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I recently attended the Caring for the Human Spirit: Driving the Research Agenda for Spiritual Care in Health Care conference held by the Health Care Chaplaincy Network. It was definitely the beginning of something special, with a focus on spiritual care research in Palliative Care. While the presentations were really just the beginnings of what is hoped will be more focus on showing the efficacy of spiritual care, there was a sense that much has been shown already to indicate that spiritual care is a core discipline in health care. Here is the accounting of the conference chairperson, George Handzo.