(Items marked with a * are new or updated items)
1. Executive Director’s Reflection *
2. Welcome February 2012 new members *
3. NACC Board appoints to Standards and Certification Commissions and Appeals Panel *
4. Have you accessed the new March-April 2012 Vision yet? *
5. Help Vision examine the 13 Standards of Practice for Acute Care *
6. Are you aware of the special networking calls this week? *
7. Have you considered joining NACC now?
8. Have you moved recently and not told us?
9. Bishop Blase Cupich has been very involved in ministry dialogues *
10. Would you contribute Items for the Silent Auction for the NACC 2012 Conference?
11. 2012 Conference Looking for Bloggers
12. Did you complete your Conference registration yet?
13. Memories of Milwaukee
14. Sign up for Spiritual Care Champions Series 2012-2013 Webinar Series by this Friday! *
15. The 5th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16th! *
16. Request: do you have experience creating Clinical Ladders?
17. Request: advice from EPIC users
18. Request: assistance in administering Catholic Patients’ Satisfaction Survey
19. Request: call for help on end-of-life discussion research
20. Request: what medical consent to treat forms do you use?
21. First Spiritual Care Leadership audio conference this Thursday, March 15th *
22. The 2012 NACC audio conferences!
23. Tomorrow, March 13th, the CHA webinar, “Spirituality and Long-Term Care.”
24. Wednesday, March 14th, final session of 2011-2012 Spiritual Care Champions Webinar Series *
25. Friday, March 15th, deadline, Building Capacity in Chaplaincy Research in Palliative Care *
26. 2012 NACC local/regional events *
27. Online spiritual care knowledge base being developed
28. APC webinars
29. ACPE Webinar series
30. HealthCare Chaplaincy Webinars
31. The New SCC 2011 Salary Survey is now available!
32. Are you planning to give any presentations on chaplaincy?
33. Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession
34. Accessing the chaplaincy profession video on YouTube
35. Healing Tree: a request for prayers
36. Recent job postings *
37. Advertisers, administrators, and directors! Post an ad on our job page and watch the applications roll in!
38. Positions wanted
We don’t get to hear the Ten Commandments too often for the first reading on a Sunday, do we? So, here they were in yesterday’s first reading, Exodus 20:1-17! As I reflected again on this list, it reminded me of the book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande, that provides fascinating stories of how the simple tool of the checklist has helped those responsible for extremely complex and complicated processes, from Air Force pilots to surgeons, to master them and prevent failures. www.amazon.com/Checklist-Manifesto-How-Things-Right/dp/0312430000/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1
Growing up on the Ten Commandments was a way to “get things right,” were they not? In the complexity and complications of human relations, that checklist of God’s orders directed us on the right path. This is certainly a good part of the truth of human interaction. However, the Gospel provides another reminder of who we are. As Jesus cleansed the temple of those who manipulated the law to their end, it was Jesus’ passion for God’s House and His understanding and caution of human nature (But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well. John 2:25) that the author noted. I suspect most of us live our lives more authentically by being humbly wary of our nature (second-guessing our righteous motives) and consumed by our loves. We nod knowingly that we can fool ourselves with a confidence in our self-assessed wisdom or with the seeming clarity of the commandments; and begrudgingly at times need to bow before the mystery of God’s ways and God’s outrageous love shown on the cross. You can almost visualize Paul smirking as he comments in the second reading from 1 Corinthian 1, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” I think we need both the checklist of the commandments and the heart-check of ongoing conversion as we gaze upon the reckless irrationality and irrepressible, abundant abandonment of the cross. How do I want to live?
In Anne Dillard’s Teaching a Stone to Talk, she reflects fancifully on weasels and living like weasels. It’s a treat to read. She ends her reflection with a zealous punctuating point: I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you, then even death, where you're going no matter how you live, cannot you part. Seize it and let it seize you up aloft even, till your eyes burn out and drop; let your musky flesh fall off in shreds, and let your very bones unhinge and scatter, loosened over fields, over fields and woods, lightly, thoughtless, from any height at all, from as high as eagles. members.tip.net.au/~lindafrd/Dillard.htm
Is this my Lent? How is yours?
David Lichter, D.Min.
Welcome February 2012 new members *
We are deeply appreciative of their generosity, and for all our members who continue to offer their gifts to NACC.Have you accessed the new March-April 2012 Vision yet? *
The March-April 2012 Vision is now available on the NACC website. The main theme is on collaborating with our professional colleagues and serving on interdisciplinary teams. It is a very helpful issue. Remember that you no longer need your member number to access the Vision; just go to www.nacc.org/vision! Continued thanks to Laurie Hansen-Cardona and the Editorial Advisory Panel for their excellent work!Help Vision examine the 13 Standards of Practice for Acute Care *
The theme of the next issue of Vision is "Examining Standards of Practice for Acute Care." These 13 standards were developed by participants in the Standards of Practice Acute Care Work Group, which included healthcare chaplains from APC, ACPE as well as NACC. The standards cover a broad spectrum of chaplaincy care practices, ranging from delivery of care to ethical practice, from respect for diversity to knowledge and continuing education. Help us to explore the lived meaning of these standards in Vision by choosing a standard (see link below) and writing about it from your own experience and perspective. Each article should be less than 800 words.
This week we have scheduled two special conference calls for members. If you are not on the email list for these calls and want to be, please let us know by contacting Cindy Bridges (email@example.com).
Are you one of the more than 1,100 non-members who has subscribed to NACC Now? We are delighted you find this a valuable tool to advance the ministry of spiritual care and chaplaincy. Have you considered becoming an NACC Member? Join the more than 2,500 members who advance the ministry of spiritual care, and support one another’s ministry! Receive additional members’ benefits! Visit the NACC website for more membership information. Join today! If you have questions about being a member, please contact Cindy Bridges (firstname.lastname@example.org). www.nacc.org/membership/categories.aspHave you moved recently and not told us?
When you have moved personal residences or places of employment, or have a new e-mail address or phone number, please don’t forget to contact Mary Pawicz (email@example.com), our membership support staff person at the NACC office, to let her know! Please note that a valid, working email address and a current phone number are very important. For reasons of convenience and cost these are the most likely methods we will use to contact you. We don’t want you to miss our communications to you!Top of page
One of our plenary speakers, Bishop Blase Cupich, bishop of Spokane, has been present and involved in several key initiatives that explore the role of lay ecclesial ministry and Church life. He participated in and presented at the 2011 Collegeville National Symposium: Advancing Excellence in Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Some points from his presentation can be found at www1.csbsju.edu/sot/symposium/SymposiumSummary.htm. They include the following:
In his capstone presentation Bishop Blase Cupich, Bishop of Spokane, Washington, echoed Macalintal’s praise of the symposium process and participants -- both theological theorists and theological practitioners -- who engaged in dialogue with a willingness to learn from one another. “A good teacher is one who realizes that she is the one who has learned the most when she leaves the classroom. That kind of humility was very evident here,” he remarked, noting a healthy give-and-take among those with differing vocations and ministerial roles, those with differing positions and priorities on “church issues,” and those of differing cultures and ethnicities.
“At all times during these discussions (regarding how to better build the body of Christ), we must attend at to what unites us in our common baptism before we consider what differentiates and distinguishes us as ordained or lay ministers,” said Bishop Cupich who, like Macalintal spoke on Listening to the Movement of the Spirit. “If we ever uncouple what we’re doing from this baptismal call to holiness and conversion, then we’re going to lose our way.”
“When we’re doing our ministry, when we’ve entered into the dying and rising of Jesus Christ, we come to an awareness that ‘All this religion stuff is more than God being an important factor in my life. Rather, it’s about me coming to an understanding that I’m an important factor in God’s life,’” he said, paraphrasing Carmelite priest and author Iain Matthew.
“So where is the movement of the Spirit in what we’re doing?” Bishop Cupich asked. “It’s in the in-between, in waiting, in realizing that the situation is fluid, and in knowing that the Lord is helping us and taking us on the journey,” he answered. “It’s in keeping the conversation alive and entering into it. It’s in having the humility to come to that conversation as a good teacher does, humbly and with a willingness to listen to others. But it’s also making sure that what we do here is always rooted in that universal call to holiness, something that I’ve seen is very much alive here,” the bishop said. www1.csbsju.edu/sot/symposium/SymposiumSummary.htm
We invite members to bring to the 2012 Conference handmade or other types of items, including items from your institution, for our silent auction to be held at the conference. Share your talents and gifts to benefit other members! Proceeds will go towards conference scholarships. If you are interested in contributing an item, please contact Susanne Chawszczewski at firstname.lastname@example.org Conference Looking for Bloggers
The NACC is planning to set up a blog for the 2012 Conference in Milwaukee. We are looking for experienced bloggers who are NACC members and are planning to attend this year’s conference. If you are interested in helping to blog live from the conference, please contact Susanne Chawszczewski at email@example.com.Did you complete your Conference registration yet?
The NACC 2012 Conference brochure should have arrived. If not, let us know. We are very excited to showcase our national plenary speakers and conference weaver, as well as quality workshops. Complete your registration today! The brochure is also online at www.nacc.org/conference/.Top of page Memories of Milwaukee
Back by popular demand -- we are pleased to offer two special local events during our 2012 conference. Join us for the opportunity to make special memories of your time in Milwaukee.
Friday Night Fish Fry - Friday, May 18, 2012
On Friday night in Milwaukee, just about every restaurant has one, and everyone is always looking to find their favorite – the Friday Night Fish Fry. Join us for a Wisconsin tradition at a local Milwaukee favorite, the American Serb Hall. Serb Hall has been serving the community for over 50 years and their hospitality is just as good as their food.
The $25 cost includes transportation and an all-u-can-eat Haddock fish fry (served family style) with sides, soda, and coffee. Bus Pick up at the hotel is at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner is at 6:15 p.m.
Milwaukee Church Tour - Saturday, May 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us for a guided tour of three of Milwaukee’s local churches. We will travel by bus to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, the Islamic Center, and St. Mary and St. Antonious Coptic Orthodox Church. Three continuing education hours will be offered.
The $35 cost includes the three-hour guided tour, transportation, and a light snack.
Registration and payment is due by April 16, 2012. To download a registration form, click here.
Yearly registrations for the 2012-2013 Spiritual Care Champions Series are available until this Friday, March 16th, 2012. The cost is $180 per phone line for 12 presentations (April 2012 – March 2013). After March 16th, 2012, registrations for individual presentations will be available for $18 per phone line, for each individual presentation. The NACC worked with Catholic Health East and the other Catholic healthcare partners in developing a new, unique webinar series that explores the standards of practice for chaplains and spiritual care. We believe you will find this series very timely and educational.
You may register now for the year by copying and pasting this link into your web browser:
This announcement comes from the NHDD planners. "NHDD exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning." The possibilities for achieving this are endless. Below are some ideas of what to do in the final month:
Once again, thank you for your participation in and enthusiasm for NHDD. Together, we are making a difference for countless patients, families, and providers. It is a true honor to be working with all of you. Nathan A. Kottkamp, (firstname.lastname@example.org) Chair, National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.orgRequest: do you have experience creating Clinical Ladders?
NACC member Sara Moore Kerai, MA, LPC, BCC, is a chaplain at Georgetown University Hospital. She and her colleague are looking at creating a Clinical Ladder for Chaplains in their department. They would really appreciate hearing from any NACC members or any NACC member whose system has experience creating Clinical Ladders as a way of advancement, recognition and promotion, supporting leadership and research development, etc. Contact Sara at SLM36@gunet.georgetown.edu.Request: advice from EPIC users
NACC member, Karen Gorski, BCC, works for the Henry Ford Health Care System. The system will be adopting EPIC as the format for electronic medical records. The chaplains in the system have been invited to a meeting to discuss the spiritual care element. For those using EPIC, do you have advice or suggestions about the program, such as what is already in place that is of value, and what we might want to be sure to include if we are given the opportunity to add elements that would be particularly helpful? Comments can be directed to Karen Gorski at email@example.com. Karen is willing to share any feedback with others who are interested.Request: assistance in administering Catholic Patients’ Satisfaction Survey
NACC member Fr. Fidelis I. Ekemgba is about to conduct a Catholic Patients' Satisfaction Survey in the Hospital where he provides care. He requests input from members who have done this before. Questionnaire format, collection methods and the preservation of confidentiality of responders/patients especially would be helpful. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fr. Fidelis thanks you in advance for your assistance in this regard.Request: call for help on end-of-life discussion research
Paula Hopeck, doctoral candidate at Purdue University, is looking for interview participants for her dissertation research. The topic is on facilitating end-of-life decisions for others, particularly when there is conflict between the family. She can be reached at email@example.com if you have questions or are interested in participating. The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at Purdue University.Request: what medical consent to treat forms do you use?
Our NACC member, Colette Hanlon, SC, BCC, has received some responses, but would appreciate other responses from members who are willing to share with her a copy of their Medical Consent to Treat Form and also a "script" (if you use one) for Admitting Staff to inquire about religious affiliation and whether or not they want that information restricted. Samples could be sent to her email firstname.lastname@example.org (W) email@example.com (H) or mailed to Colette Hanlon, S.C., 584 East St. #2, Pittsfield, MA 0120. She is willing to share what she receives in return.First Spiritual Care Leadership audio conference this Thursday, March 15th *
This coming Thursday, March 15th, and the following Thursday, March 22nd, will be the first of a series of audio conferences on Spiritual Care Leadership. Ed Smink, Ph.D., BCC will be presenting. Please note: these audios are open to all members, not just those currently in or preparing for pastoral care leader positions. The topics are important and useful for everyone working in the spiritual care ministry. Sign up today by going to www.nacc.org/resources/edops.aspx#15mar2012.Top of page The 2012 NACC audio conferences!
Please see below our program for 2012. As an added benefit this year, we will be continuing the audio conferences focusing on theological topics, but have added a four-part series on Spiritual Care Leadership. The first of these will be in March. Mark your calendars for the following dates.
Please note that on March 13, 2012, Catholic Health Association will offer a webinar on
“Spirituality and Long-Term Care.” For more information you can go to:
Please consider the final offering of the 2011-2012 Spiritual Care Champions Series offered this Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Go to www.che.org/mission/index.php?id=46.
A reminder to you of the Call for Proposal (CFP) from Robert Wolf, J.D., Senior Vice President of Innovation and Development, HealthCare Chaplaincy, for a pioneering grant-making initiative aimed at growing the field of chaplaincy research in palliative care. This initiative seeks to create sustainable, collaborative, interdisciplinary research networks of experienced researchers and board-certified chaplains and to support approximately 6-10 field-advancing, hypothesis-driven research projects to better understand chaplains’ contributions to palliative care.
The deadline for online submission of applications is March 15, 2012.
We are in the midst of preparing the 2012 local events. Scheduled so far are the following. Mark your calendars today!
John J. (Jack) Gleason, APC BCC (Retired), is building a free online spiritual care knowledge base as a resource for anyone to use in challenging spiritual care situations--such as issues of aging, fear of cancer recurrence, bad news--with over 200 samples in 24 categories. See what someone actually did and learned in a situation similar to yours. At www.acperesearch.net click on "Ideal Intervention Project." Locate your category in the Table of Contents, and then proceed to the appropriate page. E-mail Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding how to contribute your own experiences.APC webinars
Please note that APC has graciously extended a special discount on APC Professional Chaplaincy Webinars to members of their Organizational Partner associations, AAPC, ACCA, ACPE, CASC, NACC, NAJC and NAVAC.
Our NACC members are invited to use a special promotion code that a member can access by going to this Member Only page on the NACC website:
www.nacc.org/resources/apc_webinars.asp There you can also link to APC Store where you can use the code to register for live or recorded webinars. The code, when entered on the payment screen during final checkout, will deduct $20 from your webinar order. APC requests that we not share this code beyond our membership.
More info on these and other offerings: APC webinars
Look for ACPE webinars being offered. More info: www.acpeacademy.com/2010-webinars/Top of page HealthCare Chaplaincy Webinars
We are pleased to announce that the new SCC 2011 Salary Survey is now available. We are grateful to have partnered with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) to conduct this survey. We thank all our members who participated in the survey. This survey report is copyrighted material. Members of APC and NACC have access to this salary survey as a member benefit. Members are asked not to duplicate this survey for others. Non-members can consult the website of the Spiritual Care Collaborative, www.spiritualcarecollaborative.org to purchase a copy for a nominal fee. You can access this survey through the membership portal.
SCC 2011 Salary Survey for NACC members: www.nacc.org/resources/salarysurveyintro.asp
SCC 2011 Salary Survey for nonmembers: www.spiritualcarecollaborative.org/salary_survey.asp
We continue to encourage members to promote the chaplaincy profession. Please remember that the NACC office staff want to make sure you have resources to share. If you are planning to do a presentation, please contact Cindy Bridges (email@example.com) so that she can send you brochures. Also we remind you that you can access on our NACC website the Chaplaincy Ministry video (or order one – see below) as well as two PowerPoint slideshows to use as a basis for the presentation at www.nacc.org/advancing/promo.asp.Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession
Our video on Chaplaincy, both a recruitment version (that begins and ends with “Is God Calling You?”), and a version without this question, is available in DVD format. The charge is just $6.00, the cost of production and shipping. You may preview the video at this link. To order copies please email Cindy Bridges for instructions.Accessing the chaplaincy profession video on YouTube
Do you know that you can also access the Chaplaincy video on YouTube? Since YouTube now allows more than 10 minute clips, we have been able to have YouTube host our video. You can access the video at www.nacc.org/advancing/promo.asp and visit the NACC’s YouTube channel (click “subscribe” to receive notifications when we add new content to our channel): www.youtube.com/user/CatholicChaplains.Top of page Healing Tree: a request for prayers *
Please let us know if you would like our membership to pray for your health and healing. Also please let us know when you want us to remove your name from our Healing Tree.
We continue to pray for: Marybeth Harmon (breast cancer surgery), Joe Floryance, husband of Melissa Casanta-Floryance (cancer), Francesco Marshall, Tom Landry (at the death of his father, Thomas), Glenn and Pat Teske (recuperation from injuries suffered in car accident), Anna Maria Marabella (Surgery), Susan Murphy (recovering from hospital stay), Sr. Margaret Dougherty, DC (cancer), Fr. Jim Radde, SJ (cancer), Sr. Mary Clare Boland, SP, Sr. Phyllis Ann DiRenzo (treatment for breast cancer), Kathy Brier (hospitalization-daughter of NACC member Theresa Brier), Ginny Conron (POP surgery), Marcella Keefe-Slager (lung cancer and treatment), Gloria Troxler (preventive chemotherapy after ovarian surgery), Fr. Kevin Ikpah (eye troubles), Lourdes B. Ruta (wife of Peter Ruta, in recovery), and Kelly Elizabeth Sexton (cancer: daughter of NACC member Melyssa Sexton).Recent job postings *
The following positions have been posted in the last two weeks. Please go to www.nacc.org/positions/available.aspx for more information.
Milwaukee, WI - VMP
Pueblo, CO - Centura Health
STAFF CHAPLAIN, FULL TIME
Chattanooga, TN - Memorial Health Care System
Grand Forks, ND - Altru Health System
VICE PRESIDENT, MISSION INTEGRATION & ETHICS
Austin, Texas - Seton Healthcare Family
Get your ad posted on a page that sees hundreds of visitors each week. A 100-word ad costs only $225 to run for two full months on our Positions Available page and is also included in two successive issues of NACC Now. For more information and a complete table of ad rates go to www.nacc.org/positions/adinfo.asp.Positions wanted
In this time of change and uncertainty it is more important than ever to use every resource available. If you have lost your job recently, if you’re just seeking a new or better position, or if you are an employer seeking a chaplain for your organization, be sure to visit our Positions Wanted webpage. NACC members can take advantage of this free service by placing a job-seeking ad, for free, which will run for 60 days. To see the ads, visit www.nacc.org/positions/wanted.asp.
To place your own ad, send an email to Phil Paradowski: firstname.lastname@example.org.