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September 2017 Vol. 19 No. 6

A Message from APC President 
by Kimberly Murman, MDiv MBA BCC
President's Refelction 
“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” E.B. White, New York Times, 1969

It’s never been easy to plan a day being a chaplain but lately, it’s been even harder.  As I write this, there is a significant amount of turmoil in the world: multiple hurricanes, wildfires in the hundreds, an earthquake in Mexico and, on the home front – our government has proposed some changes in military policy and in immigration policy.  These events affect all of our members and their clients in various ways – these stories of suffering and fear magnify the stories of illness, social ills, and personal struggle that are part of our daily ministry. It can be overwhelming, even may bring us to level of discouragement and despair if we allow it...
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APC Announces New Board Members for 2017-18

The APC Board Leadership Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the incoming board members and officers for the 2017-2018 APC Board of Directors with terms beginning November 1, 2017...  
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Member Spotlight: 
  • APC would like to recognize Karen Ballard. MCM, BCC for her article "A Village of Care" in the ChiPPS E-Journal Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care Issue #48; August 2017 p. 18

  • Richard Coholan, BCC would like to invite friends of Rev. Dr. Timothy Little to attend a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Tim's tenure as a chaplain with the AMHC (American Mental Health Clergy), the COC (College of Chaplains), and the APC...

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Membership Survey and Association Metrics

APC has contracted Association Metrics to design and implement a Membership Satisfaction Survey for members of the Association of Professional Chaplains.  This survey has been sent to each member of the association via email.  We anticipate the survey to take 10-15 minutes to complete. We are aware that for many this is a significant time commitment however, the information we will collect will be invaluable.  

More than 600 members have already shared their opinions through this important survey, but we need as many members as possible in order to have the best information.  Please consider taking this important survey.  If you do not receive the link for the survey in your inbox, be sure to check your spam/junk folder. 
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Review of the 2017 Chaplaincy Summer Research Institute
by Rev. Rebekah Schmidt BCC
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the inaugural Chaplaincy Summer Research Institute (CRSI) from July 24-28th 2017 at Rush Medical Center.  I was blessed to be able to attend by the generous support of a scholarship grant from APC. 
I will admit that although I was glad to be going and expected to learn a lot, I didn’t expect it to be fun.  I mean, really, a week about research…important, yes, fun, no.  Except that it was!  The CRSI brought together an amazing group of chaplains interested in furthering our profession through establishing best practices through research.  The institute also had an international group of presenters from the field of chaplaincy.  The attendees ranged from staff chaplains in hospitals and hospices to vice presidents of healthcare systems...
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Call for Volunteers for APC Committees & State Positions
As our 2016-17 membership year closes, APC would like to remind you that there several ways for you to get more involved with your professional association as a Volunteer Leader.  APC is currently looking for volunteers in a number of important areas including State Representatives, State Continuing Education Chairs, as well as Committees and Task-forces.  As a volunteer with APC, you will have 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 professionally and personally.
Please consider applying to serve on one of our national committees by Oct. 31:
  • Education Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Quality in Chaplaincy Care Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Professional Ethics Committee
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Dues Renewal Opens in September
During the month of September, APC Members will receive their invoice for the 2017-18 Membership Year by email.  In an effort to reduce waste and improve efficiency, APC has decided to migrate to a paperless dues invoice policy.  APC members can view, print and even pay their APC dues and/or fees online.  
Members who already know their individual Username and Password can use it to log into their account.  Once there, you will be able to view your invoices by selecting the "My Invoices" option on the menu to the right side.  If you have problems logging into your account, please contact the APC Office.
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Mapping Community Palliative Care

APC is proud to support the Center to Advance Palliative Care’s new Mapping Community Palliative Care project. The Mapping Project will build a comprehensive inventory of community-based programs across all service settings in order to develop estimates of palliative care access in communities across the country and track growth over time. If you have a community-based palliative care program, we encourage you to take a few minutes to take this short survey. Participating programs have the option to be listed in the Provider Directory on Learn more and participate:

Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference September 2017
The Call to Care: Essays by Unitarian Universalist Chaplains
Karen L. Hutt, Editor (Boston:  Skinner House Books, 2017, 218 pages, paperback)

A Faithful Farewell: Living Your Last Chapter with Love and A Long Letting Go: Meditations on Losing Someone You Love
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2015, 136 pages, paperback, Kindle)

A Ministry of Presence:  Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (Chicago:  The University of Chicago Press, 2014, 240 pages, hardcover, Kindle)

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-Rev. Robert L. Wills, Honorary Life Retired Board Certified Chaplain
-Sister Marie Veronica (Jerelyn) Honorary Life Retired board Certified Chaplain

APC 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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