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July 1, 2019
Stay Tuned
Amy Greene
Amy Greene
Board Chair
I just got back from the Association of Professional Chaplains meeting in Orlando and I could not be more excited about our future as colleagues in spiritual care and education. There were great speakers such as:
  • Jan Holton of Duke Divinity School (look for her book "Longing for Home" from her work with refugees)
  • Stalwart friend of our profession, Christina Pulchalski, MD, of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health
  • Humanist chaplains Greg Epstein of Harvard University and Jason Callahan of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
Call for 2020 Conference Workshops
Today is the Deadline to Submit a Proposal
On behalf of the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care (Partners), we invite submission of proposals for Professional Development Intensives (also called Pre/Post Conference workshops) which are eight- and four-hour sessions and 90 Minute Workshops for our 2020 Joint Conference, May 11-14 in Cleveland, Ohio. Intensives will begin on May 10.
The 2020 Joint Conference Theme is 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care which invites you to share your expertise, inspire colleagues, stimulate thoughtful discussion, and educate others on important issues within institutional chaplaincy/spiritual care and psycho spiritual therapy. 
Our goals at the 2020 Conference will be:
  • Share leading practices in research, professional development, and credentialing
  • Strengthen professional relations
  • Focus our time, talents and resources on those most vulnerable
  • Grow our practical and professional skills
We also want proposals that recognize, engage, and expand the diversity within our field, for example: international or intercultural collaborations; military, prison, outpatient, or workplace chaplains; care for pediatric, geriatric, rural, newly immigrated, or indigenous populations; chaplains/spiritual care providers familiar with misunderstood spiritual/religious constituencies; chaplaincy care with LGBTQ sensibilities; how race, gender, sexuality, or disability relate to spiritual care; one-person departments; retirement; etc.
Please follow this link to the call for proposal information and proposal application forms located on the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care 2020 Conference website: . The deadline date for receiving proposals is July 1, 2019.
Community of Practice Manual Q&A Sessions
Barbara Bullock
Barbara Bullock
PWB Chair
Are you interested in learning more about the newly released CoP Manual? Do you need help developing an event budget? Are you curious how the ACPE staff can assist you with your next CoP meeting?
Sign-up for an online Q&A session with members of the Professional Well-being Committee and the ACPE staff to learn about event services, online collaboration tools, and get the answers to all of your questions. Current CoP Coordinators, Future Coordinators, and all ACPE members are welcome.

Our committee will host two sessions and schedule more depending on demand. Sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

1st Q&A Session: July 16, 2019, 12:00pm eastern: Click to sign-up

2nd  Q&A Session: July 18, 2019, 12:00pm eastern: Click to sign-up
Want to keep expanding your LGBTQI competency?
gay pride
Did you know that ACPE's Code of Ethics now includes in its nondiscrimination clause not just sexual orientation but also gender identity and gender expression (Standard 101.2)? LGBTQI persons are increasingly visible in many CPE settings. Some ACPE Certified Educators are eager to learn more about supervising LGBTQI students, or helping students learn to offer spiritual care to LGBTQI persons. Many educators are eager for consultation on supervising CPE groups containing both LGBTQI and straight/gender conforming students, some of whom come from religious traditions that exclude LGBTQI persons from full participation in religious life.
Members of the LGBTQI Community of Practice are available as resources to you! All of us are learning, and we are glad to offer ourselves as conversation partners at this growing edge of our practice. Consider reaching out to:

Jack Geracci,, (215) 710-5044
Michelle Kirby,, (858) 642-3496
Liam Muggleton Robins,, (484) 476-2029
Mary Martha Thiel, , (617) 363-8804
Kanuga 2019: Save the Date!
William Stayton
William Stayton
Keynote Speaker
For over 25 years, the former SE Region of AAPC met annually at the Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center in Hendersonville, NC. All ACPE members are welcome to join this year for:

Kanuga 2019: Sexuality, Gender, and Psychotherapy
Ethical Considerations for Providing Care and Treatment for Issues Related to Gender and Sexuality

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. William Stayton. Registration will open the week of July 8th.

Learn more
CoP Spotlight: Virginia CPE Consortium
About 95 attendees including ACPE Certified Educators, Associate Educators, Candidates, Residents, and Summer Interns of the Virginia CPE Consortium gathered for their Summer CPE Day meeting at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA on June 27, 2019. The p rogram focus was orientation and participation in a research project.
Front row: James Hoy, Kevin Crowder, Harry Simmons, Steve Goss
Back row:  Susan Cross, Caitlyn Fox Bailey, Susana Brown, Kenneth Linder, Penny Driediger, Bill Bolden, Doug Watson, Jan Humphreys, Susan Nance, Wendi Steinberg, Rebecca Highfield
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 was taken at the 1984 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Some of the folks identified are: Dan DeArment at the podium; Claude Deal; Serge Castigliano; Bill Wycoff; Carole Somers-Clarke; Angela Fellin; and Dolores Pelletier. Behind Bill Wycoff is Bill Scott.

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
Community of Practice Funding Application:
Deadline is July 31st
The Professional Well-Being Committee will receive funding requests from registered Communities of Practice for activities hosted from January 1 - December 31, 2020.  This funding cycle will be open through Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Submissions must be received by email or postmarked by July 31, 2019 to be considered in this cycle.  Each CoP seeking funds MUST first be an approved, registered ACPE Community of Practice. New groups not yet approved may submit their registration and funding request simultaneously.

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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.

New Accreditation Process: Sign-up for Q&A Sessions
Pam Lazor
Accreditation Chair
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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Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop on Building Your Center's Portfolio at the annual conference. I hope that you found it meaningful and helpful as you tell your center's story. The PowerPoint of the workshop, as well as some additional materials have been uploaded to SharePoint. We will also be recording a modified version of the workshop for those who were not able to attend, as, while the slides are good, the commentary is better!

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Updates to the Manual: Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form
ACPE has implemented a new Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form that is now required to be signed by all students prior to formal admission to a CPE program and at the start of each subsequent unit. The Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form is required for all students in all units of CPE, not just those that are facilitated by a CEC. The Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form also informs students that their materials, with personal information redacted, may be used in the Certification process, in the Peer Review process, as part of a center's Accreditation Portfolio, and for ACPE approved research studies.

For more information on this update, as well as other manual updates, and to download the new form, please see the Updates to the Manuals page.

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
No matter where you stand politically, it is clear that the world is not as it should be. As our nation celebrates its birth this coming week, may we also look to the nation we long to be, the home we profess to be but so often fall short. It is noteworthy that this poem dates from the 1950s, a time of so much hope and longing for a new post-war world. So as you raise a cup of something to celebrate with family and friends, may this poem point your heart, mind and spirit to the "not yet" of who we might be together:
I Am Waiting
By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I am waiting for my case to come up
and I am waiting
for a rebirth of wonder
and I am waiting for someone
to really discover America
and wail
and I am waiting
for the discovery
of a new symbolic western frontier
and I am waiting
for the American Eagle
to really spread its wings
and straighten up and fly right
and I am waiting
for the Age of Anxiety
to drop dead
and I am waiting
for the war to be fought
which will make the world safe
for anarchy
and I am waiting
for the final withering away
of all governments
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for the Second Coming
and I am waiting
for a religious revival
to sweep thru the state of Arizona
and I am waiting
for the Grapes of Wrath to be stored
and I am waiting
for them to prove
that God is really American
and I am waiting
to see God on television
piped onto church altars
if only they can find
the right channel
to tune in on
and I am waiting
for the Last Supper to be served again
with a strange new appetizer
and I am perpetually awaiting
a rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for my number to be called
and I am waiting
for the Salvation Army to take over
and I am waiting
for the meek to be blessed
and inherit the earth
without taxes
and I am waiting
for forests and animals
to reclaim the earth as theirs
and I am waiting
for a way to be devised
to destroy all nationalisms
without killing anybody
and I am waiting
for linnets and planets to fall like rain
and I am waiting for lovers and weepers
to lie down together again
in a new rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for the Great Divide to be crossed
and I am anxiously waiting
for the secret of eternal life to be discovered
by an obscure general practitioner
and I am waiting
for the storms of life
to be over
and I am waiting
to set sail for happiness
and I am waiting
for a reconstructed Mayflower
to reach America
with its picture story and tv rights
sold in advance to the natives
and I am waiting
for the lost music to sound again
in the Lost Continent
in a new rebirth of wonder

I am waiting for the day
that maketh all things clear
and I am awaiting retribution
for what America did
to Tom Sawyer
and I am waiting
for Alice in Wonderland
to retransmit to me
her total dream of innocence
and I am waiting
for Childe Roland to come
to the final darkest tower
and I am waiting
for Aphrodite
to grow live arms
at a final disarmament conference
in a new rebirth of wonder

I am waiting
to get some intimations
of immortality
by recollecting my early childhood
and I am waiting
for the green mornings to come again
youth's dumb green fields come back again
and I am waiting
for some strains of unpremeditated art
to shake my typewriter
and I am waiting to write
the great indelible poem
and I am waiting
for the last long careless rapture
and I am perpetually waiting
for the fleeing lovers on the Grecian Urn
to catch each other up at last
and embrace
and I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder
The Fourth of July often means fireworks for many folks. Here's a gallery of the places the Travel Channel says are the ten best for explosive displays:

Tania Y Márquez
Tania Y Márquez is a Unitarian Universalist minister at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. She just completed a second CPE unit this Spring at Sharp Memorial Hospital. She graduated with an MDiv from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. This video was submitted as her midterm self-evaluation for her first CPE unit. She can be reached at

Monday, July 1
* Jashn-e Tirgan - Zoroastrianism
The festival of water.

Wednesday, July 3
* Ghambar Maidyoshem ends - Zoroastrianism
Ending the celebration of the creation of water, the sowing of summer crops, and the harvesting of grain.

Friday, July 5
* Birthday of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji - Sikhism
Celebrating a renowned martial artist who was named the 6th of the 11 Sikh Gurus (1595 - 1644 C.E.).

Saturday, July 6
* Birthday of the XIVth Dalai Lama - Tibetan Buddhism
Celebrating the 84th birthday of His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, born in 1935 C.E. in northeastern Tibet. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan government in exile and is revered as the fourteenth in a succession of manifestations of Avalokiteśvara, the enlightened being (bodhisattva) who embodies compassion in Buddhist practice
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • No news reported this 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
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Other Happenings This Week

Open course/elective
The Chaplaincy Institute
Berkeley, CA
July 15-17, 2019

Being with Dying and Death
Open course/elective
The Chaplaincy Institute
Berkeley, CA
July 18-20, 2019
The International Enneagram  Association (IEA) Global Conference

ACPE members receive a 50% discount on registration when they use the code "acpe"
Oakland, CA
July 25-28, 2019

G-Wish Art of Presence 14th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat
Assisi, Italy
August 14-20, 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

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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.