March 8, 2021
I am not a scholar. And I am not a writer by any stretch of the imagination. But here I am, writing about my experience attending the Crossroads Antiracism Workshop. I participated in the first cohort last month and admittedly, I did not want to.
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 #2 Differences in self-reporting and what others report raises curiosity
Are you a retired Educator looking for ways to stay connected with ACPE? We are developing a new Community of Practice specifically for you! Please join us for our introductory planning meeting on Friday, March 12, at 2pm. Contact Katherine Higgins for more information.
Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members.
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.
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.
We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom in 2021. 
The drop-in meeting (no RSVP required) will take place on Mondays, beginning from 12:00pm to 1:00pm Eastern time.  
In Case You Missed It
Celebrate JCPC's anniversary with a testimonial. JCPC readers are invited to provide a testimonial about the ways that Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling has helped them. 
Our February Article-of-the-Month looks at chaplains' involvement in Advance Care Planning and includes a useful list of tasks related to that activity that could be valuable for chaplains' self-assessment of competence in the area.
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
One of the things CPE does particularly well is teach the vacuous nature of platitudes. So many of us are immersed in saying that, on the surface were supposedly meant to comfort, but at a deeper level are really about easing the anxiety of the one who utters such things. This poem holds many of them up to the light in ways that are both refreshing and unsettling:
Post Hoc
by Jennifer Maier
It happened because he looked a gift horse in the mouth.
It happened because he couldn't get that monkey off his back.
It happened because she didn't chew 22 times before swallowing.
What was she thinking, letting him walk home alone from the bus stop?
What was he thinking, standing up in the boat like that?
Once she signed those papers the die was cast.
She should have waited an hour before going in; everyone knows
salami and seawater don't mix.
He should have checked his parachute a seventh time;
you can never be too careful.
Why didn't she declare her true feelings?
Why didn't she play hard to get? She could be out at some
nice restaurant right now instead of in church, praying
for the strength to let him go.
It all started with that tattoo.
It all started with her decision to order the chicken salad.
Why was he so picky?
Why wasn't she more discriminating?
He should have read the writing on the wall; listened
to the still small voice, had a lick of sense. But how could he when he
was blinded by passion? Deaf to warnings? Really dumb?
Why, why, in God's name, did he run with scissors?
If only they'd asked Jesus for help.
If only they'd asked their friends for help.
If only they'd ignored the advice of others and held fast
to their own convictions, they might all be here, now,
with us, instead of six feet under; instead of trying to adopt
that foreign baby, instead of warming that barstool
at the Road Not Taken Eatery and Lounge, wondering how it might all
have been different, if only they had done
the right thing.

Jennifer Maier, "Post Hoc" from Dark Alphabet. © Jennifer Maier. 
At the risk of doubling up on poetry this week, this piece from “Brain Pickings” which includes both a reading (complete with video) as well as the text of a poem titled “Murmuration.” In this time where people seem so deeply divided, where so much seems irreconcilable, murmuration is part of nature’s evidence of how amazing life can be when we work together, sometimes without even crashing into one another: 

This Week on the Calendar
March 11
Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism)
Also known as the "Great Night of Shiva," this day celebrates Lord Shiva, one of the great Hindu deities, with a day of fasting, an all-night vigil, and offerings of leaves from the Bilva tree - a tree of great medicinal value that was loved by Lord Shiva.

Lailat al-Miraj: Night of the Journey of Prophet Muhammad to Heavens (Islam)
Commemorates Muhammad’s night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem, his ascent to heaven and return the same night, and his having received God’s commandment of the five daily compulsory prayers. This observance also signifies the importance of Islam as part of the monotheistic tradition.

March 13
Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology)
Born in 1911, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was a science fiction writer who founded the Church of Scientology in 1953, in Camden, New Jersey. Hubbard originally developed a self-help system called Dianetics in 1950, and these ideas grew into doctrines and rituals that became Scientology, an applied religious philosophy. Today, followers of the Church of Scientology recognize his birthday.

March 14
Cheesefare Sunday (Orthodox Christianity)
Also known as the "Sunday of Forgiveness," this day often reflects on Adam and Eve and their exile from the Garden of Eden, emphasizing the human fall into sin and separation from God. This reminder prepares Orthodox Christians for the intense fasting of Lent.

March 15
Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti (Hinduism)
A celebration of the birth of the teacher of Swami Vivekananda, who introduced Hinduism to the United States at the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

Beginning of Lent/Clean Monday (Orthodox Christianity)
Beginning of Great Lent. Lent is a period of Christian preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Usually 40 days in length, it is marked by vegetarian fasting, intensified prayer and almsgiving.
This Week in our Thoughts
  • ACPE Retired Educator Mary Wilkins of Ashburn, Virginia, beloved sister, aunt, and friend to many, passed on Saturday morning the 27th of February. Arrangements are by Adams-Green Funeral Home.
  • Former AAPC founding member Quentin Lamoin Hand passed away peacefully at the age of 96. Loving family members had been at his side for the last days of his life. Quentin was instrumental in establishing professional standards for pastoral counselors. 

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
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Baptist Health System is seeking a Director of Clinical Pastoral Education to lead its comprehensive program
Online CPE through The Ecumenical Institute for Clinical Pastoral Education
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