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He is a visiting scholar at HealthCare Chaplaincy.

Click on the title to download each edition in an easy-to-print PDF file:



Edition 1: By Its Fruits: The Science of Health Care Chaplaincy.



Edition 2: To Want to Learn: Educational Theory for Supervision and Training.



Edition 3: Meeting the Other: Interreligious Encounters in the Provision and Supervision of Spiritual Care.



Edition 4: Discerning Patient Needs: Spiritual Assessment.



Edition 5: The Management of Care: Literature on Leadership and Organizational Development



Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy