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March 30, 2020
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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Join the COVID-19 Leadership Town Hall
Join the conversation with ACPE leadership on the impact of COVID-19 on our association. The zoom call will be on April 1 from 4:00 to 5:00pm EDT. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the ACPE website. 


A Spiritually Integrated Mindfulness for Treating Depression Webinar
Clark Echols
Mindfulness meditation has been shown to give patients control over their own depression and anxiety levels and can cut the recurrence of depression. Recent discoveries in neuroscience both confirm many practitioners' experiences, and give direction to developing therapeutic interventions. This webinar will be facilitated by  Clark Echols, PC,
MDiv, and MA in Mental Health Counseling.


Kanuga: A 50+ Year Pilgrimage for Spiritual Renewal and Relational Intimacy
Bernard Kynes
I made my first trip to Kanuga in the fall of 1995. I met with my first certification committee as I was going up for member. I was dressed in a 3-piece suit. I had my audiotaped session of the client that I was presenting. I was ready. GAPC had prepared me well for the moment. What I was not prepared for was what happened next. I walked into room where my committee awaited me with open arms and warm smiles. Each was dressed casually; two wearing shorts, one wore blue-jeans and the only woman wore a casual and comfortable dress. Three significant moments.

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New Book by ACPE Certified Educator
John Gillman
ACPE Certified Educator  John Gillman published his book, "What Does the Bible Say about Life and Death?" The book examines the desire to live an abundant life and to have a good death as a contemporary aspiration in the twenty-first century. In dialogue with the rich
scriptural traditions, this resource addresses that desire as well as the complexities around such pressing issues as martyrdom, suicide, and life after death.

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Notice for Individual Membership Invoices
Because of the current COVID-19 situation, we have extended the due date for individual ACPE memberships to April 30, 2020.  If you have experienced an unexpected delay in payment, please let us know the status of your payment or if you are experiencing a hardship.

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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  [email protected]

Last week's photo featured  Debra Slade, Susan Lunning, and Carlos Alejandro a t the 2014 ACPE Annual Conference in Austin, TX. 

Have any photos from your personal ACPE archive that you would like to share? Send them to [email protected] to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
In Case You Missed It
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 [email protected].

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.

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.

Access the JPCC

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. 

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
In a time such as this, to what do we cling? And of what do we let go? Perhaps more to the point, to what must we cling, and to what must we let go? As the world seems to change around us and as we depend even more on technology to connect, Jan Richardson reflects beautifully on this practice:  

Do not pass by 
the opportunity 
to lament 
what is forever gone 
from here. 
It is an honoring
of what has been. 
It makes room 
for what 
may be- 
the life you cannot imagine 
from here, in this place 
where you can barely 
plan two minutes 
at a time.
-Jan Richardson
For those who need some distraction, the New York Times curated the following list of podcasts that are worth your time. Some may be familiar; others brand new. Either way, for those that need some brain food, here you go: 

If you just need a good laugh, give a listen to this bloke who usually is the commentator for English rugby, but, without a game to call, has resorted to offering commentary on daily life. You have to love human resilience and creativity: 

April 2 
Rama Navami  (Hinduism)
Celebrates the birthday of Rama, king of ancient India, hero of the epic Ramayana, and seventh incarnation of Vishnu. This day marks the birth of Rama, a divine figure in Hinduism who is referred to as Maryada Purushottama, or "the perfect man." Rama's birthday is celebrated with evening processions of murtis, Hindu symbolic figures, and drinking panakam, a sweet drink made of jaggery and pepper. 

April 5 
Palm Sunday  (Christianity)
Observed the Sunday before Easter to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. It is said that a crowd greeted Jesus by carpeting his path with palms, as the palm is a symbol of triumph and victory. In many churches, palm leaves are distributed to all worshipers.

Quingming (Confucianism) 
Quingming is a celebration to remember ancestors and to tend to their grave sites. Some leave offerings at graves, such as food, tea and other libations. Willow branches are often carried or hung outside doors to ward off evil spirits.
April 6
Mahavir Jayanti (Jainism)
Mahavir Jayanti, the most important holiday in Jainism, celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara. A Tirthankara is a human being who achieves enlightenment and becomes a role-model and teacher. On this day, Jain temples are decorated with flags, and lectures are often held to discuss the path to virtue. Special ceremonies and processions are also performed, and devotees make offerings of rice, fruit, milk, and other items to those participating in the procession.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

Location Posting Date
CPE Program Director Erlanger Health Chattanooga, TN 3/27/20
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 Residency Providence St. Peter Hospital Olympia, WA 2/28/20
CPE Residency East Jefferson General Hospital Metairie, LA 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
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.