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November 18, 2015 
Volume 12 No. 11

Open Access

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Welcome to PlainViews®

PlainViews® is committed to providing a place for professional readership to find, present, and discuss information in accordance with its mission to translate knowledge and skills into effective chaplaincy practice and care for the human spirit.  The views expressed in its articles are those of the authors, not of HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTMthe publisher of PlainViews®.

PlainsViews® helps support the work of HCCN by publishing scholarly works, articles and studies at the intersection of health care and spiritual care, advancing best practices, and providing information about educational events, publications and course work of interest to practitioners.

HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTM is a national health care nonprofit organization that offers spiritual-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other health care settings, and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education in order to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning—whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are.  For more information, visit, call 212-644-1111, and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • "I have greatly benefited from PlainViews® since day one.  I get the sense that I stay on track with what's going on professionally in the chaplaincy world."
  • "I wish that I had more time during my professional day to read, but always find the time for PlainViews® because it is relevant and helpful to my work."
  • "As a chaplain in the UK, I am enjoying PlainViews® and recognizing the issues that are common to us all, within our different contexts."
  • "PlainViews® is a unique resource and conversation launching point for chaplaincy of all types."
  • "Living in a small community, PlainViews® has helped me expand my learning, professionalism, mission, and vision.  It has connected me to the heartbeat of the greater chaplaincy profession."
  • "PlainViews® has been and continues to be an extraordinary resource for all of us who identify with and find meaning in our ministry as chaplains."





Ask the Chaplain is a feature which gives PlainViews® readers the opportunity to learn about their chaplaincy colleagues and share their thoughts about what they believe is important in today's chaplaincy practice.  Participants are being sought on an ongoing basis to share their insight and wisdom.  Questions are provided that can be answered by writing out your responses or by participating in a telephone interview.  If you are interested in participating, you can find more information - including the questions - here.





Take advantage through March 14, 2016 of the Early Bird Registration Rate: $380 for Chaplains, $475 for Non-Chaplains.  Groups receive a 7% discount. Webcast and sponsorships opportunity also available.








































































Courses presented by the California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network:

Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate in Palliative Care  - Fully online 9 week course.  Next cohort begins January 13, 2016.  Go here for more information.

ADVANCED Spirituality Practice in Palliative Care Certificate - Fully online 7 week course.   Next cohort begins February 17, 2016.  Go here for more information.


Extend the reach of your spiritual care with 10 digital programs that provide information, inspiration, and comfort to individuals and their families in spiritual distress.  Appropriate for hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term residences, and other health care settings.  In convenient formats to meet your needs:  in-room TV, Tablet, DVD, and Internet.




These hand-designed cards carry "messages that speak to the heart."  Artist Anne Kertz Kernion uses calligraphy, water color and/or ink to create the beautiful artwork and philosophical sayings.  Available for all kinds of occasions, the cards are printed on 100 percent recycled paper.  More information here.




Unique and handmade, chaplain stoles made by artist Chillon Leach are the perfect item to identify yourself or another as a spiritual provider at your institution.  Inspired by nature imagery, the stoles are suitable for any spiritual tradition or religious denomination.  Each is individually designed.  More information here.