Chairman Gives Update on Chaplaincy Conference

Chairman Gives Update on Chaplaincy Conference

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by Don Ingwerson

Two weeks ago I shared with you tweets that were being sent during a week-long conference in New York City on chaplaincy and spiritual care research. These tweets showed in real time the excitement and commitment attendees had to the idea of bringing spirituality into health care. I want to share with you the thoughts that George Hanzo, conference chairman, gave about this important conference:Continue Reading

Chaplaincy Conference Brings New Insights to Spiritual Healing

Chaplaincy Conference Brings New Insights to Spiritual Healing

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by Don Ingwerson

Spirituality in health care has become the hot topic, which is wonderful because my colleagues and I have been working to correct the imposition – through blogging – in public thought that health is the domain of matter. This week an exciting conference is being held in New York and sponsored by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network on the topic, “Caring for the Human Spirit.”Continue Reading

Qualities That Bless

Qualities That Bless

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A guest post by Sheila Kelly

A friend with a gentle sense of humor recently sent me an email that said: Two of the greatest qualities in life are patience and wisdom.

Below was a picture of a big brown and white dog on the deck of a large log chalet – looking mighty patient and wise – observing a skunk, with tail briskly curled up, casually munching on the kibble in the dog bowl.

Maybe it was photoshopped (who knows these days?) but it made a good point.

The expression on the dog’s face showed clearly that even in the animal kingdom God’s creatures can choose to reject suggestions of impatience, and pay very good attention to wisdom and being a good neighbor.

This email of expressing wisdom and patience reminded me of a friend who was a Christian Science Chaplain and taught a Sunday School class at a girls’ correctional facility. One thing the chaplain invited the girls to do in the class was to make a list – in ink – of all their good qualities. Then she asked them to write in pencil the traits that got them in the facility and to write – in ink – the opposite of that trait.

For example: impatience might be in pencil and patience in ink.

The girls understood, maybe for the first time, that they actually had a choice of which thoughts to have – and to choose to express the good quality and reject the suggestion of the bad trait. Apparently, so many girls began to make good choices it made a noticeable difference – not only in improved harmony in the facility, but also in the healing of relationships with family members.

Then they got to erase the false trait written in pencil, which was no part of their true identity of being created in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:26,27).

Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered the Science of Christ Jesus’ teachings and healings, wrote, “Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, – to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with honesty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.”

The wisdom my friend showed in teaching these girls their true nature through a method they would understand, and the patience to continue teaching until their behavior reflected their God-given nature, makes me even more grateful for these two great qualities in life. Learning of our divine nature and expressing God’s qualities blesses us as well as family, friends, and neighbors.

A Healing Ministry

A Healing Ministry

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A guest post written by Stanley Swanson

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” This statement, found in the law book of all time, The Holy Bible, has kept me in good stead for over four decades ministering within the department of corrections. Working in Boston and in California has brought me many lessons that can only be acknowledged as heaven sent.

I was recently reviewing the many blessings received through this holy work with another chaplain and afterward he asked me if any of these accounts had been written down. His question prompted me to share the healing power of the Christ through the practice of Christian Science.Continue Reading