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    What is the potential of joining together?

    Mar 1, 2021

    Last week my state was in the news as we suffered in a winter weather event. You may be aware of the swath of frigid weather across the south and southeast. The “Polar Vortex” hit Dallas, TX on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. The temperatures dropped dramatically, and the precipitation changed from snow to sleet to ice.

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    Portfolio Review Process 2021

    Feb 26, 2021

    Greetings from the Accreditation Commission! I hope that all is well with you, your programs, and your students. I am excited to share information with you about portfolio reviews and our deep dive this year. The portfolio review process will begin in July 2021 and will conclude by the end of October.

  • Key Theme #1 from the Anti-Bias Survey of ACPE Members

    Feb 23, 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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    ACPE Trains Second Cohort of SIP Trainers

    Feb 22, 2021

    ACPE welcomed and trained 16 new Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy (SIP) Trainers over the weekend. This second cohort of SIP Trainers spent Friday and Saturday getting oriented to the SIP Program, the 30-hour SIP curriculum, and other details of this new ACPE initiative.

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    Your Gift Keeps on Giving: Innovation in CPE and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy

    Feb 22, 2021

    Thanks to our generous donors, the Foundation for ACPE was able to award $36,000 in funds to four projects that support innovation in CPE and spiritually integrated psychotherapy.

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    For your professional ethics edification in February

    Feb 17, 2021

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

  • Beloved Community

    Feb 15, 2021

    Pandemics. Plural. COVID-19. Racial inequity and white supremacy. We have talked a great deal about both of these. But there are others as well.

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    New Energy Afoot

    Feb 5, 2021

    On a cold, grey day last week, I dragged my family out on walk around our neighborhood. I was focused on getting us exercise and then getting home as soon as possible, but my five-year old daughter was taking her sweet time. My efforts to hurry her along were in vain. As I grew more frustrated, her pace seemed to slow even more. Toward the end of our neighborhood loop, when she finally caught up to my husband and me, she showed me the reason for her distraction: a bright yellow dandelion. It provided such a striking visual contrast to the cold grey day, and her excitement and wonder a contrast to my hurried irritation.

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    Another Year Filled with Firsts….and Promise

    Feb 1, 2021

    I don’t know about you, and yet, I know I am not alone or even in a minority saying, “I am tired of all the unprecedented events” of the past year.

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    The Parish Pastor as Chaplain

    Jan 29, 2021

    There may be some who think that Church life, centered around the Parish, as we presently know, it will become obsolete. I suppose that is a possibility, but probably not any time soon.

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    Your Gifts at Work: Foundation for ACPE Supports Spiritual Care & Education Research Projects

    Jan 25, 2021

    At their December 2020 board meeting, the Foundation for ACPE awarded $73,870 in funds to support two research projects that can help to advance the fields of CPE and spiritual care education. Both projects align with the priorities established by the ACPE Research Committee.

  • How are you holding up?

    Jan 14, 2021

    Today we honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While many of you will continue to serve in the midst of this pandemic, others will volunteer in communities, making his dream of the Beloved Community one step closer to reality. In light of the last few weeks - months - years - even decades - God knows we need the spirit and intentions of leaders like Dr. King to come alive in ways that crosses borders and bridges, heals and unties, transforms and reimagines what we might yet be as neighborhoods and nations.

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    Finding Meaning in Lifting Up One Another

    Jan 8, 2021

    It is impossible to write about the nature and quality of our connections with one another in ACPE without acknowledging the significant strain in our civic life, made plain last week on Epiphany, when a violent mob stormed the Capitol while both houses of congress were receiving the electoral college votes. Though the clinical rhombus doesn’t explicitly consider the sociopolitical context of learning, many of us have extended Karl Barth’s insistence that preaching is properly done with the bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. That is to say, we cannot find meaning or proclaim the promises of God apart from the very real circumstances of our life in society.

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    Informal Consultation for Certified Educators

    Jan 7, 2021

    We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Certified Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom.

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    For your professional ethics edification in January

    Jan 7, 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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    New Chair of the Accreditation Commission Offers Words of Welcome for 2021

    Jan 6, 2021

    Welcome to 2021! We are very excited for the new year and the hope that comes with it. As the pandemic changed a lot, we are grateful for your continued pursuit of excellence in our ACPE accredited programs and to working together with the ACPE Accreditation Commission.

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    I hope you all have a Safe, Healthy and Happy 2021!

    Jan 4, 2021

    As part of that “safe and healthy,” I was feeling a bit envious of my colleagues who had great smiles and glowing expressions on their social media pages after they received their COVID-19 vaccine. Good for each of you who have already gotten your first shot, and for those who are awaiting an opportunity to receive the vaccine, hang on; I trust it soon will be available for all of us. I fervently believe we will all have the option in the coming weeks/months.

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    What is CPE?

    Dec 18, 2020

    CPE, Clinical Pastoral Education, . . . so the literature says, is professional education for ministry. It is the clinical component of graduate theological education. CPE provides the participant the opportunity to operationalize her/his/their personal and academic theological development in the art and science of ministry, sometimes for the first time. That makes CPE sound like on-the-job training. It is so much more.

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    Thank you from the Annual Campaign

    Dec 17, 2020

    In the midst of a global pandemic and reckoning for social and racial injustice, ACPE members and friends have still demonstrated incredible generosity.