Our mission recognizes the meaningful relationship between physical, mental and spiritual well-being. These components of our mission are links in a chain of caring, each dependent on the other in order to provide for the whole person. What's more, there's a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates a direct correlation between spiritual health and physical health.
Our eight full-time chaplains - a unique feature of OPRS Communities - bring an ecumenical perspective to campus spiritual programming as well as sensitivity to the ways that we can nurture the continuing spiritual development of older adults.
We encourage residents to maintain their involvement with their own congregations and religious leaders, and so on a regular basis we invite those clergy to lead worship services on campus. We also invite residents’ congregations into partnerships with us in providing for the diversity of spiritual expression enjoyed by residents and staff.
As an organization, we affirm both our historic relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and our commitment to welcome all faiths. OPRS is ecumenical; our communities and programs are open to persons of all faiths and are based on a spirit of inclusiveness.
Gifts can help us grow our Spiritual Life programs, including:
- Chaplains' salaries, benefits and related expenses.
- The Stephen Ministry program, which trains lay people to offer one-to one counseling to our residents in times of crisis.
- Older adult ministry seminars for clergy.
- Theological student internships.
- Continuing education in spirituality for our staff.
- Pastoral care and counseling for residents who are hospitalized or grieving.
- Spiritual Life Endowment, so we can underwrite more programming for residents and their families, develop additional training for staff, and create special programs that carry out a variety of specialized ministries.
- Resources that make our programming more meaningful and festive, including Bibles, hymnals, music, candles, communion ware, and study materials.