2018-2019 Webinar Journal Club announced

As the WJC begins its 9th year we are pleased to announce its new leaders, all of whom are Transforming Chaplaincy Fellows: Marilyn J.D. Barnes (above, left), Cate Michelle Desjardins (above, center), and Shelley Varner-Perez (above, right). George Fitchett, long-time WJC co-leader and Transforming Chaplaincy Co-Director, will continue to serve as the WJC Senior Advisor.


Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes, MS, MA, MPH, BCC, is a Senior Staff Chaplain at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois. She is a Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow who recently completed her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. Her research interests include the use of simulation in chaplaincy training and education and the impact of spiritual/religious coping on the association between discrimination and stress among midlife women.


Cate Michelle Desjardins, MDiv is a staff chaplain at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH and Transforming Chaplain Fellow. She is completing her MPH degree at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her research is focused on pediatric complex care, medical decision making, and religious coping.


Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez, MDiv, BCC, is a Clinical Staff Chaplain at VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon, and a Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow. She is completing her MPH degree at the joint School of Public Health at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University. Shelley is the past Education Chair of the APC-Oregon North Chapter.


The aims of the WJC are:

  1. To provide participants with resources that can help them critically reflect upon and advance their chaplaincy practice.
  2. To provide participants with resources that can help them advocate for the importance of chaplaincy care.
  3. To help chaplains develop and maintain research literacy, including the ability to critically read research and where appropriate apply the findings in their professional practice.


The topics and articles for 2018-2019 will be announced shortly.

Look for WJC registration to open soon on the APC website http://www.professionalchaplains.org/.

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