Linda S. Golding, MA, BCC
Chaplain Linda S. Golding received her Masters Degree in Jewish Studies and the Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Jewish Theological Seminary (NYC) in Spring 2013 and became a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2014.
Golding has served as Staff Chaplain and Coordinator at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center since 2010, caring for patients, families and staff throughout the adult and children’s hospital. She is the chaplain member of the hospital’s Ethics Committee and its Organ Donor Council and leads regular didactics for chaplains, nurses, doctors and medical students, as well as workshops and webinars for peers and colleagues, and is the 2022 recipient of the Jewish Theological Seminary Center for Pastoral Education Chaplain Leader Award.
Named a member of the inaugural 2020-21 REACH fellowship program sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian and ICAP under the aegis of the Dalio Center for Health Justice, Golding’s Capstone Project is VitalForce: An EveryDay Readiness Plan for Spiritual and Emotional Well-being. She also led the 2021 Luce Foundation funded program THE BODY KNOWS, a pilot to provide support to frontline hospital staff.
She is an adjunct professor in the Bioethics program at Columbia University where she teaches “Hope, Meaning and Clinical Ethics”; the Jewish Theological Seminary, “Pastoral Torah of Dying and Death”; Union Theological Seminary “Professional Ethics for Spiritual Care and Ministry”; and the Columbia University School of Nursing, “Foundations in Spirituality for Healthcare.”
Publications include SPIRITUAL CARE WITH NON-COMMUNICATIVE PATIENTS: A GUIDEBOOK (Hachette/Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2019) and “The Evolving Role of Hospital Chaplains at the End of Life” co-authored with The Reverend Martha R. Jacobs in OUR CHANGING JOURNEY TO THE END (Praeger/ABC-CLIO 2014). Springer Nature will release SPIRITUAL CARE AND
BIOETHICS: WHEN SCIENCE
Fall 2021 - 3 credits
What does it mean to be a spiritual caregiver? As such a caregiver, what is our ethical imperative to care, and where/how do we each set our boundaries? What does it mean to care for ourselves and to care for others? Topics of concern, learning and reflection include the ethics involved with: power dynamics in spiritual care and ministry; racial, gender-related, and cultural trauma; othering and being othered; care for and by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) practitioners; and identity. This interactive course uses values to consider the ethics of care of others and self and includes lecture, small group work, case studies and courage.
Note: Concentration requirement for Chaplaincy students.