As a pastoral consultant, Rev. Robinson encourages clinicians of all disciplines to listen for the spiritual concerns and strengths of patients and families, and to collaborate with chaplains in practical and productive ways.
“The human spirit is amazingly resilient, and can face any challenge when it can make meaning of it. We need clinicians who not only can cure, but who can nurture the spirit by listening generously and deeply. Listening sounds simple enough, but deep listening takes practice, compassion and above all, humility. When we learn to really listen, we become healers, in the best spiritual sense of that word.”
Rev. Robinson is Director of the Chaplaincy at Children’s Hospital Boston. She completed her AB at Vassar College, her MA in Psychology at the New School for Social Research, her theological studies at Drew Theological School, and her chaplaincy residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She is a board certified chaplain and she completed a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Rev Robinson’s publications have been focused on multi-faith spiritual care, and teaching non-chaplains to become “spiritual generalists.”