Spring 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to the online Spring newsletter!

Introducing the new NCCA Website

We hope you enjoy the new NCCA website! The Executive Board has heard and responded to the need for a more interactive website; one in which members may be able to go online and pay for yearly membership, register for the Fall and Spring conferences, update contact information, and stay connected to fellow colleagues around the state.

Please click on the tabs below to read more!

Our Requests of You

In order to help this new endeavor get off to a good start, there are a few things the committee asks of you, the members of the NCCA.

  • First, it is very important for you to  go to the membership section of this website  to register for payment of your yearly dues and to include the most current and accurate information (such as contact information, institutional information, etc.), so that we can enter you into our database. This will enable you to set up your own password to access the members only section of the website at some point in the future. You will also ensure that the association will be able to contact you and inform you of upcoming events and items of interest (such as employment opportunities).  For those of you who do not pay yearly dues (retired, emeritus), you are still asked to complete the membership registration for our records.
  • Second, when you begin entering your information for payment of dues, you will also have the opportunity to register for the upcoming Spring Conference (get more details by clicking on the tabs above) which will be held on April 26 & 27 at Haw River State Park in Browns Summit.
  • Our conference host this year is the Pastoral Care Department at Alamance Regional Hospital.  There will be a pre-conference on April 25th. Registration must be postmarked by April 4th or online by April 7th, after this time no refunds will be granted. You will also have the opportunity to pay online through Paypal via credit card or your Paypal account.  Paypal is a secure payment site. We strongly encourage you to use this one stop service to take care of your dues and pay for the conference. However, if your organization pays for your membership dues and/or conference fees by check or you wish to pay by check, please fill out the registration information online for our records and you will be able to print out the confirmation email you will receive and submit this form by mail accompanied by a check.
  • Third, for those of you who do not plan to attend the conference (you simply choose the appropriate response that you are not attending the conference), we still ask that you complete the membership registration and pay for your yearly membership dues in order to remain or become a member of the association.
  • Fourth, we encourage you to read the remainder of this newsletter, which will give you the details of the upcoming Spring Conference, as well as the latest from our President, Darryl Owens on the work of the Executive Committee on your behalf over the past two years. Information about the conference is found by clicking on the newsletter section.
  • Fifth, take some time to interact with the new website, navigating your way through the different headings to become familiar with the features of the new site. Please keep in mind that although this is the initial launch, there will continue to be updates and tweaks as we move forward. It was important for the website to launch in conjunction with the Spring Conference to provide the service of registering online and to renew your membership or to join for the first time.
  • Finally, for those of you who work in institutions which offer CPE, we invite you to pass this information along to your students so they may take advantage of the benefits of the NC Chaplains’ Association. It is important when joining, that CPE students give contact information which enhances our ability to stay connected with them once they leave your center (if they so desire). We encourage them to use their permanent email for this purpose. As they fill out the registration, they will have the opportunity to include this information.

The committee is very excited about the possibilities this website creates for continued growth and interaction as a community. As we move forward, you will continue to receive updates on many more opportunities to engage through electronic and social media including Facebook. In the meantime, if you have questions about registration (membership and/or conference), please contact me at Suzanne.franklin@duke.edu or call me at (919) 668-6312.

See you in April!

Suzanne Franklin
Publicity Chair
NCCA Executive Committee


Moving Forward

It is hard to believe that two years have passed since we, your officers, began our time of service with you. Looking back over this time, we’ve made some strides for the better on behalf of the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association. We welcomed approximately 31 new members; continued to run a tight budget while making the necessary expenditures to keep our association running; lived out our commitment to saving money by having our meetings at a retreat center when possible (which is why we are back at Haw River State Park again);  worked with an outside contractor to create an entirely new website for a friendlier and more up-to-date experience for our membership; helped to retain some of the NC Department of Corrections chaplain positions which were at risk for elimination; ; and have updated our current job descriptions for future officers. All of these accomplishments are the result of a great team of volunteers: Barry Morris, Jeanell Cox, Ken Turner, Suzanne Franklin, Susan Bumgarner, Linda Browne, Wanda Burton-Crutchfield, Jackie Allen, and Peter Maffly-Kipp. In addition, thank you to Patricia Cadle and Teresa McElwain for being our historians for the NCCA.

Now that our time of service for this elected term is coming to a close, it’s time to pass the torch to the next group of leaders. What gifts and talents do you bring to this organization? What are you passionate about? How do you envision the NCCA continuing to move forward into the future? Whatever it is, we need you! The success and duration of the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association is solely due to volunteers giving their time and talents to run this organization. As new officers are elected, I encourage you to let them know how you’d like to help the NCCA.

I’m excited about our Spring Conference. As you read Susan Bumgarner, our Education Chair’s, article you’ll see all the details about Jay Foster and his presentations on chronic progressive illnesses and our role as chaplains. Meet us at the Haw River State Park! We look forward to seeing you there.

Darryl Owens


Haw River State Park – A Natural Place to Meet

Beyond its role as a training center for the state parks system and other agencies, The Summit provides a serene and natural setting for successful employee training programs, family reunions, youth retreats, teambuilding conferences, spiritual retreats, marriage retreats, holiday parties and club events. Its client list includes businesses, government agencies, conservation organizations, college and university groups, mental health organizations, hobby groups and churches, just to name a few.

The Summit at Haw River State Park offers complete environmental education, retreat, and conference center amenities for lodging, meeting, recreational, and special programming for overnight groups ranging from 10 to 180 and day use groups ranging from 10 to 200. The Summit includes eight indoor meeting spaces, motel and dormitory-style lodging, and recreation facilities including a six acre lake and multiple walking trails.

Address: 339 Conference Center Dr., Browns Summit, NC 27214 Phone: (336) 342-6163 Fax: (336) 342-0583 Email:  haw.river@ncmail.net

GPS coordinates:  36.250646, -79.756364

*Permission to use website information given by Haw River Conference Center

Educational Opportunities at this year’s Spring Conference

I hope you are making plans to attend our NCCA annual retreat at Haw River State Park in Greensboro, NC on April 26 & 27. We have been planning this retreat for over a year and have a great topic and great speakers lined up. We are including two extra educational opportunities for you to participate in this year. A pre-conference on Wednesday evening and a Fire Circle Ceremony during the free time on Thursday. CEU’s will be given accordingly. Plan to come, pull away from the everyday hustle and bustle of busy schedules and soak up the beautiful surroundings of Haw River. Enjoy companionship among professional colleagues, make new acquaintances, catch up with friends and develop professionally.

I look forward to seeing you soon,

Susan Bumgarner, MARE
Education Chair


Spring Conference Seminar

“Improving Health Care at the End of Life:  The Chaplain’s Role in Organizational Change


  • Chaplain Jay Foster, D.Min, Chaplain Supervisor, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
  • Morgan Bain, MD,  Medical Director, WFBH Palliative Care Services
  • John Moskop, PhD,   Wu Professor of Ethics, WFBH Internal Medicine & Chair, WFBMC Clinical Ethics

A Note from our main speaker

Medical Center leadership at Wake Forest Baptist Health asked the WFBH Clinical Ethics Committee to review best practices in the provision of care for patients at the end of life, and to make recommendations specific to the needs of our medical center.  This request led to an 18 month process of review and analysis, and ultimately to a series of recommendations that were put forth in a business plan.  The central thrust of the proposal is to identify key “missed” opportunities in the care of the patient in which conversations about goals of care could be addressed—and to identify the right individual to hold that conversation (i.e., physician, physician extender, or advance care planning facilitator). 

I am excited to have this forum to share with colleagues in the state:

  • The initiatives that we are working to put into place—
  • Clinical Triggers—wiring the system to encourage conversation
  • Palliative Care—resources for that system to work
  • Advance Care Planning—Advance Directives have failed… what now?
  • Ethics consultation—bring consult services to the clinic
  • Bereavement support services—responding to moral distress and compassion fatigue among medical team

Also, I plan for us to:

  • Discuss ways to engage patients & family members in the pastoral/ spiritual conversation more effectively, &
  • Hear from you about work you are undertaking, or hope to undertake, in your system.

Dr. Morgan Bain, Medical Director of our Palliative Care Unit, Dr. Jon Moskop, Chair of our Ethics Committee, and I shared leadership roles in this process;  Morgan and John are kind to join us for a panel discussion on Friday. 

Hope to see you at Haw River,

Jay Foster



Guest didactic presenter ~ Miriam Lieberman

Miriam Lieberman, MA, LPC, LPCS


Miriam will be leading a didactic on her shamanistic training in psychotherapy and description of Fire Circle Ceremony


Didactic – Thursday, April 26 from 4-5pm




I offer a unique blend of psychological, spiritual and ceremonial healing methods. Since 1996 I have worked with children, adults and families blending person centered, somatic, family therapy, systems theory, trauma recovery and shamanic counseling techniques.  I also offer Clinical Supervision for provisionally licensed LPC’s and others wishing to enhance their skills.

Learning to respect each other as sacred human beings and to be in right relations with ourselves, and others, is the foundation of my practice. This journey looks different for each individual or family based on their point of departure.  Over the past 25 years, as well as working in the field of Child and Family Therapy, I have had the opportunity to study with two Cherokee Elders, Grandpa Roberts in California in the 1980’s and Will Rockingbear since 2000 and am deeply honored to have been passed the teachings for The Arapaho Boys and Girls Sweat Lodge Ceremony by Sharon Mitchell. Out of gratitude to these elders I make available to this community what they have so graciously bestowed upon me. 

I work with people to develop spiritual supports in their life while clearing out the limiting thoughts, beliefs and patterns that keep them stuck.  I meet people where they are at and offer child, individual, couples and family counseling. To enhance this work there are opportunities to heal at ever-deeper levels with shamanic ceremonies; such as, soul retrieval, cutting ceremony, fire ceremony, energetic clearing and healing using traditional indigenous healing techniques.

Nothing energizes me more than seeing someone come alive to the gift of who they are and what they have to offer the world as they heal themselves.  I love working with children and families to heal whatever is holding them back from being their authentic true selves.  

Miriam Lieberman, MA, LPC, LPCS
Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul
1920 Western Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
919 304-4754


Fire Ceremony – Thursday April 26 – 7:30pm

My Cherokee teacher, Will Rockingbear, says that he never met a belief of his that was not a lie and therefore he has no beliefs that he has to cling to and defend with his life.  He also speaks of our thoughts being our prayers. What we think about is what we project out into the ethers and is what returns to us.  So if I “believe” the world is a scary place and that no one can be trusted and that I am alone, I will pretty assuredly create that reality for myself and it will be reflected back to me in my environment.  Much of what we believe and feel comes from “faulty” thinking that we have the power to change. One of the gifts that two-leggeds were given is the ability to discern and choose for ourselves.

In this ceremony we create sacred space by opening the directions, the fire being the center direction To indigenous people everything is real and alive so the fire is a being that we can ask for assistance.  We consider the plants, stones, trees, animals, elements to all be our relations and therefore are never alone.  We also all have guides and protectors in the spirit world that assist us all the time but who are more available when we ask for what we need/want. With all this assistance we release old beliefs, patterns, relationships, self- concepts, thoughts or other things that impede our growth into the ceremonial fire. We can watch them be consumed by the fire and then plant something else in the space we have vacated. Once free of these self-imposed limitations we can consciously choose our beliefs and behaviors thereby taking full responsibility for our lives. In this way our lives can “grow corn” (Will Rockingbear) and we can observe ourselves living our dreams.

In our modern day world this is similar to the thought changing and stopping strategies that CBT offers only it encompasses our whole being in very real ways that are less conceptual and more concrete. This is where we move from talking about what we wish were different in our lives into the realm of action.   When we find ourselves coming to the same impasse time and again, dealing with the same problem over and over we have the opportunity to literally release the old into the fire and to grow something new. In the animal world the lizard can regenerate its tail but we can breathe new life into our minds by planting seeds and cultivating them with our loving attention.

If the old thought or habit resurfaces we simply have to remember that we put it in the fire.  Without taking action we remain in a state of readiness but never actually become the change we want to see in the world.  Change must begin within us and radiate out as we are the only ones who can change our outlook, thoughts, feelings or behaviors. While we all have baggage, trauma and difficulties to overcome it is not what happens to us that matters as much as how we respond to it that determines our emotional health.  The fire ceremony helps us to take charge of our own lives and to relinquish feelings of victimhood, entitlement, fear, apathy and to choose the way we want to be living our life.


Spring Conference Schedule


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pre-conference session

Speaker:  Rev. Marcia McQueen, MDiv, BCC, Director of Chaplaincy Services, Morehead Memorial Hospital


7:00pm-8:30pm “An Introduction to Narrative Ethics:  New Approaches in Dilemmas of Illness”


“This session will introduce a new approach to consideration of ethical dilemmas; will review the principle-based approach; and those present will discuss and analyze cases using both approaches for comparison and contrast.”

(The content is based on materials shared by Craig Irvine, PhD from Columbia University and John Moskop PhD of WFU School of Medicine at a seminar entitled “Practicing Medicine is Practicing Ethics.”)


Thursday, April 26, 2012

8:00-9:00am Breakfast/Arrival
9:00am Welcome
9:15-10:45am Session 1 – “Chronic, Progressive Illness:  “We are poorly informed and over-treated”
10:45am Break
11:00-Noon Business Session
1:30-3:00pm Session II – “The Chaplain’s Role:  A detailed response about our work thus far”
3:00-6:00pm Check-in/Free Time
4:00-5:00pm Marion Lieberman – didactic on her shamanistic training in psychotherapy and description of Fire Circle Ceremony
6:00-7:00pm Banquet & Chaplain of the Year
7:30pm Fire Circle Ceremony


Friday, April 27, 2012

7:30am Worship
8:00am Breakfast
9:00–9:30am Business Session
9:30–10:00am Check-out
10:00–11:30am Session III –“Panel Discussion” with Jay Foster, Dr.’s Bain and Moskop
11:30am Closing


Conference Fees


Registration Fees

Member fees – $85.00

Non-Member fees – $100.00


Room Rates

Room rates include lunch and Banquet Dinner on Thursday and breakfast on Friday

Single room per night – $90.00

Shared room per night -$45.00 per person*

* There will be a place on the registration to list your roommate’s name. Each person registering needs to list their roommate. If you do not have a roommate, enter shared room and put in the space provided that you request a roommate.

Banquet Fees

Your banquet fee is included with your registration

$25.00 for non-registered guests