Humanist Chaplaincy of San Diego, Inc.


About the Chaplaincy

The Humanist Chaplaincy of San Diego, Inc. provides community chaplains, coaching, pastoral counseling and celebrant services in an open, authentic, inclusive, and ethical framework. We seek to offer environments and tools for spiritual transformation and reflective service. We also seek to engage in activities that educate about the worldview of Humanism as defined in the Humanist Manifesto III.

So who are we? Humanist chaplains and celebrants, offering secular spiritual care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices. Humanist chaplains and celebrants, offering to officiate your secular wedding, memorial service, or other life ritual. Humanist volunteers, hoping to be change agents in the two areas we have chosen as most important to us: hunger and homelessness.

Our vision……guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience, we want to change the world.


About the Chaplain/Executive Director

Reverend Dr. Donald Stouder has been a San Diego-based hospital chaplain, crisis counselor, pastoral educator and medical ethicist for over 20 years specializing in ICU, Trauma, and Emergency Department care. He has also served Unitarian congregations as well as being an author and public speaker. In addition to being our Executive Director and Lead Chaplain, Dr. Stouder is also available to officiate at ceremonies and provide pastoral counseling in a secular, spiritual framework.

With over 40 years experience in health care, Don was a paramedic before becoming ordained as a Unitarian Minister and board certified as a Health Care Chaplain. Don has graduate training in bioethics from the University of Washington and Emory University. Don has worked with organ donor families, served as the Director of the Center for Spiritual Care and co-chair of the Bioethics Committee at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and has also served as Affiliate Faculty in Psychology at the San Diego University for Integrative Studies. Don is a recreational pilot and sailor, and is the author of three books and numerous articles, including “Clinical Bioethics in the 21st Century: An Integral Perspective”, which was recently published in WebMedCentral.


For More Information

Office hours are by appointment, on the campus of Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Santee, California. Hospital, Hospice, or Skilled nursing visitation is by referral, and emergencies can usually be accommodated.