Current Issue

December 17, 2014
Volume 11 No. 20

Welcome to PlainViews®

PlainViews'® mission is to translate knowledge and skills into effective chaplaincy practice and care for the human spirit.  

PlainViews® is a publication of the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network® (HCCN). 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. HCCN provides spiritual care to the critically and chronically infirmed, along with their caregivers, whoever they are, wherever they are, whatever they believe; and strives to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education both online and off. 

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Articles are being sought for PlainViews® on

Care for Military Personnel and Their Families

Military chaplains as well as chaplains who work with military personnel and their families are encouraged to submit articles for a special issue to be published in January 2015.  Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• The work of the military chaplain

• Spiritual, religious, cultural, and emotional issues healthcare professionals need to be aware of

• Best practices developed to address the needs of military personnel and their families

• Differences found in spiritual care to active military, reserves, and retired personnel

• Ways in which spiritual, religious, and cultural issues are identified and communicated to other members of the intradisciplinary team

The special issue will be published in January 2015 in recognition of the anniversary of the sacrifice of the Four Chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship USAT Dorchester sank on February 3, 1943, during World War II. In 1998, February 3 was established by a unanimous act of Congress as an annual "Four Chaplains Day. 

Deadline for submissions is January 5, 2015.  

Article submission guidelines can be found here.




 Meet the PlainViews Staff


Sue Wintz, MDiv BCC is the managing editor of Plainviews® and Director, Professional and Community Education at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.  She has over 30 years of clinical, administrative, educational design, development and teaching experience in the provision of professional chaplaincy and spiritual care in health care and congregational settings. She is a board certified member and past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains who, in 2013 gave her its highest honor - the Anton Boisen Professional Service Award. Sue joined HealthCare Chaplaincy in 2010. 




Marian Betancourt is associate editor of PlainViews and a professional writer and editor who has published many books including What to Do When Love Turns Violent, published in 2001 by HarperCollins. The New York Times called it “the best single resource.” It is now available as an ebook.












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Baylor College of Medicine Intensive Bioethics Course Learn more here.











The Collective Soul Symposium January 30-31, 2015 - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Conference Flyer available here.  Conference Website here.