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Working Together, Building Together 
Carlos Bell, President
I had the privilege of beginning my professional career as an Associate CPE Supervisor at the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System, Dallas, TX. The opportunity to serve individuals who had given so much to our country and sacrificed their lives was an unforgettable life changing experience. The veterans taught me through story the importance of Working Together, Building Together in the midst of chaos and commitment to service.

Recommended Bylaws Change
Under our new bylaws adopted last year, Section 15.01, Amendment. The Bylaws of the Association may be altered, amended, or repealed by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting, provided, appropriate notice of the general nature of the proposed change in the Bylaws shall have been given in the notice of the meeting. Meetings may be in person or virtual/electronic via the use of written or electronic ballot.

Annual Conference Early Bird Rate Ends TODAY
ACPE's 2017 Annual Conference & 50th Anniversary Celebration in Minneapolis, MN promises to be an amazing occasion! Don't miss this historic event where we reflect on our past and envision our future!

In addition to registering & attending, consider two more ways you can support our conference and bring in "50" in style.

Pictures to Share
David Johnson and Jo Clare Wilson (Past Presidents) spent the weekend of Feb 11/12 in the national ACPE office perusing through countless pictures (remember John Thomas?!) in preparation for the 50th Anniversary celebration in Minneapolis.

Why Medical Residents Need Chaplains
Linda Simmons
Professional chaplains are stationed on military bases, in hospitals and hospices, prisons, and even workplaces-anywhere where people are struggling with "ordinary" or extreme stresses of human life.

Historically, colleges and universities have had chaplains who supported and challenged students at key developmental transitions in their lives.  How is it that chaplains are scarcely found in settings of intense professional formation at the graduate and post-graduate level?   The most stressful of these has  been identified 
Ramona Reynolds
as  medical training, in which medical students and residents  sco re higher in symptoms of burnout than peers in other professions. A 2016 study reported that "in national samples of 4402 medical students and 1701 residents, high emotional exhaustion, high depersonalization and overall burnout was substantially more prevalent among medical students and residents than age-matched college graduates not studying medicine" 
(Dyrbye & Shanafelt, 2016).

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 Transforming Chaplaincy
Advancing Chaplaincy: Learning to Think and Act Strategically
A series of 4 hour-long webinars offered in Winter-Spring 2017
Hosted by ACPE Academy; Co-sponsor by Transforming Chaplaincy
The aim of this series is to help leaders and emerging leaders in professional chaplaincy and chaplaincy education develop and strengthen their ability to think strategically about advancing chaplaincy both at the level of the profession and at the level of their institution.

Creating Your Legacy Just Got Easier: 
We Can Help Make Your Planning Simple

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:

Congratulations ZiZi!
ACPE Accounting Assistant, Zornitsa (Zizi) Krasteva and her husband Dimitar Krastev welcomed their new son Daniel Dimitrov Krastev on February 20, 2017. His birth weight was 7lbs 15oz. Daniel is the latest addition to his family joining his sisters Victoria (11) and Yanna (6).
Mom and baby are home happy and healthy. Zizi is expected to return from maternity leave in early-April.
AAPC Annual Conference
Did you know that the ACPE office staff is helping the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) plan their annual conference? ACPE staff have assisted with hotel and speaker contracts, promotional materials, and registration.
AAPC is hosting their annual conference March 23-25, 2017 in Decatur, GA. Their theme is Vision and Opportunity: The Future of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy and Care.
AAPC would love for you to join them and continue our collaboration!
Upcoming Religious Holy Days

Children's Spirituality Symposium 2017: Creativity, Collaboration and Communication

Southeast VSED End-of-Life Choice Conference

Integrative Chaplain Certificate Course

Contemplative Fellowships for Health Care Professionals

Creating Caring Communities Through Bikkur Holium

Chaplain Distance Learning
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