Archives for September 2006

infinity from a cell

I’ve got a million secrets,
none of ’em i can tell,
I hide ’em all
in a prickly shell.
it’s my home
when i’m alone,
and i can see all infinity from in my cell.

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CAPPE at the UHN: An Impediment to Care?

CAPPE at the UHN: An Impediment to Care?

The role of Chaplaincy at the UHN raises some thorny issues with regard to the role of religious care in a contemporary multicultural urban hospital. Two key questions emerge: 1) given that the majority of patients do not enter their faith background on admission, and that the dominant spiritual and emotional paradigm in contemporary urban Canada is psychology, are CAPPE trained Chaplains the optimal choice of care for meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and staff at the UHN?; 2) given that few, if any, religions meet the ethical standards set out by the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, is the UHN ethically compromised by its dependence on (dominantly Christian) religious to manage it’s emotional and spiritual care?

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