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New book shares stories from spiritual care volunteers

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Rev. Terry Ruth Culbertson Walt WasilewskiRev. Terry Ruth Culbertson, manager of Upstate’s Center for Spiritual Care, is joined by Walt Wasilewski, an author and Catholic lay volunteer with the center, who has written a book about his experiences.  Spiritual care volunteers may be lay or ordained persons who volunteer four or more hours a week to do patient visitation, assist in the office, provide music ministry, or other needed functions. Wasilewski will explain why he wrote his book “Open the Eyes of My Heart, stories of spiritual care“, which is full of amazing stories from the program, and who it was intended for. 
Read more about: The Volunteer Partners and Spiritual Care Program, or call (315) 464-4687 for more information.


Second-career chaplains share their stories

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Alice ChicoDare DutterAlice Chico and Dare Dutter, recent graduates of Upstate Medical University’s Clinical Pastoral Education program, share their journeys to become second-career chaplains. Both are “adult learners,” Dutter was a grade school teacher and principal for 30 years, and Chico was a nurse practitioner for 50. For more information about the program, call (315) 464-4687. Read more about: The Center for Spiritual Care at Upstate. 


Compassionate rounds for healthcare providers

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Reverend Dr. Virginia Lawson

Rev. Virginia Lawson, PhD, will talk about a new program coming to Upstate called the Schwartz Compassionate Rounds, designed to promote the importance of healthcare professionals listening to one another to enhance patient care. Lawson is an ordained Rinzai Zen Buddhist who serves as an Interfaith Chaplain at Upstate, and specializes in organ donation support. 


Upstate’s Partners in Clergy program in need of volunteers

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Rev. Kevin AgeeReverend Kevin Agee, presiding elder of the Washington-Virginia district of the CME Church and former pastor of Hopps Memorial CME Church in Syracuse, describes his experiences as a volunteer on-call chaplain at Upstate University Hospital, and the need for additional volunteers. He also helps us understand the connection between spirituality and healing/health, and the importance of spiritual support for patients near the end of life and families who have just suffered loss.   Read the article: The departure of Rev. Kevin Agee: As Syracuse grapples with a Taser incident, he’s already missed.  For more information about Upstate’s Partners in Clergy program, call 315-464-4687.


Chaplain interns graduate from Clinical Pastoral Education program at Upstate

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Upstate Chaplains and Linda CohenChaplain interns Eric Haynes and Jorge Ramirez, recent graduates of Upstate Medical University’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program, will describe their experiences in the nationally accredited program that includes clinical experiences in addition to instructional hours as they learn the art of spiritual care.  Haynes is a seminarian and licensed minister in the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and Ramirez is a seminarian in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester.  The program is one of the requirements for ordination in many faith traditions.


‘Age-ing’ is a spiritual adventure – are you ready for the journey?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

joel potash mdJoel Potash, MD, retired Upstate family physician and medical ethicist, explores the possibility of adventure as people age without denying that aging can be challenging as well.  Dr. Potash is sponsoring an upcoming seminar on end-of-life issues titled ‘Age-ing is an Adventure in Spiritual Growth  – Are You Ready for the Journey?‘.  For more information, call 315-413-3272.


The four pillars of wellness

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Kaushal B Nanavati, MDDr. Kaushal Nanavati, director of Integrative Medicine at the Upstate Cancer Center, reveals how lifestyle can improve your overall health and sense of peace by balancing mind, body, and spirit, and potentially prevent illness. With a focus on nutrition, exercise, stress management, and spirituality, learn how integrating some small lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your health and wellness.

Four Pillars of Wellness: The New Language of Health In CNY


Retiring Upstate pediatric chaplain shares her memories

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Rev. Louise TallmanRev. Louise Tallman, better known as ‘Rev. Weez’, shares her memories as a pediatric chaplain at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital as she prepares to retire.

Rev. Tallman is a certified thanantologist, a Reiki Master/Teacher, and a clinical member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and has provided spiritual support to pediatric patients, families, staff and volunteers.