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January 2021 Vol. 23 No. 1

A Message from APC President...
Rev. Jon Overvold MDiv BCC

Above my desk I keep a word cloud that reminds me of the core elements of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Focus on a word and a story begins to unfold about who we are and what best describes the work of a professional chaplain.

In this past year when divisiveness and strife have unraveled our social fabric; when a pandemic has made us sick, taken friends and family and left millions without work and income; when racism subverts equality and justice, how do we come alongside people in their suffering? Read More



APC 2021 Virtual Conference - Workshops to Look Forward to!
by Rev. Ryan Swieringa MDiv BCC
2021 Conference Workshop Subcommitte Chair

2020 is behind us.  We now take this opportunity to focus on 2021, the 75th anniversary of the APC and this year’s conference.  This year’s conference is going to be different in many ways from past conferences.  In the past we have been able to meet in person, listen to high quality presentations, and interact with one another directly.  This year we will not have the same in person experience but we will be able to experience the high-quality workshops and presentations that have always been a part of the APC’s annual conferences.  There will also be new and creative ways to interact with one another in our virtual venue. We are excited that we can offer you a great learning and growing experience even if the experience and venue are uniquely different...Read More


New Chaplain Resource from Johns Hopkins
by Thomas Y. (Ty) Crowe, II MDiv BCC and
Rev. Dr. Paula Teague DMin MBA BCC and
Ms. Elizabeth Tracey MS

TIMS: This is My Story
This Is My Story (TIMS) is an audio narrative provided by the designated care partner/family member to the medical team in order for the providers to know the patient.  The objective of TIMS is to humanize care by focusing on the patient and family centered narrative, thus striving to assess and be considerate of human sentiments, feelings, values, and beliefs of the patient. This intervention was developed by the Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy department of Johns Hopkins Health System in response to the limited visitation possible during the COVID pandemic.  Because a patient has no advocate present, the audio recordings help medical teams bridge the gaps between family and the care providers. There are many benefits to providing the audio recording.  It provides advocacy for patients by their loved one, humanizes the patient for the care providers thus reducing their stress and provides the chaplain team with an opportunity to support families. The TIMS project also provides an anecdote to unconscious bias.  When a team doesn’t know the patient, it is more likely to make stereotypical assumptions based on race, age, culture, etc.  The emerging challenges of providing care to diverse population mandates that medical teams sensitively evaluate the socio-economic, political, and religio-cultural challenges of ethnic minorities...Read More


APC's CEO Named to National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care Board of Directors

Congratulations to our CEO Patricia Appelhans who joins the board of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care.. Pat’s election to the board is a reflection of her dedicated service and the recognition of the importance of having professional chaplaincy at the table.
The Coalition is honored to have a stellar Board of Directors who are committed to advancing and elevating the hospice and palliative care field – nationally, regionally and locally. Our Board members are award winning, visionary thought leaders for our interdisciplinary field…and together are committed to united action.
Specifically, the Board provides governance and guidance for the Coalition’s strategic focus and activities.
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New 2020 Continuing Education Options

Certified chaplains are required to submit their 2020 Continuing Education Report by January 31, 2021 to retain your certification.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know many chaplains have expressed concern over being able to find enough Continuing Education opportunities to meet their required hours.  APC/BCCI have added several options for members to take advantage of in order to meet their C.E. hours.  These options include...Read More


COVID-19 Member Reflections

Thank you to the many of you that have submitted your personal reflections regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the amazing work you continue to do.  With the permission of the authors, APC has started to publish these articles on our website for others to read, share, and reflect on their own experiences.  Due to the high volume of submissions, APC will be rolling out new submissions over the weeks ahead.  To view these pandemic reflections, visit our Resources section HERE.

Poem: A Prayer Multiplied
by Nancy P. King

            A Prayer Multiplied
              A poem for Chaplain Kitty Garlid


                 There I lay in a hospital bed
                        Not enough life to even nod my head.
                        The room was empty, not a soul was there
                        At the end of my journey, no one who cared.
                        Then a miracle, could this be?
                        An angel entered and prayed for me.
                        Silently she sat by my side
                        If I could have, I would have cried.
                        Dignity was brought to my final hour
                        I wanted to hug her but didn’t have the power
                        To wrap my arms around her humble frame
                        To thank this soul from whence the prayers came.
                        Now I sit on a heavenly cloud
                        The prayers I pray would make her proud
                        Multiplying what she did for me
                        Guiding God’s hands to set others free.



Save the Date: 
APC 2021 Virtual Conference

June 10-12, 2021


CSU's "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" 

Next Cohort Begins February 3, 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.

Thank You to the Many APC Volunteers and Members

APC has a tradition of honoring our members and volunteers during our Annual Conference.  Due to the pandemic, our 2020 Joint Conference was canceled, and we have all had to adjust our “traditions.”  We Invite you now to review the names of your colleagues and fellow members of APC.  These are the people that continue to make your professional association the leading organization for professional chaplains!  Thank you to every one of you...Read More


Resource Reviews for January 2021:

Emotional Intelligence for Religious Leaders
Roy M. Oswald, John Lee West and Nadyne Guzman (Lanham, Maryland:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, 115 pages, hardcover, ebook, softcover)

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Wesley Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry

Jeff Wunrow Designs

Saint Paul School of Theology
Master of Divinity





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