Dear Members of the ACPE,
I hope that everyone has enjoyed some time away for relaxation and spiritual renewal during the summer months. I visited the North Shore of Lake Superior in July and found the time away playful and meaningful. I particularly enjoyed a fabulous piece of strawberry rhubarb pie-well worth a trip to the Angry Trout Cafe in Grand Marais, MN! I hope, also, that your work in Clinical Pastoral Education has been engaging for you and your setting for ministry. At Heartland, we had three seminary students in our summer unit that brought vitality and energy for spiritual care.
While the summer months have passed, the ACPE has continued to be busy! Issues of transition and economic struggles confront us. Let me share a brief review of issues facing the ACPE.
Very soon you will receive a study document for a transition of governance for the ACPE. The intent of the document is to move the ACPE into a better position to meet the changing needs of our students, members, agencies and institutions. The study document includes a new vision and mission statement and a plan for a new governance structure. Your ACPE Board representatives will be sharing the document with you and your input to your board representatives is crucial. The ACPE Board will vote on recommended changes at our November meeting. Any recommended governance changes will be announced in the ACPE e-news and voted on at the spring 2011 member meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. A proposed supervisory education core curriculum is also being circulated for comment by the membership. Your thoughtful review and comment is invited.
The Foundation for Clinical Pastoral Education (FCPE) is in a situation of transition. In June a decision was made to end the consulting contract with Myerberg, Shain and Associates. On September 9th, the FCPE Board made a decision to relocate the FCPE office from San Antonio, TX to the ACPE office in Decatur, GA. The transition plan is in process. The reason for these changes is in response to the need to reduce costs associated with operating the FCPE. While the FCPE has done an incredible job of raising funds for the purchase of property in Decatur, GA for our future ACPE home, the Annual Fund for the FCPE has not garnered enough financial support for the operations of the office. The ACPE Board of Representatives and the FCPE Board will meet together for one day at the November Leadership meeting to develop a plan for moving forward. Both groups affirm completely that the ACPE needs the FCPE for our future! Please continue to support the FCPE during this time of transition. A gift to the Annual Fund for 2010 is welcomed and much needed!
Mediation is scheduled for November 30, 2010 between the ACPE and CPSP. Tim Thorstenson, Teresa Snorton and I will participate in the mediation on behalf of the ACPE.
The Personnel Committee of the ACPE is working closely with Teresa and the National Office staff to discuss work issues related to the ACPE and how Teresa's new appointment as a Bishop in the Christian Methodist Episcopal church may impact the ACPE.
A new award recognizing an Emerging Leader from each region will be celebrated at the 2011 ACPE Spring Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. Each region may nominate a person that has offered leadership or service to the ACPE community through their initiative, innovation, or leadership at their local center, regional or national level. The Emerging Leaders will be persons that have served ten years or less in the ACPE.
At Regional meetings this fall, regions have the opportunity to nominate someone to receive the ACPE Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, regions will be nominating persons for Supervisor Emeritus.
So, much is happening in our Association that needs your involvement, support and engagement! Work with your ACPE Board Representatives and let them know your thoughts and feelings as we work to create a stronger and more vital professional association.
In prayerful reflection, Sally Schwab