Rev. Jürgen Schwing, M.A., B.C.C.


Faculty, Spiritual Care (Interfaith Ministry & Service)

Jürgen Schwing, M.A., BCCI, has taught spiritual care and interfaith theology as a ChI Faculty member since 2000, drawing on 20 years of experience providing spiritual care in hospitals and hospices, and with the homeless.  Jürgen is currently the Director of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Diablo Service Area (Kaiser Diablo). This service area includes the Walnut Creek and Antioch Medical Centers and the Diablo Hospice Program. Jürgen has also trained and worked as a facilitator for the Acts of Reconciliation Project, bringing together Jews and Germans to commemorate the Holocaust. Kaiser Permanente has featured his work in interfaith spiritual care in clinical video conferences throughout its system nationwide.

Jürgen was ordained as a United Church of Christ minister and his work is rooted in Eastern and Western contemplative traditions, pluralistic and integral theology, and depth psychology.  He has  taught at Pacific School of Religion Summer Session and has given presentations internationally, including in Germany and at the World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality in India, as well as at conferences of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.  He received the Len Cedarleaf Award for best theory paper from the ACPE and received an award for his essay entitled “Theology of Supervision: Awakening and Transformation in Clinical Pastoral Education.”  Jürgen completed his undergraduate studies and some graduate studies at Frankfurt and Heidelberg Universities in Germany, where he received a merit scholarship for a paper on theory of sciences and theology. He received an M.A. in Religion and the Personality Sciences from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a ACPE-Certified Educator. 

(Disclaimer: Rev. Schwing's teaching at ChI, as well as his writings on the ChI website, are his own and not endorsed by Kaiser Permanente).

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