January 25, 2021
At their December 2020 board meeting, the Foundation for ACPE awarded $73,870 in funds to support two research projects that can help to advance the fields of CPE and spiritual care education. Both projects align with the priorities established by the ACPE Research Committee.
We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom in 2021. 
The drop-in meeting (no RSVP required) will take place on Mondays, beginning from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Eastern time.  
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 25 at 12:00pm, January 26 at 2:00pm or January 28 at 10:30am. 
The deadline is approaching for those in the “old” Certification process to declare to meet a Spring 2021 subcommittee.
  • Deadline to declare: February 1
  • Deadline to upload materials: March 8
  • Associate Educator meeting dates: April 12-16
  • Certified Educator consultation dates: April 19-23
Complete letter of intent. You will be invoiced upon receiving completed letter of intent
The Glaz-Plummer Plenary Address for the Annual Conference 2021 is proudly presented May 10, 2021 by Emilie M. Townes Dean and distinguished professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
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.
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
Amanda Gorman is the youngest person to deliver an inaugural poem. How powerful to have the voice of a young Black woman usher in this new season for the US, even under such threat, fear, and division. Here is another sample of her work, one that points to the hostility and opposition within our land:
In This Place (An American Lyric)

There’s a poem in this place—
in the footfalls in the halls
in the quiet beat of the seats.
It is here, at the curtain of day,
where America writes a lyric
you must whisper to say.
There’s a poem in this place—
in the heavy grace,
the lined face of this noble building,
collections burned and reborn twice.
There’s a poem in Boston’s Copley Square
where protest chants
tear through the air
like sheets of rain,
where love of the many
swallows hatred of the few.
There’s a poem in Charlottesville
where tiki torches string a ring of flame
tight round the wrist of night
where men so white they gleam blue—
seem like statues
where men heap that long wax burning
ever higher
where Heather Heyer
blooms forever in a meadow of resistance.
There’s a poem in the great sleeping giant
of Lake Michigan, defiantly raising
its big blue head to Milwaukee and Chicago—
a poem begun long ago, blazed into frozen soil,
strutting upward and aglow.
There’s a poem in Florida, in East Texas
where streets swell into a nexus
of rivers, cows afloat like mottled buoys in the brown,
where courage is now so common
that 23-year-old Jesus Contreras rescues people from floodwaters.
There’s a poem in Los Angeles
yawning wide as the Pacific tide
where a single mother swelters
in a windowless classroom, teaching
black and brown students in Watts
to spell out their thoughts
so her daughter might write
this poem for you.             
There's a lyric in California
where thousands of students march for blocks,
undocumented and unafraid;
where my friend Rosa finds the power to blossom
in deadlock, her spirit the bedrock of her community.
She knows hope is like a stubborn
ship gripping a dock,
a truth: that you can’t stop a dreamer
or knock down a dream.         
How could this not be her city
su nación
our country
our America,
our American lyric to write—
a poem by the people, the poor,
the Protestant, the Muslim, the Jew,
the native, the immigrant,
the black, the brown, the blind, the brave,
the undocumented and undeterred,
the woman, the man, the nonbinary,
the white, the trans,
the ally to all of the above
and more?
Tyrants fear the poet.
Now that we know it
we can’t blow it.
We owe it
to show it
not slow it
although it
hurts to sew it
when the world
skirts below it.       
we must bestow it
like a wick in the poet
so it can grow, lit,
bringing with it
stories to rewrite—
the story of a Texas city depleted but not defeated
a history written that need not be repeated
a nation composed but not yet completed.
There’s a poem in this place—
a poem in America
a poet in every American
who rewrites this nation, who tells
a story worthy of being told on this minnow of an earth
to breathe hope into a palimpsest of time—
a poet in every American
who sees that our poem penned
doesn’t mean our poem’s end.
There’s a place where this poem dwells—
it is here, it is now, in the yellow song of dawn’s bell
where we write an American lyric
we are just beginning to tell.

Copyright © 2017 by Amanda Gorman. Reprinted from Split This Rock's The Quarry: A Social Justice Database.
Many of you have probably heard of the 15 minutes of fame that sea shanties are having, especially on Tik Tok. This sample is a great example of how it can go from strange to celebrated in a matter of seconds, where one Black friend introduces another to this strange old genre, only to convert him to it in the first few stanzas: 

This Week on the Calendar
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.

January 27
Tu B' Shevat: Arbor Day begins at sundown (Judaism)
Joyous celebration of the coming spring including the planting of trees and the conservation of fruits native to Israel

January 28
Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
In Mahayana countries the New Year starts on the first full moon day in January and lasts for three days. It is a time to reflect on the past and cleanse oneself from the prior year's sins to make a fresh start.

January 30
Jashne Sadeh (Zoroastrianism)
Late winter festival commemorating the discovery of fire by King Hashang of the legendary Peshdadian dynasty

January 31
Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Sikhism)
Guru Har Rai (1630-1661) was the seventh of the 10 human-form Sikh Gurus. He is celebrated for his compassion for life and living things. Tradition says that at a young age, he was disturbed by the suffering of a flower after he accidentally damaged it in passing. This strong compassion continued throughout his life and his work.
This Week in our Thoughts
  • ACPE Retired Educator Ruth Walsh was born on May 23, 1941 and passed away on January 21, 2021 and is under the care of Demaine Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on January 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA.

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email webmaster@acpe.edu to add someone to our thoughts.
Wilmore, KY
Counselor Education and Supervision Asbury Theological Seminary announces multiple faculty positions in Counselor Education and Supervision in the Department of Counseling and Pastoral Care to serve in CACREP-accredited programs on the Wilmore, Kentucky campus and/or the Orlando/Asbury Seminary Global Delivery Platform.

Charlotte, NC
The CPE Program provides interfaith professional training. This exciting type of adult learning combines the action of ministry with reflection through diverse seminars, individual supervision and conceptual material. The focus is on pastoral identity, authority and functioning in the midst of a supportive, structured and compassionate setting.

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.