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February 2021 Vol. 23 No. 2

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

When I was still in middle school and high school, my grandfather came to live with us. He left behind his home in Racine, Wisconsin, an old industrial Midwest town on Lake Michigan, to live with my family out West in Oregon. After my gramma died, my grandpa tried living alone on his own for a couple of years but, after suffering a light stroke at age 80 and finding it just too much to be alone - he simplified his life to two suitcases and went to live with his children. The first year he lived with his son in Northern Minnesota. The second year he went to Ohio to live with his daughter. The third year he rode cross country in a car with his two suitcases to live with his other daughter, my mother, and family out West. Each year he packed his bags and went to live with one of his children, rotating between the three for the last 10 years of his life. Any other man may have resented having to uproot every year but my grandpa...Read More

A Reflection from APC Past-President
by Rev. Darryl Owens MDiv BCC CT CPLC
APC Past-President 2014-2015


In 2011, I received the invitation to run for president of APC. No person of color had received such an invitation during the organization’s 16-year existence. There was one person who broke the barrier for one of the organizations who merged with others, to become the Association for Professional Chaplains. I stood on those shoulders as well as the shoulders of other informal leaders within our organization.  I love meeting challenges in life, especially in the arena of racial barriers, but this was different because it was on a national level with an organization that had shaped me as a clinical chaplain. I accepted the challenge, especially when I was aware of all the support and help I would receive from my APC colleagues and leaders who had served before me. I figured that I would not do too much damage and leave a negative legacy within this cherished organization. In addition, I hoped that I would do a lot of good, too...Read More


JPCP's 75th Anniversary
by David C. Johnson Retired Life BCC
APC Past-President 2010-2012 

As we look forward to celebrating APC’s history of 75 years, it is interesting to note that the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc. (JPCP), which produces the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling*, is also 75 years old.  It would be serendipitous to discover that the Journal and one of APC’s preceding organizations the College of Chaplains (COC) originated at the same meeting but we do not have documentary evidence to support that.  We can assume certainly, if both organizations were birthed in the same year, that conversations among like-minded individuals were being held.  I was a member of the COC and the Association of Mental Health Clergy (AMHC) and ACPE, Inc. as far back as 1984.  I was certified by ACPE in 1986, COC in 1994 and with the merger, joined APC in 1998.  When I retired in 2017, I had every hardcopy issue that I had received until the Journal transitioned to an online journal. ...Read More



A Review of Transforming Chaplaincy's Research Literary Courses
by Mark LaRocca-Pitts BCC PhD
and Nina Redl BCC

I hope you like recommendations because I have one. If you have not done Research Literacy 101 (RL101) through Transforming Chaplaincy, you are missing a wonderful educational opportunity. Two years ago, I found myself in need of some CEs and especially some in research when I came across this course offering. I was unsure how much benefit I would receive from the course since I was already writing and publishing and thought I knew how to do research. I was wrong; I benefited tremendously from this course. There is a significant difference between stumbling across a helpful article and knowing how to find them intentionally when needed...Read More


Member Submission - Is the Air Quality Good Today?
by William P. Selig DMin Retired-BCC

Our four-year old granddaughter recently asked: “Is the air quality good today?” Living in California for the past year has been a wonderful experience in many ways despite dealing with wildfires, earthquakes, and now Covid-19, but most disheartening was to hear a four-year old expressing concern about the air quality. I can’t help but wonder what spiritual impact the pandemic is having on our children, or everyone for that matter, as we walk together through this unchartered valley.
I recently reread M. Robert Mulholland’s Invitation to a Journey: A Roadmap for Spiritual Formation. If every event of life is an experience in spiritual formation, then the year 2020 has made an indelible stamp on our nation’s psyche and pushed us to find new and unexpected ways to cope and find meaning and purpose in life...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.


Registration NOW Open!
APC 2021 Virtual Conference

June 10-12, 2021


CSU's "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" 

Next Cohort Begins March 17, 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 February 2021:

A Walking Disaster: What Surviving Katrina and Cancer Taught Me about Faith and Resilience
Jamie Aten (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2018, 212 pages, hardcover, softcover, Ebook)

i understand: pain, love and healing after suicide
Vonnie Woodrick (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2020, 142 pages, softcover)

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From Burned Out to Beloved
from IVPress


Saint Paul School of Theology
Master of Divinity





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