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December 9, 2019
View from the Road
All ACPE members are deeply grounded in the soul-wrenching demands that change brings. We know well the dangers and opportunities that inevitably accompany any significant change. So, as I transition out of my role as Director of Community, Practice, and Member Development, I am acutely aware of this transition challenges me and many of you. And I take substantial deepened awareness with me from having served you.

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!

Thank you for making Giving Tuesday a Success!
Giving Tuesday was an overwhelming success because of you! 100 ACPE members and friends gave $15,400, which unlocked an additional matching donation, giving us a total of over $16,000 raised in one day!

Your gifts will help to expand spiritual care to new spaces, and provide life changing professional development opportunities through the Boisen Scholars Program for ACPE students learning to be with people in life's most vulnerable moments.

In the words of Lisa Taylor, 2019 Boisen Scholar and ACPE Educator Candidate at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services,   "I came to the ACPE Annual Conference feeling overwhelmed and empty about my vocational process. I left feeling peaceful and powerful. Through the ACPE Annual Conference, I regained momentum to finish my ACPE Certification process strong."

Thank you for helping students like Lisa thrive!  
Register for "Faith Responses to Suicide"
Friday, December 13, 2019 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Presented by Kevin Varner and Robert Cooke
1.5 NBCC Continuing Education Credits

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7004. ACPE is solely responsible for sponsored programs, including the awarding of NBCC credit.  
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!
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.
Kathy Bird DeYoung Certified Educator
The survey closes this Friday, December 13th.
ACPE Certified Educator Kathy Bird DeYoung, is working toward
her Doctor of Ministry at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit,
MI.  She is researching the assumptions Certified Educators bring about  students. Your answers will help her add to the body of ACPE
knowledge as we continue to reflect on our practice and learn how to
provide spiritual care education more effectively.

This survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will close this Friday, December 13.

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.

Paul Nomsule is a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University. He is looking for participants who may be interested in his study. The topic of his research is the relationships between emotional intelligence and job satisfaction among healthcare chaplains in the United States.

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 Dianna Cox and Fred Sickert at the 2007 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas.

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
Amy Greene
Amy Greene
Board Chair
A number of people over my tenure as Board Chair have asked me (some genuinely and some accusingly) if I have any sympathy for the grief many of our members feel regarding all the changes. I really do. I understand what it feels like to watch an institution you've poured much of your heart, soul and time into become something that seems to be quite different from what you were working toward - as if someone swapped out the blueprints -- or had a different set all along. It is hard to watch things change around us, especially if we perceive them mostly through the lens of what's lost rather than what's gained.
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.

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. 

Read more
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
One of the delightful effects of posting a weekly poem is how often friends and others share great poetry with us. Here's one that was also posted on my friend Martha Moore-Keish's Facebook page. May the Light break through for all of us in the dark days and long nights:
Where Light Comes in

Even the empty vessel is full.
Light dances on surface and edge
and in the eye, splays into rainbows

on the curve of a silver bowl and sinks
in shadow along the silk's fold.
We dwell in the midst of what
we cannot know or hold or keep.
It breaks into shocking colors,
each one a revelation. It shines
on the apple's skin and gathers
in the cut diamond.
We hammer and polish, hew, and spin,
learning what art teaches:
that the best of our making
bears witness to what lies beyond
the darkened glass, that the things
of this world are invitations,
that what we take time to see
will turn to blessing.

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, from The Light at the Edge, 2006
If you haven't discovered the Washington Post's "Acts of Faith," it is well worth your time. Each week, the editors highlight several articles about religion, spirituality and/or faith(s). Take a look: 

Monday, December 9
Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christianity 
A Roman Catholic holiday celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin for her entire life. 

Thursday, December 12
Masá'il - Bahá'í 
The beginning of the fifteenth month of the Bahá'í year; its name means "questions."

Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe - Catholic Christianity 

Commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531 C.E.  Juan Diego, a native American living during the Spanish conquest of Mexico, saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. He was told to build a church in her honor exactly where he stood, and in that spot the Basilica of Guadalupe was erected.

Sanghamittā Day - Buddhism 
Celebrating the anniversary of the arrival of King Asoka's daughter Sanghamittā, who founded an order of nuns in Sri Lanka and carried with her a branch of the original tree under which the historical Buddha found enlightenment (it still survives in the ancient capital of Anuradhapura).  This festival occurs on the full moon day in December.

Sunday, December 15
Third Sunday of Advent (joy) - Christianity (Western churches)

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.

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
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
CPE Program Manager Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 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
Manager of Spiritual Care & Education WellSpan York Hospital  York, PA 10/11/19
ACPE Educator Ascension Seton Austin, TX 9/6/19
Spiritual/Pastoral Care Minister (Chaplain)
St. Joseph Villa
Flourtown, PA 8/16/19

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
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
Yearlong Residency Michigan Medicine  Ann Arbor, MI 11/15/19
Residency, Extended, Summer Unit Intensive Baylor Scott & White Health Temple, TX 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
Level I and Level II CPE UC Health  Fort Collins, CO
Aurora, CO
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
CES/C Position  UCSF Health San Francisco, CA 10/18/19
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
Residency 2020-2021 
Kettering Health Network
Dayton Area, OH
Residency 2019-2020 Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 2/15/19

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
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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.