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  • A Transformational Period of Discernment

    Jun 15, 2021

    Over the past several months, the ACPE board has been communicating about a possible merger with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). For some members, this has been a conversation that dates back to the 1980s. For others, this is a new idea that has raised important questions. Every week since March 18, 2021, when the Board of Directors approved a motion to bring the vote to merge to the membership, we have worked to provide videos, Q & As, town halls, and meetings with CoPs to address questions, concerns, hopes, and curiosities about what this will mean.

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    Return to…Normal?

    Jun 14, 2021

    A couple weeks ago I had the chance to spend a few days at the beach with my family. It was a welcome break, and I remembered how important it can be to step away from the regular, daily demands of work and home, and make space for rest and creativity.

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    Centering Peace Education (CPE)

    Jun 8, 2021

    Shawn Moore Israel is a chaplain who serves with The International Fellowship of Chaplains, Kairos Prison Ministry, Indy Vineyard Missional Food Pantry&Racial Reconciliation Ministry, and Ascent 121. She finished her first unit of CPE at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana- April 2021. Shawn can be reached at

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    Summertime and the living is busy!

    Jun 7, 2021

    The summer is upon us, which for many of us means the beginning of summer CPE units. Some will end this unit in celebration of a year well done. Others will welcome new students beginning a single unit in their summer break from theology school. Certified Educators, Educator Candidates, and staff members will welcome new faces with high expectations. For some of us, this represents a refreshing return to a summer routine interrupted last year by COVID-19. In my shop (my primary experience is in a healthcare environment), the summer means a bit of shuffling to accommodate the summer group into the physical space, revisiting classroom scheduling, and lots of orientation before sharing of clinical responsibilities. Oh, and on-call. Within a couple of weeks, the new folk will be welcome care providers for our patients, their families, and the staff who attend them.

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    I Look Forward to the Merger with APC

    Jun 7, 2021

    It seems like yesterday that members of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors were beginning a process of discerning whether or not to consolidate with The Association of Clinical Pastoral Educators. Deciding to merge with an organization of professionals from a related but different discipline was challenging, and we weighed the possible advantages of coming together. I had the privilege of participating in a summit of AAPC members who considered our needs as an organization, and what it might be like to join with another association.

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    Leadership Development Opportunities in ACPE

    Jun 7, 2021

    Having come to the end of our historic annual conference, I am reflecting on the talent among us, how that is nurtured and encouraged. What a gift to hear the voices of newer educators and particularly those who are pushing and leading us to make anti-racist commitments in our lives and ministries. I am also reflecting on the way that CoPs both already are and can become instruments to nurture new leaders and operationalize our anti-racist commitments.

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    For your professional ethics edification in June

    Jun 4, 2021

    For June, instead of commenting on specifics about our ethics standards, I would like to share some resources for learning about professional ethics as well as, create a space where we might give attention to a question I have been grappling with, “Why, racism is ethically/morally wrong?”