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March 16, 2020
From the Executive Director's Desk
Trace Haythorn
With so much in motion now, I'm not sure where to begin. In the interest of transparency, let me try and offer what we know, where leadership is working to get clarity, and where we are waiting for answers.

We built a webpage to house all the updates about our COVID-19 response.

Accreditation Commission Responds to Center's Needs during COVID-19 Outbreak
The health and safety of our students and educators is a core value of ACPE and balancing this with the responsibilities of CPE students and spiritual care givers can be challenging for all involved. Therefore, the Accreditation Commission is sharing the following information related to the Year 3 Comprehensive Portfolio Review and One Person Peer Consultation .
Recognizing the known challenges and those not yet known with COVID-19, for this year only (2020), the Commission will NOT require a comprehensive portfolio review and one-person peer consultation for centers in Year 3 of the accreditation cycle . However, the peer consultation for Year 3 centers will be optional if the center still wishes to have one.

ACPE Across the Globe: Reflections from Malaysia
In 2019, the Foundation for ACPE awarded $9,000 to Ziyara Muslim Spiritual Care to conduct a unit of CPE for medical and spiritual care professionals that is appropriate for the Malaysian context. Rodney Seeger is one of the onsite ACPE Certified Educators, and has been integral to the success of this project.

We began meeting monthly in October, but now the new Community of Practice on International CPE is an official community of practice! ZOOM will continue to be our main way of meeting, but we are excited to be having our first in-person meeting at the national meeting in Cleveland as part of the 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care conference in May. Our meeting will be at 7am Wednesday, May 13th in Cleveland in order to include our members in different time zones who cannot attend in person.

Receive Support from Professional Well-Being Committee
David Hutchinson
Across ACPE and throughout our institutions, COVID-19 is top of mind. During these anxious times, members of the Professional Well-Being Committee remain committed to attending to the needs of our members, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances. We'd like to hear from you:  have you been personally impacted by COVID-19?  Are you in quarantine?  Please let us know so that we can support you during these anxious times. 

Webinar: Caring for chaplains in the midst of Coronavirus
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Join a special town hall-style webinar from 12:00-1:00pm EST Tuesday, March 17th. Will Whitmore, chaplain at Mercersburg Academy, and Wendy Cage will facilitate a conversation with Carrie Doering (Iliff School of Theology), Elaine Yuen (Naropa University) and Trace Haythorn (ACPE) reflecting on spiritual care in the midst of the virus that we hope will provide support and a bit of self-care. As always, registration is free and open to all.

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 Ki Do Ahn, Sergei Petrov, and Randy Hall a t the 2017 ACPE Annual Conference in Atlanta, 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
ACPE is continually looking for ways to bring value to our members. We value your input as we look to make improvements to the ACPE website. You are invited to give your feedback in this survey through March 23 at 5pm ET.

COVID-19 Preparedness
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

The Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care (ACPE, APC, CASC/ACSS, NACC, NAJC) invite you to Cleveland, OH, May 11-14, 2020, for the   20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care conference.
During our time together, ACPE with its partners will: share leading practices in research, professional development, and credentialing; strengthen professional relations; focus our time, talents and resources on those most vulnerable; and grow our practical and professional skills.

New Accreditation Process: Sign-up for Q&A Sessions

Join us for New Accreditation Process Q&A Sessions. The sessions are your opportunity to ask anything about the new process or building your center's accreditation portfolio.

Dates are currently posted through the new year. The sessions are 12:00pm to 1:00pm eastern time on the assigned days. The number of participants for each session is limited to ensure individual questions are addressed. 

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath-
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another's hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love-
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
-Lynn Ungar
Amidst the chaos of this time, you might want to give this new podcast from our friends at On Being a listen. A couple of times each week, Padraig O Tuoma reads a single poem, offers some thoughts, and reads it again. Here's a link to the webpage: 

March 16-20
Ghambar Hamaspathmaeden (Zoroastrianism)
This is the last of the six Ghambar festivals in the Zoroastrian calendar. Ghambars are joyous occasions when communities gather to share a feast. Food is contributed anonymously, and participants give according to their means and ability to contribute. This particular five-day Ghambar celebrates the creation of humans and is a time to remember souls who have passed away.

March 17 
St. Patrick's Day  (Christianity)
St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, was credited for spreading Christianity in Ireland and abolishing pagan practices in the fourth century. The symbol of the shamrock is often associated with St. Patrick's Day, as St. Patrick used the three leaves to explain the mystery of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

March 18
Higan (Buddhism)
Higan, or Ohigan, is celebrated twice a year, during the spring and fall equinoxes. This is an important date for Jodo Shinshu Buddhists in particular. On this date, the day and night are the same length, symbolizing equality and harmony. Buddha appears on earth during this week to save stray souls, thus many Buddhists visit cemeteries and pay respects to their ancestors.

March 19
Saint Joseph's Day (Christianity)
This feast day celebrates Saint Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. One Italian tradition recalls a draught, where the peasants prayed to St. Joseph for rain. When the rains came, crops were planted and then a large harvest feast was given in St. Joseph's honor. Some cultures celebrate this day by creating St. Joseph Tables: a table full of elaborate foods, though all free of meat, as this day typically falls during the fasting period of Lent.

March 20
Ostara (Neo-Paganism)
Ostara celebrates the coming of spring, the time when the days are getting longer. It is a time to celebrate the abundance of nature and the abundance of life, and to plant crops.

Naw Ruz and feast day Bahá  (Baha'i) 
Similar to Nowruz, Naw Ruz is the celebration of the New Year as adopted by Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith. The equinox is believed to be a symbol of the manifestations of God, and springtime to be the carrier of new life and new beginnings.

Nowruz (Zoroastrian)
Nowruz is the celebration of the Iranian New Year and marks the first day of spring. On this day, Persian families wear new clothing, visit each other's homes, give gifts, and act kindly, as it is said that when people act well on Nowruz, it will affect them positively for the entire year. Likewise, any fights or ill-temper on Nowruz will result in a poor year.

March 21 begins at sundown
Lailat al-Miraj (Islam)
Lailat al-Miraj, also known as Shab-e-Miraj in Iran, Pakistan, and India, or Miraç Kandili in Turkish, is the Muslim festival celebrating the "night journey" (isra) and "ascension" (mi'raj) of Muhammad, when he went from Mecca to Al-Haram al-Sharif (also known as the Temple Mount) and was then raised to heaven (Jannah), met with the prophets and eventually with God. It is celebrated on the 27th day of the month Rajab in the Islamic calendar. From this journey, Muslims believe, the command for five daily prayers (Salat) was given.
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

Location Posting Date
CPE Educator Mercy St. Vincent Toledo, OH 3/13/20
Manager of Pastoral Care and CPE Penn Medicine - Princeton Health Plainsboro, NJ 3/13/20
CPE Educator PIH Health Hospital - Downey Downey, CA 3/13/20
Chaplain Resident UCLA Health Los Angeles, CA 3/6/20
Director of Pastoral Care Centra Health Lynchburg, VA 3/6/20
CPE Educator VA Midwest Health Care Network St. Cloud, MN 3/6/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
CPE Residency Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Tallahassee, FL 3/13/20
CPE Residency  Yuma Regional Medical Center Yuma, AZ 3/13/20
Second Year Fellowship Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH 3/13/20
CPE Residency Ascension Seton Austin Austin, TX 3/13/20
Resident Openings Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare Atlanta, GA 3/13/20
Chaplain Residents Baycare Spiritual Care Clearwater, FL 3/6/20
CPE Residency Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Atlanta, GA 3/6/20
CPE Residency VA Midwest Health Care Network St. Cloud, MN 3/6/20
CPE Residency Michigan Medicine Ann Arbor, MI 3/6/20
CPE Residency Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans, LA 2/28/20
CPE Chaplain Resident '20-'21 UnityPoint Health - Meriter Madison, WI 2/28/20
CPE Residency Deaconess Hospital  Evansville, IN 2/28/20
CPE Residency Providence St. Peter Hospital Olympia, WA 2/28/20
CPE Residency East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA 2/21/20
CPE Residency Sutter CPMC - California Pacific Medical Center San Francisco, CA 2/21/20
2020-2021 Residency St. Luke's Hospital Chesterfield, MO 2/14/20
CPE Residency Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville, TX
Harlingen, TX
2020-2021 Residency Providence Health Torrance, CA
Burbank, CA
1st and 2nd Year Residency WVU Medicine Morgantown, WV 2/7/20
CPE Residency Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center Toledo, OH 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency University of Kentucky HealthCare Lexington, KY 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residencies AdventHealth Orlando, FL
Tampa, FL
CPE Residency Covenant Medical Center Lubbock, TX 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency University Medical Center New Orleans New Orleans, LA 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency UCSF Medical Center San Francisco, CA 2/7/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corpus Christi, TX 2/7/20
CPE Residency University of Colorado Hospital
Fort Collins CPE 
Aurora, CO
Fort Collins, CO
CPE Residency Parkland Health and Hospital System Dallas, TX 1/31/20
Master of Science (MS) in Patient Counseling with CPE Residency
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA
Yearlong Residency Norton Healthcare Louisville, KY 1/17/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Lancaster, PA 1/17/20
CPE Residency WellSpan Health York, PA 1/10/20
2020-2021 CPE Residency Kettering Health Network Dayton, OH 1/10/20
CPE Residency St. Mary's Medical Center Huntington, WV 1/10/20
Yearlong Residency Sutter California Pacific Medical Center San Francisco, CA 1/10/20
Residency 2020-2021 UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Des Moines, IA 1/10/20
CPE Residency BayCare Spiritual Care Clearwater, FL 1/3/20
Summer CPE Program St. Cloud Hospital St. Cloud, MN 12/13/19
2019-2020 Residency Program Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 12/13/19
Residency 2020-2021 Mayo Clinic Hospital  Rochester, MN 11/15/19
Yearlong Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, PA 11/1/19
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

April 3, 17, May 1, 8, 22 and June 5, 2020
Intensive Bioethics Course Houston, TX April 20 - 24, 2020
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
San Francisco Theological Seminary/Online
Rolling Enrollment

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ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
(404) 320-1472 | Email | Website 
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 is also the professional home of a growing number of spiritually integrated psychotherapists and pastoral counselors. ACPE supports Psychotherapist and Practitioner members through continuing education programs, networking, and leadership development.