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March 12, 2018
Steve Ivy
Steve Ivy,
Director of Community, Practice, and Member Development
"It's not where you came from, it's where you are going that counts." - Ella Fitzgerald

Where is ACPE headed? Does anyone really know? That is the common question I hear from almost every certified educator with whom I meet.

I count it a great privilege to discuss our futures with so many certified educators and their colleagues in spiritual care education and chaplaincy. In some ways, I am conducting informal participant observer research as I hear stories of challenge, joy, and sadness in so many places and from so many people. Thank you for this privilege.

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Join an Online Community
The national office team has been building webpages and online communities for each Community of Practice (CoP) to create an online space for you to collaborate. Quick Links have been added to help members navigate between the various webpages. The team will continue to evaluate CoP's progress during their start-up year to determine the best tech solutions and platforms.

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New Features Coming Soon to ACPE Directory and Center Accounts
You may have already noticed some changes to ACPE's Accredited Center Directory. The national office team is adding new search fields and queries to the directory to increase its user-friendliness and functionality.

The database will begin tracking tuition costs, 2nd-year residency offerings, and online option offerings. More queries will allow everyone to sort centers by type, location, and offerings. A redesigned Appendix 2 will be mailed to all centers within the month to ensure the most accurate information is available for our students and members.

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ACPE Photo Contest Extended!
Do you have a picture that beautifully captures CPE and /or spiritual care? ACPE is looking for great pictures that highlight the transformative work our educators and students make happen. To enter the contest, send your photo to by March 22, 2018.
The winning photo will be featured with credit in this year's ACPE Year-in Review and other ACPE publications!
ACPE Certified Educator Releases Book 
Rabbi Susan Freeman, ACPE Certified Educator
Rabbi Susan Freeman, an ACPE Certified Educator at Sharp Healthcare San Diego released a book entitled To Dwell in Your House: Vignettes and Spiritual Reflections on Caregiving at Home.

The book addresses the large population in need of more resources for the sacred work of care giving and is now available to purchase on Amazon, Kindle, iBookstore, and Nook. 

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New Spiritual Care Podcast 
The Humankind Public Radio program, distributed by NPR, has released a special new series, The Spiritual Care Podcast. Five half-hour episodes are available with many more in production.

It is produced by award-wining Humankind host David Freudberg with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation. The podcast tells stories of caregivers, including chaplains and kindred professionals. This inclusive series profiles chaplains from different faiths serving: a college campus in Nashville; members of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan; hospice patients in Massachusetts; and homeless people in Seattle.

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In Case You Missed It
Standards Study Document
John Pumphrey, Accreditation Work Group Chair

The Accreditation Work Group spent significant time and energy researching trends in education and accreditation, studying the standards and processes of diverse educational organizations, dialoguing with the commission, and presenting to the board.

The work group is now seeking membership feedback on the Standards Study Document. The comment period will close on March 31, 2018.
Five-Year Review Instructions
If your center is scheduled for a Five-Year Review in 2018, it is time to submit materials electronically via BoardEffect. Materials must be submitted no later than March 31, 2018 by midnight in your time zone.

Click  here  for instructions to upload your materials. 
New for 2018! ACPE Authors are invited to participate in the ACPE Author's Table on Wednesday, May 9th. Click here to learn more and sign up. Space is limited!

Check out our exciting conference workshops and plenary speakers

The early bird deadline has passed but pre-registration  ends on Friday, April 20th. Register today!

Help ACPE host a terrific conference! Please consider making a sponsorship gift to support a specific conference event or scholarships for students.

ACPE's first Silent Auction & Raffle was a great success! All funds raised support ACPE's transformational educational programs. Click here to learn how you can help and participate.
Certification Hub Meeting Registration Deadline: March 14, 2018
The next Certification Hub Meeting is April 17-18, 2018 at Humphries Half Moon Inn and Suites, San Diego, CA.
  • Registration Deadline: 3/14/2018
  • Materials Submission: 3/16/2018
  • Theory Papers: 3/16/2018

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Some of you may have seen this posted on Facebook. There is important wisdom here:
Make the Ordinary Come Alive by William Martin 

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
Laughter is contagious. That's what Allison Halter reminds us in her video piece WHAT'S SO FUNNY? Halter has strung together videos from YouTube of women laughing and it is beautiful and joyful. While it may not work for some Christian folks in Lent, God knows we need the beauty of joy in a time such as this! 

Have a thought-provoking article or video you'd like to share with the ACPE community? What new tools are you incorporating into your curriculum? Send Something Extra to
Wednesday, 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.

Friday, 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.

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

Sunday, March 18
* Ugadi or Yugādi - Hinduism
The New Year's Day celebration for Hindus of the Deccan Plateau in central and southern India, which traditionally includes a ritual bath, prayers, and the eating of pachhadi: six flavors that represent six different life experiences. The flavors are bitter, tang, sour, spicy, salty, and sweet, which symbolize sadness, surprise, disgust, anger, fear, and happiness.
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  • Career Opportunities
  • Certified Educator, WVU Medicine, Morgantown, WV
  • Staff Chaplain, MU Health Care, Columbia, MO
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Centura Health System, Denver, CO
  • East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, LA
  • Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Cincinnati, 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.