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November 2018 Vol. 20 No. 7

A Message from the APC President...
by APC President Ronald C. Oliver PhD MBA BCC
As I write this first Forum article as President, situations across the United States have summoned the attention of many of our members.  Recently, bombs were sent to politicians and a media company.  Sadly, fourteen Jews were murdered while they worshiped.  And, here in my own hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, two African-Americans were targeted and then killed by a gunman bent on killing African-Americans.  (Alarmingly, surveillance video showed that the gunman first tried to get into a predominantly black church presumably to begin his attack there.)  And just days ago twelve were killed in Thousand Oaks, California.  We grieve the losses and abhor the violence.  We pray for the victims as we also work to determine how to engage to help.

Chaplaincy is largely a summoned profession.  Pagers beep, cell phones ring, overhead pages sound, nurses refer and off we go.  As situations impose themselves we connect with the individuals...Read More

A Thanksgiving Acrostic: Why I am Grateful for APC
by Rabbi Jodie Futornick DBe MA BCC

Togetherness: Collegiality is key to our success. No one understands a chaplain like a chaplain colleague.
Honesty: We possess no hidden agenda. WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get!
Appreciation: We assume positive intent from the people we serve and our colleagues. We model humility and gratitude.
Niceness: We treat each other with dignity and respect.
Knowledge: Through continuing education, we strengthen our professional practice.
Service. There are numerous opportunities to give back to the organization that supports our work.
Greatness: We aspire to be the best we can be, in all that we do.
Integrity: We live by a rigorous code of professional ethics. As professional chaplains, we live by the principles of outreach, inclusivity and care for all.
Variety: We are ever expanding the diversity of our organization to include new perspectives.
Innovation: Through research and teaching, we provide new learning opportunities and ideas.
Nurturing:  As colleagues, we support and sustain each other.
Growing the Profession: As an organization, APC is committed to mentoring new colleagues and continuing to grow our ranks.


APC's Board and State Leadership for 2018-19
APC is pleased to announce our 2018-19 Board of Directors and state leaders.  Please join us in welcoming the two newest positions on the APC board.

Secretary (one-year term)
Rev. Dr. Jeffery T. Garland DMin EdS BCC, Chaplain,  Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center in West Orange, NJ
Director (three-year term)
Rev. Renato Santos DMin MDiv BCC LMHC, Assistant Vice-President for Pastoral Care Services and Spiritual Care Programing and Mission Integration, Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, FL.
To see the full list and biographies of the APC Board of Directors please click HERE.

The current APC State Representatives and C.E. Chairs...Read More 

An Invitation from your 2019 APC Conference Chair
by Brian Hurley MDiv BCC

It is time to start making your plans to join APC for the 2019 Annual Conference to be held June 20-23, 2019 at the Hilton Orlando, Lake Buena Vista.  The Professional Development Intensives begin on June 19th
Our conference will be full of experiences to advance your skills as a Chaplain, time to connect with colleagues, opportunities for spiritual renewal, the ability to visit our exhibit hall and to celebrate our work as a profession.
The theme that will guide our time together is...Read More

Member Spotlight: Rev. Dr. Delois Brown-Daniels BCC

A passionate woman of faith, a dynamic preacher, an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and interfaith dialogue, a promoter of family, community and mental health, and the former vice president of Mission and Spiritual Care at Chicago's Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, Rev. Dr. Delois Daniels has been named McCormick's Distinguished Alumna for 2018...Read More


New Resource: The Impact of Professional Spiritual Care

APC is excited to have colaborated with our Strategic Partners to bring our members and the healthcare community the resource "The Impact of Professional Spiritual Care."  Please help us by sharing this page with your colleagues and spreading the word about this important contribution to the ongoing conversation on the role of chaplains and spiritual care providers. You can learn more about this publication in our Resources.
CSU's January 2019 Cohort for "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" Closing Soon...

California State University in conjunction with Association of Professional Chaplains is now accepting registrations for a new cohort for their course "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" beginning January 23, 2019.  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.


New National Guidelines Call for Improved Access to Vital Palliative Care

Many people living with a serious illness who are receiving treatment for their condition, whether heart failure, lung disease, cancer or another illness, don’t have access to palliative care, which can make all the difference in how they feel physically, emotionally and spiritually. New palliative care guidelines set out to improve access to this care, which provides relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness; improves quality of life for both the patient and the patient’s family; and is provided concurrent with disease-focused treatments...Read More 

Renewal Notices Have Been Issued

This is a reminder to all APC members and chaplains certified with BCCI, your renewal notices have been sent out digitally and a yellow post card has been sent to all members of APC and BCCI.  You can log into your APC profile and select the My Invoices option on the right-hand side of your profile to view, print or pay your current invoice.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the APC office for assistance at (847) 240-1014.

Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference November 2018:

The Forgiveness Handbook: Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for the Journey to Freedom, Healing and Peace
Editors at Skylight Paths (Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015, 242 pages, hardcover, softcover, Ebook)

Paediatric Chaplaincy: Principles, Practices and Skills
Eds. Paul Nash, Mark Bartel and Sally Nash (London/Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018, 320 pages, paperback, Ebook)A Matter of Life and Death:  60 Voices Share Their Wisdom

A Personal Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way to a Meaningful Life
Thomas Moore (Boulder, Colorado:  Sounds True, 2017, 6 audio CDs totaling 7 hours)

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by Ron Shackelford




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