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August 3, 2020
Melissa Walker-Luckett
Last week, ACPE successfully conducted its first virtual member meeting. Thank you to the over 300 folks who joined us. Thanks to the ACPE staff who made it all happen, and makes it happen all the time! So, a big "thank you" to Marc Medwed, John Roch, Jasmine Okafor, Tiffany Kindred, Ruth McPhail Ubaldo, Sheilah Hawk, Kimberly Yates, Katherine Higgins, Jennifer Rochner, Brandy Thompson, Carl Jones-Reid, Terry Izaguirre, and Trace Haythorn. They continue to diligently support our mission while working remotely during the pandemic.

This week, ACPE will experience another exciting week filled with more firsts and celebrations. After 16  months of work and hundreds of hours of effort to improve the quality of the tools that support our mission, this week the staff will launch a new Salesforce database, a redesigned website, and improved SharePoint sites. The new tools are the result of their continuous effort to address concerns and suggestions from us, while being mindful of reducing our overall costs.

ACPE has used the same database since the mid-1990s. On August 5, 2020, ACPE will launch Nimble AMS built on Salesforce. Following ACPE's launch of SharePoint a few years ago, the latest software upgrades demonstrate ACPE's commitment to securing the best and most affordable resources for its members and students. With the power of SharePoint and Salesforce, ACPE continues to set the standard for spiritual care and education.

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Thank you to those that attended the member meeting last week. The recording and materials are now available for those that were unable to join.

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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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 James Pollard and Benson Thomas at the annual conference in Austin, Texas in 2014.

Have any photos from your personal ACPE archive that you would like to share? Send them to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
#ACPEproud, August 3-7, 2020, is a week-long celebration, education, and advocacy event to encourage support of clinical pastoral education, spiritually integrated psychotherapy, and the spiritual care community. ACPE is proud of our students, graduates, and members. #ACPEproud will highlight the meaningful ways our members and accredited centers heal, strengthen, and transform people and communities in the US and across the globe.
During the week, ACPE will recognize our newly certified members and newly accredited centers, celebrate our awardees, install a new board chair, and honor our members who died during the last year. Throughout the campaign, ACPE will provide tools for you to share with your institutions and communities about the positive effects of spiritual care for patients and society.

Most of the events are pre-recorded and will be distributed via the web, email, and social media. The two webinars are complimentary but do require registration. The webinars will be recorded if you cannot attend during the scheduled time.

Claudia Byram
Presented by Rabbi Jo Hirschmann, David Fleenor, & Christopher Berner 
Thursday, August 6 at 1:00p.m. EDT

Foundation for ACPE Virtual Donor Appreciation Event
Thursday, August 6 at 4:00 pm ET
*By invitation only. Contact  Jasmine Okafor if you haven't received your invitation.

Presented by Claudia Byram, Ph.D., CGP
Friday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m. EDT 
The #ACPEproud store now includes Limited Edition Anton Boisen t-shirts, masks, mugs and stickers!

Show your ACPE pride with limited-edition merchandise! A portion of the proceeds will support the Foundation for ACPE, innovative spiritual care programs, and professional development opportunities for ACPE students.

Record a Tribute for  #ACPEproud
Why are you #ACPEproud ? Show your ACPE pride and tell us why you are #ACPEproud

We are creating a video montage of our members to celebrate #ACPEproud week.  It only takes a minute to submit an unforgettable, timeless video that shares our collective love and appreciation. Submit by August 5!

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
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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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
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
As we celebrate #ACPEproud week, it reminds me of a kind of homecoming. For so many of our members, ACPE is the home where they met their truest self, where we grew into a fuller and richer sense of self, of meaning, of identity, of authority, of purpose. And so for reflection this week, we offer this poem from Mary Oliver:

Coming Home
by Mary Oliver

When we are driving in the dark,
on the long road to Provincetown,
when we are weary,
when the buildings and the scrub pines lose their familiar look,
I imagine us rising from the speeding car.
I imagine us seeing everything from another place--
the top of one of the pale dunes, or the deep and nameless
fields of the sea.
And what we see is a world that cannot cherish us,
but which we cherish.
And what we see is our life moving like that
along the dark edges of everything,
headlights sweeping the blackness,
believing in a thousand fragile and unprovable things.
Looking out for sorrow,
slowing down for happiness,
making all the right turns
right down to the thumping barriers to the sea,
the swirling waves,
the narrow streets, the houses,
the past, the future,
the doorway that belongs
to you and me.
Last Friday, our Advocacy Committee and Anti-Bias Task Force launched "8:46." If you missed it, you can catch the first session here. Much of this work is like much of CPE: we must go deep within. The folks at Mindful Leader are also asking questions and inviting reflection about the practices of anti-racism. In a recent article, they offer the following questions for meditation practice: What do you want to return to? What do you want to return as? What is stopping you? These questions also seem vital to our celebration of #ACPEProud. Here's a link to the full article:

July 31-August 3 
Eid Al-Adha (Islam)
Commemoration of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience of a command from God. Marks the end of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

August 3
Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism)
Also called Rakhi, this festival celebrates the protective relationship between brothers and their sisters.

August 6
Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christianity)
The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported by the Synoptic Gospels in which Jesus was transfigured upon a mountain (Matthew 17:1-6, Mark 9:1-8, Luke 9:28-36). Jesus becomes radiant, speaks with Moses and Elijah, and is called "Son" by God. The transfiguration associated Jesus with the two preeminent figures of Judaism: Moses and Elijah. It also supports his identity as the Son of God.

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.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

Location Posting Date
Certified Educator Moses Cone Hospital Greensboro, NC 7/17/20
Director of Spiritual Care Mayo Clinic Eau Claire, WI 7/10/20
Part-time Hospice Spiritual Counselor Kaiser Permanente Seattle, WA 6/26/20
Network Director of Pastoral Care St. Luke's University Health Network Bethlehem, PA 6/19/20
Spiritual Care Director Genesis Healthcare System  Zanesville, OH 6/12/20
Counselor Community Pastoral Counseling Services Iowa City, IA 6/12/20
CPE Manager St. Mark's Hospital Salt Lake City, UT 4/17/20
CPE Manager Centra Health Lynchburg, VA 4/3/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
CPE Residency UAB Medicine Birmingham, AL 7/17/20
CPE Residency CaroMont Health Gastonia, NC 7/17/20
CPE Residency Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Lancaster, PA 7/10/20
CPE Residency AdventHealth Tampa, FL 7/10/20
2020-2021 Residency Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 7/3/20
CPE Residency Providence St. Peter Hospital Olympia, WA 7/3/20
CPE Residency Baycare Spiritual Care Clearwater, FL 6/26/20
CPE Residency Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 6/26/20
CPE Residency NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Brooklyn, NY 6/26/20
CPE Residency Penn State Health  Hershey, PA 6/19/20
CPE Residency University of Kentucky Healthcare Lexington, KY 6/19/20
Level 1/2 CPE Residency East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA 6/19/20
2020-2021 Residency North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, NY 6/19/20
CPE Residency Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, MO 6/19/20
2020-2021 Residency Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans, LA 5/29/20
2020-2021 Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philedelphia, PA 5/29/20
CPE Residency Baylor Scott & White Health - North Texas Dallas, TX 3/20/20
CPE Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 3/13/20
Second Year Fellowship Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH 3/13/20
2019-2020 Residency Program Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 12/13/19
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 Openings Want to advertise with ACPE? Learn more.
Other Educational Opportunities

International Association for Spiritual Care
August 4, August 11, 2020
Response to the Current Racial Unrest: Tools for the Chaplain
Online August 5, 2020
Doctor of Ministry Emergent Week
August 10 - 14, 2020
Spiritual Abuse and Healing Online August 21, 2020
Cumulative Grief in the Black Community
August 25, 2020
License to Heal
September 11, 2020
2020 Fall Chaplain Symposium Online October 22, 2020
Evolution of Psychotherapy Anaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Interprofessional Communication Curriculum Pasadena, CA January 27 - 29, 2021
Transforming Chaplaincy
Online Fall sessions
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Online N/A

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.