The Institutional Chaplaincy Department joined in the Parish Ministry Conference held at Marymount College, July 10-13. You can view the article posted on the OCA website here. In the morning of July 11th, Fr. Steven Voytovich, Department Director, presented on the work of the Institutional Chaplaincy Department, celebrating ten years of formal institutional chaplaincy endorsement! In the presentation he also shared two dimensions focused on clergy continuing education: lessons learned from Storm Sandy in terms of local congregations collaborating in supporting local institutional caregiving institutions, and a brief presentation on "Caring for the Caregiver" as effort to support staff who continued to care for patients while trying to re-assemble their own lives. The second part of the presentation was focused on experiences of those currently engaged in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).
As Logan Johnson was unable to present on his residency CPE experience, Fr. Timothy Yates was able to come and share about his experience of residency CPE currently underway at Palmetto Health System in South Carolina. In addition to his overview, Fr. Timothy shared some challenging ministry vignettes.
In the afternoon, Fr. Steven and Nancy VanDyken, representing the Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid, presented on the program Compassion-in-Action that has been under collaborative development. The presentation sought interested persons to serve as mentors along with parishes interested in applying to field test the program.
It was a joy to participate in this program that highlighted so many facets of our OCA at work!