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September 8, 2020
Melissa Walker-Luckett
I don't know for certain, and yet, I imagine you are as "done with" Coronavirus and COVID-19 as I am. So many processes have been altered in order to continue doing business or some businesses are down completely. I still do my own grocery shopping (with mask on and hand sanitizer readily available) but have friends and family members who haven't been into their local supermarket in weeks. Taking my temperature every morning and answering a litany of questions on an app and having my temperature checked again upon entering the hospital have become routine. Even wearing a mask everywhere has become less cumbersome and annoying, thanks in part to the few days of temperatures less than 100 degrees. And, while my city has had seven weeks of declining average new case rates, I am certain we are not near the end of this experience. Schools are starting soon and learning for us all is moving at the speed of the internet.

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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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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:

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Register Today: The Gathering of Spiritually Integrated Practitioners 
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.

The 2020 Boissy Webinar Recording is Now Available 
Adrienne Boissy
In August 2020, the "Partners for Professional Excellence in Spiritual Care" hosted a free webinar for members of the respective Associations. The webinar was recorded and will be available for viewing through December 31, 2020.

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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 Jeffery Silberman, Paul Steinke and Jan McCormick at the 2016 annual conference in Denver.

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
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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Quarterly Accreditation Billing
Due to the implementation of ACPE's new database, the quarterly billing for accreditation fees for the second quarter (4/1/2020 to 6/30/2020) was delayed. Second quarter accreditation fee invoices were sent last week. Third quarter billing will resume as regularly scheduled in October.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we improve our systems to better serve you. If you questions about the quarterly billing, please send them to
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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The Luce COVID-19 Microgrants are an opportunity for ACPE programs that meet the criteria to apply for funds to support responses to the Covid pandemic. Deadline: September 11, 2020

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
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.

Based on feedback, the 8:46 series is pausing delivery of new content briefly, to allow for absorption of the content already delivered, and to make a little breathing space for those of us orienting fall students.
Subsequent episodes will drop on a roughly every-other-week schedule. Stay tuned!
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Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
Those first few weeks of CPE are often a time of disorientation, even as people are "oriented" to their new positions. Assumptions and expectations bump into one another even as new colleagues work to learn their context, their colleagues, their roles, and themselves. This lovely poem from Laura Foley invites gratitude within these moments, especially for the love that forms and informs each of us for this beautiful work:
The Once Invisible Garden 
by Laura Foley
How did I come to be
this particular version of me,
and not some other, this morning
of purple delphiniums blooming,
like royalty-destined
to meet these three dogs
asleep at my feet, and not others-
this soft summer morning,
sitting on her screened porch
become ours, our wind chime,
singing of wind and time,
yellow-white digitalis
feeding bees and filling me-
and more abundance to come:
basil, tomatoes, zucchini.
What luck or fate, instinct,
or grace brought me here?-
in shade, beneath hidden stars,
a soft, summer morning,
seeing with my whole being,
love made visible.
The images in the news are so intense, so painful, so lacking in hope. The people in Xolobeni, South Africa have no electricity. They have no running water. With no means of transportation, they are seen by some as beyond the reaches of hope. And yet, if you ask Siya about his community, he would tell you his home is almost like heaven. Enjoy:

September 7
Feast day 'Izzat (Baha'i)
The Baha'i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. 'Izzat is the Arabic word for might. 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.
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
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 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

License to Heal
September 11, 2020
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.