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July 9, 2018
View from the Road: Trusting the Process
As I travel around and visit educators and centers, I often hear the concern voiced that ACPE is on the decline because it is losing centers and programs. To be sure, with all of the financial pressures that CPE programs face, the threat of programs closing is constant and real, and in fact, we do lose centers for one reason or another. The anxiety over the loss of centers has, in recent years, been compounded by the emergence of other accrediting and certifying organizations that have exercised considerable marketing tools to make themselves known. The anxiety that I hear is real and should not be taken lightly.

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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.
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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In Case You Missed It
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!

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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Apply for Volunteer Leadership Positions
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.

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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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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Last week, the New York Times ran a story that links the position of Sirius, the "dog star," to the old phrase "the dog days of summer." Here's a poem that offers some opportunity for reflection amidst the heat:
"Dog Days of Summer"
By Meena Alexander

In the dog days of summer as muslin curls on its own heat
And crickets cry in the black walnut tree

The wind lifts up my life
And sets it some distance from where it was.

Still Marco Polo Airport wore me out,
I slept in a plastic chair, took the water taxi.

Early, too early the voices of children
Mimicking the clatter in the Internet café

In Campo Santo Stefano in a place of black coffee
Bordellos of verse, bony accolades of joy,

Saint Stephen stooped over a cross,
A dog licking his heel, blood drops from a sign

By the church wall-Anarchia è ordine-
The refugee from Istria gathers up nails.

She will cobble together a gondola with bits of driftwood
Cast off the shores of the hunger-bitten Adriatic.

In wind off the lagoon,
A child hops in numbered squares, back and forth, back and forth,

Cap on his head, rhymes cool as bone in his mouth.
Whose child is he?

No one will answer me.
Voices from the music academy pour into sunlight

That strikes the malarial wealth of empire,
Dreams of an old man in terrible heat,

Hands bound with coarse cloth, tethered to a scaffold,
Still painting waves on the walls of the Palazzo Ducale.
Even as the fireworks of the 4th waft away in the breeze, we wondered about the ancient art of crafting explosives for entertainment. Here's a story from Fast Company that you may find interesting:

Tuesday, July 10
* Martyrdom of the Báb - Bahá'í
Anniversary of the martyrdom of the Báb, the forerunner of Báhá'u'lláh, in Persia in 1850 C.E. The Báb and 20,000 of his followers were killed because of their religious convictions throughout the mid-1800's. Work is suspended on this day.

Wednesday, July 11
* Feast Day of St. Benedict - Catholic Christianity
Celebrating the life of St. Benedict of Nursia (480 - 547 C.E.), the founder of Western Christian monasticism whose Rule is still widely read and practiced even now.

Friday, July 13
* Kalimát - Bahá'í
The beginning of the seventh month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "words."

* Ullambana - Buddhism
A day when Buddhists make offerings to the Triple Gem-the Buddha, the Dharma [teachings], and the Sangha [monastic community]-on behalf of their ancestors.

* Obon - Buddhism
A Japanese festival to honor deceased ancestors, usually involving the lighting of bonfires, traditional meals, paper lanterns, and folk dancing. Locally this festival is celebrated at various times in July and August.

Saturday, July 14
* Feast Day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha - Catholic Christianity and Native American spirituality
Celebrating the life and ministry of Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 - April 17, 1680), a Mohawk-Algonquin woman who is the first Native American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She was so recognized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, over three hundred years after her death.
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