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first_img“Looking into the eyes of someone facing death is one of the most powerful things a person can do,” said Annette Nicolas, a Boston Theological Institute student enrolled in a hospital chaplaincy course at Harvard Divinity School (HDS).Working with the elderly, Nicolas said she once locked looks with a dying woman in her 80s. “I didn’t know what she was seeing in my eyes, but I knew she wasn’t going to let go of my gaze, and I wasn’t going to let go either.”Nicolas said that to be with someone in death is a beautiful, profound, and almost biblical experience. “I feel blessed to be in that position, and to also study spiritual caregiving at HDS.”Over the last three years, an increasing number of Harvard and Theological Institute students have studied at HDS with the vocational objective of caring for the spiritual needs of the sick and dying.Chris Berlin, a hospital chaplain and HDS instructor in clinical chaplaincy, said there is a growing need today — especially as modern technology has prolonged the act of dying — for well-trained chaplains who can speak to the emotional and spiritual needs of the sick and dying in institutional settings. Berlin said that HDS prepares students to meet those needs by teaching them to befriend, listen to, and simply be with the sick and dying. “The human presence is a very healing thing,” he said.Chris Berlin, a hospital chaplain and HDS instructor in clinical chaplaincy, said there is a growing need today — especially as modern technology has prolonged the act of dying — for well-trained chaplains who can speak to the emotional and spiritual needs of the sick and dying in institutional settings. Photos by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerHDS students and their instructors also insist that facing death doesn’t have to be gloomy or depressing. Instead, it can be emotionally rewarding, life-affirming, and even wondrous for both patient and chaplain, they said.“Many of my patients have told me how they find gratitude in spite of their illness,” said Sophia Lufkin, a first-year HDS student who recently completed an intern chaplaincy program in a cancer ward of a Boston hospital.Walking past the gothic, hewn-stone buildings of the Divinity School, Lufkin explained that having a serious disease often prompts a person to step back from a hectic life and discover what is really important and meaningful ― usually his or her family and friends.The 26-year-old Lufkin said that her experiences with the sick and dying have made her more grateful for the people in her life. “I have seen how quickly life can be taken away, and that has made me appreciate my relationships much more.” Lufkin said her goal as a hospital chaplain is to help people find new hope and healing as they walk down an often dark and lonely path.“Many of my patients have told me how they find gratitude in spite of their illness,” said Sophia Lufkin, a first-year HDS student who recently completed an intern chaplaincy program in a cancer ward of a Boston hospital.Wearing a full Muslim headscarf, blue-jean skirt, and tennis shoes, and enjoying a bowl of vegetable soup on a patio table in a bustling Harvard Square, Ann Myers, a third-year HDS student, said that her chaplaincy field training has been life-affirming, making her appreciate her friends and family more. But she admits that she might not be what some patients think of as a hospital chaplain.Nevertheless, Myers — an American convert to Islam — said being a Muslim ministering mostly to Christian patients has not been a problem. “In fact,” she said, “a lot of patients even thought that I was a nun. Some even called me sister.” Myers laughed and said she usually didn’t make a big deal about this until she was asked what convent she belonged to. “Then I had to come clean.”Myers said that as a hospital chaplain her biggest challenge was just walking into a patient’s room for the first time. “How can I go into a total stranger’s room and say, ‘Hi, I’m Ann, a student chaplain, what do you think about God?’” The normally shy Myers said that she usually got through it by giving herself little pep talks before entering. “But sometimes,” she admitted, “I just couldn’t do it; much of it was rooted in my fear of rejection.”In the end, Myers said she learned that her fears were ill-founded because people were always grateful to talk to her. “But sometimes when I entered the room and told them I was a chaplain, I had to quickly follow it with: ‘It’s OK, I wasn’t sent here because you’re checking out soon.’”Sarah Jabbour, a third-year HDS student, agreed that one of the biggest challenges a chaplain has is making that awkward introduction. “The quickest way to become unpopular with patients is to say you’re a chaplain,” Jabbour said with a laugh. But the introduction is made and conversation begins, Jabbour said, “It’s amazing how much emotional and spiritual progress you can make with your patient.”Jabbour recalled visiting an elderly dying man, Larry, whose disease had paralyzed most of his body and prevented him from speaking. For a while, Jabbour said, Larry could make the thumbs-up, thumbs-down sign to answer yes-and-no questions. On their visits, Jabbour read the sports page to Larry, an avid sports fan. “And I learned more about baseball and football than I ever cared to,” she said with a smile.Jabbour said once when an old song, “You Make Me Feel So Young,” filtered over the nursing home speakers, Larry suddenly stopped, pointed to himself, then to his heart, and then to her.“Larry, are you trying to tell me that you care about me?” Jabbour asked.Larry gave her a thumbs-up sign.“I love you, too,” Jabbour replied.Jabbour said the moment made her realize how emotionally and spiritually healing just being in the presence of another person can be. “I learned that being a chaplain doesn’t have to be more complicated than that,” she said.Ronald Hindelang, a bespectacled and grandfatherly-looking 73-year-old who is a full-time chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, agrees. “A lot of times, new chaplains think too much when talking with patients,” said the sagacious Hindelang, who trains HDS student chaplains at Brigham. “They believe they have to say certain prescribed things, but I tell them that less in more.” Hindelang said sometimes it’s best to let things speak for themselves, and allow patients to talk and sort matters out for themselves in front of the chaplain.Ronald Hindelang, a full-time chaplain at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said he tells his students that he is less interested in having a heavy theological discussion with a patient, and more interested in having a meaningful conversation.Winding his way down a busy corridor of the hospital, Hindelang said he tells his students that he is less interested in having a heavy theological discussion with a patient, and more interested in having a meaningful conversation. “Because I don’t think many of my patients will remember whatever I said, but they will remember that I was there, that I cared for them, that I prayed with them, and maybe even cried with them,” he said as he smiled and allowed a patient in a wheelchair to pass. “And in the end, they will hopefully remember that I was just a good companion with them for a while.”Berlin said he agrees that a good chaplain is always a good companion. As a companion to many patients over the years, he said that he has witnessed some pretty amazing things that might even be deemed miracles.Meeting residents in an assisted living facility in Danvers, Annette Nicolas tends to their spiritual needs.Sipping a black ice tea in the corner of a French Provincial-themed café on Massachusetts Avenue, Berlin recalled when a patient of his, Julie, a devout Christian, became increasingly depressed as her death neared. On his last visit with her, Berlin said her eyes suddenly grew wide and she looked at him in shock. At first, Berlin thought she was having a seizure, but she didn’t look like she was in physical distress. Berlin asked her what was going on, and Julie said she was seeing Jesus Christ in the air behind him, radiating comfort and reassuring her that all was OK.“And she kept on saying, over and over, as tears rolled down her face, ‘Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you.’” Two days later, she died.Similarly, Hindelang said he recalled a conversation he had with an atheist woman who was angry when her 4-year-old son, dying of a tumor, said that he had had a dream in which God told him that he was going to die, but he would soon be in heaven. Hindelang said the agitated mother insisted, “How could this happen? We never went to church. We never prayed. We never even used the word God in his presence.”Hindelang said he didn’t say much. It’s best, as he has told his students, that a chaplain sometimes lets things speak for themselves.Anthony Chiorazzi, who has an M.Phil. in social anthropology from Oxford University, is studying for a master of theological studies degree at Harvard Divinity School. He has researched and written about such diverse religious cultures as the Hare Krishnas, Zoroastrians, Shakers, and the Old Order Amish.last_img read more

Tony Poll: Which 2015 Nomination Snub Upsets You the Most?

first_imgSometimes life is unfair—and although we’re psyched for the 2015 Tony nominees, a few shows and stars were definitely omitted from this year’s list. How dare the nominators ignore some of our favorite performances, plays and musicals of the year? From Finding Neverland to Hugh Jackman, we’re pissed, and we bet you are, too. Which 2015 snub is the most upsetting? Cast your vote below, but don’t worry—these stars could still take home a trophy at the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards—nominate them now!  View Commentslast_img read more

Church and state should be separate

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Hughes also asserted that the Johnson Amendment empowers the federal government to “punish the clergy and their churches if they choose to speak out and guide their members in regard to choosing government representatives or to comment on legislation” and he urges churches “to permanently regain their guidance role in government affairs.”Thomas Jefferson stated: “History, I believe, furnishes no example of … a people maintaining a free civil government” in a society where clergy dominate and further stated that the clergyman, “In every country and in every age … has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”I believe it’s reasonable to conclude that the Founding Fathers attempted to build a “wall of separation between church and state,” with each institution functioning fully independently of one another, as part of their efforts to ensure the establishment of a sustainable democracy, rather than a theocracy.A February 2017 poll conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals — 89 percent of Evangelical leaders said they don’t think pastors should endorse politicians from the pulpit.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Re Jan. 2 letter, “Let churches have freedom of speech”: Mr. Wallace Hughes begins by stating “The churches’ influence on our Constitution is obvious. U.S. Law is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our democracy, Constitution, and Christian heritage eroded due to church muzzling legislation.”John Adams stated “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” The Constitution doesn’t include a single reference to “God,” “the Almighty,” nor any other moniker for a deity. Furthermore, the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In Thomas Jefferson’s words, adoption of this amendment “was meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohammedan, the Hindu and Infidel of every denomination.”last_img read more

Six medical workers arrested for allegedly facilitating illegal abortions in Jakarta

first_imgThe Raden Saleh clinic, Tubagus said, was where SS went for the abortion, before she learned that Hsu had wanted to marry his household assistant instead — the latter of which led to the murder.Raden Saleh has earned a reputation as an area where illegal abortion services are available in Jakarta, where clinics can operate for years, with unclear permits and medical personnel without an obstetrics background.Based on the 2009 Health Law, abortion is allowed only for pregnancies that pose a medical risk or for pregnancies caused by rape, which can lead to psychological trauma.Experts have urged the government to provide better facilities for safe procedures as high demand for abortion in Jakarta persists. (syk)Topics : The arrest, which took place on Aug. 3, was a follow-up to the police discovery of the illegal practice during an investigation into another case involving the murder of Taiwanese baker Hsu Ming Hu.On July 24, Hsu, 52, was allegedly murdered by his personal secretary and romance partner, identified only as SS, 37, in his residence in Bekasi, West Java.Read also: Illegal abortion clinic reveals high demand amid shortage of formal facilities“SS got pregnant and asked [Hsu] for money for an abortion. From there, we developed [the investigation],” Tubagus said. The Jakarta Police have arrested six medical workers for allegedly facilitating illegal abortions at a clinic in the Raden Saleh area in Central Jakarta.“Three of them were doctors, another was a midwife and the other two were nurses,” Jakarta Police general criminal investigation director Sr. Comr. Tubagus Ade Hidayat said in a release on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.The police also arrested four administrators of the clinic, who had allegedly played the role of brokers, patient pick-up officers, fetal cleaners and drug buyers, as well as two couples requesting an abortion and a third party who had instructed the couples to do so.last_img read more

Cheshire scheme revamps climate strategy

first_imgTCFD’s recommendations (see image) are based on the financial materiality of climate change, the fund said, adding that they “are designed so as to make TCFD-aligned disclosures comparable, but with sufficient flexibility to account for local circumstances”. Source: TCFDEarly adopters of the TCFD recommendations include AP2, Nest, PGGM, RPMI Railpen, The Pensions Trust, and Environment Agency Pension Fund.Not just oil and gasCheshire’s report disclosed that the issue faced by diversified investors such as pension funds is not limited to the oil and gas and power generation sectors, but also to downstream sectors.“Research suggests that the oil and gas sector is not homogeneous with regards to climate risk: were climate policies to affect the oil price, those companies with assets lower down the cost curve are less likely to be financially compromised by those companies with higher cost assets,” the fund said.Investors that assume each fossil fuel company bears an equal magnitude of climate-related risk could be led towards sub-optimal decision-making, it added.Although the scheme is diversified across various asset classes, regions, and sectors, it is recognised that climate risk is systemic and is unlikely to be eliminated through diversification alone.Partly to reduce its climate-related risks, Cheshire invested £500m in a multi-factor climate fund in October 2019 and is now also exploring options to further embed climate-related risks and opportunities into its investment strategy, including reviewing potential investments in sustainable asset classes where this supports the fund’s investment and funding objectives.The scheme has also engaged with consultancy Mercer to understand the extent to which its risk and return characteristics could come to be affected by a set of plausible climate scenarios.This includes an estimation of the annual climate-related impact on returns – at fund and asset-class level, including all asset classes. The climate scenarios considered are 2°C, 3°C and 4°C, the report disclosed.Based on its climate risk report, the scheme will develop a climate stewardship plan which will include targeted engagement at investee companies of particular significance to the its portfolio. The Cheshire Pension Fund is developing a detailed climate strategy and a climate stewardship plan taking into account its characteristics and its policy of engaging with companies to encourage the development of climate-resilient business strategies.It claims it is the first local pension fund to report on the carbon footprint of its £6bn (€6.5bn) investment portfolio.The move follows a recent in-depth review of its climate risks under different climate change scenarios across all asset classes carried out by the fund’s pooling company, LGPS Central.In the scheme’s Cheshire Pension Fund Climate-Related Disclosure report published this month, the fund highlighted its support for the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations as the optimal framework to describe and communicate the steps it is taking to manage climate-related risks and incorporate climate risk management into its investment processes.center_img Sectors included in proposed climate stewardship plan for Cheshire Pension FundWherever feasible engagement objectives will be SMART – specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and time-bound – to enable the fund to adequately assess a company’s progress towards their net zero carbon target, it said.Cheshire believes all companies should align their business activities with the Paris Agreement on climate change.Carbon footprintThe fund’s total equities portfolio is approximately 30% more carbon efficient than the FTSE All World index. This means that, on average, for every million dollar of economic output companies produce, the fund’s investee companies emit 30% fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the companies in the index.The report received from LGPS Central shows that both the active equity portfolio and the passive and factor-based equities portfolios are more carbon efficient than their respective benchmarks.Within these broad portfolios, every individual underlying equity strategy bar one – the strategy tracking the FTSE RAFI 3000 index – has a portfolio carbon footprint lower than the FTSE All World index.Myles Hogg, chair of the Cheshire scheme, said: “Our priority remains our financial duty to pay the pensions of our 100,000 members and to do this we need to ensure the assets of the fund are well diversified and resilient when faced with the impact of climate change.”In addition, both the active equity portfolio and the passive and factor-based equities portfolio have lower weights in companies with fossil fuel reserves and thermal coal reserves than their benchmarks.“The fund will continue to explore what additional steps it can take to reduce investment risk through further reductions in its carbon footprint,” Hogg said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Dembele sparks speculation about Liverpool move

first_img Loading… The unsettled France superstar has already been linked with a move to the Premier League with both Chelsea and Manchester United interested. But he may have made his intentions plainly clear to fans with his latest antic that is sure to further upset chiefs at Barca. A post uploaded by a Liverpool fan account showed the 22-year-old photo shopped wearing the shirt with Trent Alexander-Arnold in the background. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s men have made their second signing of the January transfer window.Advertisement The Reds have snapped up Brentford reserve striker Joe Hardy, who has scored 40 goals in 80 games for the Bees’ second string. Hardy joined Brentford from Manchester City during the 2016/17 campaign and leaves on an undisclosed fee. And Man City want to sign Adama Traore from Wolves. The winger is rated at £70m by the West Midlands club, and showed Pep Guardiola exactly what he can do by scoring three times in two games against his side this season. Read Also:Barcelona tables €30M bid for Dembele replacement But City will face competition from his first club, Barcelona, who are set to enter the race – as well as Premier League leaders Liverpool. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has sparked speculation that he’s eager to join Liverpool after liking a picture of himself wearing a Reds shirt.last_img read more

176 stranded Antique OFWs return home

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – A total of 176 Antiqueño overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in Metro Manila due to travel restrictions brought by coronavirus disease 2019 have returned in this province through the national government’s OFW Return Program.Prisceli Joyce Lizcel Galuego, in-charge of the provincial government’s OFW Desk, said on Thursday that the repatriated OFWs came home by batches through sweeper flights or 2GO vessel on May 25 to May 28.“Early this morning, there were 17 OFWs who arrived through a sweeper flight,” she added.The 17 overseas workers were picked up by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and their respective municipal local government units at the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo.According to Galuego, the OFWs who arrived on May 28 were immediately taken to the Antique National School in this capital town where they had to undergo the free rapid diagnostic test and the Reverse Transcription- Polymerase Chain Reaction test conducted by the health personnel of the Integrated Provincial Health Office. “The OFWs are also required to undergo the 14 days quarantine in their municipalities,” she added.Here’s the breakdown of the number of repatriated Antiqueño OFWs by towns:*San Jose – 27* Sibalom – 19* Hamtic – 18* Anini-y – 16* Culasi – 14* Pandan – 13* Tobias Fornier – 12* Bugason – nine* Tibiao – eight* Patnongon – seven* Belison – six* Laua-an – six* Libertad – five* San Remigio – five* Sebaste – four* Barbaza – three* Valderrama – three* Caluya – oneAside from those who arrived from Manila, five Antiqueño overseas workers stranded in Cebu City arrived in this capital town through a chartered flight on May 23.They, however, paid for their own fare to return home. (With a report from PNA/PN) Antiqueño overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) wait for their rapid diagnostic and transcription Polymerase chain reaction testing at the Antique National School in San Jose town on May 28. From May 25 to May 28, a total of 176 Antique overseas workers stranded in Metro Manila returned home through the national government’s OFW Return Program. PDRRMOlast_img read more

Betty V. Ingles

first_imgBetty V. Ingles, 96, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away April 16, 2017 in Rising Sun, Indiana.She was born March 15, 1921 in Kingston, WV, daughter of the late Robert and Dorothy M. Brockman.Surviving are Daughter, Donna Long of Cincinnati, OH; Son, Robert Blake of Aurora, IN; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gilbert Ingles, sons, Victor Blake and Daniel Blake.Friends will be received Thursday, April 20, 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home at 1:00 pm.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to defray Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Repeat trip to I-90 victory lane for Eakin

first_imgBy Steve ZwemkeHARTFORD, S.D. (Aug. 14) – Nate Eakin seems to have taken the baton from Colin Smith in the Coffee Cup IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division at I-90 Speedway.Eakin blazed to his second straight win and fourth checkers of the season Saturday night. His recent run of success ended a streak in which Smith had won four of five races.  Smith took se­cond this week with Jeff Edgington third.Eakin said he’s really been enjoying the track and credited his team with finding the right setup for the car to make it an easy drive.last_img read more

Kendall collects second straight Northstar IMCA Modified Tour win

first_imgBilly Kendall won his second Northstar IMCA Modified Tour feature in as many nights Saturday at North Central Speedway. (Photo by James Jones, James At The Track)BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 11) – Billy Kendall’s second Northstar IMCA Modified Tour victory in as many nights put a second $1,000 check in his pocket.Kendall drew the pole Saturday night for the main event at his home track North Central Speedway and duplicated his winning run Friday at Princeton, leading all 30 laps.The only caution of the contest came on lap two. Kendall was quickly through lapped traffic and won by a straightaway ahead of defending national champion Jason Wolla.“We’ve been lucky to start on the front row two nights in a row but it was another good, solid night for us,” said Kendall, who’d put his name on the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with the Friday checkers. “This is the first time this season we’ve won on back-to-back nights. This was definitely the weekend to do it.”“The track was amazing tonight,” added Kendall, who lives minutes away from the Brainerd oval and started his racing career there. “You could run low, middle, high, anywhere on it.”Wolla had started 10th. Rounding out the top five were Rob VanMil, Clint Hatlestad and Mike Hansen.Mark Martini was the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner.Feature ResultsModifieds – Billy Kendall; 2. Jason Wolla; 3. Rob VanMil; 4. Clint Hatlestad; 5. Mike Hansen; 6. Shawn Fletcher; 7. Ryan Canon; 8. Luke Hines; 9. Erick Thiese; 10. A.J. Viehauser; 11. Aaron Johnson; 12. Justin Jones; 13. Rick Jacobson; 14. Rich Pavlicek; 15. Toby Patchen; 16. Josh Beaulieu; 17. Seth Kramer; 18. Chad Funt; 19. Adam Johnson; 20. Dylan Nelson.Northern SportMods – 1. Mark Martini; 2. David Siercks; 3. Troy Jordan; 4. Jake Hagemann; 5. Jason Vejtruba; 6. Dru Nelson; 7. Adam Bohlman; 8. Chris VanMil; 9. Scott Jacobson; 10. Cody Erickson; 11. Kelly Jacobson; 12. Dan Dowling; 13. Jacob Jordan; 14. Dustin Hartwig; 15. Ariel Mueller; 16. Vince Corbin; 17. Mike Johnson; 18. Nathan Sabinash; 19. Kyle Krogh; 20. Todd Rizer; 21. Brendon Yamry; 22. Tom Anderson; 23. Pete Hines.last_img read more