A Better Way to Die: Bringing together medicine and spirituality for end-of-life care is an article in the current Atlantic Monthly magazine, from the perspective of Buddhist chaplain Seigan Glassing. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/06/a-better-way-to-die/276724/
Non-Christian prisoners in Canadian jails have launched a legal challenge to Ottawa’s decision cutting non-Christian prison chaplains. Here’s the story in the Winnipeg Free Press: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/inmates-suing-over-ottawas-decision-to-cut-muslim-sikh-wiccan-chaplains-199015341.html
If you are reading this, chances are pretty good you could not possibly imagine what it is like to be a criminal. Unfortunately, many people find themselves in prison, their entire identity reduced to the worst mistake they ever made. But what happens to those . . . Read More.
The story of prison chaplain cuts to non-Christian positions by the federal government has now been picked up by the Toronto Star.
Since Harper’s government (who plan to save us $1.3 million with the cuts) are moving ahead with $2 billion in spending for new . . . Read More.
CBC news has just run a story about federal cutbacks eliminating the positions of non-Christian chaplains in prisons, and how these chaplains are protesting.
The article also contains a copy of the actual open letter signed by 17 of the 71 chaplains in question. A . . . Read More.
The British Columbia government has cancelled all multi-faith chaplain contracts pending a review, citing budgetary concerns.
Here is the story, from the Vancouver Sun: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Prison+chaplains+halted+contracts+breach+Charter+rights/7205275/story.html
Here is a response, from the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education: http://www.cappe.org/bc_cuts.html
Here is the Chaplains’ Manual from Corrections Canada: http://www.ipcaworldwide.org/resources/Manuals/religious-accomodation.pdf
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The Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, NM, offers a Buddhist Chaplaincy program, and several Canadians have graduated from their program. Here is information about two of them, along with their theses:
Andrew Blake (2010)
photo by Lynette Monteiro
Andrew is cofounder and program director at . . . Read More.
Here’s a 50-minute video of a talk by the abbess of the Po Lam Nunnery in Chilliwack, speaking about Buddhist chaplaincy in the Canadian prison system. Her talk was given at the University of British Columbia to about 90 people last March.
The UBC’s . . . Read More.