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Resources: Spirituality and Faith


American Association of Pastoral Counselors
Provides information about pastoral counseling, resources and a searchable directory of pastoral counselors.


9504-A Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703)385-6967


Beliefnet
Web-based resource offers a comprehensive comparative religion feature.


Catholic Social Services Senior Adult Services
Providing spiritual counseling, and access information to spiritual resources.


277 North 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215)854-7070


Clergy Aging Interfaith Coalition
This coalition maintains a database of over 250 spiritual care resources, and is available to offer programs, consultative services and referrals to spiritual care givers throughout the Delaware Valley.


Lois Hayman-El, Sean Outen
c/o Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
642 North Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130-3409
(215)765-9000 ext 5506


Compassion Sabbath
An interfaith initiative to help clergy and congregations minister to seriously ill and dying people.


1021-1025 Jefferson St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
(816)221-1100


Episcopal Community Services
ECS offers pastoral care training and support. This includes chaplaincy, information, spiritual counseling, referral and follow-up. ECS also publishes a Prayer flyer for those who are sick.


225 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-351-1400


Greater Philadelphia Faith in Action
The specially trained volunteer spiritual caregivers from Greater Philadelphia Faith in Action are available to help any older adult and their families achieve as full an experience of the spirituality surrounding this stage of life as possible.


Rev. Andrew T. Gordon, MA, Director
c/o Hospice of the VNA of Greater Philadelphia
Monroe Office Center
One Winding Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215)581-2046 ext 3456 or
Toll free 1-888-467-9330, ext. 3456


Interfaith Health Ministry Consortium of Southeastern PA
An interfaith membership organization committed to encouraging, supporting and developing whole person ministries in congregations and in the communities they serve. They are available to offer consultation and information or referrals so congregations, religious communities and spiritual individuals can reclaim health as ministry. They offer programs that teach from the perspective that health is more than the absence of disease, it is the integration of body, mind and spirit.


(215)481-2595 ext 1290


The Jewish Chaplaincy and Healing Program
of Jewish Family and Children's Services

Focused primarily on resourcing the spiritual needs of those from the Jewish faith and cultural perspective, this program is also open to those interested in having a spiritually enriching cross-cultural experience.


2100 Arch St., 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215)569-1155


Northwest Interfaith Movement (NIM)
Using volunteers and professional staff, NIM has been a spiritual resource to the older adults of the Northwest neighborhoods in particular, along with providing leadership training and consultative services to many organizations throughout the Delaware Valley so "That All May Worship!"


Don Carlin, Lois Gaskins
6757 Green St.
Philadelphia, PA 19119
(215)843-5600


Philadelphia Baptist Association
American Baptist Churches
100 North 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215)563-7393


Presbytery of Philadelphia
2200 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215)732-1842


Southeastern Pennsylvania Lutheran Synod
506 Haws Ave.
Norristown, PA 19401
(610)278-9400


United Methodist Metro Ministries
2101 Belmont Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215)878-8054


United Muslim Movement
Will help practicing Muslims who have questions or concerns about spiritual care at the end of life, particularly if they are new to the area or seeking a local Islamic center.


215-546-6555


RELATED BOOKS


At Home With Dying: A Zen Hospice Approach, by Merrill Collett. 1999.


The Good Death : The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life, by Marilyn Webb. Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1999.


The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die, by Kathleen Dowling Singh. Harper San Francisco, 2000.


How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife, by Christopher Jay Johnson, Marsha G. McGee. The Charles Press, 1998.


How to Survive the Loss of a Love, by Peter McWilliams, Harold Bloomfield and Melba Colgrove. Prelude Press, 1993.


Making Friends With Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality, by Judith L. Lief. Shambhala, 2001.


Recovering the Soul: A Scientific and Spiritual Approach, by Larry Dossey. Bantam Books, 1989.


Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying, by Stephen Levine. Anchor Books, 1992.