. . .is a community of Professional Chaplains and Counselors seeking to sustain and encourage one another in our unique and specific ministries, and to support the profound ministries of the United Church of Christ locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
We are member-partners of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM).
The UCC-PCC is designated as a recognized group by the General Synod (GS) which confers two delegate positions with voice without vote at GS meetings.
The UCC-PCC was organized in 1983 with the following principles: FELLOWSHIP - enhancing the relationship among chaplains and counselors to provide a foundation for deeper collegiality; IDENTITY - sharpening the identity of professional chaplains and counselors within the UCC; COMMUNICATION - increasing dialogue with peers, agencies, denominational staff persons and cognate groups concerning institutional health care chaplaincy; DEVELOPMENT - providing professional development opportunities toward increased effectiveness in all our ministries.
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In his book The Logic of the Spirit: Human Development in Theological Perspective James Loder states: ". . .role structures are, at best, only an approximation of authentic Christian community. Such community is epitomized in the biblical concept of koinonia. . .the communion-creating presence of Jesus Christ. The spiritual presence of Jesus Christ become the relationality among persons, so that their interaction is simultaneously profoundly intimate and thoroughly functional. Such a communal relationship is like that which always accompanies the bestowal of the Spirit and creates a unique contxt for understanding the work-worth relationships. When Jesus bestows the Spirit on the disciples inthe upper room, he gives them a task. When the Spirit is poured out at Pentecost, those who receive it go then into the world to proclaim the good news. . . . the gift precedes and is the condition for taking up roles and doing a job."
In the UCC-PCC we strive toward congruenge between our unique roles and serving as the Spirit demands. It is a worthy work, a work to be loved, and a communion of wonder.