Hospital Chaplain Profile

A profile of hospital chaplain the Rev. Margaret A. Muncie offers a glimpse into the difficult work of chaplaincy and also offers an example of good feature reporting on religion.

A profile of the Rev. Margaret A. Muncie, chaplain at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, by Jan Hoffman in the New York Times is moving and well-written. The Rev. Ms. Muncie is a skilled pastor who works with people who follow many different religious paths and she does so with respect and sincerity. She represents an example of the strength of a trained clergyperson who understands her own theology and the faith perspectives of others. She also demonstrates compassion that cuts across difference and gets to the humanity of people in compromised positions due to illness, grief and the uncertain health outcomes that weaken our hope and make us feel alone.

Jan Hoffman writes with an understanding that reveals the complexity and humanity of Chaplain Muncie. Despite my criticism of media in the post preceding this, I cite Ms. Hoffman’s work as an example of good journalism. I was emotionally moved by her profile while not feeling I had been manipulated or otherwise led to a place I didn’t want to go. It’s a good example of writing about a Mainline clergyperson and the expression of pastoral skills and personal faith written without taking us into the controversy or sensationalism that is too often the picture of the mainline church.

It’s good reading and inspiring work.

One Response to “Hospital Chaplain Profile”

  1. margaret a muncie November 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Thank you for your kind words. In looking to send the link of this article to a person I recently met I found your kind comments. I have now moved to South Carolina and work as the Executive Director for a pastoral counseling center. A new use for the skills of pastoral care and chaplaincy I was devoted to for so long.
    peggy muncie

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