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.

2017 Chaplains Conference

Retreat Brochure 2017

SAVE THE DATE

April 26-27, 2017

2017 Chaplains Conference

Theme:  Pastoral Care Surrounding Suicide

Suicide Identification

Response and Attitude to Suicide

Pastoral Care to Survivors and Self

Facilitator:   Reverend Karl Van Harn (CPE Supervisor at Pine Rest Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI)

Location:  Saint Francis Retreat Center, 703 East Main Street, Dewitt, MI 48820

 

For more information:

Reverend Curt Roelofs, (248) 765-6978

CROSSROADS

Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development
February 1, 2017
This February issue of CROSSROADS…exploring research on religion, spirituality and health is a publication of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology & Health.  The purpose is to provide updates on new research, news, current events, and funding opportunities related to spirituality and health.  For past issues, click on this  link.
Click on the link below to take you to the newsletter. Please forward to students or colleagues you think might be interested, and let us know about new research, news, events, or funding opportunities you become aware of in this field.

Crossroads, February 2017

Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Box 3400 Duke Univ Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Duke Spirituality & Health Workshops

DATE: August 14-18, 2017

LOCATION: Durham, North Carolina

MORE INFO: Workshop Website

Contact: Harold G. Koenig, MD

January 16, 2017

Now is the time to register for our 5-day summer research workshop on August 14-18.  We are holding only one workshop in 2017.  Spaces are limited as usual, especially for those wishing to have individual mentorship for their research projects or career advice (see below).   Please forward this e-mail to anyone you think might be interested.
We have an unusually rich faculty this year from Duke, Yale, and Emory.  The workshop compresses material presented in our past 12-mo post-doctoral fellowship into 5 days, and is the only place in the world where specific training on how to conduct research on religion, spirituality & health can be obtained from researchers active in the field for over 30 years. We recommend these courses for researchers early in their career and for seasoned researchers wishing to shift their work into spirituality & health, as well as for undergraduate and graduate students or others considering research in this area.  Those more generally interested in spirituality and health will also find this workshop useful, as we  cover a lot of material on the subject applicable to laypersons. This is the 14th year the workshop is being offered, with nearly 800 attendees over the years.
Because of the intense nature of this training, spaces in the workshop are limited.  We can provide individual mentorship to only about 30-35 participants.  Every workshop held thus far has been oversubscribed, so it is important to register early.
We are offering partial tuition SCHOLARSHIPS for those with serious financial hardships and in academic positions with potential for conducting research in this area.  Tuition discounts are also available for APC members and for members of other professional societies (for those not applying for a scholarship).
This workshop has been previously approved for 32.5 continuing medical education credits from Duke School of Medicine, and while it currently provides no CME or CEU, many attendees have gotten their certifying bodies to approve the course for CME/CEU based on the course syllabus and prior approval.  The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) has indicated that this educational event provides 30.5 hours of continuing education that can be applied to the educational hours required by the Board of Chaplaincy Certification, Inc.

2017 Chaplains Conference

Retreat Brochure 2017

SAVE THE DATE

April 26-27, 2017

2017 Chaplains Conference

Theme:  Pastoral Care Surrounding Suicide

Suicide Identification

Response and Attitude to Suicide

Pastoral Care to Survivors and Self

Facilitator:   Reverend Karl Van Harn (CPE Supervisor at Pine Rest Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI)

Location:  Saint Francis Retreat Center, 703 East Main Street, Dewitt, MI 48820

 

For more information:

Reverend Curt Roelofs, (248) 765-6978

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

MICHIGAN CHAPLAINS’ ASSOCIATION

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

October 29, 2015

AT

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,

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

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.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

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:

Trauma/PTSD

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