About RNA

Support for Chaplains

Chaplain certification

The Religious Naturalist Association (RNA) is recognized by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) as a spiritual/faith group that can provide a “letter of endorsement/support” that satisfies one of the requirements for certification as a board-certified chaplain (as is shown in Row 5 of Q3 at this link). Additional information on the certification process can be seen at the Board of Chaplain Certification Inc. (BCCI) website.

To request a letter of endorsement/support, send an e-mail to Michael Cavanaugh, Secretary of RNA, at MichaelCav@aol.com that includes:

  • your name,
  • a CV or resume, and
  • a description of how you came to see yourself as a religious naturalist, 
  • plus any questions you may have. 

After a review of this, and perhaps some follow-on questions, RNA will respond by sending a letter of endorsement or an explanation of why we feel that endorsement would not be appropriate. 

To learn more about how RNA understands and describes a religious naturalist orientation, you can explore the RNA website, including the following pages:

About religious naturalism

Core concepts

Frequently asked questions

Religious Naturalist Association home page

Since certification of the first RNA-endorsed chaplain in 2016, a number of other chaplains have been endorsed by RNA, and a “RNA Chaplains” group has formed. This group has sponsored in-person gatherings at the annual APC Convention and has periodic online Zoom group conversations. If you’d like to learn more about this group, or if you’d like to speak with chaplains who chose to be endorsed by RNA, contact NAME at E-MAIL [or – the RNA Chaplains group via this link].

(Details, or inclusion of this – to be specified by the RNA Chaplain group)

Resources with Religious Naturalist Perspectives

A question for the RNA Chaplain group

If you think any areas or pages at the Religious Naturalism website might potentially be useful to chaplains as resources, (for example, via the Challenges, Resources, or Practices top-menu buttons), let us know and we can add mention of these here.