Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Community of Hope

Steering Committee Chairperson - Margi Scotti
Chaplain - The Reverend Deedie Marshall
Upstate Coordinator - Annette Cook
Midlands Coordinator - to be named
The Community of Hope is a training program of pastoral care ministry that prepares individuals to serve under the supervision of the clergy to meet the pastoral care needs of their parish and of other communities. Candidates who complete the program are commissioned as lay chaplains who minister in many settings.


The mission of the Community of Hope is to help Christians who are called to pastoral ministry develop their spiritual gifts, become grounded in the Benedictine tradition and be supported in Community, in order to offer Christ’s Ministry of Presence to those in need.


The training program is a 14 week curriculum. Classes meet on selected Saturdays beginning in September.

The Circle of Care

After they have been commissioned, all lay chaplains are integrated into a local Circle of Care that meets regularly to provide support and continuing training.

The Core Curriculum

•    Introduction to Community of Hope
•    Theology of Pastoral Care
•    Dimensions of Spirituality: Prayer, Worship, Meditation, Silence.
•    The Benedictine Tradition of Spirituality
•    Listening Skills
•    Pastoral Visits: Confidentiality And Debriefing
•    Grief: Coping With Loss
•    Aging and Spirituality
•    Identifying Spiritual Gifts
•    Commitment to Ministry
•    Practice Visits and Retreat

Personal Testimonies

I was introduced to the CoH while participating in an advanced Clinical Pastoral Education program in Little Rock Arkansas after ordination. For me, the program captures the essential skills and the basic foundations  of pastoral care ministry while grounding the care minister in Benedictine Spirituality; building up a strong community of committed caregivers. – Rev. Deedie Phillips Marshall

I signed up for the Community of Hope training class with a desire to make my pastoral care activities at St. Mary’s and Providence Hospital more professional and useful to those institutions. The greatest impact CoH has had on me personally is the growth of my spiritual life. I found a closeness with God I did not know before, a strength of spirit and a peace of soul. – Jane Bleckley, CoH Lay Pastoral Care Chaplain since 2006

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