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December 2016 Vol. 18 No. 8

Be Thankful for the Every Day WOW Moments
By APCTM President Kimberly Murman MDiv MBA BCC
I try every day to find a WOW moment as I go about my day. It may be something so easy to overlook as sunshine on my face, a thank you from a patient or the beautiful music coming from a harp in the lobby. I encourage you to look for those moments as well, that they might support and sustain you through the more difficult times.

We intentionally pause at this time of year for reflection on gratitude. At a recent Board of Director’s Meeting in Chicago, I acknowledged to myself the privilege of representing ... Read More

‘Tis the Season: Finding Joy Again at the Holidays
By Rev. Stacy Otto MDiv BCC 
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yet some may experience a far different reality as the holidays can be a reminder of loss and loneliness. Our own high expectations can make the pain more acute as we naturally want promises etched on festive cards and echoed in holiday tunes fulfilled, as if by some magical formula our hurts could be erased from the fabric of our lives. ‘Tis the season for happiness, but how... Read More

APC™ Annual Conference Speakers to Inspire Us All
By Geila Rajaee MDiv BCC

The 2017 APC™ Annual Conference, “The Powerful Voice of Chaplaincy,” is designed to both engage and inspire chaplains. This year, we seek to be challenged by leaders and thinkers who can inspire us to use our minds, hearts and voices for the sake of our patients, systems and communities. 
  • Opening night TED Talks will feature our... Read More

Call for APC™ Annual Conference Poster Presenters
By Rev. Anne Lange MDiv BCC
APC™’s Conference Education Task Force invites you to submit poster presentation proposals for the 2017 APC™ Annual Conference by Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The accepted posters will be displayed in the hallways around the conference from Friday to Sunday, June 22-25. There will be a special session from 5:30-6:45 pm on Saturday that will bring a crowd of chaplains, peers and students to see your poster, converse about it... Read More

Annual Leadership Award Nominations due February 28
APC™ recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of pastoral care through our Annual Leadership Awards. From administrators who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the development of chaplaincy care programs to chaplains who provide chaplaincy care in an exemplary manner, we celebrate the gifts and contributions of those who promote... Read More

Thank You APC™ State Leaders
APC™ expresses sincere gratitude for the volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to fulfilling our mission and helping our organization grow. Please take a moment to view this list of current state leaders. You are encouraged to connect with your local leaders to learn about upcoming educational events and to build relationships with other chaplains in your community. 

Continuing Education Reminders for Maintenance of BCCI® Certification
The 2016 Annual Summary of Continuing Education Hours Form must be submitted before Jan. 31, 2017. For more information, please refer to the Continuing Education Guidelines and Forms on the BCCI® website under Maintenance of Certification.
Here is additional information about the Professional Self-Care and Service to APC™/BCCI® methodologies: 
  • Professional Self-Care, Methodology 4: As with ALL continuing education activities, teaching may only be counted as CE if it is educational to YOU. Therefore... Read More

Call for Volunteers for APC™ Committees & State Positions
APC™ is committed to providing you with opportunities to meet new people and actively participate in your organization. We’re looking for volunteers with enthusiasm and diverse perspectives.In exchange for your time and support, you will develop leadership skills that will benefit you... Read More

Webcast on Dec. 15: Integrating the Patient and Caregiver Voice into Serious Illness Care
On Dec. 15, the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness will host a public workshop examining the challenges and opportunities associated with identifying and integrating the voice of seriously ill patients of all ages and their caregivers into person-centered care throughout... Read More

Redreaming the Dream: A Rebirth of the SC Society of Chaplains
By George Rossi MA MDiv BCC and Tamara R. Flinchum MA MDiv BCC
Chaplains can often feel like Lone Rangers at their individual facilities, longing for the support of colleagues and the stimulation of their ministry through new ideas, but lacking opportunities to make those connections. Creating an area-wide chaplain group is a worthwhile endeavor, even though the process is not always easy. Through leadership in the South Carolina Society of Chaplains (SC SoC), we have witnessed and directed the growing pains necessary to help a membership group remake itself in order... Read More

Chaplains as Midwives to Reorientation
By Fred Grewe DMin BCC
We are made not merely of flesh and blood, but of stories.” - African Proverb
I am often asked just exactly what is it I do as a hospice chaplain. My answer usually depends on how much time I have to spend with the one asking the question.
My elevator reply is “I work to make a safe place for people to emotionally lose control.” When a doctor has just told you you’re going to die soon, losing... Read More

Invitation to the Dance
By Caryn L. Baham
I soft shoe down the long corridors, knowing an invitation will eventually come
And wonder what role I will play when I step on the dance floor
Some patients will ask me to join them in a tap dance
And we’ll lightly step in time, afraid to face the fear head on
With each fa-lap ball change covering screams so desperate to escape
While flashy hands give necessary distraction from the... Read More 

Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference December 2016

The Art of Spiritual Midwifery, diaLogos and Dialectic in the Classical Tradition by Stephen Faller  

Madness: American Protestant Responses to Mental Illness by Heather H. Vacek... Read More


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APCTM extends our sympathy to the family and friends of members who have died. Memorials are listed on the website in alphabetical order by last name.

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