Caring for the Care Giver: A Celebration of Spiritual Care Week at the Atlanta VA Medical Center

Caring for the Care Giver: A Celebration of Spiritual Care Week at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, October 20-23.


WHEN:  October 21-23, the Chaplain Service of the Atlanta VA Medical Center will host a series of lectures addressing the theme, “Spiritual Well Being” to celebrate this year’s Spiritual Care Week.  Speakers and topics include:


Monday Oct. 20, 9:30 – 12:00:  “Clergy Self-Care”

Dr. Edward P. Wimberly, Interim President, Interdenominational Theological Seminary


Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11:30 – 1:00: “Spirituality and Medicine”

Dr. Michael Saenger, FACP, Director, Empower Veterans, Atlanta VA Medical Center


Thursday, Oct. 23, 9:30 – 12:00: “Tending to One’s Own Spiritual Self”

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G. & Nancy Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary


PURPOSE:  Many have given so much of their time, talent, and treasure to care for others that we thought we would pause to offer an opportunity for our colleagues and ourselves to restore, replenish and renew self.   So, this year we’ve increased our offerings and encourage clergy, healthcare professionals, educators, and community members alike to join us in attending to the spiritual stuff which sustains us in our delivery  of the full spectrum of care; mind, body, and spirit!  All are invited!

“Who can listen to a story of loneliness and despair without taking the risk of experiencing similar pains in his own heart and even losing his precious peace of mind? In short: “Who can take away suffering without entering it?” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society

WHERE:  Chapel -- Atlanta VA Medical Center, 1670 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30030.


PARKING:  Free parking and a shuttle are available at the Briarcliff Baptist Church parking lot, 3065 Briarcliff Road.

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