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August 10, 2020
Katherine Higgins
In recent months, I've developed a renewed interest in the pastoral act of blessing.  The disconnections wrought by pandemics have turned the glimpses of glory that we reflect in and to one another - often through the miracle of Zoom - into a lifeline.  I have been emboldened in offering blessings to those I encounter; and my ears have become more finely tuned to hearing them in the most unlikely of places.
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#ACPEproud Week by the Numbers
Thank you for a successful #ACPEproud week. It was an honor to celebrate our members in the midst of these challenging times. Re-live last week's presentation on  ACPE's YouTube Channel.

  • 10.6K impressions
  • 915 Unique views
  • 3,050 people reached on Facebook
  • 784 Engagements on Facebook
  • 60 new subscribers to ACPE's YouTube Channel
  • $1407 in proceeds raised to benefit the ACPE Foundation
#ACPEproud Member Appreciation
ACPE members share why they are #ACPEproud. 
Shawn Mai
The Application Process is Open!
Deadline to apply for open positions is August 31, 2020
The good work of ACPE is accomplished by dedicated volunteers who give their time, energy, passion, and talent to the important work of the organization. The international healing and transformational work of ACPE reaches far and wide. With the new governance structure, the association has been able to broaden its reach of spiritual care and education.
The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) is committed to continuing to build a strong, diverse leadership structure in the organization. The LDC works with commission and committee chairs to match the gifts of ACPE members with organizational needs. As you know, ACPE's leadership structure supports advocacy work, strengthens our organizational connections here and around the world, attends to the professional development and well-being of its members, ensures our work is ethically and financially responsible, and oversees robust certification and accreditation processes. The Leadership Development Committee is committed to ensuring this vital work is seamless and ongoing.

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Spiritual Health is Human Health 
ACPE Certified Educator and Executive Director of Spiritual Health for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA speaks how "Spiritual Health is Human Health" on Emory University, Center for the Study of Human Health, podcast Health is Everything. The podcast is a resource which addresses whole person health practices for patients and staff.

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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

Last week's photo featured Christy Howard-Steele, Mary Altenbaumer and Janet MacLean at the 2019 Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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
The goal of the project is to strengthen chaplaincy degree programs at schools across the country. Beginning with the redesign of courses within theological schools, we can start to think on a pedagogical level about transforming the ways in which chaplains are trained and spiritual care is provided.

If you are a theological educator teaching a course on chaplaincy and/or spiritual care, you are invited to join the project!
  • The deadline to apply is September 1, 2020.
  • Participating educators will receive a stipend to support their work.
  • Questions? Contact Rachel Payne at
The Luce COVID-19 Microgrants are an opportunity for ACPE programs that meet the criteria to apply for funds to support responses to the Covid pandemic.

As ACPE is in the process of transitioning to a new database, quarterly billing for accreditation fees for the period 4/1/2020 to 6/30/2020 will be delayed by one month.  We expect to send the invoices out by August 15, 2020.  This will not change any other quarterly billing.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we improved our systems to better serve you. If you questions about the quarterly billing, please send them to
Katherine Higgins
Thanks to all of you who have made our Virtual Educator Gatherings and our Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings a vital place to connect, debrief, and share ideas during these uncertain times.  We will continue to offer one meeting time each week for both Educators and Psychotherapists.  Please drop in as you are able; no registration is required.  The zoom link was emailed last week; if you need it again, please email Katherine Higgins. 
The meeting times will be:
  • Virtual Educator Gatherings:  Thursday, 12 Noon, Eastern Daylight Time
  • Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings:  Friday, 12 Noon, Eastern Daylight Time
ACPE's Advocacy Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Anti-Bias Task Force will be presenting a series of eight pre-recorded webinars addressing issues of race and racism. The first webinar, "The Social Construction of Race and Racism," is now available. No registration is required; each is a self-guided endeavor.
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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
We hope last week was more than just a digital substitute for our May conference. We hope it provided you with an opportunity to remember, to connect, to delight, and to feel appreciated. As we've noted elsewhere, it was a little like our association's homecoming celebration, where we rejoiced with the newly certified and mourned those departed in the last year, where we thanked those whose contributions support our work, and where we paused to listen to speakers who call us to our best work. Born in 1895, Marion Strobel was an editor and poet in Chicago. This poem offers a reflection on a proud house, perhaps in ways that are reminiscent of ACPE:
Proud House 
by Marion Strobel

The house was built with pride.
The rooms are no less fine:
There is no shame to hide.
The sun comes in like wine,
The place is good inside:
Open the windows wide.
The house will be no less
When creeping flower and vine,
When wind and water-cress
Into the openings twine,
The house will be no less
Terror and loveliness.
So have you simply had enough and need a new way to escape? unrd is a new app that strings together texts and other materials to create stories. It's a little like a game, a little like a social meeting, but all about the words instead of video. For those who want a creative break and love stories, this one is worth some time: 

August 10  
Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism)
This day celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar, or incarnation, of Vishnu. Upon his birth, his life was threatened by his uncle, King Kansa, who believed that Krishna was fated to kill him. Kansa ordered that Krishna be brought to him, but the baby was miraculously carried away to a safe hiding place. Hindus celebrate this day with a large feast. Sweets are given to children, and a clay statue of Krishna is worshipped.

August 15
Ulambana / Obon / Ghost Festival (Buddhism)
The Ghost Festival is the height of the Ghost Month (August 3rd - August 31st), the seventh month in the traditional Chinese calendar. During this time, the spirits are allowed to return and roam the earth. The first day of the Ghost Month is celebrated with offerings to ancestors and to ghosts without families, so they will not bring you harm. These offerings include food and ghost money: money burned so that the spirits can use it. Ullambana is the day when the spirits are said to be most active. Feasts and ceremonies are often performed to help ease their suffering.
Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Mary / Dormition of the Theotokos (Catholic Christianity)
According to Roman Catholic doctrine and the traditions of the Catholic Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mary, the mother of Jesus) "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory." This means that Mary was transported into Heaven with her body and soul united. The feast day recognizing Mary's passage into Heaven is celebrated as The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Roman Catholics.
August 16
Paryushana (Jainism)
Paryushana is a word that means "to stay in one place." Originally, this was a monastic practice, drawing from the tradition of monks staying in one place during the rainy season. Now, all use this time to slow down, fast, reflect and repent.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • ACPE Psychotherapist Chris O'Rear lost his father Doug O'Rear on Thursday, 30 July 2020 to the Covid-19 virus. 
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

LocationPosting Date
Certified EducatorMoses Cone HospitalGreensboro, NC7/17/20
Director of Spiritual CareMayo ClinicEau Claire, WI7/10/20
Spiritual Care DirectorGenesis Healthcare System Zanesville, OH6/12/20
CounselorCommunity Pastoral Counseling ServicesIowa City, IA6/12/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
CPE ResidencyUAB MedicineBirmingham, AL7/17/20
CPE ResidencyCaroMont HealthGastonia, NC7/17/20
CPE ResidencyPenn Medicine Lancaster General HealthLancaster, PA7/10/20
CPE ResidencyAdventHealthTampa, FL7/10/20
CPE ResidencyCovenant HealthCareSaginaw, MI6/26/20
CPE ResidencyUniversity of Kentucky HealthcareLexington, KY6/19/20
2019-2020 Residency ProgramMayo Clinic Health SystemEau Claire, WI12/13/19
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 OpeningsWant to advertise with ACPE? Learn more.
Other Educational Opportunities

Doctor of Ministry Emergent Week
August 10 - 14, 2020
Spiritual Abuse and HealingOnlineAugust 21, 2020
Cumulative Grief in the Black Community
August 25, 2020
License to Heal
September 11, 2020
2020 Fall Chaplain SymposiumOnlineOctober 22, 2020
Evolution of PsychotherapyAnaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Interprofessional Communication CurriculumPasadena, CAJanuary 27 - 29, 2021
Transforming Chaplaincy
OnlineFall sessions
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

ACPE members and centers may post opportunities in the weekly newsletter. ACPE does not accredit, review, or endorse the events listed above. Send your opportunity to
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
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ACPE is the standard for spiritual care and education. Our diverse membership includes Certified CPE Educators, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapists, Spiritual Care Professionals and Practitioners, Pastoral Counselors, Chaplains, Faith Communities, and Seminaries. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-faith, multi-racial community of professionals provides education, connection, and formation through continuing education, networking, and leadership development.
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 members are actively engaged in a wide variety of professional development activities including communities of practice, conferences, spiritual care research, and informal networking. We are more than just an association: we are a movement committed to the transformation of the human suffering.Our opportunities for formation and community enrich our member's work of healing and transforming people and communities in the US and across the globe.