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January 14, 2019
View from the Road: Extending CPE Beyond the Work of Spiritual Care
Wayne Menking,
A voice that I am beginning to hear in my visits is the energy that Certified Educators have for their emerging Communities of Practice. It is a voice I hear when Educators discover that there are colleagues and peers who share a passion, concern, or problem and want to form a community to focus on learning about what they have in common. It is a voice I hear when Educators discover that what they are learning and working on together can be an important contribution to the holy work of pastoral/ spiritual care education and training.

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ACPE mourns the death of former Executive Director Duane Parker 
Duane & Barbara Parker
Former ACPE Executive Director Duane Parker died on January 8, 2019. Duane was certified as an ACPE Supervisor in 1967. He served as ACPE's second Executive Director from 1984 to 1994.

Duane's service was documented in "A 'Snap Shot' History (1975-2000) of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.: A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of CPE" by John Rea Thomas. Thomas writes:

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Virtual Town Hall Meetings regarding AAPC 
The members of the AAPC received the following notice last week. We are asking that you register your vote as well to provide guidance to the ACPE Board of Directors as we consider this important transition for both organizations. ACPE members with voting privileges will receive a ballot from Simply Voting on Wednesday, January 30, 7:00am eastern. The election will remain open for ten days, closing Friday, February 9, 7:00am eastern. The ACPE Board will meet the following week to determine next steps based on the result of the vote.

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Annual Report Process: Reports Due Tommorow
The Annual Report for the year ending December 31, 2018 may be accessed by logging into BoardEffect via the ACPE website.The deadline to submit your center's form is January 15, 2019, by midnight in your local time zone. Please read all of the instructions on the website before beginning the process. 

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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.
ACPE Boisen Scholars Program - Support for Students to Attend the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference - Apply by January 15, 2019!
We are now accepting applications for the ACPE Boisen Scholars Program! 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). ACPE students include Level I and Level 2 students, chaplain residents and Certified Educator Candidates. All ACPE Certified Educators are asked to encourage interested students to apply for this opportunity.

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Annual Conference 2019: Board Chair Welcome
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,Board Chair
As Chair of the Board of Directors, it is my honor to welcome you to the 2019 Annual Conference in a place of expansive skies and hidden treasures - the desert of Arizona. The theme this year is "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education."

What better environment for doing such sacred work than in the kind of surroundings that have inspired spiritual thinkers and artists for millennia?

Transforming Chaplaincy Webinar: Registration Open
Registration is now open for Transforming Chaplaincy's latest webinar: Developing leadership in chaplaincy management: A look into the future.

These webinars are designed to help leaders and early-career professionals strategize on advancing chaplaincy, both within their own institutions and as a profession. After their conclusion, webinars and their ancillary materials are made available on ACPE's website and Transforming Chaplaincy's fully searchable database.

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 (from left to right)  Benson Thomas, Jim Gebhart, J.Edward Lewis, and Duane Parker. 
In Case You Missed It
New Accreditation Process Coming in 2020
John Pumphrey, Chair, Accreditation Work Group
At the fall ACPE Leadership Meeting last month, the Accreditation Work Group shared further definition of the New Accreditation Process, building on the standards that were approved by the Board of Directors in May, and focusing on a draft of the new manual. Additionally, we are excited to share that the Accreditation Commission eagerly volunteered to begin the task of shepherding the new process into fruition.

With this as a backdrop, you may be wondering when we will be sharing information with our centers and membership.
Certification Process/Manual Update: Progressive Autonomy in Educating Under Supervision Phases
Cecelia Walker,
Certification Chair
Happy 2019 to all! As we enter the New Year, I am excited to be the new Chair of the Certification Commission. I wish to express my appreciation and thanks to Mary Stewart Hall who just completed her term as Chair of the Certification Commission as well as the Chair of the Certification Reform Task Force and Implementation Group. The work that has been done over the past four plus years has been nothing less than transformative for our association and I am looking forward to continuing to build upon it in the coming years.

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2019 Annual Conference Call For Poster Applications - Deadline: January 31
You are invited to submit a poster session proposal for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference.

The ACPE Research Committee invites applications to present research posters at the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference on May 8-10 in Scottsdale, AZ. Applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee and selections will be made by the following criteria:

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Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
ACPE is a proud sponsor and partner of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, a think tank that supports research, teaching, and the provision of spiritual care in a range of settings. As the human spirit grows, changes and struggles, chaplains and spiritual care providers accompany people along the way. They gather and translate the research needed to support this work. Headquartered at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, the Lab links people across the United States and around the world.
Transforming Chaplaincy: Certificate in Spiritual Care Management and Leadership
The Transforming Chaplaincy Certificate in Spiritual Care Management and Leadership is a direct response to the professional needs and wishes of chaplains and patient experience leaders in healthcare settings across the country. One-on-one patient service is only half of the chaplain's overall work experience; the other half is how the chaplain fits into the interdisciplinary medical team and the administrative structure of the system.

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Have you ever written a poem? Have you ever longed for the words, the cadence, the rhyme or meter, only to feel thwarted by this thing that seems like it should be so simply but is such great art? Fanny Howe knows something of this and captures it in this poem:
But I, Too, Want to Be a Poet
by Fanny Howe

But I, too, want to be a poet
to erase from my days
confusion & poverty
fiction & a sharp tongue

To sing again
with the tones of adolescence
demanding vengeance
against my enemies, with words
clear & austere

To end this tumultuous quest
for reasonable solutions
to situations mysterious & sore

To have the height to view
myself as I view others
with lenience & love

To be free of the need
to make a waste of money
when my passion,
first and last,
is for the ecstatic lash
of the poetic line

and no visible recompense

"But I, Too, Want to Be a Poet" by Fanny Howe from Selected Poems of Fanny Howe. © University of California Press Books, 2000.
Facts seem precious in today's world. They are so often contested, and yet they simply are what they are. So for those who would like to revel in some weirder facts just to give them some play, here you go. (Note: some of these will make you wonder whether they are fake news, but the authors all claim they are legit.) 

Nicole Cliffe: Tell me your fav weird fact
Monday, January 14
* Makar Sankranti - Hinduism
A festival marking the change from decrease to increase of the sun.

Wednesday, January 16
* Memorial of Shinran Shonin - Buddhism
Anniversary of the death in 1263 C.E. of the founder of the Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land) school of Mahāyāna Buddhism in Japan.

Friday, January 18
* Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins - Christianity

Saturday, January 19
* Sultán - Bahá'í
The first day of Sultán (Sovereignty), the seventeenth month of the Bahá'í year.

Sunday, January 20
* Tu B'Shevat - Judaism
A joyous celebration of the coming spring, including the planting of trees and the conservation of fruits native to Israel, as well as special meals where Jews eat the seven fruits of the land (wheat and barley; grapes; figs; pomegranates; olives; and honey). The festival begins at sundown.

* World Religion Day - Bahá'í
A celebration of the teachings of unity found in all religious traditions. The observance begins at sundown.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • ACPE Certified Educator Jodi Simmons died on January 6, 2019. In the course of receiving cancer treatment, Jodi had a fall and suffered a catastrophic brain injury. ACPE Certified Educator Marion Thullbery said, "Jodi's light shone bright, and our world is dimmer now." 
  • Former ACPE Executive Director Duane Parker died on January 8, 2019. Duane was certified as an ACPE Supervisor in 1967. He served as ACPE's second Executive Director from 1984 to 1994. A service celebrating Duane's life will be held on January 19, 2019, at 2pm PT at the Bellevue First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue WA 98004.  
  • ACPE Retired Educator Walter Jackson died on January 11, 2019 in California. Arrangements are pending for a memorial service. Please check here for updates. 
  • ACPE Retired Educator Verlin E. Barnett, Jr. died last week in Ohio, where he lived and worked for most of his career. Please check here for updates.
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 
  • ACPE Certified Educator, Ballad Health, Johnson City, TN
  • ACPE Certified Educator, UNM Hospitals,Albuquerque, NM
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Penn Medicine - Princeton Health, Plainsboro, NJ
  • St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN
  • Wellspan Health, York, PA
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI
  • NYP Brooklyn Methodist, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sharp Healthcare, San Diego, CA
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC
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.