Community Chaplaincy
Parallels between World AIDS Day and COVID-19
By The Rev. Dr. Ebony D. Only

Today is World AIDS Day, the first ever global health day! Annually December 1 is an opportunity for humanity worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illness.

For decades, HIV/AIDS was the health and human crisis that stood at the ground zero of marginalized people in a way that made it impossible for us not to see health disparities, political disempowerment, economic inequality, and the social and physical displacement of persons because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This year, we marked a significant milestone in the AIDS epidemic: 40 years since the first case of READ MORE
Voting For My Health
By The Rev. Dr. Ebony D. Only

In our work at Bishop Anderson House, as the inaugural Community Chaplain Fellow, I am working to influence healthcare leaders to find creative ways to address the social determinants of health which have been proven to improve outcomes. I have been encouraging those with the power and influence to do so, to implore health care systems to proactively screen patients for social needs (i.e., housing, food, legal assistance) and connect patients to existing community resources to address those needs. These practices are critical while we work to change the policies that drive the systemic causes of limited to access to healthcare.

Changing these policies means that it is imperative that we do not lose sight of the importance of voting and representation as we consider how to address health inequities and disparities to access to care in the communities in which we live and serve. As much as social determinants are important, so are the political determinants of health. “It’s important to realize that for every social determinant of health, there was some preceding legislative, legal, regulatory or other policy decision that resulted in that social determinant. Those are the political determinants READ MORE
Celebrating Ann Ryba . . . . .
On Saturday, November 6, we gathered via Zoom to honor Ann Ryba for her 30+ years of service to Bishop Anderson House. In recognition of her contributions, Ann was made a Life Trustee. If you were unable to join us, click here to see a recording of the event or watch Ann's history in pictures. As well, if you would like to submit a story to be included in her memory book, please email Kim Lessner no later than Friday, December 10.
 
Spiritual Care Visitor Training Program
Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you feel like you want to make a difference by being present to someone who is going through a transition on their life's journey? Bishop Anderson House is offering our Spiritual Care Visitor Training program beginning on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

The program starts with virtual retreat sessions held on Zoom Saturday, January 29–10:00a-12:00p and 1:30p-3:00p; Saturday, February 5–3:00p-5:00p / All Central Time. Attendance at all three is mandatory. READ MORE
Rebuilding . . . . .

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Chaplaincy // Social Responsibility & Racial Justice
Spirituality & Wellness // Education
Bishop Anderson House is an interfaith agency rooted in the tradition of the Episcopal Church,
providing pastoral services and education programs for faith and health care communities.