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October 7, 2019
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.

2019 Election: October 16-23, 2019
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 23rd 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.  Please make sure your voice is heard and VOTE.
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! 
Appalachian Community of Practice Retreat
The Appalachian Community of Practice held their annual retreat Sept 27-28 at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. In addition to clinical presentations by CEC folks, Kitty Garlid provided a great presentation on the new certification process via Zoom videoconferencing.

Members: Clay Fouse, Nancy Anderson, Larry Easterling, Randy Perround, Marie Graeper,
Kenny Stanley, Amanda Jones, Carson Rogerson, Jim Pollard, Skip Snider, Doug Dickens,
Yhanco Monet, Jo Clare Wilson, Steve Lemons, Skip Snider, Marie Graeper
Transforming Chaplaincy Online Course: Religious Literacy 102
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

*Prerequisite: RL 101 or Religion, Spiritual and Health: An Introduction 

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.

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 was taken during an excursion to the Family History Library at the 2011 annual conference in Salt Lake City. There are many familiar faces in the photo including (in no particular order): Brenda Perry Wallace, Carson Rogerson, Chris Copeland, Connie Bonner, Rhonda Daniels, Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Horace Duke, Barbara Bullock, Mark Evans Hart, Nancy Anderson, Jo Clare Wilson, Paul Steinke, Janet Lutz, Jim & Helen Gibbons, Linda Wilkerson, Jenny Lannom, Miriam Needham, Robin Brown-Haithco, Lee Ann Rathbun, Dan Duggan, Bob Morris, Joanne O'Reilly, Sue Asher, Kelli Shepard, Claudia Meyers, John Swift. Who did we miss?

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 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 .
Marc Medwed 2019
Marc Medwed Associate Executive Director
ACPE is a recognized accreditor of the U.S. Department of Education, to accredit programs of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and Certified Educator CPE. There are two primary types of accredited centers: 1) An Institution Sponsored or Free Standing Center that offers accreditation to a single entity and 2) A System Center Accreditation (with independent component sites) that offers multi-campus institutions a single accreditation, administered by the administrative System Center (host) and extends to each independent component site. Although component sites are connected by a central accreditation, each site must meet the defined criteria as if it were an independently accredited center. The System Center Accreditation is designed to be a cost-effective means for a multi-campus institution to offer CPE programs at multiple sites.

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. 

Read more
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
Public discourse seems to only get worse and worse these days. In many ways, the work of CPE is about transformation: hearts, minds, perhaps even souls. The following poem invites us into a space beyond the language of "enemy" into a new way of being together:
Champion the Enemy's Need
by Kim Stafford

Ask about your enemy's wounds and scars.
Seek his hidden cause of trouble.
Feed your enemy's children.
Learn their word for home.
Repair their well.
Learn their sorrow's history.
Trace their lineage of the good.
Ask them for a song.
Make tea. Break bread.
Kim Stafford, "Champion the Enemy's Need" from Wild Honey, Tough Salt. Copyright © 2019 by Kim Stafford.
And since we're imagining beautiful things, take a look at this video from the program "Nature" of the ways an octopus changes colors as it dreams. May it be so for the colors within each of us as we imagine the world as the Divine longs for it to become: 

Tuesday, October 8

Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] - Judaism

The holiest day of the Jewish year.  To reestablish their relationship with God, Jews ask for forgiveness and forgive others [Kol Nidre], and then they can confess their sins and ask for divine forgiveness.  Prayer and fasting begin at sundown on this day and continue through the following day.

Dashara, Vijaya Dashami, or Dussehra - Hinduism

Celebrates the triumph of Durga, the Divine Mother who manifests fierce compassion, over the forces of evil, as well as commemorating Rama's victory over the demon Ravana.

Saturday, October 12

Ghambar Ayathrem - Zoroastrianism [through Wednesday, October 16]

This festival celebrates the creation of plants, the sowing of winter crops, and herds' return from pasture. 
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

  • Donald Houts, 91, of Savoy, IL died on September 29, 2019 at Willowbrook Memory Care of Savoy surrounded by his family. David  was an ACPE Educator Emeritus and former president of the AAPC.  If you wish to make a donation in the Rev. Dr. Houts' memory, the family suggests a contribution to the Wesley Memorial Fund, the Wesley Food Pantry or Transitions Hospice.
  • Clyde Mortimer Watson Jr., 92, of Charlottesville, Va., passed away peacefully at Our Lady of Peace Retirement Community on September 22, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville.
  • Alice McLaughlin, former Clinical Pastoral Educator (CPE) has died on September 23. Alice was a lifelong learner, dedicated teacher and force of nature who fought for social justice. She passed away in Horseheads, NY., surrounded by loving family. Contributions in Alice's memory may be made All Saints Academy, 158 State St., Corning, NY. 14830, where she was a volunteer.
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
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
Director Pastoral Care Baptist Health South Florida
Palm Beach County, FL
Faculty of the CPE Residency Program
Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston, TX 9/13/19
ACPE Educator
Morristown Medical Center
Morristown, NJ 9/13/19
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 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 & Summer Internship Mayo Clinic Hospital Rochester, MN 9/13/19
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

San Diego, CA
October 11-12, 2019
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
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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.