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October 15, 2018
From the Executive Director's Desk
Trace Haythorn,
Executive Director
Every once in a while, I want to give our membership a look under the hood of the ACPE operations. My hope is that it provides you with a better sense of why we're doing some of what we're doing, and how it shapes our goals and planning for the future.

In the last few years, we have worked diligently to become more "data intelligent." I'm sure many of you have heard about the role of "big data" and its impact on the corporate world. We live in something more like "little data," i.e. the information we gather about members, their needs and their use of technological tools.

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Ballots were mailed October 10th - contact the office if you haven't received your ballot yet
On October 10th, in accordance with its bylaws, ACPE emailed ballots to eligible voters to elect members of the Board of Directors, Accreditation Commission, Certification Commission, Professional Ethics Commission, Finance Committee, and Leadership Development Committee. 

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Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Over the last year, Wendy Cadge, Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University, has led an effort to bring together chaplains across all of the different contexts in which they serve. Wendy is an expert in contemporary American religion, especially related to religion in public institutions, religious diversity, religion and immigration, and religious and moral aspects of healthcare. ACPE partnered with her and many others on Transforming Chaplaincy, a think-tank with a mission to promote research literacy in chaplaincy to improve patient outcomes.

With Transforming Chaplaincy completing its work in June 2019, Wendy and our colleagues have worked to identify what the next step will be for the profession. ACPE is a proud supporter and partner of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. This article from "America" provides an excellent overview of where we are, what the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab hopes to do, and where we are headed.

Read "How the new Chaplaincy Innovation Lab is building a learning community for ministers"
Reflective Practice - Special Offer
If you would like to order a copy of the latest volume of Reflective Practice for your own personal use and maybe one for your CPE library or for a CES, you can purchase 2 copies for $40 (normally $30/copy). Either send
a check for $40 or request an invoice and Rod Seeger will send an invoice to you. 

The Volume 38 theme is "Leadership in Ministry". There is also a Forum: Chaplain as Prophet and another section: Chaplaincy Education, that might be of interest to you.
Contact Rod Seeger, Managing Editor, for more information.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past

Do you recognize these folks or the event in the photo above? Send us a note at .
Thank you for your responses to last week's photo! We received the following response from Retired ACPE Educator William Carr:

  "This photo is of Henry Uy, long time ACPE supervisor in the Dayton area. Henry is originally from the Philippines. He and I met and trained together at St. Luke's in Houston in an intern year in the program headed by the late, great Armen Jorjorian. I'm not sure what the occasion was, but given the flower lei around his neck, it was possibly at a meeting in San Diego or Hawaii."

Additionally, we received another response from our October 1st issue identifying Retired ACPE Educator Dolores Pelletier.
In Case You Missed It
ACPE & AAPC Explore a Common Future 
The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education (ACPE) are pleased to announce we have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to become one organization in 2019. A copy of the LOI is available here.

A few weeks ago, ACPE Chair Amy Greene and AAPC President Tere Tyner Canzoneri sent letters to their respective memberships to inform them of conversations that began several months ago when AAPC struggled to come to terms with persistent budget shortfalls.

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2019 Annual Conference Call For Poster Applications
You are invited to submit a poster session proposal for the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference.

The ACPE Research Committee invites applications to present research posters at the 2019 ACPE Annual Conference on May 8-10 in Scottsdale, AZ. Applications will be reviewed by the Research Committee and selections will be made by the following criteria:

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Transitioning from the Old Certification Process
Mary Stewart Hall
Commission Chair
Now that we are well into the New Certification Process, we have recognized that it is not only possible, but maybe even preferable, for candidates who are in the Old Process to transition to the New Process.  While the Certification Commission previously stated that those who achieved candidacy had the choice of transitioning to the New Process, the pathway wasn't as clear as it is now, so we are once again presenting candidates with an opportunity to transition to the New Process.

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Theory Integration Presentation Mentors
Over the past few months, we held our first two training cohorts and now have 25 trained Theory Integration Presentation Mentors. As we know our numbers of CECs will continue to grow, we have scheduled our next four cohort groups so that we can train a sufficient number of mentors. If you are interested in becoming a Theory Integration Presentation Mentor, please click here to complete the sign up and indicate which training cohort will work best in your schedule. If you have questions about the mentor's role, please email Robin Booth or Anastasia Holman.
Spiritual Care Week 2018
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
This poem is within a collection called "Leading from Within: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Lead," edited by Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner (Wiley Press, 2007). Reflecting on its meaning, Dean Conway writes, ""The virtues of this poem-curiosity, sensitivity, fanciful imagination-are essential to teaching and leadership" (p. 112) Here it is:
"Stone" by Charles Simic

Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger's tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.

From the outside the stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river;
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
And listen.

I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill-
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.
What is real? How do we know that our perception is the same as someone else's perception, and what can we trust in our perception? Many of the answers lie within the evolution of our brain. Take a few minutes to feel your brain bend:

Anil Seth - Consciousness and Creation: The Neuroscience of Perception
Tuesday, October 16
* 'Ilm - Bahá'í
The beginning of the twelfth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "knowledge."

Wednesday, October 17
* Birth of Guru Ram Das - Sikhism
This date in the Nanakshahi tradition celebrates the birth of the 4th Sikh guru (1534 - 1581 C.E.), who is remembered for organizing the structure of Sikh society and for composing a four-stanza hymn that is the basis of many Sikh wedding ceremonies.

Friday, October 19
* Dashara, Vijaya Dashami, or Dussehra - Hinduism
Celebrates the triumph of Durga, the Divine Mother who manifests fierce compassion, over the forces of evil, as well as commemorating Rama's victory over the demon Ravana.

Saturday, October 20
* Installation of the Guru Granth Sahib - Sikhism
This date in the Nanakshahi tradition celebrates the transmission of the guruship to the Holy Scriptures (the Guru Granth Sahib Ji) by the tenth guru, Gobind Singh Ji.
Visit the ACPE website for more information. 
  • Please keep in your hearts and thoughts our colleagues, centers, students, and fellow citizens affected by recent Hurricanes Florence and Michael. 
  • Please join in celebrating with the Rev. Dr. Urias Beverly in his retirement from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. He and his wife, Dr. Billie Beverly, were feted by family, work and ministry associates, and friends on October 6. Steve Ivy represented ACPE and offered congratulatory remarks. Urias served ACPE in many capacities, including as President from 1994-95 and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2017.
  • The Rev. Dr. Delois Brown-Daniels will be the speaker for the Alumni/ae Luncheon. Delois Brown-Daniels is a Distinguished Alumna and will receive the 2018 Award during McCormick Days, October 18 and 19. The award is presented annually to a graduate whose life, ministry, and values embody McCormick's mission to prepare women and men for the work of God's justice, reconciliation, and peace in the world.
  • Congratulations to Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) on receiving a grant of $1 million over five years to help establish Thriving in Ministry at CTS. 
  • Congratulations to Seminary of the Southwest on receiving a grant of nearly $1 million to help establish the Thriving in Bi-Vocational Ministry initiative.
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • Faculty Appointment Pastoral Care & Counseling (Open Rank), Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry, Boston, MA
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • UK Healthcare, Lexington, KY
  • Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire, WI
  • The Christ College, Cincinnati, OH
  • University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings.

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Other Happenings This Week
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