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April 22, 2019
The attacks in Sri Lanka on the holiest day of the Christian year is the antithesis of everything Easter is about. ACPE's commitment to deep understanding among and between people of different faiths or no faith feels more relevant than ever. We trust that such violence is horrific to all people, and we are called to stand in the tragic gap between the world as it should be and the tragic terror that is all too apparent. 
Your Gifts at Work: CPE through Cultural Immersion
With your support, the Foundation for ACPE granted a $5,000 Innovative Program Award to Baylor Scott & White Health to develop cultural competences for chaplains by placing them in diverse faith communities as part of their CPE training.

Led by ACPE Certified Educators Satoe Soga and Mark Grace, the "Cultural Immersion" program matches CPE students with a host family who is different culturally or religiously and belongs to a minority faith community.
Funding for Innovative CPE Projects
The 2019 Innovative Program Awards funding cycle is now open!

Funded by a portion of funds raised through the Sowing Seeds for our Holy Work Annual Campaign, Innovative Program Awards support ACPE members and/or centers in the achievement of ACPE's Strategic Initiatives. Specifically, these innovative projects allow ACPE to support the development and dissemination of new and experimental programs that extend CPE into atypical settings, test and disseminate new pastoral/spiritual care theology and education, and/or develop new research concepts and methodologies.
New Accreditation Process Update
Pam Lazor,
Accreditation Commission, Chair
Over the past several months, your Accreditation Commissioners have been meeting together on a weekly basis to continue the development of the new accreditation process and to plan for its implementation. The energy and enthusiasm are palpable and we look forward to all that is to come as we continue building towards final implementation in January 2020.

I am pleased to share some reminders with you and provide you with additional information:

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Interim Psychotherapy Commission: Membership, Liability Malpractice Insurance, & New FAQS
Joann Heaney-Hunter, Interim Psychotherapy Commission, Chair
With ACPE's Annual Conference just a few weeks away, the interim Psychotherapy Commission is working diligently on issues of membership requirements and standards. As we move forward, we hope to welcome many new members into ACPE as psychotherapists and practitioners, retired members, and student members. In addition, we want to create pathways for eligible student members to move into the practitioner membership category and for practitioner members to qualify as psychotherapists in the near future. We will lay the foundation for these policies during our first in-person meeting in Scottsdale on May 10th and will share updates on our progress in future newsletters.

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Responding to Domestic Violence & Situational Grief: A Primer for Mental Health and Spiritual Care Professionals Webinar
These webinars are designed to help mental health and spiritual care professionals respond to domestic violence and situational grief.  The presenters will explore the similarities and differences between strategies for responding in these contexts and highlight necessary resources for both clinicians and clients.  They will identify various types of community support that might be available and discuss ways for clinicians working in these fields to practice self-care.  Dawn has worked extensively in the field of trauma and trauma recovery, particularly in the context of domestic violence in marginalized communities and immigrant populations.  Claire presents nationally on the topics of grief, situational loss, and training first responders.

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New CPE Transcript Feature Now Available
ACPE members and students can now sign-in to their accounts to review, download, and print their transcript! This transcript, electronically signed by the ACPE registrar, contains a proprietary "ACPE Transcript" watermark and is an official document.

Did you know that ACPE has hundreds of thousands of records dating back a century? ACPE currently has three sets of records for student units dating back to the 1920's: paper files (yellow cards) for units registered prior to 2000, the original digital database for units registered between 2000 and October 2015, and our current online database for units registered after October 2015 through the present.

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Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
Submitted by Retired Educator Paul Steinke
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 (from left to right) Certified Educators Maurice Appelbaum, Robin Franklin and Malu Fairley-Collins at the 2017 ACPE Annual Conference in Minneapolis. 

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
Join us at the 2019 Annual Conference in a place of expansive skies and hidden treasures - the desert of Arizona. The theme this year is "Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education."

Check out our exciting conference workshops and plenary speakers

Pre-registration closes on Friday, April 26th! Register today!

Update from the Interim Psychotherapy Commission: Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) 
Russell Siler Jones,
Interim Psychotherapy Commission Member 
Mental health professionals are hungry for training in spirituality. Our professional colleagues across the psychotherapy spectrum-social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, addiction specialists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors-want to know what pastoral counselors have known for decades: how to work respectfully within the belief- and value-systems of those they serve, while also drawing on their own belief- and value-systems to understand themselves, the people they serve, and the nature of transformation and healing.

New Resource: Topics in Bioethics
Check out our new Resource Library on the Members' Site Home Page in SharePoint!. 

In the library, you will find a series of short presentations, discussion guides, and reference lists for topics in bioethics. The series was voluntary developed by Dr. Carrie Fisher, a community member on the Children's Hospital, Los Angeles (CHLA) Spiritual Care Advisory Committee where she facilitates a monthly ethics discussion group with the staff and student chaplains.

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Transforming Chaplaincy Webinar Recording Now Available
The latest Transforming Chaplaincy webinar "Advancing Chaplaincy with Innovative Staff Support Programs" is now available for viewing. 

These webinars are designed to help leaders and early-career professionals strategize on advancing chaplaincy, both within their own institutions and as a profession. After their conclusion, webinars and their ancillary materials are made available on ACPE's website and Transforming Chaplaincy's fully searchable database.

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Carrie Newcomer has a lovely song called "Holy is the Day." Kathleen Norris gave lectures at Yale a few years ago titled "The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy, and 'Women's Work'." Marie Howe makes this offering, a reminder of the simple, daily routines amidst these high holy days for so many:
"What the Living Do" by Marie Howe

Johnny, the kitchen sink has been clogged for days, some utensil probably
fell down there.
And the Drano won't work but smells dangerous, and the crusty dishes
have piled up

waiting for the plumber I still haven't called. This is the everyday we
spoke of.
It's winter again: the sky's a deep headstrong blue, and the sunlight
pours through

the open living room windows because the heat's on too high in here, and
I can't turn it off.
For weeks now, driving, or dropping a bag of groceries in the street,
the bag breaking,

I've been thinking: This is what the living do. And yesterday, hurrying
along those
wobbly bricks in the Cambridge sidewalk, spilling my coffee down my
wrist and sleeve,

I thought it again, and again later, when buying a hairbrush: This is it.
Parking. Slamming the car door shut in the cold. What you called
that yearning.

What you finally gave up. We want the spring to come and the winter to
pass. We want
whoever to call or not call, a letter, a kiss--we want more and more and
then more of it.

But there are moments, walking, when I catch a glimpse of myself in the
window glass,
say, the window of the corner video store, and I'm gripped by a cherishing
so deep

for my own blowing hair, chapped face, and unbuttoned coat that I'm
I am living, I remember you.
Nancy Scannell offers a wonderful TedX Talk on the role of our bodies as communicators and the power of pause. In our ridiculously harried world, this is worth your time: 

 Thursday, April 25
* Eve of Great and Holy Friday - Christianity (Eastern churches)
At sundown Eastern churches commemorate Jesus' death by crucifixion, followed by an observance of the Great Sabbath, in which believers remember Christ's burial and await his resurrection on Holy Pascha, or Easter morning.

Sunday, April 28
* Holy Pascha - Christianity (Eastern churches)
Celebrating God's raising of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead, this day is the oldest and most central festival in the Christian year and initiates the fifty-day period culminating in Pentecost.

* Jamál - Bahá'í
The beginning of the third month in the Bahá'í calendar, "Jamál" means "beauty."
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
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Other Happenings This Week

Bioethics Intensive Course
Houston, TX
April 29, 2019
Jewish Spiritual Care Collaborative
New York/Online
May 2, 2019
10th Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
Holland, MI
May 20-23, 2019
Spiritual Health Symposium: Cultivating & Sustaining Compassion in the Practice of Health Care
New York, NY
May 31, 2019
G-Wish Art of Presence 14th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat
Assisi, Italy
August 14-20, 2019
Transforming Chaplaincy: Certificate in Spiritual Care Management and Leadership
Online Fall 2019
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Online N/A
Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Care Education and Leadership
Union Theological Seminary/Online Rolling Enrollment
Diploma in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy
San Francisco, CA Rolling Enrollment

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