Why are we starting to see Humanist Chaplains at universities?
I curious because I really don’t see what special function they serve for the student body, unlike religious chaplains that counsel students with metaphysical nonsense. Then, those students are probably believers and think they get some kind of solace from seeing their chaplain. Maybe, if the chaplain is a Catholic, give their confession.
Do students actually go to these humanist chaplains for advice? About what? Do these chaplains offer any more than say, going to a close friend and having a heart-to-heart ?
Also, remember these are paid positions (at least the ones I read about) so that raises student fees which of course increases the cost of attending university. Also, do they actually have specific day to day duties? I’m sure they do but I can’t really seem to discover what those duties entail. What would those duties be, by the way? Maybe they host the local humanist student association? Is a chaplain required for that?
Is it possible this is one more of those programs universities are implementing for “diversity”. Students complain about their being religious chaplains so the university say “Okay, we’ll hire a non-religious humanist chaplain”.
Exit question: What are the academic credentials required to be a humanist chaplain. I might want to apply.