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December 16, 2019
Trace Haythorn Executive Director
Last week, I had the opportunity to gather with twenty people who serve in a variety of contexts related to chaplaincy and spiritual care at the Fetzer Institute. Some of you may recognize Fetzer as a supporter of programs like "On Being" with Krista Tippett. We were invited as a part of a partnership with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab to imagine how these different sectors can work together, how people serving in the military, prisons, healthcare, higher education, movements, business/industrial, and a variety of other contexts might help advance the profession and the standards that guide its practice.

El Refugio visits ACPE
Thank you to everyone that sent in sweatshirts, socks and belts to benefit the work of El Refugio!   El Refugio is  a nonprofit that serves as a hospitality house, offering meals and lodging for families and friends visiting immigrants and asylum seekers detained at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. On Giving Tuesday, ACPE hosted Marilyn McGinnis and Patti Ghezzi, two representatives from El Refugio, to share stories about their work and to receive the donations from our members. 

The Rev. Charles A. Rogers
The Rev. Charles A. Rogers is an ACPE Certified Educator at UnityPoint Health in Wisconsin. He submitted a little bit of humor on the "stages" of Accreditation.

Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Mr. and Mrs. McGee at the Baptist Medical Center in the 90s.

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In Case You Missed It
Pam Lazor Accreditation Chair
I want to start by saying a huge "thank you" to the members of the Accreditation Commission and also to Marc Medwed and Kimberly Yates in the ACPE office. Throughout 2019 the commission met every week via Zoom to learn, develop and plan for the new accreditation process that will launch on January 1, 2020. Commissioners have also made themselves available to facilitate Q&A sessions for ACPE educators about the new process, while at the same time continuing to carry out all the usual accreditation business of ACPE. Marc and Kimberly have provided support and guidance every step of the way. It has been a very busy and productive year!

Amy Greene
Amy Greene
Board Chair
I'm writing ahead of my regularly scheduled monthly column to give an update on the meeting of the Strategic Partners, who met November 20-21, 2019 in Cleveland, OH with La Piana Consulting, to continue to explore ideas to strengthen and formalize our relationships. We have heard from our respective memberships that they need more information. With the assistance of our consultants, we will design a strategy to communicate and engage with the members throughout the ongoing conversations.

Summer CPE in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
ACPE has a long tradition of sending educators to conduct a summer unit of CPE in Hong Kong. In recent years, ACPE has cooperated with Alice Miu Youda Nethersole Medical Center in the Tai Po section of Hong Kong. A number of ACPE members have participated in this program.

The hospital and CPE committee want to reestablish the program next summer. The hospital provides travel, housing, some meals and a stipend. The housing is adjacent to the hospital in the same apartment building where the administrator and several physicians live. The CPE education center has first class space and equipment. Hong Kong has a fine public transportation system that makes being there easy to navigate.

Persons interested in considering this opportunity may contact either John Moody or Rodney Seeger, who will gladly share their experiences and answer any questions.
Transforming Chaplaincy is pleased to announce its education offerings for 2020:
  • Research Literacy 101
  • Research Literacy 102
  • Research Education for Chaplains: Summer Institute
  • Certificate in Spiritual Care Management and Leadership
All programs are open for registration.

The ACPE office  moved this past weekend between December 6-9, 2019.

The staff planned the move over a weekend to minimize the impact on ACPE's membership. Please be patient while the staff packs and establishes the new office. Email may be the best way to reach staff members over the next several days.
Our new address is 55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308. Phone numbers, emails, and web addresses will remain the same.
Thank you!
New Accreditation Process: Sign-up for Q&A Sessions

Join us for New Accreditation Process Q&A Sessions. The sessions are your opportunity to ask anything about the new process or building your center's accreditation portfolio.

Dates are currently posted through the new year. The sessions are 12:00pm to 1:00pm eastern time on the assigned days. The number of participants for each session is limited to ensure individual questions are addressed. 

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Listening to the news can lead one to think the world we spend our lives building is being
toppled, bulldozed, mowed over. But the foundations we lay are often stronger than the forces of
the moment. This poem captures such an image of hope, speaking into this season with a
gentle reminder to trust those foundations:
Loving in Truth
Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Someone will push the house over one day,
Some spacedozer give it a shove,
But the cobbles we laid down here in the yard,
These are a labour of love.

All winter we set these cobbles in place,
Or was it the summer as well?
Sorting through lumpy bluestone pitchers
For ones that looked suitable.

The old house decayed - along with us -
Will a strange new resident
Admire the patio made in joy
Wondering what we meant?

Things fall apart, the poet wrote,
Certainties crumble and move
But the cobbles oddly plotted together,
These are our labour of love.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe, "Loving in Truth" text from Telling a Hawk from a Handsaw,
Carcanet Oxford Poets, 2008
This episode of "Hidden Brain" speaks to the kind of empathy we often seek to cultivate in CPE. (It might even make for a good didactic session!)

Monday, December 16
Posadas Navideñas begins (through December 25) - Christianity (Western churches) 
A Latino/Latina Christian feast of the Lodgings, commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph toward Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.

Simbáng Gabi begins (through December 24) - Christianity (Roman Catholic and Philippine Independent churches)
A nine-day series of night Masses observed by Filipino/Filipina Roman Catholics and members of the Philippine Independent Church in anticipation of Christmas and in honor of the Virgin Mary.

Tuesday, December 17
Birthday of Amitābha Buddha - Buddhism 
Marking the birth of the bodhisattva Dharmakāra who resolved to attain enlightenment as a buddha and vowed to create a Pure Land.  He became the buddha Amitābha ("infinite light"), and any sentient being who desires to be born into that land is guaranteed rebirth there through his vow, and from there she/he/it will unfailingly reach Nirvana.  This belief forms the foundation of Pure Land Buddhism, which is practiced by many Buddhists in Japan, China, and other East Asian countries.

Thursday, December 19
Maunajiyaras - Jainism
A day of fasting, silence, and meditation on the five holy beings: monks, teachers, religious leaders, Arihants or Jinas (enlightened masters), and Siddhas (liberated souls).  This day is also marked as the birth anniversary of many Tirthankaras or Pathfinders.

Saturday, December 21  winter solstice
Winter Feast - Native American spirituality
A time when Native Americans of the Woodland tribes share food with the spirits of winter. 

Yaldā - Zoroastrianism 

The "night of birth" which marks the longest night of the year, after which days begin getting longer-thus symbolizing the victory of light and goodness over dark and evil.  This festival is celebrated with storytelling, poetic readings, family reunions, and feasting.

Yule - Wicca  

A celebration symbolizing the rebirth of the sun by the Goddess.  A present-day Wicca event that ritually marks the shedding of the dross of the past year and contemplating one's future spiritual development.

Tohji-Taisai [Grand Ceremony of the Winter Solstice] - Shintō 

This day marks the end of the sun's decline (the yin period) and the beginning of its growth (the yang period).  In Japanese spirituality, the sun is expressive of Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess and guiding spirit of the Japanese people. 

Sunday, December 22
Fourth Sunday of Advent (love) - Christianity (Western churches) 

Chanukah [Hanukkah] begins (through December 30) - Judaism 

The Jewish Festival of Lights commemorates the Maccabean victory over Syrian-Greek oppressors and the recapture and re-dedication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165 B.C.E.  Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom.  The eight-candle Menorah is lit at sundown, and gifts are given.

Monday, December 23
Birthday of the Prophet Joseph Smith - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
Commemorating the birth of Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1805 C.E. in Vermont.  He translated what became known as the Book of Mormon and became the first president of the LDS Church when it was founded in 1830 in Fayette, New York.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
Community of Practice Event Highlights 
Registration is now open for the following Community of Practice events: 

St. Simons Island, GA January 12-14, 2020

  • Rev. Dr. Peter Yuichi, ACPE Certified Educator, died on December 6, 2019 at home with his wife, Tilly, at his side. ACPE will publish more details as we learn information.You may also try Peter's Caring Bridge journal
  • ACPE Certified Educator Robin Brown Haithco's mother, Alice Robinson Brown, died on Thursday December 12, 2019. Robin is the Director of Spiritual Health and Staff Support at Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA and a past president of ACPE. She has been traveling back and forth to Virginia throughout her mother's long illness. Alice's funeral will be on Wednesday, 12/18. Arrangements are being managed by Preddy Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Gordonsville, VA 22942. If you would like to send flowers, please use local florist in Gordonsville: Colonial Florist, (540) 832-3611.
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

Location Posting Date
Chaplain/CPE Educator Allina Health Minneapolis, MN 12/2/19
ACPE Educator Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA 11/22/19
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, NH
Part-time Psychotherapist Milford Pastoral Counseling Milford, CT 11/15/19
Full-time Counselor/Therapist Pastoral Counseling of Northern Virginia Fairfax, VA 10/18/19
ACPE Educator AdventHealth Orlando CPE System Center Metro Orlando, FL 10/18/19
ACPE Educator Ascension Seton Austin, TX 9/6/19

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
Summer CPE Program St. Cloud Hospital St. Cloud, MN 12/13/19
2019-2020 Residency Program Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 12/13/19
Residency Program Ascension Seton Austin, TX 12/13/19
Residency Program Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 12/13/19
Residency Program Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Temple, TX 12/13/19
Immediate Residency Opening Mayo Clinic Hospital  Rochester, MN 12/13/19
Residency Program Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center Toledo, OH 12/6/19
Residency Program St. Luke's University Hospital Bethlehem, PA 12/2/19
Residency Program East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA 12/2/19
Residency Program St Thomas/Nashville CPE Partnership
Nashville, TN 11/22/19
Second-Year Post-Masters Fellowship
Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics
White City, OR 11/22/19
Yearlong Residency Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center Columbus, OH 11/15/19
Residency 2020-2021 CHRISTUS Health Corpus Christi, TX
San Antonio, TX
Tyler, TX
Level I and Level II CPE University Medical Center, New Orleans New Orleans, LA 11/15/19
Residency 2020-2021 Mayo Clinic Hospital  Rochester, MN 11/15/19
Yearlong Residency CHI Memorial Chattanooga, TN 11/8/19
Yearlong Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 11/8/19
Yearlong Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA 11/1/19
Yearlong Residency Community Regional Medical Center Fresno, CA 11/1/19
Residency Audie Murphy VA Medical Center
Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center
San Antonio, TX
Houston, TX
Yearlong Residency University of Kentucky HealthCare Lexington, KY 10/25/19
Yearlong Residency Mount Sinai Center for Spirituality and Health New York, NY 10/11/19
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 Happenings This Week

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
Houston, TX April 20 - 24, 2020

ACPE members and centers may post "happenings" in the weekly newsletter. ACPE does not accredit, review, or endorse the events listed above. Send your "happening" to
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
(404) 320-1472 | Email | Website 
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 is also the professional home of a growing number of spiritually integrated psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. ACPE supports Psychotherapist and Practitioner members through continuing education programs, networking, and leadership development.