Earth Quaker, Palliative Care Chaplain, Radical Transition Activist
Carl Magruder, M.Div., APBCC, is a “cradle Quaker” of the waiting worship tradition. He lives in California, where he works as a palliative care chaplain at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. An EarthQuaker, Carl finds God in the world around him — “the text God wrote Herself.”
In 1998, Carl started a ministry of “the Gospel of the Earth”, carrying a concern for the human/earth symbiosis. After a year spent at Pendle Hill in 2007, Carl went to work for the National Council of Churches in DC, Ecojustice Division, where he decided to go to seminary.
After earning a Master’s of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion as a Dean’s Scholar, including four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in the East Bay, Carl worked for Pathways Hospice and Hospice by the Bay. In 2015, Carl moved to Humboldt County, to join an innovative home-based palliative care organization, ResolutionCare. Carl currently works at Zuckerberg San Francisco Hospital, a safety net hospital and Trauma 1 center whose unofficial slogan is “As real as it gets”. Carl is an Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain with the Spiritual Care Association, and is endorsed by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Carl feels closest to the sacred when offering “a listening ear and an open heart” at bedside or when he is amongst the trees, rivers, mountains and deserts of his native California. While recognizing that human society is going through a time of radical transition/messy adolescence, Carl believes that this creates possibilities for the Peaceable Kingdom to break through and flourish amongst us. He is a bicyclist, beekeeper, bibliophile, environmentalist, motorcyclist, tinkerer, and fountain pen restorer. He has two kids, aged 14 and 18, and is supported in his ministry of spiritual care by his partner and high school sweetheart, Dr. Mica Estrada.