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September 21, 2020
Trace Haythorn
Last week, I read an article where the author argued that while January 1 may be the beginning of the calendar year, the New Year is really the beginning of September. Of course, our Jewish colleagues have been celebrating that for centuries! This is the time when schools begin, congregational program years begin, many ACPE residencies commence, and American football returns.

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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.

As one of ACPE's efforts to address dynamics of racism and other biases, the Anti-Bias Task Force has created a survey to gather data about the experiences of Educators and CECs in our organization, centers, CPE programs, and work sites.
The results will help inform the creation of our 2021 national conference, as well as the building of anti-bias education for our membership and a review of ACPE policies and procedures.
The survey will be sent out this Wednesday, September 23. Look for it in your email!
Members of the Anti-Bias Task Force are Danielle Buhuro (chair), Tammerie Day, Malu Fairley, Mary Martha Thiel, and Marc Medwed.
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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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.  If you have questions about the process, please contact Katherine Higgins.

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Meet One of the Panelists for the Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy for Racial Justice Webinar
Jessica Young Brown
This webinar features a panel of four distinguished presenters, each uniquely qualified to lead us in learning about how to conduct spiritually integrated psychotherapy that promotes racial justice.

Dr. Jessica Young Brown, is Assistant Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and the Vice-President of the Board of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Theology. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the owner of Choices to Change, LLC, in Richmond, Virginia.

Register today for a stimulating, perspective-widening webinar. This webinar will take place on September 30, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET and includes 3 NBCC CE credits.

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 Don Ledbetter and Biju Chacko at the 2016 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 "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 and the History of Racism in Healthcare
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For your professional ethics edification...
Once a month the 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*. September's statements are:

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
Conflict is inevitable. It occurs throughout our lives, and most of us spend our years growing in our ability to engage it, reflect upon it, and allow it to help shape us into a more whole and authentic self. This poem invites reflection on how conflict teaches from one who knows it well from his own community.
The Pedagogy of Conflict 

When I was a child,
I learnt to lie.
When I was a child
my parents said that sometimes,
lives are protected
by an undetected
light lie of
When I was a child,
I learnt to lie.
Now, I am more than twenty five
and I'm alive
because I've lied
and I am lying still.
it's the only way of living.
When I was a child
I learnt that I could stay alive
by obeying certain
let your anger cool before you
blossom bruises on your brother's shoulder;
always show your manners at the table;
always keep the rules and never question;
never mention certain things to certain people;
never doubt the reasons behind
legitimate aggression;
if you compromise or humanise
you must still even out the score;
and never open up the door.
Never open up the door.
Never, never, never open up the blasted door.
When I was a child,
I learnt that I could stay alive
by obeying certain rules.
Never open up the door.
When I was a child,
I learnt to count to five
one, two, three, four, five.
but these days, I've been counting lives, so I count
one life
one life
one life
one life
one life
because each time
is the first time
that that life
has been taken.
Legitimate Target
has sixteen letters
and one

"The Pedagogy of Conflict" Originally published in Sorry for your Troubles (Canterbury Press, 2013). Copyright © 2013 by Pádraig Ó Tuama. 
If your home is like those of many of us, then snacking has taken on new dimensions during quarantine times. So perhaps it is time to up your game a bit and become familiar with the breadth of snacking opportunities at the Museum of Crisps (and yes, this is real):

Lauren Mason
Lauren Mason is a chaplain serving at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA. She is taking her second unit of CPE through a virtual option with Rev. Dr. Unyong Statwick at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA. She comes from the Seventh-day Adventist tradition and enjoys singing and walking in nature. Lauren wrote a reflection entitled, "I haven't talked about race in years."

September 26
Feast day Mashíyya  (Baha'i)
The Baha'i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. Mashíyya is the Arabic word for will. The word "feast" suggests that a large meal will be served, but that is not necessary for a Bahá'í Feast. The use of the term "feast," in this case, means that the community should enjoy a "spiritual feast" of worship, fellowship and unity - although refreshments are usually available.

September 28
Yom Kippur (Judaism)
The "Day of Atonement" marks the end of the Ten Days of Penitence that began with Rosh Hashanah. A day to ask God for forgiveness for sins and to secure fate. The holiday is observed by fasting from just before sunset until just after nightfall.
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. 

  • ACPE Retired Educator Kenneth Blank died on September 13, 2020. He lived in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife of 42 years, Audrey, and was a father and grandfather. A Celebration of Life will be streamed on Monday, September 21, 2-3 PM (CT), by the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond, Oklahoma
  • ACPE Friend Vernon Kuehn died in Westland, Michigan on December 14th, 2019 at the age of 90. Vernon was born in Evanston, Illinois on December 25th, 1928. He married Janice Carter on May 24, 1952 and celebrated 62 years together until she passed away in March 2015. 
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
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
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

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 25 - 27, 2020
September 29, 2020
OnlineSeptember 30, 2020
OnlineOctober 13, 2020
2020 Fall Chaplain SymposiumOnlineOctober 22, 2020
OnlineOctober 27, 2020
OnlineNovember 10, 2020
OnlineNovember 19, 2020
OnlineDecember 8, 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
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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.