C-TAC InterFaith and Diversity Workgroup
Patients and families living with advanced illness have significant spiritual needs. It is the vision of the InterFaith and Diversity Workgroup that the needs of these Americans will be met and their dignity respected in four areas of C-TAC’s intervention: public engagement, professional education, development of clinical models and policy & advocacy.
The Workgroup provides C-TAC guidance on spiritual and cultural issues as they relate to the Coalition’s focus in public engagement, professional education, policy advocacy and clinical models development. This work includes:
- Identifying and promulgating best-practice, faith community care models;
- Incorporating spiritual care and cultural sensitivity into inter-professional health provider curriculum for advanced illness care.
- Developing position papers that articulate the necessity of recognizing and relieving spiritual suffering, improving care for people with advanced illness.
Rabbi Richard Address, Co-Chair
Rabbi Address’s work is involved in several major programmatic areas. They include such issues as: the changing faces of the contemporary Jewish family; challenges to our congregations relating to older adults and the aging of the baby boom generation, their spiritual aging and the challenges of intergenerational care-giving; concerns over self destructive behaviors, resiliency and the pressures on our youth; issues of inclusiveness and openness for people with disabilities and the impact of emerging medical technology on the choices that confront today’s Reform Jews. Rabbi Address joined the URJ staff in 1978 after pulpit work in California. He served as Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Council of the URJ from August of 1978 through December of 2000.
He founded and directed the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns (1997) Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati) in 1972 and received his honorary Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR in 1997. In May of 1998 he received a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in New York and in May 1999 he received his Doctor of Ministry from the Hebrew Union College in New York. In January of 2007 he received the “Sherut L’Am” award from the Kalsman Institute for Judaism and Health of Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles in recognition of the work of the Department of Jewish Family Concerns. In March of 2010, his Sacred Aging project was given a First Place : “Best Practices in Older Adult Program” award by the National Council on Aging and Interfaith Coalition on Aging. Rabbi Address teaches classes in the rabbinic/cantorial and education programs on Jewish family issues at Hebrew Union College in New York as well as serving on the faculty of their Doctor of Ministry program.
Reverend Tyrone Pitts, Co-Chair
As General Secretary he supervised the development of three five year strategic plans for the Convention from 1999 to 2010 that changed the organizational structure of the Convention, including the development of the Progressive National Baptist Convention’s International Region. During His tenure as General Secretary, he implemented several innovative models of fund raising from both religious and corporate donors, and organized the Progressive National Baptist Convention Foundation and PROEDCO the 501c4 Economic Development Arm of the Convention.
From 1982 to 1990 Dr. Pitts served as the Director of Racial Justice in the Division Of Church and Society and the Prophetic Justice Unit of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States where he staffed the Racial Justice Working Group, the Ecumenical Minority Bail Bond Fund, and the Black Theology Project, working with 32 protestant member communions combating racism in the United States and throughout the world. For almost 30 years, Dr. Pitts has been an Ecumenist who worked with the World Council of Churches, serving as an Advisor and a Commissioner on the Programme to Combat Racism, an Adviser to the All African Conference of Churches and other ecumenical agencies and community groups to eliminate racism.
Richard de Filippi, Co-Chair
“As a member of the faith community, I strongly support C-TAC’s commitment to empowering communities with diverse traditions, beliefs and faiths offers innovative and exciting opportunities to change the health delivery systems for the most vulnerable and the sickest in our society.” - Rev. Dr. Tyrone Pitts, Committee Co-Chair
The Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Churches; Immediate Past President, National Council of Churches
“I’m pleased that the faith community—and that spiritual issues—are being integrated into the work here and that it is certainly being recognized. I’m really quite astounded at the way in which those issues are being recognized within C-TAC. Sometimes the faith community has to fight for our place at the table. I’m very excited that that’s not the case here.”
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- Rabbi Richard Address, Rabbi, Congregation M’kor Shalom
- Gail Anderson, Director, Unity and Relationships, Minnesota Council of Churches
- Kenyon Burke, Consultant, Former General Secretary, National Council of Churches & Former Associate Director of Programs, NAACP.
- Rev. Philip Carpenter, Program Officer & Bereavement Specialist, Hospice Foundation of America
- The Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin, Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Churches; Immediate Past President, National Council of Churches
- Rita Chow, EdD, RN, Former Director, National Interfaith Coalition on Aging
- Richard de Filippi, former Chairman, American Hospital Association (AHA), and current Chair, AHA Equity of Care Committee.
- Azad Ejaz, MD, Executive Director, Muslim Community Clinic
- Sheik Hassan, MD, FCCP, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Howard University College of Medicine
- Kay Kallander, RN, MBA, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, American Baptist Homes of the West
- Rev. Dr. John Mendez, Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church
- Steve Nash, CEO, Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home
- Angela Overton, Director, H.O.P.E. Ministry, Greencastle Baptist Church
- Richard Payne, MD, Professor of Medicine and Divinity, Duke Institute for Care at the End of Life
- Tina Picchi, MA, BCC, Executive Director, Supportive Care Coalition
- Rev. Dr. Tyrone Pitts, Ecumenical Officer & General Secretary Emeritus, Progressive National Baptist Convention
- Dr. Alton B. Pollard III, Dean, Howard University, School of Divinity
- Christina Pulchalski, MD, PhD, Executive Director, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health
- Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center
- Fr. Myles Sheehan, MD, Provincial Superior, The Society of Jesus in the New England Province
- Rev. Jon Shematek, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield & Deacon, Cathedral of the Incarnation
- Rev. Dr. Frank Tucker, Pastor, 1st Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
- Bishop Don Williams, Head of African-American Church Relations, Bread for the World
- Bob Wolf, JD, Senior Vice President, Healthcare Chaplaincy
- Nancy Zionts, Chief Program Officer, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
To find out more about the InterFaith Workgroup, its work within C-TAC, and how you can become involved, please email: Jbroyles@advancedcarecoalition.org.
Faith Leader Summit on Transforming Advanced Care, March 23, 2012
From left to right: Sheik Hassan, MD, FCCP; Rev. Philip Carpenter; Rev. Jon Shematek, MD; Brad Stuart, MD; Richard Payne, MD; Bill Novelli; Rev. Peg Chemberlin; Cynda Rushton.
On March 23, 2012, C-TAC convened its first Faith Leader Summit to discuss the potential for collaboration between C-TAC and the faith community and to articulate the vision of a Faith-Based Initiative within the Coalition.