In a unanimous vote reflecting the evolution and inclusivity of its mission, the membership of the Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains has elected to change its name to the Association of Episcopal Chaplains. This transformation marks a significant milestone in the organization’s history, aligning it with its vision of becoming a diverse community for all Episcopal chaplains, regardless of their ministry context.
The decision to change the organization’s name underscores its commitment to providing a welcoming and supportive community for Episcopal chaplains across a wide range of contexts, including healthcare, corrections, education, and more. The Association of Episcopal Chaplains will continue to champion the essential role of chaplains in offering spiritual support, guidance, and care to individuals and communities in need.
“I am truly honored to assume the role of President during this exciting period of growth and transformation,” said the Rev. David Fleenor, the newly appointed President of the Association of Episcopal Chaplains. “Our new name, Association of Episcopal Chaplains, reflects our expanded vision of inclusivity and the broader impact we can make as a united community.”
In line with this transformative period, the Association of Episcopal Chaplains will hold a retreat from October 3rd to October 6th at the picturesque Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, CT. The retreat’s theme, “Rest, Connect, and Vision,” aims to provide an opportunity for chaplains to practice sabbath rest, connect with colleagues, and collectively envision the future of chaplaincy within the Episcopal tradition.
“This retreat is an important moment for our community to come together, reflect on our shared mission, and chart a course for the future,” remarked Fleenor. “It’s an occasion to rest, connect with one another, and set our vision for the journey ahead.”
The Association of Episcopal Chaplains looks forward to this new chapter in its history, embracing the change as a way to serve its members better and further its mission of providing spiritual care and support to people beyond the Episcopal Church.
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About the Association of Episcopal Chaplains:
The Association of Episcopal Chaplains, formerly known as the Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains, is dedicated to fostering a diverse community of Episcopal chaplains who serve in various contexts. Committed to inclusivity, spiritual care, and support, the Association provides a platform for chaplains to connect, learn, and collaborate. For more information, visit [http://www.episcopalchaplain.org/].