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NCCA Supports Spiritual Care Week 2017

October 22-28, 2017

“Hospitality: Cultivating Inclusion”

Spiritual Care Week (also known as Pastoral Care Week) gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide.

For resources and ideas for promoting Spiritual Care Week in your community or organization, visit the website here.

For more information or to send feedback or comments please e-mail the Pastoral Care Week Committee c/o Chaplain Clyde Angel at Clyde.Angel@va.gov.

 

About the 2017 theme

The theme for Spiritual Care Week this year is “Hospitality:  Cultivating Inclusion.”   Pastoral/spiritual care is important for peoples’ sense of identity as they find meaning in belonging to a common humanity and particular cultures. The idea of our sharing  a preciousness as human beings has found its source in religious, philosophical and societal communities.  Sadly for some, defining the “other” has been a desperate attempt to exclude those who are different.

Hospitality as practiced by so many cultures and religions breaks through walls of alienation and marginalization which deny human belonging. Welcoming, understanding, and celebrating the place of those who have been isolated makes for a wonderfully diverse expression of community. Cultivating (growing and nurturing) attitudes and actions of inclusion means that people are cared for as valuable members of the human family.

 

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