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April 2022 Vol. 24 No. 2

A Message from APC President...
Rev. Dr. Jeffery T. Garland DMin EdS BCC-PCHAC

Members, next month many of us will again be meeting virtually for the ACPE/APC Joint Conference: Freedom, Wonder and Liberation: Anti-Bias practices of Spiritual Care and Education.  While I know that we would preferer to meet in person to share our stories and spread collegiality, I know that each of us attending this year’s conference will take away something valuable from the workshops, plenaries, meetings, and networking. 

There is a lot to look forward to right now.  For many of us spring has finally arrived and with it new life and new hope blooms.  The air feels fresher, energies seem rejuvenated and new prospects and opportunities seem to be on the horizons...Read More


BCCI News and Updates

  • APC Board Member and BCCI Representative, Joel Burning, resigned from his position with APC and BCCI immediately following the March BCCI Certification Committees, citing personal and professional priorities.  APC President Jeffery Garland and the other board members thanked Joel for his service and his continued commitment to the profession and the certification process.  The APC board will appoint a new BCCI representative in the coming weeks.  
  • BCCI June Certification Interviews are currently being scheduled and a call for volunteers will be sent out shortly.  The days and times for certification interviews are currently slated for: Read More


APC Annual Meeting & Round-tables

The 2022 APC Annual Meeting will be held virtually during the annual conference on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 5:00pm CT, however APC members can register for the meeting without attending conference. The annual meeting (typically held during the Annual Conference) is an opportunity for you to join with your fellow members of APC to learn more about what the association has done over the last fiscal year, recent developments within your professional organization, and to learn what new items are on the horizon for APC.  You can see the agenda and register for the event on the APC Event Calendar.

APC's Annual Round-table discussions related to APC Business will be held on May 24, 2022 at 1pm CT. APC offers members the opportunity to participate in round-table conversations with members of the board of directors in order to get feedback from members and answer questions regarding specific topics.  This year we are holding these round-tables virtually via zoom.
This year's list of scheduled roundtable rooms are:
1. 2023 Strategic Plan
2. Membership
3. Education
4. Quality and Research
5. Certification
6. Open Discussion

You Can register for the round-table calls from the APC Events Calendar


Final Days to Register for the 2022 Joint ACPE/APC Conference
Registration Ends May 4, 2022


Nurse Stella's Grief Capsule
by Rev. Njambi Ngaruiya BCC


“Nothing is working!”whispered Stella (pseudonym), an ICU nurse I met while walking from the parking lot to meet with a family whose patient was dying. As we got closer, I noticed she was crying and by her demeanor seemed as if she was still in a patient’s room. She turned her head back-wards to gaze at the hospital buildings and with an aura of desperation again looked back at me. In a voice choked up with tears, Stella went ahead to describe a difficult night trying to save the life of a fifty-year old woman who had Covid-19. I was wrestling with how best to support her when she quickly uttered “I just need a break from all this.” I sensed her deep sadness and frustration as she continued “we are doing everything (pause) everything and nothing is working!” I watched as she looked back at the hospital buildings again and then back at me as if desperately searching for a way to escape the nightmare. But instead, Stella quickly ended our brief conversation saying “I am coming back,” which I understood as her plan to be there when the family arrived. Still feeling at a loss of how to support Stella in our brief encounter, I quickly rushed towards the hospital buildings after letting her know I would be available to talk more...Read More 


Submit Your Education Proposal Today

The Education Committee is accepting proposals for APC Professional Education Webinars and other educational sessions for 2022 and beyond. There have been requests for webinars that take the next step beyond an overview of the basics and push us into new, more in-depth or more challenging areas of education and reflection.

Proposals for the webinars may be submitted anytime for future consideration.

You are invited to use the Webinar Proposal Form for your submissions. In our last member survey, APC members expressed the need for accessible, affordable continuing education opportunities. We hope that you will assist us in fulfilling this need by presenting an APC webinar to your colleagues. Go Here to lean more. 



Give Back to APC with Your Time and Talent

Are you interested in becoming more involved with APC and BCCI?  Do you want to add your voice to one of the volunteer committees or taskforces serving your professional association?  Do you have the time to donate your talent?  If the answer is yes, we encourage you to apply to serve as a volunteer for a standing committee like Membership or Education, as a State Leader, or for a Special Interest.  We hope you will consider getting involved and helping APC by adding your knowledge and experience to our profession.  You can learn more on our Volunteer page or you can use this link to Apply Now.  If you have more questions please email to learn more. 



CSU's "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" 
Next Cohort Begins June 1, 2022

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

Assessing and Communicating the Spiritual Needs of Children in Hospital:  A New Guide for Healthcare Professionals and Chaplains
Alister Bull (London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017, 146 pages, E-book, softcover)

Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God
Megan K. DeFranza (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015, 331 pages, softcover, Ebook)

Spirit in Session: Working with Your Client’s Spirituality (and Your Own) in Psychotherapy 
Russell Siler Jones (West Conshohocken, PA:  Templeton Press, 2019, 275 pages, soft cover, e-book, audiobook). 

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