Neshamah: Association of Jewish Chaplains
Annual Conference
January 14-17, 2018
Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando

THEME: 70 Faces of Hope
NAJC welcomes proposals from our members and friends for 90 - minute workshops which are the heart and soul of our conference. Please consider applying to present a workshop which relates to our theme: 70 Faces of Hope.

Hope takes many forms and is dependent on an individual’s spirit and context. In the case of chaplaincy, the “individual” might be the patient or resident, or perhaps a family member, friend or staff member. The individual’s context is defined by her/his relationship to the patient or resident, as well as spiritual, religious, and/or personal histories. Hope, therefore, is manifested in a variety of ways and contexts. The 2018 conference theme “70 Faces of Hope” recognizes that hope is multifaceted and offers the opportunity to explore four features of hope as defined below:

  1. Practical Hope – the cultivation of hope in ourselves and others; in other words, “hope in practice.” Practical hope is what we do for ourselves and others—to summon hope from internal and external reserves. Examples might include self-care, engagement in uplifting organizations, pastoral care interventions, and psycho-spiritual education with patients or residents;
  2. Embodied Hope – hope as a neurobiological, physiological, or emotional aspect of self; in other words, “biological hope.” Examples might include bodywork such as the use of yoga or walking meditation in pastoral care, emotion-focused pastoral care, and the epigenetics of hope;
  3. Catalytic Hope – hope that fuels our actions to bring about institutional and social change; in other words, “activist hope.” Examples might include participation in medical trials, social justice work as relates to healthcare and/or special populations, chaplain as advocate for patients and/or special populations, hope in the midst of systems and/or institutional change, and hope in trauma-informed care; and,
  4. Theological Hope – use of spiritual and emotional wisdom to recognize meaning and find hope; in other words, “God as hope/hope despite God.” Examples might include pastoral theology of hope, spirituality in the midst of despair, and religious ethics.
Requirements for all Proposals:
We welcome proposals from individuals as well as panel submissions. Sessions contemplating the overall theme, any of the four categories above, or text study intensives on the theme are all invited.

Proposals should include:

  1. Tentative title
  2. Abstract/Description (150-500 words)
  3. Outline of the workshop, including 3 goals (The Workshop will…) and 3 objectives (Participants will…)
  4. Selected bibliography
  5. Contact information of the presenter and, in the case of a panel, all other participants (name, institutional affiliation, cell phone number, office phone number and e-mail addresses).
  6. Electronic individual photo (headshot image)
Click here for the online RFP submission or e-mail Paper proposals will not be accepted.

Fifteen (15) workshops are scheduled at the upcoming conference. A panel will review all submissions and select the most appropriate proposals for presentation.

All presenters must be or become members of the NAJC. There is no funding offered. Presenters must register and arrange their own travel and accommodations for the conference.

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2017.

Thank you for your consideration and submission. We look forward to being in touch with you about your proposal!