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June 15, 2020
Trace Haythorn
Over the last week, I've enjoyed spending time with my family at Cloudland Canyon State Park, near the five corners section of northwest Georgia. We hiked, biked, cooked and laughed, all while living essentially "unplugged" for several days. I come away from the time deeply grateful for such an opportunity, profoundly aware of the privilege that makes such a trip possible, and very thankful for a team that doesn't miss a beat while I'm away!

It gave me time to reflect on the last few months, and I am quite simply in awe of all our members have experienced since February. In partnering with the  Chaplaincy Innovation Lab  and  Transforming Chaplaincy , many of our members have provided leadership for all of those serving in healthcare contexts to address the ever-evolving protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these resources are linked to our  website , and it appears they will be relevant for months to come.
Pam Lazor
The Accreditation Commission met on Sunday, May 17, 2020 for its spring meeting and took the following actions:
11 Accredited Centers were granted continued accreditation
2 new centers were granted Provisional Accreditation
2 Accredited Centers became System Centers
2 centers with Provisional Accreditation were granted full Accreditation
2 centers added Certified Educator CPE
4 centers added new Satellite programs
1 System Center added a new Component site
2 Accredited Centers voluntarily withdrew their accreditation
17 Accredited Centers had previously assigned notations removed
7 Accredited Centers had previously assigned notations continued to the next meeting

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Little did we know the magnitude and effects of the pandemic when we announced our research plans in a webinar in February.  Since many CPE centers expressed interest in being part of this study, our team considered how to be good stewards of this exciting opportunity to partner with you for a nation-wide study advancing our field. Today is the deadline for those wishing to participate. 

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The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling Vol. 74, No. 2, June 2020 is now available online.

ACPE is a proud sponsor of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (JPC&C). Did you know that a benefit of your membership in ACPE is free online access to JPC&C? Check out the latest volume by logging into the website under the Resources tab on the ACPE website.

JPCP along with the World Council of Churches, and the Inter-faith Health Program of Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health have come together to bring the COVID-19: Global Reflections on Faith, Health, and Justice project The reflections include written theological and spiritual reflections on COVID-19 from ministers, theologians, chaplains and pastoral counselors from around the world. There is also a video series with interviews that highlight the racial and economic disparities that this pandemic has highlighted.

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Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured ACPE Certified Educators John Allen and Ardella Gibson 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.
COVID-19 News
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

COVID-19 Resources for Members
In the midst of these uncertain times, many of us are hungry for information - information that can inform our decisions, help us process what we're experiencing, and connect us with those around us.
The Professional Well-Being Committee is working to gather such resources and make them available to our members. Here you will find articles, videos, and reflections that will bolster our resilience and strengthen our practice in the days and weeks ahead.
If you or your Community of Practice has a resource that you would like to submit to share with our members,  please email Katherine Higgins .

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In Case You Missed It
Katherine Higgins
The 2021 CoP Funding Process is open now through June 30, 2020.  Notification has been sent to the CoP conveners on file.  If you have not received this notification, or if you have questions about the process, please email Katherine Higgins. 
Making the Case for ACPE CPE: Strategies for Financially Challenging Times
Furloughs. Layoffs. Restructuring. Many programs are facing major challenges, fueled by the pandemic and the impact on healthcare.
Three ACPE Certified Educators - Dennis Kenny, Amani Legeneur, and Mark Grace - will discuss strategies, share practical examples, and address questions of attendees. ACPE Secretary/Treasurer Linda Wilkerson will moderate the discussion.
The webinar is on June 24, 2020 12:00 PM ET, please register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Chaplaincy's Role in Advance Care Planning Survey
We understand that this is a special time because of COVID-19. So in advance we wish to thank you for your time. We are hoping that you will contribute to a study aimed to better understand the role of healthcare chaplains in assisting with advance care planning and end of life discussions with patients and families. 

The proposed study aims to describe ACP practices among board certified healthcare chaplains in order to inform policy and practice discussions on the role and standards for high quality ACP facilitated by chaplains.This study will the largest on-line survey with board certified healthcare chaplains in the U.S. on advance care planning and end of life care. As a healthcare chaplain, we'd appreciate your help by completing an on-line survey. Your survey responses will help us to better understand the role of healthcare chaplains in advance care planning. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and your responses will be confidential.

Should you have any questions about the research or survey (or would like to receive the
results from the study), you can contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Jung Kwak.

You are invited to complete a brief survey, taking up to ten minutes, about spiritual competencies in graduate-level spiritual education. The results will help us to better understand how spiritual care currently is included in institutional curricula nationwide.

If you have any questions about this educational project email Trace Haythorn or Christina Puchalski.
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.

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
Thank you to all educator who responded to our survey about summer units.  Over the past few weeks, we have had an increase in phone calls from students searching for programs that are having summer units, so we are happy to share the list of centers that responded "yes" to our survey.  We hope that this will assist students looking for CPE units this summer.  As this information was provided to us by the centers, we suggest that prior to sending an application that you contact the center to confirm their plans for the summer unit.  Center contact information may be found in our online directory on the website.
For ACPE Certified Educators, we know that things are changing rapidly, and often on a daily basis, so if your center's plans have changed and you want to be added to the list or need to be removed, please email Marc Medwed, Associate Executive Director.  We appreciate the work you are doing, now more than ever, and wish you all good health.

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
While he was writing of a different time and different circumstances, Kwame Dawes' words inform much of what is known today. They name so much, and they offer hope. May they be a part of our way forward from this time:

By Kwame Dawes

I sing requiem
for the dead, caught in that
mercantilistic madness.
We have not built lasting
monuments of severe stone
facing the sea, the watery tomb,
so I call these songs
shrines of remembrance
where faithful descendants
may stand and watch the smoke
curl into the sky
in memory of those
devoured by the cold Atlantic.
In every blues I hear
riding the dank swamp
I see the bones
picked clean in the belly
of the implacable sea.
Do not tell me
it is not right to lament,
do not tell me it is tired.
If we don't, who will
recall in requiem
the scattering of my tribe?
In every reggae chant
stepping proud against Babylon
I hear a blue note
of lament, sweet requiem
for the countless dead,
skanking feet among shell,
coral, rainbow adze,
webbed feet, making as if
to lift, soar, fly into new days.

From Requiem. Copyright © 1996 by Kwame Dawes.
Before coming to ACPE, I taught a course in the theory and practices of nonviolence. It informs many of the values and commitments today's social movements. While many of the images we have seen in recent days have been of violence, Steve Pavey, a photojournalist, captures images of the beauty and the passion that are the heart and soul of so many social movements. Take a look (you may even recognize some folks): 

Miguel Santamaria
Miguel Santamaria is an ACPE Certified Educator from Florida. He wrote a poem entitled, "Restless."

O rest, holy rest...
You have been called a space between two notes, 
which are always in discord...
You have been called a space that enlightens our response,
when situations make us only roar...

June 15
Apostles fast begins (Orthodox Christianity)
The Apostles fast lasts 14 days in 2020. The Holy Apostles Fasting duration varies every year. It begins on Monday following Sunday of all Saints and ends on June 29. It may last from zero days, if Pascha falls on May 3 or later to twenty nine days, if Pascha falls on April 4 to May 2.

June 16
Guru Arjan Dev Martyrdom (Sikhism)
This day commemorates Guru Arjan Dev, the first Sikh martyr. Until the early 1600s, Sikhs had a peaceful history, but the new Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, was a Muslim who had Guru Arjan Dev arrested and tortured. A few days later, when taken to bathe in the Ravi River, Guru Arjan Dev disappeared. 

June 19
New Church Day (Swedenborgian Christianity)
The 18th century theologian and scientist Emanuel Swedenborg founded the New Church after a course of divinely inspired revelations. He wrote 35 volumes, which he called The True Christian Religion, to reveal hidden meaning in the Bible and address the mysteries of human life. This day celebrates the book's publication in 1770.

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic Christianity)
This feast day commemorates Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque's (1647-1690) visions of Jesus and his instruction to her that she serve as the instrument for spreading devotion to his sacred heart. The feast celebrates Jesus's gift of the Eucharist and urges believers to pray for the sins of the world.

June 21 
Solstice Litha (Neo-Paganism)
Also known as the Summer Solstice, Litha is the celebration of the arrival of summer- when the days are most full of daylight, and there is abundance and fertility in the earth.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • Certified Educator Rev. Dr. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina's oldest sister, Tina Garrett, passed away on Saturday, June 6th following a long illness. Tina Garrett was a distinguished attorney who served in Chicago many years prior to her death. Condolences may be sent to Laurie.
Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones page for more details. Please email to add someone to our thoughts.
This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

Location Posting Date
Manager, Religious Services Deaconess Hospital Evansville, IN 6/12/20
Spiritual Care Director Genesis Healthcare System  Zanesville, OH 6/12/20
Counselor Community Pastoral Counseling Services Iowa City, IA 6/12/20
Staff Chaplain Riley Hospital for Children Indianapolis, IN 6/12/20
Certified Educator Houston Methodist Hospital Houston, TX 6/5/20
Certified Educator UCSF Health San Francisco, CA 5/22/20
Certified Educator Moses Cone Hospital Greensboro, NC 5/22/20
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
2020-2021 Residency UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Des Moines, IA 6/12/20
CPE Residency University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville, TN 6/12/20
CPE Residency Baptist Hospital  Pensacola, FL 6/5/20
2020-2021 Residency Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans, LA 5/29/20
2020-2021 Residency Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 5/29/20
2020-2021 Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philedelphia, PA 5/29/20
Certified Educator Candidate UCSF Health San Francisco, CA 5/22/20
2020-2021 Residency Advocate Aurora Health  Illinois & Wisconsin 5/22/20
Level 1/2 CPE The Christ Hospital Health Network Cincinnati, OH 5/22/20
2020-2021 Residency BayCare Spiritual Care Clearwater, FL 5/15/20
2020 Residency Jackson Health System Miami, FL 5/15/20
CPE Residency Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 3/20/20
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

Durham, North Carolina
August 10 - 14, 2020
Evolution of Psychotherapy Anaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Transforming Chaplaincy
Online Spring and 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
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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.