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Rev. Jacob Watson
Rev. Jacob Watson is an Interfaith minister and workshop presenter. He offers programs for agencies, assisted living facilities, hospices and schools. He teaches seminars and workshops on spiritual growth, end of life care and other topics, and provides Interfaith Community Ministry for the greater Portland and southern Maine areas.
Jacob is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, the University of Creation Spirituality and the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministries. He helped start Collins Brook School, an alternative day and boarding school, and with his friend Bill Hemmens, the Center for Grieving Children, where he designed and delivered the Volunteer Training Program for five years.
He began Hospice work in 1985, and since then has been a Hospice Volunteer, Hospice Board member, trainer of Hospice staff and volunteers, and Hospice Chaplain. He served as Chaplain for Community Health Services Hospice, and Beacon Hospice.
For many years he was a grief counselor, focusing on the spiritual aspects of grief, and delivered grief and bereavement training workshops for agencies in Maine and New England. He was a senior staff member of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center, and led residential Life, Death and Transition workshops nationally and overseas. "When I understood that people were bringing me their wounded and broken hearts and spirits, I decided to to study ministry." Jacob was ordained an Interfaith Minister October 28, 2000.
Jacob has presented workshops for the Maine Hospice Council, Beacon Hospice, Maine Medical Center, Outward Bound, the Veteran’s Administration, The Cancer Community Center, the Findhorn Community, assisted living facilities, and the general public. He teaches classes on Religion and Spirituality at the University of Southern Maine, and is on the core faculty of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, where he teaches end of life chaplaincy, community ministry and spiritual consciousness.
The founder and Abbot of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (Chime), Jacob is a core faculty member and sees running the school as part of his spiritual practice. Chime is an interfaith wisdom school offering a two year program of study and service for students seeking to deepen their spiritual lives and become ordained as interfaith ministers. "The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine provides a mindful home for the exploration of self. We investigate not only the heart of wisdom, but how participating in that search together can inform and inspire our everyday lives."
Jacob is the author of Morning Blessing Letters and several articles on grief and spiritual care. He is a member of the Forge Institute, the New England Association of Interfaith Ministers, and the National Council of Hospice Professionals.
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Telephone: (207) 761-2522