Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s Spiritual Care helps patients heal

By Michael Sudhalter

SpiritualCareHouston Methodist Sugar Land is one of the top medical centers in the area.

But in addition to healing patients physically, Houston Methodist Sugar Land understands the importance of spiritual healing.

Craig Butler is the hospital’s Senior Chaplain with the Spiritual Care Department.

“We play two different roles,” Butler said. “We visit the patients in the hospital and hear the needs of the patients. Our goal isn’t to impose any kind of religious belief. We believe the spiritual aspect is very important to healing.”

“Secondly, we build the values and integrated them into our hospital lifestyle every day, and we try to understand what brings people here and how we can help them.”

Butler said there are many volunteers from a variety of faith backgrounds, who are available to visit upon a patient’s request.

“The physical part can just go so far,” Butler said. “We see that God is involved in every part of the healing aspect. We encourage people, connect them with their roots and help them with the difficult times, as well as the pleasant times.

Houston Methodist Hospital was initially established by the Methodist Church, and there are still many Methodists involved in the hospital. In front of the HM Sugar Land Hospital, there is a statue of Jesus Christ healing a woman.

Today, the hospital’s board of directors has a wide variety of members from various denominations, faiths and cultures.

The Spiritual Care Department has several programs throughout the year. They’ve done programs for the National Day of Prayer (the first Thursday in May) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day as well as concerts throughout the year.

“We have events that unite us as a community and meet the needs of people from a variety of backgrounds,” Butler said.

The Spiritual Care Department is currently sponsoring a “Journey to Bethlehem: A Series About the Advent Season.”

Each day this week, there is a different program about Advent, along with a scripture reading, music and a guest speaker. The event takes p[lace at noon at the hospital’s Sweetwater Chapel.

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