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February 26, 2018
George Grant,
Annual Campaign Chair
In the wake of violence in our society and the clamor for needing to be heard, our time is now. As educators who lead the effort to learn effective ways of attending to crisis and suffering, this is an opportunity to broaden our contexts and make ourselves and our work more available. The effort to draw us into the power of this frame requires innovation, research, and gutsy entrepreneurship.

Rhonda Young Daniels, Annual Campaign
For over a decade, I have benefited from transformative, experiential education that is Clinical Pastoral Education. CPE has afforded me the opportunity to serve as an ACPE Certified Educator at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in the Greater Chicagoland area. I have seen CPE improve the spiritual health of people and communities beginning with me. 

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ACPE Photo Contest
Do you have a picture that beautifully captures CPE and /or spiritual care? ACPE is looking for great pictures that highlight the transformative work our educators and students make happen. To enter the contest, send your photo to by March 15, 2018.
The winning photo will be featured with credit in this year's ACPE Year-in Review and other ACPE publications!
Curious about the New Certification Process?
The Certification Implementation Team is adding new content to the website regularly!
The national office team is posting new content as soon as it is created. Keep reading This Week @ ACPE for the latest news!
Mary Stewart Hall, Chair, Certification Commision
The Certification Implementation team is looking for a few good mentors and evaluators. Please consider sharing your gifts with ACPE by volunteering to be a Theory Paper Mentor or as a member of a Theory Integration Presentation team. If you enjoy all things theory and are interested in sharing your expertise or learning new theories and wish to work with a CEC as they develop their theories we hope you will consider this opportunity. Likewise, if you enjoy reading and evaluating theory and wish to be a part of an evaluation team, we welcome your expertise.  Please email Sheilah Hawk or Mary Stewart Hall
Five-Year Review Update
If your center is scheduled for a Five-Year Review in 2018, you will be submitting all of your materials electronically via Board Effect. Please remember that your submission must be completed no later than March 31, 2018 by midnight in your time zone. 

Improve Access to Chaplains for Non-English Speakers
Emilee Walker-Cornetta, BCC and Joel Nightingale Berning, BCC (and ACPE CEC) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are beginning a project to increase nationwide access to chaplaincy for care recipients who do not speak English. The goal is to create a multilingual tool that would help care recipients make a more educated decision about whether they would like to speak further with a chaplain via interpreter.
They are seeking chaplain collaborators who are fluent (ideally native) speakers of languages other than English. If you or someone you know would join their team or at least briefly consult with them, please email Emilee ( or Joel (
Did you know that ACPE is offering a complimentary professional headshot studio at this year's conference?  Register now for our 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia!

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

ACPE's first Silent Auction & Raffle was a great success! All funds raised support ACPE's transformational educational programs. Click here to learn how you can help and participate.
Check-out this series of hour-long webinars h osted by Transforming Chaplaincy  in Winter-Spring 2018.

The aim of this series is to help leaders and emerging leaders in professional chaplaincy and chaplaincy education develop and strengthen their ability to think strategically about advancing chaplaincy both at the level of the profession and at the level of their institution.
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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
These are hard times. We need anchors that ground is in a hope larger than ourselves. William Stafford offers an option:
A Ritual to Read to Each Other

If you don't know the kind of person I am

and I don't know the kind of person you are

a pattern that others made may prevail in the


and following the wrong god home we may miss

our star.

For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,

a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break

sending with shouts the horrible errors of


storming out to play through the broken dike.

And as elephants parade holding each

elephant's tail,

but if one wanders the circus won't find the


I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty

to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.

And so I appeal to a voice, to something


a remote important region in all who talk:

though we could fool each other, we should


lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the


For it is important that awake people be awake,

or a breaking line may discourage them back to


the signals we give - yes or no, or maybe -

should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.
This article offers important insights related to how ACPE members can advocate for our programs and meaningful change within the systems where we serve: Using Story to Change Systems

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Wednesday, February 28

* Eve of Purim - Judaism
A celebration of the Jews' rescue from an evil plot to destroy them while they were living in Persia, the events of which are recorded in the Hebrew biblical book of Esther. The holiday includes reading the Megillah (the scroll of Esther), exchanging gifts, and special pastries called hamantashen.

Friday, March 2

* Lantern Festival - Taoism
This festival marks the end of the new year's celebration in China, with the entrance of the first full moon. Children venture out to temples with paper lanterns, solving riddles written on the lanterns.

* Holi - Hinduism
This festival is one of Hinduism's most popular celebrations. People throw colored powder or spray colored water to celebrate episodes in the life of the god Krishna.

* Hola Mohallah - Sikhism
A three-day festival instituted by the tenth Sikh guru, Gobind Singh, as a time for military pre-paredness exercises, Hola Mohallah now is celebrated with mock battles, music competitions, and festivities.

* '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.
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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.