The President's Passage
Fall 2023

Dear FCNI members and friends,

As I write this, my spirit and mind are preparing for Thanksgiving, and I want to reflect on my gratitude for so many things.  Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 106:1, ESV Bible)

First, I appreciate our members, who have engaged with us over the last year and made our events robust, interactive, and meaningful. We have learned so much from each other. Those of you who are Friends of FCNI, I am thankful that you have attended many of our events. Please consider joining FCNI, so you can take advantage of our numerous membership benefits.


Second, I am so grateful to our FCNI Board of Directors. They have worked tirelessly for the benefit of our members and this organization. You will hear about the accomplishments at our annual membership meeting on November 16th at 6pm CT (immediately following the CNE: The Spiritual Practice of Self-Care for the Faith Community Nurse). Use this Event URL: https://www.fcninternational.org/event-5458972 to register for the CNE offered by Rev. Dr. Esther Brown.

Here is the Zoom link for both the CNE program and the annual meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85090533468 Please note: If you do not register to attend the CNE program, you may still use this link.  However, you will remain in the waiting room until 7:00pm, at which time you will be admitted (when the CNE program is finished).  

Finally, thank you to those who voted for our 2024 officers and directors. The ballot is open until November 10th, so please make your voice heard and cast your vote https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9CMMZVY

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

In service,

Mary Lynne

President, FCNI


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Giving Tuesday Giving Opportunity Starts November 28, 2023

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Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) volunteer to serve people in significant need. This is done through a ministry in their faith community and impacts their neighborhoods and the community at large. FCNs generally are not paid to do this work. Scholarships for nurses to attend faith community nursing continuing education enables these nurses to collaborate, innovate, transform, and inspire…to make a difference in the lives of others. 

For the 10th anniversary of Faith Community Nurses International, our goal is to raise $1000 to support the ongoing education of FCNs who serve from the heart, are not compensated, and may not be able to afford the cost associated with continuing education. Please consider donating $20-$40, or whatever you are called to give, to cover the tuition for a nurse continuing education offering. 

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Contributions cannot be refunded. Contributions are solicited and received with the understanding that Faith Community Nurses International has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. If, for any reason, we are not able to use your gift for scholarships, we may use your gift to help cover the overall expenses of the organization.

The Spiritual Practice of Self-Care for the Faith Community Nurse


Presenter: Rev. Dr. Esther Brown (Faculty, Widener University, PA)

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Time: 7 pm ET, 6 pm CT, 5 pm MT, 4 pm PT on Zoom

Faith Community Nurses are currently experiencing burnout from the post-Covid period we are in. An additional challenge is the reluctance of church leadership to support FCN practice. FCNs should have the ability to practice their specialty and maintain a sense of well-being for themselves and the clients they serve.

Learning outcome: Upon completion of the activity, nurses will be able to: 1. Identify two strategies to practice self-care.

Esther Brown is a nurse leader, career FCN, pastor, nurse faculty, and dean of her denominational seminary who has worked in health care and ministry for over 40 years. She continues practice in the community with FCNs experiencing burnout and regularly provides support and resources for the greater FCN community.

Registration: CNE 1.0 ANCC contact hours

$20 for FCNI members, $40 for non-members

To register, please go to: 

Faith Community Nurses International: www.fcninternational.org

(A printable flyer is available at: Spiritual Self Care Flyer.pdf


We will be setting aside sacred space in order to write. This is not a lecture or a presentation. It is not a continuing nursing education (CNE) event. The intent is to create creative artistic space, set aside the time, and establish the discipline to write. Maybe you have a devotional you would like to publish? Perhaps there is a scholarly manuscript that has been gathering dust on your desk? Could it be a book you're writing that needs some attention? Do you have a prayer you would like to write for the FCNI online prayer book? Any and all of these are perfect writing projects to bring!

We will meet on Zoom for two hours on three Saturdays this summer to write together. The remaining dates are August 26th and September 9th from 11am to 1pm CT.  There will be an evaluation after the third session to see if we should continue and if the time was good.

An FCNI Board Member will host the space. There is no cost, but you will need to register. Please note: There are 3 sessions, each with an individual Zoom link, so please register for one or all of the sessions. Here is the next link for you:  https://www.fcninternational.org/event-5357297

Please have:

  • A writing project—have computer open, a pad of paper and pen/pencil and be prepared to write
  • Lunch or a snack, a cup of coffee or tea, so you don’t need to get up during the session
  • Prepared by getting errands out of the way in the morning, or after you are done writing

We will start out in prayer and each briefly describe what we are working on for the session in the first 15 minutes. Then we’ll write for 1.5 hours. We’ll come back in the last 15 minutes to report our progress. We will have fun and accomplish a writing goal! See you there.

Mary Lynne
FCNI President

Free and open to members as well as non-members, however, registration is required. The Zoom link to attend will be sent to you following your registration.

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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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