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August 5, 2019
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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Continuing Education Taskforce Seeking Member Feedback and Ideas: Deadline August 6th
Dawn Stary
Practitioner Member

The Continuing Education Taskforce of the Interim Psychotherapy Commission had our first meeting last week.  We heard an update from taskforce members on the plans for the upcoming October gathering at Kanuga, a place that has been so meaningful for years for many members who joined ACPE from the American Association for Pastoral Counselors. We also discussed the feedback shared regarding the recent webinar series on domestic violence and situational grief that Dr. Claire Bamberg and I co-facilitated earlier in the summer.

Final Issue of Sacred Spaces
For 10 years, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors edited and shared the e-journal Sacred Spaces with their members and with the field of spiritual care at large. This journal has sought to explore issues facing spiritually-integrated psychotherapists and pastoral counselors through a distinctively theological lens. Founded by Dr. Ryan LaMothe and Dr. James Hyde and guided by the editorial leadership of Dr. LaMothe and Dr. Cody Sanders throughout the decade, the e-journal was supported each year by AAPC members and scholars from cognate disciplines who submitted their work or served as guest editors.

The 2019 edition of Sacred Spaces, edited by Philip Browning Helsel, highlights socioeconomic issues impacting spiritual care and features articles by Siroj Sorajjakool, PhD and Rev. Sonia Waters, PhD. Focused on the distinctive contexts of Thailand and the U.S., when read in conversation these articles spark questions and generate insights relevant to spiritual care providers.

To read previous editions of Sacred Spaces, we invite you to take a look at the archives housed on ACPE's website under the Psychotherapy tab.
NACIQI Recommendation & Other Accreditation Updates
Pam Lazor
Accreditation Chair
There is a lot happening in the world of accreditation this summer! I am excited to share some news, a few reminders, and a bit of what to look for over the next few weeks and months.

The News
This past week, Trace Haythorn, Marc Medwed, and I were in Washington, DC for the regular meeting of the US Department of Education/NACIQI group. ACPE asked to be on the agenda to request an expansion of our scope of recognition to include provisional/pre-accreditation as a recognized, accredited status. Following the submission of our materials, we were placed on the Consent Agenda and approved unanimously by the committee. A huge thank you to Marc Medwed for his thorough and meticulous preparation of the required materials!
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured (front row, left to right) John Thomas, Sherron Hughs-Tremper, Adriana Cavina and (back row, left to right) Barbara Arneson (NACC), Diana Dale (NIBIC), Lerrill White, Nancy Chambers, and Howard Clinebell. The photo was taken during an IPCNSR Board Meeting at the 1998 ACPE 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
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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Sarah Knoll Sweeney
Curriculum Committee Chair
I want to take a moment to update you on the creative work the Curriculum Committee is engaging in order to discover the best ways to support our students, educators and the diverse settings where they serve. Our recent committee discussions acknowledge our association's lack of consensus about what constitutes a well-constructed curriculum and evaluation process. We are reading about and discussing best practices within Competency Based Education, seeing how current practices might inform the unique and valuable work we do as ACPE Certified Educators. We are also inviting outside experts to speak into our history and current landscape as we consider and reconsider ACPE curriculum design and assessment practices in light of our outcomes for learning.

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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
Pacific CoP Educational Colloquium San Diego, CA October 28-30, 2019

ACPE Service Award Nominations:
Deadline is August 15th
The Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate yourself or a colleague for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE, the field(s) of spiritual care, pastoral counseling and/or psychotherapy. We are blessed as an association with an abundance of talented, smart, and generous members. Who do you think deserves special recognition?

ACPE is seeking nominations for the following awards: Distinguished Service Award, Helen Flanders Dunbar Award, Inspiration Award, Emerging Leader Award, and Emeritus Educator.

The deadline to submit a nomination is August 15, 2019.

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.

Accreditation Reminders & Resources
Pam Lazor
Accreditation Chair
I am pleased to remind everyone that we have developed a SharePoint page that is dedicated to the New Accreditation Process. You can access the page from the Members Home Page in SharePoint. On this page, you will find the following resources:
  1. The Master Center List with Review Dates and Categories: Read the explanation about the new organizational structure for the Commission and centers and look up your center's year of the new 6-year cycle for 2020.
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
The work of CPE keeps the paradoxes of life front and center, hopefully in ways that invite reflection, growth and even wonder. This poem by William Stafford in some ways summarizes that very notion. Here's to bonuses!
by William Stafford

It could happen any time, tornado,
earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.

It could, you know. That's why we wake
and look out--no guarantees
in this life.

But some bonuses, like morning,
like right now, like noon,
like evening.
My mother always said you shouldn't play with your food. My religious education professor said we should never use food as craft materials (like those pasta pictures glued to construction paper?). But there is play, and then there is play. Check out this remarkable art, all done in chocolate: 

Monday, August 5
* Feast of the Transfiguration - Christianity (Eastern and many Western churches)
Celebrates the manifestation of Jesus' divinity as God's Son to his disciples Peter, James, and John on Mount Tabor. In Eastern churches, the celebration begins at sunset; for Western churches, this feast is marked on the following day, Tuesday, August 6th.

Thursday, August 8
* Fravardeghan Days [Muktad] begin - Zoroastrianism
A time of memorializing one's ancestors in preparation for Nowruz [see August 17], according to Zoroastrians who follow the Shenshai calendar.

Saturday, August 10
* Yaum-al-Arafah - Islam
This day is the most important for Muslim pilgrims undertaking the Hajj journey; believers implore Allah for boundless forgiveness and mercy on the plain of 'Arafāt, adjacent to the holy city of Mecca.
* Tisha B'Av - Judaism
A solemn day of mourning and fasting for the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other tragedies in Jewish history coinciding with this date, beginning at sundown.

Sunday, August 11
* Eid al-Adhá - Islam
This three-day festival of sacrifice begins at sundown and is the concluding act of pilgrimage for Muslims; adherents offer sheep, goats, and camels, whose meat is then distributed to the poor.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • ACPE Emeritus Educator Roy Martin (Grose) Tribe died on June 30, 2019. Read more here.
  • We send our thoughts to ACPE Certified Educator Mary Foley whose father, Gerald J. Foley, died last week. 
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 
  • Coordinator, CPE, UVA Health, Charlottesville, VA
  • Manager, CPE, Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO
  • Certified Educator, Banner University Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • UNC Hospitals, Chapell Hill, NC
  • Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • WVU Medicine, Morgantown, WV
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital, 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 Happenings This Week

Berkeley, CA August 13-17, 2019
G-Wish Art of Presence 14th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat
Assisi, Italy
August 14-20, 2019
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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ACPE is the premier, DOE-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.