Sojourn Chaplaincy and ZSFG is excited to be joining with Spiritual Care departments across the country in celebrating National Spiritual Care week. The theme of this years celebration is “Spiritual Resilience”. Here at the General, our patients know a lot about resilience. As a public safety net hospital, many of the people we serve here struggle with multiple forms of marginalization and injustice on top of the health challenges that are now bringing them to the hospital. Survival in the face of this oppression is an act of resistance. Connecting with our spiritual resilience is one to the ways that we can begin to dismantle these systems of injustice.
It’s amazing how many times when we ask patients, “What’s helping you get through these challenges?” we are met with an articulation of faith, spiritual practice, an expression of art, and/or gratitude for family, community and more. The ways that we as humans find a connection with spiritual resilience is as vast and diverse as our fingerprints. A key dimension of our work as multi-faith Chaplains is to meet patients facing tremendous challenges and support them in connecting with their inner resources. This is one of the greatest gifts of Chaplaincy–being given the honor of witnessing patients as they find threads of reconnection with the resiliency deep within their human spirit.
During Spiritual Care week we will be reaching out to staff to increase awareness about our services. We will also be offering “Blessing of the Hands” on Tuesday October 18th to support the spiritual resilience of staff doing the incredible work of service here at ZSFG and the Department of Public Health. We will be posting pictures and bios of our incredible Chaplains in the communication board near the cafeteria. I think I can speak for all the Chaplains when I say each of us has a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity to serve in this incredible place of healing.
Saalam. Shalom. Peace. Paz.
Rev. Claire Bohman, Sojourn Chaplaincy Program Director