Your Gifts at Work

Fairview/University of Minnesota Medical Center
In 2016, your gifts helped to develop an outpatient CPE program in oncology at Fairview/University of Minnesota Medical Center.  Working in partnership with United Theological Seminary, ACPE Supervisor Karen Hutt and six students enrolled in the Interfaith Chaplaincy concentration at United, provided daily care to 80 patients in a new outpatient oncology unit that had never had chaplaincy services before. Students also explored the implications of cancer from a variety of discipline lenses, and increased their research literacy skills through projects that explored spiritual care dimensions of cancer from patient-centered, interdisciplinary care team, and nurses’ perspectives. 

Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches
In 2016, your gifts helped to support three CPE programs with targeted outreach to marginalized communities. Led by Sue Allers-Hatlie at the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, students engaged in one unit of CPE at: a Minnesota Correctional Facility working with incarcerated men; Kwanzaa Presbyterian working with women in the sex trade; and, The Retreat working with those in addiction recovery. In using the narrative therapy approach, students used liberation and womanist theology to examine embedded racism, mass incarceration and drug and alcohol addiction from a spiritual care perspective. Furthermore, students were mentored by theologians and spiritual care practitioners of diverse ethnic and religious traditions, and even participated in a Restorative Justice class with incarcerated students at the Stillwater Prison. 

Penn State Hershey Medical Center
In 2016, your gifts helped CPE students become more comfortable in advance-care planning conversations with patients and their families. Led by Elizabeth Watson-Martin at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, students participated in a research project to study how the My Gift of Grace game might allay anxiety of new spiritual caregivers when the opportunity presents itself to engage in advance care-planning conversations with patients and families. The findings of this research will be published in various outlets, and might help to tailor the CPE curriculum with other interactive strategies for helping chaplains and spiritual care practitioners address this topic.