November 30, 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.
It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of 2020. Last Thanksgiving, who could have imagined what this year would bring, or how much the world would be changed by circumstance and human choice?
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?
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.
Are you still in the 'old process' for certification? Seeking to compile a list of both CECs in the old process and their training CEs to connect and support one another through certification as an Associate CE. Join the new Community of Practice dedicated to this group, or contact Rev. Terry Culbertson, ACPE CE, at
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Rev. Michele DeCoste, Fr. Jack Crabb, Rev Mary Martha Thiel and Sheilah Hammond at the 2010 Annual Conference in Kansas, MO.

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
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.
Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members.
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
We hope everyone had a meaningful Thanksgiving. Amidst COVID-19 surges across the US and the world, tensions are high, concerns are intense, and prayers as ascending. This poem from Joy Harjo (who is a member of the Mvskoke Nation) invites us to look up and to receive beauty:
Eagle Poem
by Joy Harjo
To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can't see, can't hear
Can't know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren't always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon, within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done
In beauty.
In beauty.
"Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo, from In Mad Love and War. © Wesleyan University Press, 1990
This newsletter, a series of personal reflections on grief, comes from a woman whose husband died in August 2020. You might find it useful in working with clients, students or personally:

This Week on the Calendar
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 Emeritus Mark Anderson of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2020. A memorial service is scheduled for December 13, 12 p.m. Central Standard Time on Zoom. The link will be posted on his Caringbridge site.
  • ACPE extends condolences to ACPE Retired Educator Jacqueline Thomas on the loss of her husband Frank Thomas. Frank died on Sunday, November 22, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. 
  • ACPE extends condolences to ACPE Retired Educator Janet Labrecque on the loss of her partner Bev Nilsson. Bev passed peacefully at home from complications of Alzheimer's.

Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
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Covenant HealthCare has an opportunity available to educate and minister in an organizational culture that “claims, trusts and depends on its CPE Program.”

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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.