A New Era in Spirituality Western Identity Cult of individualism Corporate profitability Unmanageable political systems Decline in religiosity The Spiritual Revolution Integration – body, mind, spirit Psychological health Ecological integrity Sense of community
Today’s reality Between 1985 and 2004, Canadians aged 15 and older reporting no religious affiliation increased by seven percentage points from 12% to 19%.General Social Survey (GSS) and the 2002 Ethnic Diversity Survey (EDS).
Stats Canada 2002
USA and Europe A new survey in the U.S. shows that the number of 18-25 year olds who are atheist, agnostic or nonreligious has increased from 11 percent in 1986 to 20 percent today . Religious belief continues to plummet in Europe, with Italy being the only country with a majority believing in any form of God or supreme being.(By MATT CHERRY, HumanistNetworkNews.orgJan. 24, 2007)
The United Church of Canada2010 Observer Survey… More than 1/3 say congregations are not financially healthy 46% say their church is shrinking More than ½ do not expect to last 15 years 24% give their congregations a 5 year life
Spiritual Care BC Christian NewsDecember 2009, Vol29 #12 “Fraser Health president Nigel Murray announced the cuts in a November 5th report, saying this “non-core service” (Spiritual Care) would be provided by “social workers and volunteers from faith communities”. Spiritual Care has been devalued”… faith has been marginalized”….the Fraser Health decision is short sighted because it does not recognize the many contributions that faith groups have made to health care”. Hans Kowenburg, Abbotsford Spiritual Care Advisory Council Chair.
Changing Times David Tacey “The widespread demise of religion throughout the educated countries of the world has brought with it a great impoverishment and aridity to the human soul…” pg.22 “The yearning for sacredness, spiritual meaning, security and personal engagement with the spirit are primary needs and longings of the contemporary world.” pg 20, The Spirituality Revolution, 2004
What We Believe… We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.Teilhard de Chardin
A New Model of Spiritual Care The Question… how to create within UHN a Spiritual Care Department that is integrated and meaningful?
1. Based on Spirituality What does spirituality mean to you?
Spirituality defined… …an awareness of relationships with all creation, an appreciation of presence and purpose that includes a sense of meaning. (Fitchett & Handzo, 1998).
2. Cultivating a Supportive Administration
Supportive AdministrationCorporate Services
Remembrance Day Service
Service of Remembrance…
1200 attendees annually
3. Reinforce Spirituality at Work Inter Professional Education Six – 3.5 hour sessions focusing on Spirituality for all staff
4. Providing effective clinical work
Spiritual Care Staff are assigned to specific clinical units
Participate fully in interdisciplinary team (i.e. attend rounds, present at inter professional collaboration opportunities, crisis debriefing)
Involved in inter professional education
5. Elective in Spirituality for Medical Students Second Year Medical Students Shadowing of spiritual care professionals across UHN
6. Relationship with Religious Community Leaders The Downtown Toronto Healthcare Spiritual and Religious Forum serves as a link between the complementary roles of the downtown healthcare institutions and the local faith communities to assist in providing for the spiritual and religious needs for patients and their families.
8. Providing Spiritual Care to Staff Our assumption: that staff see us working from a faith-based model of care. Therefore… we must change their perception…. HOW?
What Staff are saying about Spiritual Care
Conclusions there is a different way – say YES! Everyone is spiritual. Integrate! Infiltrate!