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August 17, 2020
Trace Haythorn
Last week, my wife, daughter, and I took our now COVID-inspired Saturday bike ride to visit friends who also have adult children with developmental disabilities. Though this is not the time of year for a bike ride in Georgia - 90+ degrees with humidity to match - this routine has become an important part of our week. At one stop, the mother said she had an awful epiphany during the week. Up until then, she had been thinking about all the things that would return to normal when we were past the double pandemic.
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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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Join the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care for a special, complimentary members-only virtual presentation on August 25, 2020 at 2:00p.m. ET. Dr. Adrienne Boissy will explore with us how vital professional spiritual care is in view of where patient experience is headed in the "new normal" that is emerging. Immediately following, Rev. Dr. Amy Greene will facilitate a brief Q & A.

Register here
Quarterly Accreditation Billing
Due to the implementation of ACPE's new database, the quarterly billing for accreditation fees for the second quarter (4/1/2020 to 6/30/2020) was delayed. Second quarter accreditation fee invoices should be sent this week. Third quarter billing will resume as regularly scheduled in October.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we improve our systems to better serve you. If you questions about the quarterly billing, please send them to
Accreditation Announcement
The Accreditation Commission wishes to acknowledge the re-accreditation of Presence Health in Chicago, IL. The center was inadvertently omitted from the list of re-accredited centers that was shared during #ACPEproud week. We congratulate Presence Health and apologize for the omission.
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 Robert Renix and Gary Sartain at an annual conference.

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
After almost 25 years, ACPE upgraded its database. On August 5th, ACPE launched Nimble AMS built on Salesforce. In conjunction with the launch of the new database, ACPE also introduced a new website (a necessary move because the website is built on the database). You can still find us at Check out our new look! 

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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. Deadline: September 11, 2020

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 three webinars are now available. No registration is required; each is a self-guided endeavor.
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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Perhaps it is a bit early, but this poem by WS Merwin anticipates the end of summer. In most years, there is a kind of melancholy that accompanies summer's end. This year is so different in so many ways that the feelings are likely to be more complex. Because a walk outside has been an important part of COVID-19 coping for many, this poem may invite some reflection on those feelings and perhaps even spark some gratitude:
Season by WS Merwin

This hour along the valley this light at the end
     of summer lengthening as it begins to go
this whisper in the tawny grass this feather floating
     in the air this house of half a life or so
this blue door open to the lingering sun this stillness
     echoing from the rooms like an unfinished sound
this fraying of voices at the edge of the village
     beyond the dusty gardens this breath of knowing
without knowing anything this old branch from which
     years and faces go on falling this presence already
far away this restless alien in the cherished place
     this motion with no measure this moment peopled
with absences with everything that I remember here
     eyes the wheeze of the gate greetings birdsongs in winter
the heart dividing dividing and everything
     that has slipped my mind as I consider the shadow
all this has occurred to somebody else who has gone
     as I am told and indeed it has happened again
and again and I go on trying to understand
     how that could ever be and all I know of them
is what they felt in the light here in this late summer

There are few things that smell like a woodshed. The scent of fresh-cut wood has a primal quality to it, something that helps us get in touch with the basic need to create. Wood shops can also be dangerous places for those who don't know how the tools work or how to practice safely. But some stories bring new depth to such spaces. Check out this video of John Furniss, a gifted woodworker who lost his sight when he was a teenager. Another great example of gratitude:

Herlinda Camarillo
My CPE experience has been life-changing, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Unbeknownst to me, I never thought my CPE residency was destined to cross paths with this unprecedented pandemic.  However, I feel peaceful, content and believe that my ministry has made a difference at Christus Health.  With God's help, I have been able to stay focused on my ministry and calling, not crippled by fear or panic due to this invisible enemy.  CPE has surpassed my expectations in all areas of ministry, especially during this critical time.

August 19

Feast day Asmá' (Baha'i)
The Baha'i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. Asma is the Arabic word for names. The word "feast" suggests that a large meal will be served, but that is not necessary for a Bahá'í Feast. The use of the term "feast," in this case, means that the community should enjoy a "spiritual feast" of worship, fellowship and unity - although refreshments are usually available.

August 20

Muharram (Islam)
The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic liturgical year. This first day, al-Hijra, remembers the migration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE. It also marks the beginning of the ten-day Shīʿite Remembrance of Muharram, a period of intense grief and martyrdom of Hussein, the son of Ali and grandson of Muhammad.

August 22

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism)
This day is celebrated as the birthday of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati. Known as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and success, Ganesha bestows his presence on earth during this time. In some traditions, clay figures of Ganesha are made and worshiped for a period of two to ten days, then are thrown into the river as ritual departure back to Kailash, the sacred mountain on which he lives.

August 23

Samvatsari (Jainism)
The last day of Paryushana is called Samvatsari, or the International Day of Forgiveness. Jains spend this day in prayer and contemplation, and seek forgiveness from friends, relatives and others whom they may have harmed or offended in any way.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
CoP Highlights
Event Name & RegistrationDates
Spiritually Integrated PractitionersThe Gathering of Spiritually Integrated Practitioners October 16-18, 2020

Visit the ACPE Communities of Practice Gatherings page for more dates and information. 


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 EducatorUrban CPE ConsortiumChicago, IL8/14/20
Chaplain EducatorPenn State HealthHershey, PA7/24/20
Certified EducatorMoses Cone HospitalGreensboro, NC7/17/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
CPE ResidencyVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville, TN8/14/20
CPE ResidencyCone HealthBurlington, NC8/14/20
CPE ResidencyUAB MedicineBirmingham, AL7/17/20
CPE ResidencyCaroMont HealthGastonia, NC7/17/20
CPE ResidencyPenn Medicine Lancaster General HealthLancaster, PA7/10/20
CPE ResidencyCovenant HealthCareSaginaw, MI6/26/20
CPE ResidencyUniversity of Kentucky HealthcareLexington, KY6/19/20
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

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.