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February 11, 2019
View from the Road: Story Ground is Sacred Ground
Katherine Higgins,
A pastor friend of mine likes to say, "Stories are our best prayers."  It is an invitation to remembering who we are, bringing this memory and identity to speech, and sharing it with one another. It's an invitation to recognize the sacred ground we occupy when we venture to tell our stories. In the act of sharing our stories with one another, we have a divine listener, who is weaving our stories into a living tapestry, rich with color and texture. 

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ACPE Introduces New Usernames to Sign into Website
In preparation for ACPE's new Office 365/SharePoint platform, ACPE updated member usernames to sign-in to the website to register student units, access the member directory, etc. Member's updated usernames are their new ACPE email addresses. Members will use their new usernames (with their current passwords) to sign-in.

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ACPE Welcomes Janelle Moore
Janelle Moore joins ACPE's team as a Sr. Administrative Coordinator focusing on the ACPE/AAPC consolidation. She will work with the ACPE team to integrate operations, memberships, finances, and communications.
Janelle Moore,
Sr. Administrative Coordinator

Janelle graduated from Rhodes College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with an M.Div. with a concentration in Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation. Before joining ACPE, Janelle worked for Inspiritus (formerly Lutheran Services of Georgia) in their Refugee and Immigration Services department. She has also worked with CDF: A Collective Action Initiative and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Janelle lives in Decatur and enjoys reading, Jazzercise, and going out to eat. She also loves spending time with the L'Arche community, a place where adults with and without disabilities share community and where her husband Tim works. She may be contacted at
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

Thank you for your responses to last week's photo. Your answers helped us identify the following people in the photo: Retired Educator Don Ledbetter playing the Native American Flute in the background and Rabbi Jonathan Rudnik at the 2010 ACPE Annual Conference Memorial Service in Kansas City, MO. 

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
New Accreditation Manual Open for Review and Comment
John Pumphrey, Chair, Accreditation Work Group
The Accreditation Work Group is pleased to present the new ACPE Accreditation Manual that will guide the process of ACPE center accreditation effective January 1, 2020! We hope that you had the opportunity to view the overview presentation that we shared a few weeks ago. The release of the Manual for initial review is the next step as we roll out the new accreditation process.

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Candidates in the Old Certification Process Must Complete a Certification History Form
Are you a candidate in the old certification process? Have you completed the Certification History Form?

If you are a candidate in the old certification process and have not completed a Certification History Form yet, contact coordinators Tania Hammer-Lueken and Ramona Cass immediately. Tania and Ramona are serving as coordinators for the Old Certification process.

If you fail to complete the Certification History Form, you will miss current and ongoing policy updates.
2019 Peer Review Instructions
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If you are due for a Peer Review in 2019, you should receive a notification email by the end of January.  However, if you do not hear from the office and you know that you are due for a Peer Review, please be in touch with your Director of Community, Practice, and Member Development (DCPM) to be sure that we have your correct information and to initiate your process.

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BoardEffect Access
In anticipation of our transition to our new SharePoint platform and to allow the Area Committee Reviewers to assess the annual reports, access to BoardEffect has been disabled.  All documents that are in BoardEffect will be migrated to the SharePoint site over the next few months. If you are in need of a particular document, please email Kimberly Yates at with your request. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make everything more accessible to you!
Annual Ethics Form due by March 15, 2019
Brian Conley, Chair
Professional Ethics Commission
Please complete the online form to report on your status regarding ACPE ethics by March 15, 2019

The Professional Ethics Commission will follow up with any questions or concerns.

Please send your questions to Brian Conley, Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) Chair, at
Online registration for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference is now open! We hope that you join us in Scottsdale, Arizona this spring for what is sure to be an incredible time.

Early bird registration ends on March 15th. Register today to take advantage of the early bird rates and secure your workshop selections!

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

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Spring Certification Hub: Registration Open 
Registration for our Spring Certification Hub in Scottsdale, Arizona is now open for those meeting for Associate Educator or Certified Educator in the "old" Certification process. Please go to the Certification Hub page to register no later than February 22.

Additionally, if you are in the "old" Certification process and would like to submit theory papers during one of our five virtual hubs this year, please go to the Certification Hub page for deadlines and instructions.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
All too often, chaplains experience a death with a family but never see them again. This poem points to the unrequited longing that seems everlasting as a part of grief and bereavement.
"Note" by Ellie Schoenfeld

Sometimes I am still surprised
that you do not call, pissed
that you send no emails.

The trouble with the dead
is that they stay dead.
They consistently fail to show up
for even a single cup of coffee.

I think you are still
at home in England.
I want death to be like England-
you go there for awhile
but then you come back.
Researchers will tell you that this is the week where those well-intended New Year's Resolutions begin to lose traction, some of them fading into oblivion. Here's a video that might help some hang onto those commitments in ways that they might become habits: 

How to Actually Stick With New Habits
This Week from the Members
CH (CPT) Justin Shannon, CPE Resident
CH (CPT) Justin Shannon is a resident student 2018-19 U.S. Army CPE program at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He has served as a Christian Chaplain in both the Reserve and Active Component Army for 10 years. He holds an MDiv from Multnomah University, Graduate Diploma in Ministry from Western Seminary Portland OR, and a Masters of English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Currently he serves in a level one trauma center for the local Fort Sam Houston and San Antonio area. After completion of the program, he will be assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion as Chaplain on Fort Sam Houston assisting personnel through medial challenges as they receive treatment while in service.  He can be contacted at
An Inward War

What if I was more, I implore
I'd give a mighty roar
And look to him that I adore

Here I am Lord, alone and desperate
Here I am Lord, weak and in need
Here I am it is just me

Alone staring at an inward war
I realize the shame
All tied up, I want to sore
Thursday, February 14
* Valentine's Day - Western Christianity
A celebration of love originally connected to the Roman Christian martyr who died in 269 C.E.

Friday, February 15
* Nirvana Day - Buddhism
In northern Buddhist traditions, this day marks the anniversary of the historical Buddha's death in ca. 486 B.C.E. and his subsequent entrance into enlightenment or Nirvana. In southern Buddhist traditions, the Buddha's death is commemorated during Visakha.

Saturday, February 16
* Losar [Tibetan New Year] - Buddhism
Celebrating the beginning of the year 2146 in the Tibetan calendar.

Sunday, February 17
* Triodion begins - Christianity (Eastern churches)
This day marks the beginning of the ten weeks preceding Holy Pascha (Easter). The term Triodion refers to the book containing the liturgies for the worship services during this time period.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • ACPE Retired Educator Miriam Needham's eldest brother, Walter Dunmore Needham II, Former Lt. Colonel in the US Army, died December 20, 2018 at his home after battling a lengthy illness.  He was buried on January 4, 2019  at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA with full military honors.  
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 
  • Chaplain - BCCI Certified, University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, UT
  • CPE Educator, IU Health, Indianapolis, IN
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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