January 18, 2021
Today we honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While many of you will continue to serve in the midst of this pandemic, others will volunteer in communities, making his dream of the Beloved Community one step closer to reality.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day there will be no consultation today.  
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 January 20 at 2:30pm or January 22 at 11:00am. 
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.
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In Case You Missed It
We are very excited for the new year and the hope that comes with it. As the pandemic changed a lot, we are grateful for your continued pursuit of excellence...
Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members
Thank you to the participants of the 2020 salary survey. The survey results are posted on ACPE’s SharePoint site. You can access ACPE’s SharePoint site by visiting www.office.com, and signing in with your “ACPE.EDU” email address. 
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
So much hard news. So much bad news. So much disappointing news. We all need help at times looking for the signs of hope, the goodness, the joy, the light. This poem from Tony Hoagland provides a lovely reflection and metaphor for how we can provide even a simple nod towards “the good parts”: 
Field Guide
by Tony Hoagland
Once, in the cool blue middle of a lake,
up to my neck in that most precious element of all,
I found a pale-gray, curled-upwards pigeon feather
floating on the tension of the water
at the very instant when a dragonfly,
like a blue-green iridescent bobby pin,
hovered over it, then lit, and rested.
That’s all.
I mention this in the same way
that I fold the corner of a page
in certain library books,
so that the next reader will know
where to look for the good parts.

Tony Hoagland, “Field Guide” from Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty. Copyright © 2010 by Tony Hoagland. 
The last several months of have like a tempest for many of us, where we never seem to know where the next wave will come crashing down. These photos from the English shore make for lovely reflection tools on this time, with nature showing its fierce and unpredictable beauty: 

This Week on the Calendar
January 18
Feast Day Sultán (Bahá’í)
The Baha’i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. Sultán is the Arabic word for Sovereignty. The word "feast" suggests that a large meal will be served, but that is not necessary for a Bahá'í Feast. The use of the term "feast," in this case, means that the community should enjoy a "spiritual feast" of worship, fellowship and unity.

January 19
Feast of Theophany (Orthodox Christianity)
The Orthodox Church marks this day as the anniversary of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River. For the Feast of Theophany, Orthodox Christians reflect on their own baptism and salvation.

Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity)
Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany: the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. During this celebration, there is a ritual reenactment of the baptism and a procession with the Tabot, a model of the Ark of the Covenant. The clergy often dress in bright robes, carrying colorful umbrellas, and sing and dance as they escort the Tabot back to the church.

January 25
Conversion of St. Paul (Christianity)
On this day, Christians commemorate the conversion of Paul the Apostle. Previously known as Saul of Tarsus, a great persecutor of Christians, Paul was converted on the road to Damascus, when he had a vision of Christ.
This Week in our Thoughts
  • William Carlos "Bill" Jackson, died peacefully on January 6, 2021. Bill was born March 18, 1938, in Memphis, TN to the late Sarah Elizabeth Holloway Jackson and William Carlos "Jack" Jackson, Sr. Bill was a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. An online guest register is available here.

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email webmaster@acpe.edu to add someone to our thoughts.
Salem, OR
We are searching for an experienced Chaplain for the Spiritual Care Department.

Huntington, WV
St. Mary's is accepting applications for a year-long CPE Residency.

Educational Opportunities
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
ACPE is the standard for spiritual care and education. Our diverse membership includes Certified CPE Educators, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapists, Spiritual Care Professionals and Practitioners, Pastoral Counselors, Chaplains, Faith Communities, and Seminaries. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-faith, multi-racial community of professionals provides education, connection, and formation through continuing education, networking, and leadership development.
ACPE is the premier, Department of Education 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.
ACPE members are actively engaged in a wide variety of professional development activities including communities of practice, conferences, spiritual care research, and informal networking. We are more than just an association: we are a movement committed to the transformation of the human suffering.Our opportunities for formation and community enrich our member's work of healing and transforming people and communities in the US and across the globe.