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December 31, 2018
In Case You Missed It
Holiday Office Hours
The ACPE office is closed for winter recess until January 2, 2019 at 9:00am eastern. We appreciate your patience while our team spends time with family and loved ones. We will check messages periodically for immediate needs, otherwise, we look forward to our continued work together in the new year.
2019 Annual Conference First Look!
Registration for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference is now open via paper registration form. We hope that you join us in Scottsdale, Arizona this spring for what is sure to be an incredible time! Completed forms can be sent to

Help ACPE host a terrific conference! Please consider making a sponsorship gift to support a specific conference event or scholarships for students.

Online registration will be available in the New Year.
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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2019 Annual Conference Call For Poster Applications - Deadline: 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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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.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
While the revelry of saying farewell to the year past should occupy this day, we cannot help but turn to look towards the new year to come. In some ways, it's just another Monday, and tomorrow is another Tuesday. And in other ways, our hopes and dreams, regrets and griefs, all find their way into this brief span. May we all find the comfortable shoes that we can wear into the future, shoes that carry the marks of all that we've experienced until now:
"It would be neat if with the New Year" by Jimmy Santiago Baca

It would be neat if with the New Year
I could leave my loneliness behind with the old year.
My leathery loneliness an old pair of work boots
my dog vigorously head-shakes back and forth in its jaws,
chews on for hours every day in my front yard-
rain, sun, snow, or wind
in bare feet, pondering my poem,
I'd look out my window and see that dirty pair of boots in the yard.

But my happiness depends so much on wearing those boots.

At the end of my day
while I'm in a chair listening to a Mexican corrido
I stare at my boots appreciating:
all the wrong roads we've taken, all the drug and whiskey houses
we've visited, and as the Mexican singer wails his pain,
I smile at my boots, understanding every note in his voice,
and strangers, when they see my boots rocking back and forth on my
keeping beat to the song, see how
my boots are scuffed, tooth-marked, worn-soled.

I keep wearing them because they fit so good
and I need them, especially when I love so hard,
where I go up those boulder strewn trails,
where flowers crack rocks in their defiant love for the light.
Do you celebrate the new year? If so, how? It is a global celebration, though of varying magnitude and explosive jubilation. Here's how people celebrated the coming of the new year all around the world at the end of 2017: 

Incredible New Year's Celebrations Around The World
Monday, December 31 New Year's Eve
* Ghambar Maidyarem (through January 4) - Zoroastrianism
A celebration for the creation of animals, and a time for the equitable sharing of food with others.

* Sharaf - Bahá'í
The beginning of the sixteenth month of the Bahá'í year; its name means "honor."

January 2019

Tuesday, January 1 New Year's Day
* Temple Day - Buddhism
North American Buddhists attend special services in temples on this day.

* Feast of Mary, Mother of God; and the Naming of Jesus Christ - Christianity
Some Christians celebrate this day in honor of Jesus' mother; others celebrate this day (eight days after Jesus' birth) as the day when Jesus was presented at the Temple and officially named by his parents.

* Gantan-sai (O-shōgatsu) - Shintō
This Japanese celebration of the New Year includes prayers for the renewal of hearts, good health and prosperity. The festival lasts for a week, during which time people visit one another's homes and offer gifts of good wishes for the coming year.

Friday, January 4
* Ghambar Maidyarem ends - Zoroastrianism
A celebration for the creation of animals, and a time for the equitable sharing of food with all.

Saturday, January 5
* Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji - Sikhism
A celebration in honor of the tenth and final Sikh master [1666 - 1708 C.E.], who created the Brotherhood of the Pure (Khalsa) and who declared the scriptures (Adi Granth) to be the guru for all Sikhs from that time onward. This date is used by adherents of the Nanakshahi tradition.

Sunday, January 6
* Epiphany - Christianity (Western churches)
Marking the traditional date of the visitation of the Magi to meet the infant Jesus and the end of the twelve days of Christmas, also known as Día de los Reyes (Day of the Kings). In Armenian Christian churches, this date is celebrated as the Feast of the Nativity. Most Western churches celebrate this feast as Epiphany, which comes from the Latin word meaning "manifestation"; in Ethiopian Orthodox churches it is known as Timkat and is celebrated on January 19th.

* Feast of the Theophany - Christianity (some Eastern churches)
In some Eastern churches, this feast is associated with the baptism of Jesus by John and Jesus' first recorded miracle in the Gospels, where he changed water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana. This celebration begins at sundown on the previous day. In Eastern churches using the Julian calendar, this feast occurs on January 19th.
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