Barbara Bauml had a deep desire to pursue a career as a professional chaplain. She chose the School of Theology and Ministry because of the ecumenically diverse environment, in order to gain a better understanding of people’s perspectives whose faith denominations and experiences are different than her own.
To work as a chaplain, Barbara needed a Master’s degree in theology. She chose to pursue the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree, which became a great fit for enhancing the skills needed to make her a better chaplain.
“My education has given me a greater understanding of the beliefs, values, and history of others’ faith, their denominational views, and the Christian faith in general” Barbara explains. “The experience of studying and exploring theology coupled with the necessity to articulate my personal views and Unity tradition is helpful for knowing where I stand in relation to others in matters of faith.”
Barbara was offered a job as a Staff Chaplain based at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. She will primarily be working with a new program called code lavender. Codes, which are commonly called in medical settings, serve as an alert for a given situation. The idea behind the “Code Lavender” is to provide a rapid response to hospital staff. MultiCare is currently developing a “Code Lavender” program based on the one initiated by the Cleveland Clinic in 2008 to combat stress and burnout among physicians and nurses. In her role as a staff chaplain, she will participate as a member of the pastoral care team who will provide “holistic care rapid response” for staff in need of intensive support.
She is grateful for the opportunity to work as a chaplain and appreciates the opportunity to bring the concepts learned from the classroom into the field. Barbara explains, “I have refined my ability to reflect theologically with others. Greater familiarity with other traditions, communicates a respect and is helpful for being mindful of the theological values and “boundaries” of others. It has given me a broader basis for exploring matters of faith with greater sensitivity and adeptness.”