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July 8, 2019
View from the Road: Just Beyond Herself - The Vision of an ACPE Entrepreneur
Wayne Menking
Wayne Menking
The beginning of David Whyte's poem, Just Beyond Yourself, seems to describe ever so accurately the journey of Carolyn Barksdale and the evolution of her program at RC Freedom Ministries:


Just beyond yourself.
It's where you need to be.
Half a step into self-forgetting; and the rest restored by what you'll meet.
There is a road always beckoning.


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Ecumenical Theological Seminary: Professional Education and Leadership D.Min.
Ecumenical Theological Seminary
The Professional Education and Leadership D.Min. from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, MI celebrated its first graduates. Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Randy Meyers and Rev. Dr. Lisa Taylor!

This innovative program was started by ACPE Certified Educator Rev. Dr. Urias Beverly and further developed by ACPE Certified Educator Rev. Dr. Dennis Kenny, ACPE's 2019 Distinguished Service Award recipient.

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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
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Duane Parker, Executive Director, 1984-94; Barbara Parker; Betty Keith; and Jap Keith, former SE Regional Director and Past-President. The picture was taken at the official opening of the office in 1984 when the national office moved from New York to Decatur, GA.

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.

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
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
Some poems cut through language and thought to the deepest places of our being. This is one
such poem. Written for a friend contemplating suicide, Galway Kinnell offers this beautiful
and heart-wrenchingly brief meditation:
WAIT by Galway Kinnell

Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven't they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.
Don't go too early.
You're tired. But everyone's tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.
While soccer seems to be the sport of the moment, it is summer in the US, and baseball is ever present. So to honor the great American pastime, we offer the following stories for your enjoyment, before they become movies:

Monday, July 8
*Anniversary of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö - Buddhism [Tibetan tradition]
A celebration of the Tibetan lama (ca. 1893 - 1959) whose mastery of several lineages and insights have had a profound effect on numerous currently teaching lamas.

Wednesday, July 10
*Martyrdom of the Báb - Bahá'í 
Anniversary of the martyrdom of the Báb, the forerunner of Báhá'u'lláh, in Persia in 1850 C.E.  The Báb and 20,000 of his followers were killed because of their religious convictions throughout the mid-1800's. Work is suspended on this day.

Thursday, July 11
*Feast Day of St. Benedict - Catholic Christianity  
Celebrating the life of St. Benedict of Nursia (480 - 547 C.E.), the founder of Western Christian monasticism whose Rule is still widely read and practiced even now.

Saturday, July 13
*Kalimát - Bahá'í 
The beginning of the seventh month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "words."

*Ullambana - Buddhism
A day when Buddhists make offerings to the Triple Gem-the Buddha, the Dharma [teachings], and the Sangha [monastic community]-on behalf of their ancestors.   

*Obon - Buddhism
A Japanese festival to honor deceased ancestors, usually involving the lighting of bonfires, traditional meals, paper lanterns, and folk dancing. Locally this festival is celebrated at various times in July and August.

Sunday, July 14
*Feast Day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha - Catholic Christianity and Native American spirituality
Celebrating the life and ministry of Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 - April 17, 1680), a Mohawk-Algonquin woman who is the first Native American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She was so recognized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, over three hundred years after her death.

Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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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.