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FROM THE PRESIDENT

It’s been quite a year.  One year ago who would have guessed what we would have experienced this year.  Our normal ways of acting and coping were challenged or taken away from us.  But as one of my favorite authors talks about, our ministry is found in the interruptions.  And frankly, this year turned out to be one big interruption.

In some ways I think we struggled.  Some of our leadership in the departments we work for didn’t see the use for chaplains during the pandemic and we were deemed non-essential.  Which made reaching out to our first responders that more difficult.

Frankly, we live more in a virtual world than we did a year ago.  We as an association did well in keeping up with our training blogs.  This is something we started at the founding of SCPSCA and continue to this day.  Also, many of us moved our connections virtual as our organizations dispersed.  While this was not ideal, I believe that those of us who kept even virtual connections are better poised for deeper ministry as we emerge out of the pandemic.

So, where do we go from here?  Frankly, we are still living in the interruption.  We hope to have training events as vaccines become available.  But we will have to wait and see.  We all long for “normal” to return, but in the meantime, I believe that God calls us to be faithful in the interruptions.  For that is where we, as public safety chaplains live and work best.

Chaplain Chris M. Wade
President
South Carolina Public Safety Chaplains Association

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FROM THE NEWS
MEMBERS UPDATE

SC Public Safety Association Chaplain Response Team (CST)

The SCPSCA Executive Board revised the criteria for CST membership. There will now be two levels of membership:

CST Team Leader

  • Full SCPSCA member

  • CISM Individual & Group Training

  • IS-100, 200, 505 & 700 online courses

CST Team Member

  • Full SCPSCA member

  • CISM Individual  or FAST Training

  • IS-100, 200, & 505  online courses

This was a tough year for training. Two of our main events had to be canceled due to COVID.  But we decided to go with a Fall training that had both an online and in-person component all while adhering to CDC and DHEC rules. In the end we were able to see about 45 chaplains receive training at our Fall event.

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and this site for upcoming training opportunities throughout 2021.

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