NCCA Spring 2021 Conference & Job Postings

To get better at wintering, we need to address our very notion of time. We tend to imagine that our lives are linear, but they are in fact cyclical.” –Katherine May (author), Wintering: How I learned to Flourish When Life Became Frozen

Dear NCCA Members & Friends:

We hope that you and your family are doing well on this chilly Friday. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to support you during this “wintering” season.

We had a very engaging conversation with retired chaplains – Janice Wakefield, Bob Hamilton, Elizabeth Stroop, Tony Biles and Cynthia Vaughan – earlier this month about how to have a long career in chaplaincy. If you missed it, you can watch this enlightening February 8th webinar: View Here

Registration is now open for the NCCA Virtual Spring Conference on April 22nd 23rd. The theme is “Hearing & Healing Our Communities: Courageous Conversations for Hope & Reconciliation”. Cost is $25. Click the link below for more details and to register.

Register for Spring 2021 Conference Here

Below are some current job postings:

PRN Chaplain/Spiritual Caregiver – Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County

A PRN (As Needed) position is available for Chaplains/Spiritual Caregivers that will assist the Chaplain and Bereavement Support department for Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County.

Position will be based in Statesville but will also help with calls and visits in the Mooresville area.  Position is flexible with schedule to some extent but the expectation will be to assist with coverage needs on weekdays and weekends as well as holidays as need dictates.  Position will also serve as support for homecare on these days and be responsible for any On-Call needs during this time.

Masters of Divinity with at least 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Training in end-of-life care preferred or Masters in Pastoral Counseling.  Experience as a chaplain and bereavement counselor, Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains also preferred Competitive salary is available.  Contact:

Chaplain and Faith Community Liaison – Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care Hudson, NC

Built on a foundation of over 39 years of experience in patient-centered end-of-life care, Caldwell Hospice is the proven choice for the care residents deserve. If you want to improve the quality of life for patients and families in Caldwell, Burke, Alexander, Wilkes and Catawba counties now is a great time to join our growing team!

Caldwell Hospice is seeking a full-time Chaplain and Faith Liaison to serve the spiritual needs of patients and caregivers and develop and strengthen relationships in the faith communities in Caldwell, Burke, Alexander, Wilkes and Catawba counties. Candidates must be a resident of Caldwell, Wilkes, Catawba, Burke and Alexander counties, have a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited seminary or divinity school, completed two Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units or equivalent clinical training and experience, certified or progressing to certification, and two years of experience, preferably with death, dying and grief.

Caldwell Hospice offers competitive compensation and benefits, and a work environment that fosters a spirit of teamwork and support. Caldwell Hospice is an equal opportunity employer and grants employment opportunity without regard to ethnic group, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or other protected class characteristics.

If you are interested, please: Apply Here

Have a good weekend,

Your NCCA Executive Team

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Information Updates and Opportunities for NCCA Members

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Dear NCCA Members,


This has been an incredibly difficult year to say the least. As we are moving into 2021, I would like to share the attached “Blessing.” While we are still in the thick of it, I encourage you to continue to find places of SIMPLE JOY and to know you ARE ENOUGH.


There are a number of changes within our Executive Committee of which I would like to make you aware.


1)      Kathy Turner has served us well as our NCCA Treasurer. She has worked hard and with much heart. During Kathy’s transition from serving as our Treasurer, we will have a brief vacancy in that role. Kathy, thank you for all of the unexpected hard work you have put into this role. You have helped us dig deeper and I believe we will be better for your having served us! We look forward to continuing to serve you as an NCCA Member.

  1. Kathy has helped us to highlight opportunities and expectations of the role of treasurer that seem burdensome. Our Executive Committee has voted to contract with a financial organization to help us organize our finances and streamline our processes. We are excited about this opportunity and feel it is a wise step for our organization and will help move the expectations of the treasurer’s role to be much more realistic.
  2. As we are streamlining our processes, please let our Executive Committee know if you are interested (or know someone interested) in becoming our new treasurer. We believe the intentional work we are doing will help that role be smooth and manageable for someone wanting to “have a part in the organization.”

2)      Sara Stratton has served as the co-chair for our Journal Club and will be stepping away from that position the end of 2020. We thank Sara for the ways she has contributed to our continuing education. She is creative and hardworking! Sara, thank you for serving with such depth and we look forward to continuing to serve you as an NCCA Member.

  1. If you know of someone who would like to serve as a co-chair for our Journal Club, please let our NCCA Executive Committee know as soon as possible. This is a great opportunity to help with the education and dedication to research for our new and experienced chaplains.

3)      We are grateful for the intentional and compassionate work Wanda Burton-Crutchfield has put into her role as NCCA’s Admin Coordinator. Wanda loves this organization; her heart and advocacy consistently shown through her dedication to our membership and the NCCA Executive Committee. Wanda’s contract in this role will conclude on December 31, 2020. We thank Wanda for her hard, compassionate work and look forward to serving her as an NCCA Member.

4)      Sherry Waters will begin her contract as the new NCCA Admin Coordinator on January 1, 2021. We have been intentional in our search and interviewing to find the right fit for our organization at this time and in this place. Please see Sherry’s bio.

Sherry Waters is a Personal Stewardship Coach/Practitioner who is passionate about increasing awareness on community stewardship and personal responsibility. She coaches individuals on being better stewards of everything with which they’ve been entrusted. Through IEnate, LLC – an agency in which she and her husband are Co-Partners – Sherry inspires others to use their talents, resources and skills to live their lives serving others and the community. She opened The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary – a sacred herbal tea lounge – in July 2019.  Sherry’s vocational career has been in the fund development/marketing field for several Charlotte nonprofit organizations – including the YMCA, Communities in Schools, The Harvest Center and Supportive Housing Communities. A former chaplain for Carolinas Healthcare System, Sherry infuses her spiritual care experiences as a chaplain and complementary integrative wellness support in the stewardship coaching that she provides. She has had the opportunity to work and volunteer in the nonprofit arena for over twenty five years in Charlotte; and she serves on several community boards – including the McCrorey YMCA, Fashion & Compassion and Novant Health’s CPE Professional Advisory Group (which she serves as chair). She has her Masters of Practical Theology/Pastoral Counseling & Care from Pfeiffer University, a B.A degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; and her certification in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Sherry is a Christian Spiritual Companion/Community Chaplain, where she helps direct individuals in spiritual formation and vocational direction. Her life verse comes from the Biblical scripture, “to whom much is given, much is required.”

Please let me know if you have any issues and/or concerns. I thank you ALL for your hard work this year. It has taken heart, survival, tenacity, depth, and courage!


With Deep Gratitude,


Rebekah Ramsey, M.Div., BCC, ACPE CE

NCCA President

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NCCA Blog Regarding Continuing Education

June 30, 2020

During this time of concern and uncertainty, Continuing Education is still on our list of priorities. The required 50 hours of CE needed for maintenance of certification looms ahead of us. Below are some suggestions the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association has gathered to help you accomplish this requirement for 2020. We are also exploring virtual ways of meeting for education and connection.

BCCI (professional

Note that the BCCI has provided 5 webinars for free until July 15, 2020 at their website, professional (click “5 webinars” to access).

  1. The Effects of Trauma Exposure on Chaplains Presented by Alexandra Zareth, MDiv, BCC
  2. Caring for the Caregiver: Reducing the Stress of Vicarious Trauma Presented by Nancy Lynch, MDiv, MBA, BCC; Dena L. Mitchell, BSN, RN, CPON; and Shari Racut, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC
  3. Beyond the Traumatic Experience Presented by Rev. Steven Spidell, BCC, CCTP
  4. The Value of Existential Pain: An Opportunity to Focus on What is Really Important Presented by Fred Grewe, DMin, BCC
  5. Self-Care is Essential: Refueling Your Energy for Ministry Presented by Roberta Sonsaray White, MDiv

The BCCI has provided a list of resources at professional  Log in is required for these resources. 

APC Facebook Discussion Page

APC COVID-19 Round-table Zoom calls (see individual sessions for details)

A Quick Guide to Providing Telechaplaincy Services

Chaplains in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis
by The Rev. Paul Yoon, BCC 

Healing the Healers Special Edition – Hospital Chaplains on Spiritual Frontlines during COVID-19 (website is in German, google translate compatible)

ERICH News – April 2020

UC San Diego Health – COVID-19 Resource for Healthcare Workers
– Note: We are happy for anyone/any institution to use and make it their own.  The institution logo and pager number can be swapped out of the “heading” to customize.  Thank you all for the amazing work you are doing in your corners.  
   Allison Kestenbaum, MA, MPA, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator
   Supervisor of CPE Program & Palliative Care Chaplain 

NPR Interview with Chaplain Mike Yonkers BCC

Notes on the ethical framework for a pandemic – PDF

Proposed Emergency/ICU Triage Protocol based on Jewish Values

COVID-19 Language/Word Choice Guide

Chaplaincy Innovation Lab:
– CIL – Webinar recording on Telechaplaincy
– CIL – Resources for encountering coronavirus

Transforming Chaplaincy

Article from The Times of Israel – “While working remotely, chaplains aim to give COVID-19 patients rare human touch”

You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup: Why Clinicians’? Spiritual Health Matters in the Time of COVID-19 by Elizabeth J. Berger MS APBCC

Chaplains & COVID in the Media:

NPR Interview with Chaplain Mike Yonkers BCC

NYT – Men and Women Who Run Toward the Dying

Self Care Resources: 

Decompress Podcast by Tony Black

Speciality Resources:

HHS COVID-19 HIPPA Limited Waiver Bulletin

National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care

FEMA Emergency Managment Institute – Self Instruction courses

Ventilator – Emergency Expansion Device from Prisma Health – VESper

Healthcare Resources:

COVID-19 Global Cases from CSSE at Johns Hopikins University

CDC – Stress and Coping

COVID-19 Data Center – Johns Hopkins University

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 Projections


The BCCI is offering us the opportunity to write about our pandemic experiences for credit hours of CE:

For 2020 you may earn 15 hours of continuing education by submitting a brief 1-3 page reflection on your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some suggestions to get you started:

·         What have you learned through this pandemic?

·         How have you processed the anxiety and stress?

·         How have you cared for yourself?

·         Summarize your journal. 

·         Share your creative writing.

·         Memorialize those we have lost.

·         Share lessons for the future.

Your reflections will not be “graded” or looked at to make sure they are done the “right” way. We have all learned way more than can be accounted for during this time, whether you served on the front lines of a hospital in a major city, or if you were furloughed from your position at a rehab facility, and we want to give you the opportunity to get credit for that education through these reflections.

If you would like to have your reflection shared, send as a pdf file to A limited number will be selected to be added to our resource page as a way for us as a community to capture this moment and what it meant to our profession.
When you fill out your report at the end of the year, you will log 15 hours of CE under methodology 2 (Writing) and include your written reflection at the end/bottom of your CE report. That’s it.  No other requirements.  Just capture your thoughts and share with us.

The Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy

The Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy offers these articles which may be accessed by the link in the document attached:

Adults with cystic fibrosis: spiritual coping with lifelong disease
Daniel H. Grossoehme, Adam G. Cole, Katrina Lewis, Sophia M. Stamper, Alexis Teeters & Patricia M. Joseph
Pages: 45-57 | DOI: 10.1080/08854726.2020.1713647 

National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Fourth Edition: Why is This Important to Chaplains?
George F. Handzo, Mary-Margaret Atkinson & Susan K. Wintz
Pages: 58-71 | DOI: 10.1080/08854726.2019.1582212

Prevalence of Journal Clubs: A Survey of Clinical Pastoral Education Residencies in the United States
David Fleenor, Karen Terry, Vanshdeep Sharma & Deborah Marin
Pages: 72-86 | DOI: 10.1080/08854726.2019.1582210

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, with the generous work of Dr. Shelly Rambo and Ylisse Cheney Bess, has compiled Spiritual Care Resources for Religious Holidays with ideas for celebrating the holy days of Easter, Passover and Ramadan even when coming together in person isn’t possible.

Also, The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab has wealth of free webinars and an archive of chaplaincy articles available on their web site:

We at NCCA hope this gathering of information makes your Continuing Education for 2020 a little easier.  Please practice self-care and be safe until we meet again, maybe online for the fall meeting.

~ Ellen Abercrombie, NCCA Communications Committee

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Letter to North Carolina Chaplains from NCCA President

NCCA President Greg McClain

Letter to North Carolina Chaplains

April 1, 2020

Dear Chaplains,

Our Executive Committee of the North Carolina Chaplains Association met by conference call on March 27th to discuss how to proceed with the 2020 Spring Education event in regards to the novel Corona virus, COVID- 19.

We decided to cancel the webinar we hoped to host:

Medical experts are saying that we are still in the upswing in the bell curve of people contracting and spreading the virus.

We wonder if chaplains would be able to receive the information provided by our speaker if we are focused on the effects of COVID-19 and collateral impacts.

We are concerned that we do not have the IT support to manage connection issues from the receivers’ ends.

We will give full refunds to everyone. We are also willing to move registration monies to another event should reimbursement not work for the individual or institution.  We are holding onto the books included in registration and will distribute them to persons who enroll for the Spring Education Day next year.

We are working to schedule our Spring Education Day in 2021

We are working with our speaker, Dana Trent, and several conference centers. Our new date and location will be shared as soon as it is available.

New ways to stay connected

We discussed the need to support each other during these times of dislocation, disruption, and high stress. NCCA will send e-mails to provide some humor and compassion to us.

I am thankful to have Wanda, our Executive Committee, and our NCCA officers serving at this time. They are a blessing. Please keep us and each other in your prayers.


Greg McClain, President of the NCCA

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Spring Education Day becomes a Video-Conference Event

A letter from The Executive Committee

Dear North Carolina Chaplains Association Members,

Our Executive Committee met earlier today (March 13, 2020) to discuss creative ways we can continue to support our organization and continue to provide educational programming. We value your input and want to make sure each of you are safe and meeting the ever-changing regulations being set by our hiring institutions. Spiritual care is so important during this anxious and chaotic time. We value the phenomenal work each of you do and we want to continue to honor that by offering an alternative option for our spring educational event.

As of today (March 13, 2020), the NCCA Executive Committee decided to continue with our spring educational event as a videoconference opportunity. If you have already registered for the event, we will be in contact with you shortly to go through the process of refunding your registration. We do have a few more options as we move forward with this alternative way of education and engagement.

Dana Trent assured us of her ability to present this material via video-conferencing. She recently did this presentation to a large group virtually and heard a great deal of positive feedback about the educational experience and content provided. We will still have the educational event on April 30, 2020. Dana will present 3 ninety-minute sessions followed by an opportunity for questions/answers/reflections.

If you have already registered

  • You have the option of having a partial refund and still participating in the educational event via video-conferencing.
  • If you wish to not participate at all, you have the option of having a full refund.

If you have not registered

  • We invite you to register with the new pricing guidelines.

The price for the event is now $25 per member/student (the non-member rate is $35 per person); this price includes the cost of the book. We will have multiple sites throughout the state for you to come by during weekday hours to pick-up your book(s). If you wish to have your book mailed, it will be an additional $10 on the registration fee due to the cost of shipping at this time.

We are certainly disappointed that we are unable to meet in person. We are grateful for the creativity of the team and expertise of Dana to have the option of providing this education virtually. We plan to also have a recording of the event for those who want to attend, but cannot join virtually.

Please let us know if you have any questions and/or concerns and we hope to virtually see your faces on April 30th!

With Peace & Warm Regards, The Executive Committee

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