• The George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health (GWish) Turns 20 and Honors Trace Haythorn with the GWish Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Spiritual Care!

    Sep 24, 2021

    Since 2001, The George Washington University Institute for Spirituality & Health (GWish) has been dedicated to creating a new model of global healthcare that recognizes spiritual health as an essential domain of patient-centered care. “Too often, healthcare systems fail to recognize the value of chaplains as critical to optimally addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient,” says GWish Founder and Executive Director Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM. “From day one, GWish has worked closely with chaplains, fostering collaboration and partnership between chaplains and the clinical team. Unequivocally, without a chaplain involved, the healthcare team is incomplete.”

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    Sep 15, 2021

    Summer 2004 I was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). I remember that time as a time of celebration, awe, and inspiration. I felt overwhelmed in many ways. It was a sacred time in which I experienced the amazing support of my family, friends, and church community. I know that a lot of meaningful and loving words were said that day. However, I only remember one thing, one statement made by my pastor and mentor, the person who preached that Pentecost Sunday afternoon… Miguel, he said, “Don’t take yourself too seriously.” Frank’s statement caught me off guard and I wasn’t sure what he meant. Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons it is the only thing I remember from all the wonderful things that were said that day… Thank goodness for CPE that has helped me see and understand more of what I needed and still need to hear from those words!

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    Navigating the Cracks in our Mutual, Rapidly Changing Path

    Sep 15, 2021

    Last week, I went for a run early one morning. I’ve been running this route for almost 14 years, and I feel like I can almost complete the run with my eyes closed. Of course, it is when we get too comfortable that we can trip – figuratively and literally. With all of the rain we’ve had in our area, the sidewalk had buckled, creating a new crack, and I didn’t see it. Ouch.

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    Thinking Creatively to Provide Sustenance

    Sep 13, 2021

    As a very part-time contract worker in a local community hospital, I was surprised when I walked into the hospital last week and discovered a new wall had gone up blocking half of the hospital lobby. It turns out that “extra” lobby space had been partitioned off to make room for 12 additional ED beds. Having been present over the summer for the rising COVID hospitalization rates, the growing stress on staff and resources, and the regular ED diversions, this new wall was not altogether surprising. But it was nevertheless a visual jolt. It was a reminder of the gravity of the current situation, and of the resourcefulness and ingenuity that has marked much of the last year and a half.

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    For your professional ethics edification in September

    Sep 8, 2021

    Once a month the ACPE 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

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    I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful For

    Sep 3, 2021

    I find it difficult to believe September has already arrived. The relentless pandemic stifled our optimism for a relaxing summer more than the intense heat. Unfortunately, COVID has continued to consume much of our energy and attention this year. As autumn approaches, I pray for a reprieve from the pandemic and scorching temperatures. We have risen to unfathomable challenges over the last 18 months to continue caring for our patients, staff, and students. Like you, ACPE had adapted and continued its work to provide and advocate for professional spiritual care and education. I am proud of the work we have accomplished during these trying times.

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    Implementation Workgroup Election Results

    Aug 30, 2021

    After two weeks, the polls closed on August 25th for the election of ACPE’s representatives to the Implementation Workgroup. I am grateful to 654 members who took the time to consider the ballot and vote. Out of 1714 eligible voters, we achieved about a 38% participation rate which is consistent with our voter turnout the last couple of elections.

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    ACPE and APC will host the 2022 Joint Annual Conference virtually

    Aug 27, 2021

    While scouting locations and reviewing hotel contract proposals for the Joint 2022 Annual Conference with APC, the joint planning committee grew concerned about the safety, cost, and logistics of hosting an in-person event this spring. With a deep sense of sadness, the committee recommended to the board that we host the 2022 Joint Annual Conference virtually.

  • Born of the Cracks

    Aug 26, 2021

    For my unit project during the last unit of CPE in my residency, I engaged in one of the most healing pieces of writing I have ever produced. To further integrate my past trauma, I wrote a series of short thank you letters. These letters were written to people who influenced me and shaped me in both positive and negative ways during past seasons of my life, including my younger self at different ages. Finally, when I finished the letters for a season, I wrote a poem to creatively reframe that period of my life. Born of the Cracks was inspired by my experiences between the ages of sixteen to nineteen when I was deeply broken, beginning to see the possibility of healing, and trying to make sense of traumas both new and old.

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    ACPE Annual Elections happening this Fall

    Aug 25, 2021

    The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) would like to share the open positions for ACPE’s annual elections.

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    Foundation for ACPE Grants Cycle is Now Open!

    Aug 20, 2021

    The 2021 Foundation for ACPE Grants Cycle is now open! Interested applicants are invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry for an Innovative Program Award or MAP Fund Award.

  • Another Summer Unit Ends…

    Aug 18, 2021

    Natalia A. Shulgina is an Educator Candidate at UNC Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC. She is an ordained elder in the Russia United Methodist Church and a Lay Cistercian oblate at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, KY. Natalia holds a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, with special concentration in pastoral care, practical theology, and monastic spirituality. She can be reached at

  • 2020 Year in Review

    Aug 17, 2021

    Take a look at ACPE's 2020 Year in Review

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    ACPE Annual Elections

    Aug 9, 2021

    Over the past several days, I’ve spoken with several educators who are writing final evaluations, scrambling to fill one more residency spot, or wondering when they can find time for a vacation in the coming weeks. I’ve heard counselors and psychotherapists wonder if the intensity of client’s experiences will diminish any time soon as the anxiety about the COVID-19 Delta variant increases concerns across the world. School has already started in many places, and parents and friends are wondering if masking and vaccinations will be enough to avoid another pivot to online learning. Y’all – the times are just plain hard.

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    I am #ACPEproud

    Aug 6, 2021

    Last week was a bright spot amid challenging times. We celebrated #ACPEproud week, honoring the work of our colleagues across the country, celebrating accomplishments and transitions, and remembering those who have died. Though we could not gather in person, in our usual ways, a series of videos and a social media campaign gave many of us the opportunity to recognize and give thanks for our colleagues in ACPE.

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    A New Day Dawns

    Aug 5, 2021

    A reflection and celebration of the official gathering of the AAPI Community of Practice.

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    As Busy as a Summer Bee

    Aug 2, 2021

    The summer has flown by quickly. For many of us, we will soon be saying goodbye to our Summer CPE Group, our Residents soon after, and then welcoming new folk to fill their shoes. I think of the summer intensive unit as filled with the longest days, while the weeks seem to whizz by in the commotion.

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    For your professional ethics edification in August

    Jul 28, 2021

    Once a month the ACPE 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

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    A Chaplain's Confession

    Jul 28, 2021

    David Chacko is a Summer 2021 CPE Intern at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, San Antonio, TX. He attends Assumption Seminary as a seminarian for the Archdiocese of San Antonio and is studying at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. He wrote this poem at the midpoint of his Summer CPE experience.

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    Implementation Workgroup Election

    Jul 23, 2021

    Colleagues, we are blessed. Our association is full of talented and passionate members. The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) received a great response to our call to serve on the Implementation Workgroup. Regardless of the election outcome, ACPE will be well represented in our continued conversations with APC.