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December 17, 2018
From the Executive Director's Desk
Trace Haythorn,
Executive Director
As this calendar year comes to a close, I want to highlight a few activities and celebrate a few accomplishments that each of you has helped make possible:

* This year marks the first complete "cycle" for the new organizational design as well as the certification process. While there are still tweaks to be made, I want to offer my sincere thanks for the incredible work so many members have given to make this transition work. 

New Accreditation Process Coming in 2019
John Pumphrey, Chair, Accreditation Work Group
At the fall ACPE Leadership Meeting last month, the Accreditation Work Group shared further definition of the New Accreditation Process, building on the standards that were approved by the Board of Directors in May, and focusing on a draft of the new manual. Additionally, we are excited to share that the Accreditation Commission eagerly volunteered to begin the task of shepherding the new process into fruition.

With this as a backdrop, you may be wondering when we will be sharing information with our centers and membership.

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2019 Annual Conference Call For Poster Applications - Deadline Extended:  January 31
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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Research Committee Review: An analysis of the Affective and Cognitive Changes in First-Unit Clinical Pastoral Education Students
Niyoka Nelson,
Research Committee
The 6th article in the series of reviews by the ACPE Research Committee is by Larry Vandercreek & John Valentino's "Affective and Cognitive Changes in First-Unit Clinical Pastoral Education Students," from the Journal of Pastoral Care [vol. 45, no. 4 (Winter 1991): 375-386]. The study involved 150 students in 48 CPE programs, addressing the questions what are CPE students learning, and what changes result from the CPE Experience. Findings, grouped by the measures employed, were as follows: 

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Spiritual Care Podcast: What the Research Shows
The Spiritual Care Podcast has just released, What the Research Shows. In this episode of the podcast, guests review findings of some recent studies by the American Cancer Society, the Mayo Clinic, Pew and others sources.  Leading researchers George Fitchett, DMin, PhD of Rush University and Karen Steinhauser, PhD of Duke University offer their perspectives. 

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Toiletry Drive Success: Thank you!
This year, ACPE hosted a holiday toiletry drive to benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry, an ecumenical social service organization less than five minutes away from the ACPE office. Thanks to your incredible generosity, the ACPE staff assembled nearly 200 care packages complete with notes of encouragement and well wishes. 

It was great day filled with fun, fellowship and celebration of the holiday season.

Click here for photos from the day
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past

Do you recognize these folks or the event in the photo above? Send us a note at .
Thank you for your responses to last week's photo! We received the following response from ACPE Educator Emeritus John Moody:

The person on the right is ACPE Supervisor Jim Corrigan.  He served on many committees regionally and nationally in both the North Central and Pacific Region.  He was Pacific Regional Chair before his retirement from Sharp Healthcare, San Diego.  On the left is Jim's spouse, Patrick Hanson who was always involved and supportive of Jim's ACPE work.  Patrick worked in hospice before retirement.
In Case You Missed It
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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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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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.
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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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
A native of Hamburg, Germany, Lisel Mueller demonstrates a love of language and a fascination with how history is always and already present among us, even we we can find ourselves deeply moved in the present moment. For those who may be gathering with family and friends in the coming days, this seemed like a particularly apt poem for the moment:
"Joy" by Lisel Mueller

"Don't cry, its only music,"
someone's voice is saying.
"No one you love is dying."

It's only music. And it was only spring,
the world's unreasoning body
run amok, like a saint's, with glory,
that overwhelmed a young girl
into unreasoning sadness.
"Crazy," she told herself,
"I should be dancing with happiness."

But it happened again. It happens
when we make bottomless love-
there follows a bottomless sadness
which is not despair
but its nameless opposite.
It has nothing to do with the passing of time.
It's not about loss. It's about
two seemingly parallel lines
suddenly coming together
inside us, in some place
that is still wilderness.

Joy, joy, the sopranos sing,
reaching for the shimmering notes
while our eyes fill with tears.
At first glance, these things look like ordinary street signs. Look again, and you see something pretty wonderful. Perhaps you'd like one for that someone special in your life, someone who'd you'd like to " light" with something "positive and unexpected"?  If so, here's the Kickstarter link: 

ATTENTION: YOU ARE WONDERFUL and other street sign art
Monday, December 17
* Birthday of Amitābha Buddha - Buddhism
Marking the birth of the bodhisattva Dharmakāra who resolved to attain enlightenment as a buddha and vowed to create a Pure Land. He became the buddha Amitābha ("infinite light"), and any sentient being who desires to be born into that land is guaranteed rebirth there through his vow, and from there she/he/it will unfailingly reach Nirvana. This belief forms the foundation of Pure Land Buddhism, which is practiced by many Buddhists in Japan, China, and other East Asian countries.

Wednesday, December 19
* Maunajiyaras - Jainism
A day of fasting, silence, and meditation on the five holy beings: monks, teachers, religious leaders, Arihants or Jinas (enlightened masters), and Siddhas (liberated souls). This day is also marked as the birth anniversary of many Tirthankaras or Pathfinders.

Friday, December 21 winter solstice
* Winter Feast - Native American spirituality
A time when Native Americans of the Woodland tribes share food with the spirits of winter.

* Yaldā - Zoroastrianism
The "night of birth" which marks the longest night of the year, after which days begin getting longer-thus symbolizing the victory of light and goodness over dark and evil. This festival is celebrated with storytelling, poetic readings, family reunions, and feasting.

* Yule - Wicca
A celebration symbolizing the rebirth of the sun by the Goddess. A present-day Wicca event that ritually marks the shedding of the dross of the past year and contemplating one's future spiritual development.

* Tohji-Taisai [Grand Ceremony of the Winter Solstice] - Shintō
This day marks the end of the sun's decline (the yin period) and the beginning of its growth (the yang period). In Japanese spirituality, the sun is expressive of Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess and guiding spirit of the Japanese people.

Saturday, December 22
* Sanghamittā Day - Buddhism
Celebrating the anniversary of the arrival of King Asoka's daughter Sanghamittā, who founded an order of nuns in Sri Lanka and carried with her a branch of the original tree under which the historical Buddha found enlightenment (it still survives in the ancient capital of Anuradhapura). This festival occurs on the full moon day in December.

Sunday, December 23
* Fourth Sunday of Advent (love) - Christianity (Western churches)

* Birthday of the Prophet Joseph Smith - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Commemorating the birth of Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1805 C.E. in Vermont. He translated what became known as the Book of Mormon and became the first president of the LDS Church when it was founded in 1830 in Fayette, New York.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • Congratulations are in order for Brooks Heard who was married on December 1, 2018 in South Carolina. Brooks is an ACPE Associate Educator at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He is also an ACPE Foundation Champion and the 2019 Annual Campaign Chair-elect.  He welcomes well wishes via phone or email from his ACPE colleagues. 
  • Rev. Arthur Weswig Johnson, of Ottertail Lake, MN, died peacefully at the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Center, on December 12th, 2018.
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 
  • Pastoral Services Program Coordinator, McLeod Health, Florence, SC
  • Staff Chaplain, St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Carroll, IA
  • Supervisor, Clinical Pastoral Education, Penn State Health, Hershey, PA
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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