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EVENT – Contemplative Spiritual Practices Retreat Offering for SHC Employees

For thousands of years persons have encountered the Divine Presence in nature, sanctuary, and time away from their daily schedules. Plan now to invest in your spiritual life and resiliency by scheduling a contemplative weekend away this fall at a beautiful retreat location, St. Meinrad Archabbey, for a Spiritual Practices Retreat.

Our weekend retreat leader and spiritual director will be Nancy Penton, Director of Spirituality at Signature HealthCARE of Buckhead.

When:
7:00 pm on Friday, October 26th– 11:30 am on Sunday,  October 28th 2012.

Cost:
$160 before October 1st
$185 after October 1st.

(Meals and overnight acommodations are included.)

Please visit St. Meinrad’s website for more information on this beautiful spiritual center located in Southern Indiana.

To register, or if you have questions, please email Stephen Bowling.

PRESS – Habitat for Humanity In Louisville

We recently recieved some information about some of the great work Habitat for Humanity is doing here in the local Louisville Community and thought it would indeed be something to relate to everyone. Local Signature chaplains are working with the greater Spirituality department to try and identify possible candidates for Habitat Homes from within our stakeholder community.

The following article is about a CNA (working for another company here locally) whose life was changed by a Habitat House:

Kelley T. Helgeson, our own VP of Human Resources for Rehab was involved in the construction of this house and she related to us some comments by those who worked on it:

I found my participation in this Habitat build to be very rewarding. I always wanted to volunteer for this organization, and the experience did not disappoint. The gravity of the work hit me while I was painting the bedroom the family’s youngest daughter will occupy. That simple task, when combined with the tireless efforts of the Habitat build team, will change that little girl’s life forever. The room came to life as I envisioned pictures on the wall, her clothes in the empty closet, a bed and dresser in the corner…things I take for granted that will eventually transform those four walls into home for her.

I can only imagine the emotions I felt that day…for a family I have never met…would likely be multiplied 10-fold if I could participate in an SHC build for one of our CNA’s. Having just gone through CNA clinicals at SHC South, I was able to walk in their shoes for a brief moment and see the love and dedication they show to our residents. Being able to give a day of service to a SNF as a CNA is already a blessing, but sharing my time to give a CNA a home…that would be the epitome of servant leadership.

Would YOU perhaps be interested in helping out Habitat for Humainty in the local Louisville area? It’s real easy to get involved – just go to their local website at: http://www.hfhlouisville.org/ and click on “VOLUNTEER”. It’s that simple.

 

 

 

 

Sacred Air at the Festival of Faiths

I had the great privilege of being able to attend the gala soiree at the Festival of Faiths here in downtown Louisville recently (see Ben Adkin’s report on the event at SHC Daily News blog) and I was struck almost speechless by the sheer magnitude of the affair.

The event was held at the Henry Clay, an old turn-of-the-century building which was been restored in recent years to it’s former glory, and there were three floors of business and faith exhibitors nestled throughout the elegant rooms and hallways.

The gala event was a place for fine food and drink, sushi and champagne and beautiful people milling around in perfectly-pressed suits and elegant evening wear. What I thought was remarkable, though, was the mutual respect that seemed to be particulate in the air that night.

This was a civic event of high order, although it was not necessarily billed as such. The mayor was there, and I also spotted our local US Representative as well,  along with the current and previous local Catholic Archbishops. There were local college and university academics as well as executives from major local corporations, and yes, there were representatives there from all the local charitable organizations as well. (The attendees may have been ladies and gentlemen, but it can be said that those in need were indeed represented and given voice.)

And all of them, as diverse and different as possible in many meaningful ways, were all there for one reason – because they believed.

Everyone there believed in something or someone greater than themselves – and all were respected, and quite honestly loved, for that very quality.

The blessing of the food was a multi-faith event, given by three female religious leaders – a Jewish rabbi, an Episcopalian minister and a Muslim teacher. And no matter what faith tradition anyone was – they all stopped and paid respectful attention as they spoke of bounty and giftedness.

I’ve heard it said in interfaith settings that we all have far more in common with each other than we have differences, and this event certainly put that into practice. This was the 16th Annual Festival here in Louisville and it has become so well respected in interfaith circles around the nation that it is being looked at as a model by other cities as a means for bringing all faiths together. Along with civic and business leaders, events like this one is indeed fruitful as a means for open, frank and productive dialogue among all levels of society.

In what appears to be an increasingly polarized national debate on so many issues, it is indeed refreshing to find a place where everyone can stand together. I was indeed honored to be a part of it.

Healing Our Younger Selves

The following comes to us from Chaplain Larry Limbaugh in Winter Park, FL. It is a marvelous tool for helping all of us – especially our precious residents – heal many parts of ourselves that we may not even realize are hurting.

We just finished an experience with Stakeholders and Residents as we focused on healing our younger selves. This powerful outline of hope is taken from a book entitled I Can Make You Happy by Dr. Paul McKenna.

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they remembered the hurt and struggle of their younger years, but the good news of all this is that there is an exercise to heal our younger hurting selves. Involving the following:

1. Travel back as far in time as you need to remember a time when you hurt or struggled.

2. See the scene in black and white. Freeze the action at the point when the hurt is the worst.

3. Now float your adult self into that scene and talk directly to your younger self.

4. Tell the younger you that you are here from the future and everything is going to be fine.

5. Tell the younger you that you value and love them without reservation or condition.

6. Tell the younger you that the adult you survived because of the incredible strength of the younger you. Tell the younger you any other information that will help the younger you feel better.

7. Vividly reach out and embrace the younger you until you feel warm and loved. Make sure that the younger you feels accepted, loved and appreciated. Embrace as long as you need.

8. Now, place the younger you in your heart so that you can continue to feel that love. Continue to carry the younger you in your strong adult heart from this day forward.

Larry Limbaugh, Chaplain
Winter Park Care & Rehabilitation Center

Ways of Dealing with Criticism

Dianne Timmering, our Department’s Vice President, sent the following link to a news article by Ron Edmonson over at www.churchleaders.com. It is an amazing look at five right ways – as well as five wrong ways – to deal with criticism. The article is short and certainly relevant to all of us:

http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/153663-5-right-and-wrong-ways-to-deal-with-criticism.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Update