This article presents an overview of the state of chaplaincy in the Netherlands. It sketches the history, religious and theological climate, training, organization and current practice. Two important recent developments are discussed: the rise of nondenominational spiritual care and spiritual caregivers getting involved in community care. Spiritual care in the Netherlands has gone through a long process of professionalization, in which the relation between the professional and the religious identity of the chaplain had to be continually redefined. It is argued that although Dutch spiritual care is still denominationally organized, spiritual caregivers share a common professional identity as professionals who focus on meaning, belief systems and ethics.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Tidsskrift for Praktisk Teologi: Nordic Journal of Practical Theology|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Professionalization, religious identity, pillarization, nondenominational spiritual care, community care