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July 29, 2019
ACPE Begins Quarterly Billing for Student Unit Fees in 2020
Linda Wilkerson
Linda Wilkerson
Many of you are deep into teaching a summer unit of CPE and are thinking about how to assist your students to bring this rich learning experience to a close. Budgeting and payments to ACPE for the opportunity to conduct those units may be the farthest thing from your mind. However, I have good news that was first shared at this past May's annual ACPE Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Coming under the heading of "we heard you," in calendar year 2020 we will begin billing centers quarterly for the number of units actually conducted.

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Community of Practice Event Highlights 
Registration is now open for the following Community of Practice events: 

Richmond, VA September 22-23, 2019
Central States Consortia Fall Meeting
Kansas City, MO
October 17-18, 2019
Kanuga Fall Conference Hendersonville, NC October 25-27, 2019
Pacific CoP Educational Colloquium San Diego, CA October 28-30, 2019

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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Sarah Knoll Sweeney
Curriculum Committee Chair
I want to take a moment to update you on the creative work the Curriculum Committee is engaging in order to discover the best ways to support our students, educators and the diverse settings where they serve. Our recent committee discussions acknowledge our association's lack of consensus about what constitutes a well-constructed curriculum and evaluation process. We are reading about and discussing best practices within Competency Based Education, seeing how current practices might inform the unique and valuable work we do as ACPE Certified Educators. We are also inviting outside experts to speak into our history and current landscape as we consider and reconsider ACPE curriculum design and assessment practices in light of our outcomes for learning.

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Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
Past Photos 07292019
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Last week's photo featured Pat Prest, Morris Briggs, Agnes Barry, Jane Litzinger, and Jim Travis at a Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in 2014. 

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
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.

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.
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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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
We have reached the point in the summer where many of us are craving fall weather (but maybe not quite fall schedules). This poem is a call to be present in this moment, to play and to remember the power of shared laughter with those we love:
by George Bilgere

I love the hoses of summer
hanging in their green coils
from the sides of houses,
or slithering through lawns
on their way to the cool
meditations of sprinklers.

I think of my father, armed
with his scotch and garden hose
probing the dusk
with water, the world
in flames around him,
booze running the show.

Still, he liked to walk out
after dinner and water the yard,
fiddling with the nozzle,
misting this, showering that.

Sometimes, in the hot twilight,
my sisters and I would run
in our swimsuits through the grass
while he followed us
with a cold beam of water.

And once, when my mother
came out to watch, he turned
the hose on her, the two of them
laughing in a way we'd never heard,
a laughter that must have brought them
back to the beginning.
A little ACPE hometown promotion: Next time you come to visit, save a little time in your travel schedule to visit the Center for Puppetry Arts, one of the places that helped make Sesame Street  so magical. Here's a great story about it: 

Tuesday, July 30
*Oharai-taisai - Shinto
A purification ceremony to cleanse believers from offenses committed during the first half of the year.  A large ring of woven grasses and reeds is placed at the entrance to Shinto shrines, and people walk through the ring as a symbol of inner purification.

Thursday, August 1
*Kamál - Bahá'í 
The beginning of the eighth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "perfection."

*Lughnassadh [Lammas] - Wicca
The harvest of first fruits, celebrating the harvest of corn and wheat.  Wiccan practitioners see this time as a signal of the god Lugh's decline of strength as the sun rises farther south each day, while the Goddess witnesses this season with sorrow and joy.  It is both a somber and celebratory feast day.
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
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Other Happenings This Week

Berkeley, CA August 13-17, 2019
G-Wish Art of Presence 14th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat
Assisi, Italy
August 14-20, 2019
Updates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Intensive Physician Board Review Houston, Texas September 24-26,2019
Global Spiritual Traditions and ChI Culture & Foundations- Part 2 Berkeley, CA November 12-16, 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.