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April 13, 2020
Katherine Higgins
As I have spoken with many of you over the past few weeks, I am aware of the remarkable creativity and compassion you are calling forth during this time of so much change.  You are experimenting with offering spiritual care by video and telephone; and you are learning how to supervise via video conference.  You are tending to the existential anxiety of those in your charge, as well as your own.  You are navigating the vast grey area between essential and non-essential.  You have created alternative staffing models.  You have born the heavy weight of ethical decision making, enacting heart wrenching resource allocation scenarios.  Many of you are doing this with children underfoot, spouses at work in the next room, or behind a face mask.

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#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
ACPE is joining the movement! We have two goals: 1) is to raise $5,000 on that day and 2) is to get 20 people to begin a monthly gift of $20. All money raised on #GivingTuesdayNow will support projects that help ACPE educators and centers adapt their programs to meet the critical needs of this unprecedented time.
For questions, contact ACPE Development Specialist Jasmine Okafor.
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Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured ACPE office staff Tobey Willis, Duane Parker, Catherine Moore, Helen Patton, Anne McBride, Janet Emerson, Charlotte Mears and Ellen Serrano circa 1990.

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COVID-19 News
COVID-19 Response and Accreditation Updates
ACPE is actively monitoring the COVID-19 (commonly known as the coronavirus) situation. The health and safety - of our students, members, and the community we serve - are our paramount priority.

We are committed to providing updates and information as the COVID-19 situation continues via email and the website. We encourage you to monitor the CDC website for additional information.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the office at (404) 320-1472 or

COVID-19 Resources for Members
In the midst of these uncertain times, many of us are hungry for information - information that can inform our decisions, help us process what we're experiencing, and connect us with those around us.
The Professional Well-Being Committee is working to gather such resources and make them available to our members. Here you will find articles, videos, and reflections that will bolster our resilience and strengthen our practice in the days and weeks ahead.
If you or your Community of Practice has a resource that you would like to submit to share with our members,  please email Katherine Higgins .

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In Case You Missed It
Notice for Individual Membership Invoices
Because of the current COVID-19 situation, we have extended the due date for individual ACPE memberships to April 30, 2020.  If you have experienced an unexpected delay in payment, please let us know the status of your payment or if you are experiencing a hardship.

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SIP Trainer Training Now Online--Application Window Re-opened
The realities of COVID-19 have altered but not derailed ACPE's first Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Trainer training. That training will still happen as scheduled, May 29-30, but online rather than in person.

We would much prefer to hold this training face-to-face, but all 32 applicants have cleared those dates on their calendar, and we believe it wise to avoid the rescheduling crunch (weddings, funerals, reunions, conferences, etc.)   likely to happen whenever life returns to normal (whatever that will mean). Beth Toler and Russell Siler Jones will be leading the training. They both have experience teaching online and are confident they can resource the group using this format.

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A Spiritually Integrated Mindfulness for Treating Depression Webinar
Clark Echols
Mindfulness meditation has been shown to give patients control over their own depression and anxiety levels and can cut the recurrence of depression. Recent discoveries in neuroscience both confirm many practitioners' experiences, and give direction to developing therapeutic interventions. This webinar will be facilitated by  Clark Echols, PC,
MDiv, and MA in Mental Health Counseling.


Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
There are some beautiful and amazing poems emerging from the creativity of writers during this pandemic season. Sometimes, however, a familiar voice with a gentle reminder may be more of what we need. From her collection Thirst, Mary Oliver:

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

Mary Oliver, Thirst
Sometimes, the work of being human can simply be too much. In those moments, some of us wander outdoors or dive into a book. Here is another option, one that is wonderfully distracting, marvelously mundane, and simply delightful. From the National Zoo in Washington DC: 

Member  Reflection
John Gillman
ACPE Certified Educator John Gillman wrote a reflection, "Death: To Be or Not to Be Proud." This piece weaves together reflections about death, Passover, Holy Week and current CPE students at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City.

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April 13
Vaisakhi (Sikh)
The festival which celebrates the founding of the Sikh community as the Khalsa (community of the initiated). On this day, Sikhs gather and celebrate Vaisakhi at their local Gurdwaras (Sikh house of worship) by remembering this day as the birth of the Khalsa.

Easter Monday (Christianity)
The Monday immediately after Easter Sunday. It is observed primarily by the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions. It marks the beginning of Easter Week (Roman Catholic) or Bright Week (Eastern Orthodox).

Vaisakhi/Baisakhi (Hinduism)
In Hinduism, Vaisakhi celebrates the Solar new year. Vaisakhi marks the first day of the month. It is also a spring harvest festival.

Solar New Year Mesha Sankranta (Hinduism)
On this day, worshipping Lord Shiva, Hanuman, Vishnu and Maa Kali are considered auspicious. Devotees take sacred bath in holy water bodies of Ganga, Jamuna, and Godavari. On this day, some communities believe in preparing a special drink, which is called Pana to be consumed by everyone.

April 14 
Theravada New Year (Buddhism)
Buddhist celebrations are generally dependent on the country of origin or ethnic background. In some South East Asian countries, people celebrate the Theravada New Year by buying birds and fish. They then release these animals into the wild to show their compassion for living things as well as to build good karma.

April 15
Birthday of Guru Nanak the 1st Guru (Sikhism)
This day celebrates the birth of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as Gurpurab, are occasions for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs.

April 17 
Holy Friday (Orthodox Christianity)
Holy Friday commemorates Jesus' crucifixion. In the Orthodox tradition, special services are held that revisit removing the Body of Christ from the Cross and entombing him. Occasionally, pilgrimages are made to Jerusalem, and processions are held that follow the route that Jesus took to his crucifixion.

April 18 
Black Saturday / Holy Saturday (Orthodox Christianity)
Holy Saturday, the final day of Holy Week and the last day of Lent, commemorates the day that Jesus's body lay entombed in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, before his resurrection on Easter Sunday. In the Western Church, this is a time to quietly reflect on Christ's death and burial, and no Masses are held.

April 19 
Pascha (Easter) (Orthodox Christianity)
This date celebrates Jesus' resurrection, and the end of a 40 day fast (Easter is celebrated on a different date in Western Christian churches). Many Orthodox Christians celebrate by laying Easter Eggs and Easter Bread on relatives' graves, and blessing food baskets filled with cheese, meat, eggs, butter and more--many foods that cannot be consumed during the Lenten fast. Eggs, symbolizing new life, are often dyed red to represent the blood of Christ.

April 20 
Easter Monday (Orthodox Christianity)
Easter Monday is a day to finish leftover Easter meals that were not eaten the day before. The menu may include: lamb, spanokopita (spinach pie), dolmadakia (stuffed vine leaves), and loukoumathes (honey balls). Easter Monday is also referred to as "Bright Monday" or "New Monday" in many Orthodox churches. 

April 20-May 1 
Festival of Ridvan  (Bahá'í)
Annual festival commemorating the 12 days when Bahá'u'lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá'í Faith, resided in a garden called Ridván (Paradise) and publicly proclaimed his mission as God's messenger for this age. The first (April 20), ninth (April 28), and twelfth (May 1) days are celebrated as holy days when Baha'is suspend work.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

Location Posting Date
CPE Manager Centra Health Lynchburg, VA 4/3/20
CPE Program Director Erlanger Health Chattanooga, TN 3/27/20
CPE Manager Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, TN 3/20/20
CPE Educator Catholic Health Services of Long Island Rockville Centre, NY 3/20/20
CPE Educator Mercy St. Vincent Toledo, OH 3/13/20
Manager of Pastoral Care and CPE Penn Medicine - Princeton Health Plainsboro, NJ 3/13/20
CPE Educator PIH Health Hospital - Downey Downey, CA 3/13/20
CPE Educator VA Midwest Health Care Network St. Cloud, MN 3/6/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
2020-2021 Residency University Medical Center New Orleans New Orleans, LA 4/3/20
CPE Residency Baylor Scott & White - Temple Temple, TX 3/20/20
CPE Residency Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 3/20/20
CPE Residency Baylor Scott & White Health - North Texas Dallas, TX 3/20/20
2020-2021 Residency UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Des Moines, IA 3/20/20
1st and 2nd Year Residencies Baylor St.Luke's Medical Center Houston, TX 3/20/20
CPE Residency Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 3/20/20
CPE Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 3/13/20
CPE Residency  Yuma Regional Medical Center Yuma, AZ 3/13/20
Second Year Fellowship Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH 3/13/20
CPE Residency Ascension Seton Austin Austin, TX 3/13/20
Resident Openings Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare Atlanta, GA 3/13/20
Chaplain Residents Baycare Spiritual Care Clearwater, FL 3/6/20
CPE Residency VA Midwest Health Care Network St. Cloud, MN 3/6/20
CPE Residency Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans, LA 2/28/20
CPE Residency Providence St. Peter Hospital Olympia, WA 2/28/20
CPE Residency East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA 2/21/20
2020-2021 Residency St. Luke's Hospital Chesterfield, MO 2/14/20
CPE Residency Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville, TX
Harlingen, TX
2020-2021 CPE Residency UCSF Medical Center San Francisco, CA 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corpus Christi, TX 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency Kettering Health Network Dayton, OH 1/10/20
Summer CPE Program St. Cloud Hospital St. Cloud, MN 12/13/19
2019-2020 Residency Program Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 12/13/19
Yearlong Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA 11/1/19
1st & 2nd Year Residencies
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings Want to advertise with ACPE? Learn more.
Other Educational Opportunities

Online  April 14, 21, 28, 2020
April 17, May 1, 8, 22 and June 5, 2020
Oates Institute Symposium: Trauma Informed Spiritual Care Online
June 1 - 15, 2020
Durham, North Carolina
August 10 - 14, 2020
Evolution of Psychotherapy Anaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Transforming Chaplaincy
Online Spring and Fall sessions
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Online N/A
San Francisco Theological Seminary/Online
Rolling Enrollment

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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 is also the professional home of a growing number of spiritually integrated psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. ACPE supports Psychotherapist and Practitioner members through continuing education programs, networking, and leadership development.