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Offering spiritual support at the Winter Olympics

Offering spiritual support at the Winter Olympics

Teams of chaplains have traveled to Sochi to offer spiritual support to athletes competing in the Winter Olympics. They include Christians, Muslims, Jews and Orthodox priests. From the Huffington Post:

Carl Dambman has spent years preparing for Sochi, traveling from his Seattle home to athletic competitions in the United States and internationally, improving his skills ahead of the Winter Olympics.

But Dambman, 63, isn’t an athlete. Instead, he’s one of dozens of chaplains volunteering at the games, where organizers have set up three multi-faith centers at the Olympic and Paralympic villages for competitors and their coaches.

“In such a high-pressure, high-stakes place, you never know what someone will want to talk about, but we’re there for them,” said Dambman.

Read more. And Episcopal Bishop John Bryson Chane shares his thoughts on Olympic values and memories of serving as an Olympic chaplain himself in 1980 here.

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