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June 2018 Vol. 20 No. 4

A Message from APC President
by Martha H. Rucker MDiv BCC CT 
Summer is in full swing and as parents to a teenager we’ve already heard the moans and groans of the long and boring summer days. We’ve heard the calls from his upstairs bedroom, “I’m soooo bored!!  What is there to do?”  And like any typical teenager, he rolls his eyes and huffs and puffs at his parents' suggestions to help fill his time.  Recently, we were with a group of friends when one of them looked at me and asked, “So, what are you doing this summer?”  I told them I was working just as I do in the spring, fall, and winter.  My plan was to work at my day job as a Staff Chaplain and also continue the work of President of APC.  And work we have done... Read More


Strengthening Chaplaincy Certification with Research: APC, NACC and Transforming Chaplaincy Launch Initial Research

For years, certification by one of the major professional chaplaincy organizations such as the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI, an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains) or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains has been the gold standard for professional chaplains working in health care. Recent developments in healthcare, chaplaincy, and chaplaincy education suggest it is time to examine our current chaplaincy education and certification processes to ensure they are continuing this tradition of excellence and serving the profession as well as possible. Specifically, the time seems right to begin developing a research-informed approach to chaplaincy certification... Read More

Why is The Grim Reaper so Grim?
by Fred Grewe DMin BCC
I work with Death on a daily basis and over the years have come to know him quite well. On an average week I visit about twenty dying folks, more than three hundred terminal individuals annually, and over the past twelve years I have provided spiritual care for nearly two thousand people who have died.

I’m a hospice chaplain.

A little context might be helpful. Nearly all of the folks I meet and serve are north of 70 years of age. Most often, people in their 80’s, 90’s and even 100’s. Also, I work in a relatively safe middle-class environment....Read More

Attending the APC/NACC Joint Conference?  What you Need to Know...
Those attending the APC/NACC 2018 Joint Conference will start to receive email messages regarding their conference itinerary, events and updates in the upcoming weeks.  To help you get started we encourage everyone attending the conference to download the Joint Conference App available in the Google Play Store and on ITunes by searching "APC Events" by CrowdCompass and downloading the app .

Not attending the conference?  That's ok, the recorded sessions from the APC/NACC Joint Conference will be available for download from DCP Inc. after the conference.

Keep an eye out for upcoming emails to learn everything you need to know before you go!

CSU Announces September 5, 2018 Cohort for "Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy"

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 September 5, 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 and head over to the Association of Professional Chaplains Facebook discussion group to read some real reviews from our members who have taken the course! Share


Update: APC 2017 Membership Satisfaction Survey
In the fall of 2017, APC contracted with Association Metrics, an association research firm, to conduct a Membership Satisfaction study of APC’s membership.  This study was conducted via an online survey that was designed and tested by research professionals along with input from APC’s Membership Committee, APC’s Board of Directors and in conjunction with the national office staff.   The end results from the survey provided statistically significant data acquired from a representative sample of APC members.  The representative sample was screened for validity and evaluated to ensure that respondents were proportional to the makeup of APC including: Membership Type, Region, Age, work/professional settings and experience, as well as religious affiliation.

In November of 2017 the board received a briefing of the survey results...Read More

Ways to Observe Pastoral/Spiritual Care Week - October 21-27, 2018
National Pastoral/Spiritual Care Week is quickly approaching and APC would like your help in spreading the word about this important time of year.  Pastoral Care Week gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide.

APC is asking our members and readers to help us and your colleagues by sharing what it is that your organization does to celebrate, honor, and recognize the work of spiritual caregivers in your institutions.  Head over to the Association of Professional Chaplains Facebook discussion group...Read More

APC Webinar Journal Club - Save the Dates for 2018-2019

The dates for the 2018-2019 Webinar Journal Club (WJC) will be: 

  • September 25, 2018
  • November 13, 2018
  • January 8, 2019
  • March 12, 2019
  • May 14, 2019

All sessions will begin at 1 pm CDT

As the WJC begins its 8th series we are pleased to announce its new leaders all of whom are Transforming Chaplaincy Fellows: Marilyn J.D. Barnes, Cate Michelle Desjardins, and Shelley Varner-Perez. George Fitchett, long-time WJC co-leader and Transforming Chaplaincy Co-Director will continue to serve as the WJC Senior Adviser...Read More

Has the Patient Consented to your Brand of Chaplaincy?
by Rev. Donald Stikeleather MDiv BCC

This spring and since our Summer conference, I have had some conversations about how I introduce myself as a Buddhist who is a chaplain. Some of the questions that have been asked are: How much should a chaplain tell a patient or family about his spiritual background? It is certainly important for people to know we support their spiritual health. What if our religious traditions are different? Should we ask non-Christians serving as chaplains to explain upfront that they are different than expected? And if so, why?
Asking a chaplain with an alternative formation to explain her spiritual history upfront sets a double standard for non-Christians serving as chaplains. We know that some believe we live in a Christian nation, and so the assumption is that all chaplains are Christian. This has created privilege that Chaplains of all races...Read More 


Participate in Mapping Community Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), in collaboration with the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC), has launched an exciting initiative to build a comprehensive inventory of community palliative care programs across all service settings—including home, office/clinic, and long-term care.
APC is supporting this important project because it will promote the expansion of community palliative care by identifying programs currently available in the community setting, making it easier for patients, families, caregivers, and practitioners to find local resources to meet their needs. Participating programs...Read More

Resource Reviews for Continuing Education and Reference June 2018
God-Curious: Exploring Eternal Questions
Stephen Cherry (Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017, 130 pages, softcover, E-book)

Letters to Jacob: Mostly About Prayer
Fr. John-Julian, OJN (Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2015, 92 pages, softcover, Kindle)

The Triumph of Faith: Why the World Is More Religious Than Ever
Rodney Stark (Wilmington, Delaware:  ISI Books, 2015, 258 pages, hardcover, audiobook, Kindle, MP3CD)

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