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August 6, 2018
Learning to Lead and Leading to Learn
Amy Greene
Amy Greene
Board Chair
It's fun to be able to write this next column from the vantage point of being on vacation in the Southern Appalachians, from whence I and all my ancestors on both sides originate, going back (in some cases) at least 300 years. There's a gentle but persistent rain this week, which is a welcome refreshment to my somewhat parched spirit. This is one of the places on earth where my soul feels the most at-ease and reflective. I am reminded once again that I cannot offer anything to others when I am depleted myself. We all know this. But I frankly think we all struggle with getting enough rest and down time while also making good on all our very worthy commitments. 

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Welcome Jennifer Rochner
Jennifer Rochner
 Senior Accountant
Jennifer Rochner joins ACPE as the Senior Accountant. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a B.S. in Accounting. "Go Boll Weevils!" Before joining ACPE, Jennifer's work experience includes Crazy Legs Productions, Nemours Foundation, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

A southern California native, Jennifer has lived in the south (Georgia, Florida and Arkansas) for a very long time. When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family, which includes her husband Mark and adult kids Tye and Annie.
ACPE In-House Week: August 6-10
This week, the ACPE staff will be conducting an intensive week of training, data clean-up, and planning for the coming year. Staff will return calls and emails in the middle and end of each day.

Thank you for your patience during this important work week during which we hope to improve service for you.
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 Anke Flohr who responded to the photo in last week's newsletter. Anke wrote:
"I am writing to identify this week's photo of the past. It comes from the late eighties from Honolulu, Hawai'i, Pacific Health Ministry (then Interfaith Ministries).

From left to right:
Rev. Shiginori Makino (Buddhist minister, then Chaplain volunteer at Kuakini Medical Center, Hi,) Sister Joan Chatfield (then Director of the Institute for Religion and Social Change) and Rev. Glenn Harada (then Head of Volunteer Chaplains at Kuakini Hospital, HI).

This photo comes timely as Pacific Health Ministry is celebrating 30 years of service this year. Sister Chatfield and Rev. Harada were on the first Board of Directors. They together with others saw the need and had the vision for Spiritual Care and CPE in HI. Pacific Health Ministry provides professional chaplains in 12 health care facilities on three islands and has a strong CPE program."
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
World War I began August 1, 1914. This poem was written reflecting on those days. May we have the wisdom to never embroil so many in such devastation again. In times like these, we must pray for wiser heads to prevail:
"August 1914" by Isaac Rosenberg

What in our lives is burnt
In the fire of this?
The heart's dear granary?
The much we shall miss?

Three lives hath one life-
Iron, honey, gold.
The gold, the honey gone-
Left is the hard and cold.

Iron are our lives
Molten right through our youth.
A burnt space through ripe fields,
A fair mouth's broken tooth.
Technology and texting often get a bad rap for disconnecting us from the present and making it harder to communicate without the kind of context you get in-person or over the phone. But, is texting really the lesser form of communication compared to in-person conversation? Mr. Ferroni and his class put this to the test! What do you think? 

This Week from the Members
Kyle Kaplan
Kyle Kaplan is a Summer 2018 CPE Intern at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He is a second-year MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School where he is studying for Buddhist Ministry. This year he will serve as a Buddhist chaplain to students at Northeastern University in Boston. Kyle holds a Master's degree in Digital Music from Dartmouth College. As a Centering Activity he offered to his CPE group, Kyle had them write raps about their CPE experience. They all made valiant attempts.
A CPE Rap by Kyle Kaplan

Providing questions without answers
Talking with patients pushing
Through cancer
Immobilized dancers
Transforming the tragic
Calling on the divine to
Perform magic
But not like I have a hat
And a rabbit
Instead, it's that inner
That moment of insight which leads
To revolution
Finding deep peace even without solutions
Father Sam in the mix,
Performing absolutions
Frank in the back,
Directing it all
Nancy on the mic,
Having a ball
Penny for your thoughts,
Giving a word to the wise
Helping patients who've fallen to
Stand back up and rise.
Wednesday, August 8
* Fravardeghan Days [Muktad] begin - Zoroastrianism
A time of memorializing one's ancestors in preparation for Nowruz [see August 17], according to Zoroastrians who follow the Shenshai calendar.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • Kristján Björnsson was recently consecrated as Suffragan Bishop of Iceland on July 22, 2018. Kristján was a 2003-2004 resident in the program at Tampa General Hospital. He returned with his family to Iceland where he served the Lutheran Church of Iceland. Wayne Maberry, Director of Pastoral Care and Education at Tampa General and Bill Baugh,retired Director journeyed to Iceland and participated in the consecration. 
  • Ken Siess (Minnesota), long-time Certified Educator, would like to hear from friends and colleagues. Ken is on home hospice and is still alert and communicative. He prefers email since verbal conversation is difficult for him. You can contact him at - If you know a retired colleague of Ken's who may not read this newsletter, please forward this information to him or her.
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
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Trinity Community, Beavercreek, OH
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Parkland Health and Hospital 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.