Residents Lead in Pastoral Care at Cedar Community
October 7, 2013
As a retired social worker, Anna-Mae Boothroyd was interested in serving Cedar Community when she moved there in 2004. When the West Bend, Wis., community launched the Cedar Chaplain program in 2006, she was one of the earliest students.
Cedar Chaplains serve residents two hours each week in addition to meeting monthly in small groups for continued theological training. But first they must complete a yearlong curriculum that includes Bible study, retreats and instruction on how to deal with health issues like dementia. Each student is assigned a focus and placed on a specific floor or with a particular household.