EASTERN REGION NEWSLETTER- October 2012
Eastern Leadership March 2013
Chair: Tom Willingham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chair: Bob Gunn, email@example.com
Secretary: Angella Son- firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: John Bauman, email@example.com
Formation: Hennie Lavengood, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leadership Development: Thea Crites, email@example.com
Certification: Paul Pitkin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Theological and Social Concerns: Penny Gadzini,email@example.com
EASTERN REGION NEWSLETTER- October 29, 2012
Notices and News from the Region
From the Chair, Eastern Region, AAPC:
Here's hoping that things are well with you and yours and that
you are blessed in your ministry in pastoral care and
The sands continue to shift in AAPC as we open our membership to
all people of related disciplines who agree with our mission
statement, while also continuing to credential those who seek
certification. Otherwise, through our "Products and
Services" division, the Association seeks to facilitate networking
amongst membership and offer both programmatic and educational
resources to support our members in their work. If you
haven't checked out the renovated AAPC website lately, give it a
look. If you have trouble logging in, call the Association
office at (703) 385-6967 and someone will be happy to help you get
In other news, Henrietta Lavengood is now our "official" cluster
group coordinator for the New York Metro area, including NJ.
Watch for announcements of local gatherings, which are wonderful
opportunities for collecting some CEU's while enjoying collegial
fellowship. If you would like to see a cluster group form in
your geographical area, let us know as we are looking to expand
cluster groups into other areas of the region.
Please plan to join with colleagues for our fall conference held
again in conjunction with the Northeast Region at the Williams Inn
in Williamstown, MA, November 9-10. The conference theme is a round
"The Mosaic of Grief," presented by Melissa Kelly, Ph.D., Associate
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and Faculty Director of
the Professional Ministry Practicum at Boston College School of
Theology and Ministry. Our "Distinguished Service Awards" at
this conference will go to the Rev. Dr. Miriam Koo and the Rev. Dr.
Joshua Hoyeong Jong for their work in the development and
advancement of pastoral care and counseling training within the
You can register for this conference through the Eastern Region
link at <aapc.org> or by contacting registrar John
Messerschmitt at (413) 499-4090, X 160.
Of interest may also be the fact that there will not be an
Association Conference as usual in the spring of 2013, giving time
for regions to focus locally and to anticipate the 50th
Anniversary celebration of the Association at our spring meeting of
2014 in St. Louis, birthplace of the Association.
Best to all! Tom Willingham, Chair
NEWS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP
Ann Ulanov has a new email address. It is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Riverside Church Pastoral Counseling Center has closed.
Blanton Peale Counseling Center has moved into the tower at
Riverside Church, and now offers pastoral counseling services there
to members of Riverside as well as to the public.
Blanton Peale Institute has moved! The training center is now
located in 475 Riverside Drive, The Interchurch Center. Watch for
announcements of events celebrating Blanton Peale's 75th
B. Bianca Podesta writes:
In 2011 I
published my first book: Scleroderma Coping Strategies:www.sclerodermacoping.com
As a person who has been afflicted for many years with this
autoimmune connective tissue disease, I wanted to offer
encouragement to other patients, as well as providing information
for health professionals who may, because of the rarity of this
condition, have had little awareness of or experience with it.
Scleroderma, a sister to Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, is
also called: Systemic Sclerosis.
My training in psychology and pastoral counseling was an excellent
resource for much of this project as I developed chapters such as
"Groups", "Work and Love, and "Desperation Retreat". Lee S.
Shapiro, M.D., my rheumatologist and a scleroderma specialist,
wrote the Foreword and reviewed the manuscript for medical
accuracy. Theological threads are woven into the text and
journal excerpts. "Spirit", the last of the 17 chapters, begins by
making a case for a contemplative reality, a concept introduced by
Keriakos C. Markides inThe Silent Mountain.
My readers tell me the journal excerpts are what make them keep
turning the pages because they provide windows into a life with the
various ways one can be affected by this often handicapping
condition. The excerpts also are a source of humor-- something this
salt-of-the-earth wannabe could not do without.
In the summer of 2012, my writing coach invited his students to
make submissions toPaddlewheel, a literary anthology published
October, 2012 here in New York. "Elmer Rising" and "The
Yellow Truck", two personal essays of mine start off this book of
poems and stories. I continue to work on a collection of
essays for what I hope will become another book--true reports about
how different people experience God in 'miracles'.
I am deeply grateful for this new opportunity to listen and to
create, as my visible life as pastor and pastoral counselor fades
and my invisible life as a child of faith and vision begins to grow
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