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December 2017 Vol. 19 No. 8

A Message from APC President 
by Martha H. Rucker MDiv BCC CT
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to each and every one of you!  As we are all undoubtedly consumed with work and projects and loved ones during this busy festive time of year, I will keep my remarks short.  In the midst of all the savory and sweet snacks, pretty lights and decorations, I would like to encourage each of you to take moments during the course of your day to find your calm center and reflect on what the season and this year has meant to you.  Every year this beautiful and difficult world we live in seems to get a little smaller and, every year the time we share seems to go a little faster.  Appreciate your accomplishments, find forgiveness for those that have wronged you, and bring comfort to those that you can.

2017 has been an incredible journey for the APC; the National Office went through a strategic realignment...Read More

2017 Resource Review Edition

As 2017 comes to an end, APC wanted to provide our members and others with some additional Resource Reviews to close out your year.  If you are looking for some excellent and informative works to round out your Continuing Education (CE) or if you are simply looking for a few good reads to get you though the winter.  See our expanded list of Resource Reviews for December 2017 HERE

The Empty Stocking Syndrome 
by Rev. John H. Whitacre

The Empty Stocking Syndrome is written for all of us who’ve lost a family member or friend or partner and pets throughout this year. This first holiday season's aloneness and emptiness without them being here is hard to manage. Relationships are never lost they are just transfigured. As I sat remembering the loss of my best man at my wedding this year my heart was moved to write the following words which I hope will be helpful to all of us who have stepped out on “this road less traveled.”

As we enter this holiday season we have many favorite songs and stories that resonate in our hearts. For the most part we all know “chestnuts roasting on an open fire... Read More

Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program - Call for Aplications
by Elyse Salend MSW

It is my pleasure to inform you that the call for the 2018 Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program officially kicks off on December 1, and to share with you the exciting news that the Cambia Health Foundation has expanded the program to include all members of the interdisciplinary palliative care team. We are accepting applications from emerging leaders in the field who are physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, chaplains, psychologists, pharmacists and other health system leaders. 

Why are we doing this? It’s really quite simple... Read More 

Requests for Proposals - APC Stratigic Funding Initiative
APC has launched a new Strategic Fund along with guidelines to assist members who are looking to help fund strategic initiatives outside the APC operating budget.  Projects must be consistent with the APC Mission, Vision and Values and fit in with the current strategic plan: 2017-2019 Strategic Plan
Proposal deadlines are January 30 and June 30 each year.  The guidelines for this new process and additional information can be found HERE

APC Store
In an effort to give our members more options in APC Merchandise we have contracted with Duplimall to provide high quality APC  branded apparel, pins, pens, patches and more!  To order items you will first need to create a NEW Username and Password exclusive to Duplimall...Read More

The NCHPC Structure, Key Activities and Ongoing Projects
NCHPC has released their 2nd Blog Post to their website.  This month's post includes a flow chart, a break down of the committees and work-groups as well as the coalition's key accomplishments.  Please visit the NCHPC Blog to read more.

a poem by David Ro MDiv BCC
It always happens this way:
when I go to get the stool
for my son so that he can
reach the light
he now tiptoes
and the light
goes on.
It must be the way of childhood
or sleep deprivation
that the change
comes all at once
someone adding 3 inches
of bone
in the night
someone slipping
a lump
in the throat
before words
someone now helping
me with a stool
helping me tiptoe back
to childhood
before the light
turns off.

CSU Announces March 7, 2018 Cohort for "Essentials of Palliative Care Chpalaincy"

California State University in conjunction with Association of Professional Chaplains is now offering a new cohort for their course "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" beginning March 7, 2018.  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. Share

Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference December 2017
The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling: A Guide for All Faiths 
Michelle Friedman and Rachel Yehuda (New York: Routledge, 2017, 208 pages, Kindle, paperback)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Practical Tool-Based Primer
Michelle Pearce PhD (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2016, 224 pages, Kindle, paperback)

The Divine Dance:  The Trinity and your Transformation
Richard Rohr with Mike Morrell (New Kensington, Pennsylvania: Whitaker House, 2016, 217 pages, hardcover, softcover, MP3 CD, audiobook, Kindle)

A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses
S. Brent Plate (Boston: Beacon Press, 2014, 248 pages, softcover, hardcover, Kindle)

Redeeming Conflict:  12 Habits for Christian Leaders
Ann M. Garrido (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2016, 270 pages, softback, Kindle)

Rising Strong
Brené Brown (New York: Random House, 2015, 301 pages, hardcover, paperback, Audio CD)

Where God and Medicine Meet:  A Conversation between a Doctor and a Spiritual Messenger
Neale Donald Walsch and Brit Cooper, MD (Faber, VA: Rainbow Ridge Books, 2016, 189 pages, Kindle, softcover

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