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October 2020 Vol. 22 No. 6

A Message from APC President...
by Joseph Perez MDiv BCC

The following is a transcript of the President's speech given during the APC 2020 Annual Membership Meeitng.

I’d like to begin today by saying a big “Thank you” to the membership of APC for allowing me to lead this bold group of professionals. You have demonstrated this boldness this very year by your willingness, through great risk, to go into life’s most uncomfortable places to practice the art of professional spiritual care. I am honored beyond words to walk this year’s journey with you. I appreciate Pat and the APC national office team; you have led and maneuvered this economic crisis with great effectiveness and you have stepped up to create virtual community as the country – for safety reasons – pushed everyone towards isolation. I know we are not out of the woods yet, but I have experienced your competency to adapt to change and it gives me great faith in the APC’s future health. You are a joy to serve beside. Board, you too, do amazing work and I am privileged to work beside you. The future of APC is in good hands. There are so many “thank you’s” that I could spend my entire time doing so. But for now, I will share one more, and that is for Sylvia, my life partner and forever supporter; you are essential to my holistic health as a person, a husband, a father and a professional chaplain. I am graced beyond my wildest dreams having you in my life...Read More



APC News & Updates
Please click below to read some important updates from APC regarding:

  • New Board Term Begins November 1, 2020
  • APC & BCCI Invoices: APC staff are standing by to assist you
  • APC Annual Membership Meeting and Roundtable Discussions
  • APC is accepting applications for volunteer positions on committees (Education, Membership, Communications, Quality & Research and more) and State  and Local Leaders. 

Read the full list of updates HERE

BCCI News & Updates

BCCI is currently in the process of conducting over 260 BCC Candidate interviews virtually.  So far, the proceedings of these interviews have run smoothly with little technical difficulties.  The Commission on Certification will revisit the procedure and work to continually improve the process for the next set of committees.  The next deadline for applications is set for November 11, 2020.
Maintenance of Certification:  In addition to annual dues and fees for maintaining your BCCI credentials, certified chaplains are required to complete the following items as part of their maintenance of certification:

  • Annual Ethics Accountability Statement:  Certified members of APC are required to sign and submit their annual ethics accountability statement as a requisite to continue with your certification.  You can submit your ethics accountability statement HERE.
  • Continuing Education: Certified chaplains are required to submit their annual Continuing Education Report by January 31, 2021 to retain your certification.  Now is the appropriate time to fill out your report and submit it to APC/BCCI office staff. The 2020 C.E. Report Form can be found on the BCCI website.

Click HERE to read more.


Announcing the APC 2021 Virtual Conference
Rev. Stacy Auld, MDiv, BCC
2021 Annual Conference Planning Chair

This last year has challenged and changed us in more ways than one. And while I have personally felt overwhelmed at times, I’ve also been encouraged by the human spirit’s drive to stay authentically connected in new ways. It is in this spirit that we are planning APC’s first virtual annual conference to be held June 10-12, 2021.
As we look forward to celebrating 75 years as a professional organization, our virtual experience will still incorporate all the traditional elements of our conference like PDI’s, plenary speakers, workshops, and worship, with new ways to visit the exhibit hall or participate in an excursion. The planning committee’s goal is that throughout our time together, we are invited to reflect on our rich history, given space to pause and acknowledge our present reality, and encouraged to innovate for our future...Read More


APC President Joseph Perez BCC Featured on Health Conversations Podcast

Have you ever wondered what would happen to a loved one if they got COVID and weren't able to receive the last rites? Are you a medical professional trying to figure out how to utilize chaplain services at your hospital better? Join us this week as we talk to Chaplain Joe Perez, the current President of the Association of Professional Chaplains. We talk about his daily role at Valley Baptist Health System in South Texas and Chaplains' role throughout the world. Click Here to listen


CSU's "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" 

Next Cohort Begins January 20, 2021

California State University in conjunction with Association of Professional Chaplains is now accepting registrations for several cohorts for their course "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy".  CSU accepts registration all the way up to the start of the class, however space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

APC would like to remind our members that they receive a 10% discount on their registration by using the promo code.  This code is restricted to members only and you must log-into the member page to receive it.

Visit the CSU Institute for Palliative Care page to learn more about this exciting course.

Resource Reviews for October 2020:

Chaplains as Partners in Medical Decision-Making
Editors: M. Jeanne Wirpsa and Karen Pugliese (London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2020, 238 pages, paperback, Kindle Ebook)

Downcast: Biblical and Medical Hope for Depression
Jennifer H. Harris, Harold G. Koenig and John R. Peteet (Bristol, Tennessee: Christian Medical & Dental Associations, 2020, 258 pages, paperback)

Spirituality: An Art of Living: A Monk’s Alphabet of Spiritual Practices
Benoit Standaert, OSB, Translator Rudolph V. Van Puymbroeck (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018, 409, ebook, hardcover)

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Wesley Theological Seminary

The Caregiver's Companion


Gardner Webb University





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