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June 2017 Vol. 19 No. 4

Summer is a Great Time for Continuing Education!
by Kimberly Murman, MDiv MBA BCC
It is the half-way point of the year, yay! So, too, it is the half-way point in the Continuing Education year.  So – are half your CE hours for 2017 completed?!  No!!! Mine are not!
The Annual Conference is a great time to gather up CE hours. In the course of the conference significant hours accumulate through plenary speakers, workshops and various forms of education at our finger tips.  It is very true that many of our APC members are unable, for many reasons, to attend conference and miss out on the accumulation of hours.  As I write this, our annual conference, “The Powerful Voice of Chaplaincy” in Houston, TX is a mere 14 days away.  The conference looks to be amazing and if you are not registered to attend – I would invite you to consider purchasing the audio files of our plenaries and any workshops that seem interesting. Shortly after the conference has concluded a link to our A-V company will be available to purchase those. A great buy!  Read More


APC Announces 2017-18 Board of Directors Nominees
Rev. Martha Rucker BCC, Nominating and Board Leadership Development Committee Chair

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the candidates for the positions of officer (Secretary) and three directors on the 2017-2018 APC Board of Directors with terms beginning November 1, 2017. The APC Board Leadership and Nominating Committee has submitted the following candidates for consideration by the Association of Professional Chaplains membership:
Secretary (one-year term)
Rev. Jon A. Overvold MDiv BCC , Senior Director, Mission and Spiritual Care, NYU Langone Health Centers, New York, NY
Director (three-year term)
Rev. Joby Brown MDiv BCC, Chaplain, Ascension Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Director (three-year term)
Rabbi Jodie Futornick BCC, Staff Chaplain and Ethics Consultant, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Director (three-year term)
Rev. Amy Karriker BCC, Director of Chaplaincy, Cohen Children's Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
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The 2nd Cohort of Chaplain Research Fellows Selected 

The Transforming Chaplaincy (TC) project selected the second group of eight chaplain research fellows. These fellowships provide support to chaplains while they earn two-year, research-focused Master of Science or Master of Public Health degrees in epidemiology or biostatistics at an accredited school of public health.
The new fellows and the schools they will be attending are...Read More

Annual Pastoral Care Network Peace Walk to be Held in Houston, TX

The 34th Annual Peace Walk and Dinner, hosted by The Pastoral Care Network for Social Responsibility will be held on Friday June 23rd from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. The event will include a very special conversation amongst those gathered, focused on “Advocating for equal rights for the most vulnerable amongst us.”  Attendees will be joined by Annise Parker (former) Mayor of Houston, Leslie S. Ginzel from Beacon Law – Justice for Homeless, and by Rev. Willie Bennett with The Metropolitan Organization..... Read More

A Hospitalization
by David Ro, MDiv BCC 
This is not what you should do: a mother,
young, had probably double-checked, then backed
her car into her two year-old child, his legs cracked
and scrapes and bruises on his arms, his face all over.
And then, in the emergency room, seeing the horror
of this young woman, the guilt. Anyone with tact
wouldn’t dare say, “it’s not your fault” when, in fact,
of course it was, but you wouldn’t say that either.
But this is true, that maternal instinct which drove her
alongside the ambulance, her heart racing and racked
with a thousand blames and how she would reenact
that scene a thousand times, she might discover
at this time it cannot be about what was done
but who she is to her trembling, bandaged son.

David Ro is married to Lisa and they have three children, Kathy, Theo, and Emilyn. He enjoys exercising, cooking and scheming things over good coffee. He is a staff chaplain at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington.

APC Now Accepting Amazon Smile
Are you looking to further support APC in its mission and programs? Did you know that you can support the Association of Professional Chaplains when you purchase items through  APC is now one of the charities you can support through Amazon Smile.  If you are not already using Amazon Smile when you purchase, signing up is easy and free.  Simply visit and sign in using your credentials.  When prompted to pick a charity you can search for Association of Professional Chaplains Inc. and select it as your charity.

If you are already using Amazon Smile but would like to change the charity you are supporting, Amazon makes it easy to switch...Read More

APC Annual Conference – Things to Know…

If you are unable to join your colleagues for the Annual APC Conference in Houston Texas this month you can follow along on Social Media using the hashtag #ChaplainCon2017.  APC staff and attendees will use this hashtag to update you on events, announcements and pictures from the conference.

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Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference June 2017

Between the Dark and the Light: Embracing the Contradictions of Life
Joan Chittister (New York: Image, 2015, 176 pages, hardcover, audio CD)

Furry Farewell Grief Handbook:  Life and Pet Loss Coaching Growing from Grief to Greatness
Dan C. Crenshaw (Bloomington, IN:  Xlibris publishing, June 2012, 199 pages, softcover, hardcover, Kindle)

Living Faith While Holding Doubts

Martin B. Copenhaver (Cleveland:  Pilgrim Press, 2013, softcover, 128 pages)

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