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March 5, 2018
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
The Rabbi, the Imam, and the Baptist minister go on a road trip together...

No, it's not a Super Bowl ad for Toyota. It's what happened when I set off on the first day of February for the REM 30th anniversary invitational in Washington DC with our Associate Certified Educator Jim Egolf and our new CEC hopeful Jawad Bayat. By the time we arrived, the mega-virus that I had been fighting for weeks (and thought I was mostly over) staged its last stand with a grand bout of laryngitis. For the first time in my many decades, I was literally unable to say a word (careful, I can hear some of you cheering).

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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. 
Congratulations to ACPE's Newly Certified Educators
Congratulations to the ACPE Certified Educators who passed certification committees at the Dallas Certification Hub on February 23, 2018. 
We hope you will join us at the Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA for the Certification Commencement!
Certification Hub Update
Mary Stewart Hall, Certification Chair
Our first Certification Hub of the year was held last week in Dallas, TX.

Congratulations to our two newly certified CPE Educators, Mary Foley from Tennessee, and Andrew Turner from VA Midwest Health Care Network in Minneapolis, MN. Thank you to everyone that attended!

Our next hub will be held in Providence, RI, April 15-16, 2018. We are accepting Theory Papers for this hub until March 8, 2018. 

Please contact Sheilah Hawk with any questions.
Spiritual Care Leaders at Palliative Care Congress, Vatican
Executive Director Trace Haythorn attended the Palliative Care Congress hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Vatican last week. Along with Christina Puchalski, George Washington Institute for Spiritual Health (GWish); Ron Oliver, Association of Professional Chaplains (APC); David Lichter, National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC); and Rafael Goldstein, Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), Trace had the opportunity to discuss the role of spiritual care with global stakeholders, reinforcing our role as strategic partners among some of the leading global researchers and practitioners in palliative care. 

Pictured left to right: David Lichter (NACC), Christina Puchalski (GWish), Rafael Goldstein (NAJC), Anne Vandenhoeck (Catholic University, Belgium),Trace Haythorn (ACPE), Ron Oliver (APC)
ACPE Certified Educator Releases Book
Dr. John L. Thomas Jr., ACPE Certified Educator
Dr. John L. Thomas, Jr., an ACPE Certified Educator at Phillips Theological Seminary released a book entitled Voices in the Wilderness: Why Black Preaching Still Matters.

His book is now available to purchase on Amazon.
In Case You Missed It
ACPE Photo Contest
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 15, 2018.
The winning photo will be featured with credit in this year's ACPE Year-in Review and other ACPE publications!
Workshop offerings are now available for this year's conference and it's not too late to take of advantage of our early bird rates! 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
This Week's Reflection
While some of our members are still shoveling snow (especially that late winter, heavy wet snow - be careful!), others are seeing the first signs of spring. Here's a poem to give hope to the shovelers and perhaps some familiarity to those in warmer climes:
"Early Spring Night" by Viola Paradise

The cool spring night smells good,
Smells of the brown earth
And the strong little seeds
Pushing up through the brown earth.

My soul swells with thoughts 
Melancholy, exalted,
Blurring me.

The soft scarce-stirring wind moves through my hair.
Perhaps they are not thoughts, 
Those impalpable things which stir my soul.
Perhaps they are my senses
Pushing up like the strong little seeds
Through the brown earth.
Saying goodbye to a pet can be as painful as letting go of human companions. This lovely essay captures the emotions of when to say goodbye so well:  The Pain of Loving Old Dogs.

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  • CPE Educator Bernard Richardson's sister, Calandra Richardson (44) died from complications of the flu on Sunday, Feb 18.
  • The mother of Martha Ann Rutland (Hollywood, Florida), Martha Jane Brown Rutland, age 92, died on February 24, 2018, at home in New Smyrna Beach, FL, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev R E (Gene) Rutland, who died on January 2, 2018 at age 94. 
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
  • Career Opportunities
  • Certified Educator, Ballad Health, Johnson City, TN
  • Part-time Certified Educator, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC
  • Certified Educator, Houston Methodist The Woodlands, Houston, TX
  • Certified Educator, Tower Health-Reading Hospital, West Reading, PA
  • Supervisory Spiritual Care, Mercy Medical Center, Springfield, MA
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN
  • New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
  • Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, IN
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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News & Opportunities from Member Centers
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
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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.