When our two organizations formed in the 1960s, it made sense to focus on the particularities that each organization added to the ecology of spiritual care as separate organizations. Since then, support for travel, membership dues, and volunteer time (i.e. release time) for association service have been cut dramatically by the organizations each group serves. As a single entity, we can enjoy not only the strength of our combined efforts but also greater efficiencies and impact as we seek to advance excellence in spiritual care and education.
In November 2018, the ACPE Board will meet again to consider this process and finalize their agreement to proceed. Assuming the proposal receives ACPE Board approval, the members of AAPC will have an opportunity to vote on this transition as required by Missouri law wherein they are incorporated.
If the process is completed, AAPC as a legal entity will be dissolved, and the two organizations will function as one, working to share in advancing spiritual care through counseling, chaplaincy, and the many forms of service pursued by our students and colleagues across faith traditions. Regular updates will be posted and members of both organizations are welcome to engage in their respective forums. We welcome comments, reflections, and encouragement as we make our way forward together at firstname.lastname@example.org