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July 13, 2020
Katherine Higgins
I recently sat down with Amy Canosa, Certified Educator at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, NC.  Amy is the Convener of the Alliance of Baptists CoP.  I wanted to learn more about how that CoP has been working with racial equity over the past few years.  
On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order that suspends the issuance of all new temporary worker visas effective immediately. The USCIS summarized the order as follows: " This [proclamation] does not affect those currently working in the U.S. on valid H-1B or similar visas. The proclamation also does not prevent individuals in possession of valid visas prior to the effective date of the proclamation from entering or re-entering the country, if they have been abroad, provided they have not otherwise rendered themselves inadmissible."
The membership of ACPE, the people of its member institutions, and its students have long benefited from the contributions of international students in our CPE programs and our international students as they are immersed in the historic traditions of the spiritual care movement. If the President's executive order stands, it will be a loss for all of us.
As ACPE is in the process of transitioning to a new database, quarterly billing for accreditation fees for the period 4/1/2020 to 6/30/2020 will be delayed by one month.  We expect to send the invoices out by August 15, 2020.  This will not change any other quarterly billing.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we improved our systems to better serve you. If you questions about the quarterly billing, please send them to
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  ACPE Certified Educator Koshin Paley Ellison, DMin and The Rev. Karen Hutt at the 2016 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.
#ACPEproud, August 3-7, 2020, is a week-long celebration, education, and advocacy event to encourage support of clinical pastoral education, spiritually integrated psychotherapy, and the spiritual care community. ACPE is proud of our students, graduates, and members. #ACPEproud will highlight the meaningful ways our members and accredited centers heal, strengthen, and transform people and communities in the US and across the globe.
During the week, ACPE will recognize our newly certified members and newly accredited centers, celebrate our awardees, install a new board chair, and honor our members who died during the last year. Throughout the campaign, ACPE will provide tools for you to share with your institutions and communities about the positive effects of spiritual care for patients and society.

#ACPEproud hoodies are now available in our campaign store! 

Show your ACPE pride with limited-edition merchandise! Available until August 2020. A portion of the proceeds will support the Foundation for ACPE, innovative spiritual care programs, and professional development opportunities for ACPE students.

Why are you #ACPEproud ? Show your ACPE pride and tell us why you are #ACPEproud

We are creating a video montage of our members to celebrate #ACPEproud week.  It only takes a minute to submit an unforgettable, timeless video that shares our collective love and appreciation. Submit by July 24th!

Do you know a student who has written a powerful reflection about their experience with CPE? Are you a current ACPE student who would like to share your experiences from your time with CPE?
If so, please send your reflections to us! Email your reflection with a current headshot to Reflections may be published in the ACPE newsletter and in promotional materials to help tell of the transformative work of spiritual care education.

In Case You Missed It
Please register for ACPE Annual Member Meeting on July 29, 2020 at 3:00 PM EDT.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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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  • Deadline to Declare and Pay for Subcommittee Meeting: August 24th.
Must complete both to secure a space on the docket:
  1. Email Appendix 10- Letter of Intent to,
  2. Pay the subcommittee meeting fee (If your center is paying your fee and they need an invoice, please email to request an invoice)
We will not hold online registration this fall, as we don't want this to interfere with creating our new website.
  • September 21 at midnight: Deadline to Submit Materials into SharePoint Portfolio
  • November 2-6: Associate Educator Subcommittee Dates 
(We will not hold subcommittees on Election Day November 3)
  • October 26-30: Certified Educator Subcommittee Dates

All Subcommittees will be conducted by Zoom


Contact Sheilah Hawk at with any questions.
The Advocacy Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Anti-Bias Task Force will be presenting a series of eight webinars addressing issues of race and racism.  Topics will include:

- Social Construction of Race/Racism
- History of Racism in Healthcare
- Social Location and Intersectionality
- Black Liberation and Womanist Theology
- White Privilege, White Fragility & Anti-Racist Identity
- Queer Theory and Queer Theology
- Violence and Police Brutality
- Psychological and Behavioral Implications of Racism 

Contact  Jeremy Gilmore or  Danielle Buhuro with questions.

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
COVID-19 Response and Accreditation Updates
ACPE is actively monitoring the COVID-19 (commonly known as the coronavirus) situation. The health and safety - of our students, members, and the community we serve - are our paramount priority.

We are committed to providing updates and information as the COVID-19 situation continues via email and the website. We encourage you to monitor the CDC website for additional information.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the office at (404) 320-1472 or

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
While the following precedes a collection of poetry, the text itself is so poetic and responds to perhaps the most important question of this moment in time: how then shall we live? From the Preface to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman:

"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."
"This is what you shall do..." by Walt Whitman, from the preface of Leaves of Grass. Public domain.
These days have lost any sense of ebb and flow. They are more like the waves at the beach when a storm is approaching - wave after wave, little time to breathe, no sense of when it might end. The tools of mindfulness are not only important during this painful season, but for some they are lifesaving. Here's a simple meditation practice from the folks at "The Mindful Leader." They also have many other resources you may find helpful:

July 13-15 
Ullambana/Obon (Buddhism)
Ullambana, a Sanskrit term that means "hanging upside down and suffering," honors the spirits of past ancestors and strives to relieve aching souls from suffering. Obon, the Japanese transliteration of Ullambana, is only three days and varies from region to region-July in the eastern region and August in the western region.

July 15
Saint Vladimir's Day (Christianity)
Saint Vladimir, celebrated on this day in Orthodox and Catholic traditions, was born an illegitimate prince, who defeated his stepbrothers to become the sole leader of Russia in 980 AD. Known for his barbarism and immorality in his younger years, Vladimir later became interested in the Christian faith and converted himself and the people of Russia. He is the patron saint of Russia.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

Location Posting Date
Director of Spiritual Care Mayo Clinic Eau Claire, WI 7/10/20
Part-time Hospice Spiritual Counselor Kaiser Permanente Seattle, WA 6/26/20
Network Director of Pastoral Care St. Luke's University Health Network Bethlehem, PA 6/19/20
Spiritual Care Director Genesis Healthcare System  Zanesville, OH 6/12/20
Counselor Community Pastoral Counseling Services Iowa City, IA 6/12/20
CPE Manager St. Mark's Hospital Salt Lake City, UT 4/17/20
CPE Manager Centra Health Lynchburg, VA 4/3/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
CPE Residency Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Lancaster, PA 7/10/20
CPE Residency AdventHealth Tampa, FL 7/10/20
2020-2021 Residency Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 7/3/20
CPE Residency Providence St. Peter Hospital Olympia, WA 7/3/20
CPE Residency Baycare Spiritual Care Clearwater, FL 6/26/20
CPE Residency Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 6/26/20
CPE Residency NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Brooklyn, NY 6/26/20
CPE Residency Penn State Health  Hershey, PA 6/19/20
CPE Residency University of Kentucky Healthcare Lexington, KY 6/19/20
Level 1/2 CPE Residency East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA 6/19/20
2020-2021 Residency North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, NY 6/19/20
CPE Residency Barnes-Jewish Hospital St. Louis, MO 6/19/20
2020-2021 Residency Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans, LA 5/29/20
2020-2021 Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philedelphia, PA 5/29/20
CPE Residency Baylor Scott & White Health - North Texas Dallas, TX 3/20/20
CPE Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 3/13/20
Second Year Fellowship Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH 3/13/20
2019-2020 Residency Program Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 12/13/19
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 Educational Opportunities

Putting People First: Initial Steps for Addressing Mental Illness in Faith Communities Online July 14, 2020
July 19, 2020
Online July 19, 2020
International Association for Spiritual Care
July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, 2020
Durham, North Carolina
August 10 - 14, 2020
Evolution of Psychotherapy Anaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Interprofessional Communication Curriculum Pasadena, CA January 27 - 29, 2020
Transforming Chaplaincy
Online Fall sessions
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Online N/A
Emotional Intelligence Training
The Value of Existential Pain Online Self-Paced
San Francisco Theological Seminary/Online
Rolling Enrollment

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.