Chaplain Support

What does a chaplain do?

A chaplain provides one-on-one pastoral and spiritual support. If you are going through a difficult time, or if you just need someone to talk with, consider meeting with a chaplain. A chaplain may be helpful when facing situations such as:

• Major transitions
• Difficult decisions
• Ethical questions
• Self-doubt
• Illness
• Loss
• Conflict
• Stress

A chaplain is available to meet with anyone, regardless of their tradition, culture, or beliefs. Since chaplains usually work in multi-faith settings (such as hospitals, universities, and jails), they are prepared to meet with anyone who is interested. Chaplains commonly meet with people of different beliefs and people with no beliefs.

A chaplain practices and represents a particular spiritual tradition. For example, a chaplain may be rooted in the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or other tradition. Chaplains often offer programs and practice opportunities for those who are interested in their particular tradition.


Clark began his meditation practice in 1983 and took a gradual path from being an ordination candidate in the United Methodist Church to now training as a Buddhist chaplain in the Upaya Zen Center Chaplaincy Program. Clark has worked with several national organizations focusing on peace and justice, and he spent seven years as a conflict mediator in private practice. His undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religion led to graduate studies at Wesley Theological Seminary. He also received a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution from Columbia University. He currently serves as a chaplain with Island Insight Meditation Community and at the Dukes County Jail and House of Correction.

Next Steps

If you wuld like to arrange a time to talk, please feel free to contact me. A typical conversation will last up to an hour. We may meet just once, or several times. There is no fee.

We can talk about your concerns, how they impact your life, and how they might connect with your broader journey. I practice an interfaith approach, so you do not need to consider yourself a Buddhist, and you do not need to hold any particular spiritual beliefs.

To arrange a meeting, click here for my contact information.

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