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November 2017
Working Together, Building Together
Carlos Bell, 
During the 2017 Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) Annual Conference, the senior leadership from our Strategic Partners on spiritual care (aka cognate groups) engaged in proactive dialogue and strategic planning. The desired outcome was to speak with a unified voice, strengthen each other, and collectively advance the profession. The senior leaders discussed the planning for a joint symposium in October 2017. In addition, the meeting was a continuation of the superb collaborative work done by the Strategic Partners in approving the 2017 Certification for Professional Spiritual Care: Common Qualifications and Competencies in 2016.

Election Reminder: Polls Close on Monday at 10am
Earlier this week, eligible voters should have received a ballot to participate in the ACPE Leadership Election. Polls will be open until Monday, November 6th at 10am eastern.

If you have not yet received a ballot, please contact John Roch for assistance. 
Leadership Development Committee Recruitment
Stephen Robinson, Leadership Development Committee Chair
As we are getting ready for 2018, ACPE is launching some exciting new committees to do the work of our association and create some enriching opportunities for the membership to be involved. Two of our new committees are:

Advocacy Committee
The Advocacy Committee has been charged and tasked with the responsibility of advocating for social issues that impact ACPE individuals or the association as a whole. This committee will monitor developments with Medicare and FLSA, and keep the membership informed by offering training or being a conduit for which members can express concerns.
New Certification Process - FAQ's Now on the Website
Mary Stewart Hall, Certification Chair
As we move closer to starting the implementation of the new certification process, we are continuing to update the web page to provide you with more information.  We have been collecting Frequently Asked Questions and have now developed a page where we are sharing those questions and answers.  If you have a question that you don't see covered there, please email it to us at  We will continue to add new questions and answers as they are shared with us.  Be on the lookout for additional information about the process shortly after our Leadership Meeting in November.

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Give a Gift of 5 in Honor of an ACPE Colleague
Melissa Walker-Luckett, Chair,  2017 Annual Campaign
This time of year, I begin recalling all for which I am thankful. Family, faith community, friends and meaningful work are always at the top of the list. Believe it or not, I place names of ACPE members in each of these categories. 

I am particularly grateful for early CPE educators in my life who challenged me to speak my truth, to claim my calling in a denomination that was hesitant, even unwilling, due to my gender, to affirm or confirm that calling. In CPE, I found friends and colleagues in my peers during my training who remain dear to me and I found friends and colleagues in those former supervisors when I made that transition to supervisor myself.

Save the Date: November 28 is Giving Tuesday
Join your colleagues across the country, and support ACPE on Giving Tuesday-the National Day of Giving! Your support helps us to reach our goal of $5,000 to fund innovative CPE projects focused on research, and further position ACPE as a leader in spiritual care.

Check out this video of a wonderful Innovative CPE project past gifts made possible. Once you make your gift, tell five friends to join us, too

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:
Carl Jones-Reid Joins ACPE Team
Carl Jones-Reid,
Technology Specialist
Carl Jones-Reid joins ACPE as the Technology Specialist. He graduated from the University of Georgia Southern with a B.A. in Communications and double minor in Business Administration and International Studies. He is currently pursuing a Computer & Information Science degree at Gwinnett Technical College. Carl's previous employment was with the Norcross Police Department.
Carl is originally from New York but has spent most of his time in Georgia which is why he considers himself a Southern Yankee. When he is not working or studying for exams, Carl enjoys spending his free time listening to Ted Talks, watching comic book movies, and spending time with his family which includes his girlfriend Kiyara and three-year old son Camden.
Last call to join ACPE as we travel to Israel!

Join 22 of your colleagues who have already signed up for the trip on our multi-faith trip to Israel where we will tour the land, explore holy sites, learn with each other and participate in professional visits to CPE programs in Israel. For a detailed itinerary, cost information, and to sign up, please click here.  Registration closes on November 15, 2017. Have questions? Email Marc Medwed, ACPE Director of Programs. 
Research Project on Redemptive Leadership
You are invited to participate in a research project on Redemptive Leadership: redeeming, repurposing, and relaunching leaders who have lost their way. Phil Haltom, a Ph.D candidate and ACPE graduate (5 units), will be conducting this research. Participation will be confidential.

For those who understand how failure has led to success, you are invited to investigate the prospects of participation by emailing Mr. Haltom at

Please also consider downloading and posting this flyer in your center or hospital. 

Thank you.

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