November 23, 2020
It seems like a decade ago since I assumed the role of 2020 annual campaign chair. The emotional stress, physical setbacks, social/political unrest and spiritual demands bought about in 2020 has made this year go down in history as unprecedented. Indeed, our lives have changed forever.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Thanks to a challenge gift from Thorne Consulting, ACPE hopes to exceed our $10,000 giving goal! Will you join us?
ACPE’s Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Program will offer its second SIP Trainer Training February 19-20, 2021 (Friday-Saturday), via Zoom. Read on for more information.
View Accreditation Commission Actions from November 9, 2020
Donor Engagement Survey Prize Winners
Thank you to our donors who completed the Foundation for ACPE’s Donor Engagement Survey. Congratulations to Dianna Cox, Scot McRae and Bridget Piggue. They each won a $10 Starbucks gift card for participating in the survey. We could not be the gold standard for spiritual care and education if it were not for our donors! 
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.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured ACPE members participating in the annual Fun Run at the 2006 conference in Tampa, FL.

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In Case You Missed It
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
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 a specialty training for persons who have previous training in psychotherapy.
*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
In this week of a most unusual Thanksgiving celebration, we turn to the Native American poet Joy Harjo, offering words of thanks filled with images of the tables around which people gather. Perhaps in this year, it is best that such tables be conjured through memory, and that we wait with hope for those times when we might safely share in the laughter and loss, love and wounds, wonder and celebrations that make Thanksgiving what it might be:
Perhaps the World Ends Here
Joy Harjo - 1951

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.
The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.
We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.
It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.
At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.
Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.
This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.
Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.
We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.
At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.
Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

From The Woman Who Fell From the Sky by Joy Harjo. Copyright © 1994 by Joy Harjo.
So much of the press about the coming week is devoted to home cooking. Most of us have been doing a lot of that for the last several months. For those who need to bring a little levity to it all and perhaps need a few new ideas as well, give this podcast from Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway a listen: 

This Week on the Calendar
November 25
Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í)
Day of the Covenant is a festival observed to commemorate Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of His son, Abdu’l-Baha, as His successor.

November 26
Thanksgiving (Christianity)
The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. 

November 27
Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (Bahá’í)
The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is a holy day that commemorates the death of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Work is not suspended on this day as it is on some holy days. The typical observance consists of devotional readings and is held at 1:00 AM, as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá passed away about 1:00 AM on November 28, 1921.

November 29–December 24
Advent (Christianity)
Advent is a season of spiritual preparation in observance of the birth of Jesus. In Western Christianity, it starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. In Eastern Christianity, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November.

November 30
Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Birthday (Sikh)
A very important holiday in the Sikh faith as Guru Nanak Dev’s was the First Guru of the Sikhs and the Founder of Sikhism. He was born in mid-November; the holiday is celebrated according to the lunar date.
This Week in our Thoughts
  • ACPE Spiritual Care Professional Sr. Minda Castrillo died in August. Sr. Minda Castrillo was the Staff Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital for 26 years. Sister Minda was 89 years old. At the end of May, she was admitted to the hospital and found to have a mass. After surgery at the end of June she chose to be on Hospice. She was buried two months after the beginning of her illness. 

  • Claire Bamberg’s dad died suddenly on November 14, 2020. Claire serves on the Board of Directors and is an ACPE Psychotherapist member in Connecticut. She would appreciate your thoughts and prayers. 

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
Whittier, CA,
This will be an opportunity to join a growing Spiritual Care Team as a CPE Educator.

Boise, ID
St. Luke’s Health System is accepting applications for Yearlong Residency.

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.