Issue #289 – December 10, 2018
(Items marked with a * are new or updated items)
1. Executive Director’s Reflection *
2. Welcome to our NACC Members who joined us in November 2018! *
3. Please submit by this Friday, December 14, prayers for the World Day of the Sick cards! *
4. Thanks to the NACC 2018 Annual Campaign and the #Giving Tuesday donors! Please help us reach our 2018 Goal! *
5. Have you visited our NACC Choose Chaplaincy site?
6. Certified Associate Chaplain Pilot Application Process Being Introduced January 1, 2019 *
7. In Vision: Listen to immigrants’ stories with cultural humility *
8. NACC Networking calls for December 2018 *
2019 NATIONAL CONFERENCE, MAY 31 – JUNE 3, 2019
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
11. Register today for NACC final 2018 Webinar THIS Thursday, December 13, 2018! *
12. Coming soon – registration for the 2019 NACC webinar series! *
13. Have you seen CHA’s Advent Reflection materials? *
14. Healing Tree: a request for prayers *
15. Recent job postings *
1. Executive Director’s Reflection
I recall not long ago when several of our members were exploring what might be good elevator speech when the topic of “What do you do?” is raised. So many were really good. One I remember so well. The chaplain said she would reply to the physician, “I address the resistances your patient has to hearing what you have to say and to following what you recommend. My job is to help clear the way so that you can be even more successful with your patients and their families.”
When listening to yesterday’s readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, I could not help but remember that “elevator speech,” as we read both in Baruch (5:7): For God has commanded
that every lofty mountain be made low, and that the age-old depths and gorges be filled to level ground, that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God, and in Luke (3:5-6): “A voice of one crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Advent is about removing the obstacles to hearing and responding to God’s voice, to recognizing and rejoicing in God-with-us.
So, I wonder how much chaplaincy finds its spiritual home in Advent, as the people to whom and with whom we minister are always facing an unknown, and so often have to face the resistances within them to the unknown before them. “I hope it isn’t…” “I am fearful that…”
“What if the diagnosis is…” As we listen to the newsreel a myriad of fretful scenarios, we sense the person’s insides coil back as their interior hands shield their inner vision, hoping all will pass.
As they sense their inner resistance, and all that will get in the way of hearing with trust and hope what might come, we are there a hopeful presence, embodying somehow this message of Baruch and Luke, For God has commanded that every lofty mountain be made low, and that the age-old depths and gorges be filled to level ground, that Israel may advance secure in the glory of God.
Our chaplain colleague said, “I address the resistances your patient has to hearing what you have to say and to following what you recommend. My job is to help clear the way so that you can be even more successful with your patients and their families.” Does our ministry somehow embody the belief that those whom we tend will sense that they may advance secure in the glory of God?
So is this somehow our Advent Carole in our places of ministry?
David Lichter, D.Min.
2. Welcome to our NACC Members who joined us in November 2018!
Please join us in welcoming our new NACC members who joined us in November 2018!
Ms. Claire H. Couillard (Lowell, MA)
Miss Debra S. Chenault (Santa Fe, NM)
Sr. Linda R. Hunt OP (Spokane, WA)
Mr. Matti N. Inayat (York, PA)
Deacon Adam Lowe (Phoenix, AZ)
Mrs. Mary Hahn (Bloomingdale, IL)
Mr. Jason C. Ward (Denver, CO)
Ms. Joyce E. Wilson (Woodbury, CT)
3. Please submit by this Friday, December 14, prayers for the World Day of the Sick cards!
Deadline is this Friday, December 14, 2018, for receiving prayers submissions from our members to be used on prayer cards for the February 11, 2019 World Day of the Sick. We will again publish two cards: Prayer for Sick Persons and Prayer for the Caregiver. You may submit prayers for either or both. We hear from many people who appreciate and utilize these cards in hospitals, hospices, long-term care facilities, parishes, and from others interested in the spiritual needs of sick persons and caregivers. Prayers may be written in any style or format you like, but they should be no more than 32 lines long, with an average line length of not more than 10 syllables. To see examples of past prayers, click here.
We will notify the person(s) whose prayers will be used by Thursday, December 20. We are not able to offer payment, but the authors will be credited. We will share a total of two prayers in pdf printable form. Please send your submissions to Ramune Franitza (email@example.com). Thank you in advance for sharing your gifts.
4. Thanks to the NACC 2018 Annual Campaign and the #Giving Tuesday donors! Please help us reach our 2018 Goal!
We are very grateful to all of our members and other donors who have given to our 2018 member campaign. A special thank-you to those who gave on #Giving Tuesday that allowed us to receive matching gifts for those gifts. Our 2018 #Giving Tuesday effort brought in 26 more gifts totaling $2,105, with matching gifts of $520. Our 2017 #Giving Tuesday brought in 44 gifts totaling $4,585 including $1,140 in matching gifts. As of December 1, 2018, our Annual Campaign has been 478 gifts of $50,927 compared to 471 gifts of $51,975 in 2017.
As of December 1, 2018, we are $4,073 shy of our $55,000 2018 Campaign Gol. We need to make 2 more end-of-year appeals that we hope will help us reach our goal. If you have not yet given to the 2018 Campaign, please do so in these final days of 2018!
You can donate right now by visiting this link:
5. Have you visited our NACC Choose Chaplaincy site?
As part of our outreach efforts to make younger Catholics aware of chaplaincy as a profession and a ministry of the Church, our NACC Marketing Advisory Panel, along with Westwords Consulting, have been working over the past months on materials and a web presence for this population.
It can be reached at https://www.nacc.org/about-nacc/choose-chaplaincy/
AND from http://choosechaplaincy.org/ or http://choosechaplaincy.com/
You might have seen for some years on our website home page the “Consider Chaplaincy” link to a webpage on materials for promoting chaplaincy. This Choose Chaplaincy (much more direct than ‘consider’!) site replaces that.
Also, we recently sent posters and brochures on chaplaincy to over 1500 Catholic campus ministry and Newman Centers.
Please share this link and these materials with those you know. If you know of a program that could use this information, please let Ramune Franitza know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Certified Associate Chaplain Pilot Application Process Being Introduced January 1, 2019
NACC will have materials available for Certified Associate Chaplain Applicants as of January 1, 2019. The deadline for receipt of materials is March 15, 2019. Six Applicants, in total, will be accepted for this process. A couple of the prerequisites for this process include 32 hours of graduate-level theological course work, for which an equivalency process is offered, and two (2) units of CPE. If you have any questions, please contact Ramona Zeb, Administrative Specialist, Certification at (414) 483-4898 Ext. 304 or email@example.com.
7. In Vision: Listen to immigrants’ stories with cultural humility
What can a chaplain say to a person who is struggling to learn a new culture? In the current issue of Vision, Louise Anne Pinette de Siller suggests listening with cultural humility, while identifying some issues to look out for.
8. NACC Networking calls for December 2018
Take an hour to share your ministry with your colleagues. It is often uplifting to share concerns, ask questions or suggest resources with those who are in like ministry. If you wish to participate on any of these calls and have not already responded, please contact Ramune Franitza at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Times listed are Central Time Zone.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. CT Nurse Chaplain Networking Call
We will be scheduling the next series of networking calls into January and February of 2019. Stay tuned for your group’s notice!
Registering for the call, even if you cannot participate, will allow you to receive notes of the conversation and resources shared.
NACC realizes the value of networking and appreciates members taking time out of their schedules to share and lend support to others who are ministering in the same area.
Unfortunately, the calls lose value if there are few participants, limiting the sharing that could take place. In order for the call to have the most value for participants, we will postpone a call until the next quarter if there are fewer than 5 participants who have registered for the call a week prior to its scheduled date.
To sign up, contact Ramune Franitza at email@example.com for more information, questions, comments or concerns.
2019 NATIONAL CONFERENCE, MAY 31 – JUNE 3, 2019
9. Friday, May 31, to Monday, June 3, 2019, for NACC National Conference!
Mark your calendars for the NACC Conference in 2019! This conference will be held Friday, May 31, to Monday, June 3, 2019, at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center in Mundelein, IL. It will be preceded by preconference workshops and our NACC retreat. Plan to join us!
10. Important Dates and Policies
Do you want to know when registration will open or when sleeping rooms will be available to reserve? All important “date” information is available on the NACC website.
Stay tuned to the coming issues of NACC Now for more information on the 2019 conference.
CHAPLAINCY NEWS, EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTS
11. Register today for NACC final 2018 Webinar THIS Thursday, December 13, 2018!
One in three women experience abuse from their male partner in their lifetime. In this presentation Ally Kern provides key insights into the prolific reality of domestic abuse. Specifically addressing the ministry of chaplains, clergy, and pastoral caregivers, we will explore the predominant theological questions that arise when working with Christian female survivors, and gain specific skills in providing practical and empowering spiritual care for survivors to be free to heal.
1. To gain awareness of the prolific issue of domestic violence against women in our society
2. To engage with theological issues surrounding the experience of domestic abuse
3. To be equipped as pastoral caregivers to helpfully respond to victims
Ally Kern is an advocate for empowering women worldwide with over fifteen years of experience working in leadership roles for churches and international development organizations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She has traveled extensively to over 30 countries and specializes in working with gender-based violence, inspired by her passion for gender equality and ending abuse against women. Recognizing the critical role religion plays in violence against women, she works as a professor of practical theology while pursuing a Doctorate where she is doing groundbreaking interdisciplinary research in the fields of neuroscience, trauma, and spirituality. Ally will utilize this research to create the first domestic violence recovery course that is spiritually, psychologically, and theologically-integrated. The aim of the course is to empower survivors to experience transformational healing in mind, body, and spirit. Ally speaks and lectures with a passion to see the global Christian church equipped and mobilized to end gender-based violence and empower women to heal and flourish.
To register online and pay by credit card for this webinar, or for access to the recordings of our previous NACC 2018 regular series webinars, please visit the registration page by clicking on this LINK. If you prefer to register using a paper registration form and pay by check, a downloadable registration form can be accessed at this LINK. Information about our 2018 webinars can be found at the following link: 2018 webinars.
12. Coming soon – registration for the 2019 NACC webinar series!
Keep an eye on your email inbox for notification of registration details for the 2019 NACC webinar series! Next year the series will comprise 12 webinars (instead of the 11 per year that has been the norm during the past few years), starting with “Family Systems Approach to Spiritual Care within Clinical Settings” presented by Kevin G. Stephenson MDiv, MA, LPC-S, BCC, which will be held on January 24. Details of the webinars and information on how to register for them will be available before the end of this year. An annual package deal will be available as in past years, and the NACC will be introducing special student rates for NACC members.
13. Have you seen CHA’s Advent Reflection materials?
CHAUSA has made available on its website some excellent materials on Advent. Yesterday was Sunday, on Dec. 9, which began the second week of Advent. So that CHA’s reflections are at your fingertips to use and share, here are the week’s reflections:
• Hardcopy (.doc) (.pdf)
• Audio (.mp3)
• Video (.mp4) (watch on YouTube)
» Access the entire Advent and Christmas series
14. Healing Tree: a request for prayers
Please let us know if you would like our membership to pray for your health and healing. We will leave the person’s name on the Healing Tree list for three months unless you ask us to remove your or the person’s name earlier. You can always request us to leave the name on longer.
We continue to pray for: Connie Pawicz (husband of Mary Pawicz), Mrs. Lisa A. Laviolette-Bondt BCC, Liam and Dillon, (Grandsons of member Ray Townsend), Fr. Art Schutte, Janet Furman (at the death of her brother Robert Furman), Nolan (3-year-old grandson of member Dale Recinella), Sr. Mary Clare Boland, SP, Fr. Jim Radde, SJ, Julie Bablin, Sheila Amrich (niece-in-law of NACC member Sr. Paracleta Amrich), Isabelita Boquiren, Susan Balling, Jim and Frances Castello.
15. Recent job postings
The following positions have been posted recently on our Positions Available page.
For more information go to www.nacc.org/resources/positions.
CPE RESIDENCY and SUMMER PROGRAM
La Crosse, WI – Gundersen Health Systems
MANAGER SPIRITUAL CARE
Ann & Robert H Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago, Illinois
HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN – Pastoral Spiritual Care FT Days
Binghamton, NY – Ascension Lourdes
CHAPLAIN – 1800436
Stony Brook, NY – Stony Brook Medicine
Lafayette, LA – Our Lady of Lourdes RMC
Carroll, Iowa – St. Anthony Regional Hospital
Newport, RI – Salve Regina University
SENIOR CONSULTANT, SPIRITUAL CARE
Shoreview, MN – Benedictine Health System
Toledo, Ohio – Mercy Health St. Vincent Hospital
Washington, DC – MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
View these jobs and more at www.nacc.org/resources/positions.