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July 2, 2018
Peer Review Review
Amy Greene
Amy Greene, 
Board Chair
That's not a typo...I am writing this week about the new Peer Review process and my experience after volunteering to be a "test case" during the national conference by doing mine then. I am deeply grateful to my three colleagues who stepped up with little advance notice to review my materials and spend the time with me while we were all still in Atlanta. It was a great experience, and I'll come back to that.

But first I'd like to address how gratifying it is to be part of an organization that is so mature and responsive to its membership. 

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ACPE Announces Keynote Speakers for 2019 Annual Conference
We are excited to announce our keynote speakers for our 2019 Annual Conference, "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education" in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Our Certification Commencement speaker will be Miguel de la Torre, Professor of Latinx Studies and Social Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO. The focus of Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre's academic pursuit is social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression.
2019 Annual Conference Call For Workshop Applications
You are invited to submit a workshop proposal for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference.

The 2019 ACPE conference theme, "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education" invites presentations that engage the core values, traditions, and ethos of spiritual care education while addressing the needs of ever-changing contexts for care. Innovative, tried and true, and research based presentations as well as those sponsored by ACPE Communities of Practice will receive priority consideration.
ACPE Service Awards
Effective January 1, 2018 the ACPE Foundation Service Awards Committee will receive award nominations, review award nominations, and make a recommendation to the ACPE Foundation Board for awardee selection. This slate of awardees will be shared with the ACPE Board of Directors.

The first task of the new Service Awards Committee was to review the current awards and recognition, procedures, and policies. Below are the revamped criteria and processes including a new award - the ACPE Inspiration Award!

In Case You Missed It
Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling
ACPE is a proud sponsor of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (JPC&C). Did you know that a benefit of your membership in ACPE is free online access to JPC&C?

Check out their latest volume by logging into the website under the Resources tab on the ACPE website.

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CoP 2019 Funding Requests
The application period for Community of Practice funding is now open for 2019. All registered communities are invited to submit a request for funding along with an estimated budget for next year.  This period will remain open until August 15, 2018. 

Still need to create and register your CoP? Complete a registration form and submit a request for funding before the deadline. 

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Can You Hear Me NOW: Supervising Students in an Age of #BlackLivesMatter
Racial tensions in the United States continue to rise! Surprising cell phone videos showcasing police brutality against minorities, specifically African Americans, surface at an alarming frequency. Many local governments have voted to remove Confederate flags and statues from historic parks and landmarks fueling White Nationalist rallies and demonstrations. Current political leaders often incite bigotry and hate through social media.

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grants awarded
The 2018 Innovative Program Award grant cycle is now open! Applicants are invited to submit proposals for innovative CPE projects that do not exceed $7,000. This year a total of $20,600 is available in funding.

The 2018 Innovative Program Award application and proposal outline may be accessed by clicking here. Please submit a complete application and proposal (5-page maximum) in PDF format via email to Jasmine T. Okafor by July 31, 2018.

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
As you saw above, David Whyte will serve as one of the keynote presenters for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference. This poem is a part of his new collection of poetry, The Bell and the Blackbird. This section, "Everlasting," echoes the voices of so many of the patients served by our educators, professionals and students:
"Everlasting" by David Whyte

Between waves, under the moon's light
after the passing of your smile into memory
when the last silence falls and your voice
is no longer heard over the shadows
of the earth, when even the rain has stopped
and my memory and my words and my arms
and my hands that held you have fallen away
with the tide of time, retreating forever
into the beckoning everlasting dark;
when everything we know has gone,
when my heart has stopped and yours
no longer calls to mine through the distance
of our time together, others will live in this life
and this love and this light, that we have set
in motion, so that underneath that far off,
yet to arrive and sheltering darkness,
underneath the deep, almost touchable nearness
of all things, underneath the breath of our words
joining together for this privileged time of times,
they will see in the distant pin prick stars
the returning light of the dawn we made together,
as we live in the light and the love of those
who came before us, and who helped us to see
and celebrate and recognize ourselves
and who brought us here and whose light
we now pass on, so that even at the end
of time, even in what looks like silence,
even in the quietest sense of disappearance,
even in the far distance of times beyond
our present understanding, we will be remembered
in the way others still live, and still live on, in our love.
When you need authentic leadership amidst the patriotic flourishes and kerfuffles of July 4, look no further than Kid President. This remarkable young man brings not only his charisma and wisdom to these short videos, but he also lives with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. He knows something about pain and the decision to live fully:

Tuesday, July 3
* Ghambar Maidyoshem ends - Zoroastrianism
Ending the celebration of the creation of water, the sowing of summer crops, and the harvesting of grain.

Thursday, July 5
* Birthday of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji - Sikhism
Celebrating a renowned martial artist who was named the 6th of the 11 Sikh Gurus (1595 - 1644 C.E.).

Friday, July 6
* Birthday of the XIVth Dalai Lama - Tibetan Buddhism
Celebrating the 83rd birthday of His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, born in 1935 C.E. in northeastern Tibet. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan government in exile and is revered as the fourteenth in a succession of manifestations of AvalokiteĊ›vara, the enlightened being (bodhisattva) who embodies compassion in Buddhist practice.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • Former ACPE Member Charles "Chip" Moody died on June 21, 2018. Pastor Moody completed his CPE residency through the Spring Grove Hospital Center (inpatient psychiatric) and Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, from 1983-85.  Most recently, he was the Vice President for Student Development at Phoenix Seminary.
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
  • Career Opportunities
  • No new postings this week but check-out opportunities posted earlier this month
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA
  • UCSF Health, San Francisco, CA
  • Cone Health, Greensboro, NC
  • Kettering Health, Dayton, OH
  • Centura Health CPE System, Denver, CO
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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This Week's News from ACPE Accredited Centers

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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.