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July 22, 2019
Grant Spotlight: Assessing & Reimagining Chaplaincy Education: The Case of Health Care
In 2016, the Foundation for ACPE received a $275,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to map the institutional landscape of education for healthcare chaplains in the U.S.  ACPE partnered with Wendy Cadge from Brandeis University and George Fitchett from Rush University Medical Center to complete the project. The grant has ended, and we have learned a great deal from the research made possible through the Luce Foundation.  

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.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured (from left to right) Past ACPE Presidents Chuck Gerkin, Bill Oglesby, Max Macguire, John Thomas and Al Meiburg. 

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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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.

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

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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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

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
There's nothing quite like a porch for making memories and nurturing relationships. And leave it to Wendell Berry to capture both in such a lovely way:
They Sit Together on the Porch
By Wendell Berry

They sit together on the porch, the dark

Almost fallen, the house behind them dark.

Their supper done with, they have washed and dried

The dishes-only two plates now, two glasses,

Two knives, two forks, two spoons-small work for two.

She sits with her hands folded in her lap,

At rest. He smokes his pipe. They do not speak,

And when they speak at last it is to say

What each one knows the other knows. They have

One mind between them, now, that finally

For all its knowing will not exactly know

Which one goes first through the dark doorway, bidding

Goodnight, and which sits on a while alone.
One of the awesome things about the women of ACPE is the way they have paved the way for a new generation of leaders. Never willing to settle for the status quo, the women of our association have been pioneers within their institutions, their faith traditions, and their communities. It helps when we pause to remember how far we have come (even as we acknowledge how far we have to go). This series of photographs captures a glimpse of something that was once shocking for women: 

Monday, July 22
* Feast of St. Mary Magdalene - Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran Christian churches
Also known as the Penitent, Mary Magdalene is celebrated as one of Jesus' earliest and most faithful disciples, after being healed by him. She is also recognized as a witness to Jesus' death and the first recorded witness of his resurrection on Easter.

Tuesday, July 23
* Birthday of Emperor Haile Salassi I - Rastafari
Celebrating the birth of Ras [prince or chief] Tafari Makonnen (1892 - 1975 C.E.), who ruled as Emperor of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1974 (officially from 1930 to 1974), and who is professed by faithful Rasta believers as God incarnate.

* Birthday of Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji - Sikhism
Marking the birth of the 8th and youngest of the 11 Sikh Gurus (1656 - 1664 C.E.) in the Nanakshahi calendar.

* Khordad Sal - Zoroastrianism
The birth anniversary of the prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster), according to the Qadimi calendar.

Wednesday, July 24
* Pioneer Day - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Celebrated annually as the anniversary of the entry of LDS pioneers into the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, in Utah in 1847 C.E., after a historic trek across 1,300 miles of wilderness.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
  • Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings
  • Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, VA
  • Kettering Health Network, Dayton, 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

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.