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January 21, 2019
From the Executive Director's Desk
Trace Haythorn
Executive Director
This day is such an important day for our country. Amidst so much rancor and division, amidst the longest government shut down in history, amidst the intense anxiety and uncertainty of our age, I am so grateful to pause and remember Dr. King's incredible work, especially in Atlanta, the city he called home. I hope that in some way you and yours have time to lift your voices and sing such that earth and heaven ring with promises of liberty. May we all pause as we serve on this day to give thanks for the leadership of Dr. King and to dedicate ourselves to the long, hard road ahead.

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New Accreditation Manual Presentation
John Pumphrey, Chair
Accreditation Work Group
On behalf of the Accreditation Work Group, we are pleased to share a Prezi presentation that is designed to provide you with an introduction and overview of the new Accreditation process. In a few weeks, we look forward to sharing the initial DRAFT of the new Accreditation Manual for review.  Please continue to follow the weekly news from ACPE for more exciting updates.

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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
SharePoint is Coming
A couple months ago, ACPE reported that it will introduce a SharePoint site for members in 2019 to revolutionize the certification and accreditation processes. Members will also receive the benefits of an email address and new collaborative tools. The ACPE team is finalizing testing and developing training materials to rollout the new site.
Watch your email and this newsletter for coming details. As a first step, ACPE will introduce email addresses which will become your username to log into the ACPE websites. Please send your questions to
Should ACPE and AAPC Consolidate into a unified Association?
For the last few months, ACPE has been in conversation with AAPC, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, about dissolving AAPC and consolidating the association into ACPE. The ACPE website has posted articles and FAQs regarding the ongoing discussion on the homepage.

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Did You Know? Memorials and Milestones
Did you know that ACPE publishes member news and obituaries on our Memorials & Milestones page?

Additionally, we also share any news we receive every Monday in This Week@ACPE

Have any exciting news you want to share? Need to inform us about a member's death? Send us a note at
Transforming Chaplaincy Webinar: Join Tomorrow's Webinar
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)  Retired Educators Robert Gary and Robert Morris awaiting ACPE members to board the MARTA bus to Stone Mountain at an ACPE Annual Meeting in Atlanta. 
In Case You Missed It
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 is 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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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.
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.
Certification Process/Manual Update: Progressive Autonomy in Educating Under Supervision Phases
Cecelia Walker, 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
As noted in the article from Trace Haythorn, Mary Oliver died last week, leaving a void in the hearts of many due to her remarkable and deeply spiritual poetry. We want to remember her with one of our favorite of her poems:
"Every Morning" by Mary Oliver

I read the papers,
I unfold them and examine them in the sunlight.
The way the red mortars, in photographs,
arc down into the neighborhoods
like stars, the way death
combs everything into a gray rubble before
the camera moves on. What
dark part of my soul
shivers: you don't want to know more
about this. And then: you don't know anything
unless you do. How the sleepers
wake and run to the cellars,
how the children scream, their tongues
trying to swim away-
how the morning itself appears
like a slow white rose
while the figures climb over the bubbled thresholds,
move among the smashed cars, the streets
where the clanging ambulances won't
stop all day-death and death, messy death-
death as history, death as a habit-
how sometimes the camera pauses while a family
counts itself, and all of them are alive,
their mouths dry caves of wordlessness
in the smudged moons of their faces,
a craziness we have so far no name for-
all this I read in the papers,
in the sunlight,
I read with my cold, sharp eyes.

-via Poetry Magazine (March 1986)
Ever wish you had a good bedtime story? Ever find yourself reading a mystery that causes your heart to race even as you're trying to settle in for the night? Here's an option that may surprise some of you! 

Dream job: the writer paid to send millions to sleep
Monday, January 21
* Martin Luther King, Jr., Day - USA national holiday
A day remembering the life and legacy of the American civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

* Mahāyāna New Year - Buddhism
This celebration falls on the first full moon day in January for Buddhists who practice in the Mahāyāna (Great Vehicle) stream. By contrast, in Theravadin countries (Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Laos) the new year is celebrated in April, while Tibetan Buddhists generally celebrate it in March.

Friday, January 25
* Memorial of Hōnen Shonin - Buddhism
Anniversary of the death in 1212 C.E. of the founder of the Jōdo Shu (Pure Land) school of Mahāyāna Buddhism in Japan.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • Former AAPC Executive Director Roy Woodruff died the week of January 7th. A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, January 26, 2019 in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Congratulations to ACPE Certified Educator George Fitchett, PhD on receiving the COMISS medal at the COMISS Network Annual Forum last week in Arlington, VA.  COMISS periodically awards individuals who have made a significant impact in the field of spiritual care.
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
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.