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July 23, 2018
Time to Step In and Step Up!
George Grant
In last week's ACPE newsletter, Trace shared the many active intersections we are engaged in. It takes stamina and analytic foresight to train ourselves for the future, and we have the solid history and current architecture to invite persons outside of our work to fully appreciate our promise. This work cannot prosper and we cannot strengthen ourselves as educators without dedication to the spiritual health professions writ large. In our co-mingling and blending, it will be very important that we see our innovation work to be A-1 on our list of priorities. Our colleagues in research and service should demand that the education arm be invigorated by constant improvement.

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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Medicare Pass Through Funds for Residency Programs
Marc Medwed
As many of you are aware, the world of reimbursement for Medicare is one that is complex and often inconsistent. There are many institutions, both within ACPE and outside of ACPE, that are undergoing audits for previous years. Many of these audits are being conducted by non-allied health professionals, so their understanding of how our programs operate and function on a daily basis is limited, which sometimes leads to confusion and additional work to demonstrate a center's compliance with the regulations.

New Certification Process Manual Now Online
The New Certification Process Manual is now online! Please note that the NEW manual is only for those who are in the New Certification Process. If you are in the Old Certification Process, please be sure to follow the 2016 Certification Manual. If you are not sure which process you are following, please reach out to Sheilah Hawk today.

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ACPE In-House Week: August 6-10
During the week of August 6-10, the ACPE staff will be conducting an intensive week of training, data clean-up, and planning for the coming year. Staff will return calls and emails in the middle and end of each day.

Thank you for your patience during this important work week during which we hope to improve service for you.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
Hundreds of pictures are archived at the ACPE office, majority of which are not labeled. We would love to hear from you if you recognize folks and events from ACPE's history. Send us a note at
In Case You Missed It
CoP 2019 Funding Requests - due August 15th 
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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2019 Annual Conference Call For Workshop Applications - due August 17th
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.
Award Criteria and Nominations Now Available - Nominations due September 4th 
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!

Apply for Volunteer Leadership Positions
Stephen Robinson
Volunteering to serve in a leadership capacity is a great way for member to contribute to the mission, work, and future of ACPE. It also provides members with leadership development and networking opportunities. There are leadership opportunities for all members of ACPE. The Leadership Development Committee is committed to assessing the skills and talents of each member interested in serving, as well as preparing everyone for the work.

Can You Hear Me NOW: Supervising Students in an Age of #BlackLivesMatter - Session 1 Recording Available; Session 2 on August 1
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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Spiritual Care Week 2018
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Christian Wiman's poetry often has powerful themes of faith and doubt wrestling together through line after line. This poem captures the way a diagnosis can radically change the perspective of the one diagnosed, with their way of seeing, knowing and remembering the world altered forever, marked by the before and after of the fateful words confirming an altered human condition with which the spirit must wrestle and reform. 
"After the Diagnosis" by Christian Wiman

No remembering now
when the apple sapling was blown
almost out of the ground.
No telling how,
with all the other trees around,
it alone was struck.
It must have been luck,
he thought for years, so close
to the house it grew.
It must have been night.
Change is a thing one sleeps through
when young, and he was young.
If there was a weakness in the earth,
a give he went down on his knees
to find and feel the limits of,
there is no longer.
If there was one random blow from above
the way he's come to know
from years in this place,
the roots were stronger.
Whatever the case,
he has watched this tree survive
wind ripping at his roof for nights
on end, heats and blights
that left little else alive.
No remembering now...
A day's changes mean all to him
and all days come down
to one clear pane
through which he sees
among all the other trees
this leaning, clenched, unyielding one
that seems cast
in the form of a blast
that would have killed it,
as if something at the heart of things,
and with the heart of things,
had willed it.
Some of you are probably familiar with the podcast "Hidden Brain." If not, this is the episode to explore. In fact, it would be a great discussion piece for a didactic, capturing what we're learning about the brain and engaging what we know about evolutionary psychology to call into question many of the foundational convictions of religious traditions. Wonder why some people claim to be spiritual but not religious? Some insights may be found here: 

Monday, July 23
*Chaturmas - Hinduism and Jainism
This day marks the beginning of a four-month period (ending in November) during which time devotees observe some form of vow.  Penance, fasting, and other religious observances mark this period.  It is considered an inauspicious time for weddings or thread ceremonies.

*Birthday of Emperor Haile Salassi I - Rastafari
Celebrating the birth of Ras [prince or chief] Tafari Makonnen (1892 - 1975 C.E.), who ruled as Emperor of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1974 (officially from 1930 to 1974), and who is professed by faithful Rasta believers as God incarnate.

*Birthday of Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji - Sikhism
Marking the birth of the 8th and youngest of the 11 Sikh Gurus (1656 - 1664 C.E.) in the Nanakshahi calendar.

*Khordad Sal - Zoroastrianism
The birth anniversary of the prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster), according to the Qadimi calendar.

Tuesday, July 24
*Pioneer Day - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Celebrated annually as the anniversary of the entry of LDS pioneers into the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, in Utah in 1847 C.E., after a historic trek across 1,300 miles of wilderness.

Friday, July 27
*Guru Purnima - Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism
This day celebrates the ancient Hindu sage Krishna Dvaipayana, also known as Veda Vyāsa, who is credited as the compiler of the sacred Vedas, the author of the Eighteen Puranas (supplementary texts), and credited with writing the Sanskrit epic Mahābhārata.  The term "guru" refers to a teacher or remover of darkness.  Jains and Buddhists also mark this day as an opportunity to thank their teachers.

Saturday, July 28
*Dharma Day (Asalha Puja Day) - Buddhism
This day commemorates the historical Buddha's first sermon, called "Turning of the wheel of Dharma (Dhamma)," following his own enlightenment.  The following day marks the beginning of the three-month Vassa or "Rains Retreat" for Theravadin Buddhist monks and nuns.  This period is a time for training in Dharma studies, meditation practice, and giving religious services to the people.

Sunday, July 30
*Oharai-taisai - Shinto
A purification ceremony to cleanse believers from offenses committed during the first half of the year.  A large ring of woven grasses and reeds is placed at the entrance to Shinto shrines, and people walk through the ring as a symbol of inner purification.
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  • Mark Tabbut's (IL) elder brother, Wayne Tabbut of Fergus Falls, MN died in his home on June 27 at the age of 72.  A Memorial Service was held on July 3 at the Federated Church in Fergus Falls, MN.
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
  • Career Opportunities
  • ACPE Educator, Mercyhealth, Northern Illinois & Southern Wisconsin
  • Pastoral Education Coordinator, Oregon State Hospital, Salem, OR
  • CPE Program Manager, OhioHealth, Columbus, OH
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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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.