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 [...]

Welcoming 24 New Volunteer Lay Chaplains

Bishop Anderson House and the wider Chicago area are now being served by 24 recent graduates of Volunteer Lay Chaplain Training. This cadre of volunteers hailed from multiple faith traditions and neighborhoods, but bonded together as one, learning the skills of active listening, the gift of presence, and how to navigate the medical landscape. Our newest alumni will be serving at Alexian Brothers Hospital, Northwest Community Hospital, and in their own congregations and communities.  We congratulate each graduate and wish them Godspeed as they bring the Care to Health Care. Perhaps you feel called to become a volunteer chaplain.  Enrollment for Spring 2016 is [...]

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 [...]

Apply now – Spring Volunteer Chaplain Training

Apply now for our upcoming Spring 2016 Volunteer Chaplain Training Session Wednesday evenings, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., February 17 through May 11, 2016 Held at Bishop Anderson House offices, 707 S Wood Street, Chicago, 60612 Application open through January 30, 2016 Class is open to members of all faith traditions Students are recommended by congregational leader or professional chaplain Weekly field work site determined by student and supervisor 2 hours of class time and 2 hours of field work each week $300 enrollment fee Download application here Application Spring 2016 For more information please call Cherryl at 312-563-4825 or

By |2015-11-05T11:15:05-06:00November 1st, 2015|Chaplain, Education, Volunteer Chaplain Training|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2015-10-20T13:54:08-05:00October 6th, 2015|Chaplain, Medicine, Volunteer Chaplain Training|0 Comments

Win a trip for 2 to Miami!

Two nights at the fabulous Blue Moon Hotel South Beach Dinner at Moreno’s Cuba Airfare from Chicago to Miami Buy raffle tickets online today–only $5.00 each Need not be present to win; online tickets added automatically to the drawing. Each Spirited Adventure guest who brings clothing for HIV patients wins a free raffle ticket! Buy tickets today to Spirited Adventure to Cuba Tuesday October 20, 2015, 5:30- 8:30 p.m. DS Tequila Restaurant $35 for unlimited food and drink (Cost at Door: $40) Tickets are not mailed; your registration is held at the door Join us for a night of cigars, dominoes, Cuba Libres and [...]

By |2015-10-20T13:49:48-05:00October 1st, 2015|Chaplain, Fundraising, Volunteer Chaplain Training|0 Comments

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 [...]

Interactive ‘Find a Lay Chaplain’ Map

Announcing the publication of the Bishop Anderson House interactive Find a Lay Chaplain map. This project has been in the works for a long time.The map will serve as a digital way both to see the geographic distribution of our graduates across the United States, as well as a resource for those in the greater Chicago area to find pastoral care visitors near them. Trained lay chaplains may be just around the corner from you.

By |2015-07-30T13:11:10-05:00July 21st, 2015|Chaplain, Volunteer Chaplain Training|0 Comments

April newsletter: celebration and reflection

Click for: Catch the Fiesta Spirit update; Cate Anthony CPE reflection, Warren Barr photos, and news about the 2015 Fall Volunteer Chaplain Training Program.


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