• What in the world does Juneteenth have to do with ACPE?

    Jun 17, 2022

    Juneteenth, a nationally recognized federal holiday, is celebrated on June 19. Juneteenth is a celebratory moment that has transcended into a movement for emancipation, liberation, and self-actualization of African Americans in the United States of America. On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas. They had to physically force racist white enslavers to stop enslaving Black persons and ignoring or refusing to honor President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed the enslavement of Black bodies and went into effect six months earlier on January 1, 1863.

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    Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

    Jun 17, 2022

    In so many ways, I feel fortunate to listen to twenty-somethings wonder what ever happened to summer. They reflect on the days just a few short years in their past when school stopped for a while, where they filled their days with play, camps, sleep, and long hours with friends. Some of them worked summer jobs, and some worked more than one. But as I heard one of them recently ask, what happened to the pause, the slow down, the break?

  • Rev. Dr. Danielle J. Buhuro is the new ACPE Co-Editor for Reflective Practice

    Jun 10, 2022

    The Editorial Board is pleased to announce our new ACPE Co-Editor, Rev. Dr. Danielle J. Buhuro, working alongside the Rev. Dr. Matthew Floding, ATFE Co-Editor. Rev. Dr. Buhuro and the Rev. Dr. Floding bring years of supervisory training as well as connections to a wide variety of practitioners in the field of supervised spiritual care. Each is excited to join the process of producing high quality writing and reflecting on this work.

  • Resistance, Curiosity, and Integration: Spiritual Formation and Identity Integration

    Jun 10, 2022

    We are a special subgroup formed to take a special look at where bias around gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity impact our ACPE Community. We are looking at how our language, experiences, and learned stories impact the ethics, certification, and accreditation processes. Over the next several months we will continue to listen to your stories and comply data to get a clearer picture of how gender and sexuality biases affect our community members.

  • Almost Mid-Year (Almost)

    Jun 10, 2022

    Lets take this moment to reflect A moment of light introspect Here we are, nearing the middle of this year Not calendar year, but an academic year

  • Want to get more involved in ACPE? Looking for Leadership Development Opportunities? Submit a Nomination TODAY!

    Jun 10, 2022

    The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) invites you to consider serving in one of the open leadership positions in 2023. Nominations are open now for ACPE’s fall election. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 23, 2022.

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    WOE!! and JOY

    Jun 2, 2022

    “Weeping may spend the night”, says the Psalmist, “but joy comes in the morning.” I guess there’s truth in that; the Bible’s Proverbs say that there is a season for everything— in its poetic way, it announces a time for this and a time for that: a time to weep and a time to laugh, and so on.

  • Asian American Pacific Islander Community of Practice Update

    Jun 2, 2022

    Violence against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) spiked when the pandemic began with nearly 11,000 hate incidents against Asian Americans recorded from March 2020 to December 2021[i]. In March 2021, six Asian women were killed in Atlanta. A couple of months later at our ACPE Annual Conference, little acknowledgment of this violence, and the experiences of its AAPI members was made. In June 2021, a few ACPE AAPI Certified Educators formed the AAPI Community of Practice.

  • Listening and Reflecting: Process Improvement

    Jun 2, 2022

    As we wake up to the news of more deaths and violence during these challenging and painful days, I think about you and what you hold. The listening and presence you provide are the sources of healing. Holding tension and mystery is challenging when we carry our own grief.

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    Jun 1, 2022

    Transitions are unavoidable. How we navigate those transitions, however, is often within our scope of management.

  • For your professional ethics edification in June

    May 30, 2022

    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

  • A Prayer for Uvalde

    May 27, 2022

    Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Children. Too many children. Your children. All of them. Each one. Lord, sometimes it is too much to bear, And yet we come to you in our grief, in our anger, In our shock, in our weeping, To do that very thing, To ask you to help us bear that which is unbearable.

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    Reflection on "The Soul of the Helper"

    May 25, 2022

    Dr. Holly Oxhandler, author of The Soul of the Helper: Seven States to Seeing the Sacred Within Yourself So You Can See It In Others was the second speaker in our Psychotherapy Webinar Series. Her topic was “The Soul of the Helper: Contemplating and Integrating the Intersection between spirituality and mental health.”

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    Searching for Hope

    May 23, 2022

    After the racist mass shooting in Buffalo and shootings in California, Houston, and Chicago, images of violence and grief engulfed my mind. I can only imagine the heightened vulnerability Black, Indigenous, and people of color feel as members of targeted groups. Black Americans are twice as likely as white Americans to die from gun violence and 14 times more likely than white Americans to be wounded, as documented by the gun violence prevention group Brady.

  • Strange and Stranger Fruit

    May 20, 2022

    Strange fruit may no longer hang from poplar trees Nor do black bodies swing freely in the Southern breeze Yet our blood still flows at the roots Black folks blood Flows in the streets Flows in the church Flows in the aisles Flows in our homes Flows from our black bodies Flows

  • Reflection on the Laguna Wood Taiwanese Church Shooting Incident

    May 20, 2022

    The Laguna Wood Church shooting incident became a wake-up call for me. Receiving a text from my sister in Taiwan, informing me that my uncle’s church in California was the target of the shooting was shocking to me. There are different kinds of hate crimes; usually, they are racially motivated in the US context. However, this one is different. It is a politically motivated hate crime: A Chinese man decided to kill the Taiwanese because he hated them.

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    Executive Director Article

    May 13, 2022

    We have enjoyed what has felt like an exceptionally beautiful spring in this part of the world. The temperatures have been mild, and the rain has come just often enough to make everything burst with life. It feels like the mood of the last two years has begun to lift. As we make our way around town, we see fewer masks, more hugs, and people gathered in restaurants, theaters, stores, and at the airport. We cannot help but be drawn together, especially after many months of separation and physical distancing.

  • "Am I Qualified?"

    May 11, 2022

    Ms. Susan Rogers[1] was a devout member of the Tabernacle Church all of her life. She taught Bible Study, led the Women’s Ministry, and was the most gifted baker in the small New England city where she resided for over 80 years. She managed to get by on her deceased husband’s pension, knowing her tithe and support of extended family required a modest lifestyle in the community known for low income, close-knit neighborhoods, and violence related to lack of jobs and limited housing.

  • Built to Endure

    May 3, 2022

    A recent meeting with a supervisee led us to the topic of resilience for the psychotherapist and it occurred to me that I have reframed that for myself spiritually as being “built to endure.” I find myself reflecting on memories of living on a small farm in my youth. Ours was a simple yet hard lifestyle of making “do” with equipment that we had – keeping in mind the usefulness of particularly “dirty” jobs that required getting muddy or covered with dirt.

  • For your professional ethics edification in May

    Apr 28, 2022

    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