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February 25, 2019
2019 Boisen Scholars Program Cohort
J. Patrick McCoy,
Foundation President
The Foundation for ACPE is pleased to announce the three CPE students that have been selected to participate in the Boisen Scholars Program for the 2019 Cohort. 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).

The three recipients are:
Accreditation Corner: Keeping You Informed...ACPE's New Accreditation Process
John Pumphrey, Chair, Accreditation Work Group
Welcome to the first of a new series of communications designed to keep you informed and assist in the transition to the new accreditation process.

We hope that you had the opportunity to view the overview presentation that we shared previously and to read the draft Accreditation Manual that has been out for comment.

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 30th. 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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Did You Know Your Internet Browser Can Make a Big Difference?
John Roch 2018
John Roch, Director of Communications
ACPE anticipates it will unveil its new SharePoint site next week providing members with the latest modes for certification and accreditation collaboration and staying connected with their colleagues! Your ACPE team has conscientiously worked to design an online environment that is easy to navigate and simple to use. 

To help you get started, we have created a series of step-by-step instructions, with screenshots, to perform actions; such as:

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 Timothy Little, who was the Director of Pastoral Services at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California and Marilyn Summers wife of Tom Summers, Retired CPE Supervisor of Columbia, SC.

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
AAPC Will Consolidate with ACPE
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
We are about to write our next chapter together. ACPE and AAPC members broke voter turnout records and overwhelmingly voted in favor to consolidate into one association. Our two associations have a shared history, values and culture. Both born in the 1960s, each association had a slightly different mission and focus but more similarities than differences. During that time, we met and collaborated regularly. Now a little more than 50 years later, we will join as one association with a unified voice and mission.

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Certification Updates: CEC Evaluations and Pre-Admission Participation in Peer Groups
Cecelia Walker, Certification Chair
I hope everyone is doing well, staying warm, and enjoying winter! Your Certification Commission has been hard at work since we began our terms in January. In our most recent conversation, we focused on two main topics: CEC Evaluations and pre-admission participation in peer groups.

CEC Evaluations
This past January, we implemented a significant change in our certification process that eliminated structured units of Certified Educator CPE. 

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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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New Accreditation Manual Open for Review and Comment until March 1st
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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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
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Recently, teachers were described as "losers" at a rally along the southern border. In response, two teachers decided to respond:
An Ode to Loser Teachers
By Drs. Adam Jordan and Todd Hawley

For years teachers strive and push for knowledge.
Knowledge they intend to share with kindness.
Indeed they are losers.

Losers of freedom,
burdened by ballooning student loans and unfair wages.
Still, paycheck to paycheck they keep pushing,
their well-being second to the minds and souls of those before them.

Losers of respect,
"Socialists," "enemies of the State."
Silk-stockinged leaders beat the war drum and brand them losers incapable of free thought.
They hear the drum and know it signals the loss of their autonomy, the theft of public trust.

Losers of time,
working late nights and weekends planning lessons on algebra, history, and DNA replication.
Duties performed outside their working hours,
brains never given the option to disengage.

Losers of sleep,
they lie awake in worry,
fretting over the well-being
of the students they love.

Losers they may be,
as so much has been stolen.
But they will persist. It is in their love-hewn brains.
Their profession is for others, not themselves. Thus they persist.

Losers of patience,
they are, certainly.
They've reached a boiling point. They will strike, write, speak, march. But they won't lose their minds, and they won't lose their students.

Losers of the ability to banish the thought,
that never leaves their minds:
Without teachers, who will help?
Without teachers, we're all losers.

And while we're at it celebrating teachers, we offer this brief video as well (please pardon some language). Taylor Mali began his career as a teacher and uses his experiences in his poetry. Here's one of his most popular pieces, one that I trust resonates with all of the educators out there: Taylor Mali: What teachers make.
Monday, February 25
* Ayyám-i-Há - Bahá'í [through March 1]
Starting at sundown, this festival marks the beginning of the intercalary days for festivities, gift giving, and charitable actions.

Saturday, March 2
* 'Alá - Bahá'í
The beginning of the nineteenth and final month, meaning "loftiness," and also of a 19-day fast in preparation for Naw Rúz [see March 21]. Adult believers in good health abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • Clinical Manager and Educator, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Coordinator Pastoral Care/Education, New York-Presbyterian Queens, New York, NY
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
  • The Christ College, Cincinnati, OH
  • East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, LA
  • Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas, TX
  • Memorial Hospital, Temple, TX
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.