Today is the annual celebration of Earth Day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year.
In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, the holiday was first proposed with a date of March 21, 1970 being put forth as that day corresponded to the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970 and it is this fixed date that is now used for the holiday today.
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One of the very best new programs being developed by the Spirituality Department is the Senior Chaplain Program. It is designed to empower specific residents within a given facility by giving those with pastoral and spiritual gifts and talents the title of “Senior Chaplain” to assist in servicing the spiritual needs of their friends and neighbors in the facility. It is a program which gives purpose and meaning to those who participate, as well as being a source of both more constant and better care for all those they assist.
One of the recent facility’s to adopt and implement the program is our facility in Spencer County, KY. Director of Spirituality Vernon Jewel has found that in rolling out the program he has found it effective to do so in two groupings, one for the women and one for the men.
Below are his thoughts and pictures from his roll out of his Men’s Senior Chaplain Group:
We started the program Courageous the first week in February 2013 and there were seven men who completed the program initially. We first viewed the movie Courageous and then went step by step through the program. The men got to see different situations in life that pertained to their life and how to apply biblical scriptures to help solve the issues. We are working on how each one of them can use their new understand to help others in our home such as; passing out encouraging scriptures or quotes, prayers at nurses unit, welcome new men that come to stay with us, etc. Those who completed the program and were presented with their certificate entitled “The Resolution”.This has been a wonderful journey with the men it has giving them a time to connect to each other and to search themselves to see their purpose and learn to live it out.
Vernon Jewell – Director of Spirituality
Signature Health CARE of Spencer County
One of the very best services our chaplains provide, and one which we sometimes forget about, is the ministering to our stakeholders in the buildings with whom they interact with on a daily basis.
This is something that is seen so clearly in the new program being done at our facility in Cleveland, TN. Chaplain Carl Caffrey explains:
I have heard from many stakeholders that they would like a daily prayer time.
We just launched it this week. As a matter of fact, I am writing this note right after our Friday prayer time.
It will meet M-F (five days a week) at 9:30 ish (right after Stand-up mtg) each day.
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“Behold, I make all things new.” Revelations 21:5
The miracle of spring always astounds me. Just before it arrives, the world seems gloomy and the trees stretch lifeless into the sky as if hanging on the air for their only balance. The grass is dull and vague and angry, stomped by the weight of heavy cold.
And then the air begins to breathe and the grass freshens, the dew nourishing its frozen paleness. And we have life. The first bud. And then another. The flower blooms, and yellows and pinks begin to live in the wild again, and life arrives. But then life was already going on. Underground, in the air, in the hope of nature, the violin of rain, the cello of the storm, the flute of snow, the viola of the budding seed, which builds into this perfect crescendo of orchestrated love, its symphony entitled: My Miracle of Spring.
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King David says to his son, Solomon when he takes over the throne of Judah and Israel: “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong . . . and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him . . . as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go and that the Lord may keep his promise to me.” 1 Kings 2:1
Recently, I couldn’t hear God. Just couldn’t hear Him–in direction, guidance, solutions. I got busy, knowing His voice would eventually come to me. But I found I had to seek it to find Him. For He was there all the time. It was I who was distant. It was I who had settled into the business of the day and assumed His voice of discernment would come. But when it didn’t, I realized how powerful distance could be; how it could take me away from his beauty of magnificence. How He is there, but not to be assumed.
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Being inter-faith here at work has opened so many doors in my ministry. I really was skeptical at first about trying to approach people on neutral ground. But isn’t that exactly how Christ did it? Meeting people where thay are and not where we think they should be. The nuetral ground allows us to “show” the love of God. The good Lord knows sometimes we surely mess up trying to “tell” the story correctly. I’m thankful.
Deb, our housekeeper, has a grandson that has been caught up in the drug problems as are many teens. This weekend he stabbed and killed a local war veteran to death for pain medication. The scene was horrific and one of the worst homicides in our community ever. She is at work today and said she gains strength from knowing that her family here supports her. We are going to have a special prayer with her this afternoon. She is very shaken and distraught but strong in her faith. I know she appreciates your prayers.
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Today is the celebration of Easter, a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of
Jesus Christ. Easter is celebrated on a specific Sunday in late March or early April followed by a fifty-day period called Eastertide or the Easter Season, ending with Pentecost Sunday. The festival is sometimes referred to by a variety of different names including Easter Day, Easter Sunday, Resurrection Day and Resurrection Sunday.
Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The
date of Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after the full moon following the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on March 21 (even though the equinox occurs, astronomically speaking, on March 20 in most years), and the “Full Moon” is not necessarily the astronomically correct date. The date of Easter therefore varies between March 22 and April 25.
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Our next Spirituality in the Workplace lunch is set for Friday, April 19th 2013, starting promptly at noon, at our Home Office at 12201 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY, 40299.
We are pleased that CEO Joe Steier and Vice-President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering will lead the discussion on building and sustaining the concept of spirituality as a core
competitive advantage in a for-profit environment of the business world of 2013.
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Today is the celebration of the festival of Hola Mahalla, a Sikh event which follows the Hindu festival of Holi and was derived from Hindu celebrations. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion that originated in the 15th century in the Punjab region of northern India and eastern Pakistan, an area which is still considered the historical homeland of the Sikhs, although significant communities exist around the world.
The word “Hola is derived from the word halla (a military charge) and the term mohalla stands for an organized procession or an army column.
The event usually lasts for a week, and consists of camping out and enjoying various displays of fighting prowess and bravery, followed by kirtan, music, and poetry. For meals, which is an integral part of the Sikh institution known as Gurdwara, visitors sit together and eat vegetarian foods. The event concludes with a long, military-style procession near Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, one of the five seats of temporal authority of the Sikhs.
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Today is the special Christian religious holiday of Good Friday which commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and usually coincides with the Jewish observance of Passover.
The Catholic Church in the Latin Rite has no celebration of Mass between the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening and the Easter Vigil after sundown on Saturday. In its place there is a special Celebration of the Passion of the Lord which takes place on this day during where the biblical account of the Passion of Jesus is proclaimed and the Eucharist which was consecrated the night before is distributed to the faithful. During this period crosses, candlesticks, and altar cloths are removed from the altar which remains completely bare.
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