The Association of Religious Endorsing Bodies (AREB) met in Alexandria Virginia on January 5-6. A significant feature of this year's meeting was a presentation by Dr. Robert J. Wicks, Professor Emeritus of Loyola University in Maryland. Dr. Wicks addressed endorsers in the area of resiliency in pastoral caregiving, and shared a handout of best practice points also related to resiliency for endorsers to utilize with chaplains in their ministry.
Endorsers representing numerous Faith Traditions gather at this annual AREB meeting to review best practice models of endorsement, share fellowship, and update members on developments in the pastoral care and counseling arena. Many who attend this meeting will remain for other chaplaincy-related meetings during the coming week. Among them will be the Commission on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS Network) that meest from Sunday, January 7th to Monday January 8th.
The Orthodox Church in America has been a COMISS Member since 2005, and Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Director of the Office of Institutional Chaplains, has been active in COMISS and AREB for over ten years. Please return to see developments from the upcoming COMISS meeting.