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May 28, 2018
2018 Annual Campaign Kick-off!
George Grant, Chair
Annual Campaign
Earlier this month, Rhonda Daniels, Annual Campaign Chair-elect and I celebrated with many of you at the 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. There is nothing more refreshing than gathering and learning from one another, making memories that will sustain our work as spiritual health providers and educators.

The Annual Conference also kicked off the 2018 Annual Campaign!

New Guidelines for Peer Review Coming Soon
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As published earlier, the new peer review guidelines will be published by June 1, 2018. A few volunteers completed their peer reviews using the proposed guidelines developed by the Certification and Professional Development Implementation Team in early May. The volunteers and some of their peer reviewers then shared their experience at a workshop during the annual conference. The implementation team gathered feedback from all workshop attendees and is now working to finalize and publish the guidelines.

Volunteer Leadership Opportunities
Stephen Robinson, Chair
Leadership Development Committee
Volunteering to serve in a leadership capacity is a great way for member to contribute to the mission, work, and future of ACPE. It also provides members with leadership development and networking opportunities. There are leadership opportunities for all members of ACPE. The Leadership Development Committee is committed to assessing the skills and talents of each member interested in serving, as well as preparing everyone for the work.

History in the Making

Members of the six strategic partners {ACPE, Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), Neshama : Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC), National Association of Catholic Chaplains(NACC)} gathered at the APC national offices to discuss our work together, clarify priorities and explore next steps. 

Pictured are the following:
Front Row (L to R): Carol Pape, APC; Tony Sedfawi, CASC; Claire Bamberg, AAPC; Jan Temple-Jones, CASC, Sandra Katz, NAJC; Rafael Goldstein, NAJC; Martha Rucker, APC
Back Row: (L to R): Pat Appelhans, APC; David Lichter, NACC; Trace Haythorn, ACPE; Ron Oliver, APC; Mary T O'Neill, NACC; Amy Greene, ACPE
In Case You Missed It
Certification Results: Congrats to the Newly Certified
Congratulations to the ACPE Certified Associate Educators and ACPE Certified Educators who passed sub-committees at the spring meeting in Atlanta, GA!  

Professional photos of the Welcoming Ceremony for the Newly Certified can be downloaded here

Certification: Progressive Autonomy in Educating Under Supervision 
Mary Stewart Hall, Chair
Certification Commission
Do you have a CEC in your center? If you said yes, then you need to see this!

Changes in the certification process have brought about a new understanding of the progressive nature of a CEC's journey towards independent supervision.

During Phase I, the training educator (National Faculty) must maintain a presence in the room with the CEC at all times.

Updates from the Accreditation Commission
Wayne Maberry, Chair
Accreditation  Commission
The Accreditation Commission would like to thank all of the centers for their hard work and to offer congratulations to those centers who successfully completed their Ten-Year Reviews and to those who achieved accredited status. In accordance with commission policies, the Commission Action Reports (CARs) will be uploaded into BoardEffect no later than June 9, thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the meeting. Centers are encouraged to check the BoardEffect site because CARs will no longer be mailed. A complete list of commission actions will be posted on the ACPE website within the same time frame.

Accreditation Work Announces Timeline
John Pumphrey, C hair
Accreditation Work Group
The Accreditation Work Group had very productive dialogs with both the Board of Directors and the Accreditation Commission earlier this month as part of the leadership meetings. The topics focused on the approval of the new standards, which were reviewed and revised based on the feedback from the membership, a broad framework for the accreditation cycle, and a timeline for implementation. Information will be forthcoming to the membership about the framework, but for now we wanted to share a few details about the general approach to accreditation and anticipated timeline for implementation, as we know that centers look ahead to the year of their upcoming reviews.

Annual Conference Wrap-Up
What a conference! Thank you to everyone that joined us in Atlanta, GA.  Keep checking ACPE's website and YouTube for pictures, videos, and presentations from the 2018 ACPE Annual Conference. 

Also, there's still time to provide feedback! The Annual Conference Survey closes this Friday, May 25th at 5PM EST. 

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grants awarded
The 2018 Innovative Program Award grant cycle is now open! Applicants are invited to submit proposals for innovative CPE projects that do not exceed $7,000. This year a total of $20,600 is available in funding.

The 2018 Innovative Program Award application and proposal outline may be accessed by clicking here. Please submit a complete application and proposal (5-page maximum) in PDF format via email to Jasmine T. Okafor by July 31, 2018.

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
This poem by Walt Whitman is one the American Academy of Poets selected for reading on Memorial Day. We offer it as you and your communities take time to remember:
"Vigil Strange I kept on the Field One Night" by Walt Whitman

Vigil strange I kept on the field one night;
When you my son and my comrade dropt at my side that day,
One look I but gave which your dear eyes return'd with a look I shall never forget,
One touch of your hand to mine O boy, reach'd up as you lay on the ground,
Then onward I sped in the battle, the even-contested battle,
Till late in the night reliev'd to the place at last again I made my way,
Found you in death so cold dear comrade, found your body son of responding kisses, (never again on earth responding,)
Bared your face in the starlight, curious the scene, cool blew the moderate night-wind,
Long there and then in vigil I stood, dimly around me the battle-field spreading,
Vigil wondrous and vigil sweet there in the fragrant silent night,
But not a tear fell, not even a long-drawn sigh, long, long I gazed,
Then on the earth partially reclining sat by your side leaning my chin in my hands,
Passing sweet hours, immortal and mystic hours with you dearest comrade-not a tear, not a word,
Vigil of silence, love and death, vigil for you my son and my soldier,
As onward silently stars aloft, eastward new ones upward stole,
Vigil final for you brave boy, (I could not save you, swift was your death,
I faithfully loved you and cared for you living, I think we shall surely meet again,)
Till at latest lingering of the night, indeed just as the dawn appear'd,
My comrade I wrapt in his blanket, envelop'd well his form,
Folded the blanket well, tucking it carefully over head and carefully under feet,
And there and then and bathed by the rising sun, my son in his grave, in his rude-dug grave I deposited,
Ending my vigil strange with that, vigil of night and battle-field dim,
Vigil for boy of responding kisses, (never again on earth responding,)
Vigil for comrade swiftly slain, vigil I never forget, how as day brighten'd,
I rose from the chill ground and folded my soldier well in his blanket,
And buried him where he fell.
Philipos G
Philipos Ghaly
CPE Student
Philipos Ghaly, a student at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, shared this poem, Slow Down, as his creative reflection on his experience in his first unit of CPE. 

extra, the website for The History Channel, has several brief videos commemorating Memorial Day. Between picnics and parades, you might enjoy these as we remember those who have given their lives in military service to the US:

Tuesday, May 29
*Visakha Puja [Buddha Day] - Buddhism 
Celebrated by Theravdin Buddhists on the full moon of the sixth lunar month, this is a triple commemoration of the historical Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death and entrance into nirvana.

*Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh - Bahá'í
The anniversary of the death of the founder of the Bahá'í faith in Palestine in 1892 C.E.  Adherents suspend work on this day.

Sunday, June 3
*Corpus Christi - Christianity [Roman Catholic]
Named for the Latin phrase "Body of Christ," this festival is a time when Catholic Christians express their faith in Christ's real presence in the elements of Holy Communion.

Monday, June 4
*All Saints - Christianity (Eastern churches)
Celebrating the lives of those saints, known and unknown, whose prayers and exemplary lives have a positive influence on the lives and Christian faith of others.  Western Christian churches celebrate this festival on November 1st.
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  • Certified Manager, Centra Health, Lynchburg, VA
  • Director of Spiritual/Pastoral Care, The Sisters of the Holy Cross, Inc., Notre Dame, IN
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