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An amazing week

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What a week!

It is with great excitement and gratitude that we announce that in just one week since our introduction, more than 500 members now belong to the Spiritual Care Association! This is not to mention the dozens upon dozens of emails we are currently responding to in which  individuals and organizations of all professions are reacting with enthusiasm to the rallying cry to collaborate around the spiritual care agenda and the profession of chaplaincy.
Months ago when we decided it was time to finally establish a Gold Standard for chaplaincy -- a standard marked by a defined curriculum and competency exams already set and in practice by other health care professions, we believed there was the need, but we were unaware whether those of you in the field would respond as favorably as you have. Would you accept the challenge to raise the bar of your profession and assist in making it on par with other professions?  Based on the responses, you, as well as your organizations and institutions, are in favor of -- and demanding of -- standardization, clearly defined quality indicators, a defined scope of practice, and objective testing of clinical competencies.  Yet another find from your correspondences is the value you place on the SCA Learning Center, our more flexible and convenient approach to Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and our robust advocacy agenda.  We are very glad all of these are being so well received.
In just this past week this conversation has risen to the international level with chaplains and organizations from all over the world asking questions and getting involved. Also, surprisingly, several associations are beginning to collaborate. This is great news for us at SCA and HCCN, but most importantly this is awesome news for all of us in spiritual care. Together, united behind this well-defined vision articulated last week, we have the opportunity to make a real difference for the field, the profession, and people in need of spiritual care.
Peace & Blessings!

Rev. Eric J. Hall
President & CEO
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and Spiritual Care Association


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