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August 31, 2020
Joann Heaney-Hunter
Greetings to all as we come to the end of this eventful summer.  I pray that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe, and that you have been able to find peace during these challenging times. I especially hold in prayer our members on the front lines of fighting COVID-19. Many educators, chaplains, psychotherapists and practitioners who serve in hospitals and health care centers, mental health practices, and other settings deserve our thanks for their generous service. We pray for all who suffer from racial injustice and we work for a more equal and just society. Finally, I offer prayers for all who have felt the wrath of the most recent hurricanes.  What an end to the summer, and we still have a few days to go in August!

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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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Cecilia Walker
Our new Certification process began in January 2018. Since its inception, we have welcomed over 100 CECs into the process. We have celebrated the certification of our first aspirants to complete the new process and many more have completed Phase I and are making their way through Phase II.

In our ongoing oversight of the process and to best support centers in their work, the Certification Commission is soliciting successful practices from centers that have helped their CECs succeed and thrive in the Certification process. The Commission will review all submissions and in addition to sharing them with the larger ACPE community in this forum, will also create a CEC Resources Page in SharePoint to share these practices and additional resources. Having a repository of successful practices and resources for Certified Educator Candidates is of prime importance to the Certification Commission. We hope to gather successful, workable, and a nice variety of practices that will help Educators and CECs stay connected during the Certification Process.

What successful practices have you developed that might be helpful to your colleagues?

Please share with us by sending them to Marc Medwed, ACPE Associate Executive Director, at If you share your practice with us, please include your contact information so that we can follow up with questions if needed. Thank you for being an important part of developing ACPE's certification process and our new Certified Educators!

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As the Commission has started reviewing center portfolios, we are in need a few more Certified Educators who are interested in training to be portfolio reviewers.  We will offer training sessions throughout the month of September. Click here to sign up!
Among the many benefits of serving as a portfolio reviewer include the ability to engage with your colleagues around the great work that is going on throughout the association and in individual centers.

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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 Mari Chollet and Renita Heinzl 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
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 were sent last 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
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, more and more stories of dreams have been reported, tales of strange and vivid experiences that sometimes comfort, sometimes confront, sometimes terrorize. This poem perhaps speaks to dreams, but it may also be something some experience while wide awake.
The Sleeping
by Jacinta V. White

There are some who are meant to sleep
and live inside dreams. They come
as visitors to carry
messages from there to now.
You know them. The baby who looks
deeply into your eyes while stealing your heart.
The lover who hypnotizes you,
the old man who speaks in riddles
before falling off to sleep. We shake
them out of selfish yearnings but
do not wake them or chastise them
for not being among the woke.
Some need to sleep so that others
will know what it is like to be alive.
"The Sleeping" by Jacinta V. White, from Resurrecting the Bones. Press 53 © 2019. 
Parenting is an art, informed by science, refined through practice, improved through practice. And so much of what it was has been redefined as we have been quarantined, isolated, and, depending on the age of the children, thrust into homeschooling. For those who need to laugh a little, to feel understood as parents. It may not be for everyone, but some will experience it as a balm: 

Oscar Chaparro
In the early days of May 2020, my career plans changed when my employer, a parochial school, informed me that they were dismissing me.  The reason was that I was no longer a good fit for the school.  When the president of the school gave me the notification, I was not angered by it.  I was relieved by the information because I had not been happy with the teaching profession since I started two years prior.  I had an intuition that there was going to be a change with my career plans but did not know when it was going to happen. 

September 3
Pitr paksha (Hinduism)
A 16-lunar day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors (Pitrs), especially through food offerings.
September 7
Feast day 'Izzat (Baha'i)
The Baha'i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. 'Izzat is the Arabic word for might. 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.
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 Retired Educator Sister Agnes Mary Joy M.M. died. Sister Agnes Mary Joy, M.M. died on August 13th, 2020 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll. NY. She was 89 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 66 years. Her memorial video can be viewed here.
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
Clinical Pastoral Education SpecialistUNC HealthcareRaleigh, NC8/28/20
Manager of Religious ServicesDeaconess HospitalEvansville, IN8/28/20
CPE EducatorPeaceHealthBellingham, WA8/28/20
Assistant/Associate Professor & Program DirectorUnited Theological Seminary of the Twin CitiesSt. Paul, MN8/28/20
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 ResidencySanford Health FargoFargo, ND8/28/20
CPE Residency Catholic Health Sisters of Charity HospitalBuffalo, NY8/28/20
2020-2021 CPE ResidencyBaptist Health SystemSan Antonio. TX8/28/20
2021-2022 CPE ResidencyCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterCincinnati, OH8/28/20
CPE ResidencySelf Regional CareGreenwood, SC8/28/20
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

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.