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Saying Goodbye to PlainViews®

 As you know, PlainViews®, a publication of the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, has served as a place for professional readers to find, present, and discuss information in accordance with its mission to translate knowledge and skill into effective professional practice to care for the human spirit.

This is the last issue of PlainViews® and the website will be closed June 30, 2018.

PlainViews® began in February 2004 as the first web-based publication for chaplains.   At that time articles were limited to no more than 500 words, giving writers an opportunity to test their writing skills through the sharing of brief information, practices, and reflections on their work.

Through the years PlainViews® expanded and in 2010, the word limit was removed and writers were encouraged to write more deeply about the ways in which they did their work that reflected best practices and evidence-based care.  The change created dialogue among readers who responded to each other’s work.

In its 15 years, PlainViews® published several special topic issues to explore chaplaincy care in light of September 11 and the resulting concern for disaster and emergency care, the needs of LBGTQ community, suicide prevention, and the unique challenges of hospice chaplaincy.

Like many other established publications, PlainViews® served a timely need for a specific time in history. However, as times and technology evolve, we look to find new ways to provide quality resources in better and more innovative ways. Therefore, after 15 successful years, the PlainViews® publication will be discontinued on June 30, 2018.  This will be its last issue.

All the PlainViews® articles within the archives will be migrated in the months ahead to the Spiritual Care Association. The PlainViews® Library will become a member resource. All SCA members will have access to the sizeable database of PlainViews® articles.  All current PlainViews® subscribers received an email with instructions on how to access a free one-year membership to SCA.  If you are not yet a member of the SCA, you can find information about joining here.  In addition to access to the PlainViews® Library, Health Care Professional Members, including chaplains, receive:

  • The Chaplain Connection – Online Resource Center & Community
  • Discounted Price for Online Professional Education Courses
  • 3 Free Spiritual Care Grand Rounds Webinars Annually
  • Discounted Registration for Annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference
  • Electronic Subscription to Journal of HealthCare Chaplaincy
  • Subscription to Caring for the Human Spirit® Magazine
  • Monthly Spiritual Care Updates
  • Membership Directory
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Online Membership Dashboard
  • A powerful voice for spiritual care advocacy

Writing still remains a key focus within HealthCare Chaplaincy and you are encouraged to subscribe to and read its semi-annual magazine Caring for the Human Spirit.   If you are interested in submitting an article to the magazine, writers are encouraged to read the guidelines to do so.

In addition, HCCN will be continuing to develop new and innovative ways in which to provide ongoing education and information within a professional environment that emphasizes evidence-based knowledge and practice as well as professional dialogue and collaboration.

I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all our readers and contributors over the years. We look forward to continuing the mission that PlainViews® served so well through the many new offerings that HeathCare Chaplaincy Network continues to pioneer.


Sue Wintz, MDiv, APBCC, BCC has been the Managing Editor of PlainViews® since 2010.  She is the Director of Professional and Community Education at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.  She is also the Director of Education for the Spiritual Care Association. Sue has over 35 years of clinical, administrative, writing, educational design, development and teaching experience in the provision of professional chaplaincy and spiritual care in numerous health care, and community settings as well as an expert advisor to interdisciplinary professional organizations. She is an Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain (APBCC) member of the Spiritual Care Association.  Sue is also a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) member and past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains who, in 2013 gave her its highest honor - the Anton Boisen Professional Service Award.



PlainViews® is a publication of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™.   Credit when sharing an article should include this information as well as citing volume and issue numbers.