February 1, 2021
I don’t know about you, and yet, I know I am not alone or even in a minority saying, “I am tired of all the unprecedented events” of the past year.
Today is the deadline for those in the “old” Certification process to declare to meet a Spring 2021 subcommittee.
  • Deadline to declare: February 1
  • Deadline to upload materials: March 8
  • Associate Educator meeting dates: April 12-16
  • Certified Educator consultation dates: April 19-23
Complete letter of intent. You will be invoiced upon receiving completed letter of intent
We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom in 2021. 
The drop-in meeting (no RSVP required) will take place on Mondays, beginning from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Eastern time.  
ACPE rolled out a new Salesforce database, website, and SharePoint sites in 2020. Join John Roch, Director of Communications & Technology, and Carl Jones-Reid, Technology Specialist for a Tech Talk ACPE this week on February 1, 4:00pm ET or Wednesday, February 3, 9:00am ET.
The Glaz-Plummer Plenary Address for the Annual Conference 2021 is proudly presented May 10, 2021 by Emilie M. Townes Dean and distinguished professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
Call for Conference Facilitators
The Anti-Bias/Conference Planning Task Force is seeking ACPE Certified Educators and Psychotherapists to serve as catalysts/facilitators for breakout sessions during the Annual Conference in May and then to continue the work in the months and years to come. Catalysts will be required to attend training sessions in the month of April to participate. The Task Force hopes this group of Educators and Psychotherapists will represent the diversity of ACPE and be ready and willing to engage in challenging conversations related to racism and bias.
To submit your name for consideration, please email Marc Medwed, Associate Executive Director, with a brief statement addressing your interest.
In Case You Missed It
Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members
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.
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.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
In a recent meeting of the executive committees of the APC and ACPE boards, Patrick McCoy shared the following poem, from a former poet laureate and inaugural poet. Amidst the deep divisions in our culture, it seems both timely and powerful:
Mending Wall
By Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
‘Stay where you are until our backs are turned!’
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
‘Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.’ I could say ‘Elves’ to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.’
If you’re not reading the Religion News Service page or receiving their emails, you’re missing out. Take a look at all that they offer, especially perspective on the state of world faiths: 

Peter Keese is an ACPE Certified Educator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He wrote a reflection, "The Parish Pastor as Chaplain."

This Week on the Calendar
February 1
Imbolc (Wicca)
A celebration of beginning growth and the divine generative powers from which physical and spiritual harvests will come. Imbolc is often an initiatory period.

Saint Brigid of Kildare (Celtic Christianity)
Saint Brigid of Kildare lived from 451 to 525 C.E. and is one of Ireland's patron saints. She was an Irish Christian nun, and the founder of several convents including Kildare Abbey, one of the most prestigious abbeys in Ireland.

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Orthodox Christianity)
Commemorates Mary and Joseph’s presentation of the child Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem, as required by Mosaic Law. In the Eastern churches, this day is known as the Feast of the Meeting of the Lord.

February 3
Setsubun-sai (Shinto)
A family celebration of the end of winter; beans are thrown into rooms of a house for good luck, with the shout, “Devils out, Fortune in!”

February 6
Mulk (Bahá’í)
Beginning of the eighteenth month of the Bahá’í year, the name “Mulk” means “dominion.”
This Week in our Thoughts
  • Rev. Dr. Wesley L. Brun, 80, formerly of Farmington Hills, died unexpectedly on January 26, 2021. Visitation and memorial services will be planned when our country returns to health. Arrangements entrusted to Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home.

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email webmaster@acpe.edu to add someone to our thoughts.
Wilmore, KY
Asbury Theological Seminary announces multiple faculty positions in Counselor Education and Supervision in the Department of Counseling and Pastoral Care to serve in CACREP-accredited programs on the Wilmore, Kentucky campus and/or the Orlando/Asbury Seminary Global Delivery Platform.

Jacksonville, FL
At Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, we believe in high-quality, holistic care that heals and comforts the whole person - body, mind and spirit. This program provides a challenging and diverse educational experience at the largest community-based health system in Northeast Florida.

Educational Opportunities
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