Unity Chaplains

We invite you to prayerfully consider becoming a Chaplain. It is a unique service that differs from many of the other volunteer opportunities in terms of the level of commitment and responsibilities. The following information is provided as a basic introduction to how the Unity Chaplaincy program works.

What is a Unity Chaplain?

A Unity Chaplain is:

  • Someone who is there to support you on your spiritual journey.
  • Someone who will create and hold a sacred space with you.
  • Someone who will listen to you and hold what is heard in the strictest confidence.
  • Someone who will pray with you.

How does a Unity Chaplain differ from a chaplain in a hospital or care facility?

Unlike hospital chaplains, Unity Chaplains are not ordained and are not trained to counsel people. Unity Chaplains are trained to do three things only: to hold spiritual space, to listen and to pray. Unity Chaplains are not trained to go out and “minister” to the community at large but are trained as a lay resource to help meet the pastoral care needs of our own congregation.

How do I find out more information?

If the Unity Chaplain opportunity resonates with you and feels like an opportunity you would like to explore further, please plan to attend a Chaplain Orientation/Information session. This orientation is mandatory for all those who ultimately do decide to become a Unity Chaplain. Please note that the training schedule is provided so that you can update your calendar, as all of the training is mandatory to be a Unity Chaplain.

What is the time commitment for Unity Chaplains?

The Unity Chaplain Team is a service opportunity for those congregants who are truly looking to take the next step in the development of their spiritual maturity and level of commitment in their spiritual growth. As such, Unity Chaplains are required to make a one year commitment to their responsibilities.

These responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Serving at 1 service monthly
  • (available for one-on-one prayer following services)
  • 2 hours of wellness calling per month (at church office or home)
  • 1 hour Chaplain meeting per month
  • Yearly off-site and on-site training

What if I’ve never done anything like this before?

  • No prior experience in prayer or praying with others is required to serve as a Unity Chaplain.
  • You must be an active member or be willing to become a member at the next available membership class.
  • There are a number of classes available here at Unity of San Leandro which will prepare you for this next step in your journey.
  • You must be willing to deepen your spiritual path through prayer and service and make a commitment to the Program.