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July 27, 2020
Thank You Retired (and Retiring) ACPE Members! 
As we quickly approach #ACPEproud week, the Foundation for ACPE would li ke to recognize all of our retired members. The Foundation for ACPE is the legacy of trailblazing ACPE members who responded to the need  for nurturing spiritual care pr ofessionals  for generations to come.  Over the years, many  retired members  have  contributed  donations to our endowment. We  continue to reap the benefits of those gifts toda y. Income fro m our endowment has helped us to not only provide continuing education through the  Glaz -Plummer plenaries, but has also given us much needed  fina ncial  support to  navigate  the economic volatility  caused by the Covid-19 pandemic .  

Register for the 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.

ACPE has used the same database since the mid-1990s. On August 5, 2020, ACPE will launch Nimble AMS built on Salesforce. Following ACPE's launch of SharePoint a few years ago, the latest software upgrades demonstrate ACPE's commitment to securing the best and most affordable resources for its members and students. With the power of SharePoint and Salesforce, ACPE continues to set the standard for spiritual care and education.

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ACPE's Advocacy Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Anti-Bias Task Force will be presenting a series of eight pre-recorded webinars addressing issues of race and racism. The pre-recorded webinars will be available on ACPE's SharePoint. No registration is required; each is a self-guided endeavor.
This Friday the first webinar, "The Social Construction of Race and Racism," will be available. Sign-in using your "" email address.
The goal of the project is to strengthen chaplaincy degree programs at schools across the country. Beginning with the redesign of courses within theological schools, we can start to think on a pedagogical level about transforming the ways in which chaplains are trained and spiritual care is provided.

If you are a theological educator teaching a course on chaplaincy and/or spiritual care, you are invited to join the project!
  • The deadline to apply is September 1, 2020.
  • Participating educators will receive a stipend to support their work.
  • Questions? Contact Rachel Payne at
ACPE members exemplify creativity, compassion, and capacity to adapt to our ever-changing environment. You all have important wisdom to share.  The Reflective Practice Journal invites you to consider writing about your supervisory practice in this particular moment. What has changed for you? What has remained the same? What theories have you leaned into? What are you learning? 

The next volume of the Reflective Practice Journal (Volume 41) will be organized around the theme "Ministerial Formation in Times of Crisis." Please email Nancy Wood to discuss your article ideas. If you have a book coming out this year, we celebrate your accomplishment and
would like to share that by way of review in the Reflective Practice Journal. If you have found a
new book that has been helpful in your practice, please commend it to your colleagues
by writing a book review.

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 Thanda Ngobo, Tom Cole, Serge Castigliano and Kathy Turner in San Francisco in May 1987 for the ACPE International Committee meeting. 

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.

Claudia Byram
Presented by Rabbi Jo Hirschmann, David Fleenor, & Christopher Berner 
Thursday, August 6 at 1:00p.m. EDT

Presented by Claudia Byram, Ph.D., CGP
Friday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m. EDT 
#ACPEproud t-shirts 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!

In Case You Missed It
The Luce COVID-19 Microgrants are an opportunity for ACPE programs that meet the criteria to apply for funds to support responses to the Covid pandemic.

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
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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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
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Someone recently described our current quarantined world as similar to the post-apocalyptic film "Waterworld," where each of us is on our own vessel, either alone or with a small group, navigating our way toward an unknown future. Latinx poet Carmen Tafolla recalls both a different time while evoking metaphors that transcend time:

I was the fourth ship.
          Behind Niña, Pinta, Santa María,
          Lost at sea while watching a seagull,
          Following the wind and sunset skies,
          While the others set their charts.
I was the fourth ship.
          Breathing in salt and flying with clouds,
          Sailing moonbreezes and starvision nights,
          Rolling into the wave and savoring its lull,
          While the others pointed their prows.
I was the fourth ship.
          Playfully in love with the sea,
          Eternally entwined with the sky,
          Forever vowed to my voyage,
          While the others shouted "Land."

Carmen Tafolla, "Voyage" from Curandera. Copyright © 2012 by Carmen Tafolla.
Source: Curandera (Wings Press, 2012)
Parents of young children are facing particularly challenging times during the heat of summer, the lack of camps, and the uncertainty of school in the fall. Here's an alternative to screen time that might prove helpful (and they might be nice for some of the adults spending time with those kids, too!):

July 29
Tisha B'av (Judaism) (Begins at sundown on the 29th) 
Mourning of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE.

Waqf al-Arafa - Hajj Day (Islam) (Begins at sundown on the 29th)
Waqf al-Arafa is the Islamic observance day during Hajj in which pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy. Pilgrims stay awake at night to pray on the hill of Arafat, the site where Muhammad delivered his last sermon.

July 31-August 3 
Eid Al-Adha (Islam)
Commemoration of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience of a command from God. Marks the end of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).
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
Certified Educator Moses Cone Hospital Greensboro, NC 7/17/20
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 UAB Medicine Birmingham, AL 7/17/20
CPE Residency CaroMont Health Gastonia, NC 7/17/20
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

International Association for Spiritual Care
July 28, August 4, August 11, 2020
Doctor of Ministry Emergent Week
August 10 - 14, 2020
2020 Fall Chaplain Symposium Online October 22, 2020
Evolution of Psychotherapy Anaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Interprofessional Communication Curriculum Pasadena, CA January 27 - 29, 2021
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.