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December 10, 2018
View from the Road
Steve Ivy
Steve Ivy
"So, what have you learned as you have made center visits over the past 15 months? What is new and exciting in CPE-land?" These questions and variations on them flow from friends and colleagues who express their curiosity about my work as a Director of Community, Practice, and Member Development and their interest in the life of ACPE. I have many answers to these questions, but one answer seems to capture much of what I have heard, felt, and experienced.

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Annual Report Process: Reports Due January 15th
The Annual Report for the Year Ending December 31, 2018 may be accessed by logging in to BoardEffect via the ACPE website. The form will be available by December 10, 2018 and must be completed no later than January 15, 2019, by midnight in your local time zone. 

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For Those Continuing in the Old Certification Process
Tania Hammer-Luken & Ramona Cass
Certification Commissioners
If you are a Candidate or Associate Certified Educator remaining in the Old Certification Process after December 31, 2018, this article is for you. By that date, you will have made your final decision: 1) stay with the old process, or 2) transition to the new. The Certification Commission appointed us, Tania Hammer-Luken and Ramona Cass, to coordinate the on-going Old Certification process. Please connect with us soon. 

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Congratulations to the 2018 Innovative Program Award Recipients
At their November meeting, the Foundation for ACPE board of directors approved $20,600 in grant awards to support three innovative CPE projects. The Innovative Program Awards Committee received 12 proposals requesting a total of $76,625. This year's committee consisted of Ruth Alpers, Jose Cedillo, Kathleen Gallivan, Laurie Garrett-Cobbina, Don Ledbetter, Helen McNeal, and Patrick McCoy, chair.

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ACPE Boisen Scholars Program - Support for Students to Attend the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference - Apply by January 15, 2019!
We are now accepting applications for the ACPE Boisen Scholars Program! Thanks to the generosity of ACPE donors, this opportunity provides funding support for ACPE students to attend the 2019 Annual Conference, "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education" in Scottsdale, Arizona (May 8 -10, 2019). ACPE students include Level I and Level 2 students, chaplain residents and Certified Educator Candidates. All ACPE Certified Educators are asked to encourage interested students to apply for this opportunity.

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Research Committee Review: Instruments to Measure the Effects of CPE
Research Committee
What are the effects of CPE? How can we measure these effects? A large part of the research related to these questions focuses on how students change in CPE, assuming that increased self-awareness leads to improved pastoral ministry. Another way to tackle the question is to identify patients' spiritual/religious needs and look at how CPE helps spiritual caregivers to develop the competencies necessary to effectively address patients' needs.

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Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
ACPE is a proud sponsor and partner of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, a think tank that supports research, teaching, and the provision of spiritual care in a range of settings. As the human spirit grows, changes and struggles, chaplains and spiritual care providers accompany people along the way. They gather and translate the research needed to support this work. Headquartered at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, the Lab links people across the United States and around the world.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past

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In Case You Missed It
2019 Annual Conference Call For Poster Applications - Deadline December 14
You are invited to submit a poster session proposal for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference.

The ACPE Research Committee invites applications to present research posters at the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference on May 8-10 in Scottsdale, AZ. Applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee and selections will be made by the following criteria:

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Certification Updates
As we move further into using the New Certification Process, we want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of some key aspects.  For even more information, please take the time to review the documents on the New Certification Process webpage and to review the New Certification Process Manual.

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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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.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Liz Gilbert noted this lovely poem in a recent "Brain Pickings" article (which is located here). That link also includes video of Gilbert reading the poem. As we slide into December (which seems like the one month of the year that runs on a turbo boost, blowing past quicker than we can keep pace), this invitation to pause, rest, reflect and perhaps just "be" seems more than welcome.
by Adam Zagajewski

The early hours of morning; you still aren't writing
(rather you aren't even trying), you just read lazily.
Everything is idle, quiet, full, as if
it were a gift from the muse of sluggishness,
just as earlier, in childhood, on vacations, when a colored
map was slowly scrutinized before a trip, a map
promising so much, deep ponds in the forest
like glittering butterfly eyes, mountain meadows drowning
sharp grass;
or the moment before sleep, when no dreams have appeared,
but they whisper their approach from all parts of the world,
their march, their pilgrimage, their vigil at the sickbed
(grown sick of wakefulness), and the quickening among medieval
compressed in endless stasis over the cathedral;
the early hours of morning silence
- you still aren't writing,
you still understand so much.
Joy is close.
Some of you may be familiar with the online journal "The Bitter Southerner." The journal often includes great nonfiction and fiction stories from the American South, but there are also some photo-essays that capture in images the stories of peoples who are often forgotten or characterized by popular media. Here's a sample of images from country music that extends from Appalachia to California: 

Lawson Little's Camera Has Followed Country Music's Great Migrations for 40 Years
 Monday, December 10
* Human Rights Day
While not a religious festival, this day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, including Article 18 which states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion."

Wednesday, December 12
* Masá'il - Bahá'í
The beginning of the fifteenth month of the Bahá'í year; its name means "questions."

* Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe - Catholic Christianity
Commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531 C.E. Juan Diego, a native American living during the Spanish conquest of Mexico, saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. He was told to build a church in her honor exactly where he stood, and in that spot the Basilica of Guadalupe was erected. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world travel to that church every year and venerate the icon of the Virgin that is there, imprinted on Diego's cloak; it is believed that Our Lady of Guadalupe can intercede with God so that faithful believers' prayers can be answered, and miracles can occur. She is also the patron saint of Mexico.

Saturday, December 15
* Bill of Rights Day
While not a religious festival, this day marks the signing into law of the ten original amendments to the United States Constitution in 1791, including the First Amendment that protects citizens' freedoms of speech and of religious expression.

Sunday, December 16
* Third Sunday of Advent (joy) - Christianity (Western churches)
* Posadas Navideñas begins (through December 25) - Christianity (Western churches)
A Latino/Latina Christian feast of the Lodgings, commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph toward Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.

* Simbáng Gabi begins (through December 24) - Christianity (Roman Catholic and Philippine Independent churches)
A nine-day series of night Masses observed by Filipino/Filipina Roman Catholics and members of the Philippine Independent Church in anticipation of Christmas and in honor of the Virgin Mary.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • On November 30, 2018, a 7.0 earthquake struck near Anchorage, AK. ACPE Certified Educator Patricia Wilson-Cone was out of state on business but reported that the CPE students at Providence Alaska Medical Center did an excellent job being on-call. Some staff and students were at the CPE Center when the earthquake occurred but thankfully everyone was alright. They continue to take one day at a time, supporting each other in care, compassion and love. They appreciate the prayers, emails, texts and calls of support.
  • Reverend Vernon Maxa, age 85, of Brainerd died peacefully on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society - Bethany Village
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
  • Covenant HealthCare, Saginaw, MI
  • Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, OH
  • Morton Plant Hospital Association Inc, Clearwater, FL
  • Mayo Clinic Health System, Northwestern Wisconsin 
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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