June 2022: It’s been Conference time

Home again! It’s been a busy three days at the Hayes, looking both backwards and forwards together with the help of some high-quality and varied presentations.
– We reflected on the last two years with Lawrence McGonnell;
– We explored Moral Injury (a new subject for some) with Neil Greenberg.
– We explored the poetic, with Conor Carville and Pádraig Ó Tuama.
– And we considered the great need for research with Steve Nolan.
And we met face to face! There’s been so much to take in and reflect upon, with many challenges to face in the coming days. We’ve recorded the essence of the presentations, and these should be available on YouTube in a week or two. Other items will appear on the website, as in previous years. Overall, it’s been a joy to be together, a joy that perhaps we’ve learned not to take for granted!


‘Thought for the day’ from Tom Gordon

Tom Gordon is a former AHPCC president, and has produced a daily thought every day since March 2020. You can find Tom’s thought for today, and for previous days, here.


New Vacancy

Sue Ryder is advertising for a Chaplain for their hospice at Leckhampton, near Cheltenham. The post is permanent, for 30 hours a week. The closing date for applications is July 4th.
You can access further information for this and other vacancies as they appear, via our Vacancies page. 7/6


Conference Videos

We recorded all the main presentations again this year, and the videos are now available on our YouTube site, ‘AHPCC UK’. As you’ll know if you were at The Hayes, the videos are simple, but worth watching.
– 1. Keith Morrison: ‘Setting the scene’.
– 2. Laurence McGonnell: ‘Reconnecting with our sense of identity and mission’.
– 3. Conor Carville: ‘Samuel Becket and Forms of Life and Death’.
– 4. Neil Greenberg: ‘Mental health, moral injury, and healthcare staff’.
– 5. Pádraig Ó Tuama: ‘Collect writing as pastoral and poetic work’.
– 6. Karen Murphy: ‘Standing our ground and proving our worth’.
– 7. Steve Nolan: ‘We’re already researchers – we just don’t realise it’
If you missed last year’s conference, why not catch up with those presentations, too – always available on YouTube at ‘AHPCC UK’.

In addition, we have three other items available to download:
‘Untitled’, the collective poem that we produced in Conor’s workshop;
‘Reconnecting with our sense of identity and mission’, the transcript of Laurence McGonnell’s presentation; and
‘Love’, the poem that David Buck read at the end of the conference. 4/6


Chaplaincy Podcasts

Many of you will know Stig Graham, a long-standing AHPCC member. He’s been involved with a series of chaplaincy-related podcasts, including a recent interview with Karen Murphy. You pick these up on Spotify – there are several podcasts which vyou can access simply by clicking on Opening up Chaplaincy. 30/5


Conference Bookstall

Bookmark, who brought the bookstall to the conference for us, have created a page on their website for us. The link is here: AHPCC Bookstall provision at preferential prices. 28/5


Previous Annual Conferences

We hope to have Conference material uploaded and available within a week or so. Presentation material for 2021 and many earlier annual conferences remains available on our Previous Conferences Page. 27/5


VBRP® training

A new VBRP® Essential Tools Training course will be held in June via TURAS and Teams in June. This will involve three 2-hour sessions on Teams, with eLearning modules to be completed before each session (100% attendance is required to complete the course). You can find more information via our Training Events page. 16/5


Responses to the current hostilities in Ukraine
From the Wild Goose Resource Group (Iona community)

The Iona Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group has published a Liturgy for Ukraine, ‘Words for worship in a time of war’, which you can download here.

From the ENHCC

Dear participants of the 17th Consultation of the ENHCC on Crete, now the peace in Eastern Europe is threatened I don’t have many words. I do want to express my feelings of powerlessness to you. I think of our colleagues throughout Europe who are in the areas that are under great pressure now. Pope Francis asked the Catholics to pray and fast on Ash Wednesday, March 2nd, for the people of Ukraine and for all those who suffer. All leaders of churches ask us to pray! I do think for us all it is good to join them in this initiative.
With my heartfelt greetings,
Simon Evers, Coördinator European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy. 10/3

Prayer for peace in Ukraine

Holy and Gracious God,
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy. Amen.


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