Religious and spiritual traditions evolve their own specific terms of art. Over time this will limit who can access the tradition.

Vernacular means “the common tongue.” Eveyone speaks it unless they want to keep secrets.

Vernacular chaplaincy presents “spiritual humanism,” a way to implement organisational welfare programs unburdened by the private languages spoken by particular confessional traditions.

Anomie.

Modern organisations both receive and transmit anomie. A natural human response to certain economic or marketing effects, anomie commonly occurs when someone experiences a barrier to entry to any economic market. The modern labour market constantly imposes social changes — changes felt in the organisation itself, possibly before anywhere else. Traditional rules, such as dogma or doctrine, may not anticipate these changes.

Chaplaincy, when it is implemented correctly and with this intent, is a form of loss prevention. Chaplaincy, in Loss Prevention Headquarters, describes ways to assist organisations mitigate anomie, a term you will encounter continually because ours is an age of change. The normal changes that occur gradually are not the changes I speak of.

All ages impose change. But some ages impose radical and rapid change. This is our age. Radical change unsettles people, people form organisations, and so radical change unsettles organisations. The mix of agitation, apathy, action and reverie is a strong recipe for despair. [40]

Religion may be a type of faith, but faith does not imply religion.1 Whether or not you need God is irrelevant to me — you’re on your own in this matter. My lived experience includes God for reasons I am free to reveal if I think it relevant to our relationship. Anyone may access how I experience God. I’ve neither intent nor interest in proving their need for my God — or any god, for that matter.

Agitation and apathy are contradictions, as are action and reverie. I think the first pair (agitation/apathy) defines inpiration or its absence; the second pair (action/reverie) defines aspiration or its absence. Put somewhat differently, these two pairs contrast the question Who am I? with the question What can I be?

Join us at Taylor Green Seminars to answer these questions.