Spiritual Diversity Practices

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Spiritual Diversity PracticesSpiritual DiversityCaring for our residents with specific belief systems is as crucial as healing their physical ailments. Meeting them at their point of need and providing hope with spiritual interventions customized to their faith traditions will enhance their healing process. Spiritual DiversityASK what faith traditions (if any) a new resident hasLISTEN they may not follow what their mainstream faith (denomination) typically believes. We want them to share their thoughts and beliefs, no matter what they are. The deeper the understanding we have of the resident, the better we can heal the whole person: mind, body and spirit.ACT Customize a spiritual plan for the resident based on their faith

Spiritual DiversityThe following slides contain general background, beliefs and general practices of several religious organizations and do not represent official faith group documents or doctrine. This guide is meant to provide general guidelines for use in beginning conversations with residents to better understand their needs as their spiritual providers.

AmishThe Amish believe that God has created and sustains all things. God exists externally as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christ will return to judge the world, raise the dead and usher in the Kingdom of GodKeys to Communicating Restrict the use of cameras or picture takingEnd of Life The church does not believe that life must continue at all cost. When life has lost its purpose and meaning beyond hope of meaningful recovery, relatives should not be censored for withholding lifes sustaining measures. Autopsy and organ donations are acceptable.BahaiThe Bahai Faith is made up of the followers of Bahullh. Founded a century and a half ago, the Bahai Faith is today among the fastest-growing of the worlds religions. With more than five million followers who reside in virtually every nation on earth it is the second-most widespread faith, after Christianity, in its geographic reach. Bahais reside in more than 100,000 localities around the world, an expansion that reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship.The Most Holy Book of the Bahai Faith is the Kitb-i-Aqdas, the book of laws written by Bahullh. It is part of a large body of scriptures authored by him. The many writings of the Bb and those of Abdul-Bah are also a sacred source of reference for Bahais. All of the Bahai sacred scriptures are from their own hands and not of their followers. Moreover, Bahais recognize the Bible, the Quran, and the holy texts of the worlds other revealed religions. BahaiPlaces of Worship - Bahullh called for temples to be built on every inhabited continent and each to be surrounded by institutions of social service. To date, seven have been built, at least one on each continent. While their architectural styles differ, they share certain features, such as being nine sided, domed, and set in magnificent gardens (the number nine symbolizes completeness or unity). These temples are places for personal prayer and meditation, as well as collective worship, where sacred scriptures from many traditions are recited and sung. The North American temple is located in Wilmette, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Special Calendar and Holidays - The year consists of 19 months, each having 19 days, with four or five intercalary days, to make a full solar year. The Bahai New Year corresponds to the traditional Persian New Year, called Naw Rz, and occurs on the vernal equinox, March 21, at the end of the month of fasting. Bahai communities gather at the beginning of each month at a meeting called a Feast for worship, consultation and socializing. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. The Bahai week is familiar in that it consists of seven days, with each day of the week also named after an attribute of God. Bahais observe 11 Holy Days throughout the year, with work suspended on 9 of these. These days commemorate important anniversaries in the history of the religion.Resources - www.bahai.orgBuddhismThe US Buddhist population is estimated at slightly more than one million. At the heart of Buddhism and its practices are two key goals. One is the elimination of suffering for all beings. The second is the cessation of the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth (Samsara) leading to Nirvana,the supreme state of being freed from suffering and individual existence.Buddhists believe in the notion that life is cyclical and that one undergoes many births and many deaths, not always in the same form. The way one lives in this life, the kind of good deeds one performs dictates the nature and quality of ones rebirth Karma.

BuddhismMany Buddhists are vegetarian. For some Buddhists, non-killing extends to not harming a potential life, so they refrain from eating eggs as well. Many refrain from eating strong spices or medicines that contain alcohol.End of life The body is not touched or handled immediately after death, to allow the life force to leave peacefully of its own accord. Autopsy is not always acceptable.Other Selected Buddhist Practices - There are a host of spiritual practices available to Buddhists in the many different traditions. Among these are a variety of different styles of meditation (including sitting and walking, and a number associated with ritualistic actions). Chanting is also central to a number of traditions, and plays a central role in the spiritual practices of the Soka Gakkais who chant Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo (the title of the Lotus Sutra). Some other practices include weekly spiritual gatherings, ritual theatrical presentations, creation of Sand Mandalas, use of prayer flags and prayer wheels, creation of Zen gardens, fasting, study of Buddhist texts, and even spiritual debate.

ChristianityChristianity is the largest world religion with a world population estimated at 2.1-2.2 billionChristians generally believe that God sent Jesus to earth in order to save humans from sin through his life, death and resurrection. Most Christians believe that Jesus was born of a young woman who was a virgin, that he was crucified by Romans, and that he died, rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven and will comeagain for a final judgment of humanityChristianity comprises Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants (descriptions follow)

BaptistWith most Christian Baptists they accept the Orthodox teachings of Christianity with reference to the Trinity and Jesus Christ, fully human and full of God. Most Baptists would believe that God would intervene and heal a person in an extraordinary manner if He so chooses.Baptists generally would not have any issues with dietConservative Baptists tend to be very traditional in terms of gender roles. You will find them stressing male headship in the family and in the church.End of Life Baptists do not have any particular distinctive view on issues related to death and dying. This would largely depend on the wishes of the individual. Baptist Practices/OrdinancesSouthern:Lords Supper (open)Baptism (immersion)Free Will:Lords Supper (open)Baptism (immersion)Foot WashingBaptist Practices/OrdinancesMissionary:Lords Supper (open)Baptism (immersion)Independent:Lords Supper (open)Baptism (immersion)Baptist Practices/OrdinancesGeneral:Lords Supper (open)Baptism (immersion)Foot WashingOld Regular Baptist:Lords Supper (closed-often to only their associations)Baptism (immersion)Foot WashingBaptist Practices/OrdinancesReformed:Lords Supper Baptism (immersion)Foot WashingSeparate Baptist:Lords Supper Baptism (immersion)Foot WashingCatholicismThe Roman Catholic religion teaches that God, who is One, has revealed himself to humanity as a Trinity of Persons- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Roman Catholic church believes that life is a gift from God, and deserves particular respect. It has inherited dignity, value and worth. Each person is made in the likeness and image of the Creator. All worth has been reaffirmed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, his son. Each of us is called to share eternal life with Him. These fundamental beliefs are the basis for all care for the person.Sunday Mass is the main celebration each week. Holy Days include Easter and Christmas. Catholics follow the liturgical year which includes Advent in preparation for Jesus birth and Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Reception of Holy Communion at every opportunity is important to Catholics along with the receiving of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of Healing (Anointing). The Scripture for Roman Catholics is the Bible. Catholics pray the Rosary. Religious articles and symbols include blessed medals, crucifix and holy water.

CatholicismThere are a few days of the year when Catholics have an obligation to fast or abstain from meat and meat products. Catholics fast and abstain on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstinence is required on all Fridays of Lent. The sick, those under 12 or over 65, are never bound by this prescription of the law.The celebration of the sacrament of Penance (confession) liberates the person from sin and guilt, and enables him or her to experience the Lords healing gift of mercy and salvation.The proper time to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is in the case of any serious illness. It can and should be repeated if the patient worsens, or at the time before death. This sacrament, as all do, unites the patient to the passion of Christ, and the whole universal church. Its effects and graces are healings, spiritual and possibly physical. In the past, this sacrament was referred to as last rites and was only a preparation for passing over to eternal life, now it may be received many times if desired.Church of ChristThe Church of Christ in America appeared as a renewal movement during the Second Great Awakening, a sweeping religious revival in 1801.. New l