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August 19, 2019
Your Gifts at Work: Investing in the Next Generation of Spiritual Care Educators
Lisa Taylor
Lisa Taylor
Boisen Scholar
With your support, the Foundation for ACPE provided professional development funds for three students to attend the 2019 Annual Conference through the Boisen Scholars Program. Lisa Taylor, Educator Candidate at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, was one of the selected Boisen Scholars. Below are parts of her reflection on how YOUR generosity helped to strengthen her journey as a spiritual care educator.

The 2019 ACPE Annual Conference was an amazing experience for me. I was able to meet other Educator Candidates and talk with them about their journey, their theories, their process, their hopes, and their dreams. This was very helpful for me because it made me feel less lonely. 

Interim Psychotherapy Commission: Communities of Practice
A Structure for Professional Growth

Joann Heaney-Hunter
Psychotherapy Chair
One important ACPE member benefit is access to Communities of Practice. Former AAPC members are familiar with a regional structure, where geographic groups gathered periodically for information sharing, community building, and learning. Some regions sponsored events several times throughout the year; some regions had one conference. What bound groups together was common geography.

At the ACPE Conference in May, I discovered that until recently, ACPE members had a similar regional structure. Like AAPC members, ACPE members gathered locally to share community and learning. Now, all members are working to develop and participate in diverse Communities of Practice.

Accreditation Commission: How do I organize my portfolio?
Pam Lazor
Accreditation Chair
As summer winds down, many of us are gearing up for new residents and our fall units. It has been great to see so many colleagues participating our Q & A sessions about the new accreditation process. If you have not yet participated or wish to sign up for another session, please click here.

One of the most frequently asked questions that we have received is, "How do I organize my portfolio?" The answer is that there are many ways to do this and there is not one 'right way' that the Accreditation Commission wants to see. The organizational structure that you choose should be one that allows you, as the educator, to best tell your center's story. To help you get started..

ACPE Certified Educator Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology
Peter Yuichi Clark
Peter Yuichi Clark
ACPE Certified Educator
Earlier this year, Board Chair Amy Greene interviewed ACPE Certified Educator Peter Yuichi Clark, Director of Spiritual Care Services at UCSF Health, San Francisco, CA, about his engagement in a clinical trial to treat his cholangiocarcinoma - a formidable cancer that affects the biliary system. If you missed the article, you can read it here.
As Peter has been navigating his own healthcare journey, he decided to find a venue to communicate some of what he learned to his care providers and to oncologists in general. His manuscript was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, one of the largest circulations of any cancer-related medical journal. It is now available online on the journal's website. The journal is open access so you can download it for free:
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
REM 2002
Do you recognize these folks or the event in the photo above? Send us a note at

Last week's photo featured Unyung Statwick, Jan McCormick, Dustin Frye, and Denise Hill at a South Central Regional meeting.

Correction: Two weeks ago, we incorrectly identified William Adix as Len Cedarleaf. The folks featured in the photo are left to right: John Moody, William (Bill) Adix, Thanda Ngcobo, and Naomi Adix.

Bill was CPE Supervisor for over 40 years and was a past College of Chaplains (APC) President. Most importantly for all of us, he wrote the first standards for hospital ministry programs that were used by the American Hospital Association to bring clergy into healthcare settings. Those standards operated for decades and are the foundation of today's standards.

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
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.

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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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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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

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
By this time each year, summer CPE students as well as residents nearing the end of a year
often find themselves with a persistent sense of the presence of death. This poem offers some
lovely reminders of life as well as the persistence of grief:
Things That Cannot Die
by Paige Riehl

A spoon in a cup of tea.
Letters in yellow envelopes,
the way a hand pushed lines
into the soft paper.
Morning laughter.
A white shirt draped
over her chair.
An open window. The air.
Call of one blackbird.
Silence of another.
November. Summer.
My love for you, I say.
My love for you infinity
times a million, my son says.
Sounds of piano notes
as they rest in treetops.
The road from here to there.
Grief, that floating, lost swan.
While Rorschach ink blots may no longer enjoy the psychological status they once held, these sketches are both evocative as well as reminiscent of those inky psycho-images:

This Week from the Members
Natalia Shulgina
Natalia Shulgina
Educator Candidate
Natalia A. Shulgina is an Educator Candidate at UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC. She is an ordained elder in the Russia United Methodist Church and a Lay Cistercian oblate at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY. Natalia holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, with special concentration in pastoral care, practical theology, and monastic spirituality. She can be reached at

Tuesday, August 20
*Asmā' - Bahá'í 
The beginning of the ninth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "names."

Thursday, August 22
*Khordad Sal - Zoroastrianism
The birth anniversary of the prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster), according to the Shenshai calendar.
Saturday, August 24
*Sri Krishna Jayanti or Krishna Janmashtami - Hinduism
A festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the god Vishnu, whose purpose was to destroy the demon Kansa who was responsible for evil's increase in the world.

*Festival of Ksitigarbha (Jizō) Bodhisattva - Buddhism
Celebrating Ksitigarbha (Jizō) Bodhisattva, the savior of beings who suffer in the hellish realms, as well as the guardian of expectant mothers, travelers, and deceased children in Japanese culture. 

Monday, August 26
*Ullambana - Buddhism
A day when Buddhists make offerings to the Triple Gem-the Buddha, the Dharma [teachings], and the Sangha [monastic community]-on behalf of their ancestors. 

*Paryusana or Paryushan Parva begins - Jainism
The beginning of an eight-day festival that is considered a holy convocation by Jains.  Believers impose restraints on their daily activities by fasting, meditation, and prayer.  The last day of Paryusana is called Samvatsari (Tuesday, September 3rd) and is a solemn occasion for examining one's thoughts and feelings, and for asking forgiveness for offenses committed against others through deeds, words, or thoughts.

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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Career Opportunities 
  • ACPE Certified Educator, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • Spiritual/Pastoral Care Minister (Chaplain), St. Joseph Villa, Buffalo, NY
  • ACPE Certified Educator, Ascension St. John Hospital, White Lake, MI
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Other Happenings This Week

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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