September 21-22, 2017

and a Pre-Conference for Educators

September 20, 2017

At UC Diakonissestiftelsen School of Nursing, Copenhagen, Denmark

This conference aims to:

  • Facilitate a meeting place for international students to develop self-awareness and reflect on spiritual care
  • Experience the spiritual needs and resources among patients
  • Gain understanding of meaning and practice of spiritual care
  • Meet international researches, educators and clinicians in spiritual care

For further information and to book a place, visit the Diakonissestiftelsen website at


“Spirituality at the heart of my practice”

Dates: Thursday 24-09-2015 and Friday 25-09-2015

Venue: Diakonova University College in Oslo (Norway)

Cost: €40




  • Facilitate a meeting place for international students to develop self-awareness and reflect on the professional role
  • Exchange experiences with other international students
  • Meet international researchers conducting spirituality research
  • Gain an insight into the research being undertaken in spirituality and spiritual care



Thursday 24th September:

09.00: Registration

09.30: Welcome – Music Performance


Dr. Tove Giske, Haraldsplass Deaconess University College, Norway

Interactive session

11.30: Coffee Break


Associate Professor Kristina Berg Torskenæs & Assistant Professor Solrun Fjalsett  both Diakonova University College, Norway

13.00: LUNCH

14.00: ”View of Life -/Faith History Group”: trying out this tool

15.30: Coffee Break


Dr. Tiburtius Koslander, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Interactive session

17.30: Closing


Friday 24th September:


Dr. Linda Ross,University of South Wales, UK & Professor Dr. Wilfred McSherry Staffordshire University, UK

Interactive session


12.30: LUNCH


Dr. Mykola Panchenko,Ukrainian

Interactive session

15.00: Coffee Break


Student led session

17.00: Closing remarks / Next conference announcement

17.30: Music Performance

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We accept abstracts for posters and papers for the conference. Abstracts will be evaluated in relation to the purpose of the conference.

Abstracts must include name and institution, address and e-mail.

Write the learning outcome of your presentation and the theme or research project you will present; maximum 250 words.

Send abstracts to Tormod Kleiven – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - before June 1st 2015.


Questions? Send an e-mail to Tormod Kleiven –  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



This is a report on the NCFI European Conference published on the blog of the Christian Medical Fellowship of the British Isles:


A Christian vision for nursing – a report from the NCFI Europe conference

In September, 100 Christian nurses from 15 European nations, (and three non-European ones) gathered in Madrid to look at the Christian vision of whole person nursing. This was the Ninth European Regional Conference of Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI)

Europe is a very diverse region, and we enjoyed sharing in each other’s national costumes, music, food, and learning about our different experiences as nurses. Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe each have very different challenges for both nurses and Christian believers. In the East it is the challenge (and the very real economic and practical cost) of acting as a Christian with integrity where bribery is often the only way to supplement poor wages. In the North, it is how to be distinctively and authentically Christian as a nurse when the wider secular nursing culture still works broadly to Christian values of compassion and integrity. In the South, it is hard to be an evangelical believer without being seen as part of a distrusted sect. Nurses are generally highly respected, autonomous professionals in the West, but often regarded as little more than medical ancillaries in the East. However, despite our diversity, we experienced a great sense of unity and fellowship.

We also enjoyed the challenges of working in two languages – English and Spanish. It is a challenge to work bi-linguallly, and it was not a smooth ride (especially for our two lovely, Godly, but overworked translators!), but well worth the effort. The small Spanish organising committee worked incredibly hard and with huge professionalism – ‘making bricks with straw’!

The Plenaries in English gave us a great overview of the history, current context and future challenges facing the profession, while the Spanish Bible Talks (by Fernando Ramos – a pastor and nephrology nurse from Bilbao) explored what the book of Daniel can teach us about the challenges of holding on to our faith in a non-Christian and changing cultural environment – the reality across Europe for all believers.

All the talks and papers (in English and Spanish) are being shared on the GECE (NCF Spain) blogemergencia vital.

Conference centre

A beautiful location for the conference

In addition to the national diversity we also saw a great spread of ages, from students in their late teens and early twenties to our oldest delegate who celebrated her 79th birthday during the conference! Having been at all nine NCFI European Regional Conferences, and it was a great privilege to have her with us to remind us of the need to connect with our history in order to understand our present and future (a theme that Sonya Grimpa of Trinity and Western University in Canada explored in her opening plenary). One challenge for NCFI is how we engage with this ‘Golden Generation’ in order to both support and encourage them, and also to share their learning, experience and wisdom with the upcoming generations.

The NCFI Next Generation was well-represented by over a dozen recently qualified and student nurses. This is a new ministry and network developing within NCFI. During the conference they had an international prayer meeting via Google Hangouts one afternoon, drawing in other junior nurses from across the globe.

Delegates networking

Delegates networking

The big challenge for NCFI-NG is that they are now growing from a group of five scattered across the globe to a wider group, not all of whom use English as a common language.

It is always a huge privilege to work with such a diversity of nurses, serving so faithfully in clinical practice and academia and from the most junior student to the most senior nurses in their field, but all owning one Lord and Saviour who unites us across barriers of language, culture, class and professional hierarchy!

GECE (Nurses Christian Fellowship of Spain) have provided us with details of a range of tour opportunities for people attending the NCFI European Conference.

Tours are available to



Further information in English and Spanish on all of these tours is available here
Book through 
Manuel Pérez
Avda. Valdelasfuentes, 39
28701 - San Sebastián de los Reyes - Madrid
Tel 91-6524611

The target group for the Train-the-Trainer-course of the Art and Science of Spiritual Care is nurses with experience in teaching or with practical experience in spiritual care and with an interest to teach others about spirituality in nursing. We encourage participants to come in pairs with somebody they know for this training. This will make it easier to plan and implement the program as you get home. We also encourage this educational program to be taught in teams and not just by a single teacher.

The Train-The-Trainer-course is for nurses that are in agreement with the NCFI’s statement of faith ( and will prepare nurses to teach others the NCFI Educational Program of The Art and Science of Spiritual Care.

The course will normally be offered to participants that have completed the Educational program of The Art and Science of Spiritual Care.

The course will take between 2 – 4 hours and will explain and discuss the pedagogical background and choices to consider when teaching the course.

Those attending the Train-The-Trainer-course will be provided with a manual which gives background knowledge for the details of the educational program. It also contains resource material to be used as appropriate when teaching the program in diverse settings.


If you want more information about the Train-the-Trainer course of the Art & Science of Spiritual Care educational program, please contact Tove Giske at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Carrie Dameron at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it