Learning to Listen to God and One Another

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Union alumni/ae embark on a diverse range of vocations, from ordained ministry to law to non-profit leadership. In our Alums in the World profiles, we explore our graduates’ professional lives. Hannah Mills received her M.Div. from Union in 2019, and is doing a CPE residency in Brooklyn.
Tell us about what you’re doing.
I’m serving at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I’m doing a year-long chaplaincy internship that will give me three units of CPE in addition to the unit I completed last summer, so by the end of the year, I will be hopefully certified as a hospital chaplain.
What do your duties look like?
My schedule involves reporting to the hospital five days a week. Tuesday through Thursday, I’ll be in classes about psychology, spirituality, and pastoral care, plus doing group work on personal development with my cohort. On Mondays and Fridays, I’ll be visiting patients, families, and hospital staff to offer pastoral care.
What led you to choose this program?
I chose this program because over the past few years at Union, I’ve grown to appreciate New York, which is not something I anticipated because I moved here from New Orleans, which is a very different city. I decided that I wanted to learn more about what ministry can look like in this city. I’m also discerning a call to hospital chaplaincy. I did a hospital chaplaincy internship for my first unit of CPE at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ last summer and really loved it. It was challenging

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