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September 23, 2019
Rhonda Daniels
Annual Campaign Chair
For over a decade, I have benefited from the transformative, experiential education that is Clinical Pastoral Education. CPE has afforded me the opportunity to serve as an ACPE Certified Educator at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA. I have seen CPE improve the spiritual health of people and communities, beginning with me.
As a wife, mother, and grandmother, I give to the Foundation for ACPE because I am committed to educating professional chaplains, community spiritual leaders, and lay-leaders to serve our hurting world. My giving affords support for students to continue their vocational journeys through the Boisen Scholars Program, as well as expanding the reach of ACPE through the Innovative Program Awards.
Supporting ACPE makes me feel like I am a part of an ALIVE experience - a movement to make the world a better place. Will you join me?
You can help your Community of Practice win the 2019 Friendly Giving Competition! The CoPs with the highest giving participation will win support towards their 2020 budgets!
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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.

Upper Midwest Encore Careers CoP met on September 9, 2019

The Upper Midwest Encore Careers CoP met on September 9, 2019. The Minnesota contingent had a delightful and significant time of interpersonal sharing of their current life stories.
Participants: Dick Sellers, Nancy Wigdahl, Clyde Burmeister, Janet Labrecque, Allen Dundek, Dale Stuepfert, Roger Ring, Dan Duggan, Diane Greve, Scott Hinrichs. Not pictured: Verlyn Hemmen, photographer.
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.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo was taken at the Women's Luncheon at the 1989 annual conference in Houston, TX. Front table from left to right: Wilma Reichard, Denise Haines, Jo Clare Wilson, Agnes Barry, Joan Hemenway, Frances McWilliams, unknown, and Nancy Chambers.
Back table: Martha Wright, Miriam Needham.

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In Case You Missed It
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we awaited the opening of reservations for the upcoming Kanuga Fall 2019 Conference.  Lodging reservations are now being accepted by using this link. Do note that the only way to reserve your guest accommodations is via this link. Kanuga cannot accept a lodging request via email, phone or other means.

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.

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.

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. 
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. 

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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
I overheard a rabbi recently say that we are entering what she thinks of as "marathon season," a time of back-to-back-to-back Jewish holidays, including the highest of holy days and the flood of family and friends. It is also the beginning of autumn this week, though in the southeast we have yet to feel anything like an autumn breeze. Marge Piercy offers a lovely reflection on this time of year, one that invites introspection in the spirit of the holy days:
The late year
by Marge Piercy
I like Rosh Hashonah late,
when the leaves are half burnt
umber and scarlet, when sunset
marks the horizon with slow fire
and the black silhouettes
of migrating birds perch
on the wires davening.
I like Rosh Hashonah late
when all living are counting
their days toward death
or sleep or the putting by
of what will sustain them-
when the cold whose tendrils
translucent as a jellyfish
and with a hidden sting
just brush our faces
at twilight. The threat
of frost, a premonition
a warning, a whisper
whose words we cannot
yet decipher but will.
I repent better in the waning
season when the blood
runs swiftly and all creatures
look keenly about them
for quickening danger.
Then I study the rockface
of my life, its granite pitted
and pocked and pickaxed
eroded, discolored by sun
and wind and rain-
my rock emerging
from the veil of greenery
to be mapped, to be
examined, to be judged.

While many will go deep with faithful celebrations, others will mourn the loss of "Friends" on Netflix. "Friends" first aired on September 22, 1994 and ran for ten seasons. For those who want to say goodbye with a fitting tribute, this YouTube artist took the theme song and set it in a minor key. For what it's worth: "Friends" theme song.
Brian Fox Summer CPE Intern
Deacon Brian Fox, Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey was Summer 2019 CPE Intern at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, San Antonio, TX. He wrote this poem following an on-call night with simultaneous calls for the deaths of a long-time NICU baby and of a man who recently reunited with his family after years of estrangement.

Read Brian Fox's poem, On Call.
Monday, September 23
Shuki-sorei-sai - Shinto
A memorial service similar to the March equinox service (Shunki-sorei-sai), this day is marked by the cleaning and purification of gravesites and the reverence of ancestors as kami, or divine spirits.

*Ohigon - Buddhism

A celebration of the equinox that is of particular importance to Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan Buddhists.  During this festival, the six Paramitas [virtues] are emphasized: generosity, morality, wisdom, honesty, endeavor, and patience. 

*Autumn Feast - Native American spirituality

A day to honor the harvest end and the coming and going of the seasons, including prayers, songs, and the telling of tribal stories. 

*Mabon [Harvest Home] - Wicca

Marking the second or continuing harvest, this festival celebrates life's encapsulation as a seed to survive the cold winter, as well as the Harvest of the Vine, which symbolizes the divine power to transform the nectar of youth into the wine of elders' wisdom and spiritual maturity.

Thursday, September 27
*Mashí'yyat - Bahá'í 
The beginning of the eleventh month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "will."

Saturday, September 28
*Birth of Confucius - Confucianism
The birthday of the philosopher Confucius [K'ung-tzu] in 551 B.C.E. in the Chinese state of Lu, known today as Shandong Province.

Sunday, September 29
*Rosh Hashanah begins - Judaism
Beginning at sundown is New Year's Day for the year 5780 and the anniversary of the creation of the world.  Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah with the blowing of the shofar (ram's horn) and apples and honey, marking it as the first of the Ten Days of Awe [or Repentance].  

*St. Michael and All Angels - Christianity
A celebration of the archangel Michael and all angels (from the Greek angelos, "divine messenger") mentioned in the Bible.

*Navaratra or Navaratri Dusserha - Hinduism  
The beginning of a nine-day festival of the divine mother, honoring Shiva's wife Durga and seeking her blessings.  It is also observed as a celebration recalling the days of Lord Krishna.  Fasting and prayer are practiced.
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: 

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 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

  • No news reported this week.
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
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 & Manager Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Newport Beach, CA 9/6/19
ACPE Educator Wesley Medical Center Wichita, KS 9/6/19
Director, Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy Services
Indiana University Health Indianapolis, IN 9/6/19
ACPE Educator Ascension Seton Austin, TX 9/6/19
Spiritual/Pastoral Care Minister (Chaplain)
St. Joseph Villa
Buffalo, NY

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
2020 Residency
University of Louisville Hospital
Louisville, KY 9/20/19
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 2019-2020 
Kettering Health Network
Dayton Area, OH
1st & 2nd Year Residencies Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH 4/17/19
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

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

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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.