As healers and caregivers we are committed to continue our work dismantling racism and discrimination wherever we find it and to foster and protect the dignity and worth of every human being. Eliminating white supremacy is imperative to our charter of advancing healing of the whole person. To that end, we are calling for four things: First, we call on elected officials and political parties to formally disavow white supremacists and nationalist groups. Their rhetoric contributes to racial battle fatigue and Continuous Traumatic Stress Disorder which affects the health and healing of the whole person. We encourage all persons to [...]
Are you a young professional looking to connect with like minded individuals for service and social activities? Perhaps you have taken Spiritual Care Visitor Training and would like to be more involved with our mission. Led by Jon Wes and Kerri Callahan, the Friends of the House are bonding virtually and developing plans for service, education and social activities. This month they are gathering to reflect upon several articles and books focused on systemic racism in America. Are you a young professional with an interest in spiritual care? Then contact Jon to join.
Bishop Anderson House, in conjunction with Rush University Medical Center is offering a community/parish-based extended (26-week) unit of clinical pastoral education(CPE) beginning September 21, 2020 - March 19, 2021. The Rev. Mary L. Altenbaumer, ACPE Certified Educator will be the supervisor for the group, which will meet on Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Bishop Anderson House. Students in the unit will need to secure their own clinical placement site. Some options include: a local faith community, a continuing care retirement facility, or a nursing home. Students will engage in 300 hours of ministry (roughly 15 hours [...]
Your well-being is important to all of us at Bishop Anderson House, and we encourage you to take good care of your spiritual and mental health during this unusual time. Strengthening spiritual practices is a useful tool in building resiliency for times of change and crisis. We offer this guide for your journey: Spiritual Wellness Practices Visit the Healing One, Healing the World tab for additional self-care videos and articles.
As I write this, things have shifted in the Illinois Medical District. Anytime Chaplain Micheal or I come to work and enter Stroger Hospital of Cook County or Rush University Medical Center, we are required to wear a facemask. While this might seem innocuous enough, it has made me realize how much we all communicate nonverbally and how hard it is to interpret what someone is saying or the meaning behind what they are saying when I can’t see if they are smiling, their lips are pursed, if they are yawning because what I am saying is boring, or if [...]
Because we missed seeing each other at the Healing One, Healing the World benefit in May, we are creating a series of virtual gatherings. We want to check in with our Bishop Anderson House family to find out how you are doing and spend time celebrating our mutual ministry. Watch your email for our e-newsletter and/or an invitation from Tommy! Contact Ann at Ann_G_Ryba with questions.
I am writing this in the early morning hours on Saturday, March 21, 2020, where, just a few hours ago at 5pm, the Governor of Illinois issued a “stay at home” order. As I look back on the past week and what lies ahead, here is where I have landed: Stay Centered. In the midst of this pandemic, many people will be anxious. Our role as spiritual care givers and faith leaders is it be less anxious. Notice I didn’t say non-anxious. I don’t believe there is such a thing as non-anxious. If we can take deep breaths, have a quick breath prayer like: “Lord, [...]
All of us at Bishop Anderson House have been appreciative of the calls and e-mails supporting our work during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19. As most of you know, we are housed on the campus of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and we follow their lead. We are allowing staff that want to work from home remotely to do so. We are also canceling upcoming events and will be in touch about rescheduling them. Namely, our April 4 event “From Friendly Visits to Pastoral Conversations” and our Spring Benefit “Healing One, Healing the World” May 17. We will [...]
Travis has been a friend to Bishop Anderson House for decades--ever since he took our Spiritual Care Visitor Training. Through the years, he has provided care to countless souls. He is a true angel to us. http://vimeo.com/240910933