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November 2017 Vol. 19 No. 7

A Message from APC President 
by Martha H. Rucker BCC
As a new year begins in the Association of Professional Chaplains and I begin my time as your President, I am both humbled and honored to serve alongside each of you.  The work we do every day, no matter where we find ourselves in service, we are in service with one another.  We stand with one another as we represent our profession and the Association.  Our past presidents, the board, and the over 5,500 members of this Association continue to work to serve the needs of our members and for the betterment of profession and the work of the Association. 

This time of year often provides opportunity to reflect upon where we have been and to also look toward the future.  Last year, at this time, your Board developed our new Strategic Plan for 2017-2019. We are making strides in... Read More


Message of Thanksgiving
by Rev. Dr. Jeffery T. Garland DMin Ed.S BCC

When I was asked if I would like to write the message of Thanksgiving for the November issue of APC, I was honored. As I began to contemplate our traditional family and friends gathering around the table, reality set in very quickly. The first of many Atlantic tropical and subtropical storms had left their destructions. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose had also left trails of deaths, properties destroyed, and a loss of hope.

Just when things appeared to get only worse, a little light of hope could be seen. For me, that little light was a story of a man known as James Franklin McIngvale. Mr. McIngvale, also known as “Mattress Mack,” is a furniture owner in Houston, TX. He took in hundreds of displaced families and first responders and... Read More

Giving Tuesday: 

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, APC would like to remind you that Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  This year, please consider making a donation to APC by visiting our website.  In addition, you can now give a little bit to APC every time you make purchase with our Amazon Smile campaign...Share


Transforming Chaplaincy Announces Newsletter

Transforming Chaplaincy has extended an offer to APC members to join the mailing list for their newly developed Newsletter.  In order to receive the Transforming Chaplaincy Newsletter, recipients will need to use their sign-up form.

The Transforming Chaplaincy Newsletter will share useful research, news and other information such as recent research articles, helpful information on education chaplains in the classroom and through CPE, and useful resources for healthcare administrators and other professionals to incorporate chaplaincy into their institutions.  

If you have further questions contact skaggmichaela@gmail.comShare

BCC Specialization in Military Chaplaincy Debuts in March 2018
by Dr. Jan McCormack BCC
The APC has a new specialization -- Military Chaplaincy! The BCC in Military Chaplaincy (BCC-MC), certifies its holders as advanced professionals providing ministry in senior and supervisory settings. Among other criteria, chaplains seeking the BCC-MC must first have completed at least four units of CPE, be a certified APC BCC, and be a member of the Military Chaplains Association (MCA). Applications and criteria for certification as a BCC-MC will be available on the APC website,, beginning March 1, 2018.

This partnership initiative between APC and the MCA reflects a new cooperative spirit to better serve chaplaincy within all aspects of military service. Until now, there has been no professional chaplaincy credential specifically for military chaplains. Nor was there any non-faith-based nor non-governmental professional accountability for military chaplains...Read More

Call for Volunteers for APC Committees & State Positions
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 and you can report up to 10 hours of CE's for the work that you perform in your role.
Please consider applying to serve on one of our national committees by November 30th:
  • Education Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Communications Committee
  • and others...
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2018 Joint Conference Committee Announces Plenary Session Line-Up
The APC/NACC Joint Conference Plenary Subcommittee is excited to announce the Plenary Speaker Sessions for the 2018 Joint Conference, July 12-15, 2018 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim California.

This years speakers include: Dawn M. Gross MD PhD, Dr. James L. Mason PhD, Revd. Dr. Steve Nolan PhD MA MSc BC MBACP, and Adrienne Boissy MD MA.  To learn more about these speakers and their sessions please visit our Plenary Speakers page for the 2018 Joint Conference. Share

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month and APC would like to share one of the ways in which we support this important area of healthcare.  APC is a member organization of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC). As a member of this coalition APC contributes to several of the work groups and committees. The 9 member organizations of this coalition work towards cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration in the field of hospice and palliative care.

Please visit the NCHPC’s website to learn more about the coalition including the most recent addition to the website, the blog! In the “Inaugural Issue #1 – What is the Coalition? Why is it Important?” the blog outlines the aims of the group and how we work towards achieving them.

Use the hashtags #HospiceMonth #HospiceAwareness #hpm to help recognize and celebrate the work of hospice and palliative care during the month of November! Share

CSU Announces January 31 Cohort for "Essentials of Palliative Care Chpalaincy"

California State University in conjunction with Association of Professional Chaplains is now offering a new cohort for their course "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy" beginning January 31,2018.  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. Share

Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference November 2017
An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture
Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2016, 119 pages, softcover, Ebook, MP3 CD, Audible book)

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World
Dalai Lama (New York: Mariner Books, 2011, 188 pages, softcover, hardcover, Kindle, Audio CD)
No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America.  
Ron Powers (New York:  Hachette Books, 2017, 348 pages, hardcover, Ebook, Audio CD)

Tears to Triumph: Spiritual Healing for the Modern Plagues of Anxiety and Depression
Marianne Williamson (New York:  HarperCollins Publishers, 2016, 222 pages, softcover, hardcover, Kindle, audio CD)

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