When you pass the Loving Kindness Room in York Hospital’s Hancock Hallway, you will notice some changes. For some time, hospital chaplains have been asked by patients and family members if York Hospital has a chapel. The answer now can be a resounding “Yes.”
York Hospital thanks chaplains June Kapitan, David Holroyd and Pamela Brouker – and generous community members – for their efforts to transform the Loving Kindness Room into a beautiful and welcoming place of peace and tranquility.
The reimagined interfaith Loving Kindness Chapel is meant to be inviting to all spiritual traditions – a quiet oasis for anyone in need of a chance to regroup, refresh, pray or meditate. Plans are in place for the chapel to be a more dynamic space as well, incorporating ongoing transitions that recognize the change of seasons as well as important holy days for some of the world’s most cherished faiths.
The communion table pictured was a gift from St. George’s Episcopal Church here in York. Part of what makes this gift so wonderful is that the table has a long history in York, having been utilized in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Barrell Lane prior to moving to St. George’s. The beautiful stained glass windows were purchased as a result of a generous gift from Lynn and David Batchelder, hospital volunteers. A donation from Elaine Wilder, whose Prayer Shawl Ministry provides many of the Comfort Shawls we give to patients, was used to purchase a bench (not pictured). We are grateful for Kittery resident Roland Glenn’s generous donation which will enable us to make additional improvements. Other donations have included the Qur’an and a Prayer Rug, the Torah and a Menorah, and Sacred Books from the Baha’i, Buddhist, and Hindu religions.
Thanks are also offered up for anonymous contributions that have been received, and to volunteer coordinator Kate Ford for her ongoing support and assistance. The Loving Kindness Chapel is truly a manifestation of the loving kindness of many, and it is our hope that it will continue to evolve and to be a welcoming space, whether for family meetings or quiet contemplation. And that it will always reflect the loving kindness that we receive from the community back out to the community.
If you would like to make a donation in support of the Loving Kindness Chapel, please contact Community Relations at (207) 351-2385 or [email protected]. You may also visit the York Hospital website Donate Now page by visiting https://www.yorkhospital.com/giving-back/