October 12, 2020
The news these days is overwhelming. Pandemics, fires, elections – any one of these things could pose a substantial threat to our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And together? Well, it’s all just so much.

And yet, I find myself compelled to attend to the news cycle, as if I might be able to alter its course.
We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom. The drop-in meeting will take place on Mondays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm eastern.
Earlier this year, ACPE rolled out a new Salesforce database, website, and SharePoint sites. Join John Roch, Director of Communications & Technology and Carl Jones-Reid, Technology Specialist for a Tech Talk ACPE.
ACPE's Tech Team will host a series of talks which include a brief overview of our new platforms and Q&A sessions. The hour-long talks are limited to 10 members to ensure attendees can ask their questions and address their challenges.
We are very excited that the initial review of portfolios is well under way. Since this is the first time we are completing and reviewing portfolios, we are sure there are many questions that have come up and practices you have developed. Join us on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern Time via Zoom for a fruitful discussion.
Finding Comfort During Hard Times is now available for those who have vision challenges or prefer to listen to their books. This is a chaplaincy resource, but also a resource for those interested in professional spiritual care, education, and experience.
The $1,000 Melvin Brewing Scholarship was created to help students lift a little bit of financial stress off of their shoulders while also helping to strengthen our communities! The application deadline is March 30, 2021
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
Do you recognize these folks or the event in the photo above? Send us a note at webmaster@acpe.edu

Last week's photo featured Danielle Buhuro and Toby Obeh at the Annual Conference in 2017.

Have any photos from your personal ACPE archive that you would like to share? Send them to webmaster@acpe.edu to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
In Case You Missed It
Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members.
This year, up to $15,000 is available in funding. Applicants should submit their materials by November 1, 2020.
The Foundation for ACPE has two funding opportunities. The deadline to submit your applications is November 15, 2020.
The Foundation for ACPE Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate someone for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2021.
The due date for completing the peer review is October 31, 2020. If you have questions about the process, please contact Katherine Higgins.
The ACPE SIP Program offers trainings to help mental health practitioners work more competently with spirituality in the context of psychotherapy. The 30-hour NBCC-approved continuing education curriculum is offered locally in communities across the country.
"Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in Changing Times" takes place October 16-18. The keynote speaker is Dr. Gregory Ellison.
Webinars include: Liberation Theologies: An Introduction from Black Points of View, Social Location and Intersectionality, The Social Construction of Race, the History of Racism in Healthcare and Whiteness & Anti-Racist Identity.
  • Virtual Educator Gatherings: Thursday, 12 Noon EDT
  • Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings: Friday, 12 Noon EDT
If you need the meeting link, please email Katherine Higgins. 
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Last week, the harvest moon beamed across our world, inviting what my family thinks of as great porch moments. For some, it may be a balcony; for others, it may be a walk in the neighborhood. This poem invites some lovely reflection about how we are present in such moments:
The Light We Leave Behind
by Kenneth Ronkowitz
A star chart tells me
that the star I am seeing tonight
is 500 light years away.
It may have died 499 years ago,
and I am still seeing its last light.
Stars are born, they live, and they die.
What is the light that remains when we leave?
If I die after writing this poem, is this my light,
and how long might that light remain and be seen?
I wondered last night and still this morning
about these questions, and still now,
standing again outside
under a mackerel sky dappled, rippled with clouds
and the sun, our family star,
which will also die.
Then, there will be no light remaining.
Perhaps, this is not what you believed.
When it dies, the Earth dies with it.
No last light to come after it.
In its end, the sun will expand
into a red giant
and will vaporize the Earth.
My son rises
and joins me outside
his coffee steaming a small cloud
into the December air.
In this enormous moment,
we look into the sky and universe.
We are a fortnight from the year ending
and hopeful for many more circles
around the sun. We are expanding,
gathering our light, and sharing it
while we can still see it reflected
in those constellating nearby.
Sharon Salzburg is well known among many in our world. She has recently put together a 10-day meditation series on lovingkindness. It may be a nice tool for a group, for a home, or personal use, and it’s free: 

This Week on the Calendar
October 15
Feast Day ‘Ilm (Baha’i)
The Baha’i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. ‘Ilm is the Arabic word for knowledge. The word "feast" suggests that a large meal will be served, but that is not necessary for a Bahá'í Feast. The use of the term "feast," in this case, means that the community should enjoy a "spiritual feast" of worship, fellowship and unity – although refreshments are usually available.

October 17–25
Navaratri (Hinduism)
Nine-day festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It worships God in the form of the universal mother commonly referred to as Durga, Devi or Shakti, and marks the start of fall.

October 18
Birth Of The Báb (Bahá’í)
Bahá’í observance of the anniversary of the birth in 1819 of Siyyid, “the Báb,” the prophet herald of the Bahá’í Faith, in Shíráz, Persia.

October 19
Birth Of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í)
Observance of the anniversary of the birth in 1817 of Bahá’u’lláh, prophet founder of the Bahá’í Faith, in Núr, Persia.
This Week in our Thoughts
  • ACPE Retired Educator Louis Bach Hoyer Sr., age 90, of Worthington, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at the Claremont Retirement Village following an extended illness. The son of Ludolf Joseph Hoyer & Melanie Bach, he was born on August 8, 1930 in Morris, MN.
  • ACPE Certified Educator Peter Keese lost his wife, Helen Vander Horst Keese, on October 2, 2020. Peter and Helen were married for 57 years and they continued the adventure of learning to live together happily right to the last. Her body will be cremated and her ashes held until such time as a proper celebratory memorial and burial service can be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Ashwood, TN. 

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details.
Please email webmaster@acpe.edu to add someone to our thoughts.
This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

UNC Hospitals WakeBrook Campus in Raleigh, NC is seeking a Clinical Pastoral Education Specialist in the Department of Pastoral Care. The Clinical Pastoral Education Specialist will be responsible for the pastoral care of patients, families and...

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CPE Residency/Certified Educator Candidate (CEC)

Full Time Position (1 Year Duration) * 3 CPE units * 75 Hours Bi Weekly (37.5 Hours per week) * Day/Evening w/ Weekend and Holiday Rotation * Benefits include Medical, Dental, and Vision $50 Non-refundable Application fee. No Tuition, Stipend is...

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Other Educational Opportunities
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