Annual BAH 2016 Newsletter

The Annual Newsletter is here! 2016 has been a busy year for the staff of Bishop Anderson House, and our programs have thrived, and so the theme of our newsletter is "Gratitude." We have notes and stories from all our staff, updates from our Board of Trustees, and a few alumni spotlights from our Spiritual Care Visitor Alumn! If you would like to receive a copy, please let us know by calling the office at (312)563-4825, or by emailing Director of Development, Becky Duggan here.   Click here to read the 2016 BAH Newsletter

Chaplaincy in the Public Square

Friends, We are pleased to announce a conference, “Chaplaincy in the Public Square,” to be held at Rush University Medical Center on June 17, 2016 from 8:30-4 pm, Room 994 Armour Academic Center. The United States has been described as a society where peoples’ ties to faith communities are weakening. Winnifred Sullivan, our first plenary speakers, will present the argument that this may open new opportunities for chaplains’ spiritual care. However, advancing chaplaincy will still require making a compelling case for it. Chaplain Christopher Swift, our second plenary speaker, has helped make the case for chaplaincy care in the UK, [...]

“The Art of Healing”–a night to remember

Many thanks to each of our supporters who joined us on May 1st to celebrate the mission and ministry of Bishop Anderson House. Over 150 guests wined and dined, laughed and listened to a variety of compelling stories about the value and importance of volunteer and professional chaplaincy. Event Chair Becky Duggan shone in the beautiful Society of Arts gallery as she led the crowd to bid on items and implored them to have fun while doing so. Dave Kyllo opened the night with an amazing grace, proclaiming the "wow" of what we do. Chaplain Paul Goodenough shared his valuable insight, [...]

Rooted in our History and Faithful to our Values

Plotting the course to a vibrant future As you may have heard by now, Bishop Anderson House will be undertaking a strategic planning process in 2016.   At its January meeting, the board of trustees made the decision to be guided in the strategic planning process by Dr. Richard O’Neill, Professor in the Institute for Decision Excellence and Leadership at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.  What is distinctive about Dr. O'Neill’s process is that the plan will emerge from the board itself.   We have a very talented board of psychologists, clergy, medical doctors, business professionals, artists, and lay [...]

Code Lavender

As hospital staff and caregivers are stretched more and more, some hospitals are initiating a "Code Lavender" to prevent burnout.  Bishop Anderson House has long supported health care workers, from sharing prayer shawls and Teddy Bears with nurses to offering educational opportunities to physicians and students. Currently, Chaplain Cherryl leads monthly workshops to promote self-care and avoid staff burnout for staff and volunteers at Project Connect, Cook County Hospital System. We are honored to provide a safe and comforting place where health care workers facing the hardest challenges can "unpack" their deepest concerns. In 2016 we hope to offer several stress [...]

We Celebrate Pastoral Care Week

Friends, what better way to celebrate Pastoral Care Week than with good food and good people?  We want to invite spiritual caregivers and educators from across the Illinois Medical District to a couple of events that celebrate each other and the healing ministry that we share. First, Bishop Anderson House invites you to our space for lunch on Wednesday, Oct 28th!  The food we're providing will be a tasty Middle Eastern spread, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. And then what do you call a bunch of chaplains at a bar on a Thursday after work?  Chappy Hour, that's what!  We're heading [...]

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Trustee initiates new venture with Project Connect

Dr. Toyin Ayedemi had a vision that Bishop Anderson House would provide pastoral care to patients living with HIV, AIDS and other infectious diseases. A physician and professor at Stroger Hospital, she has been deeply involved with the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, and this spring she initiated our new venture at Project Connect. Since it opened its doors in 1998, the Center has remained one of the largest HIV/AIDS clinics in the United States. BAH Chaplain Cherryl Holt provides pastoral care one day per week not only to inpatients, but also staff of Project Connect.  Chaplain Cherryl will facilitate a support group for staff [...]

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Spirited Adventure to Cuba!

Purchase your tickets for a night of hot fun and cool drinks in the heart of "Havana!" Tuesday October 20, 2015                     5:30- 8:00 p.m. DS Tequila Restaurant $35 for appetizers and drinks Bring item of winter clothing for the CORE Center Learn how to become a Friend of the House Be a part of our BAH family and help serve people who are hungry...for community and connection.   Pastoral care is our passion--providing care and training others to do the same. Join us for a night of cigars, dominoes, Cuba Libres and all things Cubano as we celebrate our newest [...]

Exploring End of Life Spiritual Care Conference

We are pleased to invite you to our daylong conference: Exploring End of Life Spiritual Care: Learning from Case Studies. The conference will be held on June 2, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Room 994 of the Armour Academic Center, Rush University Medical Center, 600 South Paulina. Our conference begins with Chaplain Steve Nolan PhD teaching how four moments in the chaplain-patient relationship comprise a model of the chaplain as ‘hopeful presence.’ Critical discussion of Nolan’s model will be offered by both a pastoral theologian and a palliative care nurse practitioner. The rest of the day features [...]

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