Habits of Grace: His eye is on the sparrow

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Editor’s note: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is offering Habits of Grace, a weekly meditation to help Episcopalians cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing physical distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A new video meditation will be posted on Mondays through May.” — Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.April 6, 2020:  His Eye is on the Sparrow Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Habits of Grace, COVID-19, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC There is a prayer that begins the Good Friday liturgy that may be perfect for this time. It’s found on page 276 in the prayer book and it prays, “Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this, your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and given into the hands of sinners and to suffer death upon the cross. Who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.” That may well be a prayer for us this Holy Week.“Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this, your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed.” Over the years that I’ve prayed that prayer, almost some 40 years now as a priest, I’ve often asked myself the question, who’s the family? Who’s the family we are asking God to behold? Is it the family of faith? Those who have been baptized and accepted and follow Jesus as savior and Lord? I think that’s true. But is it bigger than that? And during this Holy Week, in the midst of COVID-19, I believe we must pray it, praying it bigger than praying for ourselves. I have a feeling this prayer is for the entire human family of God.John 3:16, speaking of Jesus giving his life as an act of love on the cross, says, “God so loved the world.” Not just the church, not just his faithful followers, not just any particular nation or any particular race or any particular ideology or religion. No, no, no. “God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” The family in the prayer, let it be the human family of God. Let it be all of us. Asking God to behold us now. To behold us in these moments. To behold those who are sick, who suffer, who die. To behold their families and loved ones. Behold all who care for them. Behold us all.When I hear that word behold, praying God behold this your family, particularly during this Holy Week, which may be one of the toughest times during this pandemic, I remember that old song that says this, “Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come? Why should my heart be lonely and long for heaven and home when Jesus is my portion, my constant friend is he? His eye is on the sparrow and I know he watches me.” And then the next verse says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. His tender word I hear. And resting on his goodness, I lose my doubts and fears. Though by the path he leadeth, but one step I may see, his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me. Oh, I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.”God love you, God bless you, and may God hold us all, the entire human family of God, in those almighty hands of love. 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Hanukkah and Christmas Eve coinciding holidays significant for 2016

first_img Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here TAGSChristmas EveHanukkah Previous articleThe Gift of the MagiNext articleEarly morning shooting in South Apopka ends in fatality Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 InspirationBy Rabbi Rick SherwinFor the first time in almost 40 years, the first candle of Hanukkah coincides with Christmas Eve. We know that the two holidays have in common only calendric occurrence, when the darkness of winter descends. Each has its own symbol, generally presented as a beautiful Christmas Tree or a shining Hanukkah Menora, and each symbol has a unique, meaningful religious significance.The Christmas Tree began as an evergreen tree, reminding Christians of Jesus’ everlasting life. The ornaments were originally red orbs, symbolic of the “apple” in the Garden of Eden, the origin of sin from which one may be freed through faith in the Christ. The tinsel was referred to as Angel’s tears, the tears that were shed as Jesus suffered on the cross. A star tops the tree, the shining light that led the wise men to Bethlehem.The Tree, which often is placed before a window, is thus a reminder of the faith that uplifts and inspires the followers of the Christ.The Hanukkah Menora is reminiscent of rekindling the Eternal Light upon the Maccabees’ dedication of the Jerusalem Temple. We place the candles from right to left, increasing the number as we proceed through the 8 day holiday: it is a statement of hope and faith that tomorrow will be brighter than today. We light the candles from left to right, always lighting the newest candle as a reminder that the most important day of life is today. We recall the pluralistic call ofHanuka to stand up for who we are, and to respect those who are different.The Hanukkiya, which traditionally is placed on the windowsill, is thus a reminder of optimism and hope that inspires the Jewish People to bring light to a darkened world.Writing in the Washington Post, Rabbi Jack Moline underscores this year’s significance of the coinciding holidays, especially in light of the polarizing presidential election and the resurgence of anti-Semitism and xenophobia: “Lighting a candle in the darkness — that is something that stands on its own. It’s a powerful image, a strong metaphor for both Christians and Jews. The start of Hanukkah and Christmas on the same night means that millions of Americans of both faiths will be lighting candles simultaneously. It’s an [interfaith reminder]: Time to activate, because the darkness has been deep this year.”The world today is in desperate need of both holidays, with their respective messages of faith and hope, optimism and light. We pray that the lights of Christmas and the increasing light of the Hanukkah candles, remind us that – even in the darkest times – tomorrow will be brighter if we all shine our respective lights in the same direction.Shabbat shalom, and Happy Hanukkah!Rabbi RickRick Sherwin is the Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. He is a graduate of UCLA and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He energetically fills spiritual services and educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue and humor. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Franca House / BLOCO Arquitetos

first_imgArchDaily Projects Photographs Area:  310 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/879267/franca-house-bloco-arquitetos Clipboard CopyHouses•Brasília, Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/879267/franca-house-bloco-arquitetos Clipboard Architects: BLOCO Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project Houses Brazil Manufacturers: Cerâmica Atlas, Criarte Esquadrias, Hunter Douglas, Marmoraria Alvorada, SuvinilAuthors:Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus SecoCollaborators:Tatiana LopesEngineering:André TorresInstallations:Victor SilvérioCity:BrasíliaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Haruo MikamiText description provided by the architects. The Franca House is located in na urban plot in one of the residential areas in Brasília, Brazil, called Lago Norte (North Lake). Here the recent low in the rent prices and the estabilization in the prices of the land have favoured a change in the neighborhood´s dwellers profile. The settlement of young families with children besides the occupation of the houses by new residential programs such as student shared houses have increased the density of inhabitants. In our view this transformation creates a new opportunity to reactivate the idea of the house as an extension of the city and vice-versa, which is a way of seeing the public space that was usual for the families that lived there in decades before. Therefore the fundamental idea of the project was to create a strong possibility of connection between the public space (the street) and the private space (the house).Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiThe sliding access gate is transparent and it is built with a steel mesh attached to a thin steel frame, all painted in black. It can be completely open together with the lateral opening gate, leaving the internal floor completely connected to the street through the ramp. The sanded natural stone that was used in the ramp connects to the concrete floor of the public walkway, creating a continuous surface. Most part of the ground floor is set up in only one space that contains the uses of the living room, dinner table and kitchen. It´s a space that is characterized by the exposed concrete of the structure of the upper floor (which makes the ceiling of the ground floor), its circular columns and the transparent window frames that allow an open visual connection between the public space and the backyard. In this mostly transparent part of the house the exposed structure doesn´t hide the imperfections that are inherent to its construction, leaving behind the marks that were left by the concrete molds in opposition to the uniform surfaces with few openings of the white volumes on the first floor and part of the ground floor. These volumes conform the part of the program that had a bigger need for privacy or solar protection such as: bedrooms, bathrooms and service rooms.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiSave this picture!AxonometrySave this picture!© Haruo MikamiTwo terraces were created on the first floor. One is open to the street and the backyard, besides being visually connected to the living room though a window/bench that opens to a double-height central void. The second one is private and it is directly connected to the bigger bedroom. The stretching of the lateral walls aims to create shade on the terraces and to protect the interiors from unwanted views from the neighboring houses.Save this picture!© Haruo Mikami center_img “COPY” “COPY” 2017 Photographs:  Haruo Mikami Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Franca House / BLOCO Arquitetos Franca House / BLOCO ArquitetosSave this projectSaveFranca House / BLOCO ArquitetosSave this picture!© Haruo Mikami+ 20 Share Project gallerySee allShow lessThe Top 7 Travel Grants for Young ArchitectsArticlesThe Astonishing (Vanishing) Stepwells of IndiaArticles Share Year:  CopyAbout this officeBLOCO ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrasíliaBrazilPublished on September 08, 2017Cite: “Franca House / BLOCO Arquitetos” [Casa Franca / BLOCO Arquitetos] 08 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Donations through Spektrix grow almost 100% in a year

first_img Advertisement  317 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: online fundraising software AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Charitable donations made through cloud-based arts management software firm Spektrix grew by almost 100% last year.Donations rose from £46.5 million in 2017 to £92 million in 2018, while it also started working with 74 new organisations – growing its client base to 412 – and increased sales through the system from £378 million to more than £500 million.Tickets sold through Spektrix grew to 22.5 million while headcount at its UK and North American offices grew from 92 to 120.Major UK client wins included London’s Barbican Centre, the Theatre Royal Bath, Colston Hall Bristol, St Martin’s Theatre in the West End, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Holland Park.Last year also saw Spektrix secure £5 million in growth funding from Foresight Group Venture Capital Trusts.Michael Nabarro, CEO and co-founder of Spektrix said:“In addition to continuing our years-long pattern of double-digit annual growth, we won the confidence of Europe’s largest performing arts venue and secured investment to support further expansion and development. Our successes in 2018 are testament to a customer-first approach and making sure we are seen as a trusted partner, helping arts organisations grow their businesses.” Donations through Spektrix grow almost 100% in a year  318 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Melanie May | 14 March 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Horned Frogs to attend Presidential Inauguration

first_img + posts ReddIt Facebook Facebook Linkedin printAround 800,000 people are expected to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday and at least two of those in attendance are Horned Frogs. Seniors Kelsey Ritchie and Ryker Thompson have been talking about going to the inauguration since September, and when they found cheap plane fights, Ritchie said they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend the inauguration for the first presidential election they could vote in. “After the election and the way it turned out, we realized that this wasn’t the inauguration experience that we were expecting, but it is still an incredible moment in history,” Ritchie said.For Thompson, the event reminds him of the power voters have.“Sometimes it’s easy to feel disconnected from government or feel like your voice doesn’t matter,” Thompson said. “Seeing the inauguration and seeing the government transitioning, it’s a great way to see the impact your vote can have on the government.”Ritchie and Ryker arrived in Washington, D.C. Tuesday. They are volunteering at Thursday night’s Texas State Society Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball. The ball is one of several state and national inaugural balls that are hosted every four years.Ritchie is volunteering as a guest greeter and escort and Thompson is helping with registration to check guests into the ball.They attended training for the event Wednesday at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. “We kept looking at each other like — no way this is real.” Thompson said. “It’s just so cool.”In addition to meeting with fellow Texans at the ball, Ritchie and Thompson have been meeting up with TCU alumni in the D.C. area – they are even staying with an alum for the week. Ritchie said more people reached out to her after she posted a selfie with Thompson on Instagram saying they were headed to DC.TCU alumni reached out to Ritchie after she posted this Instagram photo.“It has been incredible,” Ritchie said. “I have been blown away by the TCU network in DC.”After the inauguration the two plan to join Saturday’s Women’s March On Washington. The grassroots event is drawing groups from across the country, according to its website.Ritchie said her reason to participate in the march comes back to the election.“This election has shown me the glass ceiling in politics is absolutely still there,” Ritchie said. “That’s why I want to march, to show support to females who feel that that class ceiling has shot them down.”The timing of the march, so close to the inauguration, is also not lost on Thompson.“I think both events are great displays of democracy at it’s finest,” Thompson said. “The transition of power and the right to free speech.” Elizabeth Campbell CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Seniors Kelsey Ritchie and Ryker Thompson heading to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration. Linkedin ReddIt Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleFort Worth’s top 5 coffee spotsNext articleThe Skiff: January 19, 2017 Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Man who failed to restrict movements in mid west led to…

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads A man who failed to restrict his movements after returning to the mid west from an trip abroad, led to at least 56 people being infected with Coronavirus, including up to ten households, and a sports team.The sobering “real example” of how covid-19 can quickly spread within the community was revealed Monday in a report published by the Department of Public Health, Mid West, which is located in Limerick, as the region surpassed its 3,000th case.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The man is not identified in the report.“In total, 56 cases were infected from the index case, affecting up to 10 private households and a sports team,” the report stated.The index case “was abroad on his holidays but he did not restrict his movements as per the current HSE guidelines when he got home”.At first he had “mild symptoms including a runny nose and a mild sore throat”, and his “temperature was normal”.“He felt reassured by this and socialised with a group of friends and he later tested positive for COVID-19 — However, by this stage, he had already infected a number of his friends; Three of these friends went on to infect their families.”“Another friend who he infected felt unwell and contacted her GP to arrange a COVID-19 test. She had the test in the morning but by afternoon she felt a bit better and decided to go to a friend’s party.”“After the party, she got her test result and it was positive. By attending the party while waiting for her test result, she ended up infecting a number of other people.”As the index case “has a close extended family who visit each other’s houses regularly, this led to some extended family members also getting infected with COVID-19”.“One of his extended family members who had no symptoms played a match with his local team and a number of his teammates were infected as a result”.The team members then went on to infect “a number of people”.There were 1,894 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region up to and including midnight 19 September, of which 293 had been hospitalised and one in five were healthcare workers.That figure has jumped by over 11 hundred in the past four weeks.Up to August 1st there were 93 deaths in the region, of which 80 were classed as “confirmed cases” and 13 were “probable or possible cases”.The median age at death was 83 years; six (6.5%) of the cases who died were admitted to intensive care units; and the majority of cases (88.2%) who died had an underlying clinical condition.Up to September 27th there were approximately 29,300 COVID-19 swabs processed in public hospitals run by the UL Hospitals Group, plus 700 in the private Bon Secours, Barringtons, as well as an undisclosed number at the National Virus Reference Laboratory.The NVRL had processed nearly 605,000 swabs from all around the country for the same period.Of the 1,894 confirmed cases by September 19th, 905 were in Limerick; 527 were in  Clare, and 462 were in North Tipp.NURSING HOMES / RESIDENTIAL CARE SETTINGSThe report also revealed that, following a decision by Nphet last April to carry out mass testing of nursing homes and residential care settings, swabbing for Covid-19 was carried out in the 57 residential care facilities across Limerick, Clare, and North Tipp.The swabs were taken by the National Ambulance Service over a three-week period beginning 17th April 2020.In total, 2,429 residents were tested and 117 residents tested positive for COVID-19.Meanwhile, a total of 3,610 staff were tested and 78 tested positive for COVID-19.“As a result of this mass swabbing, outbreaks were confirmed in five residential care facilities in the Mid-WestThe report also highlighted “the significant underinvestment in an appropriate national IT case and outbreak management system for public health”.It said the Department has “struggled in the absence of an appropriate IT infrastructure” and that, “to ensure that we can tackle COVID-19 in an effective, timely and efficient manner, processes, communication, staffing and ICT all need to be improved going forward”.It noted the rapid development of a “CMP (Compact Management Programme) system, at a national level, to enable contact tracing of non-complex cases”.“The development of this system was welcome and lessened the burden of contact tracing on local public health departments. As yet it has no capacity to assist in case investigation, outbreak identification or management, although this is planned.”The report adds that “the use of multiple ICT systems to capture case/outbreak data creates an undue administrative burden within the department”.The Department’s Mid West operation developed an OMS (Outbreak Management System) “to assist with contact tracing and identifying COVID-19 outbreaks” locally –  a process it describes as “difficult to have to undergo in the middle of managing a pandemic”.While the OMS “has been very useful for clinical staff within the department” it has also “been challenging from a data quality perspective”.The OMS “does not interact with the national surveillance system CIDR (Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System)”, and “continued IT support is needed to enable data linkage between systems”.Meanwhile, the report added that an “ongoing development” of “robotic transfer of data from CMP to CIDR, as well as “robotic processing of results and creating of cases” was “a welcome addition”. WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook Previous articleMan Arrested and Charged in relation to Burglary in GarryowenNext articlePeople not adhering to COVID-19 health guidelines are “risking” front-line medical workers lives – Limerick INMO David Raleigh LimerickNewsMan who failed to restrict movements in mid west led to 56 COVID-19 infections including 10 households and a sports teamBy David Raleigh – October 19, 2020 203 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Twittercenter_img Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGScovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post last_img read more

Basal conditions on Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica, from seismic observations

first_imgA seismic reflection profile, perpendicular to the ice flow direction has been acquired on Rutford Ice Stream, Antarctica. An interpretation of both the amplitude and phase of the seismic reflections from the ice-bed interface has been made to investigate the properties of the sub-ice material. The interpretation assumes that acoustic impedance can be used to imply subglacial sediment porosity. Multiple reflections from the ice-bed interface on a number of seismic wide-angle lines allowed a calibration of the reflection coefficient at the bed. This enabled the acoustic impedance of the bed material to be calculated from the seismic reflection data. Mean acoustic impedance in the different sections of the bed ranges from 2.70×106 kg m−2 s−1 to 4.31×106 kg m−2 s−1. Almost three quarters of the ice stream bed at this site appears to be saturated, deforming sediments. The rest of the bed is probably also saturated sediments, but they are not deforming to any significant degree. Ice flow could include a combination of subglacial deformation and basal sliding. Localized regions which support disproportionately high amounts of basal shear stress may also occur. From the seismic data, it is not possible to apportion relative amounts of restraint to these different processes. There does not appear to be any correlation between the different sections identified on the ice stream bed with either satellite images or nearby surface velocity data. A feature which is interpreted as a subglacial drumlin is seen on the seismic section.last_img read more

North End Neighborhood Drainage Project Update

first_imgWork to be completed in the week of Jan. 7-11:·   Feriozzi Concrete will continue work on the east side of Bay Avenue, working between Third Street and Sixth Street. ·   Pipe crews will install a 15-inch force main on Fifth Street from Bay Avenue to the bulkhead. A second crew will continue the installation of the pump station at Sixth and Bay. Project Design:See Design Presentation for Detail Construction at the intersection of Second Street and Bay Avenue is part of the drainage project.last_img read more

The last companions

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