From its inception in 1948 Bishop Anderson House has been involved in education. In the 1950’s it was a place of support to the young graduate students in the medical colleges, nursing and dental schools, and other institutions of the Illinois Medical District. In the 1990’s it expanded its mission to the education of chaplain volunteers in hospitals, nursing homes, congregations, and other institutions in the northern third of Illinois.
Today it is involved in all of the above. There are major presentations in the Illinois Medical District in the area of spirituality and medicine such as the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts-Schori’s address in December, 2010 and Dr. Kenneth Pargament’s presentations in April, 2013; Grand Rounds in chaplaincy to clinicians on the units of academic hospitals; workshops on elder ministry in congregations for pastoral care volunteers; in-service didactics on Hope in Pastoral Care for chaplains, nurses, psychology residents and others; training men and women in congregations to serve as volunteer chaplains in institutions serving people in crisis; and the list continues.