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Erie Chapman Foundation
Nashville, Tennessee
Immediate past president of the Baptist Healing Trust (Healing Trust), Nashville.
Interests: The Erie Chapman Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to advance Radical Loving Care & healing in charities including hospitals, hospices & other charities & through the arts.
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“The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book- a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice. And it was not... Continue reading
Wow. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Debbie. Your response symbolizes not just what I did, but the CULTURE we developed. By helping first line staff FEEL part of our work it did magical things to their energy and helped RMH surge to the top nationally as well as regionally. It is stunning to me how few leaders "get" this which is why I wrote Radical Loving Care, why it is now a best seller & why I am trying to encourage leaders everywhere to embrace this work. Frankly, we need more women in CEO roles because too many of my fellow males just do not (or cannot) get it. THANK YOU again, Debbie! You were and are a true jewel!
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Culture determines behavior. Leaders determine culture. Leaders have a massive opportunity to create cultures of loving care. When they waste that they betray the mission of the hospitals where they lead. Continue reading
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A dear friend and colleague sent me this reflection by Robert R Walsh which I read while listening to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto and my spirit soared. I in turn share this gift with you. "I heard the Second Brandenburg Concerto played in honor of Bach’s 300th birthday, and I was... Continue reading
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...believe in everyday miracles waiting for you to care. Continue reading
What a hilarious shock I got seeking serenity in my backyard. Monks & meditators catch Peace Fish every day. What do they understand that we do not? Continue reading
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We are all journeying on planet Earth as pilgrims! When we reunite we join our spirits which gladdens both our worlds and smooths our pathways toward Heaven! Continue reading
"...our woundedness is the road to our integrity.” Thank you for quoting Dr. Remen so perfectly here, Liz. She and I were both told we had Crohn's Disease at young ages and both told we might not live past 40. Thank God she is now 83 (and I am still hanging around myself.) Somehow, our wounds gave us strength and she has contributed brilliantly and wisely to the world for all of her beautiful career. Thank you for Debbie Ford's prayer. And thank you also for your frequent and beautifully painted reminder from Rumi that "the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you."
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Science tells us what goes up must come down. Spirituality tells us what comes down must go up. The body's destination is earth. The soul's is heaven. The best portraits picture both - Erie Chapman Continue reading
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It has been said “we live our life forward and understand it backward.” This is true as we look back over this challenging global pandemic, complex disasters amid a marathon of effort, grief, isolation, change and the multiple stresses faced as a nation. Recognizing our need for renewal offers the... Continue reading
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We are stronger than we think. We are more vulnerable than we imagine. That is why citizens of stricken towns say, "I never thought this could happen here!" Continue reading
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Fathers keep their children and family safe from all types of danger; from weather, wars, and any attacks from outside the home. They have provided family safety since Cave men guarded the entrance to their dwellings. They provide, often with a partner, a caring example for everyone by earning money... Continue reading
So glad you saw this (as well as maybe heard it), Jerry. Very kind of you to compliment her work!
Thanks so very much for your support of her work,Liz. Hope you could hear the recording as well. Poetry always sounds different when I hear it read. Not always better, but different:-)
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What is that "seam of glue" that binds you to another? Does its strength ease your longing? Continue reading
Shoulder Taps. How often to we listen to that small voice within? Especially when, this requires us to move outside of our comfort zone. We feel compelled… but we may hesitate and then dismiss the message. I can’t help but wonder how many of these shoulder taps that I let... Continue reading
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Gift giving can haunt us. It becomes easier when we note David Whyte's counsel: "...it is the imagination behind the thought that counts, made tangible through gifts that find their definition through being twice blessed." Continue reading
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In Honor of All Caregivers “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and... Continue reading
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Time for everyone to drop the phrase, "Senior Moment." Seniors have more to remember because we've lived longer. Take comfort that occasionally forgetting names does not indicate a disease process. It means you are human. Continue reading
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Too many soldiers from all countries gave their lives since human beings picked up stones and slingshots, then catapults and now nuclear war is in mankind's quiver of suffering and death! God watches our inadequate use of free will and sighs, "this too must end!" Caregivers worldwide pray and fervently... Continue reading
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Note: This is a continuation of a story about Lual Mayen that was published on the JSW on May 15th On one of Lual’s daily trips to the Internet Café, a friend introduced him to video games. Typical of video games, it’s plot consisted of violence with players having to... Continue reading
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One of my mother's great gifts was her love of rain. It is not science that communicates rain's true gravity. Only poets, film artists, writers & painters can suggest what rain means to the heart. Continue reading
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Note: This is part one of a two-part story Can you imagine what it is like to be a refugee fleeing from violence, war, poverty and hunger as you and your family search desperately for a safe place to sleep, lack food to feed your children, and every day is... Continue reading
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“There is,” as George Santayana said, “no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval.” Continue reading
"A mother's love determines how We love ourselves and others." What an overwhelming responsibility. And you have carried this out perfectly, Liz. Beyond your own children, you have poured your love into the hearts of so many others that you have been a "mother" to countless people. At times when their hearts have felt empty, you have filled them up from the bounteous gifts of your endless love. Thank you