Interfaith Working Group
Engaging and collaborating with faith communities is a critical aspect of C-TAC’s mission. Faith leaders have deep-rooted relationships within their congregations and are uniquely positioned to provide crucial guidance and resources to those who live with advanced illness and their families.
Reaching out to a diverse range of people is also key to the Workgroup's efforts. By identifying opportunities to better engage communities that have faced discrimination and other challenges, the Workgroup can truly fulfill C-TAC's mission of ensuring everyone facing advanced illness receives compassionate, high-quality care. Everyone is affected by this issue and everyone should be brought to the table.
Promoting Holistic Serious Illness Care
Faith leaders play a special role in serious illness care: their training, life experiences, and community connections build deep insight into how to support those living with advanced illness and their loved ones. At C-TAC, we commit to uplifting the special wisdom of faith leaders in this space.
C-TAC's new podcast, Health & Heart, features faith leaders sharing words of support and encouragement. Each podcast episode features a personal message from a C-TAC-affiliated faith community leader, especially crafted to support patients, caregivers, and clinicians along the journey of serious illness.
Faith communities are a crucial partner in C-TAC's efforts to distribute information and resources to family caregivers who play a crucial role in the care of their loved ones. With support from the Cigna Foundation, C-TAC is currently undergoing the following pilot projects alongside two pioneer faith leaders:
C-TAC has partnered with Rev. Dr. Gus Reyes, Director of the Christian Life Commission at the Baptist General Convention of Texas, to distribute caregiving resources in Hispanic Evangelical churches across Texas. The project involved sharing AARP's Prepare to Care guide, a comprehensive toolkit that offers information and advice covering every step of the care process. By sharing English and Spanish translations of the guide, Rev. Reyes has delivered key tools to congregations across his state.
Our second project involves a collaboration with Rabbi Richard Address, founder of Jewish Sacred Aging. Rabbi Address has developed a caregiving toolkit designed for members of Jewish faith communities.
By incorporating Jewish teachings into his toolkit, Rabbi Address has created a unique document which merges faith community outreach with caregiver engagement. Click the button below to access the full toolkit.
Faith Community Resources
Broadcast of Weekly Assemblies for All BAPS Centers Worldwide
As public health guidelines have encouraged individuals not to convene in groups (in response to the spread of COVID-19), weekly assemblies for members of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) sect of Swaminarayan Hinduism will be available online.
Spiritual leader Mahant Swami Maharaj has requested that all stay at home and watch their respective weekly telecast. To learn more, please click here.
C-TAC was proud to partner with AARP Kentucky to co-host a food drive in Louisville, KY on Sept. 12, 2020. The effort involved the time and dedication of two Louisville-area places of worship: Christ Cathedral of Praise and Christ Way Baptist Church. Learn more by listening to this radio interview with Elder Angela Overton, Senior Advisor to the Interfaith Working Group, who appeared on Jesus Saves with Rev. Adrian Baker.
The September food drive was part of our new pilot project in Louisville, focused on supporting people with serious illness through a community-based approach. Stay tuned for updates on this project!