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May 27, 2019
Memorial Day 2019: Today ACPE remembers the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military
Honoring ACPE Trailblazers
J. Patrick McCoy,
Foundation President
The ACPE Annual Conference is always a great way to reconnect with our colleagues, and the reasons why we feel called to the work of educating the next generation of spiritual caregivers. This time is also one to honor those who have paved the way for us, as well as our colleagues who are doing exceptional work in the field. This year's conference was no different! At the Foundation's Annual Donor Reception, many of our generous donors made gifts to ACPE in honor of beloved family members, friends and ACPE Educators. 

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Funding for Innovative CPE Projects: Deadline to submit LOI is June 15, 2019
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.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past

Submitted by Retired Educator Paul Steinke
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Last week's photo featured Rod Seeger, ACPE, Patricia Wilson-Cone, ACPE and Karen Morrow

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
Pam Lazor, 
Accreditation Commission Chair
Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop on Building Your Center's Portfolio at the annual conference. I hope that you found it meaningful and helpful as you tell your center's story. The PowerPoint of the workshop, as well as some additional materials have been uploaded to SharePoint. We will also be recording a modified version of the workshop for those who were not able to attend, as, while the slides are good, the commentary is better!

Joann Heaney-Hunter,Interim Psychotherapy Commission Chair
I was so happy to see many of you in person at the Annual Conference in Scottsdale last week. For those who were not able to join us, I wanted to share some of the week's highlights:
  • Former members of AAPC played an active role at the 2019 Conference. Several shared poster presentations, and seven facilitated workshops on issues like grief, positive psychology, and internal family systems. By all reports, these presentations and sessions resonated with ACPE Certified Educators and Psychotherapists alike. Over 85 members attended a module from the Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) curriculum, which generated interest and energy - after the presentation, many members expressed a desire to learn more about SIP!
Once again, we would like to thank everyone that joined us in Scottsdale, AZ. Keep checking ACPE's website and YouTube for pictures, videos, and presentations from the 2019 Annual Conference.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Cleveland, OH for the 20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care!

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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.

Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
This piece by David Whyte seems like a great way to finish or start a CPE unit. May it offer an opening to wonder, trust and growth:
by David Whyte

Just beyond

It's where
you need
to be.

Half a step
and the rest
by what
you'll meet.

There is a road
always beckoning.

When you see
the two sides
of it
closing together
at that far horizon
and deep in
the foundations
of your own
at exactly
the same

that's how
you know
it's where
to go.

That's how
you know
it's the road
to follow.

That's how
you know
to go.

how you know.

It's just beyond
where you
need to be.
Nature can be awesome, terrifying, delightful, beautiful, and just plain weird. This video of thousands of monarch butterflies seems to cut across several of those categories:

Monday, May 27 Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 29
* Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh - Bahá'í
The anniversary of the death of the founder of the Bahá'í faith in Palestine in 1892 C.E. Adherents suspend work on this day.

Thursday, May 30
* Ascension Day - Christianity (Western churches)
The anniversary of Jesus' ascension into heaven, celebrated forty days after Easter. In the Roman Catholic Church, this day is celebrated on Sunday, June 2nd.

* Laylat al-Qadr [Night of Power or Destiny] - Islam
A festival commemorating the first revelation of the Qur'ān to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 C.E., at the age of forty. Often fixed as the 27th day of the Islamic month of Ramadān, Sunnis may also observe it on the 21st, 23rd, 25th or 29th. Shi'ites observe it on the 19th, 21st or 23rd of Ramadān. The festival begins at sundown.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Certified Educator Candidate Dave Spence who remains in ICU. Cards can be sent to Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, 1814 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, GA. 
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
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Other Happenings This Week

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

ACPE members receive a 50% discount on registration when they use the code "acpe"
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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