• It is the Light in Us

    Nov 13, 2020

    Do you remember two weeks ago? It was the day before the election. Does it feel like a lifetime ago? How many lifetimes have we lived during the pandemic? And what does our future hold?

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    Next ACPE SIP Trainer Training in February

    Nov 11, 2020

    ACPE’s Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Program will offer its second SIP Trainer Training February 19-20, 2021 (Friday-Saturday), via Zoom. Read on for more information.

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    Embracing the Mystery

    Nov 6, 2020

    Over the last month, I have leaned into uncertainty with a joyous diversion: a mystery knit along. My grandmother taught me to knit as a child, and over the years it has brought lots of extraordinary gifts into my life: good fiber friends, opportunities for challenge and learning, a sense of satisfaction that comes from working with my hands, and grounding in the physical world as a counterweight to professional life in the spiritual.

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    The World is Constantly Changing and so must ACPE

    Nov 2, 2020

    I hope that many of you have already exercised your right to vote and cast your ballot as you saw fit. For those who may have, for whatever reason, postponed or been hesitant to vote, I hope you will discover or summon greater resolution and go out tomorrow and let your choices be known. The ACPE staff have been extended the opportunity to vote during the workday at no loss of pay. To further support them and the communities in which they live, some of the staff have received paid time off to be poll workers. They are committed to their communities and their state.

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    For your professional ethics edification in November

    Nov 2, 2020

    6. In conducting business matters, ACPE members: c. Distinguish private opinions from those of ACPE, their faith group or profession in all publicity, public announcements, or publications. d. Accurately describe the ACPE center, pastoral services, and educational programs. All statements in advertising, catalogs, publications, recruiting, and academic calendars shall be accurate at the time of publication. Publications advertising a center’s programs shall include the type(s) and level(s) of education offered and the ACPE address, telephone number and website address.

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    Your Gifts at Work

    Oct 23, 2020

    With the help of a $15,000 grant from the Foundation for ACPE’s Mission Advance Program (MAP) Fund, ACPE’s new Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Program has launched with a great start.

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    From the Executive Director's Desk

    Oct 16, 2020

    We talked a lot about the incredible agility of our ACPE Certified Educators and students, their willingness to adapt decades of practice to the incredible constraints and safety measures of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen programs actually grow because of the addition of new online/hybrid options. We’ve seen new placement opportunities open up as restrictions have limited onsite experiential education in the virus’ hot spots. We’ve seen remarkable perseverance and resilience, all of which is to be commended.

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    Certification Manual Updates

    Oct 15, 2020

    The Certification Commission is pleased to share the following updates/clarifications that have recently been added to the Certification Manual. If you have any questions related to these updates, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at

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    Doomscrolling or Hopequesting?

    Oct 12, 2020

    The news these days is overwhelming. Pandemics, fires, elections – any one of these things could pose a substantial threat to our life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And together? Well, it’s all just so much. And yet, I find myself compelled to attend to the news cycle, as if I might be able to alter its course. Enter doomscrolling. Merriam Webster defines it as “tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing.” Earliest usage of the word dates back to October 2018. Social media, especially Twitter, is the prime vehicle for doomscrolling. It turns out I’m not alone in this behavior.

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    Call for ACPE Service Award Nominations

    Oct 5, 2020

    The Foundation for ACPE Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate yourself or a colleague for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE, the field(s) of spiritual care, pastoral counseling and/or psychotherapy. Who do you think deserves special recognition?

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    Looking forward to being together again, but until then…

    Oct 5, 2020

    I hope that you, your families, and your programs are being diligent in observing suggested practices for containing the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. This is an exceedingly exhausting and disheartening time in our history. Many of us are experiencing a deepening malaise as the pandemic persists, systemic racism continues, our country remains divided with an election in less than 30 days, while our responsibilities at work and home do not relent. This calls for perseverance that some days seems too much to ask, too difficult to muster, or too elusive to find.

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    For your professional ethics edification in October

    Oct 2, 2020

    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*.

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    Mission Advance Program (MAP) Fund for Innovative Pastoral Counseling/Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Projects

    Sep 29, 2020

    The Foundation for ACPE announces that the2020 Mission Advance Program (MAP) Fund grants cycle is now open! Funded by disbursements from the MAP Endowment Fund as in accordance with the Foundation for ACPE’s financial policy, MAP funding supports ACPE Psychotherapist and Practitioner members in the fulfillment of ACPE’s mission. Specifically, these projects help to advance and raise awareness of Pastoral Counselling/Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy.

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    The Foundation for ACPE Announces Funding Opportunities for ACPE Members!

    Sep 28, 2020

    Read about the two funding opportunities

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    I haven't talked about race for years

    Sep 17, 2020

    I haven't talked about race for years. I'm an African American Studies major, but I haven't talked about race for years. I was raised in an African American Baptist Church singing Negro spirituals and Kirk Franklin. But I haven't talked about race for years. My mother was born in raised in Louisiana in the 50s, and my father was born and raised in St Louis Missouri at the same time, but I haven't talked about race for years. I never ate pumpkin pie until college, I only knew sweet potato, but I haven't talked about race for years.

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    Sep 17, 2020

    Last week, I read an article where the author argued that while January 1 may be the beginning of the calendar year, the New Year is really the beginning of September. Of course, our Jewish colleagues have been celebrating that for centuries! This is the time when schools begin, congregational program years begin, many ACPE residencies commence, and American football returns.

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    What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

    Sep 11, 2020

    What is clinical pastoral education? This question hangs over prospective CPE students from the moment they attempt to answer it as part of their application for admittance into any ACPE-certified program. It was the first question my educator, Dr. Jacob George, asked me during our introductory class. At first, the thought overwhelmed me. Where was I supposed to start? It seemed vague, as if the asker was holding the answer behind their back, waiting to correct me-- and yet, in Dr. Geroge’s class, no “correct” answers were forthcoming. Nudges were made, of course; there are wrong answers to the question. But in the absence of the One Right Answer™, my peers and I were drawn into the delicate process of reflection -- a process which has shaped my ministry in ways I hadn’t anticipated when writing my answer to the above question during the application process. To illustrate this, I invite you into the room of a patient I found crying in his room, shortly after entering the room. He’d said hello, welcomed me into the room, and then said the following phrase.

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    A Crowded Table Theology

    Sep 11, 2020

    The table is at the center of my home and my theology of spiritual care and education. At the table, we are seen, met, fed, nourished. Our whole selves are welcomed, and though we may prepare ourselves, we are never really prepared. We participate and share, and we are transformed. We move in with others and then back out into the world again, a rhythm of spiritual practice that holds both the inward, sheltering movements, and the outward, engaging movements as sacred practices. The table is both ordinary and miraculous.

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    Call for Workshop Applications for the 2021 Annual Conference

    Sep 8, 2020

    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.

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    For your professional ethics edification…

    Sep 8, 2020

    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: