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April 27, 2020
ACPE Transforms Communities
Innovative Program Awards Impact Video
Innovative Program Awards Impact Video
A CPE unit inside a prison for prison chaplains. Spiritual care outreach to San Francisco's homeless population. Spiritual care training for Latinx pastors in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A partnership between John Hopkins and the Baltimore Police Chaplaincy department to nurture community healing.  Thanks to our donors, the Foundation for ACPE helped to support these innovative spiritual care projects that are helping to transform communities.
Stay tuned for more details about funding for this year's Innovative CPE Projects. In the meantime,  let us know if you would like to learn more about how these innovative projects are helping to advance our profession, and make the world a better place.
Our Research Team wanted to give an update about the CPE & Emotional Intelligence (EI) research study to the ACPE community. Little did we know the magnitude and effects of the pandemic when we announced our research plans in a webinar  in February.

Since many CPE centers expressed interest in being part of this study, our team considered how to be good stewards of this exciting opportunity to partner with you for a nation-wide study advancing our field. We remain committed to this project while fully aware that you are focused on navigating uncertainties in your CPE programs amid the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, we have made adjustments to the timeline and have extended the opportunity to join the project.

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Bob McGeeney
The COVID-19 pandemic caused our team to innovate spiritual care and remote CPE on the fly. In March, our transition began, and the process continues as we move forward conducting multiple virtual summer CPE units, while completing a residency and three extended units. For the safety of students and staff, Amy Greene, the Director of the Center for Spiritual Care decided that all spiritual care at Cleveland Clinic Hospitals would be offered remotely.
Fortunately, we already utilized Zoom in our CoP and CEC training groups. Our challenge involved helping students access Zoom remotely and utilize features that enhanced learning. We discovered that our center needed to purchase additional Zoom accounts to accommodate our needs. As we approach our onboarding of summer students, we changed the acceptance process to include a survey where students confirm access and familiarity with technology as way to affirm readiness to engage in remote learning.

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Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured attendees at the 2008 ACPE Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia.

Have any photos from your personal ACPE archive that you would like to share? Send them to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
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
Pam Lazor
The Accreditation Commission continues to meet weekly to discuss all things accreditation. As our commissioners are in touch with centers on a regular basis, we understand the extra pressures that many are facing in their programs during these unprecedented times. We want to remind everyone that we are here to support you and to work with you on any areas of concern that you might have. Please don't hesitate to be in touch with your assigned commissioner at any time.

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Cecilia Walker
I hope that you are all staying healthy and well during this unprecedented time. The Certification Commission continues to meet on a monthly basis and to support our CECs and the ACPE Certified Educators who are working diligently to maintain their progress in the certification process.
Based on feedback that Commissioners are receiving, we are happy to share that we will be holding a series of Q & A sessions related to the certification processes. These small group sessions will be facilitated by members of the Commission and the ACPE Office and will be an open forum for you to bring your questions.

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ACPE Website Notice for May 11 - 12
On May 11 and 12, 2020, ACPE will perform maintenance on its cloud servers. During this time, educators and students will not be able to access the Student Unit Database. Educators will not be able to register unit credit and students will not be able to enroll in units. Access to event registrations and invoices will also be down.
While we do not anticipate other disruptions to the website during this time, please prepare for sporadic outages. Thank you for your understanding and patience while we perform required maintenance to keep our servers updated and safe.
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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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
One of the silver linings of this "shelter in place" order has been the number of people out walking their dogs. It's too bad we can't see into the dogs minds to get a sense of what they are thinking about all of this. Billy Collins offers this whimsical reflection on his pup:

Walking My Seventy-Five-Year-Old Dog
by Billy Collins

She's painfully slow,
so I often have to stop and wait
while she sniffs some roadside weeds
as if she were reading the biography of a famous dog.
And she's not a pretty sight any more,
dragging one of her hind legs,
her coat too matted to brush or comb,
and a snout white as a marshmallow.
We usually walk down a disused road
that runs along the edge of a lake,
whose surface trembles in a high wind
and is slow to ice over as the months grow cold.
We don't walk very far before
she sits down on her worn haunches
and looks up at me with her rheumy eyes.
Then it's time to carry her back to the car.
Just thinking about the honesty in her eyes,
I realize I should tell you
she's not really seventy five. She's fourteen.
I guess I was trying to appeal to your sense
of the bizarre, the curiosities of the sideshow.
I mean who really cares about another person's dog?
Everything else I've said is true,
except the part about her being fourteen.
I mean she's old, but not that old,
and it's not nice to divulge the true age of a lady.
"Walking my Seventy-Five-Year-Old Dog" Permission by Chris Calhoun Agency, © Billy Collins,from his collection Whale Day and Other Poems, to be published by Random House in September.
We are hearing that folks have been inundated by resources, and yet we continue to work to make sure folks in the field are not only caring for their patients, families, and staff but also themselves. The folks at "Sounds True" have made several reflection, meditation and other resources free during the pandemic. Some are beautiful, others powerful, and others simply sublime. Take a look: 

The Rev. Miguel Santamaria is an ACPE Certified Educator at Morton Plant Mease Health System CPE Center in Clearwater, Florida. He wrote a poem titled, "What if."

April 28-29
Ninth day of Rivdan (Baha'i)
As noted above for the first day of Ridvan, this day, the ninth of the days Baha'u'llah spent in the Ridvan garden, marks the day his family arrived.
April 28 (Begins at sundown on the 28th)
Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Judaism)
Yom Ha'Atzmaut is the national independence day of Israel, commencing in 1948. Many celebrate the holiday with picnics, singing and dancing, and Hallel, a Jewish prayer of praise and thanksgiving, is often recited.
April 30
Ghambar Maidyozarem (Zoroastrianism)
This is the first of six annual Ghambar festivals celebrated by Zoroastrians. The word Ghambar is derived from "gahanbar" meaning time-storage in Persian and alludes to the division and storage of food. As the name indicates, these five-day festivals are observations of the different seasons and harvests. They are celebrated through joyous feasts and the recognition of the seven acts of goodness: generosity of the spirit, sharing, selfless help toward those in need, community participation and inclusion, honesty, pity, and remembrance of one's ancestors. Ghambar Maidyozarem celebrates the sky and the winter crop harvest.
Sakyamuni Buddha's Birthday (Buddhism)
Buddha's birthday is a Buddhist festival and holiday celebrated in most of East Asia commemorating the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism.
May 2
12th Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
Beginning on April 21 and concluding on May 2, Baha'is celebrate the period when the religion's founder, Baha'u'llah, resided in a garden in Baghdad. Baha'u'llah called it the Garden of Ridvan, as Ridvan translates to paradise. It was during his time in the garden that Baha'iuíllah proclaimed that he was the messenger of God for this age.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • Albert L. Galloway, 85, died on April 19 (his mother's birthday), 2020. Al was born December 15, 1934, in Baltimore, Md., to Edith and Albert, Sr. Al received his call to ministry while at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. He graduated from City College High School (Baltimore), Tennessee Wesleyan University (Athens, TN), and received his Master of Divinity from Drew Theological Seminary (Madison, N.J.) in 1960. After serving for 3 years at Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, MD., he entered the hospital chaplaincy at Indiana University Hospital in 1965, later becoming the director of the chaplaincy program which included University, Riley, and Long hospitals. In 1968, he was listed as a founding member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and served as its Certification Chair.
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

Location Posting Date
CPE Trained Chaplain Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn, NY 4/24/20
CPE Program Manager Lutheran Hospital  Fort Wayne, IN 4/17/20
CPE Manager St. Mark's Hospital Salt Lake City, UT 4/17/20
CPE Manager Centra Health Lynchburg, VA 4/3/20
CPE Program Director Erlanger Health Chattanooga, TN 3/27/20
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 CPE Residency UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Des Moines, IA 4/24/20
Residency Openings Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare Metro Atlanta, GA 4/24/20
CPE Residency Program East Jefferson GeneralHospital New Orleans, LA 4/24/20
2020-2021 Residency St. Luke's Hospital Chesterfield, MO 4/17/20
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
CPE Residency Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 3/20/20
CPE Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 3/13/20
Second Year Fellowship Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH 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 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

May 1, 8, 22 and June 5, 2020
May 18 - 21, 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
Emotional Intelligence Training
San Francisco Theological Seminary/Online
Rolling Enrollment

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ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
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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.