Recognizing that healing from trauma and facing difficulties sometimes has a powerful spiritual component, at the beginning of 2020 CHRIS 180 expanded its services to form the Institute for Spiritual Health and Wellness. In addition to placing Clinical Pastoral Education residents in local hospitals the Institute can periodically assign chaplain interns to different community programs within CHRIS 180.  The job of these chaplains is not to make believers out of the people we serve, but to serve and be a companion and guide for people to help them find their...

Why? Why did this have to happen? Why me? When we don’t have answers to impossible situations, a human response is to cry out, “why?” Why did my dad get COVID-19?  Why can’t I see my parents trapped in a nursing home? Why? And when we don’t have an answer to “why,” we often will make up an answer – blaming ourselves, others or the Divine.  Perhaps that is a way we can experience some semblance of control when we feel scared and helpless. We might think some of the following thoughts: “I had a fight with...