Would you like to add to your list of thanksgivings? Here is an opportunity to deepen your personal spirituality by caring for others. Bishop Anderson House is offering our Spiritual Care Visitor Training Program, beginning on Saturday, January 30, 2021. The program will begin via Zoom for a virtual retreat (these are mandatory sessions: January 30 – 10a-12p and 1:30p-3p; February 6 - 10a-12p / All Central Time). You will continue your training by taking seven online modules covering a variety of topics, completing two verbatims and providing two hours of spiritual care weekly via phone or videoconference at the [...]
Exciting News! We are overjoyed to share that the United Thank Offering (UTO) of the Episcopal Church is funding the creation of a Spanish language, ethnically sensitive version of Spiritual Care Visitor Training. By training members in LatinX communities, we will be reaching out to those people who are exceptionally affected by Covid-19 yet so often fall through the cracks of our healthcare system. We are grateful to the UTO for endorsing our vision of spreading effective, healing, nurturing and reconciling spiritual care to people who are struggling, especially in these tumultuous times. “Choosing which grant applications to fund and not [...]
A learning opportunity for Spiritual Care Providers led by the Rev. Bob Petite, BCC What are the important elements of a pastoral conversation? How are friendly visits fundamental to pastoral conversations? Learn more about meaningful pastoral conversations through the use of emotional intelligence, development of empathy, use of self, and active (responsive) listening. Click to register by January 14.
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, [...]