Letter from the Presidents

We are delighted to welcome you to the home of The Association for Chaplaincy and Spiritual Life in Higher Education (ACSLHE, acronym pronounced “axle”)!


It has merged from two fine organizations (ACURA and NACUC) with long and treasured histories of supporting the work of spiritual life in institutions of higher education.


The basis of ACSLHE is friendship, collegial relationship, co-laboring and learning from each other. We are an intentionally interreligious community committed to movements of justice and inclusion. Our hope is that ACSLHE will be a haven of support and a beacon of advocacy for our professions. Our intention is to advance chaplaincy and spiritual life work in institutions of higher education, to develop and support those who engage the work, and to be a unified voice in the face of challenges. In the season of COVID, we know that our roles in campus communities are amplified and even more necessary.


The work of merging these two organizations has been richly rewarding and at times challenging. We are excited to report that we’ve made great progress. Behind the scenes the boards of NACUC and ACURA (now operating as a single entity) have been developing new bylaws, combining membership rosters, transfering funds, improving our membership listserv, updating administrative operations, and so much more.


The ACSLHE Executive Board has begun to plan our very first Virtual Conference scheduled for March 8-9, 2021. We have charged our colleagues on the Conference Planning Committee with envisioning an engaging experience of speaker(s), workshops, and presentations. Additionally, during the conference we will vote on the next Board of Directors (the first official ACSLHE Board since combining ACURA & NACUC Boards for this merger and transition to one Association).


ACSLHE is a community of colleagues and friends, on the brink of a new and exciting chapter. Thank you again for your important work and dedication to the field of chaplaincy and spiritual life in higher education. In the midst of these complicated and difficult days, we are stronger together. We very much look forward to engaging with you in the coming months!


With gratitude,


Deanna Shorb

President (formerly ACURA)

SHORB@grinnell.edu


Adam Kirtley

President (formerly NACUC)

kirtleam@whitman.edu

ACSLHE | pronounced AXLE | ©2020