March 22, 2021
Promoting innovation is a core function of the Foundation for ACPE. We keep our eyes on the future of the profession of spiritual care providers, educators, and spiritually integrated psychotherapists. Recent trends show that the degree with which ACPE Educators will retire in the next 10 years is not matched by newly certified ACPE educators entering the job market.
The Boards of Directors of the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education and the Association of Professional Chaplains met concurrently on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10:00am EDT/9:00am CDT to entertain a motion that the organizations officially merge. Both organizations approved the motion. Now the motion must go to each membership for your consideration. The associations are working collaboratively to provide opportunities for joint conversations as well as opportunities for discussion within each organization. We anticipate an electronic vote of each association’s membership in June or July this summer. We are working to create communication strategies to keep you informed and solicit your feedback throughout this process. Thank you for your engagement and careful consideration of this historic moment.

Several members have asked for more details about the pros and cons, the rationale, and the timing of this process. The communications teams of ACPE and APC are working closely to coordinate a schedule of town halls, information sessions, FAQ documents, and other resources to help all members be fully informed prior to a vote.
Annual dues billing notices were emailed on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, from ACPE with the subject “Billing Notice” which includes links to pay your 2021 membership dues. For your convenience, we added an “Express Payment” hyperlink.

If you cannot find the email, you can also pay your membership dues and print an invoice by logging in to the ACPE website ( Click “Login” at the top of the page.
In preparation for the 2021 ACPE Annual Conference: Creating Room to Breathe, ACPE has identified key themes from the Anti-Bias survey of ACPE members. In the following weeks, ACPE will be publishing the key themes that emerged from the Anti-Bias survey results and questions for reflection.

Key Theme #4 Microaggressions become abuses of power in settings of power differentials
Since 1947, JPCP has been publishing The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling (JPC&C) as well as a variety of books that enlighten and educate pastors, chaplains, and counselors. For 75 years JPCP has provided members of our supporting organizations, and the public, research-based and reflective articles. This year, in celebration of our Diamond Jubilee, JPCP is offering special opportunities to our readership and the public.  
ACPE rolled out a new Salesforce database, website, and SharePoint sites in 2020. Join John Roch, Director of Communications & Technology, and Carl Jones-Reid, Technology Specialist for a Tech Talk ACPE.
In Case You Missed It
Greetings from the Accreditation Commission! I hope that all is well with you, your programs, and your students. I am excited to share information with you about portfolio reviews and our deep dive this year.  The portfolio review process will begin in July 2021 and will conclude by the end of October.
Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members.
The ACPE SIP Program offers trainings to help mental health practitioners work more competently with spirituality in the context of psychotherapy. The 30-hour NBCC-approved continuing education curriculum is a specialty training for persons who have previous training in psychotherapy.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
The American Academy of Poets has curated several poems to honor Women’s History Month. Here’s a sample:
“How to Triumph Like a Girl”
by Ada Limon

I like the lady horses best,
how they make it all look easy,
like running 40 miles per hour
is as fun as taking a nap, or grass.
I like their lady horse swagger,
after winning. Ears up, girls, ears up!
But mainly, let's be honest, I like
that they're ladies. As if this big
dangerous animal is also a part of me,
that somewhere inside the delicate
skin of my body, there pumps
an 8-pound female horse heart,
giant with power, heavy with blood.
Don't you want to believe it?
Don't you want to lift my shirt and see
the huge beating genius machine
that thinks, no, it knows,
it's going to come in first.

From Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions, 2015). Copyright © 2015 by Ada Limón.
Last week, we referenced Keith Jarrett’s incredible improvisational ability, as well as his resilience. Here’s a site where you can try it for yourself. Just type in whatever inspires you, and the jazz will follow (sort of): 

ACPE Certified Educator Rod Seeger wrote a reflection entitled, "Reading and Reflecting on White Body Supremacy."

This Week on the Calendar
March 25
Feast of the Annunciation of Virgin Mary (Christianity)
This day commemorates when the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would bear a child, Jesus. The feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary is celebrated with prayers and church services.

March 26
Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian)
The Zoroastrian celebration of the birth of Zoroaster, the founder of the Zoroastrianism religion. Khordad Sal is the birthday celebration of Prophet Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrianism. Considered to be one of the most important holidays on the Zoroastrian calendar, the day is spent feasting, wearing new clothes, displaying fresh flowers and gathering in fire temples for prayers.

March 28
Palm Sunday (Christianity)
Palm Sunday opens Holy week. Palms recall the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem

Holi (Hindu)
A spring festival in India and Nepal dedicated to the god of pleasure, also known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love. Holi is a celebration of fertility, brotherhood, and the triumph of good over evil. Festivities surrounding Holi can lasts up to sixteen days. During the main day of celebration, people throw colored water or powder at each other until they are coated and indistinguishable from their neighbors. This symbolizes unity and brotherhood, as everyone looks the same coated in colors, and differences such as race, sex, class, and creed are forgotten. Bonfires are lit to represent the destruction of evil, recalling the legend of Prahlad miraculously escaping from the fire of the demoness Holika.

March 29
Hola Mohalla (Sikh)An annual event which is a martial arts parade historically coinciding with Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. Celebrations related to Holla Mohalla may be held in various locations over several weekends preceding the actual date of the holiday. A week-long celebration that often coincides with the Sikh New Year, Hola Mohalla was started by Guru Gobind Singh as a day of mock battles and poetry. Today, those who celebrate the festival often camp out, watch demonstrations of fighting and bravery, and listen to music and poetry.
This Week in our Thoughts
  • ACPE Retired Educator George West of St. Stephen, SC, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Mrs. Mary L. West; daughter, Rosalind (Marcus) Culver; grandchildren, Marcus, Jr. and Tina; siblings, Flora W. (Joseph James) Gethers and Sarah L. West; aunt, Alberta Montgomery; brother-in-law, James (Rosalind) Hall; sister-in-law, Doris Davis; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
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ACPE is the standard for spiritual care and education. Our diverse membership includes Certified CPE Educators, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapists, Spiritual Care Professionals and Practitioners, Pastoral Counselors, Chaplains, Faith Communities, and Seminaries. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-faith, multi-racial community of professionals provides education, connection, and formation through continuing education, networking, and leadership development.
ACPE is the premier, Department of Education 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.
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