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March 11, 2019
View from the Road: A Collage of Experiences Emerge
Steve Ivy
Steve Ivy,
Recently I enjoyed a center visit where a creative educator discussed his mid-unit evaluation processes. One that particularly caught my attention was the practice that each student prepares a picture collage rather than written words in order to express their experience and feedback to others in the group. I liked his description of the outcomes he perceived for his students, their relationships, and their learning process.

As I reflected on what I would write this month, a collage of experiences emerged. I am aware of several pictures I have to share with you this month. So here are some reflections on AAPC, Annual Meeting, Tech News, and Deaths, and as is important for collages, The Thread.

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ACPE Launches New SharePoint Member Site
ACPE is excited to announce the launch of Microsoft 365/SharePoint, one of the top business collaboration resources today, to create and maintain educator and center portfolios and to share on message boards, files, instant messaging, and video conferencing!

For your convenience, members only have one username and password to access the ACPE website and its Microsoft 365/SharePoint site. Links to the Microsoft 365/SharePoint site are located on ACPE's website on the homepage and under "My ACPE" menu option.

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ACPE Invites Former AAPC Members to Join by March 25, 2019
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
ACPE members recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of our consolidation. Now we enthusiastically invite you, as a former member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), to apply for ACPE membership. With our shared history and joint commitment to the wholeness and well-being of the communities served by our members, there is much work for us to do together. We hope you will consider joining us in this exciting new chapter of spiritual care, education, and counseling.

Annual Ethics Form Due on Friday 
Brian Conley, Chair
Professional Ethics Commission
Please complete the online form to report on your status regarding ACPE ethics by March 15, 2019

The Professional Ethics Commission will follow up with any questions or concerns.

Please send your questions to Brian Conley, Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) Chair, at
We are excited to welcome Dr. Miguel de la Torre, Professor of Latinx Studies and Social Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO, as our Certification Commencement speaker on Wednesday, May 8. On Thursday, May 9, poet David Whyte will serve as our morning keynote. David is the author of nine collections of poetry, three prose books, and one collection of essays. Lastly, our Friday morning keynote session will be led by four Transforming Chaplaincy Fellows, each one giving a Ted-like talk about their research work and experience as a part of the larger Transforming Chaplaincy project. We are delighted to welcome these Fellows, especially as the project looks to complete this phase of its work at the end of June 2019.

Register Today! 
Rev. Dr. Dennis Kenny is the 2019 Distinguished Service Award Honoree
Dennis Kenny,
ACPE Certified Educator
ACPE is proud to announce that their member, Rev. Dr. Dennis Kenny, ACPE, has been named the 2019 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) honoree. The DSA is awarded for long, outstanding service and leadership to the association.

Dennis was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan which he considers his hometown or "my city." After high school he attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, a university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Dennis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. After college he stayed in Columbus and attended Lutheran Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
Do you recognize these folks or the event in the photo above? Send us a note at

Thank you for your responses to last week's photo. We received the following response from ACPE Certified Educator Rod Seeger: 

"~30 members of the then Pacific Region doing their presentation at the Annual Meeting which was celebrating the 75th anniversary.

The group members presented a "rap" description describing the Pacific Region to the music of Dr. Dre. The sun glasses were intended to help make us look "cool" while doing the rap song."

ACPE Certified Educator Carrie Buckner also added: 

"This is from the Pacific Region - I recognize MANY people (and I am in the back row)

Left to right: Wendell Stangeland, Patricia Wilson-Cone, Sat Kartar Khalsa-Ramey, Beth Boyd, George Fitzgerald, Rod Seeger (in tuxedo), Janet Hanson, Carrie Buckner, Susan Turley, Susan Scott, Birte Beuck

FUN times!!"

Have any photos from your personal ACPE archive that you would like to share? Send them to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter. 
In Case You Missed It
Do You Want to Become a Member of the National Faculty?
We are pleased to share that the Certification Manual section on Becoming a Member of the National Faculty has been updated. The page includes an overview of how to become National Faculty and what must be done to maintain this status.  Additionally, the page has links to documents that provide the National Faculty Competencies as well as a National Faculty Competencies Assessment Form.
Certification Updates: CEC Evaluations and Pre-Admission Participation in Peer Groups
Cecelia Walker, Certification Chair
I hope everyone is doing well, staying warm, and enjoying winter! Your Certification Commission has been hard at work since we began our terms in January. In our most recent conversation, we focused on two main topics: CEC Evaluations and pre-admission participation in peer groups.

CEC Evaluations
This past January, we implemented a significant change in our certification process that eliminated structured units of Certified Educator CPE. 

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
We have worked to include a variety of poems here that touch on themes of love, loss, death and meaning. This poem offers a perspective that might fall into a "collateral damage" category, the pain experienced by loved ones who may not be directly tied to a divorce:
Poem for My Former Niece
by Amie Whittemore

Soon it will hurt less
to remember your hair
in my hands, softest foxtails.

Or your voice as you kicked
your feet in the bath.
Your five-year-old insights, zinnia-bright.

Being your aunt is winning
summer, warm rain, and
a tap-dancing unicorn.

It's chocolate cake for breakfast
and a tea party with panda bears--
please, draw that for me.

That's what I would have asked
before the divorce. Now,
in this new land, I treat you

like a unicorn. Sugar cubes
in my hand, soft whistle
in my throat.

There's no word
for "former niece."
I'd rather eat

500 pickles than invent
such a term.
I hope you laugh

about those pickles.
Rare egg, trust your shine.
Know I tend a bouquet for you.
This was posted to Facebook last week, but we know many of you are not Facebookers or have given it up for one reason or another. These two remarkable women had an incredible public conversation that is well worth your time: 

Thursday, March 14
* Memorial of Shan-tao (Zendō) - Buddhism
Anniversary of the death of a Chinese Pure Land Buddhist priest who died in 681 C.E. He taught that enlightenment could occur simply through repetition of the name of Amitabha or Amida Buddha (nianfo or nembutsu), and is honored as the Fifth Patriarch of that Buddhist school.

Saturday, March 16
* Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem, Fravardegan, or Muktad - Zoroastrianism
(continues until March 20)
A celebration of the creation of human beings and a commemoration of souls who have died. Prayers are offered to the fravashis (the divine spark within each human, which lives forever), asking for their blessings and protection.

Sunday, March 17
* Saint Patrick's Day - Christianity (Western churches)
A commemoration of the missionary bishop who evangelized Ireland in the fifth century C.E.

* Orthodox Sunday - Christianity (Eastern churches)
A celebration of the restoration of icons, which had been banned from Byzantine churches in the seventh century. The Christian empress Theodora ordered them restored in 843 C.E.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • The Celebration of Life Service for Jeffery Hudson, ACPE Certified Educator Cecelia Walker's son, will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 11AM At Trinity Baptist Church, 900 Graymont Avenue, Birmingham, Al  35204
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • CPE Educator, Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
  • Chaplain Educator, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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Other Happenings This Week
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