11th Annual Caring Coalition Conference

Please Register Soon. Only 275 seats remain!
Join Us For The 11th Annual
Caring Coalition Conference!
“The Best Care Possible”
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Congregation Shaarey Zedek – Southfield, Michigan
Five Featured Speakers
William Breitbart, MD, FAPM
Finding Meaning in Life and Death
Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD
Caring for the Caregiver
Sherri Mandell, MA
The Road to Resilience
Steven Pantilat, MD 
Being 100 Percent Present at Every Visit
Plus … 
Feeling Great! Our Patients and Ourselves

Featuring specialists in complementary therapies and strategies for helping patients with dementia.

$75 – includes 5.0 CE / CEU / Contact Hours
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
7:30 a.m. – Registration opens, continental breakfast, & exhibits
8:30 a.m. – Program begins
3:30 p.m. – Program ends
To receive continuing education credit, you must stay to the end of the program and complete the evaluation form as required by your discipline’s accrediting agency.
Registration closes March 1 at 5 p.m. or earlier if sold out.
Seating is limited.
Click here for complete conference details.
$75 registration fee includes continental breakfast and catered lunch.
To register by phone, please call 248.592.2687
Thank you to our generous sponsors 
Thank you!
The Caring Coalition and The 
Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network

2018 Spiritual Care Conference – Discovering Personal Peace

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Midland Evangelical Free Church
7221 N. Jefferson Avenue
Midland, MI 48642

Spiritual Care – Discovering Personal Peace Flyer Jan 2018

This event is FREE, however, space is limited. Please register at www.midmichigan.org/spiritualcare or call MidMichigan Health Line toll-free at (800) 999-3199.

About the Speaker:
Deborah Grassman is founder of Opus Peace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and training programs that respond to Soul Injury. A Nurse Practitioner, Deborah worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs Bay Pines VA Healthcare System for 30 years, directing the Hospice & Palliative Care program and caring for 10,000 dying veterans. She is a contributing author for three textbooks and has 22 published articles. Her books, Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny We were Born to Fulfill, reveal the lessons learned about attaining inner peace.

This conference is funded in part by the Spiritual Care Fund. Continuing education credits will be available for physicians, advance practice providers, nurses and social workers.

MCA Board Meeting Minutes 10/29/15 A.D.



October 29, 2015


River Terrace Church, East Lansing


The meeting opened at 1010. with a devotion based on Psalm 34 led by Steve.


Present:  Steve Sutterer, President, Roger Stauffer, Past President; Curt Roelofs, Treasurer; Onesiphorus Burrel, Education/Collegiality Chair;  Julie Nielsen-Schmidt, Excellence Committee Chair;  Dave Burnett, Secretary.  Jim  Vander Schaaf and Jude Acheson were excused.


Steve presented an agenda, which had also been distributed electronically.  The agenda was accepted.


The minutes of the 2/12/15 Conference Meeting and the 2/11/15 Executive Committee Meeting had been distributed via e-mail and  were made available to those present.   Dave moved the acceptance of the minutes.  The minutes of the meetings were accepted with a correction: Onesiphorus Burrel’s name had been omitted from the list of the Executive Committee; Onesiphorus serves as the Chair of the Education/collegiality Committee.


The treasurer’s report was accepted.  A copy is attached.   We are stable financially, with appropriate reserves.


Steve asked for Committee Reports/updates on the work of Committees.  A note of appreciation regarding Jude’s excellent work as Communications’ Chair was offered.


Julie spoke about our need for diversity.  We are an open organization; i.e. inclusivity and diversity are core values.  This needs to be continually communicated: via our website, in welcoming statements at the annual conference, and by out actions.


The need for a Chair for a Marketing Committee was noted.  We should all be involved in marketing the MCA.  We should all be encouraging others to join, attend, and participate.  Meanwhile we should be seeking a Chair to further assist in marketing,




The MCA website is looking good.  It will be in a perpetual process of development.   It can be accessed at Michap.com   It can also be accessed at Michap.org   Updates, announcements, and additions can be directed to either Steve or Roger.




The February 2015 Conference was reviewed.  Participant reviews were positive with only complaints about the temperature in the conference room.  Potential themes for future conferences included:


Suicide/ Mental Health Issues

Geriatrics/Dementia/Alzheimer’s Issues



MCA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

Oct. 29, 2015

Page 2 of 2


The 2016 conference is scheduled for February 24-25.  The $345 deposit has been paid.  The Conference Center requires a final count by 2/17.  Registrations must be made by 2/12/16 to avoid the late fee.  Fees will remain the same as last year.


The conference theme will focus on  end-of-life choices/issues.  How do chaplains minister with individuals or the families of individuals when they choose options that conflict with the personal values of the chaplain?


We are focusing on two speakers:  Onesiphorus will contact the MDOC’s R&GC chaplain regarding a speaker from Duane Waters Hospital.  Perhaps this speaker will present on Wednesday afternoon and evening.   Curt will contact Beth regarding  a contact with Ben Schlafer.    He would present Thursday morning.   Our goal is to have speakers confirmed  by 12/1/15.   Preferred time slots may have to be adjusted  because of speaker availability.  Information, as it becomes available will be shared via E-mail.


The conference will open with a welcome, a devotion and introductions.  Roger will help Steve with an introduction exercise.


Curt accepted responsibility to coordinate/secure a leader for Thursday Morning devotions.


Steve asked us to spend some time visioning the future of the MCA.

The need for marketing was again mentioned.

Networking remains a core value.  Blogging may become key to networking.

Respectful Engagement remains very important.

There will always be a need for advocacy.  How the organization can assist with that remains open.


The meeting closed with prayer by Julie.


The meeting adjourned at 1300.


Minutes Recorded by Dave J. Burnett