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Chaplains: Climbing The Mountain (encore)
May 11, 2023
We are revisiting our Chaplains series, starting with a visit to a senior care facility where Oksana Chapman helps Russian-speaking residents to fan the embers of a spiritual life.
Photograph by Ruth Morris
Oksana Chapman: "I got an 'A' in Atheism." (encore) May 11, 2023
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 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.
Chaplain and patient. Photo shared by the Menonite Church under a Creative Commons By Attribution licence via flikr.
The Contents of a Spiritual Toolbox (encore) May 11, 2023
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
Fr. Mondor at the anual Blessing of the Waves at Huntington Beach, California. Photo courtesy of Blessing of the Waves
Baptized in the Sea (encore) May 11, 2023
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 who lived in Huntington Beach, in Southern California. Fr. Mondor passed away in 2018.

This week's closing music, Surf Shimmy by Kevin MacLeod/Incompetech,
and Pierre Fournier's performance of J. S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 obtained from the   International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) / Petrucci Music Library -- are both used under a Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

Additional music by Blue Dot Session.