Major: Islamic Chaplaincy
School: Graduate Theological Union
Sponsor: Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area Scholarship (MCA)
Taqwa Mahrani Surapati, originally from Indonesia, migrated to the US in 1998. Formerly graduated as an architect from an Indonesian prominent technology institute, ITB, Taqwa began her career in chaplaincy as Stanford Hospital Spiritual Care volunteer in 2003, visiting Muslim patients and families at local Bay Area hospitals. Taqwa formally became a chaplain as Stanford Hospital’s resident in 2012-13, providing spiritual and emotional support for patients, families and all staff regardless of their faith or belief systems. She obtained her Islamic Chaplaincy Certificate at Hartford Seminary in 2013-14. Following that she became the interim Cancer Care Chaplain at Stanford Hospital while attending a Master of Art in Islamic Studies program from Center of Islamic Studies part of Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
In Spring 2015, Taqwa’s paper was accepted as one of the poster presentation at the 7th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference in Detroit, MI titled “Finding Oneself in Pursuing the Divine: Seeking the Sufi Traditional Concepts in Methodologies of Clinical Pastoral Education – Chaplaincy Training.” Currently she has trained more than 200 volunteers, chaplains and healthcare workers in hospitals and communities across the US on how to care for Muslim patients and families.
She lives in San Jose with her husband and teenage son.
Taqwa is the interim Cancer Care Chaplain at Stanford Hospital.