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April 29, 2019
"How long, O Lord? How long?" 

On Tuesday, in Sunnyvale, CA, a 34-year-old Army veteran of the war in Iraq intentionally careened his car through a crowded intersection, injuring eight pedestrians, per the  San Francisco ChronicleThe former sharpshooter  "targeted the victims because he thought some of them were Muslim, police officials said."

Then on a day where Jewish communities gather to celebrate the promise of liberation, six months to the day from the shooting at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, we grieve with Chabad of Poway, in San Diego County, CA, amidst another senseless shooting. 

"How long, O Lord?"

2018 Year-in-Review
2018 Year-in-Review
Reflecting on our Achievements, Focusing on our Aspirations

Take a look at the good work ACPE accomplished in 2018 including: funds raised, student stories, and innovative program awards.

Strategic Partners for Spiritual Care: Progress Report #1
Amy Greene
As you know, ACPE leaders have been meeting regularly with our Strategic Partners to explore ways we can more closely and intentionally work together. These conversations continue to evolve, and I have to say it is such a privilege to be a part of such a collegial and constructive conversation. While the specifics need to be worked out by all of us together, including the membership, we offer the following progress report as an update and a reminder of our ongoing commitment to collaborative work.
2019 Annual Conference: See you in Scottsdale!
We hope that you plan on joining us next week at the 2019 Annual Conference in 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

The Professional Headshot Studio is back! Stop by the professional headshot studio on Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th to have your complimentary professional headshot taken! 

Online registration is now closed but it's not too late to join us if you want to register onsite. 
Welcome Kathryn Connor
Kathryn Connor,
Staff Accountant
Kathryn C. Connor joins ACPE as the Staff Accountant. She graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands with a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and from Columbia Southern University with a Master's degree in Project Management. Before joining ACPE, Kathryn worked for Spectrum Packaging Network.

Originally from the United States Virgin Islands (St.Thomas), Kathryn relocated to Georgia two years ago. When she is not working, Kathryn enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family, which includes her two children K'Jani and Kiandra.
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 to ACPE Certified Educator Bill Scrivener who responded to the photo in last week's newsletter. Bill wrote: 

This was taken in the fall of 2002 in Atlanta. The occasion was a dinner marking the end of my term as Certification Chair. At top are Jim Shea, Beth Newton Watson, Robin Brown-Haithco. Tim Thorstenson, Ann Letson, Dick Sellers and Gordy Hilsman; Below are Priscilla Denham, Miriam Needham, Paul Steinke and me (Bill Scrivener). 

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
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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
As we prepare for our time with David Whyte, we want to prime your appetite for his leadership with us. Here's a poem that speaks to the heart of our process:
by David Whyte

if you move carefully
through the forest,

like the ones
in the old stories,

who could cross
a shimmering bed of leaves
without a sound,

you come to a place
whose only task

is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests,

conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.

Requests to stop what
you are doing right now,

to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,

that can make
or unmake
a life,

that have patiently
waited for you,

that have no right
to go away.
Do you have a quote, reminder, saying, verse or special note that you carry with you, that you look at when times are rough, or when you're in a special place where you want to remember something wonderful or something difficult? Allyson Dinneen has a wonderful series of photos called "Notes From Your Therapist" that takes such things to a new level. Check it out:

Tuesday, April 30
* Ghambar Maidyozarem begins - Zoroastrianism (continues through Saturday, May 4)
Celebrating the creation of sky and the harvesting of the winter crops.

May 2019

Wednesday, May 1
* Beltane [also called Beltain or May Day] - Wicca
Celebration of the sacred marriage of the divine forces-and the conception of the sun-child-that are the basis of all creation.

Thursday, May 2
* Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev - Sikhism
Guru Arjan Dev (1563 - 1606 C.E.) was the fifth of the Sikh Gurus.

* Twelfth Day of Ridván - Bahá'í
The conclusion of the Bahá'í festival that commemorates Bahá'u'lláh's exile in Baghdad leading up to his declaration as the one announced by the Báb in 1863 C.E.

* Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Day) - Judaism
A day of remembrance for the six million Jews who died because of Nazi atrocities during World War II. The date chosen is the closest date on the Jewish calendar to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943.

Friday, May 3
* National Day of Prayer - Multi-faith, USA

Saturday, May 4
* Ghambar Maidyozarem ends - Zoroastrianism
The end of the celebration of the creation of the sky and the harvesting of the winter crops.

Sunday, May 5
* Ramadān begins - Islam
A holy month of fasting and prayer, in which all adult and physically competent Muslims abstain from food, water, and sexual relations from dawn to sunset. Ramadān ends on June 4th.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • Clinical Manager and Educator, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • CPE Educator, Ascension St. John Hospital, Detroit, MI
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings Want to advertise with ACPE? Learn more.
Other Happenings This Week

Houston, TX
April 29, 2019
New York/Online
May 2, 2019
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 Theological Seminary/Online Rolling Enrollment

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