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March 23, 2020
The Long View and the Short
Patrick McCoy
Writing about a vision for the Foundation for ACPE in days like ours is a bit like planning to ride dressage on a bucking bronco. There is a particular course we want to take towards goals that are in principal achievable, but our ride has a mind of its own, and it is not amenable to precision guidance.
Our ride, in our case, is not equestrian but financial, and though we have been through some profound ups and downs in the value of ACPE's endowment this past year, the turbulence and losses induced most recently by the COVID-19 pandemic are truly disorienting. However, even though the novel circumstances (to understate the matter a wee bit) bring both uncertainty and constraint to our near-term planning, the long term fundamentals of who we are, what we do, and where we are going remain constant. 

Accreditation Commission Continues to Respond to Center's Needs during COVID-19 Outbreak
Considering the current situation with COVID-19, many centers are limiting in-person exposure and visits, which create challenges for students seeking to complete their clinical hour requirement for their unit of CPE.  However, opportunities for centers and our students to provide spiritual care for patients and their families can look different than the traditional model of in-person visits.

Virtual Meetings and COVID-19
ACPE is pleased to offer five dedicated Zoom lines for member's use. As we each navigate the new realities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to see an exponential increase in requests for Zoom meetings. In order to provide an equitable benefit for everyone, we ask for member cooperation with the following:
  1. When possible, please submit your online request with at least 72 hours' notice. 
  2. At this time, we are unable to fulfill new requests for recurring meetings. We ask that members only complete requests for single meetings. 
  3. As a reminder, we only schedule virtual meetings for up to three hours.
New Issue of Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling
Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling Vol. 74, No. 1, March 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 their latest volume by logging into the website under the Resources tab on the ACPE website.

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Ted Hodge
Would it work? Could we be 13 time zones and 30 hours flying time away from family and friends? What would it be like to live in a city that is the most remote, large city in the world, closer to Singapore and Jakarta than Sydney or Melbourne? They speak English but say things like "G'day" and "How you going?" They abbreviate everything and drive on the left side of the road. These were just a few of the questions that my wife Jan and I had for a year, as we contemplated moving and offering CPE at the Royal Perth Hospital, as their very first "International Pastoral Education Fellow" with CPE Educator Michael Hertz. We made the decision once the housing was arranged for a two-bedroom apartment with a view of the Swan River and the Central Business District.

CPE & Emotional Intelligence: Is there an Association?
The ACPE Research Community of Practice (CoP) and Transforming Chaplaincy are launching a study of CPE and emotional intelligence (EI). The study aims to (a) examine EI and changes in EI associated with participation in CPE and (b) foster CPE-related research among CPE educators. To learn more, please watch the webinar recording on the ACPE YouTube Channel. We're making this information available to those who are interested since not everyone was able to register or join us. 

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 before today at 5pm ET.

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 included  Bicri Hernandez, John Takacs, and Satoe Soga 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 Continues to Offer Services & Support
Trace Haythorn
Dear ACPE Members, 
I hope you are reading this from your home; if not, I hope that you are supported in taking appropriate precautions as we learn to navigate this sudden and painful pandemic reality. I'm writing to let you know that even as we adjust, your ACPE staff is working remotely, striving to advance the work of the association, maximizing the use of digital tools to keep on top of your emerging needs as well as the ongoing needs of the organization. We know it will take some time to cultivate the balance and rhythms of new work practices, but please know our team is doing all we can to support you in this extraordinary time. 

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With a heavy heart, the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care (ACPE, APC, CASC/ACSS, NACC, NAJC) 
decided to cancel the  20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care  conference in Cleveland, OH due to the ongoing healthcare crisis and COVID-19.

The partners are deeply saddened by the need to cancel our conference, and we have done so only after consulting with our boards, the host city, conference center, and hotels. With the ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and the indefinite ban on gatherings in Ohio, along with the recommendation from the  CDC  to limit meetings to less than 50 people, it is impossible for us to continue to prepare for this conference.

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

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
When my children were young, I would read with them and then sing one of three different hymns as they drifted off to sleep. While I wanted them to feel safe and comforted, I also felt the same in being with them. It is in that spirit that we offer this week's poem in a time such as this: 

Listening for Your Name
by David Graham

As a father steals into his child's half-lit bedroom
slowly, quietly, standing long and long
counting the breaths before finally slipping
back out, taking care not to wake her,

and as that night-lit child is fully awake the whole
time, with closed eyes, measured breathing,
savoring a delicious blessing she couldn't
name but will remember her whole life,

how often we feel we're being watched over,
or that we're secretly looking in on the ones
we love, even when they are far away,
or even as they are lost in the sleep

no one wakes from-what we know
and what we feel can fully coincide, like love
and worry, like taking care in full silence
and secrecy, like darkness and light together.

"Listening for Your Name" by David Graham from The Honey of Earth.Terrapin Books © 2019.
Several memes are going around about the need to care for extroverts during this time of quarantine. In that spirit, we offer the following ideas from USA Today:

March 25
Feast of the Annunciation of Virgin Mary (Christianity)
This day commemorates when the angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would bear a child, Jesus. The feast of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary is celebrated with prayers and church services.

Hindu New Year / Ugadi (Hinduism)
Ugadi is the Hindu New Year, often celebrated with a ritual bath, prayers, and the eating of pachhadi: six flavors that represent six different life experiences. There's bitter, tang, sour, spice, sweet, and salty, to represent sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise.

March 25-April 2 
Ramayana Week (Hinduism)
Commencing with the Hindu New Year, Ramayana Week celebrates the appearance of Sri Ram, a Hindu Lord. Hindus worship Sri Ram by fasting, singing songs and dancing, and reading from the Ramayana text.

March 28
KhordadSal (Zoroastrian)
The Zoroastrian celebration of the birth of Zoroaster, the founder of the Zoroastrianism religion. The holiday is specifically celebrated in India and Iran, immediately following the Persian new year, Nowrúz. Khordad Sal is the birthday celebration of Prophet Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrianism. Considered to be one of the most important holidays on the Zoroastrian calendar, the day is spent feasting, wearing new clothes, displaying fresh flowers and gathering in fire temples for prayers.
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

Location Posting Date
CPE Educator Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, TN 3/20/20
CPE Educator Catholic Health Services of Long Island Rockville Centre, NY 3/20/20
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 Baylor Scott & White - Temple Temple, TX 3/20/20
CPE Residency Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 3/20/20
CPE Residency Baylor Scott & White Health - North Texas Dallas, TX 3/20/20
2020-2021 Residency UnityPoint Health - Des Moines Des Moines, IA 3/20/20
2020-2021 Residency Baylor St.Luke's Medical Center Houston, TX 3/20/20
CPE Residency Gundersen Health System La Crosse, WI 3/20/20
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
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
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
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.