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    My Final Reflection as ACPE’s Board Chair

    Dec 6, 2021

    First, thank you to ACPE’s members and students for the privilege of serving alongside you as colleagues in the discipline of Spiritual Care and Education. To the ACPE Board of Directors, thank you for your wisdom, tenacity, and commitment to our association. You have been thoughtful, diligent, and courageous leaders. To the ACPE Staff, thank you for your professional expertise, patience, longsuffering, and dedication to our association.

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    For your professional ethics edification in December

    Dec 3, 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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    Thank You!

    Nov 19, 2021

    In this fall season many cultures celebrate the plenty of harvest and encourage expressions of gratitude.

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    Relevance of Religion and Spirituality to Mental Health

    Nov 17, 2021

    In its July 2021 edition, the journal Social Work published research of great significance to ACPE and others involved in training therapists to work with spirituality and religion.

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    Board of Directors Brief

    Nov 12, 2021

    ACPE’s Board of Directors met by videoconference on November 8 and 9, 2021. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic forced the association to cancel in-person leadership meetings again this fall. However, although virtual, our time together was productive, meaningful, and exciting. We even participated in a “kindness quest” with volunteers serving on ACPE’s other commissions and committees. The quest was a fun team-building exercise and a rare opportunity to see old and new friends.

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    A Word of Thanks

    Nov 11, 2021

    Shawn Mai shared the following beautiful poem as the opening reflection for the ACPE Board of Director’s meeting last week: “The Way It Is”

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    Improvisation

    Nov 5, 2021

    In Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life, Eileen Campbell-Reed explores the ways that people learn the art of ministry. She tells stories of people as they learn the practice, while offering questions for reflection, and conversation with thinkers and scholars about the practice of ministry. The book grew out of a dozen-year longitudinal study of ministers, beginning when they were in seminary and tracing the arc of their ministry practice as they gain experience and confidence.

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    For your professional ethics edification in November

    Nov 3, 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

  • In Spite Of

    Nov 3, 2021

    Cindy L. Hershberger is a Chaplain Resident at BayCare - Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida. She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America with a MDiv degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. She can be contacted at Cindy.Hershberger@baycare.org.

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    Today is Giving Tuesday!

    Nov 3, 2021

    Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. ACPE's goal is to raise $10,000 to start a scholarship initiative for underrepresented ACPE students to continue their training as chaplains, psychotherapists, and spiritual care educators. To help us reach our goal, Thorne Consulting will donate $1,000 if we get 20 new donors to make a gift to the Foundation for ACPE!

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    Thank you, ACPE Members

    Nov 1, 2021

    As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am aware that the past year has included many personal, public, and organizational losses for many of us. And still, I have much for which to give thanks. I am grateful for you, the members of our association. So many of you devote your unwavering engagement nationally, locally, and within your web of acquaintances and interests. Thank you for your energy and commitment.

  • Submit a Workshop Proposal by December 8

    Oct 29, 2021

    All are invited to submit a proposal for the 2022 Annual Conference, jointly presented by the Association of Professional Chaplains and ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.

  • Disorienting Dilemma #3: Still Logan

    Oct 28, 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 Natalia.Shulgina@unchealth.unc.edu.

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    Continuing the Good Work

    Oct 25, 2021

    The season of giving is approaching as we prepare for Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021. The importance of giving to this organization was made apparent to me when I was in supervisory education. I attended my first REM conference and was made aware of the seminal work in place to address disparities in the ACPE and thusly our professions. Some of the initiatives that played a large role for me included financial support for students to attend ACPE’s national meetings, as well as consultations for students of color in the certification process.

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    An Update of the ACPE-APC Implementation Process

    Oct 20, 2021

    In September, the four workgroups of the Implementation Process met with the Steering Committee to clarify roles, tasks, and next steps.

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    2021 ACPE Election: Vote Today! Polls close at Noon Eastern on November 3

    Oct 18, 2021

    The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) received a robust response to our call for nominations earlier this year. Our committee prioritized diversity, association needs, and member’s professional development in our work to create the proposed slate.

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    The Value of Integrated Spiritual Care

    Oct 15, 2021

    Since the latest COVID-19 surge, I’ve noticed a pattern in the way conversations or meetings often begin. Someone will ask, “So how is everyone doing?” The responses often include, “You know….” “I’m here.” “Whew.” Sometimes it’s not even words: “Nnnngth.” “Mmmmph.”

  • ACPE SIP Research Project Begins Data Collection

    Oct 8, 2021

    ACPE’s Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Program has begun data collection in its first research project. This research is an important part of discerning the value of the ACPE SIP training and establishing its credibility in the world of psychotherapy.

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    Integration and Disintegration

    Oct 8, 2021

    In the process of becoming a Certified Educator, integration is valued above most else. Is there congruence between who you say you are and how others experience you? Between your theoretical foundations and your practice of spiritual care and education? Is your sense of self coherent enough and big enough to withstand ambiguity, and to make space for the unexpected that arises from within or without? Leaning on the integrity at its root, do we approach the world with both honesty and a sense of our wholeness? The process and principle of integration is so central to our work, it is difficult to imagine it might be otherwise.

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    For your professional ethics edification in October

    Oct 4, 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