National Association of College
and University Chaplains

A multifaith professional community supporting spiritual and ethical life in higher education

“Chaplaincy for the 21st Century”  

February 24-26, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM

ACURA (the Association for College and University Religious Affairs)
NACUC (National Association of College and University Chaplains)

Keynote Speaker

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and the Founding Director of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An internationally recognized author and spiritual leader, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on incarnational mysticism, non-dual consciousness, and contemplation, with a particular emphasis on how these affect the social justice issues of our time. Along with many recorded conferences, he is the author of numerous books, including The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation (with Mike Morrell) and Just This. To learn more about Fr. Richard Rohr and the CAC, visit

Excursion Options

Sunday, February 24 – Train trip to Santa Fe with guided tour of the historic plaza area

Cost $35 - Covers the costs of shuttles, train, and tour.  Lunch is on your own.

All aboard!  Hop on the famous Rail Runner Express which will give you a view of New Mexico you simply can't see from the road, featuring rugged, desert vistas, and historic pueblos.

You'll arrive in the heart of Santa Fé which boasts unique historical, cultural, and spiritual features accessible on foot.  In this 90 minute guided tour you will visit the Cathedral Basilica, the Santa Fe Plaza, the oldest church in North America, and Santa Fé’s famous art district, Canyon Road. The tour will end at the Palace of the Governors where participants can purchase direct from Native American artists. Having built up an appetite, participants can choose to eat lunch from a wide variety of restaurants featuring traditional and contemporary Santa Fé cuisine or classic American options.

Meet at 8:00a.m. in the hotel lobby to board the shuttle for the quick ride to the train station.  The train departs at 8:30 a.m. and arrives in Santa Fe at 10:05 a.m.  There, you will take the free shuttle from the station to the Santa Fe Plaza where you will meet your tour guide. The return trip departs Santa Fe at 3:15 p.m. and will have you back in Albuquerque at 4:45 p.m.  

Monday, February 24 – Guided walking tour of Old Town Albuquerque

Cost:  $15 

Your tour guide will dispel rumors and myths with authentic information about the “Duke City” as they escort you on an exciting adventure through time.  Embark on a 60 minute leisurely walking tour which takes you through the streets and alleys of one of the oldest towns in North America.

Meet in the hotel lobby, we depart at 5:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, February 26 – Tour of Petroglyph National Monument

Cost: $20 

Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400-700 years ago.  These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.

Meet in hotel lobby at 3:00 p.m. Bus departs at 3:15 p.m. and returns at 4:45 p.m. (Departing the monument at 4:30 p.m.)

Hotel Accommodations

Book your hotel room directly online or by calling 866-505-7829 and ask to be connected to reservations.

Link for online booking:

To receive the group rate, guests must state that they would like to be placed within the "Chaplaincy for the 21st Century” block of rooms, or they may refer to the Block Code 1902CH

Please note, the reservations cut-off date will be:  February 11, 2019. 

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
Direct:  505-222-8701 | Fax:  505-222-8703


Most meals are included within the registration fee, except Monday evening’s dinner:

Included, Sunday, Feb 24 - Opening plenary/Keynote dinner

Included, Monday, Feb 25 - Breakfast, lunch, snacks

Not Included: Dinner on your own this evening

Included, Tuesday, Feb 26 – Breakfast, lunch, snacks, closing plenary dinner.

 Please note that the executive boards of both associations have agreed to a vegetarian menu throughout the conference. We have taken this step in an effort to maximize inclusivity and minimize our impact on the environment. It is our hope that you will enjoy the delicious food options.

Travel Information

Many airlines travel to Albuquerque International Sunport and there are nonstop flights to and from major cities across the United States. For more information, see

Albuquerque can be warm and sunny but during the winter season temperatures can drop dramatically at night, with highs around 55 and lows at 30. Please check the 5 day forecast before packing for your trip. Also, Albuquerque sits at a higher elevation than many visitors are used to.  Altitude sickness impacts people differently, you may find yourself needing to breathe a little deeper, move a little slower and drinking more water in order to stay hydrated and functional.

Additional helpful resources and FAQs can be found on the official travel Albuquerque site.


To register for the Joint Conference and see the full details regarding conference rates, click here: 
Chaplaincy for the 21st Century Conference Registration

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