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October 28, 2019
ACPE is Joining the Global GivingTuesday Movement to support innovation in spiritual care & the next generation of spiritual care educators
This GivingTuesday, ACPE will celebrate giving by raising $7,500 to support innovation in spiritual care & the next generation of spiritual care educators and providers.

GivingTuesday, taking place December 3rd, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year, on GivingTuesday, millions of people across the globe mobilize to show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day, and touches every person on the planet.
2020 Billing will be Mailed mid-November
Linda Wilkerson
Linda Wilkerson
Invoices for the 2020 billing will be mailed in a couple weeks in mid-November. Earlier this year, I wrote about the billing adjustments we are implementing in 2020 based on member feedback.

With the new billing process, your 2020 membership invoice will be billed in November and will include the Center Membership Dues ($2,000) and any Satellite ($200) and/or Certified Educator Candidate ($850) fees for your center. You will then receive quarterly invoices (JAN, APR, JUL, OCT) for the Accreditation Fee, based on student units completed in the prior quarter (OCT-DEC, JAN-MAR, APR-JUN, JUL-SPT). Completed means the unit has ended and credit has been given.

There will be one more reconciliation for your 2019 Accreditation Fee if your actual student units differ (+/-) from the estimate billed for 2019. This will be applied to the January 2020 invoice.

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ACPE 2019 Leadership Election Update
Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 Leadership Election! 867 (41.6%) of 2086 electors voted in this ballot.

The election results have been reviewed by Leadership Development Chair Stephen Robinson and ACPE Secretary/Treasurer Linda Wilkerson. After we have notified all of the candidates, we will publish the full results in Monday's newsletter, This Week@ACPE.
CPE in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Mary Davis
ACPE Certified Educator
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, a component site of CHRISTUS Health, sponsored an educational placement at CHRISTUS Muguerza for an extended CPE Unit in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The CPE unit began October 18-21, 2019, with seven students, led by bi-lingual ACPE Certified Educator Rev. Carlos Sanchez.

The CPE unit kicked-off with a 25-hour session over four days (Friday-Monday) with the intent of group formation, an introduction to CPE processes, and the necessary administrative tasks. 

Central States Consortium COP
The Central States Consortium CoP met in Kansas City, MO, October 17-18, 2019. The event speaker, Christina McLewin, Counselor, MA, LPC, Counseling Services Kansas City, addressed the subject of Integrating Emotional Intelligence into Supervisory Education

Back row: Bob Green, Mark Bradley, Dean Dyk, Marc Gidenhagen, Denise Hill, Jeff Scheer, Keith Wakefield, Jim Wright. Middle row: Mari Chollet, Jacquie DeKoster-Thomas, Megan Alleman, Jennie Hanksmeyer, Tammy Wooliver. Front row: Paul Basham, Wayne Menking, Joanna Tarr, Donna Farrar, Sally Schwab. Not pictured: Dustin Frye, Renita Mercado-Heinzl
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 Harry Simmons, Mark Tabbutt, Ramona Reynolds, Frank Woggon and Donald Harris at the 2005 ACPE Annual Conference in Hawaii. 

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
From the Desk of the Executive Director
Trace Haythorn Executive Director
In 2016, when the Organizational Redesign Work Group began to think through how to implement the new governance structure for ACPE, a key question centered around how the association could provide support for centers and members. Initially, the idea of "area directors" was proposed, positions that would have significantly larger territories and would help integrate the new model. After some conversation, the work group decided that these positions needed to be more about the people and less about the geography, thus the role of directors of community, practice and member development were born. Their task was to visit every center, to meet with members, to serve as "broadcast towers" about changes in the organization, to advocate for ACPE programs in their centers, and to provide support during the many transitions we have experienced as an association in recent years. For the last few years, Katherine Higgins, Steve Ivy, and Wayne Menking served the association dutifully in the new roles.

View from the Road: Leaving What is Old for What is New
Wayne Menking
Director of Community, Practice, & Member Development
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 re-situating 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.
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?

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! 
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
Where have you heard someone calling to the Holy One, to the Divine, to the Source of life? I always remember a child who loved to tell anyone who would listen about a love that is so big it couldn't be understood, only felt. Maybe Mary Oliver's wren knows something about such a love as well:
I Happened to be Standing
by Mary Oliver

I don't know where prayers go,
or what they do.
Do cats pray, while they sleep
half-asleep in the sun?
Does the opossum pray as it
crosses the street?
The sunflower? The old black oak
growing older every year?
I know I can walk through the world,
along the shore or under the trees,
With my mind filled with things
of little importance, in full
self-attendance. A condition I can't really
call being alive.
Is a prayer a gift, or a petition,
or does it matter?
The sunflowers blaze, maybe that's their way.
Maybe the cats are sound asleep. Maybe not.

While I was thinking this I happened to be standing
Just outside my door, with my notebook open,
Which is the way I begin every moning.
Then a wren in the privet began to sing.
He was positively drenched in enthusiasm,
I don't why. And yet, why not.
I wouldn't persuade you from whatever you believe
Or whatever you don't. That's your business.
But I thought, of the wren's singing, what could this be
if it isn't a prayer?
So I just listened, my pen in the air.
Have you ever watched an artist mix paint? Have you ever wondered what they see? This video captures what happens when those paint molecules are intensively magnified. The images are reminiscent of clusters of stars and nebula in deep space. Take a look:  

Christina Miller
Chaplain Resident
Christina Miller is a Chaplain Resident at Sharp Memorial Hospital, where she also completed her CPE Internship. She holds a BA in Literature from Pepperdine University and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Christina is confirmed in the Episcopal church and is a Reiki practitioner. Her spiritual practices include yoga, mindfulness meditation, time in nature, and spiritual writing (read more of her writing at Christina feels called to be a source of light and healing to people who are suffering and is excited to explore this call in the hospital setting alongside a cohort of residents.

Her reflection entitled ' Connecting to the Impact You are Making' can be read here
Monday, October 28

Atmasiddhi Rachna Divas (Creation Day) - Jainism
On this day Jains celebrate that, in 1896, the poet Shrimad Rajchandra-ji (who was a spiritual guide for Mohandas Gandhi) wrote the legendary treatise Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra, which explains the quintessence of Jainism.

Tuesday, October 29

Birth of the Báb - Bahá'í
Anniversary of the birth of the Báb, one of the twin Prophet founders of the Bahá'í faith, in 1819 C.E. His nineteen disciples, known as Letters of the Living, taught his religion throughout 19th century Persia. His shrine is located in Haifa, Israel. Bahá'ís suspend work on this day.

Wednesday, October 30

Birth of the Bahá'u'lláh - Bahá'í
Anniversary of the birth of the Bahá'u'lláh ("Glory of God"), the founder of the Bahá'í faith, in Tehran, Persia [modern-day Iran], in 1817 C.E. Devout followers suspend work on this day; some begin their observance of the day on the previous day's sundown.

Thursday, October 31 Halloween

Reformation Day - Christianity [Protestant churches]
This day commemorates October 31, 1517 C.E., when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, eventually leading to the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Most Protestant Christian churches will mark this on Sunday, October 27th.

Samhain - Wicca
Celebration of the Celtic New Year. The dying God returns to the womb of the Goddess in preparation for rebirth at Yule. The souls of ancestors and those who have died during the turning of the past year's wheel are remembered. Vegan Wiccans harvest nuts, the kernels of which symbolize wisdom.

November 2019

Friday, November 1

All Saints Day - Christianity [Western churches]
A commemoration of the lives of people, known and unknown, whose holiness and compassion toward others represent the best Christian virtues. In some Christian traditions, the following day is reserved for intercessions for the dead and is known as All Souls' Day. Latino/a/x people in North and Central America mark these days in connection with celebrations of Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

Saturday, November 2

Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I - Rastafari
Because Rastafarians recognize Haile Selassie (born Ras Tafari Makonnen in 1892; died in 1975) as an incarnation of God and a messiah who will lead the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora to freedom, peace, and prosperity, his coronation day as Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930 is remembered as a major festival.
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: 

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

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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
ACPE Educator Houston Methodist Houston, TX 10/25/19
Full-time Counselor/Therapist Pastoral Counseling of Northern Virginia Fairfax, VA 10/18/19
ACPE Educator AdventHealth Orlando CPE System Center Metro Orlando, FL 10/18/19
CPE Program Manager Covenant HealthCare Saginaw, MI 10/18/19
Manager of Spiritual Care & Education WellSpan York Hospital  York, PA 10/11/19
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
Residency Audie Murphy VA Medical Center
Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center
San Antonio, TX
Houston, TX
Yearlong Residency University of Kentucky HealthCare Lexington, KY 10/25/19
Level I & Level II CPE Houston Methodist Houston, TX 10/25/19
CES/C Position  UCSF Health San Francisco, CA 10/18/19
Yearlong Residency Mount Sinai Center for Spirituality and Health New York, NY 10/11/19
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
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.