Diana Kruzman

I'm a freelance reporter writing about the environment, religion and urbanism.

Why Chaplains Are in High Demand in an Increasingly Secular America

The demand for spiritual care in 2021 may seem surprising; religious belief is in decline across the U.S., and clinical therapy is becoming more widely available and increasingly destigmatized. But in secular institutions around the country—from the New York metropolitan transit system to universities, labor unions, and government bodies—chaplains have maintained a constant presence, and in some cases even expanded their ministry, focusing on the intersection of spiritual and mental health.