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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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Grief to Gratitude to a Grace that draws from the deepest well of courage. The refusal to be defeated by pain. The insistence on transcending it to precious, indefinable peace. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Journal of Sacred Work
The season of Advent has roots that date back to northern Europe in pre Christian times. In the cold dark of winter candles were lit upon an evergreen wreath to mark the time, while each day people eagerly awaited the return of sun’s warming light. In the 1500’s Christian’s adopted... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Journal of Sacred Work
Grief, makes gratitude possible. Honoring what once was creates meaning.The discovery that without meaningful grief there is no meaningful gratitude exposed more of love's colors. I hope it does the same for you. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
Throughout the challenges, the pandemic, division within our communities, nation, and even families, the devastation in our war-torn world, and more, there is still so much to be grateful for, even the struggles. One of the great spiritual writers, Henri Nouwen, wrote: “To be grateful for the good things that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
If you care about leadership in general, healthcare in particular and feel discouraged, I offer you hope: There are good alternatives out there. Two of the best are women. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
What BRILLIANT words by Rabbi Keller who speaks a universal truth when he writes beautiful phrases like: "So don’t ask me to wave a flag today unless it is the flag of Peace." It is the perplexing challenge of humanity to find ways to address issues both intelligently AND respectfully. The only way I know how to do that is to opine about behaviors versus the people exhibiting them. The sin, not the sinner. Otherwise, we come to think that the other person IS what they say or IS what they do. Our worth is our humanity. What we do with it will be judged if it is harmful but even then, we are, as I tell my Death Row inmate/congregant, human. Humanity...even when another acts inhumane? A very hard question. Thank you, Liz.
Amidst the darkness there are those who bear the light and show us the way to peace. Rabbi Irwin Keller shines a bright light to illumine our minds and hearts to guide us on a path forward. May we listen as the world cries out... Today I am taking sides.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
Our heart friends are the unsung healers in our lives. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
This Blessing Becomes Empty As It Goes This Blessing keeps nothing for itself. You can find it by following the path of what it has let go, of what it has learned it can live without. Say this blessing out loud a few times and you will hear the hollow... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
Can the dead deliver love that enables them "to become secret angels guiding and sheltering the unfolding of our destiny"? Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
This is such a lovely message. THANK you for the way you are reminding us of National Hospice month and for the way you embody the healing and love of that approach.
Sorry to be so slow acknowledging this marvelous, kind and so-specially-Liz-like message, dear Liz. You are an angel on earth!
Please Note: This narrative was written by a former colleague, Brian Beichner RN and it reflects the sacredness of our work. Perhaps, you will recollect this story, however it is so beautiful that I invite you to enter into this extraordinary encounter. "This reflection is my personal advice to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
What a kind post, Liz. Your writing and art work offer such powerful proof of what YOU have done to nurture a "beloved community." Bless you.
At birth, we are skin-to-skin with life. Are you what you have "done" since your birth? What about spirit-to-spirit? Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
Erie Chapman has worked tirelessly throughout his distinguished career nurturing cultures of RLC and through his visionary leadership has helped shape and transform the landscape of health care. He has long been a great supporter and advocate of hospice care and the sacred work of caregiving. As we enter into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
"Too often, I hear a voice shouting at me and realize it is my own." Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
This is one of my all-time favorite images of my grandson Cyrus. The sincerity of his thoughtfulness to pick dandelions and present them to me was such a sweet gesture that warms my heart to this day. For me, it was the most beautiful bouquet ever!!! These are the memories... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
Although the following poem is by a 10th century Christian mystic, I offer it as a commentary on how any of us might enter the being of another. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
With Hearts Broken Spirit of Life, Source of all, to this beautiful place to this hallowed time and in the midst of this kindred company we bring hearts broken yet again by senseless violence. This morning our thoughts are with all those in Israel, Palestine and beyond who have been... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
How do objects become sacred relics? Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
Liz Wessel, R.N., M.S.N., is the newly named Associate Editor of Journal of Sacred Work. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology and beloved by many. I offer this reflection in his honor. The story of St Francis embracing the leper is one that posed a challenge for Francis and offers many parallels to the challenges of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
Do we "own" anything? A thief named Covid stole "my" sense of smell and should return it, right? Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work
“I do have reasons for hope: our clever brains, the resilience of nature, the indomitable human spirit, and above all, the commitment of young people when they're empowered to take action.” ~Jane Goodall Inner conversations are going on all the time in our minds. In an attempt to keep us... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2023 at Journal of Sacred Work