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August 20, 2018
From the Executive Director's Desk
Trace Haythorn, Executive Director
You know them. You know their names. They are the ones we talk about when we're together. They are the ones who offered that amazing workshop, the ones who conducted that really important research, the ones who had the vision and found the funding to help us grow into the next decade of our shared work. You know who they are. And we need your help to say thank you.

In the ACPE office, a series of plaques hang on the wall of the board room where the names of all of the Distinguished Service and Helen Flanders Dunbar Award recipients are listed. 

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Theory Integration Presentation Mentors
Over the past few months, we held our first two training cohorts and now have 25 trained Theory Integration Presentation Mentors.  As we know our numbers of CECs will continue to grow, we have scheduled our next four cohort groups so that we can train a sufficient number of mentors.  If you are interested in becoming a Theory Integration Presentation Mentor, please click here to complete the sign up and indicate which training cohort will work best in your schedule.  If you have questions about the mentor's role, please email Robin Booth or Anastasia Holman.
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 all who responded to the photo in last week's newsletter. It was our biggest response yet! Your answers helped us identify (front row, left to right) Patrick McCoy, Greg Stoddard, Susan Nance, Michele Shields, Mary Stewart Hall, and (back row, left to right) Todd Walter, Nancy Dietsch, Peter Ross-Gotta, David Johnson, Alicia Lau, John Peterson, Luci Bearon, Eugene Robinson, Gary Sartain (we believe sometime in the late nineties at an Accreditation Commission meeting). 

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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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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
A friend sent this a couple of weeks ago. It seems like a good "benedictory" blessing for the end of summer units: 
"Fully Alive" by Dawn Markova

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
What if....? Big Think tackles some interesting questions and poses some fascinating possibilities for the future. This piece looks at the future of organized religion, wondering if we are transitioning from "bundled packages" to self-selected "streaming service": 

This Week from the Members
Ron Garland, Jr.
Reverend Ron Garland, Jr., is a recent graduate of the CPE residency program at the VAPHA in Aspinwall (right outside Pittsburgh, Pa). Ron also served as the "in-house" poet and he wrote and recited a poem during graduation titled "God is Transforming U/s", which is a reflection and summation of his transformation experience in CPE. Ron has one self-published book titled "The Book of Job", which is written under the pen name of Job I am. He may be contacted at
When I reflect upon CPE, I imagine spiritually, that those three undescriptive letters pale singularly, yet those self-same letters are powerful collectively, especially when they are spiritually discerned and defined as the Cocoon Processing Experience, and this is why...

God is Transforming U/s...

Monday, August 20
* Yaum-al-Arafah - Islam
This day is the most important for Muslim pilgrims undertaking the Hajj journey; believers implore Allah for boundless forgiveness and mercy on the plain of 'Arafāt, adjacent to the holy city of Mecca.
* Asmā' - Bahá'í
The beginning of the ninth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "names."

Tuesday, August 21
* Eid al-Adhá - Islam
This three-day festival of sacrifice begins at sundown and is the concluding act of pilgrimage for Muslims; adherents offer sheep, goats, and camels, whose meat is then distributed to the poor.

Wednesday, August 22
* Khordad Sal - Zoroastrianism
The birth anniversary of the prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster), according to the Shenshai calendar.

Friday, August 25
* Zhōngyuán Jié [Ghost Festival] - Taoism
According to Chinese Taoist belief, this day is when deceased ancestors visit the homes of the living. Families prepare feasts and set tables with empty chairs so that the living and the dead can share the meal together.

Sunday, August 26
* Narali Purnima or Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan - Hinduism
Celebrating the end of monsoon season, marked by throwing coconuts to Varuna, the sea god. During this festival, girls and women tie amulets on their brothers' wrists for protection against evil.
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  • ACPE Certified Educator Kathleen Gallivan in Boston, MA is currently recovering from hip replacement surgery and doing well.   
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
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