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August 24, 2020
Thank you from the ACPE Foundation
The Foundation for ACPE is grateful for our donors.  During #ACPEproud week, 50 people attended the Donor Appreciation event . Donors learned about the impact of their gifts through the Innovative Program Awards, Boisen Scholars and ACPE students serving on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic. We also "danced" to the virtual tunes of Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" and had fun playing #ACPEproud Trivia: Donor Edition. We raised close to $4,000 in gifts and pledges.
Here's a story of an ACPE student making a difference on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic. Give today in support of the next generation of spiritual care professionals.

ACPE Student Reflection: Max Reynolds
ACPE Student Reflection: Max Reynolds
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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Registration Open: The Gathering of Spiritually Integrated Practitioners 
During this time of radical transition and heightened uncertainties, we feel especially called to maintain our connections and offer our annual workshops, training, and support. We invite you to join us as we come together October 16 to October 18 for learning, relating, and moving forward together into this new frontier. The keynote speaker is Dr. Gregory Ellison.

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 George Pickle, Karrie Oertli, Doug Dickens and David Johnson at the 2008 Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia.

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
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 will be sent by the end of 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
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 is presenting a series of eight pre-recorded webinars addressing issues of race and racism. No registration is required; each is a self-guided endeavor.

Based on feedback, the 8:46 series is pausing delivery of new content briefly, to allow for absorption of the content already delivered, and to make a little breathing space for those of us orienting fall students.
Subsequent episodes will drop on a roughly every-other-week schedule. Stay tuned!
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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Much has been made of the bread baking activities of so many people during the pandemic. Perhaps cooking at home will continue to flourish during this time, especially with so many shows, competitions, and foodie adventures streaming across multiple channels and platforms. Some of this effort, however, if entirely seasonal, and we are about to re-enter apple season. This poem from Joyce Sutphen sets us up beautifully for what is to come:
Apple Season
by Joyce Sutphen

The kitchen is sweet with the smell of apples,
big yellow pie apples, light in the hand,
their skins freckled, the stems knobby
and thick with bark, as if the tree
could not bear to let the apple go.
Baskets of apples circle the back door,
fill the porch, cover the kitchen table.
My mother and my grandmother are
running the apple brigade. My mother,
always better with machines, is standing
at the apple peeler; my grandmother,
more at home with a paring knife,
faces her across the breadboard.
My mother takes an apple in her hand,
She pushes it neatly onto the sharp
prong and turns the handle that turns
the apple that swivels the blade pressed
tight against the apple's side and peels
the skin away in long curling strips that
twist and fall to a bucket on the floor.
The apples, coming off the peeler,
Are winding staircases, little accordions,
slinky toys, jack-in-the-box fruit, until
my grandmother's paring knife goes slicing
through the rings and they become apple
pies, apple cakes, apple crisp. Soon
they will be married to butter and live with
cinnamon and sugar, happily ever after.
Joyce Sutphen, "Apple Season" from Coming Back to the Body. Copyright © 2000 by Joyce Sutphen.
Have you heard about Caesar the No Drama Llama? Sometimes, all the feels finds its way from unlikely places:

Jayme Harper
As the end of my year-long CPE residency draws near, I reflect upon a multitude of profound experiences. I've affectionately called this CPE residency "Human School" because it is an education on the experience of being human. I've had a course load that includes such classes as Grief and Loss 101, Adapting and Adjusting, Managing Complicated Family Relationships, Emotional Responses to Physical Limitations, and, my favorite, "What Now?": Living Your Best Life from Your Recliner. I did some additional required reading. While truly informative, I would not recommend Humiliation in the Workplace , Witnessing Chronic Pain , or Loving Someone Who Can't Remember You: A Loved One's Guide to Alzheimer's. We don't always get to choose our courseload or our professors, but I have received a remarkable education this past year. In fact, I attended a portion of a time-limited seminar called Emotional Regulation in a World Pandemic. There were also some interesting guest lectures I had the chance to sit in on, like Reckoning with Your Whiteness (Geriatric Edition).

August 29
A day of fasting observed on the 10th day of the month of Muharram to celebrate Moses' exodus from Egypt. For Shi'a Muslims, it also marks the climax of the ten-day Remembrance of Muharram, which mourns the martyrdom of Hussein at the Battle of Kerbala

Beheading of John the Baptist (Christianity)
This day commemorates the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, a mission preacher and religious figure. Jesus was among the many people that John baptized in the Jordan River. He was imprisoned by Herod Antipas, because he publicly disapproved of Herod's divorce and unlawful remarriage. Herod feared that John would lead a revolt, thus had him executed.
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. 


  • ACPE Development Specialist Jasmine Terry Okafor's grandfather died on August 16, 2020. He was 91 years old. 
  • ACPE Business Manager Terry Izaguirre's son-in-law Kevin died suddenly on August 19, 2020. He was 41 years old.
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
CPE ManagerSt. Mark's HospitalSalt Lake City, UT8/24/20
Certified EducatorUrban CPE ConsortiumChicago, IL8/14/20
Chaplain EducatorPenn State HealthHershey, PA7/24/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
CPE ResidencyVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville, TN8/14/20
CPE ResidencyCone HealthBurlington, NC8/14/20
CPE ResidencyCovenant HealthCareSaginaw, MI6/26/20
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

Cumulative Grief in the Black Community
August 25, 2020
Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy TrainingOnlineSeptember 5 - October 23, 2020
License to Heal
September 11, 2020
September 25 - 27, 2020
OnlineSeptember 30, 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.