May 25, 2022: It’s Conference Time

It’s been three years since we were last together at the Hayes, in 2019. But finally we meet face to face! We’ve been looking both backwards and forwards. We’ve reflected on the past – remember that initial uncertainty over AHPCC 2020, until realising the lockdown was here to stay – and our hastily put-together Zoom AGM? And who had even heard of Zoom before 2020? And remember how we managed an online conference last year? We’ve put new skills to good use – taking advantage of new video links, but with most speakers, and all of us, together in person. And we’re considering the future, and what it holds for us. But overall, it’s a joy to be together, and a joy we’ve hopefully learned not to take for granted!


Last Minute Conference News

Bookmark, who are bringing a bookstall to the conference for us, have created a page on their website for us. The link is here:
AHPCC Conference bookstall titles at specially reduced prices.
All the conference information is now available on the Conference Page. We look forward to a live – and lively – conference at the Hayes. 23/5


‘Thought for the day’ from Tom Gordon

Tom Gordon is a former AHPCC president. You can find Tom’s thought for today here.
Recent thoughts: May 24; May 23; May 22; May 21; May 20; May 19.
Tom’s previous daily thoughts are on his website at ‘swallowsnest’. 25/5


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


Current Vacancies

Marie Curie is advertising for a Project Lead in spiritual care and chaplaincy services, to review service provision for the whole charity, nationwide. The post is part time (0.6 fte) and temporary (six months). The closing date for applications is May 16th.
You can access further information for this and other vacancies as they appear, via our Vacancies page. 27/4


Hospice UK National Conference

Hospice UK is inviting submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The conference itself isn’t until November, but the closing date for submissions is May 16th. Further information is available on the conference page of the Hospice UK website.


President’s Letter

Largely in connection with the conference, but with one or two other aspects besides, Keith has just posted a new letter to the members, which you can find on the From the President page. 23/3


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.


Previous Annual Conferences

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