NCCA Supports Spiritual Care Week 2017

NCCA Supports Spiritual Care Week 2017

October 22-28, 2017

“Hospitality: Cultivating Inclusion”

Spiritual Care Week (also known as 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.

For resources and ideas for promoting Spiritual Care Week in your community or organization, visit the website here.

For more information or to send feedback or comments please e-mail the Pastoral Care Week Committee c/o Chaplain Clyde Angel at


About the 2017 theme

The theme for Spiritual Care Week this year is “Hospitality:  Cultivating Inclusion.”   Pastoral/spiritual care is important for peoples’ sense of identity as they find meaning in belonging to a common humanity and particular cultures. The idea of our sharing  a preciousness as human beings has found its source in religious, philosophical and societal communities.  Sadly for some, defining the “other” has been a desperate attempt to exclude those who are different.

Hospitality as practiced by so many cultures and religions breaks through walls of alienation and marginalization which deny human belonging. Welcoming, understanding, and celebrating the place of those who have been isolated makes for a wonderfully diverse expression of community. Cultivating (growing and nurturing) attitudes and actions of inclusion means that people are cared for as valuable members of the human family.


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Congratulations, 2017 Board Certified Chaplains!

A Message from NCCA President Cynthia Vaughan:



Last week, several of us attended the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association of Professional Chaplains in Houston Texas.  As usual, the conference provided excellent educational and networking opportunities and was well-attended.  This year’s theme was “The Powerful Voice of Chaplaincy.”  If you are not already an active member of APC, I highly recommend you consider making this a professional affiliation in addition to NCCA.

The following current members of the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association received recognition and certification as noted:

  • Jane Mitchell – Board Certified Chaplain –Hospice/Palliative Care Certified  (BCC-HPCC)
  • Brenda Harris – Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)
  • Tammerie Day – Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)
  • Leah Leath – Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)
  • Lisa Lundeen – Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)
  • Chelsy Mitchell – Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)
  • Ryusho Jeffus – Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)
  • Kathy Turner – Board Certified Chaplain (BCC)
  • Steven Chewning – Provisional Board Certified Chaplain (PBCC)
  • Ellen Abercrombie – Provisional Associate Certified Chaplain (PACC)

Please extend congratulations for “hard work well done” to these NCCA members! Although we celebrated you in fine fashion at the APC banquet night, NCCA will recognize you again at our Spring Conference 2018!  Please plan to attend.

Other chaplains from North Carolina who were recognized last week but are not yet members of NCCA are listed below.  Please also congratulate them and encourage them to join NCCA or renew their NCCA membership.

  • Marilyn Davis – BCC
  • Maria Jones – BCC
  • Leon Maxwell – BCC
  • Omoviekovwa Nakireru – BCC
  • Jonathan Speed – BCC
  • Deborah Lannon – PBCC
  • Veronica Martinez-Gallegos – PBCC


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Executive Committee Positions Available

The NCCA Executive Committee met on Monday, June 12, to debrief the Spring Conference, plan for upcoming meetings, and address other business before the Association.  In reviewing Executive Committee Rotations, the Committee noted the following leadership opportunities:

Secretary (immediate opening Fall 2017): The Secretary records minutes of all Executive Committee meetings, as well as membership business meetings; distributes minutes and coordinates maintenance of approved minutes, reports, and handouts for archives; and makes approved changes to By-Laws and Constitution.  This position is elected to a two-year term.

Vice President (opening in Spring 2018): The Vice President serves as chair in president’s absence, and provides support and assistance to president and other members of the Executive Committee. This position will rotate to the duties of President in 2020-2022 and remain with the group as Past President in 2023.

Education Co-Chair (opening in Spring 2018): The Education Committee Co-Chair coordinates planning and implementation of Fall Education Day and Spring Conference. Responsibilities include determining topics, location, speakers, and schedule; coordinating CEU certificates; and assisting with contracts, logistics, and flow of conferences. The Education Co-Chairs are appointed strategically for a three-year term, to allow overlap of co-chair functioning.

Advocacy Chair (opening in Spring 2018): The Advocacy Chair educates institutions on the merits of utilizing and maintaining employment of professional chaplains, advocates for support of chaplains who are already hired, and provides support for individual members. Advocacy Chair is appointed to a three year position.

Committee Members are also needed for Education, Advocacy, Publicity/Marketing, and Finance.

Please consider how any of these opportunities would help broaden your experience as a chaplain. It is a chance to make a difference and be on the cutting edge in our profession. Some expenses (i.e., mileage) are paid for Executive Committee members to attend 3-4 meetings a year, if they are not reimbursed by their employer.

Notify Cynthia Vaughan by email at as soon as possible if you are interested in any of these opportunities or if you would like to nominate a colleague. She will forward the names to Greg McClain, chair of the Nominations Committee, who will follow-up with you.


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Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplaincy Updated

Attention all chaplains potentially seeking certification from APC, AAPC, CASC, NAJC, or NACC:

The Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplains, first agreed upon by the above organizations in 2004, have been updated, altered, and now include two additional criteria for 2017 applicants. Any applicant for certification who submits material after April 1, 2017, must utilize the updated competency list, including the two new competencies that address research and group leadership.

If you have specific questions, please contact Miriam Dakin, Area Certification Chair for North Carolina and Virginia. Miriam is manager of Centra Health in Lynchburg, VA. Contact her at

All the best to all our NC chaplains who are pursuing certification!

Click here to review the updated Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplains (formerly Common Standards for Professional Chaplains).

Or watch the presentation below for more clarification and explanation of the 2017 Common Qualifications and Competencies.



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Leadership Spotlight: Up Close and Personal with Past President Beth Jackson-Jordan

Rev. Beth Jackson-Jordan

Beth Jackson-Jordan

Director of Spiritual Care and Education

Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast

Concord, NC



Educational History

BS in music education at William Jewell College in Missouri; MDiv at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY; ACPE Supervisory training at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC and Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD; Doctor of Educational Leadership at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Connection with NCCA

I’ve been a member of NCCA for at least 10 years, though I have attended meetings since 2000. My current role is past president.

Professional Uniqueness and Passion

Our chaplain residency program includes introduction to Integrative skills as a part of the curriculum, so all are familiar with and some become proficient in using modalities including aromatherapy, guided imagery, hand massage, rituals and mindfulness as a part of their chaplain practice. We now incorporate integrative modalities into a lot of what we do with staff as well as patients and families.

I am passionate about hearing people’s stories and being a part of helping them make meaning of whatever they are going through. I find chaplaincy allows me to experience people at a “fork in the road” moment in which they are in some way making new meaning or finding new ways to understand how the Holy is present in their lives.


Family for me consists of my spouse and three children, as well as an assortment of friends now spread all over the country and world who became ‘family’ to us at different stages of life. One is my college roommate who is now a chaplain in New Mexico; another is a faculty member at Perkins Divinity School in Dallas; another is a chaplain here in Charlotte. They are the people who know me, love me and accept me just the way I am, and I try to do the same for them.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you as a chaplain?

The best thing is something I have experienced more than once – it is when I encounter someone I have known and worked with in CPE who tells me how what they learned in CPE has made a difference in their life and in their ministry. Especially when they feel their time in CPE helped them discover their calling and they have found meaning in their ministry. Not too long ago I ran into a priest who had done CPE with me in the early 90’s in Washington, DC. Now he’s a local parish priest near Charlotte and still talks about how he has used what he learned in CPE about accepting himself and being present to people going through suffering.

Recent Embarrassment

Just the other day I had unknowingly come out of the restroom with my skirt tucked into my pantyhose. A local clergy person was the first to see me, and had to try to let me know so I wouldn’t walk through the hospital like that! I don’t know if it was the worst thing ever, but it was sure the most embarrassing and funny thing to happen in a long time.

Poignant Memory

In my first chaplaincy job in a long term care facility, a resident who had initially kept her distance from me came up and grabbed my hand and said, ‘You are the most Unitarian Baptist I’ve ever met!’ She went on to explain that when she heard a Baptist chaplain had been hired, she thought I would be rigid and judgmental, but she had come to experience me as accepting and loving. She blessed and ‘ordained’ me as a chaplain that day and I’ve always remembered her.

Sustenance during the low times

  • My wonderful staff assistant who never seems to have a bad day
  • My family
  • My meditation walks through the nature trails around my house

Community of Faith

My denominational affiliation is the Alliance of Baptists. I have done different things in my churches over the years—taught, sung in the choir, helped with English as a second language classes, trained groups to do pastoral care visits, been a youth chaperone.

Rejuvenation and Renewal

I love to travel, read, garden, play piano, play tennis, and cook.

Gutsy Move

Not too long ago, I wrote a letter to the editor disagreeing with the pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte regarding his stance against gay marriage. It was published, and I got letters from those who agreed and a lot from those who disagreed and questioned how a minster could take such a stance.


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