December 7, 2020
Here we are, nearing the end of a year that defies imagination. We continue to live in and through a global health crisis that includes lives lost and livelihood lost for many, many more. We’ve figuratively and literally stood with our friends, family members, and colleagues as we have all waged a war against the coronavirus.
Thank you for your support on Giving Tuesday! Because of your generosity, we unlocked both challenge gifts, raising a total of $20,810 from 104 members and friends, and welcomed 10 new/upgraded monthly donors! We offer a special thanks to Thorne Consulting and the Foundation for ACPE Board members for your challenge gifts that helped to make this day possible. If you have not yet done so, there is still time to make your 2020 gift.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our educational landscape. Both spiritual care education and resulting clinical opportunities for learners required a shift from person-to-person to remote or online
delivery at an unprecedented speed and scope. What began for many, if not most, as an emergency pivot now requires changes of long-term consequence.
Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members. For December, instead of commenting on our ethics standards, we share some resources for learning about professional ethics.
We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom. The drop-in meeting will take place on Mondays 12:00pm - 1:00 pm ET.
ACPE's Tech Team will host a series of talks which include a brief overview of our new platforms and Q&A sessions. The hour-long talks are limited to 10 members to ensure attendees can ask their questions and address their challenges.
ACPE Certified Educator Rod Seeger is accepting papers from CECs who passed this year. Papers may be emailed to A paper will be selected for Theory Paper of the Year.
I am Executive Director of Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services, which serves the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, Virginia. I came here 15 years, to work as Associate Executive Director with our Founding Director, Rev. Dr. Bill Hedrick.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Dan DeArment, Courtney Peterson, Roger Johnson, Wendell Stangland and Jim Gibbons at the Pacific Region meeting in Hawaii.

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
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.
ACPE’s Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Program will offer its second SIP Trainer Training February 19-20, 2021 (Friday-Saturday), via Zoom. Read on for more information.
The Foundation for ACPE Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate someone for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2021.
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
Some of the most beautiful and evocative poems use so few words that they can easily be overlooked. In these days of national transitions, promises of vaccines, and the celebrations among many faith traditions of light and hope, this simply and yet deeply profound poem from Langston Hughes invites us into a kind of empathy not only with Hughes’ voice but with the larger world:
By Langston Hughes

Sometimes when I’m lonely,
Don’t know why,
Keep thinkin’ I won’t be lonely
By and by.

Langston Hughes, "Hope [1]" from The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. Copyright © 2002 by Langston Hughes. Accessed at
There is a radio station in a small town in the mountains of Appalachia where people strive to bridge that loneliness gap of which Hughes’ speaks (above). This story might just make you weep a bit, but it is also one of profound hope:

This Week on the Calendar
December 8  
Bodhi Day (Buddhism) 
Also known as Rohatsu, commemorates the day that the Buddha, Siddharta Gautama,  experienced enlightenment or spiritual awakening (bodhi). Celebrated on the eighth day either of December or the 12th month of the lunar calendar. 
December 11–18  
Chanukah (Judaism) 
Eight-day “Festival of Lights”, also known as Hanukkah, celebrating the rededication of the  Temple to the service of God in 164 BCE. Commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek King, Antiochus, who sought to suppress freedom of worship. 
December 11  
Feast Day Masá’il (Bahá’í) 
The Baha’i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. Masá’il is the Arabic word for questions. The word "feast" suggests that a large meal will be served, but that is not necessary for a Bahá'í Feast. The use of the term "feast," in this case, means that the community should enjoy a "spiritual feast" of worship, fellowship and unity. 
December 12  
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Christianity) 
Celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe,  the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas) before Juan Diego, an indigenous convert to Roman Catholicism, on the Mexican hill of Tepeyac in 1531. 
This Week in our Thoughts
  • ACPE Retired Educator Cal Brand is currently in the hospital with a Covid-19 infection. Prayers for his recovery are welcomed, but please: no phone calls to the home.
  • ACPE Retired Educator Robert Rogers died Wednesday, December 2, from a second heart attack. He had a previous attack on Thanksgiving Day. Previous to his retirement, Robert had been active in the St. Louis Cluster and before that in the North Central Region. Prior to his death Robert and his wife Linda resided in Rolla, Missouri.
  • ACPE Friend and long-time supporter, Madeline Adams, died on November 21. She was 86 years old. Madeline and her husband Howell Adams were faithful friends to the Foundation for ACPE, whose transformative gift in the early years of the Foundation's history established the Glaz-Plummer Fund to support supervisory education theory development and continuing education.

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.