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WORKPLACE CHAPLAINS
(2008-03-31)
(wgvu) - FRINGE BENEFITS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF MOST PEOPLES' JOBS. IT'S COMMONPLACE FOR COMPANIES TO PROVIDE COUNSELING SERVICES FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. BUT MORE AND MORE FIRMS ARE GOING ONE STEP BEYOND, -RETAINING THE SERVICES OF A CHAPLAIN TO HELP WORKERS THROUGH TOUGH TIMES.
ONE SUCH MAN OF THE CLOTH IS GREG DUVALL OF CALEDONIA. AN ARMY VETERAN, HE WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED BY THE CARINGNESS OF MILITARY CHAPLAINS. AFTER DISCHARGE, HE ATTENDED THE NON DENOMINATIONAL DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND THEN SIGNED ON AT MARKETPLACE CHAPLAINS.
OFTENTIMES, DUVALL SAYS THE FOLKS HE COUNSELS MAY LACK A REGULAR CHURCH HOME OR COMFORTABLE ACCESS TO A CLERGY MEMBER. HE SAYS IN CASES OF NEED, THE CHAPLAIN'S OWN PERSONAL BELIEF OR FAITH TRADITION USUALLY DOESN'T MATTER.
DUVALL SAYS CONFIDENTIALITY IS UPPERMOST IN HIS RELATIONSHIPS WITH EMPLOYEES, OFTEN MEETING THEM OFFSITE ON WEEKENDS FOR COUNSEL.
HE'S BEEN SERVING SINCE 1999, BUT THE FIRST WORKPLACE CHAPLAINCY SERVICES ACTUALLY GOT THEIR MODEST START IN THE MID 1980's.
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