November 16, 2020
Do you remember two weeks ago? It was the day before the election. Does it feel like a lifetime ago? How many lifetimes have we lived during the pandemic? And what does our future hold?
Thank you to all the members who participated in the 2020 ACPE Election! 740 (40.6%) of 1821 electors voted in this ballot. The election results have been reviewed by ACPE Chair-Elect/Leadership Development Chair Shawn Mai  and ACPE Secretary/Treasurer Linda Wilkerson
We want to extend a warm congratulations to the ACPE Certified Associate Educators and Certified Educators who passed their virtual sub-committee meetings
We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom. The drop-in meeting will take place on Mondays 12:00pm - 1:00 pm ET.
ACPE's Tech Team will host a series of talks which include a brief overview of our new platforms and Q&A sessions. The hour-long talks are limited to 10 members to ensure attendees can ask their questions and address their challenges.
Save the Date for GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.Save the Date for GivingTuesday at ACPE. This year GivingTuesday is on December 1, 2020.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Ted Trout-Landen, Sharon Engebretson, Paula Teague, and Steve Dutton.

Have any photos from your personal ACPE archive that you would like to share? Send them to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
In Case You Missed It
Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members.
The Certification Commission is pleased to share the following updates/clarifications that have recently been added to the Certification Manual
The Foundation for ACPE Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate someone for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2021.
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 offered locally in communities across the country.
*Virtual Educator Gatherings: Thursdays, 12 Noon EDT
*Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings: Fridays, 12 Noon EDT
If you need the meeting link, please email Katherine Higgins. 
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
It seems we may have shifted from “unprecedented” as the word of the year to “uncertainty.” How shall we live in light of the times we find ourselves in, and what is the call to ACPE in this moment? Be the light. Share the light. Carry the light for those who can’t. The darkness will not overcome us. Let your light shine:
by Lucille Clifton

call it our craziness even,
call it anything.
it is the life thing in us
that will not let us die.
even in death's hand
we fold the fingers up
and call them greens and
grow on them,
we hum them and make music.
call it our wildness then,
we are lost from the field
of flowers, we become
a field of flowers.
call it our craziness
our wildness
call it our roots,
it is the light in us
it is the light of us
it is the light, call it
whatever you have to,
call it anything.

Lucille Clifton, “roots” from How to Carry Water: Selected Poems. Copyright © 1969, 1987 by Lucille Clifton
Lockdown dogs are a thing. And while many folks thought it was a bad idea, it seems that it has been a mixed idea: some good, some bah, some not so good. Here’s what a few folks shared recently about their canine experiences:

This Week on the Calendar
November 22

Feast Day Qawl (Bahá’í)

The Baha’i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. Qawl is the Arabic word for speech. The word "feast" suggests that a large meal will be served, but that is not necessary for a Bahá'í Feast. The use of the term "feast," in this case, means that the community should enjoy a "spiritual feast" of worship, fellowship and unity – although refreshments are usually available.
This Week in our Thoughts
ACPE’s Communications & Meeting Specialist Tiffany Kindred gave birth to Samuel Christopher Sailor on November 13, 2020 at 5:13pm eastern. Sam weighed 3 lbs 1 oz when he was born. Tiffany’s husband Chris reports that Sammy and Tiffany are recovering well, and welcome thoughts and prayers.

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
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St. Luke’s Health System is accepting applications for Yearlong Residency.

Other Educational Opportunities
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
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.
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.
ACPE members are actively engaged in a wide variety of professional development activities including communities of practice, conferences, spiritual care research, and informal networking. We are more than just an association: we are a movement committed to the transformation of the human suffering.Our opportunities for formation and community enrich our member's work of healing and transforming people and communities in the US and across the globe.