June 2018

Latest news

Patientez’ : the Grace of Waiting
If you would like something a little different, Margaret Whipp is leading this retreat in France from the 18th – 21st June. This retreat will explore the creative possibilities for necessary waiting, seeking out some of the hidden gifts and graces of active patience through the richness of Ignatian meditation. For our own Bob (chaplain at this year’s conference) and Sue Whorton, this retreat will be the launch of their new work in France. Les Jardins des Arts is a small centre in which Sue’s study of voice and movement and Bob’s work with spirituality and pastoral supervision come together. The centre, which includes a swimming-pool, is on the edge of a traditional village with spacious, open countryside on the doorstep for long or short walks. For more details and booking email Bob at bobwhorton@icloud.com

Update from the President
News from Karen is in her latest letter, which can be found on our From the President page.

Transforming Chaplaincy
From the USA, a new organisation initiated by chaplains has emerged whose goal is, in their words, ‘to inform you about new initiatives in research-informed chaplaincy; new research across fields and methodologies; spotlights on researchers and practitioners; and opportunities for conferences, grant funding, and collaboration.’ You can find more information on their website here.

Annual Membership
Renewals are now being taken for 2018 and Margery Collin will be happy to deal with your application. Remember that the price of membership is less than the discount you receive to attend the annual conference as a member! See our membership page to download the form.

Merger of Healthcare Chaplaincy in England
We are delighted to announce an exciting new development for Healthcare Chaplaincy in England through a merger of the two main bodies in Healthcare Chaplaincy in England.

The Network for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care in Health (NPSRC) and the Chaplaincy Leadership Forum (CLF) have agreed to merge the two groups in order to create a new one-group structure for the strategic development of Healthcare Chaplaincy in England.

The new name of the group will be the Healthcare Chaplaincy Forum for Pastoral, Spiritual and Religious Care.

The new forum will be made up of representatives of the Chaplaincy Bodies – CHCC, AHPCC and UKBHC, Faith and Belief group members of the NETWORK, NHS England, a Project Officer for NHS England projects and an Independent Chair of the Forum. It is planned for there to be, at some time in the near future, user representatives included as members of the forum.

Its purpose and function is supporting strategic development, monitoring work projects, being a forum for consultation for future policy and making recommendations for the development of good practice in Healthcare Chaplaincy in England.

The new body will serve to enhance healthcare chaplaincy and enable greater cohesion and development in England, which will be good for patients and staff in the NHS and other healthcare settings.

The work of the Forum will start on 1st December 2017

An interesting tool for those with limited communication
A recent article in American press has been brought to our attention by Michael Paterson, This is a chaplain designed tool for patients with no speech to be able to communicate spiritual needs. It looks like it could be adapted for a number of different circumstances. Details can be found here.

Book Launch for Chaplaincy in Hospice and Palliative Care
Karen Murphy and Bob Whorton launched their new book earlier this year with much celebration. The event was well attended, by Jonathan Pye, the Chair of the Bristol District of the Methodist Church, amongst others and a great success. We are delighted to announce that to coincide with the book launch, Jessica Kingsley Publishers are offering a 15% discount off their books. See Members’ Discount Codes under the Members Area menu.

Pictured right are Karen & Bob with Jonathan Pye



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