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April 23, 2018
All Aboard!
George Grant, PhD,
Annual Campaign Chair
Our industry is on the precipice of explosive growth. What is most apparent is that healthcare organizations are needing us spiritual care educators & providers to respond to employees. The possibility exists that we will be behind in this demand, but I feel that we are in position to retool ourselves as educators of effective engagement in relieving the high stress associated with working in healthcare environments.

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Why I Joined the Anton Boisen Legacy Society
Sally Schwab, 
Board Member, Foundation for ACPE
It has been many years since I received certification as an Associate Supervisor in the ACPE. In fact, I recall clearly the meeting in 1986 in Atlanta, GA. In some ways certification was a celebration of my learning in CPE where I had deepened my understanding of myself, widened my awareness of others, and defined my sense of call to ministry. It was also the beginning of a new journey into ACPE engagement that has offered me opportunities to grow and learn, and has given me precious friendships!

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Annual Conference Pre-Registration Extended to April 27th
Only a few days left to register for the 2018 Annual Conference! Pre-registration closes at 11:59PM ET on Friday, April 27th. Register today

Check out our exciting conference workshops and plenary speakers

There's still time to help ACPE host a terrific conference! Please consider making a sponsorship gift to support a specific conference event or scholarships for students.

Center Directory Upgrades and New Center Admin Accounts
The ACPE database and online directory have received an upgrade! With new fields to choose from, enhanced search capabilities, and special administrative accounts to update center listings, the database is more user-friendly and helps to market ACPE centers and their programs.

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Children's Hospital Los Angeles receives CHLA Humanism Award

Congratulations to the Spiritual Care department at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) on receiving the Morris and Mary Press Humanism Award. Led by ACPE Certified Educator Dagmar Grefe, the department is well-known for being a great resource, team players and the ultimate patient advocates.

The Morris and Mary Press Humanism Award recognizes hospital employees for humanistic qualities of compassion, kindness and dedication in working with patients, families and volunteers.
Did You Know?
Did you know that visitors can review a Center's detailed profile by clicking on its name in our Accredited Center Directory?

Click on the Center name to review rosters of educators, accreditation dates, application fees, and more.

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In Case You Missed It
Have you seen all the videos developed by the Certification Implementation Team on Core Curriculum?

They recently published two new videos entitled "Introduction to Professional Ethics" and "Interfaith Spiritual Care". 

You can find all the videos on the ACPE website here or on ACPE's YouTube channel.
Certification Process Q & A: More Sessions Added
The initial round of Certification Q & A sessions have been wonderfully attended and almost all spots have been filled. New dates for the month of May have been added to the sign up, so if you were not yet able to join a session, please click here to reserve your spot.

Each session is limited to 10 participants which allows a space for greater dialogue.
Join an Online Community
All ACPE members are expected to participate in a Community of Practice (CoP). To join a CoP, sign-in to the ACPE website. Navigate to "My ACPE" and then click on "My Communities." Click on the name of the community to see the activity in the group. Click the "Follow Community" button to join and collaborate!

Visit the ACPE website for more detailed instructions
grants awarded
The 2018 Innovative Program Award grant cycle is now open! Applicants are invited to submit proposals for innovative CPE projects that do not exceed $7,000. This year a total of $20,600 is available in funding.

The 2018 Innovative Program Award application and proposal outline may be accessed by clicking here. Please submit a complete application and proposal (5-page maximum) in PDF format via email to Jasmine T. Okafor by July 31, 2018.

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Weekly Highlights
Sarah Bergstrom,
CPE Student
CPE Jedi

We seem like ordinary people. We dress professionally, inhale our morning caffeine and bicker with our spouses like normal people. And yet, unbeknown to most, we are CPE Jedi, wielding the force at North Memorial. No one can figure out what we do because our power is invisible. People find themselves telling us things they never had any intention of sharing. We walk into the rooms when all others run out. Don't let our cheerful disposition fool you. We communicate pall upon command.

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This Week's Reflection
What an odd April we have had across the nation! From snowstorms across the midwest to
near-freezing temperatures in Georgia to drought-like conditions in the southwest, the cruelest
month is rearing its head. It seems only one poem will do amidst all this:
"The Waste Land," Part 1, by T.S. Eliot
I. The Burial of the Dead

April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
Bin gar keine Russin, stamm' aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
And when we were children, staying at the arch-duke's,
My cousin's, he took me out on a sled,
And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.
What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Frisch weht der Wind
Der Heimat zu
Mein Irisch Kind,
Wo weilest du?
"You gave me hyacinths first a year ago;
"They called me the hyacinth girl."
-Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,
Your arms full, and your hair wet, I could not
Speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing,
Looking into the heart of light, the silence.
Oed' und leer das Meer.

Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante,
Had a bad cold, nevertheless
Is known to be the wisest woman in Europe,
With a wicked pack of cards. Here, said she,
Is your card, the drowned Phoenician Sailor,
(Those are pearls that were his eyes. Look!)
Here is Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks,
The lady of situations.
Here is the man with three staves, and here the Wheel,
And here is the one-eyed merchant, and this card,
Which is blank, is something he carries on his back,
Which I am forbidden to see. I do not find
The Hanged Man. Fear death by water.
I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring.
Thank you. If you see dear Mrs. Equitone,
Tell her I bring the horoscope myself:
One must be so careful these days.

Unreal City,
Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,
A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.
Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled,
And each man fixed his eyes before his feet.
Flowed up the hill and down King William Street,
To where Saint Mary Woolnoth kept the hours
With a dead sound on the final stroke of nine.
There I saw one I knew, and stopped him, crying: "Stetson!
"You who were with me in the ships at Mylae!
"That corpse you planted last year in your garden,
"Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?
"Or has the sudden frost disturbed its bed?
"Oh keep the Dog far hence, that's friend to men,
"Or with his nails he'll dig it up again!
"You! hypocrite lecteur!-mon semblable,-mon frère!"
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Saturday, April 28
* Jamál - Bahá'í
The beginning of the third month in the Bahá'í calendar, "Jamál" means "beauty."

Sunday, April 29
* Laylat al-Bara'at or Nisf Sha'bān - Islam
According to Muslim tradition, Allah approaches the earth on this night (the middle day of the eighth month in the Islamic calendar) to call humanity to repentance and grant forgiveness of sins.

* Visakha Puja [Buddha Day] - Buddhism
Celebrated by Theravdin Buddhists on the full moon of the sixth lunar month, this is a triple commemoration of the historical Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death and entrance into nirvana.
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  • We send our thoughts and prayers to Sheryl Lyndes Stowman, Certified Educator at University of Minnesota Medical Center, whose mother Frances Ruth Stowman died on April 5th. 
  • We are thinking of Rabbi Bonita Taylor, Retired Certified Educator, who is rehabilitating and healing at home. She would appreciate prayers and words of encouragement. 
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
  • Career Opportunities
  • Director, Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy, Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, MD
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