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August 12, 2019
View from the Road: State of the Art of CoPs
Katherine Higgins
Last month I had the opportunity to spend a week with Bev and Etienne Wenger-Trayner in Northern California. The Wenger-Trayners are pioneers in the field of social learning theory, and have devoted their lives to the development of Communities of Practice. (Those of you who attended the 2018 annual conference in Atlanta may remember that the Wenger-Trayners were our keynoters who facilitated several fishbowl conversations among members of several of our newly formed Communities of Practice. Their presentations at our conference demonstrated their unique capacity to move back and forth between theory and practice.) The retreat was called "State of the Art," a title which prompts my own reflections on the State of the Art of CoPs in ACPE.

ACPE Service Award Nominations:
Deadline is August 15th
The Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate yourself or a colleague for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE, the field(s) of spiritual care, pastoral counseling and/or psychotherapy. We are blessed as an association with an abundance of talented, smart, and generous members. Who do you think deserves special recognition?

ACPE is seeking nominations for the following awards: Distinguished Service Award, Helen Flanders Dunbar Award, Inspiration Award, Emerging Leader Award, and Emeritus Educator.

The deadline to submit a nomination is August 15, 2019.

ACPE Certified Educators attend ICPCC in Malaysia
ACPE Educator Emeritus Kathy Turner received an honor at the conference for having served as the first female ICPPC president.
From the L to R: Biju Chacko, Rod Seeger, Trace Haythorn, Kathy Turner, Frank Macht, Carlos Alejandro, and Jayaprakash (JP) Sabbithi
ACPE members attended the International Council on Pastoral Care and Counseling  (ICPCC) conference in Malaysia, August 4-10, 2019. ICPCC is a membership organization founded in 1979 to use pastoral care and counseling to respond to current needs and situations facing people and communities in the world. Members hail from nearly thirty countries on six continents and are pastors, chaplains, professors, and authors. ICPCC celebrated its 40th anniversary during the conference.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
South Central Region 2016
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Last week's photo featured John Moody, Len Cedarleaf, and Thanda Ngcobo.

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In Case You Missed It
Future Trends: Great Opportunities
The President's Address for The Association of Professional Chaplains
Amy Greene
Amy Greene
Board Chair
In lieu of reading a column from me this month, please take 30 minutes to view this speech from Rev. Ron Oliver, President of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), from their annual meeting in June in Orlando, FL. The Strategic Partners for Spiritual Care (ACPE, APC, NACC, NAJC, and CASC) are going deep with this question: "What do we need to be and do to ensure the vitality of our great profession?"

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Mission Advance Program (MAP) Announcement
David Carl
MAP Advisory Committee Chair
For those who might not be familiar with it, the Mission Advance Program (MAP) fund was established in 1985 as an endowment fund for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). The MAP endowment was moved to the Foundation during the 2019 consolidation so that it might continue supporting the work of spiritually-integrated psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. It is now managed by the MAP Fund Advisory Committee of the Foundation for ACPE. This Advisory Committee made a bold decision at their recent meeting on July 17th. Rather than extending a call for applications for funding as originally planned, they have instead invited Russell Siler Jones and Jill Snodgrass to apply on behalf of the Spiritually-Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) program for the full amount of available Mission Advance Program funds, up to $15,000.

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NACIQI Recommendation & Other Accreditation Updates
Pam Lazor
Accreditation Chair
There is a lot happening in the world of accreditation this summer! I am excited to share some news, a few reminders, and a bit of what to look for over the next few weeks and months.

The News
This past week, Trace Haythorn, Marc Medwed, and I were in Washington, DC for the regular meeting of the US Department of Education/NACIQI group. ACPE asked to be on the agenda to request an expansion of our scope of recognition to include provisional/pre-accreditation as a recognized, accredited status. Following the submission of our materials, we were placed on the Consent Agenda and approved unanimously by the committee. A huge thank you to Marc Medwed for his thorough and meticulous preparation of the required materials!
ACPE Begins Quarterly Billing for Student Unit Fees in 2020
Linda Wilkerson
Linda Wilkerson
Many of you are deep into teaching a summer unit of CPE and are thinking about how to assist your students to bring this rich learning experience to a close. Budgeting and payments to ACPE for the opportunity to conduct those units may be the farthest thing from your mind. However, I have good news that was first shared at this past May's annual ACPE Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Coming under the heading of "we heard you," in calendar year 2020 we will begin billing centers quarterly for the number of units actually conducted.

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Sarah Knoll Sweeney
Curriculum Committee Chair
I want to take a moment to update you on the creative work the Curriculum Committee is engaging in order to discover the best ways to support our students, educators and the diverse settings where they serve. Our recent committee discussions acknowledge our association's lack of consensus about what constitutes a well-constructed curriculum and evaluation process. We are reading about and discussing best practices within Competency Based Education, seeing how current practices might inform the unique and valuable work we do as ACPE Certified Educators. We are also inviting outside experts to speak into our history and current landscape as we consider and reconsider ACPE curriculum design and assessment practices in light of our outcomes for learning.

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Community of Practice Event Highlights 
Registration is now open for the following Community of Practice events: 

East Central CoP 2019 Fall Gathering Dayton, OH September 19-20, 2019
Richmond, VA September 22-23, 2019
Central States Consortia Fall Meeting
Kansas City, MO
October 17-18, 2019
Kanuga Fall Conference Hendersonville, NC October 25-27, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, WI October 27-29,2019
Pacific CoP Educational Colloquium San Diego, CA October 28-30, 2019

2019 ACPE Election: Are You Ready to Serve?
Deadline is August 30th to be Considered for the 2019 Ballot
Stephen Robinson
LDC Chair
As you know, the work of our association is accomplished by a combination of our great ACPE staff and a large number of volunteers who give their time, energy, passion, and talent to our good work. The Leadership Development Committee  continues to focus our energy on nurturing and preparing leaders, and helping to provide our board, commissions, and committees with competent leaders who reflect the complex diversity of our entire ACPE membership. You can find job descriptions and other leadership resources  here.

New Accreditation Process: Sign-up for Q&A Sessions

I hope that everyone's summer is off to a great start!  As we are continuing our preparation for the new process, we are excited to publish the sign-up information for small group Q & A sessions that will being on June 11 and will continue throughout the rest of the year as long as needed.  These sessions are the opportunity  to ask everything you always wanted to know about the new process and building your center's accreditation portfolio.

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Pain has a way of focusing our attention. Sometimes it can blind us to the pain of others; sometimes it deepens our empathy. In so many ways, it has everything to do with how we attend to it. While we may have an implicit hierarchy in our minds, sometimes even the smallest hurst can be a tipping point:
by Julie Cadwaller Staub

I got a nasty paper-cut
right where my writing callus used to be.
It bled; it hurt; it kept opening back up.

I showed it to my daughters.
They said in unison,
"That's no big deal Mom."

I sought out my son.
He just rolled his eyes.

Then I went to you.
You kissed it tenderly.
You told me it would be better soon.
You said to keep a band-aid on it, and not do any dishes--
that I could take some of your morphine if I needed it,
that it looked like I would get by without IV antibiotics.

Me with a paper-cut
You with cancer
It's hard to get any sympathy around here.
The poem and "something extra" don't often have anything to do with each other, but after reading the poem I can't get the following song out of my head: 

This Week from the Members
Trixie - Student
Trixie Richter
CPE Student
Trixie Richter is a second year M.Div seminarian at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. She just completed her first CPE unit at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, WI. This poem was submitted as a reflection following an overnight on-call shift the last week of her unit. She can be reached at

Wednesday, August 14
* Dormition of the Theotokos or Most Holy Mother of God - Christianity [Eastern churches]
According to the Orthodox Church, this day marks Mary's death and resurrection by God, as a sign to all believers of their ultimate destiny.

Thursday, August 15
* Assumption of the Virgin Mary - Christianity [Catholic churches]
According to the Catholic Church, this day commemorates how, at the end of her life, Jesus' mother Mary was assumed-body and soul-into heaven, where she intercedes for all believers.

* Zhōngyuán Jié [Ghost Festival] - Taoism
According to Chinese Taoist belief, this day is when deceased ancestors visit the homes of the living. Families prepare feasts and set tables with empty chairs so that the living and the dead can share the meal together.

* Narali Purnima or Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan - Hinduism
Celebrating the end of monsoon season, marked by throwing coconuts to Varuna, the sea god. During this festival, girls and women tie amulets on their brothers' wrists for protection against evil.

Saturday, August 17
* Nowruz - Zoroastrianism
The start of the New Year for Zoroastrians who follow the Shenshai calendar, beginning the year 1389 AY [After Yazdegird III, the last of the Persian Zoroastrian monarchs].
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

Berkeley, CA August 13-17, 2019
G-Wish Art of Presence 14th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat
Assisi, Italy
August 14-20, 2019
Berkeley, CA September 21-23, 2019
Berkeley, CA September 24-25, 2019
Updates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Intensive Physician Board Review Houston, Texas September 24-26,2019
Global Spiritual Traditions and ChI Culture & Foundations- Part 2 Berkeley, CA November 12-16, 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
San Francisco Theological Seminary/Online
Rolling Enrollment
Conyers, GA February 20-23, 2020

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