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December 2017
Working Together, Building Together
Carlos Bell,
As my term in office comes to an end, I would like to thank you for all the support you have given me during this time. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as your President. I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to each of you for your dedication and continued commitment to outstanding spiritual care and education. ACPE has a long history and an international reputation for excellence which contributes to the overall strength of the field.

I want to recognize the visionary Board of Directors, national office staff, regional directors, commission/committee/task force members, and volunteers for the incredible work done to advance the profession. 

Wayne Maberry, Accreditation Commission Chair
The Accreditation Commission had a very productive meeting in Atlanta last month. With many reviews taking place and new centers achieving accredited status, ACPE is thriving!

I am writing to share information about the Annual Report, which is must be completed by January 15, 2018. We are continuing to use BoardEffect, which we have found to be user-friendly and supportive of our work. As a Commission, we are always working to streamline our processes and to best support the work of our centers. To that end, the Commission has made some changes to the Annual Report submission process that we hope will make it more efficient.

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Congratulations to ACPE's Newly Certified Educators!
Congratulations to the ACPE Associate Educators and ACPE Certified Educators who passed certification committees at the fall meeting in Atlanta, GA or at their regional meeting!

We hope you will join us at the Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA for the Certification Commencement!
International Relations Committee
Stephen Robinson,Chair, LDC
Are you interested in actively and intentionally seeking collaborative international relationships with faith groups, seminaries, and other organizations involved in spiritual care education and practice?

Do you want to help ACPE increase the number and diversity of ACPE Certified Educators, students, and accredited ACPE Centers?

At the end of 2015, ACPE's board adopted a report by the International Relations Task Force. One of the task force's recommendations was to create a standing committee for international relations. The committee's creation was postponed while ACPE evaluated and restructured its governance.
REM Invitational XXX Registration Now Open
2018 REM Invitational attendees will engage in meaningful dialogue about their vision for the future and learn how colleagues from diverse backgrounds working together can impact and re-shape the way they provide care in CPE and pastoral ministry overall.

Pre-registration ends on January 19th.
Congratulations to the 2017 Innovative Program Award Recipients
At their November meeting, the ACPE Foundation board of directors approved $29,000 in grant awards to support four innovative CPE projects. The Innovative Program Award Committee received 10 proposals requesting a total of $86,597. This year's committee consisted of Ruth Alpers, José Cedillo, Kathleen Gallivan, Laurie Garrett-Cobbina, Allison Kestenbaum, Don Ledbetter, and Patrick McCoy, chair.

Call for 2018 Annual Conference Sponsorships
ACPE's 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA promises to be an amazing occasion! Here are two ways you can support our conference:

  • Make a sponsorship gift to support a specific conference event or scholarships for students to attend.
  • Support & Donate to the 2018 ACPE Conference Silent Auction! We will host another Silent Auction & Raffle where all funds raised will support ACPE's transformational educational programs. We need YOU to help make this a success!
ACPE Knocks It Out the Park on Giving Tuesday!
On Tuesday, November 28 ACPE joined thousands of non-profit organizations across the country in Giving Tuesday: The National Day of Giving. On that day, we exceeded our $5,000 goal, and raised $8,700 from 73 ACPE members, friends and staff to support innovative research and programs! ACPE President Carlos Bell led our effort with a special match for Giving Tuesday gifts.

Congratulations on a job well done! There's still time to make a gift to ACPE in honor of our 50th Anniversary! Give Today! 
Ending Our 50th Year with Gratitude!
With Thanksgiving festivities complete and before I begin my holiday shopping, I want to say "Thank You" to the folks who have made my experience as Chair of the ACPE Foundation's Annual Campaign rewarding. First, thank you to Jasmine Terry Okafor for all your creative thinking and diligence in reaching out to me, my Co-Chair George Grant, the Champions, the donors and the foundation leadership for recognizing innovation and planning for ACPE's future.

Speaking of Champions, a big "Thank You" to each of you-George Fitzgerald, Kathleen Gallivan, Brooks Heard, Don Ledbetter, Renita Mercado-Heinzl, Harlan Ratmeyer, and Les Small Stokes. Working alongside each of you has enriched my understanding of the ACPE.

You can make a significant gift to ACPE that costs you nothing now, and will keep on giving for years to come. Your gift can also memorialize a loved one. Here's how: 

A gift in your will is one way you can secure your estate and create an impactful legacy with ACPE. A gift in your will has many advantages:
Professional Well-Being Committee and Community of Practice Update
Barbara Bullock_ Chair_ Professional Well-Being Committee
Barbara Bullock, Chair,
Well-Being Committee
The Board of Directors appointed the Professional Well-Being Committee (PWB) a couple of months ago so the committee has only met by phone two times in 2017. We have been broadly charged to support organizational and professional well-being through the development of programs, attention to inclusion and diversity, innovation, and the support of communities of practice. In a very short time, we have learned to emphasize professional well-being in our efforts and that communities of practice are one of many methods of educational support to explore.

The PWB has been working with the national office to streamline and develop the structural process to support our communities of practice.

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Transforming Chaplaincy Launches New Website
Transforming Chaplaincy, a project-turned-institution promoting research literacy to improve patient outcomes, is excited to announce its new website at Having undergone a long period of development and design, the new website is an incredible resource for advancing research-literate chaplaincy in healthcare. The site is designed specifically to serve a variety of constituencies, including chaplains, educators, administrators, and researchers, all of whom are invited to come explore the site's offerings. Transforming Chaplaincy is active on Twitter and Facebook, as well, engaging broadly with all interested in research-literate chaplaincy. We're happy to pass along news of this exciting milestone in chaplaincy research and encourage you to look into all that Transforming Chaplaincy has to offer.

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