Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
April 2014
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Trace Haythorn, Executive Director

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ACPE Hires Accreditation Manager
Marc MedwedThe ACPE welcomes Marc Medwed as our Accreditation Manager.  Marc earned degrees and certifications at:
  • Fellow, Secondary School Leadership Training Institute, The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY
  • MA, Education, BA, Literature in Hebrew Letters, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA
  • BA, Near Eastern Studies; Double Minor in Hebrew and History, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

He plans to complete an EdD in Organizational and Educational Leadership from Northeastern University, Boston, MA this year.


Marc brings over 20 years of experience in education and non-profit leadership, having worked as a teacher, program director and administrator.  In addition to participating in and leading the accreditation in the schools and camps in which he has worked, he has also served as a member of the accreditation team on behalf of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States for the Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit.  In addition, Marc has consulted with a variety of schools and organizations in program development, scheduling and leadership development.


Having grown up in Atlanta, Marc returned to Atlanta two years ago to be closer to extended family after living in California, New York, and Massachusetts.  Marc and his wife, Rabbi Karen Reiss Medwed, PhD, have three children and live in Sandy Springs, GA.


Marc will join the national office staff on April 2, 2014.  You may send your questions or thoughts to Trace Haythorn, Executive Director.

Foundation for CPE

Greg Stoddard 2x3By Greg Stoddard, Foundation President


I am pleased to report that the board of the Foundation for Clinical Pastoral Education (FCPE) has changed its by-laws to align it with ACPE as a Type-1 supporting organization benefiting ACPE.  Our purpose in making this change in by-laws makes clear that FCPE is solely aligned with ACPE and its vision and direction.


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2014 Annual Fund Campaign
Bill Scrivener 2x3 By Bill ScrivenerAnnual Campaign Chair 


Ute Schmidt and I will have our first meeting with the Regional Champions in a few days and will take a look at strategies for encouraging regional level giving to our 2014 ACPE Sowing Seeds for Our Holy Work Annual Campaign.  As before, our overall goal is to achieve 100% participation in our annual giving campaign.  There is no greater indicator of support, as far as outside donors are concerned, than full participation by the membership.


You will be hearing more about ACPE initiatives soon.  Meanwhile, I encourage you to contribute to support the Holy Work of ACPE - any amount will be cheerfully received and acknowledged.


Notice of Intent to Change Bylaws at the May 2014 Member Meeting

You are hereby notified that the following bylaw changes are to be voted on by members at the upcoming members' meeting in May 2014.  Review and ask any questions of your board members that you would like in preparation for this meeting.


There are NO policy, procedural, or governance changes.  The revisions are edits provided by ACPE attorneys for consistency and legal reasons.


Review Bylaws Revisions

2014 Annual Conference in Austin, TX
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ACPE Members are encouraged to log into the Members Only section of the website to register online.  


All attendees may register by completing the registration form. Completed registrations forms with the registrations fees should be sent to the national office at 1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103, Decatur, GA 30033.

Registration forms may also be faxed to (404) 320-0849.  Or emailed to Clark Goss, Communications & Conference Coordinator
.  Visit the ACPE website for full details.

ACPE launches App!

smartphone Access all of ACPE's resources formatted for ACPE's mobile app - Directories, Calendars, Conference Details and Travel Info, Social Networking, Certification, Accreditation, the Academy for Continuing Education and more!


Access is easy!  From your Apple or Android device, simply search in the Apple App Store or Google Play Marketplace for "ACPE."


Or select a version that matches your phone specifically:  

Send your feedback to John Roch in the national office.

Care of the Soul & Spirituality

By Robert D. Leas, Supervisor Emeritus 


Bob Leas 2x3 The longstanding interest in spirituality in the North American context is energized in a unique face-to-face way by the recent focus among religious leaders regarding care of the soul.  Most recently the focus was highlighted by Professor Herbert Anderson PhD (retired) Lutheran pastoral theologian at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, who now lives in the Berkeley, California area.[i] Soul care is a religious phenomenon from early religious communities, both Byzantine East and Roman West. There was a strong religious response during the Middle Ages. From early pioneer days in New England, to the twenty first century there has been theological interest in "care of soul."


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Announcements / Educational Opportunities
April 2014 Holy Days

Caring for the Human Spirit Conference, Healthcare Chaplaincy - 
March 31-April 3, 2014

20th International Congress on Palliative Care - Call for Abstracts

Public Health Ethics Intensive Course - April 1-4, 2014

2014 Summer Institute on Theology and Disability - June 16-20, 2014

ACPE Academy for Continuing Education

Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) Education

National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) Webinars