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NCCA Journal Club

Every three months on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12 noon

The research article and online link will be sent at least a week ahead of time to NCCA members.

Upcoming Journal Club sessions are:  February 13th, April 9th, September 10th and November 12th

Spring Education Retreat

April 18th & 19th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hickory.

You can register now and book your hotel room for the NC Chaplains Spring Education Retreat, happening on April 18th and 19th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hickory. This year's retreat will focus on providing spiritual care to "nones" or those who do not identify with a religious tradition. *Please note that this retreat requires two registrations - one for the event itself and one for the hotel.

*Please note: You will have to register for retreat and reserve

your hotel room separately.

Retreat Itinerary

Thursday, April 18, 2024

3 p.m. Hotel check-in opens 

3-5 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting

5 p.m. Dinner (on your own)

7 p.m. Secular Salves for Spiritual Wounds: Creative Practices to Soothe Your Soul (led by Holly Lux-Sullivan)                            

Friday April 19, 2024

8 a.m. Breakfast (provided)

8:45 a.m. Welcome and speaker introduction – Melanie Childers

9-10:15 a.m. Session 1 – Belonging to the Cosmos

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break (check out by 11 a.m.)   

10:30-11:45 a.m. Session 2 – Belonging to Each Other

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch (your choice)

Nearby restaurants include: Texas Roadhouse, Golden Corral, Starbucks, Cracker Barrel, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chick-fil-A, Outback Steakhouse, Rancho Viejo Mexican Grill, Arby’s, Panera, Charley’s, Moe’s, Chili’s, Carabbas, Bob Evans, Applebee’s and more.

1:15-1:30 p.m. NCCA Business Session

1:30- 2:30 p.m. Session 3 – Creative response or panel discussion

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45-4 p.m. Session 4 – Belonging to Ourselves

4 p.m. Parting blessing – Melanie Childers    


About Molly Bolton 

Molly Bolton (she/they) is a writer, spiritual director, teacher, and occasional bartender living outside of Boone, North Carolina. She holds a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest School of Divinity, a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and was trained as a chaplain at Cleveland Clinic, where she subsequently served as a staff chaplain for six years. Molly co-teaches the Spiritual Direction Practicum at Still Harbor, Boston and is a weekly liturgy writer for enfleshed, a spiritual collective rooted in mutual liberation. Molly is ordained by the United Church of Christ. She facilitates workshops and grief groups utilizing poetry as a tool for spiritual support. 

Molly’s poetry and essays can be found in publications such as The EcoTheo Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Susurrus Magazine, and The Whale Road Review. Molly was named a 2022 NC Gilbert-Chappell Series emerging poet. She lives with her spouse, their baby & their tuxedo cat, who is their household’s spiritual care provider. 

Register for Retreat Here

Book your hotel Here

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