SCA University of Theology and Spirituality

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7209 S. Puget Sound Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98409

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Course Author: Rev. Lori Erwin-Johnson, MS Psy., DD


This is the first of a two-part course.


This course, Pastoral & Spiritual Care I: An Interfaith Perspective, orients the students on the use of the interfaith spiritual care as a means of effectively communicating and companioning with a person from another faith tradition.  The class introduces the foundational concepts and techniques needed to responsibly and professionally practice the art of spiritual guidance. It will help the student to expand their understanding through reflection and discernment in order to effectively spiritually serve everyone regardless of faith tradition. This course is beneficial to chaplains, counselors, social workers, therapists, pastors, first responders, nurses and healthcare professionals.


This course requires the purchase of one textbook:

Noticing the Divine: An Introduction to Interfaith Spiritual Guidance by John R. Mabry, ISBN 978-0-8192-2238-1


This class is divided into Course Resources and four modules.


Each module contains the following:

  • Required reading
  • 2 Discussion questions (DQ)
  • Videos
  • Essay


Learning Objectives

During this course students will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the religious traditions presented: Native traditions, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism.
  • Learn how different spiritual assessments work in relation to spiritual care;
  • Become familiar with the various codes of ethics involved in spiritual care.


Course Outline

  • Module 1

    Introduction to interfaith spiritual care

    Native traditions


  • Module 2


    Spiritual assessments

  • Module 3


    Compassionate witnessing

  • Module 4


    Ethical codes

    Pastoral & Spiritual Care III: An Interfaith Perspective

    SKU: UTS.SD.304
    • Number of Credits Towards a Degree at SCA University of Theology and Spirituality - 5