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October 14, 2019
Wayne Menking 
Director of Community, Practice and Membership
Several years ago when I was writing my book, When All Else Fails: Rethinking our Pastoral Vocation in Times of Stuck, I came to the realization that the underlying theory for my work as a pastor, a chaplain, and a clinical pastoral educator could be summarized in this simple phrase: the work of pastoral/spiritual care is helping people leave what is old for what is new. As a pastor and a chaplain, I encountered people navigating transitions and resituating themselves in new life circumstances, such as learning to live with a new illness that would change their life, or grief and learning to live life without a loved one who is now gone. In teaching and mentoring students, I encountered students searching for ways to leave behind old identities and ways of practicing ministry to embrace new ways of thinking and perceiving themselves as care givers. I now come to a point in my life where this theory - yet again - has personal relevance. In mid-August, I came to the decision that it is now time for me to retire. On September 30, I sent my notice of retirement to Trace, indicating that my last day with the ACPE will be December 31, 2019. I am now in that place of transition: leaving behind an old identity that has shaped my life and moving into a new one that is largely unknown.

Cecelia Walker
Cecelia Walker
Certification Chair
I am pleased to share that we have added a numbering system to the ACPE Certified Educator Competencies documents. Each phase of the process is numbered independently, except for those items that span more than one phase. The competencies for admission begin with A, Phase I Competencies begin with P1, and Phase II Competencies begin with P2. The new documents may be found on the website and in the New Certification Process Manual.
Our annual election for the association's many committees, commissions and the Board of Directors is coming up. 

We hope that you will take the time to read the ballot carefully and express your wishes.  The ballot will go out to the membership on October 16th at 5 AM EST. If you are a member of ACPE and you do not receive a ballot, please contact  John Roch  or  Tiffany Kindred  in the ACPE office. 

Once you receive that ballot, you will have a week to cast your vote, as the poll closes on October 25 at 5 AM EST. We will be electing 3 Board Directors, 6 Accreditation Commissioners, a Public Member and a Practitioner Member to the Accreditation Commission, 4 Commissioners of the Certification commission, Chair-Elects of the Professional Ethics and Psychotherapy Commissions, 9 Commissioners of the Psychotherapy commission and members of Finance Committee and Leadership Development Committee.  Make sure your voice is heard and VOTE.

Transforming Chaplaincy Online Course: Begins Today!
Exploring Methods in Chaplaincy Research 10 weeks

October 14, 2019 through the week of December 16, 2019 
$600 Registration

Participants in this course will:
  • Understand major types of research and why they differ in contributing to causal inference
  • Understand types of qualitative research and their contributions
  • Understand 5 common basic statistical tests and read tables with confidence
  • Develop familiarity with a growing literature
Each course offers small class sizes; predominantly asynchronous sessions; is taught by chaplain researchers; aids BCCI required research literacy prep; and counts toward research-related CE hours. For more information contact  Andrew Andresco.

Kanuga Fall Conference Spots Available
Rev. Cody J. Sanders
Keynote Speaker
The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D., is a pastoral theologian working at the intersection of LGBTQIA lives and religion/spiritual praxis. His approach at the Kanuga plenaries will not only address what spiritually integrative practitioners need to know about sexual/affectional orientation and gender identity in order to be culturally competent, but will also privilege queer lives as sites of significant wisdom for clinical praxis. Participants will gain critical knowledge for counseling LGBTQIA clients, better understand the complex intersection of religion and suicide among LGBTQIA people, and develop therapeutic knowledge in relating to the lives of LGBTQIA people in order to better meet client needs while also sharpening the clinical insight of the spiritually integrative therapist.

Trace with CPE Residents at CHI Health
Trace Haythorn with Tom Backer and COE Residents at CHI Health, Omaha.
Spiritual Care Today is the official podcast of the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc. The vision of JPCP Inc. is "advancing theory and professional practice through scholarly and reflective literature on pastoral and spiritual care, counseling, psychotherapy, education, and research."
The inaugural episode of Spiritual Care Today is a two-part show. In 2019, AAPC (American Association of Pastoral Counselors) consolidated with ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education. Part One features an interview with Teri Canzoneri, former President of AAPC, and Amy Greene, Chair of ACPE, who both discuss the consolidation as well as the relationship between chaplaincy and pastoral counseling, or spiritually-integrated psychotherapy. Part Two features a group discussion with former leaders of AAPC who answer the question: what is pastoral counseling?

Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo included 
Judith Silva, Unknown gentleman, and Jaqueline Kelley at the 1993 annual conference in Louisville, KY.

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
Amy Greene
Amy Greene
Board Chair
I've been waiting to write about the pros and cons of the potential merger with some of our strategic partners in professional spiritual care and education until I believed the leadership had clarity on the issues. Since my time as Board Chair is winding down (December 31 to be exact), I decided I needed to set some things before you.
I'm grateful to the members of the Board of Directors who took the time to send in their thoughtful responses to the opportunities as well as barriers involved if we merge with one or more other organizations. I'm struck by the fact that there is never any gain without a corresponding loss...never anything new without a letting go of something else. We live in a culture that doesn't like to acknowledge this - that preaches "onward and upward" without much time given to counting the costs. A new job, a new house, a new anything is a fraternal twin to a former job, a former dwelling, a former something. Yet we should be the folks who are the most aware of this - the most willing to ponder and face the potential losses as well as gains.

Joann Heaney-Hunter IPC Chair
In recent articles , I have been encouraging former AAPC members to learn about and engage with  Communities of Practice  (CoPs). CoPs serve as a flagship activity for our association and anchor us in our grassroots tradition. An ACPE CoP is a group of eight or more practitioners in the fields of spiritual care, spiritual education, or integrated psychotherapy, with a common sense of purpose, who agree to work together to cultivate and enhance community, share knowledge, create best practice and foster innovation.
To introduce the CoP model to former AAPC members, the interim Psychotherapy Commission surveyed members to encourage involvement. Thank you to everyone who signed up to be charter members of the new CoPs.

When ACPE launched SharePoint, we also introduced Yammer. It is a social network, with Facebook-style communication, just for ACPE members! Yammer allows open and dynamic communication across the entire association. Its strength is its inclusivity. With Yammer, you can: post links; share videos; use emojis and GIFs; share, create, and edit files!
ACPE's Communities of Practice (CoP) also migrated to Yammer for a much more user-friendly experience including conversation, sharing, polling, and file storage. Once in Yammer, click on "ACPE Groups" to view all the Communities of Practice. Join now and start collaborating! 
Pam Lazor Accreditation Chair
We have enjoyed talking with so many of you on our Accreditation Q & A Sessions . As our originally scheduled sessions go through October, I am pleased to share that we have added additional sessions for later in the year so that we may continue to support you and your center as you develop your center's accreditation portfolio. If you have not yet participated in a Q & A session or if you want to come back for another, please click here to sign up . You will receive an Outlook invite with the Zoom link 1-2 days before the scheduled time.

Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling, Vol 73:3 is now available.
This issue includes a special section on the ACPE-AAPC consolidation:
  • Significant Change in the North American Spiritual Care Education and Psychotherapy Movement, By Steven S. Ivy
  • The Future of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy in the AAPC Tradition, By Jill L. Snodgrass
  • Reflections on a Consolidation Gone Well, By Claire Bamberg and Melissa Walker-Luckett
Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry: Call for Essays
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Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry , an ACPE sponsored journal, is looking for essays for its 2020 issue. The theme for its 40th volume is "new forms and models of ministry."
  • What are the new forms and models of ministry, both in the world of chaplaincy and in the larger world of religion?
  • How do these emerging ministries shape or should shape how we do clinical training of future religious professionals?
  • How can CPE better prepare women and men for future forms, models and challenges of professional ministry?
  • Do you have something to say on the subject or have experiences to share with your colleagues?
Contact the editor, Scott Sullender at .
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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This year Spiritual Care Week is October 20-26, 2019. Spiritual Care Week/Pastoral Care Week has been hosted by the COMISS Network: The Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings since October 1985. It gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide. The theme this year is "Hospitality: Cultivating Space."
The website provides theme interpretation, event resources, proclamations and a press release. Please visit the site to download this year's logo to create posters, banners and other promotional materials. The logo can also be included in email signatures and webpages to support the celebration and spiritual caregivers.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Much of the work that students do in CPE is internal, personal and professional identity exploration. Thus, much of what is accomplished in a unit is hard to measure and is often not fully realized until years later. This poem captures some of those things that we don't necessarily record as growth or accomplishments, but they are oh so real:
Things You Didn't Put on Your Résumé
by Joyce Sutphen

How often you got up in the middle of the night
when one of your children had a bad dream,
and sometimes you woke because you thought
you heard a cry but they were all sleeping,
so you stood in the moonlight just listening
to their breathing, and you didn't mention
that you were an expert at putting toothpaste
on tiny toothbrushes and bending down to wiggle
the toothbrush ten times on each tooth while
you sang the words to songs from Annie, and
who would suspect that you know the fingerings
to the songs in the first four books of the Suzuki
Violin Method and that you can do the voices
of Pooh and Piglet especially well, though
your absolute favorite thing to read out loud is
Bedtime for Frances and that you picked
up your way of reading it from Glynnis Johns,
and it is, now that you think of it, rather impressive
that you read all of Narnia and all of the Ring Trilogy
(and others too many to mention here) to them
before they went to bed and on the way out to
Yellowstone, which is another thing you don't put
on the résumé: how you took them to the ocean
and the mountains and brought them safely home.
"Things You Didn't Put on Your Résumé" Reproduced from Carrying Water to the Field: New and Selected Poems by Joyce Sutphen by permission of the University of Nebraska Press. 
It's getting so hard to tell the difference between a photo that was taken at just the right moment and the hyper-stylized pictures of artists, designers and hacks. This photographer shows his "behind the scenes" efforts to get his beautiful Instagram photos. Spoiler alert: behind the scenes may not be as stylistically pretty, but they have their own appeal!

Sunday, October 20

Installation of the Guru Granth Sahib - Sikhism

This date in the Nanakshahi tradition celebrates the transmission of the guruship to the Holy Scriptures (the Guru Granth Sahib Ji) by the tenth guru, Gobind Singh Ji.


Shemini Atzeret [Eighth Day of Assembly] - Judaism

This eighth day of Sukkot [Festival of Tabernacles] features prayers for rain and a good harvest in the coming year.  It begins at sundown.

Monday, October 21

Simchat Torah - Judaism

This festival, also known as "Rejoicing with the Law," marks the end of Sukkot and the completion of the Torah reading cycle with the beginning of reading the first book again.  Jews celebrate this day by singing, dancing, and marching around the synagogue or temple with Torah scrolls.  This festival begins at sundown.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
Community of Practice Event Highlights 
Registration is now open for the following Community of Practice events: 

Central States Consortia Fall Meeting
Kansas City, MO
October 17-18, 2019
Kanuga Fall Conference Hendersonville, NC October 25-27, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, WI October 27-29,2019
Pacific CoP Educational Colloquium San Diego, CA October 28-30, 2019
Stony Point, NY
November 7-8, 2019
St. Simons Island, GA January 12-14, 2020

  • Charles "Chuck" Robertson's wife,  Betty, died on September 26. She died peacefully at home. She was a life long pediatric nurse who had a special love and touch with special needs children.
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

Location Posting Date
Manager of Spiritual Care & Education WellSpan York Hospital  York, PA 10/11/19
Director of Chaplaincy Reading Hospital Reading, PA 9/27/19
Chaplain Blessing Health System
Quincy, IL 9/27/19
ACPE Educator Oregon State Hospital
Salem, OR 9/20/19
ACPE Educator UCSF Health
San Francisco, CA 9/20/19
ACPE Educator Ascension Seton Austin, TX 9/6/19
Spiritual/Pastoral Care Minister (Chaplain)
St. Joseph Villa
Flourtown, PA 8/16/19
CPE Manager Mercy Hospital Springfield, MO 8/2/19

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
Yearlong Residency Mount Sinai Center for Spirituality and Health New York, NY 10/11/19
Yearlong Residency St. Luke's Health System
Boise, ID
2020 Residency
University of Louisville Hospital
Louisville, KY 9/20/19
1st & 2nd Year Residencies
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
Residency Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Grand Rapids, MI 9/13/19
Residency 2019-2020 St. Luke's Hospital Chesterfield, MO 8/23/19
Chaplain Resident Catholic Health Sisters of Charity Hospital Buffalo, NY 8/16/19
Residency 2020-2021 
Kettering Health Network
Dayton Area, OH
Residency 2019-2020 Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire, WI 2/15/19

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

Global Spiritual Traditions and ChI Culture & Foundations-Part 2 Berkeley, CA November 12-16, 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
Conyers, GA February 20-23, 2020

ACPE members and centers may post "happenings" in the weekly newsletter. ACPE does not accredit, review, or endorse the events listed above. Send your "happening" to
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
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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.