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March 2016, Vol. 18 No. 2

Chaplains ARE Strategic Partners
by Margie Atkinson BCC

Strategy: a careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal usually over a long period of time; the skill of making or carrying out plans to achieve a goal; blueprint, design, scheme, plan, map, methodology. Partner: a person who takes part in an undertaking with another or others, especially in a business or company with shared risks or profits; colleague, associate, coworker, collaborator. Get ready APC®! We are moving into our 2016 annual conference looking at chaplains as strategic partners in the work of healing, caring, planning, doing, leading...Read More

Code of Ethics Protects Integrity of our Ministry
by Jana Troutman-Miller BCC

In the time that I have been chair of the Professional Ethics Committee I have found it to be one of the most challenging roles I have held in the APC.  There are times when I struggle with the feeling that I am the “morality police” or “big sister” to my colleagues, judging their behavior. The most difficult cases to review are ones that involve the personal lives of chaplains and a co-worker...Read More

NewsLast Call for Conference Poster Proposals
by Joel Nightingale Berning MDiv

The Conference Education Task Force invites you to submit poster presentation proposals for the 2016 Annual Conference. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, March 10, 2016...Read More

BCCI Commission on Certification News
by Joseph Perez BCC

I hope 2016 finds all of our board certified chaplains, associate certified chaplains and board certified chaplains – hospice/palliative care certified progressing well in their professions all over the world. I say “progressing well” for a distinct reason. Every BCC, ACC and BCC-HPCC that participates in our certification processes is intentionally and actively “progressing” professional chaplaincy, and the BCCI Commission on Certification wants to thank you...Read More

2016 Conference Call for Spiritual Care Storytellers
Can you recall one of your EXTRAORDINARY experiences as a chaplain providing spiritual care? The 2016 APC Annual Conference Spiritual Needs Committee is seeking storytellers from our diverse faith traditions to share YOUR story of an amazing and inspiring pastoral care visit. As a chaplain you know how healing the telling of our stories can be – for us and for others who hear the stories...Read More

Staying at the Conference Hotel Saves You Money
For the Upcoming 2016 Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – your official conference hotel – can bring you great value and the convenience of education and networking under one roof! Did you know that by staying at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista you are helping to keep other costs associated with the conference low?...Read More

Report from Hong Kong Chaplains
The Association of Hong Kong Hospital Christian Chaplaincy Ministry (AHKHCCM) recently published its 2015 Annual Report on professional chaplaincy development and pastoral education...Read More

IdeasIdea Box
This Wall
Transforming a mundane place into a sacred space of celebration
by Melinda Nasti BFA

As visitors leave our hospital, the last thing they do is pass through a set of sliding glass doors. I appreciate the time I spend in the space between those two doors because on a blustery winter day it gently reminds me to button my coat, on a sweltering day it foreshadows the blast of unwavering heat that is about to surround me, and on most days it gives me the time to remember where I parked my car. I must admit that, on some days, it seems as though time moves very slowly in this vestibule...Read More

by Scott Wilson MDiv

I sit on a couch;
hospital bed close – railings sharply cold.
I lean in with the asking...Read More

Death is a Moment
by Mark LaRocca-Pitts BCC PhD

Death is a moment that bridges one state of being to another. This moment exists outside of time, and though it is experienced subjectively as only a moment, it shares in eternity. Of all moments, death is the most feared...Read More

Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference
"Accidental Grace: Poetry, Prayers and Psalms," by Rami M. Shapiro; "Differentiation of Self: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives," Peter Titleman, editor; "Mere Spirituality: The Spiritual Life According to Henri Nouwen," by Wil Hernandez PhD Obl OSB; "Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and Their Families: A Multidisciplinary Guide," by Paul Nash, Madeleine Parkes and Zamir Hussain...Read More


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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.

Rev. Ezra Luessen BCC
Rev. Patricia Wight-Holby BCC

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