In “Thanksgiving Greetings — Part One”, there was an error that needs correcting. Our Region was not only blessed to have two people elected to the Board of the International Congress for Pastoral Care and Counselling, there were THREE. Rod Seeger was elected to the Board as Treasurer. My apologies for missing his name regarding the ICPCC election. He will serve ICPCC along with JP Sabbithi, Vice President, and Board Member Anke Flohr.
Rod, JP and Anke will be helping plan as well as representating the USA at the Malaysia Congress in 2019, They will also be a part of the planning group for the 2023 Congress at a place yet to be determined. These three people will likely also play a role in planning and coordinating the Asia Pacific Congress for Pastoral Care and Counselling that will happen in 2017 and 2021. Regional congresses happen on the years between the international gatherings. These are terrific events well worth attending.
Congratulations to JP, Rod and Anke.
There is much for which we as a Region can be thankful including some things that happened at the recent Annual Regional Meeting and the ACPE Leadership Meeting.
- There are three new ACPE Supervisors. CONGRATULATIONS Heather Weideman, Thomas Carter and Timothy Shipe. Pictures and stories to come.
- There are new processes in the works for certification and peer review (professional development) that have some of their origins in our Education Committee’s work with “Assessment for Learning” that is the foundation of our Symposium and curriculum development. The processes of our Peer Review helped shape portions of the new professional development work. Well done folks.
- The Governance Manual was approved by the Board. Thanks to the Council and work group that did the hard work of reviewing policies and procedures.
- All our nominees to national posts were elected to their respective positions. Thanks to all of you for your good work at Atlanta last week.
- And who could forget the wonderful Regional Meeting and International Congress held in San Francisco. There are not enough thanks that should go to the Conference Coordinators, Volunteer Managers, IT chief, workshop presenters and all who had a hand in planning the event. CONGRATULATIONS to Cliniclal Member JP Sabbithi who was elected Vice President of the International Congress and Supervisor Anke Flohr who was elected to the ICPCC Board.
Well the list could go on and on. For one Region this has been a terrific fall and the culmination of a busy, productive year. Janet and I get to interact with all of you around the Region. We know the hard work you do in your Centers and the wonderful volunteer service you provide to the Region. Without the commitment you demonstrate everyday to make our craft, our profession a model for outstanding service, we would all stumble and fall. We might have a mis-step once in a while. But the overall work of this Region, this part of the ACPE, is remarkable. From everyone who is the beneficiary of your service, thank you. Please know we are grateful for all you do every day of the year.
As we sit down to our Thanksgiving feasts, I hope we not only remember the highlights we can celebrate this year. I hope we also remember all those struggling just to survive. The refugee crisis is almost unimaginable. The horror of death and destruction in our streets, schools and places of worship is unthinkable. The random hatred and senseless violence shown to people because of their religion, political beliefs, skin color, national heritage, cultural background is destructive to all we hold good and true. We may not sit in the seats of political power to change nations or stop international forces commited to evil. But we can certainly pray for, support, understand, include and embrace those around us who stand on the fringes. We may not change the world, but we can change our communities and the understanding of those we meet and serve. We can be a force for life, health and hope where we live and work.
Well, maybe we can change the world and combat the forces of evil. And if we can’t, we certainly can try.
A blessed Thanksgiving to you, your families and loved ones. We remember you all with grateful hearts.
Rev. John H. Moody
Welcome to Pacific Region ACPE
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) – Education for Spiritual Care
Clinical Pastoral Education is a certificate program for spiritual care providers. Students’ primary resource for learning is the unique “living human document,” that is, the lives of those with whom they provide spiritual care. You can expect the challenge of integrating your personal history, faith journey, sacred insights, social and cultural context, theology and psychology through individual and peer group supervision in a clinical setting.
Program take place in accredited centers across the Pacific Region and include congregations, community hospitals, university medical centers, Veterans’ Administration hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation clinics, and a variety of community outreach centers serving the poor and homeless.