Bill Blaine-Wallace, Ph.D.
The Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace, Ph.D.
Multifaith Chaplain Bates College
161 Wood Street
Bill, an Episcopal priest, is the chaplain of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Bill came to Bates after having served as rector of Emmanuel Church, Boston, for thirteen years. Besides parish ministry and college chaplaincy, Bill has served as a pastoral counselor, family therapist, spiritual director and hospice administrator over the course of almost three decades of ministry. He was executive director of the health care organization that opened the nation’s first acute inpatient hospice for persons with HIV/AIDS.
As a pastoral psychologist, Bill has remained incurably curious about the place of lamentation in our relational lives and commitments. Bill focuses on research and writing projects that approach lamentation not as moments or experiences of loss, but as a community practice, a means for becoming and remaining a relational being in a broken world. Bill’s curiosity regarding lamentation stems from a childhood in Albany, Georgia, in the late 1950’s to mid 1960’s, where he witnessed one of the most hard fought and difficult chapters in the Civil Rights Movement. Bill is author of Water in the Wastelands: The Sacrament of Shared Suffering, and recently, a chapter, “The Politics of Tears: Lamentation as Justice Making,” in Injustice and the Care of Souls: Taking Oppression Seriously in Pastoral Care.
While having lived in New England for over twenty years, Bill stays true to his Southern roots and rural bearings with the help of his pick-up truck, his black and tan coonhound, Rocky, and summers in the deep woods of Maine, working the dirt with his wife, Victoria.