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September 28, 2020
We would like to extend an apology for misspelling Rosh Hashanah in last week's newsletter
The Foundation for ACPE Innovative Program Awards in collaboration with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab is pleased to offer one of the funding opportunitiesFunded by gifts to the Sowing Seeds for Our Holy Work Annual Campaign, Innovative Program Awards provide funding support for projects that extend CPE and spiritual care education into new contexts. As the Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to ACPE members and programs, the Foundation for ACPE will partner with the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab to provide resources to chaplains and ACPE educators who are partnering with an administrator (staff member outside of their chaplaincy departments) at their organizations to extend the work on the frontlines of COVID-19, especially the needs of the most impacted. 

The Foundation for ACPE will contribute an additional $21,000 to the funds generously granted by the Henry Luce Foundation. The Foundation for ACPE funding is designated for projects that align with the stated criteria, and specifically address this need in the contexts of ACPE programs. Projects that address social inequalities around or related to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are strongly encouraged.

The deadline to submit your applications is November 15, 2020

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Informal Consultation for ACPE Educators who work with Educator Candidates
A great suggestion was brought to the Certification Commission by an educator: We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom. The drop-in meeting (no RSVP required) will take place on Mondays, beginning October 5, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm eastern. Come for a little bit or stay the whole time. This is a chance to connect with colleagues and ask questions. Hope you will join us! 

Click here for the link and please save it to your calendar.
The Foundation for ACPE 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 ACPE Educator/Psychotherapist.

The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2021. Awardees will be honored at the annual conference in May 2021.
Submit your nomination today!
If you have any questions, please contact Jasmine Okafor, ACPE Development Specialist.

Submit Nomination
Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy for Racial Justice Webinar this Wednesday 
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.

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.

In May 2019, the ACPE Board of Directors initiated the formation of the Anti-Bias Task Force. This group was formed to lead ACPE's efforts in identifying, exploring, and addressing bias within all aspects of ACPE. Over the past year, the Task Force has been meeting with leaders in the field, conducting research, and designing a survey to seek data and input from our membership.
The Task Force sent a survey via email on September 23, 2020 to every ACPE Certified Educator and Certified Educator Candidate and requests the completion of the survey by October 7, 2020

Thank you for your time with this survey, and your commitment to helping ACPE with the hard work of becoming more just, for all of our educators, learners, and care recipients. Email Marc Medwed with questions.
Your ACPE colleagues need your input! Help us generate a good report to support salaries and positionsACPE is asking all Certified Educators, Certified Educator Candidates, and Spiritual Care Professionals to participate in a salary survey. Data from this survey has proven to be helpful to those seeking positions, those who need data for internal salary structures, and new centers seeking to develop budgets. The more thorough you are in your answers, the more effective the data will be to support our colleagues. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. 

A separate survey for ACPE Psychotherapy and Practitioner members will be released at a later date.

Email Tiffany Kindred with questions or to request the another survey link.
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.

Applications submitted by October 9, 2020 will be given consideration according to relevance to the conference theme, criteria, and the ACPE mission, vision, and values.

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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 Sally Schwab, Terry Izaguirre, John Pumphrey, Jim Daugherty and Deryck Durston at the 2010 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
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.

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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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:

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

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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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
These days are hard, and because of the weight many of us feel we are carrying in our hearts, guts, and minds, it is all too easy to overlook simple moments of joy. This poem offers a lovely reminder to see beyond the moment, to open ourselves to the possibility of joy when it sparks its way even into our mundane moments, perhaps even in aisle 5:
by Paul Hostovsky

Bear with me I
want to tell you
something about
it's hard to get at
but the thing is
I wasn't looking
I was looking
somewhere else
when my son found it
in the fruit section
and came running
holding it out
in his small hands
asking me what
it was and could we
keep it it only
cost 99 cents
hairy and brown
hard as a rock
and something swishing
around inside
and what on earth
and where on earth
and this was happiness
this little ball
of interest beating
inside his chest
this interestedness
beaming out
from his face pleading
and because I wasn't
happy I said
to put it back
because I didn't want it
because we didn't need it
and because he was happy
he started to cry
right there in aisle
five so when we
got home we
put it in the middle
of the kitchen table
and sat on either
side of it and began
to consider how
to get inside of it

"Coconut" by Paul Hostovsky from Bird in the Hand. © Grayson Books. 
Perhaps you're looking for something simple, a place to let your gaze settle for a while because the image is simple. Nothing complex or even challenging, just lovely simple lines and colors. Take a look: 

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.

October 3-9
Sukkot (Judaism)
The week-long "Feast of Booths" commemorates the 40-year wandering of the Israelites in
the desert on the way to the Promised Land.
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. 

  • No news to report
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
Manager of Religious ServicesDeaconess HospitalEvansville, IN8/28/20
Clinical Pastoral Education SpecialistUNC HealthcareRaleigh, NC8/28/20
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

Residency/CEC/CPE Unit Openings


Posting Date
Immediate Residency OpeningGundersen Health SystemLa Crosse, WI9/25/20
CPE Residency Mount Sinai Center for Spirituality and HealthNew York, NY9/25/20
CPE ResidencyMayo Clinic HospitalRochester, MN9/25/20
CPE ResidencyJackson Health SystemMiami, FL9/25/20
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
CPE ResidencySelf Regional CareGreenwood, SC8/28/20
2020-2021 CPE ResidencyBaptist Health SystemSan Antonio. TX8/28/20
2021-2022 CPE ResidencyCincinnati Children's Hospital Medical CenterCincinnati, OH8/28/20

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 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
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.