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June 8, 2020
In a world where people of color are routinely marginalized and dehumanized, what we need right now is prayer.
In a world where privilege and power reign supreme over love and compassion to maintain the status-quo - what we need right now is to speak up.
In a world where children of color learn they are black before they can learn to read well - what we need right now is to educate ourselves.
In a world where elders are priced out of their communities to make way for the new and better - what we need right now is more equity and compassion.
In a world where one person can take another's life while they remain free, both because of the color of their skin - what we need right now is real justice.
In a world where fear and hate are used to maintain division, distance, and disparities in health, employment, and ownership of businesses and homes - what we need right now is love.
In a world where the sit-in, sit-out, and sit-down, as well as the stand-up, stand-for, and stand-with, have been repeatedly seen fighting the same war - what we need is a genuine transformation at the core.
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. 
Jacob George
ACPE Certified Educator Jacob George from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was interviewed in the Committing Faith in Public podcast.
Doug Watts
ACPE Certified Educator Doug Watts from Dallas, Texas, discussed TelePastoral Care for Health Care Professionals on the Pediatric Insights Podcast.

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.

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 ACPE Certified Educators Dee Brown-Daniels and Tommy Rogers  at the 2017 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
What has been happening this week, has been happening this year, this decade, this century, this half-millenium. We all must put our shoulders to the task of stopping the wholesale slaughter of African American people.

In the short time since ACPE educators, chaplains, psychotherapists, and staff  named our grief and anger  over the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, we are faced with the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd as a result of police violence.

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.

The 2020 volume of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry  marks the fortieth anniversary of this unique journal, including its previous iteration as  the Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry. 

In this volume, an esteemed and diverse set of authors explore the implications for formation, supervision and theological education in general embedded in the new forms and models of ministry that are emerging among us. The volume begins with a smorgasbord of a few of the many new models of ministry, and of new forms of CPE in particular.

Section 2 explores how CPE might change, as its moves increasingly around the world and beyond its formative mainline Protestant culture? Section 3 explores the future of theological education in the seminaries, particularly in the United States. A rich collection of authors explores the themes, issues and challenges that is and will impact theological education in his or her religious tradition. Section 4 is a wonderful collection of essays from our colleagues in the Association for Theological Field Education, around the theme, "Excellence in Supervision." These five concise, up-to-date and readable essays can serve as a primer for the latest and best of thinking about supervision in a theological/clinical setting.

The volume ends with two ACPE Theory Paper of the Year Essays, ten book reviews on recent publications in our field, and a tribute to our ACPE colleague and friend, Peter Yuichi Clark.

View Volume 40
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.

Our Research Team wanted to give an update about the CPE & Emotional Intelligence (EI) research study to the ACPE community. 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. We remain committed to this project while fully aware that you are focused on navigating uncertainties in your CPE programs amid the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, we have made adjustments to the timeline and have extended the opportunity to join the project.

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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): 

Trina Leshay Williams-Johnson
Trina Leshay Williams-Johnson is an ACPE Certified Educator from North Carolina. She wrote a poem entitled, " Re-Runs: Ain't I Free Too
From Slavery to Little Rock to Selma to Charlottesville to Minneapolis to...

You thought it was over
That my experience was paranoia
Or a figment of my imagination.
Move on!
Get over it!
Stop living in the past!
You say!

June 9
Saint Columba of Iona (Celtic Christianity)
This day commemorates Saint Columba (521-597 AD), one of the twelve apostles of Ireland. He led evangelizing missions in Ireland and Scotland, and was credited, with the Celtic Church, for bringing a revival of Christianity to Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.

June 11 
Corpus Christi (Catholic Christianity)
Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Most Holy Body of Christ, is a day to honor the Holy Eucharist, and to commemorate the Last Supper. Catholics receive Communion on this day, accepting wine and bread in memory of the blood and body of Christ.

June 14 
All Saints Day (Orthodox Christianity)
All Saints Day is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost. The feast of All Saints Sunday commemorates all the saints of the church who have remained anonymous. It falls the Sunday after Pentecost. Orthodox Christians pray to the saints for help of various kinds.

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.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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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
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 Trained Chaplain Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn, NY 4/24/20
CPE Manager St. Mark's Hospital Salt Lake City, UT 4/17/20
CPE Manager Centra Health Lynchburg, VA 4/3/20
CPE Program Director Erlanger Health Chattanooga, TN 3/27/20
CPE Educator VA Midwest Health Care Network St. Cloud, MN 3/6/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
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
2020-2021 Residency Texas Health Resources Arlington, TX 5/8/20
2020-2021 Residency Yuma Regional Medical Center Yuma, AZ 5/8/20
CPE Residency Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, MN 5/8/20
CPE Residency Covenant Medical Center Lubbock, TX 5/8/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Des Moines, IA 4/24/20
Residency Openings Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare Metro Atlanta, GA 4/24/20
CPE Residency Program East Jefferson GeneralHospital New Orleans, LA 4/24/20
2020-2021 Residency University Medical Center New Orleans New Orleans, LA 4/3/20
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
CPE Residency VA Midwest Health Care Network St. Cloud, MN 3/6/20
CPE Residency Providence St. Peter Hospital Olympia, WA 2/28/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corpus Christi, TX 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency Kettering Health Network Dayton, OH 1/10/20
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
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.