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September 14, 2020
A Crowded Table Theology
Katherine Higgins
The table is at the center of my home and my theology of spiritual care and education.  At the table, we are seen, met, fed, nourished.  Our whole selves are welcomed, and though we may prepare ourselves, we are never really prepared.  We participate and share, and we are transformed.  We move in with others and then back out into the world again, a rhythm of spiritual practice that holds both the inward, sheltering movements, and the outward, engaging movements as sacred practices.  The table is both ordinary and miraculous.

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After almost 25 years, ACPE upgraded its database. On August 5th, ACPE launched Nimble AMS built on Salesforce. In conjunction with the launch of the new database, ACPE also introduced a new website (a necessary move because the website is built on the database). You can still find us at Check out our new look! 

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Our country once again finds itself at a painful inflection point in its ongoing struggle with the legacy of slavery and racial prejudice. The pains and fears of this historical moment come into the consulting room through the lives of clients and therapists alike. For therapists working at the intersection of spirituality and psychology, the healing of individuals and the healing of society form twin goals that do not always mesh easily.

In this event a diverse and accomplished panel of psychotherapists present their own experiences and hard-earned wisdom on the challenges of offering psychotherapy that promotes racial healing. 3 NBCC CE Credits Available

Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Sheila McNeill-Lee and Charlie Kessler at the 2017 Annual Conference.

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
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.

Racial bias in policing and racialized health disparities laid bare by COVID-19 are just two of the global phenomena we are all facing, with local impacts. We in ACPE are uniquely situated to surface and share our local resources across a worldwide network of care providers and spiritual care educators. What can you bring to the virtual table?

Workshops for the 2021 ACPE Annual Conference should engage ACPE's core values and ethos for spiritual care education while addressing bias(es) as they impact our educational settings and the locations where we provide spiritual care and counseling. Particular consideration given to persons developing liberative and resistant knowledge projects. Innovative, tried and true, and research based presentations are welcome. All workshops and workshop resources will need to be formatted for delivery online. Possibilities include virtual "posters," recorded Zoom webinars, facilitators' guides for experiential education - how are you delivering creative and innovative educational experiences?

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Cecilia Walker
Our new Certification process began in January 2018. Since its inception, we have welcomed over 100 CECs into the process. We have celebrated the certification of our first aspirants to complete the new process and many more have completed Phase I and are making their way through Phase II.

In our ongoing oversight of the process and to best support centers in their work, the Certification Commission is soliciting successful practices from centers that have helped their CECs succeed and thrive in the Certification process. The Commission will review all submissions and in addition to sharing them with the larger ACPE community in this forum, will also create a CEC Resources Page in SharePoint to share these practices and additional resources. Having a repository of successful practices and resources for Certified Educator Candidates is of prime importance to the Certification Commission. We hope to gather successful, workable, and a nice variety of practices that will help Educators and CECs stay connected during the Certification Process.

What successful practices have you developed that might be helpful to your colleagues?

Please share with us by sending them to Marc Medwed, ACPE Associate Executive Director, at If you share your practice with us, please include your contact information so that we can follow up with questions if needed. Thank you for being an important part of developing ACPE's certification process and our new Certified Educators!

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As the Commission has started reviewing center portfolios, we are in need a few more Certified Educators who are interested in training to be portfolio reviewers.  We will offer training sessions throughout the month of September. Click here to sign up!
Among the many benefits of serving as a portfolio reviewer include the ability to engage with your colleagues around the great work that is going on throughout the association and in individual centers.

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Register for the Gathering of Spiritually Integrated Practitioners Conference
Gregory Ellison
During this time of radical transition and heightened uncertainties, we feel especially called to maintain our connections and offer our annual workshops, training, and support. We invite you to join us as we come together October 16 to October 18 for learning, relating, and moving forward together into this new frontier. 

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 and the History of Racism in Healthcare
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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
Every educator knows something of the deep truth of this poem:
by Wendell Berry

I go by a field where once
I cultivated a few poor crops.
It is now covered with young trees,
for the forest that belongs here
has come back and reclaimed its own.
And I think of all the effort
I have wasted and all the time,
and of how much joy I took
in that failed work and how much
it taught me. For in so failing
I learned something of my place,
something of myself, and now
I welcome back the trees.

"IX" by Wendell Berry, from Leavings. © Counterpoint Press, 2010.
If you're feeling a little stuck in a very small space, this video might offer some perspective:

Ethan Cutrone
Ethan Cutrone took a summer intensive unit of CPE under the supervision of Dr. Jacob George. This past summer he was at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest in Waco, Texas. Ethan is studying at SMU Perkins. Read his reflection, "What is Clinical Pastoral Education?"

September 18
Adhik Maas (Hinduism)
Adhik Maas is an extra month (September 18 - October 16) in the Hindu calendar that is inserted to keep the lunar and solar calendars aligned. Seasons are based on solar months. Lunar year has 354 days and solar year has 365 days. There is a difference of 11 days between these two years. Therefore, to reconcile the difference and account for both lunar and solar years, a month (Adhik Maas) is added after approximately 32 ½ months.

September 19-20
Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)
Beginning of the Jewish New Year and first of the High Holy Days, which marks the beginning of a ten-day period of penitence and spiritual renewal.
Visit the ACPE website for more dates and information. 
CoP Highlights
Event Name & RegistrationDates
Spiritually Integrated PractitionersThe Gathering of Spiritually Integrated Practitioners October 16-18, 2020

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

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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
Career Opportunities

LocationPosting Date
Faculty Appointment in Pastoral Counseling, Care & TheologyColumbia Theological SeminaryDecatur, GA9/11/20
Clinical Pastoral Education SpecialistUNC HealthcareRaleigh, NC8/28/20
Manager of Religious ServicesDeaconess HospitalEvansville, IN8/28/20
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
Certified EducatorUrban CPE ConsortiumChicago, IL8/14/20
Chaplain EducatorPenn State HealthHershey, PA7/24/20

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
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
2020-2021 CPE ResidencyBaptist Health SystemSan Antonio. TX8/28/20
2021-2022 CPE ResidencyCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterCincinnati, OH8/28/20
CPE ResidencySelf Regional CareGreenwood, SC8/28/20
CPE ResidencyVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashville, TN8/14/20
CPE ResidencyCone HealthBurlington, NC8/14/20
CPE ResidencyCovenant HealthCareSaginaw, MI6/26/20
1st & 2nd Year Residencies
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH

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

September 16, 2020
September 25 - 27, 2020
OnlineSeptember 30, 2020
2020 Fall Chaplain SymposiumOnlineOctober 22, 2020
Evolution of PsychotherapyAnaheim, CA
December 9 - 13, 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.