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June 25, 2018
Your Gifts at Work
When you make a gift to ACPE, you also support opportunities for ACPE educators to develop innovative and experimental programs that expand CPE into new settings through the Innovative Program Awards.

Check out this video about Baylor Scott & White Health's Innovative CPE Project. 

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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In Case You Missed It
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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New Peer Review Implementation Process
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We are pleased to share the New Peer Review Process. If you are required to participate in a peer review this year, please continue reading this document, and note the information below. If you have already completed your peer review for this year or are not due for one this year, you may skip this page. If you are due for a peer review in 2018, please note the following:

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities
Stephen Robinson, Chair
Leadership Development Committee
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.

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
This poem needs no introduction.
"Not one more refugee death" by Emmy Perez

A river killed a man I loved,
And I love that river still

-María Meléndez

Thousands of fish killed after Pemex
spill in el Río Salado and everyone
runs out to buy more bottled water.
Here, our river kills more crossers
than the sun, than the singular

heat of Arizona, than the ranchlands
near the Falfurrias checkpoint.
It's hard to imagine an endangered
river with that much water, especially
in summer and with the Falcon Reservoir

in drought, though it only takes inches
to drown. Sometimes, further
west, there's too little river
to paddle in Boquillas Canyon
where there are no steel-column walls

except the limestone canyon's drop
and where a puma might push-wade across,
or in El Paso, where double-fenced muros
sparkle and blind with bullfight ring lights,
the ring the concrete river mold, and above

a Juárez mountain urges
La Biblia es La Verdad-Leela.

Today at the vigil, the native singer
said we are all connected
by water, la sangre de vida.

Today, our vigil signs proclaimed
McAllen is not Murrieta.
#iamborderless. Derechos
Humanos. Bienvenidos niños.
We stand with refugee children.
We are all human. Bienvenidos
a los Estados Unidos.

And the songs we sang
the copal that burned
and the rose petals spread
en los cuatro puntos were
for the children and women
and men. Songs

for the Guatemalan
boy with an Elvis belt buckle
and Angry Birds jeans with zippers
on back pockets who was found
shirtless in La Joya, one mile
from the river. The worn jeans

that helped identify his body
in the news more times
than a photo of him while alive.
(I never knew why the birds
are angry. My mother said
someone stole their eggs.)

The Tejas sun took a boy
I do not know, a young man
who wanted to reach Chicago,
his brother's number etched in
his belt, his mother's pleas not
to leave in white rosary beads

he carried. The sun in Tejas
stopped a boy the river held.
Detention centers filled, churches
offer showers and fresh clothes.
Water and a covered porch may
have waited at a stranger's house

or in a patrol truck had his body
not collapsed. Half of our bodies
are made of water, and we can't
sponge rivers through skin
and release them again
like rain clouds. Today

at the vigil the native singer
sang we are all connected
by water, la sangre de vida.
This powerful video tells Kendrick's story. He's dying from a form of terminal sleep apnea. It might serve as a helpful point of focus for a didactic session, or simply an inspirational story of one man's struggle: 

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives 
by Maria Popova

"If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve," Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: "Do what you love, and don't stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities..." 

Wednesday, June 27
* Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Recalling the assassination of the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum while they were incarcerated in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844 C.E.

Friday, June 29
* Ghambar Maidyoshem begins - Zoroastrianism
A celebration of the creation of water, the sowing of the summer crops, and the harvesting of grain. This festival continues through Tuesday, July 3rd.

* Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul - Christianity (both Western and Eastern churches)
Celebrates the two apostles who preached the Christian gospel in Rome. In Eastern churches this festival begins at sundown.

Sunday, July 1
* Jashn-e Tirgan - Zoroastrianism
The festival of water.
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  • Congratulations to Rev. Karen Hutt on her new position as Director of Student Experience and Culture at the United Theological Seminary. 
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
  • Career Opportunities
  • ACPE Certified Educator, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC
  • Certified Educator, San Francisco Night Ministry, San Francisco, CA
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA
  • Baptist Health System, San Antonio, TX
  • Sentara School of Clinical Pastoral Education, Norfolk, VA
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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