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September 10, 2018
View From the Road
Steve Ivy
Steve Ivy,
Director of Community, Practice & Member Development
ACCREDITATION TIME! Do those two words strike a bit (or a lot!) of anxiety in your soul? Yes, that is true for the leaders of most ACPE accredited programs. And for those of you serving in hospital settings, you know that anxiety is even more intense when the Joint Commission (or other accrediting agency) appears. From the support services personnel to the executive suite all on alert and committed to serving their hospital, or protecting their hospital, to the best of their ability.  So, when I entered the Joint Commission headquarters in suburban Chicago as ACPE's representative to their annual Health Care Association Forum, I was not surprised to experience an unprovoked twinge just to be in the castle of the tormentor. Thirty-seven years of hospital ministry does create scars.

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Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past

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Support ACPE on Your Birthday
Did you know Facebook allows you to raise money for your favorite charity on your birthday? We invite you to support ACPE with a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser! Two weeks before your birthday, Facebook users will receive a prompt asking if you want to dedicate your birthday to a special cause. Simply select "Foundation for Clinical Pastoral Education" as your charity. Then, you can begin to ask your Facebook friends in a fun way to support ACPE through a gift that changes lives through quality spiritual care education.
For questions, contact Jasmine T. Okafor, ACPE Development Specialist.
In Case You Missed It
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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Communities of Practice Q&A Opportunities
Want to learn more about the online collaborative tools available for CoPs? Need help developing an event budget? Curious how the ACPE staff can assist with your next CoP meeting? Sign-up for an online Q&A with ACPE team members to see web demonstrations, learn about event services, and get the answers to your questions. 

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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
As we enter a season of high holy days for the Jewish community, this poem strikes a powerful chord. With thanks to Bill Gaventa for recommending it:
"Nothing's a Gift" by Wislawa Szymborska

Nothing's a gift, it's all on loan.
I'm drowning in debts up to my ears.
I'll have to pay for myself
with my self,
give up my life for my life.

Here's how it's arranged:
The heart can be repossessed,
the liver, too,
and each single finger and toe.

Too late to tear up the terms,
my debts will be repaid,
and I'll be fleeced,
or, more precisely, flayed.

I move about the planet
in a crush of other debtors.
some are saddled with the burden
of paying off their wings.
Others must, willy-nilly,
account for every leaf.

Every tissue in us lies
on the debit side.
Not a tenacle or tendril
is for keeps.

The inventory, infinitely detailed,
implies we'll be left
not just empty-handed
but handless too.

I can't remember
where, when, and why
I let someone open
this account in my name.

We call the protest against this
the soul.
And it's the only item
not included on the list.

( Poems New and Collected 1957-1997 , trans. S. Baranczak and C. Cavanagh)
Monte is an experienced glacier guide. But even the most experienced people sometimes forget an important piece of equipment. During one of his glacier tours, Monte falls through a crack in a glacier. But, he is saved in a very unexpected way

That Moment You Think You're Going to Die
Zeb Treloar,
CPE Student
Zeb Treloar is a CPE resident at UnityPoint Health- Des Moines, where he also did his internship. His assignment covers Iowa Methodist Medical Center, where he was born, and Blank Children's Hospital, which took care of his father in the 1960's after a tractor accident. Zeb will be ordained to the transitional deaconate in the Episcopal Church at the end of September and will also be ordained to the priesthood during his residency. He plans on serving in a parish after his residency. He can be reached at

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Monday, September 10
* Ra's al-Sanat al-Hijriyah: Islamic New Year [First of Muharram] - Islam
Commemorating the migration of the prophet Muhammad and his small band of followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 C.E., in order to escape persecution and to establish the first Muslim community. The Islamic year 1440 begins at sundown.

Tuesday, September 11
* Ethiopian New Year - Rastafari
A sacred day for Rastafarians because they consider Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland, to which they aspire to return.

Wednesday, September 12
* Ghambar Paitishahem - Zoroastrianism [through Sunday, September 16]
This festival celebrates the creation of the earth and the summer harvest.

Thursday, September 13
* Ganesh Chaturthi - Hinduism
A festival celebrating the birth of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god and son of Shiva and Parvati who removes obstacles and brings luck.

Friday, September 14
* Elevation or Exultation of the Holy Cross - Christianity
This day recognizes the Cross as a symbol of Christ's love for humankind and God's victory over death. It also marks the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helen after it had been stolen in the 7th century C.E. Orthodox churches begin their commemoration at sundown on the preceding day. In the Ethiopian Orthodox tradition, this day is known as Meskel and is marked on September 27th.

* Das Laxanä Parva [Daslakshan Parva] begins - Jainism
The Festival of the Ten Virtues, celebrated over ten days by the Digambara Jains, helps believers to recall and practice forgiveness, tenderness or humility, honesty, contentment or purity, truth, self-restraint, austerities, charity, celibacy, and non-attachment.

Saturday, September 15
* Anant Chaturdashi - Jainism and Hinduism
For Hindus this day celebrates Anant, one form of Lord Vishnu. If a devout Hindu vows to honor Vishnu and keeps that vow for 14 years, it is believed that she or he will see wealth. This is also the last day of Ganesh Utsav, a 10-day Hindu celebration. Statues of Lord Ganesha are carried to bodies of water to be submerged, accompanied by devotional songs and dancing. Jains celebrate this day with special worship services and processions to the community's main temple.
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  • ACPE Educator Emeritus Janet Labrecque was featured in a CBS News article entitled "Unique chorus gives voice to people with Alzheimer's."  Check out the full story here
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