Events Calendar

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7004. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ACPE is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Member Price

$see below

Non-Member Price

$see below

Plenary Sessions

Featuring Dr. Gregory Ellison

Topic: Working Your Working Paper: Care-Full Reflections on Vocation, Value, Voice, and Vision

In a handful of paragraphs and three unpublished sermons, Howard Thurman details the characteristics of the working paper—a living document that is guided by an audacious goal, governs daily practice, and is rooted in a deep commitment to God.  This highly interactive three-part workshop will engage head and heart, welcome fearless dialogue, and challenge caregiving leaders to critically analyze vocation, value, voice, and visions for the unfolding future.

  • Session 1: Vocation and Value(s), Beyond the Mule’s Path: Howard Thurman’s Working Paper Introduced
  • Session 2: Voice, Not for Rent: Freedom Papers for the Trained Mind
  • Session 3: Vision, The Fellowship of Shade Trees: Love, Proximity and the Courage to be Free 

Workshop Speakers and Topics

  • Rosalind Stanley,  Healing of the Soul For African Americans
  • Carol McGinnis, Virtual World Psychospiritual Interventions: Counseling Xbox "First Person Shooter" Videogamers
  • Ryan Noel Fraser, “The Cloud of Witnesses”: An Imaginal Audience for Personal Narratives of Travail and Triumph
  • Jaye Peabody & CaTrice Glenn, The Joys & Struggles of the Spiritually Integrated  Bi-vocational Practitioners
  • Paula Swinde, Understanding the Basics of Religious Abuse
  • Shama Panjwani, Meditation & Mindfulness Practices in Counseling
  • David Thornton, Spiritual Abuse and Healing - Clinical Insights and Ethical Response
  • Karen and Travis Webster,  Moving Together Towards Greater Health for Seminarians and Clergy
  • Jack Evert, Spiritual Care and Art: How Metaphors Bring Them Together.
  • Pauline Doty, Experiential Workshop: Telling a “Better Story” -- Presence in the Midst of Suffering
  • Ronald McDonald, Passing the Torch: What Do the Old Need from the Young? and the Young Need from the Old?
  • David Harris, Making Friends with AI: Practical Applications & Considerations & Our Ethical Mandate (2 CEs, Ethics)


Draft Schedule

(all times in Eastern Time Zone)

Friday, October 20, 2023

  • Workshop Series I: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Workshop Series II: 3:15pm - 4:45pm
  • Opening Reception: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Plenary Session 1: 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

Saturday, October 21, 2023 

  • Workshop Series III: 9:00am - 10:30am
  • Plenary Session 2: 10:45am - 12:00pm 
  • Lunch 12:15pm - 1:30pm
  • Workshop Series IV: 1:45pm - 3:15pm
  • Plenary Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:30pm 
  • Toast & Jam: 7:30pm - 

Sunday, October 22, 2023

  • Breakfast & Workshop 8:30am - 10:30am 


Conference Registration Fees

Full registration includes all workshops, lunches, and snacks on Friday and Saturday.

A Day Pass includes sessions and lunch and snacks on one day.

Streaming Pass includes access to the 3 Plenary sessions with Dr. Gregory Ellison.

Sunday Breakfast and CE is not included with any package and can be added to any registration type.  

Non-member, Full Registration$330
Member, Full Registration$270
Student/Retired Member, Full Registration$150
Non-member, Day Pass$165
Member, Day Pass$135
Streaming only$100
Sunday Breakfast and CE (optional add-on)$35

Event Accommodations

The Fall 2023 Gathering of Spiritually Integrated Practitioners is being held in the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. We have reserved rooms for conference attendees, and you must use this link to access those rooms.

Click here to reserve a room at the Emory Conference Center Hotel.

Cancellations and Refunds

Registrants for this event may cancel their registration up to 24 hours before the event begins. There is a $50 cancellation fee.


Continuing Education Credits

Upon completion of requirements, NBCC and GAMFT continuing education certificates for workshops and plenary sessions will be provided at no additional charge. 

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) credit hours are available in keeping with NBCC requirements.  Attendees must complete the Contact Hours and Program Evaluation form following the event in order to receive their certificate. 

ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7004. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. ACPE is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


GAMFT credit hours are available in keeping with GAMFT requirements. 



Who Should Attend


Contact Information

Rachel Starmer


  • photo of Gregory Ellison smiling and looking at the camera

    Dr. Gregory Ellison

    Professor of Theology

    Candler School of Theology

    The Rev. Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II joined the Candler faculty in 2009. His teaching draws primarily from his work with the organization he founded called Fearless Dialogues, a non-profit organization that creates unique spaces for unlikely partners to have hard, heartfelt conversations on taboo subjects like racism, classism, and community violence. 

    Ellison’s research focuses on caring with marginalized populations, pastoral care as social activism, and 20th and 21st century mysticism. He is the author of Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men, and Fearless Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice and has one book in progress with Westminster John Knox Press—Anchored in the Current: The Eternal Wisdom of Howard Thurman in a Changing World.