Coronavirus Resources To Bring Peace


We asked the Chaplains at UAB Pastoral Care, Music Therapists and more to write, sing, or share, music, meditations, or anything that will help bring peace into our lives.

  1. The Heart of Life” – UAB Music Therapists Valorie Gochnauer & Abby Whitlock sing and playing in our Interfaith Chapel. This is what they would have sung at the Celebration of Life Service that was recently cancelled. (video 3:02)

2. “Be Thou My VisionDrexel Rayford (guitarist) and violinist Melanie Rodgers play a beautiful instrumental arrangement. Drexel directs our Community Support Team initiative at UAB Medicine. (video 2:08)

3. “Peace During The Storm,” is a meditation by Michael Gatch who reminds us that the same God who called us into healthcare, is the same God who can give us peace during the storm. He shares a meditation he wrote about bringing peace into chaos. Michael G. is our Neurology Chaplain at UAB Medicine. (video 2:04)

4. “The Lord Is My Pace-Setter.” Virginia Millet shares a recent reflection she found that is a new way of hearing and imagining the 23rd Psalm during times of crisis. Virginia has been our Women and Infants Center Chaplain for over 23 years. (reading <1:00)

5. “Heal Us Now.” Michael Horwitz is our Chaplain in Cardiology at UAB Medicine and he shared a beautiful video of the Temple Emanuel Choir of Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale featuring Cantor Lizzie Weiss, conducted by Nick Strimple. (video 4:21)

6. “Simple, Whole-Body Meditation.” Virginia Millet and narrator Demetria Cheeves share a whole-body spiritual meditation you will want to try in the beginning, middle, or end of the day. Demetria is our Chaplain in the Center for Psychiatric Medicine. (video 2:24)

7. Listen.” Michael Horwitz sings a beautiful song acapella in our chapel that was written by Doug Cotler and Jeff Marx. (video 1:54)

8. “Lessons from a Party and the Coronavirus.Drexel Rayford reflects on a party he attended before the Coronavirus began and how both are teaching him lessons that may make life more meaningful. (video 4:00)

9. “God Is Everywhere Prayer.” Malcolm Marler shares a prayer he wrote that seems helpful now to remember that no matter what we are going through, God is everywhere. We are loved and not alone. Malcolm is the Sr. Director of Pastoral Care and has been a Chaplain at UAB since 1994.

10. “Nature Therapy. Virginia Millet writes about how nature can be therapeutic in our lives and teach us important lessons in life.

11. A Prayer for Hope. John Kennedy shares a prayer for us all in what we are seeking during this time of crisis. (<1:00)

12. “A Prayer for Healthcare Workers.” Malcolm Marler shares a prayer for specific Healthcare Workers in our hospital. Feel free to use it and change the names. (<1:00)

13. “Struggling with Our Fears.John Kennedy writes that we all have fears and what we do with them makes a difference. (<1:00)

14. “A Word from the Hallway.” Michael Horwitz pauses in the hallway and shares encouragement from the hospital. (<1:00)

15. Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers and her daughter Katherine offer a little Bach for our listening pleasure. (<0:30)

15. “Being Well As a Healthcare Worker in a Pandemic.” John Kennedy speaks about the Basics of Caring for Yourself.

16. “A Virtual Blessing of the Hands” by Malcolm Marler.

17. Blessing of the Hands from the Chaplains of Vanderbilt Health (4 minutes, 41 seconds).

18. Michael Horwitz is enjoying his tuna during the Feast of Freedom, or Passover, and he reminds us of the love and freedom we have in the U.S. and that we will get through this time, like the Israelites did who were finally set free from Egypt.

19. A Holy Week Amid a National Tribulation by Peggy Noonan. While this doesn’t mention our Muslim brothers and sisters, Peggy does talk about how the pandemic is changing us, hopefully for the better. She wrote this piece in The Wall Street Journal.

20. The Challenge of Creating Meaningful Connections in the Coronavirus Pandemic, UAB Public Relations Interviewed Malcolm Marler about how Chaplains are adapting and being creative in meeting needs. Also, Malcolm was interviewed on our local NPR station, WBHM, and you can hear that interview by Janae Pierre here.

21. Chaplain Michael Gatch reminds us that a “sense of humor is an important tool” in dealing with a crisis. (25 seconds)

22. I’m Not Going To Let This Virus Turn Me Around – After eight months of the pandemic, Sr. Director of Pastoral Care, Malcolm Marler says, “I’ve decided I’m not going to let this virus turn me around, so that I spend my energy waiting to live the way I used to live. Instead, I’m going to be open to the lessons I need to learn now that helps me to live now.” (video, 7:56)

23. The Voices for Change Video – combined Choirs of the Cantors Assembly and Black Music Ministers singing “Total Praise” by Richard Smallwood. (video 6:20)

The Family’s Voice – Do you have a patient who cannot speak for himself or herself due to his/her condition in our hospital? Would you like for our staff to know what name your family member goes by, something about their life, and key contact persons’ names and contact information?

Fill out this brief form by clicking here, attach a photo of your loved one if desired, save it as a Word document, and then email the form as an attachment to and we will make sure it gets posted on the information board in your patient’s room. This is just one more way we can know more about your loved one when anyone comes into the room.