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May 7, 2018
View from the Road
Katherine Higgins
Katherine Higgins, 
Director of Community, Practice, and Member Development
There's a prayer I say whenever I board a plane that goes something like this:  "Please God, give the pilot steady hands and good judgment; keep the weather clear and help us arrive safely to our destination. And most of all, God, please let me sit next to an introvert!" I have come to dread the chit-chat that invariably leads to my awkward answers to the question, "what do you do?" Sure, occasionally I have encountered a person who was deeply moved by the presence of a chaplain at a critical point in their lives. But more often than not, I face a blank stare, a polite but reserved, "Oh, that must be difficult," or a litany of reasons why life got busy and she still believes in God, but it's been a while since she has been to church, and plus, God knows her heart, right?

Certification Update
Mary Stewart Hall,
Certification Commission Chair
Did you complete readiness last fall but are a part of the new certification process? We need to hear from you!

If you completed readiness, but did not make candidacy, you are part of the New Certification Process. While you are not required to complete the full application process, it is important that you reach out to Sheilah Hawk in the ACPE Office to be sure that she has all of your information. Once you have connected with Sheilah, she will provide you with the necessary information to establish your portfolio and will assign a Certification Commission Reviewer.

Reflective Practice Press Release 
The 2018 volume of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry has been published and is now available.  This year's theme, "Formation, Supervision and Leadership," invites readers to view formation and supervision through the lens of leadership studies and prevailing theories of leadership.  Featured in this issue are essays by Mary Hess, Tod Bolsinger, Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, and Herbert Anderson, to name just a few.  

In Case You Missed It
2017 Year in Review Now Available
ACPE had plenty to celebrate in 2017...its 50th anniversary, breaking fundraising records, a fresh updated look, an engaged membership, innovative CPE projects and much more!

Take a look at ACPE's 2017 Year-in-Review!

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Center Directory Upgrades and New Center Admin Accounts
The ACPE database and online directory have received an upgrade! With new fields to choose from, enhanced search capabilities, and special administrative accounts to update center listings, the database is more user-friendly and helps to market ACPE centers and their programs.

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Certification Process Q & A: More Sessions Added
The initial round of Certification Q & A sessions have been wonderfully attended and almost all spots have been filled. New dates for the month of May have been added to the sign up, so if you were not yet able to join a session, please click here to reserve your spot.

Each session is limited to 10 participants which allows a space for greater dialogue.
Join an Online Community
All ACPE members are expected to participate in a Community of Practice (CoP). To join a CoP, sign-in to the ACPE website. Navigate to "My ACPE" and then click on "My Communities." Click on the name of the community to see the activity in the group. Click the "Follow Community" button to join and collaborate!

Visit the ACPE website for more detailed instructions
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
As ACPE gathers for its national conference and leadership meetings, we always hear a lot of memories shared. This poem by Billy Collins offers his sardonic lens on our memories and perhaps our dreams for what lies ahead:
"Nostalgia" by Billy Collins

Remember the 1340s? We were doing a dance called the Catapult.
You always wore brown, the color craze of the decade,
and I was draped in one of those capes that were popular,
the ones with unicorns and pomegranates in needlework.
Everyone would pause for beer and onions in the afternoon,
and at night we would play a game called "Find the Cow."
Everything was hand-lettered then, not like today.

Where has the summer of 1572 gone? Brocade and sonnet
marathons were the rage. We used to dress up in the flags
of rival baronies and conquer one another in cold rooms of stone.
Out on the dance floor we were all doing the Struggle
while your sister practiced the Daphne all alone in her room.
We borrowed the jargon of farriers for our slang.
These days language seems transparent, a badly broken code.

The 1790s will never come again. Childhood was big.
People would take walks to the very tops of hills
and write down what they saw in their journals without speaking.
Our collars were high and our hats were extremely soft.
We would surprise each other with alphabets made of twigs.
It was a wonderful time to be alive, or even dead.

I am very fond of the period between 1815 and 1821.
Europe trembled while we sat still for our portraits.
And I would love to return to 1901 if only for a moment,
time enough to wind up a music box and do a few dance steps,
or shoot me back to 1922 or 1941, or at least let me
recapture the serenity of last month when we picked
berries and glided through afternoons in a canoe.

Even this morning would be an improvement over the present.
I was in the garden then, surrounded by the hum of bees
and the Latin names of flowers, watching the early light
flash off the slanted windows of the greenhouse
and silver the limbs on the rows of dark hemlocks.

As usual, I was thinking about the moments of the past,
letting my memory rush over them like water
rushing over the stones on the bottom of a stream.
I was even thinking a little about the future, that place
where people are doing a dance we cannot imagine,
a dance whose name we can only guess.

--from Questions About Angels. Copyright © 1991 by Billy Collins.
Last week, we shared a podcast we thought you might find useful. This one may be more familiar, so forgive us if you already know it. "Hidden Brain" is a wonderful show about human behavior, often mixing science, narrative, and voices of those most closely associated with the subject of that week's show. Shankar Vedantam, host of the program, is often a guest on National Public Radio. He now has a full length podcast (as well as a radio program in some cities). The link to the website is here: Hidden Brain

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Thursday, May 10
* Ascension Day - Christianity (Western churches)
The anniversary of Jesus' ascension into heaven, celebrated forty days after Easter. In the Roman Catholic Church, this day is celebrated on Sunday, May 13th.
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  • Career Opportunities
  • Associate Director, Clinical Pastoral Education, Baptist Health, Northeast, FL
  • Full-Time CPE Educator, Tower Health-Reading Hospital, West Reading, PA
  • Full-Time CPE Educator, St. Mary's Medical Center, Langhorne, PA
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, WV
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN
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