When I first become Director of Spiritual Health for the Martin Luther Campus just over a year ago, I brought over 25 years of experience as a church pastor in Illinois, Texas, Virginia, and Minnesota, but I had less than one year of experience as a chaplain. You have been gracious and kind to me as I've found my way and you also have been supportive as I continued the education process that is required to become a Board Certified Chaplain.
This morning, the certification committee of the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc., interviewed me and gave me their approval. I’m now officially a Provisional Board Certified Chaplain, recognized by the Association of Professional Chaplains. It's a milestone for me at this turning point in my ministry, and it's a benefit to the Martin Luther Campus.
Obviously, I’m excited about this. But it's part of a bigger picture, and I'd like to share that with you, too. If you're curious, read on.
Fairview and Ebenezer have always been committed to the spiritual health of all our patients and residents. Yes, we are a residential health care institution, and we operate as a business. But we also know that no one we care for is just a collection of their medical conditions or housing needs. Each person is a bundle of relationships, habits, convictions, experiences, stories, feelings, ideas, thoughts, fears, and hopes. That’s the “stuff” of spiritual health. Sometimes these things are given explicitly religious language, but not always. Identifying our residents’ and patients’ needs, goals, and resources in any of these areas is part of the overall health and healing we are here to provide.
To build on this conviction that spiritual health matters, and to continue improving the care we offer, Fairview and Ebenezer have committed to providing chaplaincy that meets the standards for BCCI Certification. These include chaplains who have undergraduate and graduate degrees, 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education, 2,000+ hours work experience, a recognized faith group endorsement, and demonstration of 31 core competencies.
I’m grateful to Associate Chaplain, Pastor Diane Reishus, and to the administration, staff, volunteers, residents, and their families on the Martin Luther Campus for taking the last year of these clinical steps of the journey with me. I’m also thrilled that together we are expanding the spiritual care we offer by becoming a clinical site for Fairview CPE students like Derek Martin, who just completed his CPE summer internship with us in August, and Scott Hoecker, who is now doing his CPE residency with us through August 2018.
Finally, I’m especially glad to be your chaplain, serving alongside Diane and Scott. No matter what your religious or spiritual tradition (even if you don’t identify with any at all), we're each here to support you in being the best YOU you can be.
May you be whole and at peace,
Rev. David Cobb, PBCC
Director of Spiritual Health
Below is Sally Peterson's speech she gave at Ebenezer's First Mission Breakfast where she explained about Integrity, and what it means as one of the five values Ebenezer holds true to.
"Good Morning, I'm Sally Peterson, and I am the Campus Director of Community Programs at Ebenezer's Martin Luther Campus in Bloomington. I work with volunteers, Life Long Learning, Therapeutic Recreation and Activities, as well as the Auxiliary and Gift Shop. I also serve as Volunteer Lead for Ebenezer. In January of this year, I celebrated my 30th anniversary with Martin Luther.
It is a privilege to be with you this morning and an honor to speak at the first Ebenezer Mission Breakfast.
I have been asked to speak on the second of our five core values, Integrity. When we think of the meaning of this word, we think of one who has the quality of being honest, of having strong moral principles, moral uprightness, an individual who is sincere, truthful and trustworthy.
However, another definition of Integrity, the state of being whole and undivided, meaning to have unity, unification, coherence, cohesion, togetherness and solidarity. In fact, the word Integrity comes from the latin word ‘integer’ which means whole and complete.
In this context, of Integrity, I think of Ebenezer as the whole. Each site represented here today, are all a part of that whole. WE, are Ebenezer, together, whole within our individual sites, but in unity, cohesion and solidarity to be part of the whole or greater good.
I would like to share a story regarding the Memorial Garden and how it came to be the special place it is today. It was the wishes of our owners to have a place where loved ones would be remembered and honored. A place of respite for all people.
Just over a year ago, we dedicated the Memorial Garden, behind the care center, overlooking the Minnesota River. Memorial stones, colorful plants, shrubbery, walking paths, tables, chairs, umbrellas and a fountain marking 22 years of dedicated service by a chaplain give character to the garden. Old oak trees provide an abundance of shade to those coming to relax and meditate. It has become a special place for residents, staff, family members and neighbors. A summer concert was held there a few months ago and last week, we celebrated Oktoberfest, with a polka band, beer garden and a yodeling contest. A 91 year old yodeler from short-term care entered and won! While these events have been festive gatherings, the garden is also a place of peace and solitude. A place for reflection, remembering, and celebrating the lives of those who have passed away and those who are living! A place to forget your cares and enjoy all that nature offers. One Meadow Woods resident loved to visit the Memorial Garden, to soak up the sunshine, while having the privacy to remove his shirt, as he did in his own backyard.
The Memorial Garden is one of the ways that we strive to uphold the core value of integrity for our residents. The owners of our campus, were and are men of integrity, having strong moral principles which are congruent with Ebenezer's mission and values. Ebenezer is driven to heal, discover, and educate for longer, healthier, meaningful lives which was and is, also the goal of our owners."
After she gave this speech, she went to help feed the hungry at Second Harvest Heartland. She is one of the many at Ebenezer who lives the mission of integrity!
There could come a time when your parent with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia will need more care than can be provided at home. During the middle and late stages of dementia, sometimes 24-hour supervision is required to ensure the person’s safety. As dementia progresses further, round-the-clock care requirements become more intensive.
Making the decision to move a parent into a specialized memory care environment may be difficult, as it is tough to suddenly be faced with a decision that makes it feel like YOU are now in a parental role. But it is important to consider whether or not it is possible to continue to provide the level of care needed in the person’s home.
The questions below, from the Alzheimer’s Association website, are ones to consider when determining if a move to residential care is a good option:
Please see http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-residential-facilities.asp for additional information
--Marysue Moses, Ebenezer Dimensions Program Coordinator
Director of Community Relations
Hello friends, my name is Kate and I'd love to share with you ALL of the wonderful things happening at Martin Luther Campus. Be sure to check our Blog, Lifestyle page and Facebook page often to stay updated on the happenings at our community!