Sometimes a picture is more informative and revealing than either words or actions, referencing the thought, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This year’s theme, Collaborative Healthcare: Chaplains Complete the Picture, encourages professionals and constituents across the healthcare continuum to view the work of chaplains as part of an image that conveys inclusive healthcare practices among spiritual care practitioners. Viewing chaplains through a lens whereby they collaborate to provide holistic interdisciplinary care, that otherwise would not be complete if the chaplain were not included.
Spiritual Care Week/Pastoral Care Week is hosted by The COMISS Network: The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings. The first Pastoral Care Week was held in October 1985. Since then it has grown beyond national to international proportions. The celebration of Spiritual Care Week provides an opportunity for chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers to share their story and to celebrate various ministries. More specifically, the established objectives of the Spiritual Care Week Committee outline the scope of Spiritual Care Week observance:
- To celebrate the education for and practice of spiritual care through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling.
- To interpret and promote pastoral care.
- To honor and celebrate all practitioners of pastoral care.
- To express appreciation to institutions and their staff who support pastoral care ministries.
- To publicize the work of pastoral care organizations affiliated with COMISS.
- To promote continuing education for clergy, laity, and institutional employees regarding the value of pastoral care.
Each year a new theme brings to light a certain aspect of spiritual care as a focus. May this year’s focus bless you as you complete the picture in providing holistic ministry to all who come under your care!
For further information about Event Resources, A Proclamation or a Press Release, please go to www.spiritualcareweek.org.