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December 3, 2018
The Widening Web
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
Of all the many concerns and fears I heard expressed over the last few years as we have adopted and implemented a dizzying array of organizational changes, probably the most oft-repeated theme is around whether there will be room for each individual to be as connected and involved as they wish. When I was chair of the Professional Development and Peer Review Redesign Committee, working closely alongside the Certification Redesign Committee, I could see firsthand that our new processes were going to do just that - weave a much wider web of people into active service toward our collective goals.  

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Annual Billing Questions
Member and Center dues invoices were mailed before the Thanksgiving holiday. The ACPE finance team is currently experiencing an exceptionally high call volume while also preparing for the end-of-year audit.

To increase efficiency, please send your billing questions to All inquiries will be addressed in the order they were received as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your patience and dedication to ACPE!
ACPE Wins Big on Giving Tuesday!
Last Tuesday, November 27 ACPE joined thousands of non-profit organizations across the country on Giving Tuesday: The National Day of Giving. On that day, we exceeded our $5,000 goal, and raised $11,000 from 100 ACPE members, friends and staff to support professional development opportunities for ACPE students like Eric Rucker, and innovative research projects! An anonymous donor helped to put us over the top with a special match of $1 for every $5 raised for all Giving Tuesday gifts.

Congratulations ACPE on a job well done! There is still time to make a gift to ACPE, and help your Community of Practice win the 2018 Friendly Giving Competition! Give Today!
Research Committee Review: Lasting Effects of CPE
Henry Heffernan,
Research Committee
Among the research articles that the Research Committee reviewed, one represented the information that a CPE supervisor obtained from former students on how the training they received in the program was influencing their current professional functioning. The information sought was quite appropriate and timely for helping to complete the self-study for the CPE program's periodic accreditation review:

Derrickson, P., & Ebersole, M. (1986). Lasting effects of CPE: a five year review. Journal of Pastoral Care, 40(1), 5-20. 

Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past

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Thank you for your responses to last week's photo! Your answers helped us identify Charles Hall, ACPE's first Executive Director and Al Anderson, former ACPE President (1982-1983).
In Case You Missed It
Curriculum Committee: Final Student Evaluations
Sarah Knoll Sweeney,
Curriculum Committee Chair
Greetings from the ACPE Curriculum Committee! As your chair and chair-elect, we would like to share a few updates and ask for your help as we move forward with curating curricular resources and best practices for student assessment and evaluation.

Our committee is engaging the challenge and opportunity of our work together with humility and an openness to learning from you. We believe that the best resources we have to draw from are ACPE educators who have developed thoughtful and engaging curriculum and quality methods for student evaluation and assessment.
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
One poem has been circulating quite a bit on social media over the last several weeks. It seems like it might be something worth sharing here, and quite honestly, anything by Mary Oliver seems well worth our time. May it warm our hearts as we enter this holiday season:
"The Gift" by Mary Oliver

Be still, my soul, and steadfast.
Earth and heaven both are still watching
though time is draining from the clock
and your walk, that was confident and quick,
has become slow.

So, be slow if you must, but let
the heart still play its true part.
Love still as once you loved, deeply
and without patience. Let God and the world
know you are grateful. That the gift has been given
Hanukkah began at sundown on Dec. 2. Because of its proximity to Christmas, it is often misunderstood as a major Jewish holiday. A few years ago, the Washington Post ran the following article calling out a few contemporary myths about this annual festival of lights: 

Five Myths About Hanukkah
Saturday, December 8
* Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhism
Celebration of the time when Prince Gautama (also later known as Shakyamuni Buddha) took his place under the Bodhi tree, vowing to remain there until he attained supreme enlightenment.

* Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christianity
A Roman Catholic holiday celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin for her entire life.

Sunday, December 9
* Second Sunday of Advent (peace) - Christianity (Western churches)
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • Gene (Eugene) Reddel (Pennsylvania) died on November 15 after living with cancer for several years. His wife indicated that there would be no viewing or services at this time. Perhaps a memory service might be held in March. Gene started the CPE program in 1981 at the VA in Pittsburgh and was involved in the work of ACPE at the regional level prior to retiring due to cancer. After using alternative medicine to keep his cancer in remission, Gene returned part-time to supervision before the cancer returned. Over 850 units of CPE have been offered at VAPHS since Gene started the program. He will be greatly missed.
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 
  • Clinical Manager and Educator, UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • CPE Educator, CHI Memorial, Chattanooga, TN
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Jackson Health System, Miami, FL
  • Pacific Health Ministry, Honolulu, HI
  • UnityPoint Health, Des Moines, IA
  • Christina Care, Newark, DE
  • Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, IN
  • Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS
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.