Chaplains in the public sphere can play an important role in offering spiritual and pastoral support, says Andrew Copson. But they must be open to all, including the non-religious, who are unfairly marginalised in current arrangements.
The chaplaincy crisis in the National Health Service needs urgent ministerial attention, following new research revealed swinging cuts to the service throughout England, says a trade union group representing multi-faith chaplains.
A project helping young offenders in West London to re-connect with their belief background as a way of improving their behaviour has won a national Youth Justice award. It raises challenging questions about the role of faith in public life.