1. Executive Director’s Reflection
2. NACC staff will be moving to a new office the end of January 2011
3. Our former NACC executive, Fr. David Baeten has recently died.
4. Inviting NACC members to apply to be NACC Board candidate
5. Order your 2011 World Day of the Sick Prayer Cards early!
6. 2011 NACC Book Selection
7. Online Vision now available!
8. Writers needed for the March-April 2011 Vision theme
9. Have you moved recently and not told us?
10. We welcome our November 2010 new members to NACC!
11. Receiving NACC Now, but you are not an NACC member?
12. May in Milwaukee! Mark your calendars for the 2011 National Conference!
13. Distinguished Service and Outstanding Colleague Recipients Have Been Named!
14. Seeking Items for the Silent Auction – NACC 2011 Conference
15. Plans for the 2011 NACC audio conferences are being completed!
16. More tools for Advance Directives available on NACC Website
17. Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry joins the Digital Age
18. What do you think about a chaplaincy bookstore?
19. The American Red Cross Invites Applications to SRT Training
20. Remember the Spiritual Care Champion Series!
21. Are you planning to give any presentations on chaplaincy?
22. Order your video promoting the chaplaincy profession
23. Local/regional event dates
24. Healing Tree: a request for prayers
25. Recent job postings
26. Positions available
Happy Saint Nick, and a blessed Advent to all of you!
One of my favorite Advent readings was yesterday’s first reading, Isaiah 11: 1-10. How inspirational! “A shoot will spring from the stock of Jesse, a new shoot will grow from his roots. On him will rest the spirit of Yahweh, the spirit of wisdom and insight, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and fear of Yahweh.”
Isn’t it amazing that these prophetic words of thousands of years ago live in us, as the Spirit lives in us? And the vision of reconciliation and peace that follow in the remainder of this passage have already come to fulfillment in Jesus! We can witness it, notice it, wonder in it in our daily ministry! How do we see the wolf with the lamb, the panther lie down with the kid, calf, lion and fat-stock beast together, with a little boy to lead them?
Do we, like St. Paul, in Romans 15:4 (the second reading from yesterday’s scriptures) believe that “all these things which were written so long ago were written so that we, learning perseverance and the encouragement which the scriptures give, should have hope.” Does it give us hope?
During this past week, when I learned of Father David Baeten’s (who was the NACC Executive Secretary in the early-to mid 70’s) death, I quickly remembered David’s call to me within days of my assuming the Executive Director responsibilities. I remembered David from the 70’s when I met him through a mutual friend. David just called to offer his prayers and support, and mentioned what a gift NACC was to him, and the privilege it was to serve in leadership as its executive during the time the clergy members voted to welcome and include sisters, brothers, deacons, and lay ministers in NACC and to become certified. He remarked what a sign of hope that was for him then, and remained so for his ministry. He also reflected on the gift of giving back as a leader and prayed I would be gifted in this way as well. And, yes, I have!
Remembering him and his comments led me back to reflect on 2010, and re-read my Executive Director column in the January-February 2010 Vision that addressed the gift of leadership within NACC. I began the column with:
I asked myself, ‘What is the most important emphasis for us this year?’ Only one word surfaced immediately – leadership. 2010 needs to be for NACC – ‘Leadership 2010’! Leadership has diverse definitions, such as motivating/directing others to achieve a goal. For NACC, let me offer this leadership vision: being an inspirational, persuasive influence that positively impacts your organization (including NACC) to fulfill its mission.
I went on to note the leadership we exercise as spiritual care providers and the ways we needed each other to consider taking leadership roles within NACC. Then I went on to suggest many ways we can be for one another “inspirational, persuasive influences” such as:
These were examples of the many inspirational and persuasive influences we can have on one another and the profession. Then I wrote, “Please keep it up! If you have not tried any of these, please make it a priority for 2010. Be part of “Leadership 2010”!
I want to thank you for the many ways you have contributed in the ways above! We had a wonderful response from members over the past year that has helped to continue the revitalization of NACC, and make it the Association that you need and want it to be!
I also made an appeal to you to consider contributing your services in leadership on our NACC Board, Committees, Commissions, and Panels. Again, we are very grateful to those of you who were willing to “put your name into the mix” over the past year to help fill the vacancies on these bodies as they came up. It has greatly helped the Nomination Panel as it works to create a deep pool of potential leaders for these governing bodies.
As I allow this Advent season to lead me back to reflect on this past year and thrust me forward with perseverance and encouragement, you, our members, as you live out and share the Spirit’s gifts with one another, and be signs of hope to one another and the profession of chaplaincy, give me great cause for joy and strength. Father David’s call over three years ago was encouragement, but you daily offer that encouragement and hope to me and one another as you step forward in a myriad of ways to be Spirit and life to one another.
David A. Lichter, D. Min. Executive Director
NACC staff will be moving to a new office the end of January 2011
January 2011 will be a very busy time for the NACC office staff! We will be moving to a new office just a few buildings north of our current office, downsizing the space but moving up (5th floor from lobby level)! This decision is based on good stewardship of NACC resources. This will be a three-year lease, starting February 1, 2011. Although we will have a new address, we will be keeping all of our other contact information: phone, fax, e-mail, etc. Watch for details.Our former NACC executive, Fr. David Baeten has recently died.
One of our early dear, and very influential leaders, Fr. David Baeten, died suddenly on Saturday, November 27, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Fr. Baeten was appointed Executive Secretary to the NACC in 1973, and during his leadership the NACC members who were priests voted to admit sisters, brothers, and lay persons as certified members. Thank you, Father David, and may you rest in God’s peace!
Link: Fr. David's obituaryInviting NACC members to apply to be NACC Board candidate
At its October 2010 Board meeting, the NACC Board discerned its board needs for the coming years. As you know we have two newly elected Board members for 2011, Jane Mather and Mary Lou O’Gorman. We will need another member elected Board member for 2012, thus our leadership discernment process has begun anew. Please review the Board needs and criteria, and consider applying by completing the application form or encouraging another who meets the criteria to apply. If you have questions, please contact the Nomination Panel chair, Jim Letourneau at firstname.lastname@example.org.Order your 2011 World Day of the Sick Prayer Cards early!
The NACC has the new 2011 World Day of the Sick Prayer Cards ready for ordering. Our cards are published both in English and Spanish. We have two prayer cards, one for the care giver and one for the sick person. Order today and avoid the deadline rush! Final order day to assure arrival is January 15, 2011. You can order them now by going to www.nacc.org/resources/wds to download the order form.2011 NACC Book Selection
We are looking for suggestions from our members for our “One Book One Association” project for 2011. If you have ideas for a book that our entire association can read, study, reflect on, and discuss, please email Susanne at email@example.com. Past books have included: The Faith Club, When Crickets Cry, The Year of Magical Thinking, and Death Comes for the Archbishop. Also, if you would like to be on the committee to select the book, please email Susanne as well. We would love to have you participate with our current group!Online Vision now available!
Have you looked at the online Vision yet? Please click here. The Vision site on the NACC website is getting exceptional hits! The online version of Vision has caused a huge jump in traffic to the NACC website. In the seven-day period between November 8th and 15th, the November/December issue saw over 1,000 visitors. The sharing options are even more robust since two weeks ago. The main content is “members only” and is accessed through your membership number. We welcome your comments/suggestions/feedback. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Writers needed for the March-April 2011 Vision theme
Vision’s Editorial Advisory Panel seeks writers for articles related to the March-April 2011 Vision theme: Care plans, spiritual assessments and charting (time management priorities). Please consider your experience and expertise. For more information or to volunteer ideas, yourself as writer, or others as sources, contact Laurie Hansen Cardona, Vision editor, at Lcardona@nacc.org.Have 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! We don’t want you to miss our communications to you!We welcome our November 2010 new members to NACC!
We warmly welcome to NACC our new members who join us in November 2010! Click here to see all new members who have joined us in 2010!
Barrens, James M. (Student)
Bautista, Hilaria (Member)
Eufrazio, Jean Marie (Student)
Fleischer, Barbara J. (Associate)
Harris, Elizabeth A. (Ministry Volunteer)
Heffner, MariJo (Member)
Hell, Dianna M. (Associate)
Obol, Robert N. (Member)
Roque, Margarita (Member)
Taylor, Sandra M. (Student)
Tharackal, Joseph (Student)
If you are one of the 800+ who are not members of NACC but are receiving NACC Now, have you considered becoming an NACC Member? Join the more than 2500 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!
May in Milwaukee! Please mark your calendars! The 2011 Conference Planning Task Force continues its planning for the 2011 National Conference in Milwaukee, WI, May 21-24, 2011. Workshop application is almost completed. It’s going to be a great conference.Distinguished Service and Outstanding Colleague Recipients Have Been Named!
Please join us in congratulating and honoring Sr. Colette Hanlon, SC, M.E.D., M.A., BCC, upon her selection to receive the Distinguished Service Award at the 2011 National Conference. With the Distinguished Service Award, the NACC recognizes outstanding dedication and service to advancing the mission of NACC and the ministry of chaplaincy in a significant and lasting way. Click here for background on Sr. Colette and the Award.
The NACC will also be recognizing Christina Puchalski, M.S., M.D, with the NACC Outstanding Colleague Award, for her pioneering research and education in spirituality and medicine. With the Outstanding Colleague Award, the NACC recognizes an individual or a group whose work has proven complementary to, supportive of, or otherwise has contributed to the advancement of the profession of chaplaincy in a significant and lasting way. Dr. Puchalski is also one of our plenary speakers at the NACC 2011 National Conference. Click here for background on Dr. Puchalski and the Award.Seeking Items for the Silent Auction – NACC 2011 Conference
We invite members to bring to the 2011 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.Plans for the 2011 NACC audio conferences are being completed!
We are excited to share with you our plans in progress for the 2011 NACC Audio Conferences. They will again be offered on Thursdays at noon (Central Time). More details will follow. Here are the presenters and topics for all but December 2011.
Please join us for our final audio conference for 2010! Experience our improved conferencing line capability, free of all noise! Register today for the following!
“The Heroic Journey of Chaplaincy: Discovering the Wounded Healer Within,” presented by Edward M. Smink, Ph.D.
December 9 and 16, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. noon central time to 1:00 p.m. central time
For more information and to register, click here.
For questions about our audio conferences, please contact Jeanine Annunziato (email@example.com).
If you need more tools for advance directives, please go to our NACC website.Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry joins the Digital Age
The Editorial Board of Reflective Practice is pleased to announce that beginning with Volume 31, Reflective Practice will be published electronically at journals.sfu.ca/rpfs. To fulfill its mission as a global resource in formation and supervision for the next generation of religious leaders around the globe, Reflective Practice will be an OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL FREE to anyone anywhere in the world with internet access. No registration is necessary. Simply go to journals.sfu.ca/rpfs. You will find Volumes 29 and 30 are already online in the archives. Volume 31 will be available online by May, 2011. Printed copies of Volume 31 and past or future volumes of Reflective Practice may be ordered through the website www.reflective-practice.org. Over the years the NACC has provided this publication to its CPE supervisors as a member service, and are delighted that this publication is now available to all. The NACC is grateful to the Editorial Board for this professional, high quality resource and the NACC continues to support the development of Reflective Practice.What do you think about a chaplaincy bookstore?
Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, BCJC, long-time friend of NACC, recently contacted us about a chaplaincy bookstore idea. Please let him know your thoughts.
“Colleagues - As you may know, I am currently working with a publisher and close to 40 colleagues to create a basic textbook for our field of chaplaincy (pastoral/spiritual care). In this process I have also realized that there is no one central place that is a chaplaincy bookstore. A place to go and browse for books that others find useful. A place for seminarians to go who are interested in the field. A professional bookstore. A gathering of resources so that when we are interested in a chaplaincy subject, we can go to one place EASILY. I am developing such a site. My goal is that each book listed will have a description on why we, as chaplains, should own the book AND/OR how, we as chaplains, can use the book. I would appreciate your input. Look at the site (it is really at the very, very early, early stages - not even really a beta site).
I would deeply appreciate it if you would send me book titles you would suggest, sections to suggest, etc. Please also add some commentary on why this is a book a chaplain should own (see the site, many of the books listed have commentary). Any input would be appreciated. I look forward to your help.”
Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, BCJC
Co-Editor: Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy
This is the one opportunity this coming year for SRT training! Immediately concluding the annual conference of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), there will be a two-day American Red Cross Spiritual Care Manager (SRT) training at their conference hotel in Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona. Starting at 1pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, and concluding at 5pm on Thursday, January 20, 2011.Pre-application is required and space is limited. First preference will be given to our host organization; however, board certified chaplains from our other professional chaplaincy partners are also invited to apply. Our hope is to build capacity of our professional chaplaincy partner managers in the Southwest---and, Phoenix as a major transportation hub---and also continue our diversity initiatives that strengthen our response. Our federal partners, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Office of Victims Assistance/Federal Bureau of Investigation will also present as integral components of our emerging Critical Response Framework. Applications for the SRT training are now available for Board Certified Chaplains from the cognate group partners---AAPC, ACPE, APC, CAPPE/CASC, CPSP, FFC, ICPC, NACC, and NAJC. Notification of acceptance into the ARC SCM training will be by email. Deadline for all applications will be December 1, 2010.
The American Red Cross has a team of 325 trained board certified chaplains and other spiritual care managers for critical transportation and other mass fatality events. . More information including requirements and applications can be requested from Earl Johnson at NHQ. No phone calls please. Email only. JohnsonEa@usa.redcross.orgRemember the Spiritual Care Champion Series!
Please remember that you can sign up for individual sessions of the Spiritual Care Champion Series. For more details on how to register for these sessions, click here. The final session of 2010 is:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.Local/regional event dates
Please review the list below, and mark your calendars. More details of events will be in future NACC Now's.
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: Sr. Mary Clare Boland, SP, Sr. Mary Ruth Krack, OSB (pancreatic cancer), Sr. Phyllis Ann DiRenzo (treatment for breast cancer), Jane Smith (macular hole in right eye – eye surgery), Kathy Brier (hospitalization-daughter of NACC member Theresa Brier), Ginny Conron (POP surgery), Marcella Keefe-Slager (lung cancer and treatment), Sr. John Marie Stack, OSF (lymphoma cancer), Gloria Troxler (preventive chemotherapy after ovarian surgery), Fr. Kevin Ikpah (eye troubles), Sr. Micheletta McGee, RSM (pancreatic cancer), Lourdes B. Ruta (wife of Peter Ruta, in recovery), Fr. Bob Nee, BCC, LICSW, CT (intractable epilepsy), Kelly Elizabeth Sexton (cancer: daughter of NACC member Melyssa Sexton), Joyce Fink (heart attack/recovery from open heart surgery), Fr. Bill Spacek (detached retina and other eye issues); Sr. Nancy Crane, OP (cancer treatment), and Sr. Hilda Mallet, MHS (cancer treatment).Recent job postings
The following position has been posted in the last two weeks. Please go to www.nacc.org/positions/available.aspx for more information.
SUMMER INTERN and RESIDENT CPE
La Crosse, WI - Gundersen Lutheran Health System
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: email@example.com.