|A Word from the ACPE President|
By Sally Schwab
As the 2011 year begins, I reflect about where we have been as an Association and where we are heading. For what we have been, I am grateful and for where we are and what lies ahead, I am hopeful! I trust that you are, too!
One of the exercises I ask new groups of CPE students to participate in as they share their autobiographical stories with each other is to identify when their hearts sing and when their hearts weep. Naming joy and sadness is important to honoring our diverse identities and moving forward together in mutual respect and collegiality. Issues face the ACPE that are important to our future life in community. Those issues include strengthening the Foundation for Clinical Pastoral Education and moving forward with a Capital Campaign. The ACPE is exploring the possibility of a new vision, mission and values. We are examining new governance opportunities and want to build upon the strategic plan adopted in 2006 to create a strategic plan that will lead us to 2015. We are exploring the possibility of creating new partnerships and renewing existing partnerships as we work with cognate groups, nationally and internationally, in spiritual/pastoral care.
This is a wonderful time to be a member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and your involvement through service and support is essential!