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March 19, 2018
Trace Haythorn, Executive Director
Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with the chair of a PAG and an executive from one of our centers. They asked me very directly what I see as the future of CPE in the digital age and whether I could give evidence of the health of our organization. Earlier in the week, our staff had been discussing how we could do a better job of pacing our work as there are so many good things happening that we feel we can scarcely keep up!

I wish there was a way I could keep all of you up to date with all of the exciting things that are happening. 

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New Certification Process Q & A
Do you have questions about the New Certification Process? Join us for a small group Q & A session to be held via Zoom Video Conference. A webcam is preferable for the session so we can see your face, but you may also join by phone if you do not have access to one.

Click here to sign up for one of the conversations. When signing up, if you have questions in mind, please type them into the Comment box. An Outlook Calendar Invite (with the instructions to join the session) will be emailed to those who signed up a day or two before the session. To better facilitate the conversations, each session is limited to ten (10) participants. Participation is on a first come, first served basis and if we run out of spaces, we will add additional sessions.
"Becoming a Spiritual Generalist" for Eldercare Staff
Mary Martha Thiel,ACPE Certified Educator
"Becoming a Spiritual Generalist" workshops for frontline staff at Hebrew SeniorLife were hugely successful this winter. Funded through a Macy Foundation grant to Brandeis University, with Wendy Cadge as Principal Investigator, we offered a day-long workshop to three sets of frontline staff from our eight campuses, representing diverse disciplines.

The curriculum was translated for geriatric contexts from earlier workshops offered for pediatric practitioners at Boston Children's Hospital.

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ACPE Certified Educator Releases Book 
Bill Gaventa, 
ACPE Certified Educator
ACPE Certified Educator Bill Gaventa released a book entitled Disability and Spirituality: Recovering Wholeness (Studies In Religion, Theology, and Disability). 

In Disability and Spirituality Gaventa constructs this whole and human path before turning to examine spirituality in the lives of those individuals with disabilities, their families and those providing care, their friends and extended relationships, and finally the communities to which we all belong. 

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ACPE Photo Contest Extended!
We've been enjoying all of your submissions so far and there's still time to enter the contest! 

Don't forget to 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!
In Case You Missed It
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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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.
Weekly Highlights
Virginia Giglio,
CPE Intern

It was Ash Wednesday at the Catholic hospital in which I am a Chaplain Intern. All the Chaplains were wearing black ashes on their heads, and one of them even offered to place them on my head. Though I was raised Catholic, I felt disinclined to receive the mark of holy ashes this year, and refused the offer. I did not know why at the time, but the reason for this became clear to me after an experience with the family of a patient I will call Erma.

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This Week's Reflection
Okay, so this isn't really a poem, but it comes from Brene Brown, and we know many of you have found her work useful. This is available as a free download at her website
Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted by Brene Brown

There is no greater threat to the critics
and cynics and fearmongers
than those of us who are willing to fall
because we have learned how to rise.
With skinned knees and bruised hearts;
we choose owning our stories of struggle,
over hiding, over hustling, over pretending.
When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we run from struggle, we are never free.
So we turn toward truth and look it in the eye.
We will not be characters in our stories.
Not villains, not victims, not even heroes.
We are the authors of our lives.
We write our own daring endings.
We craft love from heartbreak,
compassion from shame,
grace from disappointment,
courage from failure.
Showing up is our power.
Story is our way home. Truth is our song.
We are the brave and brokenhearted.
We are rising strong.
Want to see how creative your students are? Give them 15 legos and a few minutes. Here's a video with several examples:  What Can You Create With Only 15 LEGO Bricks?   It's all in what we see, and rarely do we see the same thing.

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
Tuesday, March 20 spring equinox

* Spring Ohigon - Buddhism
For Buddhists who practice in the Jōdo Shinshu [Japanese Pure Land] tradition, this is a special time to listen to the teaching of the Buddha and meditate on the perfection of enlightenment as lived in the Six Perfections or Paramitas (generosity, morality, wisdom, honesty, endeavor, and patience).

* Shunki-sorei-sai - Shintō
The time of the spring memorial service, when ancestors' spirits are revered at home altars and gravesites are cleaned and purified.

* Ostara - Wicca
A time to mark the divine goddess's blanketing of the Earth with fertility as the god stretches and grows to maturity, manifested in the reawakening of seeds within the Earth as they are touched by divine love.

* Spring Feast - Native American spirituality
A day to mark the coming and going of seasons and to honor planting through songs, stories, and prayer.

Wednesday, March 21

* Naw Rúz - Bahá'í
Marking the beginning of the year 175 of the Bahá'í era, and the beginning of the first month of the year, known as Bahá or "splendor."

* Navruz [Now Ruz or Norooz] - Zoroastrianism
The beginning of the Zoroastrian new year, 1388 AY or 3756 AZ in the Fasli seasonal calendar, which also celebrates the renewal of the world and the creation of fire (which symbolizes righteousness). Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrianism, received his revelation on this day.

Saturday, March 24

* Feast of the Annunciation - Christianity (Eastern churches)
This festival marks the visit of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary of Nazareth and Mary's faithful response to God's plan by consenting to be Jesus' mother.

Sunday, March 25

* Palm Sunday - Christianity (Western churches)
The remembrance of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, when crowds spread palm fronds on the ground as Jesus rode into the city. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Eastern churches will begin their commemoration of Palm Sunday at sundown on Saturday, March 31.

* Ramanavami - Hinduism
A celebration in honor of the birth of Rama, the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu. Hindus read the Ramayana, a Hindu epic, and religious dances called Ramalila are performed to depict scenes from his life. This is the culmination of a week-long observance.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • ACPE Spiritual Care Professional Phillip Leigh Haltom died on March 7, 2018 at the age of 62 while in Texas, on his home soil
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
  • Career Opportunities
  • CPE Manager, Norton Healthcare, Louisville, KY
  • Director/ACPE Educator, East Jefferson Hospital, Metairie, LA
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, AZ
  • St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
  • Covenant Healthcare System, Saginaw, MI
  • Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, FL
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.