Brooking Park's Spiritual Difference
- Rev. Jacob Denap
The Brooking Park Life Plan Community advocates for all faiths and beliefs with our uniquely spiritual hospitality. What does that mean? Come see our extensive array of campus spiritual and wellness programs. A few of these are:
Our full time spiritual caregiver Rev. Jacob ("Jake") Denap, an ordained UCC minister, plans Interfaith worship including Roman Catholic, Episcopal and United Church of Christ, as well as Jewish, Hindu, and Islamic services. He coordinates theology programming, crisis intervention, weekly devotionals and spiritual rounds for one-on-one counseling. Rev. Jake also visits residents in hospice and the hospital.View Our Spiritual Calendar
More than Devotions
Three times each week this practice is observed. The variety of offerings give residents and staff the time for spiritual pause and reflection in daily life. For example, Taizé worship service involves sacred music, meditation, a period of silence, and concludes with the creation of colored mandalas by the residents.
Windows of Light
Windows of Light surround the Religious Center which brings a dimension of spirituality and welcomes residents, families, staff and community groups of all faiths. 24 originally designed stained glass windows depicting the Old Testament grace the walls. Day or night those who are looking to reflect, meditate or pray will find peaceful solace.Stained-Glass Memorials
The sacred ritual, Dignity Cloth, was created around saying good-bye after the passing of a resident. Family, residents and staff gather for a moment of silence, reflection/sharing time and at times the reading of a meaningful prayer. The special shroud is placed over the resident and a moving honor procession is done as a symbol of the respect and dignity of our last final farewell.
An Annual Memorial service honoring deceased residents is done. Families are invited to return and partake in this spiritual ritual with our residents and staff.
Wellness programs including Reiki massage therapy, Tai Chi and Yoga are also hosted on the campus.