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The Gift of Spiritual Care to Improve Wellbeing EOFY 2022

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06 June 2022

Dear Friends,

Each of our chaplains, SRI volunteers and community connectors is person-centred in their approach to care and instruction. They adopt this holistic approach to help improve a person’s emotional, physical, cultural, intellectual and spiritual wellbeing.

A person’s sense of self is anchored in their core identity. This sense of identity is nurtured through connection, belonging, purpose, hope and resilience. Each of these qualities contributes to health, wellbeing and overall happiness for each individual. This reality is captured in The National Guidelines for Spiritual Care in Aged Care (2016).

Spirituality is integral to, but not confined by, religion and faith. It is about what gives purpose to our lives. It is about our sources of meaning and hope, which in turn are intimately related to our connectedness to ourselves and to the world.

As Christians, we understand that a full life is grounded in the hope of Christ and His merciful love, which fills our hearts with grace, our minds with peace and our souls with optimism.

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’

Romans 15:13 (NIV)

The Word of God also invites us to live an intentional spiritual life, grounded in the teachings of Christ, which can replenish our lives with a renewed strength, joy and contentment.

‘And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’

Ephesians 3: 17-19 (NIV)

This love infuses our instructors, connectors and chaplains as they serve their communities. Keep reading to learn how one school community is grateful for such care.

Spiritual care is provided in a creative and empathetic manner by Korus Connect chaplains placed in more than 240 Victorian schools. Our pastoral care workers listen deeply and respond with gentleness, kindness and compassion to the issues, concerns and aspiration of individuals.

Holistic care offers the gifts of time, attention and space for people to be seen, heard and valued by others, regardless of their culture, beliefs, health status and personal circumstances. It allows each person to have their identity and dignity affirmed, in any reality they may experience.

The spiritual dimension of the human person is not to be confused with psychological care which focusses on the mind, rather than the spiritual core of a person, expressed in meaningful relationships.

One Korus Connect chaplain recently completed 16 years of service. The positive impact of pastoral care, provided by this particular school chaplain, became evident in the community farewell celebrations which ensued:

On my last day, I was surprised with a special assembly for the students and parents to say “good-bye.” The school captains presented a beautiful speech and I had many parents come and share their thanks and appreciation for the support provided over the years. That evening the school had arranged a formal farewell …. I was blown away, when the … principal presented me with a plaque stating that the school will be naming the new Wellbeing and Wellness Centre after me in appreciation of my years of service at the school. I humbly accept this privilege in honour of ALL that God has done in and through me … I will never forget my time at this school and all the special friendships and connections that have been made …

Your end of financial year donation will help us to continue delivering spiritual care and forge meaningful conversations with individuals and communities. Quality pastoral care takes time — and is such a precious resource to revitalise connections, meaning and hope within communities.

Thank you for partnering with Korus Connect to improve holistic wellbeing and spiritual care. Your prayers, well wishes, volunteering, promotion and donations are all valued.

Dawn Penney

CEO