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September 2, 2019
Amy Greene
Amy GreeneBoard Chair
With the ongoing conversations between ACPE and our Strategic Partners, I felt it would be a good time to highlight a CPE student (at random from the 15 who are taking CPE at the Cleveland Clinic this summer) who is not planning on becoming a chaplain. I think it important to remember, since so many of our programs offer many more initial units than residency units, that we cannot force every CPE student into that mold. There's an ongoing discussion of whether or not CPE prepares people well enough to become Board Certified Chaplains, and I've said multiple times that it is not completely adequate, nor should it be.

SharePoint Upgrades Begin Friday
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During the downtime, September 6 - 13, 2019, members will not be able to access certified educator portfolios, educator candidate portfolios, or accredited center portfolios. Other portions of ACPE's SharePoint, such as Yammer and email, will still be available. If you are preparing for a peer review, certification committee appearance or assessment review, or accreditation review, please make the appropriate arrangements.

Service Awards Nominations: 
Deadline Extended to September 15!
The 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.

The deadline to submit a nomination is September 15, 2019. Awardees will be honored at the annual conference in May 2020. Please send your feedback to Jasmine Okafor, ACPE Development Specialist.
Join the Anton Boisen Legacy Society
You can make a significant gift to the Foundation for ACPE that costs you nothing now, and will keep on giving for years to come. Your gift can also memorialize a loved one. Here's how:

A gift in your will is one way you can secure your estate and create an impactful legacy with ACPE. A gift in your will has many advantages:
  • Simplicity:  Just a few sentences in your will.
  • Flexibility:  You can change your mind at any time.
  • Versatility:  You can give a specific amount, item or a percentage of your estate.
  • Tax Benefits: Your estate may be entitled to an unlimited estate tax charitable deduction for gifts to qualified organizations like the Foundation for ACPE.
Support ACPE on Your Birthday!
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Did you know Facebook allows you to raise money for your favorite charity on your birthday? We invite you to support ACPE with a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser! Two weeks before your birthday, Facebook users will receive a prompt asking if you want to dedicate your birthday to a special cause. Simply select "Foundation for Clinical Pastoral Education" as your charity. Then, you can begin to ask your Facebook friends in a fun way to support ACPE through a gift that changes lives through quality spiritual care education.

Please be sure to let us know if you decide to do a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser, so that we can be on the lookout for the gift! For questions, contact Jasmine T. Okafor , ACPE Development Specialist. 
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Barbara Derrickson, Gene Robinson, and Paul Derrickson at a conference in 1990.

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
Vicarious Trauma: A Descriptive Case Study of Pastoral Counselor Experiences 
Lisa Battle is a  student member of the ACPE and a  doctoral student at Grand Canyon University. She is looking  for participants who may be interested in her study.   The title of her research is Vicarious Trauma: A Descriptive Case Study of Pastoral Counselor Ex periences.  Your participation in this study can promote awareness and understanding of vicarious trauma in spiritual and pastoral counseling.

Interim Psychotherapy Commission: Communities of Practice
A Structure for Professional Growth

Joann Heaney-Hunter
Psychotherapy Chair
One important ACPE member benefit is access to Communities of Practice. Former AAPC members are familiar with a regional structure, where geographic groups gathered periodically for information sharing, community building, and learning. Some regions sponsored events several times throughout the year; some regions had one conference. What bound groups together was common geography.

At the ACPE Conference in May, I discovered that until recently, ACPE members had a similar regional structure. Like AAPC members, ACPE members gathered locally to share community and learning. Now, all members are working to develop and participate in diverse Communities of Practice.

Accreditation Commission: How do I organize my portfolio?
Pam Lazor
Accreditation Chair
As summer winds down, many of us are gearing up for new residents and our fall units. It has been great to see so many colleagues participating our Q & A sessions about the new accreditation process. If you have not yet participated or wish to sign up for another session, please click here.

One of the most frequently asked questions that we have received is, "How do I organize my portfolio?" The answer is that there are many ways to do this and there is not one 'right way' that the Accreditation Commission wants to see. The organizational structure that you choose should be one that allows you, as the educator, to best tell your center's story. To help you get started..

ACPE Begins Quarterly Billing for Student Unit Fees in 2020
Linda Wilkerson
Linda Wilkerson
Many of you are deep into teaching a summer unit of CPE and are thinking about how to assist your students to bring this rich learning experience to a close. Budgeting and payments to ACPE for the opportunity to conduct those units may be the farthest thing from your mind. However, I have good news that was first shared at this past May's annual ACPE Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Coming under the heading of "we heard you," in calendar year 2020 we will begin billing centers quarterly for the number of units actually conducted.

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New Accreditation Process: Sign-up for Q&A Sessions

I hope that everyone's summer is off to a great start!  As we are continuing our preparation for the new process, we are excited to publish the sign-up information for small group Q & A sessions that will being on June 11 and will continue throughout the rest of the year as long as needed.  These sessions are the opportunity  to ask everything you always wanted to know about the new process and building your center's accreditation portfolio.

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
As we take time to celebrate Labor Day, may we also pause to think about why we labor. What do we hope for from our work? What is enough? What do we think we need, and what wants overwhelm us? This poem captures some of this in ways that might also invite conversation and exploration:
A World of Want
by Tina Schuman

You think your life will go on
like this forever-weekly trips
to the garbage bin, untangling
the green snake of hose between the ferns
and the delphiniums, the coral bells
leaning their long necks
against the back fence.
Today, as I watched the carousel
of cars turn one by one through
the intersection and onto the freeway
I tried to imagine each life.
Not so much where they were
going, but what they were made of:
wounds, illusions, desires, deceits...
Through all of this a preoccupation
with the next perceived need floats-up
like thought bubbles inside my head:
Coffee, Cheetos, sex, a new blouse, a larger house,
a desk fan, appreciation from that one specific person,
the phones chirp, the trip to France.
If I could quiet this conga-line of cravings
what lingering longings would I lament?
What radiant unattached insights
would I muster? Who would I be
without my constant yearnings?
It's a world of want. You get the idea.
"A World of Want" by Tina Schuman from Praising the Paradox. © Red Hen Press, 2019.
While we don't do much with Instagram at ACPE, we do place a high value on those things that help broaden and awaken our perspective. When astronauts first left our atmosphere, they described something now known as "the overview effect," i.e. the experience of seeing the curvature of the earth as well as objects on the earth from space. There's much more to this account, but if nothing else take a look at these beautiful photos:

This Week from the Members
Peter Jonescu
MDiv Candidate
Peter Jonescu is a second year MDiv student at Princeton Theological Seminary. He completed his first unit of CPE at the VA of North Texas in Dallas, TX. This short story was written as a final reflection for his unit of CPE where he reflected on "What is Pastoral Care" from his experience during the summer unit. 
Read his short story, " Just a Little Something," from his experience during the summer unit.
Monday, September 2
*Ganesh Chaturthi - Hinduism
A festival celebrating the birth of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god and son of Shiva and Parvati who removes obstacles and brings luck.

Tuesday, September 3
*Das Laxanä Parva [Daslakshan Parva] begins - Jainism
The Festival of the Ten Virtues, celebrated over ten days by the Digambara Jains, helps believers to recall and practice forgiveness, tenderness or humility, honesty, contentment or purity, truth, self-restraint, austerities, charity, celibacy, and non-attachment.   

Sunday, September 8
*'Izzat - Bahá'í 
The beginning of the tenth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "might."
*Nativity of the Mother of God [Theotokos] or Birth of the Blessed Virgin - Christianity  
This festival celebrates the birth of Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth.  In Eastern Orthodox churches she is known by the honorific of Theotokos.

Monday, September 9
*'Āshurā' - Islam
Sunni Muslims celebrate this day as the anniversary of Noah's departure from the Ark on Mount Ararat and the freedom of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage.  Shi'a Muslims mark this date as the anniversary of the martyrdom of Husayn, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, in 680 C.E.
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: 

East Central CoP 2019 Fall Gathering Dayton, OH September 19-20, 2019
Richmond, VA September 22-23, 2019
Appalachian CoP Fall Retreat Hendersonville, NC September 26-27, 2019
Central States Consortia Fall Meeting
Kansas City, MO
October 17-18, 2019
Kanuga Fall Conference
*Conference Retreat Reservations will open September 9
Hendersonville, NC October 25-27, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, WI October 27-29,2019
Pacific CoP Educational Colloquium San Diego, CA October 28-30, 2019

No news reported this week.
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This Week's Career Opportunities & Residency/CEC Openings
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Other Happenings This Week

Berkeley, CA September 21-23, 2019
Berkeley, CA September 24-25, 2019
Updates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Intensive Physician Board Review Houston, Texas September 24-26,2019
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

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