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August 27, 2018
Stories of Gratitude: Why I Give to ACPE
Ngan Ling Lung
ACPE Certified Educator
Your gift to ACPE prepares dynamic leaders to offer spiritual care to those in life's vulnerable moments. Their stories remind us of the power of spiritual care in the world.

Ngan Ling Lung is an ACPE Certified Educator at Florida Hospital Division Center for Pastoral Education in Altamonte Springs, FL.

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Support ACPE on Your Birthday
Did you know Facebook allows you to raise money for your favorite charity on your birthday? We invite you to support ACPE with a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser! Two weeks before your birthday, Facebook users will receive a prompt asking if you want to dedicate your birthday to a special cause. Simply select "Foundation for Clinical Pastoral Education" as your charity. Then, you can begin to ask your Facebook friends in a fun way to support ACPE through a gift that changes lives through quality spiritual care education.
For questions, contact Jasmine T. Okafor, ACPE Development Specialist.
Transitioning from the Old Certification Process
Mary Stewart Hall
Commission Chair
Now that we are well into the New Certification Process, we have recognized that it is not only possible, but maybe even preferable, for candidates who are in the Old Process to transition to the New Process.  While the Certification Commission previously stated that those who achieved candidacy had the choice of transitioning to the New Process, the pathway wasn't as clear as it is now, so we are once again presenting candidates with an opportunity to transition to the New Process.

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Accreditation Reminder
Wayne Maberry
Commission Chair
If your center received a notation at the May 2018 meeting of the Accreditation Commission, please remember that your responses are due no later than September 1, 2018. Electronic documents are preferred and should be emailed in accordance with the following:

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Latin@ Community of Practice met in Florida
Estuardo Bazini-Barakat
ACPE Certified Educator
The innovative models of relating, such as a Community of Practice (CoP), are changing the life of every person in our CoP Latin@. We are a Spanish-speaking community consisting of Latin Americans, Hispanics, Caribbeans and Euro-Latinos/as from South America and the United States.

Our CoP met face-to-face for the first time in Tampa, FL, August 17-19, 2018. 

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Communities of Practice Q&A Opportunities
Want to learn more about the online collaborative tools available for CoPs? Need help developing an event budget? Curious how the ACPE staff can assist with your next CoP meeting? Sign-up for an online Q&A with ACPE team members to see web demonstrations, learn about event services, and get the answers to your questions. 

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Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
Mystery Photo for News
From the 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. The picture last week was of Dr. Henry Brooks receiving the Distinguished Service Award at the national conference in Providence, RI in 1995.
In Case You Missed It
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.
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
Committee Chair
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
It is that time for summer units to end and residencies to begin, for traditions in workplaces, in school years and in gridiron follies to begin. And of course, we are always and already beginning anew each day. This lovely poem by David Whyte reminds us how to begin:
"Start Close In" by David Whyte
Start close in,
don't take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don't want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way of starting
the conversation.

Start with your own
give up on other
people's questions,
don't let them
smother something

To find
another's voice,
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes a
private ear
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don't follow
someone else's
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don't mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don't take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don't want to take.

~from River Flow: New and Selected Poems
Something Extra This Week
Several of our members are home brewers, and this may be an innovation that speaks particularly to them. Of course, several traditions prohibit the consumption of alcohol, but for together this may invite some creative thoughts about new sites for CPE programs

This Week from the Members
Daniel Reese
Daniel Reese
CPE Student
One of the most significant clinical experiences for me this unit happened in the ICU. I was stopped by a woman in the hallway as I was responding to another call for a different patient in ICU. The woman simply asked if I could stop by and pray for her brother. I informed her that I was in the middle of responding to another family requesting chaplaincy support and did not know how long I would be, but that I would stop by and pray with her brother as soon as possible.

Saturday, September 1
* First Parkash - Sikhism
The commemoration of the installation of the Adi Granth, the first edition of the Sikh scriptures, in the Golden Temple by Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh guru, in 1604 C.E.
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • ACPE Certified Educator, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Manager of Pastoral Services & ACPE Certified Educator, Methodist Health System, Dallas, TX
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.