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    Mid-Conference Dispatch

    May 7, 2021

    As you likely know, we are currently one week in to our 2021 Annual Conference, Creating Room to Breathe. A courageous and visionary team of our colleagues have been working hard for over two years to develop this conference to give us the tools to have difficult conversations about race and our own racism and the space in which to have them.

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    Like a Homecoming: Report from a SIP Training

    May 3, 2021

    Sometimes you don't know what you need until you receive it. ACPE's 30-hour Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) training was such for me. It felt like a homecoming, and it increased my sense of congruence, confidence, and commitment to my calling.

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    An Association at Work

    May 3, 2021

    With the virtual Annual Conference approaching, summer groups being planned, and fall programs on the docket, I imagine we are all busy. Sometimes I recognize that I’ve not come up for air to observe all that others are doing around me or taken a moment to absorb all that is steadily accomplished. This week, I received information from our commissions on their good work.

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    ACPE Offers First Certifications in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

    Apr 24, 2021

    Jennifer Macchia, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Caleb Pusey, of Asheville, North Carolina, are the first persons to complete the process for ACPE’s new Certification in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy. Macchia met with a Certification Review committee on March 29, and Pusey met with a Certification Review committee on April 12.

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    Doing the Work despite Hesitations

    Apr 24, 2021

    It sounded like a wonderful idea. A webinar series meant to underscore the realities of racism in healthcare, the origins of white supremacy and how that intersectional, socially constructed and maintained oppression met the experiences of educators and students in CPE, an intentional climb and invitation toward liberation and wholeness and better world-making. For a number of reasons, I was excited about joining colleagues in the work of gathering materials for the 8:46 Webinar series.

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    We Want to Hear from Our Members: How Can the Foundation for ACPE Support a Student Equity & Access Initiative?

    Apr 23, 2021

    What an exciting time to witness such historic transitions in our organization. We are poised to address multifaceted social upheaval in ways that provide a transformative, yet practical impact on our communities, even our world. What will we do as an organization to seize the opportunity presented to us?

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    Missing

    Apr 22, 2021

    I feel hurt; I feel mistreated, wrongly accused and misunderstood. Being patient? I’m not in the mood It’s not my fault? This is too much! Why do I hear such big reproach? I was just trying to help I noticed your pain, I heard a yelp.

  • 8:46 Labs

    Apr 22, 2021

    Inhale... On April 20, 2021, the United States of America and the world waited with bated breath. The decision had arrived. Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer whose knee extinguished the life of George Floyd, would hear what the jury decided. After minutes that felt like hours, the judge read the counts and decision aloud… Guilty... Guilty... Guilty... Guilty on all counts.

  • Amidst the Exhaustion, our Association Carries On

    Apr 14, 2021

    Amidst the exhaustion we hear from many members from managing the pandemics that have plagued our world, nation, and communities, I thought it might be helpful to update the membership on some activities of our staff as we have worked to keep our association running, even from our home offices. I shared many of these items with the Board of Directors when they met on April 12.

  • This is a time like no other

    Apr 13, 2021

    In preparation for the 2021 ACPE Annual Conference Creating Room to Breathe, ACPE has identified themes from the Anti-Bias survey of ACPE members. In the following weeks, ACPE will be publishing the themes that emerged from the Anti-Bias survey results.

  • Key Theme #5 part 2: We are shaped by our history; shaping our future differently will require intentional changes in our present practice

    Apr 9, 2021

    In preparation for the 2021 ACPE Annual Conference Creating Room to Breathe, ACPE has identified themes from the Anti-Bias survey of ACPE members. In the following weeks, ACPE will be publishing the themes that emerged from the Anti-Bias survey results.

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    Belonging

    Apr 9, 2021

    In his new book, After Whiteness, an Education in Belonging, Willie Jennings envisions the work of formation at the center of theological education as primarily a practice of belonging. Jennings knows theological education; he is a professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale Divinity School, and the former dean of Duke Divinity School. In this book he brings together fragments – of poems and dreams, of stories from the academy, of theological scholarship across centuries – and demonstrates in real time how the fragments are the fertile ground of belonging, and the place of possibility. It is a beautiful and challenging book.

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    The Divine is here – The Divine’s in us

    Apr 5, 2021

    This season is special in that within the span of 18 days, Jews, Christians, and Muslims are all celebrating Holy days. I hope your Holy Days are just what you need to continue the good work you do.

  • Key Theme #5 We are shaped by our history; shaping our future differently will require intentional changes in our present practice

    Apr 2, 2021

    In preparation for the 2021 ACPE Annual Conference Creating Room to Breathe, ACPE has identified themes from the Anti-Bias survey of ACPE members. In the following weeks, ACPE will be publishing the themes that emerged from the Anti-Bias survey results.

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    For your professional ethics edification in April

    Apr 1, 2021

    Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members.

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    ACPE Theory Paper of the Year Award

    Mar 29, 2021

    Writing theory papers is the articulation and application of theory to the primary task of CPE—educating spiritual care givers who provide quality spiritual care. The Theory Papers of the Year Award showcases papers that demonstrate quality writing focusing on how a Candidate is facilitating learning for quality spiritual care giving. These theory papers demonstrate for us how we integrate all parts of ourselves as we serve in this most sacred of ministries: attending to the suffering and well-being of our fellow humans and educating our students to do that as well.

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    Psychotherapy Commission Accomplishments and Strategic Planning Efforts

    Mar 29, 2021

    While some of our colleagues, especially in the south, are suffering from the effects of wild weather, here in the New York City metropolitan area, I’m heartened to see and feel hints of Spring – crocuses popping up from the ground, more hours of sunlight, warmer days. As a Christian, I give thanks for the observances of Holy Week and Easter. Blessings to all who celebrate religious feasts in April -- may you, your families, and your religious communities be filled with joy!

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    A Time to Recharge

    Mar 26, 2021

    All of us need a certain amount of energy in order to remain healthy and functional. That amount varies person to person, yet all of us follow the same pattern. At about fifty percent capacity we feel “normal”, ready to take on the world, ready to fulfill all of our responsibilities, ready to enjoy the people we have around us and our family and friends. Above sixty percent and we feel on top of the world, ready to accept new challenges, ready to go explore life and to have new experiences. Below forty percent and we begin to function less well, we begin to discount ourselves and/or others, we begin to grasp for things that we think will keep us from losing even more energy, like a person near drowning reaching for a life preserver of any kind. Below twenty-five percent and we go into depression and/or high anxiety. And so forth.

  • Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training works with ACPE

    Mar 24, 2021

    “Surprisingly transformational.” This is how one ACPE certified educator, Trina Williams-Johnson, described her recent ‘Anti-Bias’/’Anti-Racism’ training with Crossroads’ Antiracism and Organizing Training Group, one of the lead speakers of this years’ ACPE annual conference.

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    ACPE/APC Merger Vote

    Mar 22, 2021

    After decades of collaboration and a few years of negotiations, the Boards of Directors of the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education and the Association of Professional Chaplains met concurrently on March 18, 2021 at 10:00am EDT/9:00am CDT to entertain a motion that the organizations officially merge. Both organizations approved the motion.