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EVENT – 2012 International Wisdom at Work Conference – “Wisdom With Aim”

On Wednesday October 31st, 2012 Dianne Timmering will be one of the presenters at the 2012 International Wisdom at Work Conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Conference is a presentation of the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace, a part of the Sam M. Walton College of Business One at University of Arkansas.

Dianne will be presenting on the subject of spirituality in the workplace and her presentation is entitled “Wisdom With Aim” and a preview of which is as follows:

Long-term care and post-acute company Signature HealthCARE’s Department of Spirituality is founded on the belief that nurturing the spirit is an integral part of human well-being and can unleash our greatest capacity for healing and purpose. Believing that spirituality is sacred to the human experience, we seek jewels in cultural differences and fold them into a library of respect and new understanding, embracing the social impact of unending mercy and endless hope as life-changing interventions of the most powerful kind within the fabric of healing.

A signature component of the program is that spirituality is not “watered down” but specific paths for individual discovery are made available. An army of 75 full-time chaplains serve residents, employees and local communities meeting the vision of healing through care-planned interventions and other critical partnerships that enhance wellness, pursuits of purpose and overall quality of life for our people.

Vice President Dianne Timmering and her team have built and maintain the largest for-profit, multi-faith Spirituality Department in the nation.

 

The exact schedule for the conference is still being set, however registration and further details for it can be found at http://tfsw.uark.edu/conference.asp.

 

EVENT – Iftar Dinner, July 31, 2012, 7:30 PM

We were pleased to be able to present to everyone an invitation to a special Iftar Dinner presented by the Louisville Pakistani Community and Interfaith Paths to Peace which took place on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 7:30 PM at the Second Presbyterian Church located at 3701 Old Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY.

The Iftar Dinner is a special Muslim celebration associated with the holiday of Ramadan, which runs for an entire month and takes place this year from Thursday, July 19, 2012, and ends in the evening of Saturday, August 18, 2012. The dinner is celebrated each evening during Ramadan, often as a community, to break the daily fasting observed each day.

One of our chaplains, Neal Myers from our Bluegrass facility attended and had a wonderful time. As he related to us:

Last night’s Iftar was so completely different from what I thought I am so glad I attended.

At our table there were 2 Baha’i folks from Louisville, trapped here during the Iranian revolution in 1979 and decided to make it their home – both are doctors, absolutely wonderful people. I was also there with a very elderly Catholic Nun who was living in an orphanage in France during the Nazi occupation and remembered Jews being herded into trucks in front of her.

I also spoke with a Muslim nurse from Canada here visiting her sister in her sister’s last days of cancer treatment as well as a Native American, who shared about difficult life on American Indian reservations.

The evening was a delight of food, friendships and new knowledge of the richness and diversity of the Muslim as well as the interfaith community here in Louisville. It was inspiring and filled me with great hope for our future.

The Louisville Pakistani community is a very active group in the community service arena here locally and more information about the good work that they do can be found both in a recent Courier Journal article as well as their own YouTube Video.

We are indeed honored to have participated in this wonderful event.

 

EVENT – Next Spirituality In The Workplace Luncheon

Our next Spirituality in the Workplace lunch is set for Friday, August 10th 2012, starting promptly at noon, at our Home Office at 12201 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY, 40299.

Joe Steier, our President and CEO, and Dianne Timmering, our Vice-President of Spirituality will be answering questions as to the efficacy of, and opportunity for, spirituality in the workplace, particularly in a for-profit company environment.

Reservations are required for the event and may be made by emailing Sam Clemmens at sclemmens@signaturehealthcarellc.com.

All attendees may feel free to come by any time after 11:30 AM on the day of the event, this will provide an opportunity to get to know some of the other attendees.

“My Recipe for Peace” – Presentation on July 12, 2012

The following is the text of the presentation at the “My Recipe For Peace” Dinner, a fundraising event for Interfaith Paths To Peace, which took place at The Temple on Brownsboro Road in Louisville, KY on July 12, 2012.

“We started the inter-faith Department of Spirituality at Signature Healthcare with one philosophy: to love everyone where they stood, to build a department based on unconditional love and respect for all cultures and faith traditions, without watering it down. In this, we have shattered misperceptions of spirituality in the workplace, its efficacy, its life-changing aura, its viability and sustainability, and its fortuitous power.

On the tip of this new contemplation, this simple formula keeps peace in the accordioned quilt of who we are as a company. All in all, that has moved the mountains, along with the sanctity of respect, and prayer which I find myself steeped in daily.

What happens is truly inspirational in that seconds, minutes and moments turn into even the tiniest of miracles. And so it is in that unexpected encounter, that special wink when a prayer is the only cure, when a word can reverse the course of a bad decision, when a new understanding evolves, when questions of ‘why’ are answered, when spirituality links the confusion of dementia with the sound of angels, where only God can give solace in the stillness of punishing grief, where writing it down unlocks the pain into passing away, where healings are unexplained except by the touch of the Lord’s magnificence, where wounds close and falls are prevented, where time meets that instant of dire need.

I remember my first year in this endeavor and I was at one of our Tennessee nursing homes and passed by a room where a man laid supine (on his back). I remember passing him thinking he probably couldn’t respond or talk since he appeared to have little cognition or alertness. But the Spirit moved around me in the peace of the moment and I heard God whisper even as I trundled down the hall, Stop, and go back to that man, He said. This man is requesting a visit. God had heard this precious man’s thoughts while I was focused on what he could not do or who I thought he no longer was. As I turned to go back into his room I had fears—fear that the man might not respond, fear that he might be too sick for his skin was graying and he appeared near death.

I cradled my trembling hand over the man’s cold fingers, and looked into his feverish eyes, so delicate with the wear of use in his many decades of life. And there he was, looking back at me. I smiled and said something which I don’t remember now and his face changed from square to round like it had been lifted from the bed, and his eyes squeezed with the recognition of another, a simple conversation of hope without the parable of any words.

A new trust abounded in me that day, a new love for mankind and our perfect imperfections, that we are all vulnerable, that we will all need help at some cross-section of time. God knew. He had heard the sheep among us and connected it with a shepherd who might risk a kind word and the jewel of love.

Delight in miracles for they come in every moment of every precious breath, the honk of a goose, the velvet touch of a rose, the grain of wood, the fragrance of mango, the feel of thick molasses, the sight of a gentle waterfall, the notice of a human in need. God is in every touch, squeeze, and the ear that is ready to listen. He is always willing to listen to us; let us always be willing to listen to Him. For in prayer, there is peace.”

– Dianne Timmering, July 12, 2012

 

Prayer from the Elderserve Luncheon

Recently our CEO Joe Steier and several company’s representatives attended a luncheon hosted by Elderserve, Inc. in Louisville, KY where Joe was presented with the 2012 Champion for the Aging Award.

Our Vice President of Spirituality, Dianne Timmering, offered the prayer for the luncheon, the text of which is presented below.

Dear God. We love you so much and are honored to be here today as a collective community to celebrate life in any season.

We thank you because we can gather freely and express ourselves in whatever multitude of manner we might choose. We thank you for the opportunity to serve both you and our precious elders. Stay with us always.

Put your loving arms around us and the vulnerable people we serve. Let us not turn a blind eye to such wisdom perhaps still unlocked in their grip. Let us embrace their wisdom and exquisite beauty.

Thank you for their service and courage in the building of our nation and the loving care they provided to so many of us in the room. We are a byproduct of their greatness. Let us never forget this, and that purpose reigns in every breath.

Bless Elderserve and all their affiliates and their 50 great years committed to nurturing a maturing life still so full with many gifts to give. Bless the businesses and organizations represented here today. Bless all to overflow. Pressed down shaken together. Bless this food. Bless it to the nourishment of our body. And bless all hands. Amen.

 

 

EVENT – Representative for Senator McConnell to Visit Four Courts Facility

Michael V. Biagi, Field Representative for U.S. Senator from Kentucky Mitch McConnell, visited our Four Courts facility, located at 2100 Millvale Road in Louisville, KY on Monday July 23rd, 2012.

Mr Biagi is well versed in the healthcare industry and his visit was a great opportunity to hear and speak to him about concerns regarding it’s future.

Below is chaplain Graig Cantrall’s email to Mr. Biagi thanking him for his visit:

Mr. Biagi,

The residents, our Administration, our Quality of Life department and myself would like to thank Senator McConnell for having you come to our facility. The residents enjoyed their time with you and felt that it was engaging as well as informative. By coming to speak with our seniors you have improved their quality of life by allowing them to have purpose in the upcoming elections.

Please express our gratitude to Senator McConnell for taking time to hear from our seniors which allows them to stay in contact with something they have been involved in most of their lives; politics. We look forward to working with your office again in the future.

Grace & Peace,

Craig Cantrall, Director of Spirituality
Four Courts @ Cherokee Park

 

EVENT – Panel Discussion on Spirituality – Joe Steier and Dianne Timmering – November 15, 2012

Signature CEO Joe Steier and Vice President for Spirituality Dianne Timmering will be participating in a panel discussion on spirituality in the workplace on November 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM in connection with the Louisville Festival of Faiths.

The event will take place at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage at 1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard in downtown  Louisville, KY.

Updated information on the Festival right up until the event can be found on the Festival’s Event Calendar.

Address to University of Kentucky Summer Series on Aging, Lexington, KY by Dianne Timmering

What does it feel like to reach into an audience and uncover the veneer of existence? To challenge the way we have always done things—to peel the bonds off against the noise of time. So much hunger for God I see in the world. A hunger for Him, but a fear to find Him, to seek Him, especially in the workplace where the perception and the stale air of misunderstanding keeps Him away.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it clear that an employer must provide an “accommodation” for “all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief, unless an employer demonstrates that he is unable to reasonably accommodate . . .

Even with this explicit opportunity to know God in the workplace, is it a general fear of being vulnerable? We are after all the individualist American, strong and in charge. Has God morphed into our box of convenience? We pray at night and in the morning and often forget about the day because we don’t want to bother Him or we don’t think He’s listening and the framework of our world that we have built around ourselves is our rudimentary path. And we think of Him in the distance even while He is whispering into our hearts; not considering He can seep through the walls of concrete and skin in any moment, near any time.

So we, the audience and I, explored this at the recent UK Summer Series on Aging in Lexington, KY discussing spiritual freedom in the workplace for employees and the long term and post-acute residents that we served. While we were there to discuss spiritual integration in aging care, questions began to emerge. How could they do it in their organization, company, place of work for its impact on employee well-being, and for the beloved peoples whom they served? We discussed

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framework, how to build it and spirituality defined. We considered the confluence of the spiritual being with the moment to moment pursuits of the job; that one didn’t need to be separated from the other.

We talked freedom, because that was what spirituality could be—the freedom to choose to worship, or not. Spirituality they decided was the choice for God or the Divine and their own personal relationship with such. And the opening of possibility crinkled brows, their eyes many colors of wants and stolen thoughts and hopes packed into the corners of souls. Bringing spirituality into their workplace, for their people, for their customer, for themselves—was it possible under the precepts of government, as well as the tenets of unconditional love and the sanctity of respect for another?

And God pressed His thumb-pad into the brow of belief and hope tickled and ears breathed.

Our Next Spirituality In The Workplace Meeting – June 29, 2012

We will be hosting our next “Spirituality In the Workplace” session here at the Signature Home Office on Friday June 29, 2012.

Our CEO Joe Steier and Vice President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering will lead a discussion on the three questions we received the most in regards to Signature’s development and success of the Spirituality department, in other words “the Signature Spirituality Story”.

These questions are meant to be discussed relative to the businesses of all attendees and they are:

1 – How to get your program started
2 – How to make it effective
3 – How to sustain it

Look for more details as the date gets closer!

The National Day of Prayer—”The Faith of a Mustard Seed” by Dianne Timmering with Joe Steier

by Dianne H. Timmering with Joe Steier

A few days ago was our first interfaith national day of prayer—an unparalleled celebration of faith traditions from across the country and the world. Joe Steier and I were nervous, often nervous before a big speech or when we feel something big is about to happen. We launched the SHC Dept. of Spirituality in 2005—a message from that still small voice that said, Bring the Spirit of God into the workplace and see the miracles I will perform for my people—miracles of love and hope. Base it on unconditional love, He said, and imperfections will dawn newness from this invitation of the heart.

So that is what we did in November of that year. Even back then, we thought God might do something explosive, even invasive into the fabric of our long-term care company to bind up broken hearts of the hurting and heal our sick, even the sickest with weary hands and wounded feet. We knew that our model was more than a silo of prayer but an unconventional intervention with the clinical team for fullness of spirit and emotional and physical wellness. We began to uncover like a sleuth in the ocean depths, the power of the listening ear, the lending of compassion for the empathy of the ailment and the simpleness of time to mend the suffering heart. Prayer or a good game of checkers could heal—afterall, it was about time and the bravery of a compassionate heart.

Our Day of Prayer was about the faith of a mustard seed because we started with the invisible Hand of nothing but that which floated on the Spirit and manifested in the savory of the spoken word. It was about the power of unconditional love even in the unavoidable imperfections of our existence; it was about celebrating the dignity and beauty of faith traditions long established; it was about the character of respect; it was about the abolition of assumption; it was about the ancient roots of compassion—the throwing away of old beliefs and the pressing into of new wisdom; it was about the outpouring of love . . . just love, because that is what God is.

It was about understanding that the House of God is His place of worship for all “Nations” (Greek word in Old Testament is ethnos defined as “peoples”) as stated in the book of Isaiah; it was about one vision of faith and the testing of a model that the sanctity of respect and a stream of love could bring faith traditions together–not “watered down” or diminished–but thriving in who we are with assurance and boldness, and a shine for the world to see that there need be no strife, just dialogue, collaboration and a willingness to hear another–to listen and to consider anew. It was in this secret beauty of one voice that was, and is perhaps, the best language of love.

They were proud to be there free to represent their faiths—Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Native American, Unitarian . . . , and we were proud to watch them and have them in “our” house, so to speak. You are always welcome, we told them. And they believed us.

The day was uncontainable, like a glistening seed after a drop of honey.

“For My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. The Sovereign Lord declares—he who gathers the exiles of Israel: I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.”  (Isaiah 56:7b-8)

 

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Please view more photos from the event on the Louisville Courier Journal website:
Louisville Courier Journal – National Day of Prayer Photo Galley