History and Vision

The Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy at The Johns Hopkins Hospital continues to carry on a tradition of spiritual care that began with the Visiting Clergy Service.

Each year, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Academic Division Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy puts together an annual report to inform and highlight our work. Please find links to those reports below.

Mission of Johns Hopkins Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy

William S. Perper Faith-Health Symposium

The Perper Foundation has generously provided funding over ten years for the William S. Perper Healthy Community Partnership National Symposium. The annual symposium honors William “Bill” Perper’s legacy to helping those less fortunate by engaging partnerships between hospitals and faith communities that have the potential to address many of today’s greatest health care challenges.

Through a commitment to his faith community at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, Mr. Perper understood the power and engagement of clergy to improve health and chronic disease management in vulnerable populations nationwide. Building healthy communities through medical religious partnerships, was an area of interest for him, as he believed that people needed to become actively involved in their own health care and overall fitness for a better quality of life. A series of annual symposia have been held in concert with Johns Hopkins Bayview faculty and staff, to which the community is invited. Please check the webpage for symposium information.

The 9th Annual William S. Perper Faith-Health Symposium, Understanding Addiction: A Community Approach to Healing, was a free virtual series for individuals who are concerned about the current substance use crisis in our country, and for those who are personally facing the challenges of substance use disorders.