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Chaplains I: Climbing The Mountain
April 13, 2017
We kick off our Chaplains series at a senior care facility where Oksana Chapman helps Russian-speaking residents to fan the embers of a spiritual life.

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Oksana Chapman: "I got an 'A' in Atheism." April 13, 2017
In the first installment of our Chaplains series, we spend a day with Rabbi Oksana Chapman, a Russian-speaking chaplain who grew up under Soviet rule and once got an 'A' in Atheism. At Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, she offers the solace of song and ritual to Russian-speaking residents who had to keep their Jewish identity quiet.

Produced by Ruth Morris and introduced by Trace Haythorn, executive director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Arkadiy Glinets and his wife, Roza, share a room at at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, Massachusetts. As young newlyweds in Russia they were forced to hide their Jewish identity. But now, 63 years later, Rabbi Oksana Chapman has married them again -- this time under a Jewish chuppah.
The Contents of a Spiritual Toolbox April 13, 2017
Our guests, a physician and a hospice chaplain, discuss the importance of attending to the spirit as well as the body at the end of life. They describe how they work with non-religious patients to build meaning, and they introduce us to the concept of gerotranscendence-- a theory suggesting that as we age we become less self-occupied and more expansive in our spirituality.

Dr. Christina Puchalski
, author of A Time for Listening and Caring, founder and co-director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health
Kerry Egan, hospice chaplain and author of On Living
Baptized in the Sea April 13, 2017
In a soundscape of surf, sand and spirituality, Father Christian Mondor recounts how he began riding waves at age 70. In water, he finds a metaphor for the holy trinity. And in the surf, he finds a kind of baptism.

Read Fr. Mondor's entry in the Surfing Walk of Fame! 

Christian Mondor, Franciscan priest living in Huntington Beach, in Southern California