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October 5, 2020
Melissa Walker- Luckett
Good Monday morning, friends. I hope that you, your families, and your programs are being diligent in observing suggested practices for containing the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. This is an exceedingly exhausting and disheartening time in our history. Many of us are experiencing a deepening malaise as the pandemic persists, systemic racism continues, our country remains divided with an election in less than 30 days, while our responsibilities at work and home do not relent. This calls for perseverance that some days seems too much to ask, too difficult to muster, or too elusive to find.
And yet, when we engage the beauty all around us and each other in caring and hopeful ways, we find the ability to move through these grinding days. First, it starts with us, right? Do something to remind yourself of the beauty in your world. For instance, last night I looked at the sky; the moon was full and the skies clear. Planets shone brighter than stars and the air smelt crisp. In Texas, high summer quickly transitions to a brief but beautiful fall. Intermittent waves of heat and dry weather will likely return, so it is all important that I allow myself the time to revel in the cool air, and the energy I gain from it.
Have you called someone you wish you could see? Just call, it can be a quick interchange. Talking to a colleague and remembering a shared experience can cause you to feel connected. I stay connected to a friend from my training days while I drive to or from work. Just because we are not together in person doesn't mean we can't remain connected. 

Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members. Each posting is accompanied by a brief personal reflection from a member of the PEC discussing some ways this person lives these commitments*. October statements are:
5. In conducting business matters, ACPE members:
  1. Carry out administrative responsibilities in a timely and professional manner.
  2. Implement sound fiscal practices, maintain accurate financial records, and protect the integrity of funds entrusted to their care.
 Mission Advance Program (MAP) Fund for Innovative Pastoral Counselling/Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Projects 
The Foundation for ACPE announces that the 2020 Mission Advance Program (MAP) Fund grants cycle is now open!

Funded by disbursements from the MAP Endowment Fund as in accordance with the Foundation for ACPE's financial policy, MAP funding supports ACPE Psychotherapist and Practitioner members in the fulfillment of ACPE's mission. Specifically, these projects help to advance and raise awareness of Pastoral Counselling/Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy.

This year, up to $15,000 is available in funding. Interested applicants should submit their materials by November 1, 2020. Submit an application.
The Foundation for ACPE Board will approve funding based on the MAP Fund Advisory Committee's recommendations. Award recipient(s) will be notified no later than December 15, 2020, and funds will be disbursed in the first quarter of 2021.

Informal Consultation Today at Noon for ACPE Educators who work with Educator Candidates
We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom. The drop-in meeting (no RSVP required) will take place on Mondays, beginning October 5, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm eastern

Come for a little bit or stay the whole time. This is a chance to connect with colleagues and ask questions. Hope you will join us! 

Click here for the link and please save it to your calendar.
Earlier this year, ACPE rolled out a new Salesforce database, website, and SharePoint sites. ACPE's new tech tools position the association for growth as we enter the third decade of the 21st century, however, change can be daunting. Join John Roch, Director of Communications & Technology and Carl Jones-Reid, Technology Specialist for a Tech Talk ACPE.
ACPE's Tech Team will host a series of talks which include a brief overview of our new platforms and Q&A sessions. The hour-long talks are limited to 10 members to ensure attendees can ask their questions and address their challenges.
Use the link to sign-up for a Tech Talk ACPE. Sessions will be added depending on demand.
In May 2019, the ACPE Board of Directors initiated the formation of the Anti-Bias Task Force. This group was formed to lead ACPE's efforts in identifying, exploring, and addressing bias within all aspects of ACPE. Over the past year, the Task Force has been meeting with leaders in the field, conducting research, and designing a survey to seek data and input from our membership.
The Task Force requests the completion of the survey by October 7, 2020Thank you for your time with this survey, and your commitment to helping ACPE with the hard work of becoming more just, for all of our educators, learners, and care recipients. Email Marc Medwed with questions.
You are invited to submit a workshop proposal for the 2021 ACPE Annual Conference, our first using virtual platforms and online resources, the week of May 3, 2021.

The 2021 ACPE conference theme, Creating Room to Breathe, invites the engagement of all our members with the urgency of this moment. We need all of our wisdom and best approaches as we face into the interlocking pandemics of bias, injustice and COVID-19.

Applications submitted by October 9, 2020 will be given consideration according to relevance to the conference theme, criteria, and the ACPE mission, vision, and values.

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Upcoming SIP Trainings
The ACPE SIP Program offers trainings to help mental health practitioners work more competently and confidently with spirituality in the context of psychotherapy. The 30-hour NBCC-approved continuing education curriculum is offered locally in communities across the country and is the foundation for connections and learning that extend beyond the 30 workshop hours. Click below for information about trainings happening in communities near you.

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ACPE Member Releases Book: Spiritual Care in Common Terms
Gordon Hilsman
ACPE Retired Educator Gordon J. Hilsman has released a new book entitled Spiritual Care in Common Terms: How Chaplains Can Effectively Record the Spiritual Needs of Patients in the Medical Record. Encouraging a broad, compassionate, humanistic approach to spirituality, this book shows how patients' spiritual needs can be communicated well within interdisciplinary teams, leading to better patient wellbeing.The author recommends this title as a group discussion book for Level I or Level II CPE.

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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

Last week's photo featured Claudia Blanchette and Joan Rossi at the 2010 Annual Conference in Kansas City.

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
The Foundation for ACPE Innovative Program Awards in collaboration with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab is pleased to offer one of the funding opportunitiesFunded by gifts to the Sowing Seeds for Our Holy Work Annual Campaign, Innovative Program Awards provide funding support for projects that extend CPE and spiritual care education into new contexts. As the Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to ACPE members and programs, the Foundation for ACPE will partner with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab to provide resources to chaplains and ACPE educators who are partnering with an administrator (staff member outside of their chaplaincy departments) at their organizations to extend the work on the frontlines of COVID-19, especially the needs of the most impacted. 

The Foundation for ACPE will contribute an additional $21,000 to the funds generously granted by the Henry Luce Foundation. The Foundation for ACPE funding is designated for projects that align with the stated criteria, and specifically address this need in the contexts of ACPE programs. Projects that address social inequalities around or related to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are strongly encouraged.

The deadline to submit your applications is November 15, 2020

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The Foundation for ACPE Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate yourself or a colleague for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE, the field(s) of spiritual care, pastoral counseling and/or psychotherapy. We are blessed as an association with an abundance of talented, smart, and generous members. Who do you think deserves special recognition?

ACPE is seeking nominations for the following awards: Distinguished Service Award, Helen Flanders Dunbar Award, Inspiration Award, Emerging Leader Award, and Emeritus ACPE Educator/Psychotherapist.

The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2021. Awardees will be honored at the annual conference in May 2021.
Submit your nomination today!
If you have any questions, please contact Jasmine Okafor, ACPE Development Specialist.

Submit Nomination

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We are very excited that the initial review of portfolios is well under way.  Since this is the first time we are completing and reviewing portfolios, we are sure there are many questions that have come up and practices you have developed.  We would love to discuss together with you.  Join us on Wednesdays from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern Time via Zoom for a fruitful discussion.  No sign up needed-just click on this link to join.

In 2018, ACPE launched the new Peer Review process for Certified Educators.  The new process requires a peer review every three years, which means that if you did not have one in 2018 or 2019, you are due this year!  Information about the process may be found on the ACPE Sharepoint site.
The due date for completing the peer review is October 31, 2020.  If you have questions about the process, please contact Katherine Higgins.

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Register for "Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in Changing Times" Conference
Gregory Ellison
The Spiritually Integrated Practitioners CoP invites you to join "Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in Changing Times" from October 16-18 for learning, relating, and moving forward together. 

The keynote speaker is Dr. Gregory Ellison. 10:45 NBCC CE Credits, GAMFT CE Credits and GSCSW CE Credits available

ACPE's Advocacy Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Anti-Bias Task Force is presenting a series of eight pre-recorded webinars addressing issues of race and racism. No registration is required; each is a self-guided endeavor.

Available webinars include: Liberation Theologies: An Introduction from Black Points of View, Social Location and Intersectionality, The Social Construction of Race, the History of Racism in Healthcare and Whiteness & Anti-Racist Identity.
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Katherine Higgins
Thanks to all of you who have made our Virtual Educator Gatherings and our Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings a vital place to connect, debrief, and share ideas during these uncertain times.  We will continue to offer one meeting time each week for both Educators and Psychotherapists.  Please drop in as you are able; no registration is required.  The zoom link was emailed last week; if you need it again, please email Katherine Higgins. 
The meeting times will be:
  • Virtual Educator Gatherings:  Thursday, 12 Noon, Eastern Daylight Time
  • Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings:  Friday, 12 Noon, Eastern Daylight Time
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Where are we headed as a nation, as a world, as humanity? This poem by Jane Hirshfield invites us to walk into the time that is coming:
Now A Darkness is Coming
by Jane Hirshfield

I hold my life with two hands.
I walk with two legs.
Two ears are enough to hear Bach with.
Blinded in one eye, a person sees with the other.
Now a great darkness is coming.
A both-eyes darkness.
I have one mouth.
It holds two words.
Yes, No,
inside all others.
Yes. No. No. Yes.
I say yes to these words, as I must,
and I also refuse them.
My two legs,
shaped to go forward,
obedient to can't-know and must-be,
walk into the time that is coming.

"Now A Darkness is Coming" from LEDGER: Poems by Jane Hirshfield. Published 2020 by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
There are those who have artistic talent, who help us see the world differently, or perhaps to simply offer us a new perspective. Some have an eye and a talent to improve even a photograph. Take a look at this beautiful face and this beautiful art: 

October 3-9
Sukkot (Judaism)
The week-long "Feast of Booths" commemorates the 40-year wandering of the Israelites in
the desert on the way to the Promised Land.

October 10
Shemini Atzeret (Judaism)
"The Eighth Day of Assembly" is observed on the day immediately following Sukkot.

October 11
Simchat Torah (Judaism)
"Rejoicing in the Torah" celebrates the conclusion of the public reading of the Pentateuch and its beginning anew.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
CoP Highlights

Event Name & RegistrationDates
Central States ConsortiaExploring Curriculum in a Time of Pandemic and Civil Unrest
October 16, 2020
Spiritually Integrated PractitionersThe Gathering of Spiritually Integrated PractitionersOctober 16-18, 2020

Visit the ACPE Communities of Practice Gatherings page for more dates and information. 

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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

LocationPosting Date
CPE Program ManagerCovenant HealthCareSaginaw, MI9/18/20
Master of Arts in Spiritual and Pastoral Care Iliff School of TheologyDenver, CO9/18/20
Faculty Appointment in Pastoral Counseling, Care & TheologyColumbia Theological SeminaryDecatur, GA9/11/20
Manager of Religious ServicesDeaconess HospitalEvansville, IN8/28/20
Clinical Pastoral Education SpecialistUNC HealthcareRaleigh, NC8/28/20
CPE EducatorPeaceHealthBellingham, WA8/28/20
Assistant/Associate Professor & Program DirectorUnited Theological Seminary of the Twin CitiesSt. Paul, MN8/28/20
CPE ManagerSt. Mark's HospitalSalt Lake City, UT8/24/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
Immediate Residency OpeningGundersen Health SystemLa Crosse, WI9/25/20
CPE Residency Mount Sinai Center for Spirituality and HealthNew York, NY9/25/20
CPE ResidencyMayo Clinic HospitalRochester, MN9/25/20
CPE ResidencyJackson Health SystemMiami, FL9/25/20
CPE ResidencyThe Christ Hospital Health NetworkCincinnati, OH9/11/20
CPE ResidencyEast Jefferson General HospitalMetarie, LA9/11/20
CPE ResidencyUniversity of Louisville HospitalLouisville, KY9/4/20
CPE ResidencySanford Health FargoFargo, ND8/28/20
CPE Residency Catholic Health Sisters of Charity HospitalBuffalo, NY8/28/20
CPE ResidencySelf Regional CareGreenwood, SC8/28/20
2020-2021 CPE ResidencyBaptist Health SystemSan Antonio. TX8/28/20
2021-2022 CPE ResidencyCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterCincinnati, OH8/28/20

Visit the ACPE website for a complete list of Career Opportunities and Residency/CEC OpeningsWant to advertise with ACPE? Learn more.
Other Educational Opportunities

OnlineOctober 13, 2020
OnlineOctober 16, 2020
October 19-23
2020 Fall Chaplain SymposiumOnlineOctober 22, 2020
OnlineOctober 27, 2020
Nashville Area Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy TrainingOnlineNovember 9, 2020
OnlineNovember 10, 2020
OnlineNovember 19, 2020
OnlineDecember 8, 2020
Evolution of PsychotherapyAnaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 2020
Ithaca Area Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy TrainingOnlineJanuary 25, 2020
Interprofessional Communication CurriculumPasadena, CAJanuary 27 - 29, 2021
Transforming Chaplaincy
OnlineFall sessions
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

ACPE members and centers may post opportunities in the weekly newsletter. ACPE does not accredit, review, or endorse the events listed above. Send your opportunity to
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education
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ACPE is the standard for spiritual care and education. Our diverse membership includes Certified CPE Educators, Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapists, Spiritual Care Professionals and Practitioners, Pastoral Counselors, Chaplains, Faith Communities, and Seminaries. Our multi-disciplinary, multi-faith, multi-racial community of professionals provides education, connection, and formation through continuing education, networking, and leadership development.
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 members are actively engaged in a wide variety of professional development activities including communities of practice, conferences, spiritual care research, and informal networking. We are more than just an association: we are a movement committed to the transformation of the human suffering.Our opportunities for formation and community enrich our member's work of healing and transforming people and communities in the US and across the globe.