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The President's Passage

Greetings Faith Community Nurses!

As we begin a new calendar year, I pray you are well, experiencing good health, and serving in ways that are rewarding to you and helpful to your communities. I want to say a big "Thank You" for all the time, talent, and treasure you share with your communities through faith community nursing activities, and for the richness you bring to Faith Community Nurses International (FCNI).

For those of you who were able to join me for my first President's Round Table Forum in January, I hope you found it informative. For those who missed it, you can find the recording on the FCNI website. We received comments on the strategic plan (the document is also accessible to FCNI members on the "Members Only" section of this website) and the feedback has been taken back to the Board.

I'm excited and thankful for the generosity of Widener University making available for new and renewing FCNI members the opportunity to take the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course at a discounted price. A special "Thanks" is extended to Dr. Donna Callaghan, the Chair of the FCNI Research Committee, for facilitating the course and the wonderful opportunity.

I want to encourage you to get involved in our professional organization. FCNI was created for and is led by faith community nurses and parish nurses for faith community nurses and parish nurses! I find the more engaged I am, the more I personally get out of my professional organizations-and I encourage you to join me in this venture!

Please contact us at if you are willing and able to get involved. We are looking for:

  • Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to work on specific topics for our Practice Toolkits. If you are an expert in an area that can help other FCNs, let us know! Some areas we are in need of experts are: infection control and prevention for FCNs, social determinants of health, legal issues in the faith community, resources for FCNs whose ministries were ended or positions eliminated, and new monthly health topics, just to name a few!
  • Several of our committees need additional members: Technology Committee, Finance and Fund Raising Committees, Education Committee, and the Spiritual Resource Committee.
  • Please plan to attend our first annual FCNI conference slated for Fall of 2023! It will be held virtually for your convenience. We are planning to send out a request for abstracts if you are interested in presenting some of your faith community work, evidence-based practice (EBP), or research. Stay tuned in for upcoming information!
  • Consider running for an office on the Board of Directors. Our Leadership Succession Committee will start recruitment activities for board positions being vacated in December. I will be offering some leadership development sessions on preparing for a leadership role in non-profit organizations.
  • We will be conducting a membership recruitment campaign to encourage you to invite friends and colleagues to join FCNI. More information will be forthcoming in the next month!
  • You will be receiving a copy of the revised bylaws next month.
Finally, this is a gentle reminder that membership renewal occurs in January. If you forgot to renew, please do so now. If you have recommendations on how we can better serve your needs, please contact me directly at

I'll close with a favorite sacred text:

Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your way acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path." Let's remember to trust God as we engage in our important work this year and set the course for moving our organization forward into the future. I am so blessed to serve with you. Let us continue to put God first to serve our faith communities and surrounding larger communities with love, faith, and compassion.

#byFCNsforFCNs     #byfaithcommunitynursesforfaithcommunitynurses     #calledtoserve

In service,

Mary Lynne

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Upcoming Events

FCNI Education Committee CNE
Food Insecurity in Healthcare Systems: Screening and Policy Recommendations

FCN Research Reference List

Updating Our Website!

The FCNI  Education Committee is inviting you to join our next Continuing Nursing Education session Thursday, April 27th from 6pm to 7pm Central Time on Zoom (online). Amanda Thurman, FNP, Assistant Professor at Azusa Pacific University will be presenting Food Insecurity in Healthcare Systems: Screening and Policy Recommendations.

Food insecurity is a major healthcare concern. Learn how you can integrate screening and provide appropriate food resource referrals.

Registration: $20 for Members; $40 for Non-members

Please join us! Registration is now open You can click on this link:

Or you will find the link below at the Upcoming FCNI Events or on our Calendar! Hope to see you there!

Deborah Ziebarth, PhD, MSN, RN-BC Faith Community Nurse, FCNI member, and prior FCNI Chair of the Research Committee, has recently updated the Faith Community Nurse Research Reference List. The list is available here for your perusal and is generally maintained on the Research page.

Please contact Deborah with your appreciation, questions, or requests.

1-2023 FCN Literature Reference List with Process.pdf

We are in the process of updating our website to enhance access and functionality. Please pardon our interim changes!

The Navigation Bar is changing to utilize the major access sites, Each of the tabs will have an associated "page" and drop down pages for you to explore. Click on the tab to go directly to that "page".  If there is a "greater than" or "carrot" image (>) following the tab title, there are additional "linked" or connected pages. Since the migration takes some time to process, If you have needs for specific information, please contact us at with your personal information requests. Additional information will be added with the website updates.

"Breadcrumbs" are now available in the left upper corner of the webpages under the FCNI logo. Breadcrumbs are a secondary source of navigation and identify where you are in relationship to prior "pages," allowing you to return to a prior page with ease-even if it is several "pages" back. We hope you find this helpful.

The 2023 Board of Directors is now linked, although we are awaiting some additional information for completion. To access a page title, click on that title. Subpages maintain their own titles and often require a move of the "mouse" to "click" on the specific title. So in this "snip" the "parent" title is the 2023 Board with subpages being the "Organizational Overview" and the "2023 Strategic Plan". Each title or page requires clicking to activate that page. This is important, as many times the "parent" page is neglected!

Thank you!

Upcoming FCNI Events

Westberg Symposium - 2023

Caring for the Human Spirit Conference and the Westberg Symposium annual seminar is being presented in person on April 17-19 in St. Louis, Missouri at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, 315 Chestnut Street. Registration is $520.00 for Spiritual Care Association (SCA) members and $600 for nonmembers. To register, please click on this link: There is an optional virtual attendance for some of the sessions with a cost of $142.00. To register, please click on this link:

FCNI Opportunities

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We are currently looking for additional members to join us on committees! 

  • Education Committee
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  • Spiritual Resource Committee
  • Technology Committee

Help shape the future of FCNI and learn new skills!

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Incorporate the FCN Position Statements into Your Practice!

FCN Position Statements are offered by the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing

Suggested Reading

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity (2021)

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity explores how nurses can work to reduce health disparities and promote equity, while keeping costs at bay, utilizing technology, and maintaining patient and family-focused care into 2030. This work builds on the foundation set out by The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health (2011) report.

You can view the manuscript here:

Other Recommended Reading

A comprehensive report published this month by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine strengthens the case for primary care as the foundation of the U.S. health care system. It also makes policy recommendations that reinforce several of the AAFP’s long-standing advocacy positions.

Follow this link to the American Academy of Family Physicians' website:

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