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August 13, 2018
View From the Road
Katherine Higgins
I write this week from Decatur, GA, where the other directors and I have come to spend a week in the ACPE office. I always enjoy being in the office - the banter, the laughter, the opportunities for connection, and a reminder of our shared commitment to supporting the work of our organization. This week in Decatur marks one year since I've been in this role, and I'm taking the opportunity to reflect upon the work I've been doing - its meaning, its purpose, its joys, and my own opportunities for growth.

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Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past

Above is another unlabeled picture from the ACPE archives. Do you recognize these folks or the event? Send us a note at .
Thank you to ACPE Certified Educator Bill Scrivener who responded to the photo in last week's newsletter. Bill wrote: 

This is a picture of several members of the Eastern Region. I'm not sure of the date but probably in the mid-to-late 80s. People I recognize include (besides me, in the white print shirt and kerchief)) Bob Anderson (to my right), Bill Baugh, and John DeVelder. (both behind Bob).
In Case You Missed It
New Certification Process Manual Now Online
The New Certification Process Manual is now online! Please note that the NEW manual is only for those who are in the New Certification Process. If you are in the Old Certification Process, please be sure to follow the 2016 Certification Manual. If you are not sure which process you are following, please reach out to Sheilah Hawk today.

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CoP 2019 Funding Requests - due August 15th 
The application period for Community of Practice funding is now open for 2019. All registered communities are invited to submit a request for funding along with an estimated budget for next year. This period will remain open until August 15, 2018. 

Still need to create and register your CoP? Complete a registration form and submit a request for funding before the deadline. 

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2019 Annual Conference Call For Workshop Applications - due August 17th
You are invited to submit a workshop proposal for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference.

The 2019 ACPE conference theme, "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education" invites presentations that engage the core values, traditions, and ethos of spiritual care education while addressing the needs of ever-changing contexts for care. Innovative, tried and true, and research based presentations as well as those sponsored by ACPE Communities of Practice will receive priority consideration.
Award Criteria and Nominations Now Available - Nominations due September 4th 
Effective January 1, 2018 the ACPE Foundation Service Awards Committee will receive award nominations, review award nominations, and make a recommendation to the ACPE Foundation Board for awardee selection. This slate of awardees will be shared with the ACPE Board of Directors.

The first task of the new Service Awards Committee was to review the current awards and recognition, procedures, and policies. Below are the revamped criteria and processes including a new award - the ACPE Inspiration Award!

Apply for Volunteer Leadership Positions - Deadline August 31st
Stephen Robinson
Volunteering to serve in a leadership capacity is a great way for member to contribute to the mission, work, and future of ACPE. It also provides members with leadership development and networking opportunities. There are leadership opportunities for all members of ACPE. The Leadership Development Committee is committed to assessing the skills and talents of each member interested in serving, as well as preparing everyone for the work.

Spiritual Care Week 2018
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
If you live in a part of the country where fireflies are prevalent, you know how mesmerizing and evening can be when you take time to sit and just watch them do their thing. This poem goes in a different direction, one that perhaps captures a memory of the moment we first saw the blinking light of these bugs, the "aha!" as we guessed where they would appear next as the dusk settled in around us. 
 "Fireflies" by James Crews

Some insights come like lightning-
blinding and fierce-while others arrive
as firefly-flashes that brighten only
an inch or so of air around them.
Yet even these can gather power
over time, like the summer night
I woke and stood at the window
to watch all that pulsing outside-
like thousands of prayers flaring up
above the houses, saying here
and here and here, as I made my way
down the stairs using only the light
of those small bodies to guide me.
Last week, the ACPE staff was hard at work cleaning up our server and old data records. It is not fun or exciting work, but it is so necessary for the health of our organization.

Summer has some of its own "necessary but not fun" practices. Check out these images of children as their parents apply sunscreen to their faces (because many of us know exactly what this is like!):

This Week from the Members
Mindy Hancock
Rev. Mindy Hancock is enjoying her final unit in a year long CPE Residency program at Community Howard Regional Health in Kokomo, IN. Kokomo is her home town and she and her husband are raising their three young children with lots of help from family and friends. Mindy is a Candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church and is looking forward to providing quality spiritual care for parishioners after her ordination to the priesthood. She wrote this reflection to share with her peers as they embark on their last month together. Mindy can be contacted at
Summer Time by Mindy Hancock

Generative Capacity

I have reached the summer-time of my life.
My family is in full-bloom; I am a constant gardener.
My work is plentiful and satisfying: patient care, IPR, research and theory, Nights on Call, writing Verbatims-
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Wednesday, August 15
* Assumption of the Virgin Mary - Christianity [Catholic churches]
According to the Catholic Church, this day commemorates how, at the end of her life, Jesus' mother Mary was assumed-body and soul-into heaven, where she intercedes for all believers.

* Dormition of the Theotokos or Most Holy Mother of God - Christianity [Orthodox churches]
According to the Orthodox Church, this day marks Mary's death and resurrection by God, as a sign to all believers of their ultimate destiny.

Friday, August 17
* Nowruz - Zoroastrianism
The start of the New Year for Zoroastrians who follow the Shenshai calendar, beginning the year 1388 AY [After Yazdegird III, the last of the Persian Zoroastrian monarchs].
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • Clay Fouse, Certified Educator at the VA in Asheville, NC experienced a death in his family recently.  His father, Clarence Fouse, Jr. died May 22 in Black Mountain, NC, after a lengthy illness.
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities
  • Associate Director, CPE, Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL
  • Manager, CPE, St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, CO
  • Mission and Pastoral Care Director, The Mercy Community, West Hartford, CT
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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Other Happenings This Week
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ACPE is the premier, DOE-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting. We do this through a rigorous accreditation and certification process for centers and educators that provide CPE. The depth of our training enables students to realize their full potential to strengthen the spiritual health of people in their care as well as themselves.