Honoring The Spirit Through Loving Care And Service
SOJOURN CHAPLAINCY is a multi-faith chaplaincy and spiritual care program at SFGH that was
originally formed and developed in 1982 when the Episcopal Diocese of
California partnered with SFGH to establish an HIV/AIDS ministry for hospital
and outpatient patients. Since that time, Sojourn has practiced the mission described in its name: “to stay with for a time.” Chaplains bring compassion and understanding
to patients, loved ones and staff at the hospital; where a nonjudgmental
presence characterized by active listening is a gift in an environment where
stressful situations and circumstances are all too common. Chaplains sit
without an agenda, listening to the needs of the patients, observing the
changing needs of the hospital environment and bringing their unique skills to
witness, name and create space for hope, health and healing.
Central to Sojourn is the belief that each person is
remarkable and unique and deserving of compassion and understanding. We believe
the ultimate test of any society is how it treats its poor and oppressed
members; and Sojourn ministers to some of society's most marginalized patients
Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH), a comprehensive medical center and the sole provider of trauma and
emergency psychiatric services for the City and County of San Francisco. SFGH
serves over 107,000 patients per year; is one of the nation’s top academic
medical centers and San Francisco’s
public hospital. SFGH compassionately and respectfully provides quality health
care and trauma services to patients that include some of the most socially and
economically marginalized, vulnerable and at risk. SFGH staff members are skilled in providing resources for
physical, mental and emotional health and Sojourn provides a critical element of the circle of care by attending to the spiritual needs
of patients, families and staff.
Sojourn provides two distinct and necessary services within the hospital setting:
1) A Ministry of Presence is provided non-judgmentally to patients, families, friends and staff, no matter what their religious or spiritual tradition or practice.
2) Chaplaincy training and internships for college and seminary students, and for community volunteers from a variety of religious and spiritual communities.
To contact Sojourn Chaplaincy for information about services or volunteering, please click here.
Artist Miya Ando
Ms. Ando's stunning triptych adorns the North wall of the newly-renovated Prayer and Meditation Room. Many hands were involved in the renovation, including the City and County of San Francisco, SFGH, Sojourn, and volunteers. On August 29th, 2011, faith leaders from eight different traditions gathered with hospital leaders, patients, and friends to dedicate and bless the space, which is open twenty-four hours a day for any who seek a place of quiet in the busy environment of SFGH.