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May 13, 2019
Katherine Higgins
What an incredible time we had last week in the beautiful desert of Scottsdale, AZ. It was such a treat to be gathered with colleagues old and new, to reconnect and remember, and to dream together and envision the road that lies ahead of us. Still jetlagged and sunburned, this morning I'm reflecting on our time together with gratitude.

David Whyte, our keynote speaker, reminded us of Spanish poet Antonio Machado's words, "Caminante, no hay camino / se hace camino al andar." Wayfarer, there is no road / the road is made by walking. 

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2019 Annual Conference
We hope attendees of the annual conference last week enjoyed their time exploring the soul of spiritual care education. The ACPE team is headed back to the office this week to unpack and catch-up on correspondence.

In the next few days, conference attendees will receive a survey. Please participate so we can learn how to continue to improve our time together.

Next week, we will begin publishing photos, videos, reflections, and more from the conference.

Thank you for contributing to a rich and meaningful event. We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Cleveland, OH for the 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care!
Are you a member of ACPE's Facebook page? Did you know ACPE has its own online community only for ACPE members? ACPE's new online community, Yammer, is a benefit of our new SharePoint site.
Both are great resources to connect and collaborate with your colleagues! You can share:
   *Summer or residency vacancies
   *Career opportunities
   *Teaching resources

Don't miss out...join us online today!
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo was Alicia Po Ching, ACPE, and Sheri Lake, CEC, at the 2018 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
Call for Workshops: 2020 Conference
On behalf of the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care (Partners), we invite submission of proposals for Professional Development Intensives (also called Pre/Post Conference workshops) which are eight- and four-hour sessions and 90 Minute Workshops for our 2020 Joint Conference, May 11-14 in Cleveland, Ohio. Intensives will begin on May 10.
The 2020 Joint Conference Theme is 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care which invites you to share your expertise, inspire colleagues, stimulate thoughtful discussion, and educate others on important issues within institutional chaplaincy/spiritual care and psycho spiritual therapy. 
Our goals at the 2020 Conference will be:
  • Share leading practices in research, professional development, and credentialing
  • Strengthen professional relations
  • Focus our time, talents and resources on those most vulnerable
  • Grow our practical and professional skill
We also want proposals that recognize, engage, and expand the diversity within our field, for example: international or intercultural collaborations; military, prison, outpatient, or workplace chaplains; care for pediatric, geriatric, rural, newly immigrated, or indigenous populations; chaplains/spiritual care providers familiar with misunderstood spiritual/religious constituencies; chaplaincy care with LGBTQ sensibilities; how race, gender, sexuality, or disability relate to spiritual care; one-person departments; retirement; etc.
Please follow this link to the call for proposal information and proposal application forms located on the Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care 2020 Conference website: . The deadline date for receiving proposals is July 1, 2019.
2018 Year-in-Review
2018 Year-in-Review
Reflecting on our Achievements, Focusing on our Aspirations

Take a look at the good work ACPE accomplished in 2018 including: funds raised, student stories, and innovative program awards.

Strategic Partners for Spiritual Care: Progress Report #1
Amy Greene
Amy Greene,
Board Chair
As you know, ACPE leaders have been meeting regularly with our Strategic Partners to explore ways we can more closely and intentionally work together. These conversations continue to evolve, and I have to say it is such a privilege to be a part of such a collegial and constructive conversation. While the specifics need to be worked out by all of us together, including the membership, we offer the following progress report as an update and a reminder of our ongoing commitment to collaborative work.
Responding to Domestic Violence & Situational Grief: A Primer for Mental Health and Spiritual Care Professionals Webinar
These webinars are designed to help mental health and spiritual care professionals respond to domestic violence and situational grief.  The presenters will explore the similarities and differences between strategies for responding in these contexts and highlight necessary resources for both clinicians and clients.  They will identify various types of community support that might be available and discuss ways for clinicians working in these fields to practice self-care.  Dawn has worked extensively in the field of trauma and trauma recovery, particularly in the context of domestic violence in marginalized communities and immigrant populations.  Claire presents nationally on the topics of grief, situational loss, and training first responders.

Funding for Innovative CPE Projects
The 2019 Innovative Program Awards funding cycle is now open!

Funded by a portion of funds raised through the Sowing Seeds for our Holy Work Annual Campaign, Innovative Program Awards support ACPE members and/or centers in the achievement of ACPE's Strategic Initiatives. Specifically, these innovative projects allow ACPE to support the development and dissemination of new and experimental programs that extend CPE into atypical settings, test and disseminate new pastoral/spiritual care theology and education, and/or develop new research concepts and methodologies.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
We concluded our annual conference with a memorial service and some closing words. This poem was offered as the final reflection, a kind of sending forth, for what was a truly wonderful event for everyone:
You Start Dying Slowly

You start dying slowly
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths...
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don't know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job,
or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,
At least once in your lifetime,
To run away from sensible advice. 

- Pablo Neruda
Something Extra This Week
We hope those who attended our annual conference had a wonderful experience. Even if you couldn't join us, you might enjoy a couple of videos of two of our keynote presenters. They both referenced these talks during their presentations with us, and we offer them to you: 

Wednesday, May 15
* Restoration of the Aaronic priesthood - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Marking the restoration of this order by John the Baptist and conferred upon the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on this date in 1829 C.E.

Friday, May 17
* 'Azamat - Bahá'í
The beginning of the fourth month of the Bahá'í year, 'Azamat means "grandeur."

Monday, May 20
* Visakha Puja [Buddha Day] - Buddhism
Celebrated by Theravdin Buddhists on the full moon of the sixth lunar month, this is a triple commemoration of the historical Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death and entrance into nirvana.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • No news reported this week.
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 
  • CPE Manager, St. Mark's Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
  • CPE Educator, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS
Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC Openings Want to advertise with ACPE? Learn more.
Other Happenings This Week

Holland, MI
May 20-23, 2019
Spiritual Health Symposium: Cultivating & Sustaining Compassion in the Practice of Health Care
New York, NY
May 31, 2019
The International Enneagram  Association (IEA) Global Conference Oakland, CA
July 25-28, 2019
G-Wish Art of Presence 14th Annual Healthcare Renewal Retreat
Assisi, Italy
August 14-20, 2019
Transforming Chaplaincy: Certificate in Spiritual Care Management and Leadership
Online Fall 2019
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Online N/A
Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Care Education and Leadership
Union Theological Seminary/Online Rolling Enrollment
San Francisco Theological Seminary/Online
Rolling Enrollment

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ACPE is the premier, DOE-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.