Rev. Jürgen Schwing, M.A., B.C.C.


Core Faculty, Spiritual Care (Interfaith Ministry & Service)

Rev. Jürgen Schwing, M.A., BCC, is the Director of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Diablo Service Area (Kaiser Diablo), which includes the Walnut Creek and Antioch Medical Centers and the Diablo Hospice Program. Kaiser Diablo CPE  is a satellite of the ACPE-accreditd center at Stanford Health Care. Rev. Schwing has been core faculty at the Chaplaincy Institute since 2000 and teaches spiritual care and interfaith theology. 

He is an ordained United Church of Christ minister, an ACPE Associate Supervisor, and a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC/BCCI) whose work is rooted in Eastern and Western contemplative traditions,  pluralistic and integral theology, and depth psychology. He 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, in 1993. He received his training in CPE  supervision from Stanford Health Care. Kaiser Permanente has featured his work in interfaith spiritual care in clinical video conferences throughout its system nationwide. He has been providing spiritual care for over 20 years, in hospitals, hospices, and with the homeless in Berkeley, CA. Jürgen was trained  and has worked as a facilitator for the Acts of Reconciliation Project, bringing together Jews and Germans to commemorate the Holocaust. 

Jürgen 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. 

(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).

Read Jürgen’s award winning essay entitled “Theology of Supervision: Awakening and Transformation in Clinical Pastoral Education” here.


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