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NACC Publications: NACC Now #9 - December 31, 2007

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1. Executive Director’s reflection
2. Revised standards posted; procedures coming
3. NAJC national conference coming soon
4. SCC to meet in Chicago
5. Conference Early Bird registration deadline is March 7
6. 2008 conference to offer Red Cross training
7. World Day of the Sick prayer cards available
8. It’s a boy!

Executive Director’s reflection

Happy New Year to you! No resolutions will be made in this column. However, I want to share with you my early 2008 priorities and my wish for the coming year. Priority one is working with you on creating local/regional gatherings, as well as improving our educational offerings. So far for ’08 we have individuals or groups in several geographical areas, such as Boston, Seattle, St. Louis, Nashville, Chicago, and North Central Prairie, who have been, are, or will be planning such gatherings with us. We want to target at least another half dozen for 2008. Please alert me of interest in your area. The second priority is advancing the important work of the October Pastoral Care Summit, in partnership with the Catholic Health Association and the task forces. Third is developing tools for marketing/recruitment and moving forward with some targeted marketing/recruitment activity. While NACC plays many important functions, these areas we need to drive right now.

And my wish and prayer for 2008? That every member has found a way to create and receive value from fellow members because of their being part of NACC — and that everyone who encounters a chaplain sees the face of God and experiences the healing grace he or she most needs at that moment. Blessings on 2008!

Revised standards posted; procedures coming

Please visit the NACC website to review the newly approved revised Standards at this page. The new procedures that accompany the revised standards will be available on the website by the end of January. Those seeking certification and renewal of certification will want to pay special attention to these new procedures. We will alert you when they are posted.

NAJC national conference coming soon

The National Association of Jewish Chaplains will host its 2008 annual conference January 20-23, 2008 in Chicago. Its theme is FAMILY, as it looks at family in many ways, such as family systems, workplace as a form of family, NAJC family, our own families of origin, violence in the family, family as source of hope and ground of values. Karen Pugliese, NACC board chair, will represent the NACC at the conference and participate in a panel presentation of the Spiritual Care Collaborative. For more information, visit this site.

SCC to meet in Chicago

The representatives of the cognate groups of the Spiritual Care Collaborative will be meeting in Chicago, January 23-24, 2008. This face-to-face meeting for a day will provide us with much-needed time and focus to identify and organize around the key issues and initiatives we want to address together. If any of you have items you believe we need to address in common, please email David Lichter.

Conference Early Bird registration deadline is March 7

Our national conference in Indianapolis is scheduled for April 5-8, and we have set March 7 as the postmark deadline for the Early Bird registration rate. March 13 is the last guaranteed date to reserve a room at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at the special NACC conference rate. The registration form will be posted on our website soon, and watch your mailboxes for the full brochure within the next week or two.

2008 conference to offer Red Cross training

Following the success of Spiritual Care Response Team training by the American Red Cross at our 2007 conference, we are pleased to announce that it will be offered again when we gather in Indianapolis next spring. The training will be Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. Participants will learn to offer management, leadership, and guidance to local clergy/chaplains as they provide spiritual care in critical disaster response to aviation and other transportation events, mass casualties, terrorism, or by government request. Applicants must be certified chaplains with strong leadership and management skills and prior crisis intervention experience. The deadline to apply is Jan. 14. For full details, visit this page.

World Day of the Sick prayer cards available

World Day of the Sick will be celebrated Feb. 11, and as in past years, we have specially written and produced prayer cards available to share with your patients and staff. To download an order form or view samples of the Prayer for the Sick and Prayer for the Caregiver, see this page. Please note that although the cards are available throughout the year, orders must be received in our office by Feb. 1 for delivery by Feb. 11.

It’s a boy!

NACC Vision editor David Lewellen and his wife, Darcy Hamlin, are the proud parents of Benjamin Neal Lewellen, born on Monday, Dec. 17. Ben is adjusting beautifully to life in the outside world, and his parents are tired but delighted.