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September 17, 2018
From the Executive Director's Desk: Seeing our Future, Embracing our Strengths
Trace Haythorn, 
Executive Director
Over the last several months, I've had the opportunity to work closely with Wendy Cadge and Michael Skaggs of Brandeis University on something we're calling the "Chaplaincy Innovation Lab." We'll be launching our website soon, but suffice to say for now it is intended to be a big tent for people doing chaplaincy in a wide variety of settings to come together to explore research, shared projects, and advance the larger field of chaplaincy. Last Friday, we had a video-conference with representatives from a group we have asked to serve as our advisory board. Over 30 people joined the call, including many ACPE Certified Educators.

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A Survey about Bioethics Learning Opportunities
Every day, patients and families, as well as healthcare staff, seek spiritual support when making complex and difficult medical decisions. These tough choices are frequently made in the context of heightened emotions, lack of uncertainty about outcome, and challenges to long-held belief systems. Chaplains often process these types of ethical decisions with families at the bedside.

Competencies for Level I/Level II, as well as Certified Educator CPE, address integration of applied clinical ethics in the practice of spiritual care and supervision (See Objectives and Outcomes listed in Standards 309.6; 312.2; 318.6; 319.). To help educators address these core competencies we are developing a pilot online program to familiarize chaplains and students in Clinical Pastoral Education with current bioethical issues, concepts, and methods.

Your input is important to the success of this project. Click here for a brief survey that asks 1) which bioethics topics are of most interest to you, and 2) your preferred presentation formats. We hope that you will participate by returning your responses by Friday, September 28, 2019. Thank you.  
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! Your answers helped us identify Vickie Cowell, Certified Educator at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital and Emeritus Educator Milton P. Snyder. 

We even received a response from Milton himself: 

Well, I do recognize the pix of MYSELF - Milton P Snyder - from more than a
decade ago at an ACPE get together! Thanks for the interest and the project!
I'll be interested in what kinds of responses you do get from more than a decade ago.
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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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
We usually don't run the same poet in back-to-back weeks, but ACPE Certified Educator John Peterson shared the following and we couldn't resist:

"My favorite poem by Wislawa Szymborska is "A Little Girl tugs at a Tablecloth"...which suggests how ingrained clinical learning is in us humans."

So here it is:
"A Little Girl Tugs at a Tablecloth" by Wisława Szymborska

She's been in this world for over a year,
and in this world not everything's been examined
and taken in hand.

The subject of today's investigation
is things that don't move by themselves.

They need to be helped along,
shoved, shifted,
taken from their place and relocated.

They don't all want to go, e.g., the bookshelf,
the cupboard, the unyielding walls, the table.

But the tablecloth on the stubborn table
-when well-seized by its hems-
manifests a willingness to travel.

And the glasses, plates,
creamer, spoons, bowl,
are fairly shaking with desire.

It's fascinating,
what form of motion will they take,
once they're trembling on the brink:
will they roam across the ceiling?
fly around the lamp?
hop onto the windowsill and from there to a tree?

Mr. Newton still has no say in this.
Let him look down from the heavens and wave his hands.

This experiment must be completed.
And it will.
The folks at "Soul Pancake" continue to come up with some wonderful, creative, and provocative material. The following clip is a great piece about making friends as adults which might have a few implications for spiritual care: 

4 Steps to Making a New Friend | How to Life
Tuesday, September 18
* Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] - Judaism
The holiest day of the Jewish year. To reestablish their relationship with God, Jews ask for forgiveness and forgive others [Kol Nidre], and then they can confess their sins and ask for divine forgiveness. Prayer and fasting begin at sundown on this day and continue through the following day.

Friday, September 21
* 'Āshura' - Islam
Sunni Muslims celebrate this day as the anniversary of Noah's departure from the Ark on Mount Ararat and the freedom of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. Shi'a Muslims mark this date as the anniversary of the martyrdom of Husayn, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, in 680 C.E.

Saturday, September 22 autumn equinox
* Shuki-sorei-sai - Shinto
A memorial service similar to the March equinox service (Shunki-sorei-sai), this day is marked by the cleaning and purification of gravesites and the reverence of ancestors as kami, or divine spirits.

* Ohigon - Buddhism
A celebration of the equinox that is of particular importance to Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan Buddhists. During this festival, the six Paramitas [virtues] are emphasized: generosity, morality, wisdom, honesty, endeavor, and patience.

* Autumn Feast - Native American spirituality
A day to honor the harvest end and the coming and going of the seasons, including prayers, songs, and the telling of tribal stories.

* Mabon [Harvest Home] - Wicca
Marking the second or continuing harvest, this festival celebrates life's encapsulation as a seed to survive the cold winter, as well as the Harvest of the Vine, which symbolizes the divine power to transform the nectar of youth into the wine of elders' wisdom and spiritual maturity.

Sunday, September 23
* Sukkot [Festival of Tabernacles] begins - Judaism
Also known as the Festival of Booths and the Harvest Festival, Jews celebrate this time as a pilgrimage feast and time of thanksgiving. The booths or huts remind Jews of the tents used by the Israelites during their years wandering in the wilderness, as well as the dwellings used by Jewish farmers at harvest time.

* Ksamavani - Jainism
A day of universal forgiveness, in which Jains ask forgiveness of others for wrongs committed during the previous year, and they also forgive those who have caused them suffering.
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