Spring 2013 Newsletter

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By Barry Morris

Coming back to North Carolina from a visit with family in Delaware is always a pleasant experience as I meander down the eastern shore of Maryland and Virginia.  Last Thanksgiving I was fumbling through radio stations and found an NPR station airing the show “On Being” with Krista Tippet. The show addresses topics of faith, ethics, and meaning.  The interviewee was Brene’ Brown, a professor of social work  at the University of Houston,  who was talking about vulnerability in her newly published book Daring Greatly. I was struck by the relevance for my own life, chaplaincy, and in particular the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association.

Her premise was that vulnerability is the way in which we are to live life. Vulnerability is not weakness, as some may think, but is in fact couched in courage as we fully engage life with our strengths and flaws. Vulnerability embraces the fear that comes with risk knowing that to fully live life, we have to run the gamut of emotions.  Shame is the culprit that keeps us from being fully alive and stifles growth.  Organizations need to exist in a similar way.

The NCCA has made some great strides over the last several years. Most recently we have updated our website to allow for payment of dues and conference registration. We also have a newly improved design with more features.  While we have already seen the benefit of the updated website, we have also experienced the challenges that come with growth. Technology has outpaced our knowledge base and we are rapidly self-educating in an effort to become more efficient.  For those who experienced the old way of registering for a conference or paying dues, this is a great improvement.

Your patience is appreciated as we learn to use our new and improved website.  Additionally, we have shifted executive committee personnel so we are stabilizing our leadership base.  The NCCA remains on a course to evaluate our way of being in health care.

As we venture into 2013, many of you have goals for personal and professional growth; likewise the NCCA is poised to continue to envision ways our association can have voice in the healthcare arena. Yes, we will be vulnerable as we risk growth and face the challenges change brings. We cannot let the fear of failure impede our growth.

As we focus on education, advocacy, and fellowship, I am always open to ideas that will continue to make our North Carolina Chaplains’ Association the relevant organization it has become.

I hope to see you at our spring conference in April.  I think you’ll enjoy the location, fellowship, and our topic.

Peace to you,




Past NC Chaplains of the Year have included Patricia Cadle, Tony Biles, and Lil Galphin. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the work of a deserving colleague.

Do you know a chaplain who:

1. Participates in theNorth CarolinaChaplains Association;

2. Supports colleagues;

3. Participates in advocacy for professional chaplaincy and pastoral care;

4. Contributes to the field of pastoral care/chaplaincy;

5. Provides education?

If you do, I strongly encourage you to complete a nomination with a description of ways the candidate meets the above criteria with accompanying letters of support. If you have already submitted an application for someone who was not chosen, you are encouraged to resubmit. Let’s continue to recognize and celebrate each other!



Beth Jackson-Jordan, NCCA Vice President
CMC North-East Pastoral Care Services
920 Church St., N
Concord ,NC 28025



We went to the mountains this past fall for our Fall Education Day. Now it’s time.



On April 17-19, 2013, the North Carolina Chaplains Association will be having our Annual Spring Conference. It will take place at the Trinity Center (which is part of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina) in Pine Knoll Shores, NC. Again, I repeat…we are at the beach!

This year, our conference speaker will be Rev. Phil Myers from First Reformed United Church of Christ in Burlington, NC.  The theme of this conference is “Awakening to Our Dreams,” which will lead into conversation of dream interpretation and spirituality.

Background on our Facilitator

Phil Myers has served as the pastor of First Reformed United Church of Christ in Burlington, NC for the past 18 years. He received a BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University and an M.Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Phil attended Haden Institute’s Annual Dream Conference in 2007 and completed Haden’s spiritual direction program in 2011.

On Wednesday evening the 17th, we will have two pre-conference sessions from which to choose. One will be led by Matthew Shulman on “Jewish Practices and Patient Care,” and the other session will be lead by our NCCA President, Barry Morris, which will discuss the importance of the MOST (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) form.

There will also be opportunities to enjoy the sun and sand. At our Annual Banquet, we will announce and celebrate our “Chaplain of the Year.”

I hope you save the date, April 17-19, 2013 for our Annual Spring Conference.  See you there!

Address: 618 Salter Path Rd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512  Phone: (252) 247-5600

Google Map for Trinity Center

We have been informed that the Trinity Center does not have any rooms available this year for people who wish to stay after the conference.  There are a number of local hotels that should be able to accommodate, however.


2013 Spring Conference Schedule


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pre-conference session(s)


Session of Your Choice
Time Event Leader
7:00 to 8:30 pm “Working Across Faith Lines: Caring for the Jewish Patient” Chaplain Matthew Schulman
7:00pm-8:30pm “The Role of Chaplain in End of Life Care” Rev. Barry Morris


Thursday, April 18, 2013



Time Event
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast/Registration
9:00 am Welcome
9:15-10:45 am Session I – The Significance of Dreams: Their Influence on Our Lives
10:45 am Break
11:00-Noon Business Session
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm Session II – Exploring Our Dreams: Prominent Dream Symbols and Dream Work Techniques
3:00-6:30 pm Check In/Free Time
6:30-8:00 pm Banquet & Chaplain of the Year


Friday, April 19, 2013

Time Event
7:30 am Vespers
8:00-9:00 am Breakfast
9:00-9:30 am Business Session
9:30-10:00 am Check Out for those who have not arranged with the Trinity Center to stay additional night(s)
10:00-11:30 am Session III – Sharing Our Dreams in Community: Group Dream Work and Resources for the Journey
11:30 am Closing




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