December 21, 2020
As we come to the end of the year, I find myself at a loss for words. If we were able to read the script for this year in December 2019, would we have believed it?
Annual Invoices Now Available
Annual dues billing notices were emailed at 7:00pm eastern on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from ACPE with the subject “Billing Notice” which includes links to pay your 2021 membership dues. For your convenience, we added an “Express Payment” hyperlink.

If you cannot find the email, you can also pay your membership dues and print an invoice by logging-in to the ACPE website ( Click “Login” at the top of the page.

Please feel free to contact us with questions at
Holiday Office Hours
The ACPE office is closed for winter recess from December 24th until January 4, 2021. We appreciate your patience while our team spends time with family and loved ones.

If you have an immediate need during the winter recess, please email which is being checked daily for emergencies. Otherwise, we look forward to our continued work together in the new year. Thank you and happy holidays! 
The Foundation for ACPE Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate someone for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE.
Chaplains are working harder today than ever before, and we know this is taking a toll on so many of you. Our colleagues at The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab have partnered with the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute to offer free and confidential support groups for chaplains in any sector. These trauma-informed small support groups of 8-10 individuals will meet a total of four times via Zoom and be co-facilitated by two mental health professionals from the Danielsen Institute.
While theological institutions and divinity schools have been graduating Buddhist chaplains for years, there are no clear statistics on this field of spiritual care. This research project is a first attempt to map Buddhist chaplaincy as a professional field.
Thanks to all of our special donors who support our holy work. Your gifts will support innovative spiritual care projects, initiatives that help ACPE educators and centers respond in the Covid-19 environment, and research that advances spiritual care education. Make your Year-end Gift today. Once you hit "Donate" please be sure to login or create a guest account, so that we can acknowledge your gift! Then, select "Sustainer's Circle Monthly Donation" if you wish to begin a monthly gift.
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

Last week's photo featured Peter Keese, John Ehman, Calvin Runnels, Adriana Cavina,
Emily Viverette.

Have any photos from your personal ACPE archive that you would like to share? Send them to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
In Case You Missed It
Thank you to the participants of the 2020 salary survey. The survey results are posted on ACPE’s SharePoint site. You can access ACPE’s SharePoint site by visiting, and signing in with your “ACPE.EDU” email address. 
The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling Vol. 74, No. 4, is now available online. ACPE is a proud sponsor of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (JPC&C). To access the journal, you will need to sign into the ACPE website.
Based on feedback from educators, students, and staff, we developed an updated how-to guide for students enrolling in a CPE unit. The guide is also posted on the website for future reference.
Take the Survey to Explore the Impact of COVID-19 on the Delivery of ACPE Spiritual Care Education
For December, instead of commenting on our ethics standards, we share some resources for learning about professional ethics.
2021 Informal Consultation Schedule
We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom in 2021. We will not meet between 12/14/20 - 1/4/2021, we will resume on 1/11/2021.
Are you still in the 'old process' for certification? Seeking to compile a list of both CECs in the old process and their training CEs to connect and support one another through certification as an Associate CE. Join the new Community of Practice dedicated to this group, contact Rev. Terry Culbertson, ACPE CE.
The ACPE SIP Program offers trainings to help mental health practitioners work more competently with spirituality in the context of psychotherapy. The 30-hour NBCC-approved continuing education curriculum is a specialty training for persons who have previous training in psychotherapy.
*Virtual Educator Gatherings: Thursdays, 12 Noon EDT
*Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings: Fridays, 12 Noon EDT
If you need the meeting link, please email Katherine Higgins. 
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
This is a season that seems to run the gamut on emotions. And yet there is still room for play. This poem from former poet laureate Ted Kooser captures a playful moment, where an adult captures in a breathtaking moment a glimpse of the girl she once was:
She was all in black but for a yellow pony tail
that trailed from her cap, and bright blue gloves
that she held out wide, the feathery fingers spread,
as surely she stepped, click-clack, onto the frozen
top of the world. And there, with a clatter of blades,
she began to braid a loose path that broadened
into a meadow of curls. Across the ice she swooped
and then turned back and, halfway, bent her legs
and leapt into the air the way a crane leaps, blue gloves
lifting her lightly, and turned a snappy half-turn
there in the wind before coming down, arms wide,
skating backward right out of that moment, smiling back
at the woman she'd been just an instant before.
from Delights & Shadows, Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend, WA 2004
Once upon a time, people thought “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” was sweet. Today, not so much. But John Legend and Kelly Clarkson revised the lyrics a couple of years ago. For those that could use a dose of adulting holiday cheer, give this a listen.
ACPE Certified Educator Kevin Crowder is the Director of the Pastoral Care Department at Mary Washington Hospital in Virginia. He wrote a reflection titled, "What is CPE?"

This Week on the Calendar
December 24  
Christmas Eve (Christianity) 
Celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. 
December 25  
Christmas (Western Christianity) 
Commemorates the birth of Jesus. 

December 26
Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day.
This Week in our Thoughts
  • Jim Bird, father of ACPE Certified Educator Kathryn Bird DeYoung, died on April 23, 2020 of Covid-19.
  • Rev. Dr. Kenneth Burcham died on October 30, 2020. He served in several rural based ministries and thus was the first line of the Mental Health Community for large populations. During his last twenty years he served as Chaplain at several hospitals in the greater Indianapolis area as well as with the Indiana State Police. 
  • Larry William Sonner died of Covid-19 on November 27, 2020. Larry served as the first Director of the Office of Pastoral Care of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1973-2000, providing seminars and counseling for the pastors and their families in Iowa.
  • Rev. Dr. Douglas Simpson died on December 1, 2020. He had a variety of specialized ministries during his fifty years in professional ministry. Originally training to be a college professor, his calling steered him towards serving as the head of Youth Ministries for Indiana, the Director of Metro Ministries for the greater Indianapolis area, and the senior pastor of several parishes. Since retirement, he served in spiritual healing ministries and taught throughout central Indiana.  

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
Dallas, TX
Baylor Scott & White Health Residency + Internship Features clinical assignments in hospital units, diverse + experienced CPE faculty, weekend on-call shifts, and educational hours with colleagues.

Columbus, OH
The Department of Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is accepting applications.

Educational Opportunities
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
ACPE is the standard for spiritual care and education. Our diverse membership includes Certified CPE Educators, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapists, Spiritual Care Professionals and Practitioners, Pastoral Counselors, Chaplains, Faith Communities, and Seminaries. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-faith, multi-racial community of professionals provides education, connection, and formation through continuing education, networking, and leadership development.
ACPE is the premier, Department of Education 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.
ACPE members are actively engaged in a wide variety of professional development activities including communities of practice, conferences, spiritual care research, and informal networking. We are more than just an association: we are a movement committed to the transformation of the human suffering.Our opportunities for formation and community enrich our member's work of healing and transforming people and communities in the US and across the globe.