UCC chaplain honored for service in retirement

UCC chaplain honored for service in retirement

March 31, 2009
Written by Daniel Hazard

The Rev. George Rendell Robie has been honored by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) with the Retired Chaplain Award at its February "Summit '09 Spiritual Care Collaborative Conference" in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The award is presented to a retired member who has made significant contributions to the field of chaplaincy and pastoral care, or to the APC during retirement years.

An APC board certified chaplain of Lincoln, Neb., Robie retired from full-time chaplaincy in 2006, when he ended his tenure as staff chaplain at BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln. Not one to be idle, he continued to serve that institution as an on-call chaplain until March 2008, when he assumed the part-time position of spiritual care coordinator at Horisun Hospice of Lincoln, where he presently works.

Robie remains active with the APC in retirement; a service the organization says is "invaluable." He has served as state membership chair for Nebraska and is currently the continuing education chair for that state. In addition, he has volunteered in the areas of Continuing Chaplaincy Education; and annual conference planning, setup and registration. Presently, Robie is involved with other retired chaplains in a project designed to organize retired chaplains as resources to the organization and benefactors for the future of chaplaincy.

Robie joined APC's predecessor organizations, the College of Chaplains and the Association of Mental Health Clergy, in 1979. He was ordained by the UCC in 1967.

A native of Hooksett, N.H., Robie graduated cum laude with a bachelor's in religion and sociology from Yankton College, Yankton, SD. He holds a master of divinity degree from Drew University, Madison, N.J.; master's in Christian education from Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Conn.; a doctor of ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minn.; and a master's in guidance counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wis. He is married to his college sweetheart, Diane E. Robie, a fellow Drew University graduate and retired nurse. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. 

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