NEWS September 2017


September 2017


          The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held October 17 – 19, 2017 at the Hotel Murano
in Tacoma, WA. The announcement and registration was sent to all of you in late June along with the schedule. We need you to register and book at hotel room ASAP. Go onto, click on EVENTS. Then go to the Pacific Region Meeting. Most of you can register online. Retired persons have to print a paper registration and mail it to ACPE.

          Time to book your flight. Airfares are reasonable. The latest fare on Alaska Airlines was $157 from LAX to SEA.

          You will have to arrange your own ground transportation from the airport to the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma. You may be reimbursed for up to $75 for actual expenses round trip for the meeting. If several of you are on the same flight, consider sharing a ride. The “locals” recommend one of three ground transportation options from Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) Airport to Hotel Murano:

1: Express Bus 574 (SeaTac – Lakewood) Cost: $7.50
Round Trip Seniors – $3.50 RT

2: Capital Aeroporter ( $67.00 Round Trip. Special code
for our group to be sent to you via email.

3: Uber $66.00- 100.00 RT, depending if surcharge is added. Each option
takes about 40-55 minutes from Airport to Hotel.

Remember that Wednesday is the celebration for 50 years of the
Pacific Region. It our final time together as the Pacific Region.

To celebrate we have two events.

First there is a formal reception at the Museum of Glass two blocks from the hotel. For those needing assistance, transportation will be provided. The Museum of Glass is the home studio of Chihuli, the world renowned glass artist. Most people know that he created the ceiling and all the glass sculpture for the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. We will have a private viewing of the major glass works on display and be able to watch glass artists in action. Beverages and pupus are provided by Seattle University. Thank you Dr. Sharon Callahan.

Secondly there is a formal banquet recognizing our 50 years together, thanking many people and having one magnificent time. The meal will feature PNW fare, NW wines and a few surprises as we bring the life of the Region as we have known it to a close. We will also take a look at our new Pacific Community of Practice and get ready for the next chapter in our shared professional lives. There will be an updated history and video presentation of times gone by. Don’t miss it.

So, get out your best dress gear (tuxedos, kimono, national costumes, gowns, formal western wear, aloha evening wear, Highland tartans, heels and whatever makes you happy and look good) and come to celebrate our community. It will be a grand party and time to recognize all we’ve accomplished together.

This is only saying goodbye to what has been. We will launch the Pacific
Community of Practice, and ……………..

Anke Flohr will have details about the
2018 Annual Meeting in Hawaii.
It’s going to be great !!!!!

Besides the meeting, you might want to see and experience the Pacific Northwest. Tacoma is an hour drive from Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. There are four national parks in WA State.
Seattle is 40 miles away. For those who want a spectacular day trip, there is a fast ferry to Victoria, BC, Canada – a bit of “jolly old England” in North America. You will need a passport to cross the border. There are also many sites in the Tacoma area to experience as well – Point Defiance Park, Brown & Haley Candy (makers of Almond Roca), the car museum, the Tacoma Art Museum (one of the largest western art exhibits in the world), the wine country and brew pubs galore. Washington and Oregon have become two of the premier wine growing areas in the world. And Tacoma is an old logging and mill town. They know their beer and there’s plenty of brew pub options near the hotel.

Check with your Tacoma colleagues for ideas & travel options.


You have been receiving updates about the creation of the Pacific Community of Practice (PCoP). The application has been submitted to the ACPE Well-being Committee that approves applications and authorizes funding of activities. Action on our application is pending.

      Our application was for the ten western States to continue to affiliate and do the teaching, learning, research, student recruiting and personal supporting work of clinical education. We asked for funding for two meeting each year for all the persons who opt-in to the PCoP. The spring meeting will be the SES Symposium as we have conducted it AND conjointly Symposium on Spiritual Care Leadership. The fall meeting will be similar to the current Annual Meeting with outside speakers and workshops on many topics. There will also be scholarship funds for certain programs and travel assistance for ACPE Educators living in remote locations to attend area peer consultation sessions.

      You just received a draft copy of the “Policies and Procedures” that outline the leadership and operations structure that is proposed going forward. Please review the materials. There will be a vote on that document at the Annual Meeting to prepare us to function as the Pacific Community of Practice beginning January 1.

Development Committee Scholarship

development scholarship



Sharing my heart. So very grateful to have this piece published/posted on the Institute of Poetic Medicine Facebook page.

Peace and Blessings

Trina-Leshay “Poetrina”

The Rev. Trina-Leshay Johnson MA, PBCC
ACPE Certified Educator Candidate



Congratulations Trina and thank you for your words.

Thank you for being our teacher




       Centers are still looking for students. If you have persons inquiring and you are full, let them know to contact other programs.  You may also direct them to the Regional Office and our webpage. It is getting harder and harder to fill programs with person we want to encourage into spiritual care and/or CPE Supervision.

Fewer people are going into religious vocations. Jobs in spiritual care are limited. Many of you are considering alternative programming structures, students with other than traditional education and distance learning.  If you have information you are willing to share about alternative programming, bring it to Tacoma to share with your colleagues.



 Please welcome our newest ACPE Certified Educator to the Region and PCoP. Tom Harshman announced that Ted Asfaw joined Dignity Health at its Phoenix locations.  The following is a message from Ted.

Dear John and Ministry of Education Colleagues,

It is with delight and great pleasure that I receive your welcome. I am honored and humbled to join this wonderful and august Region. In my 25 plus years of ACPE journey, I have been a member of and served in several diverse Regions. However, this will be a first one for me in the Pacific Region. Please know that eagerly look forward to learn, grow, participate, consult and contribute for the well-being and development of my newly adopted home-Region and Community of Practice.

Peace and Blessings, Ted

         Thewodros Asfaw              .

Rev. Dr. Thewodros Asfaw, ACPE Certified Educator

Director, Spiritual Care, Chaplain Services

Dignity Health

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center


Congratulations Luz

 Congratulations to Luz Barela on the occasion of her wedding October 14.

Luz, the blessings of all your colleagues go with you as you enter this new shared life with your spouse. May you always find in each other the love, support and care that makes life wonderful.

 Congratulations on 50 Years of Marriage

 Delmas & Bobbi Luedke

Melody & John Moody



      2018 will be the beginning of the new structure for ACPE. All meetings, financial matters, budget approvals and administrative procedures will be arranged by and/or approved by the national ACPE office. However several activities must continue to happen such as Certification and Accreditation. While the general structure of these activities has been outlined, the specific policies and practices have not yet been announced. As such, certification in particular has been tentatively scheduled so that those in the supervisory education process will know when that meeting might be held.

The Symposium on Supervision is planned as usual. The proposal is to have a conjoint Symposium on Spiritual Care Leadership held concurrently. The Annual Meeting have already been set and will follow our historical practices for now.

There will be regular updates provided in this News about meetings and scheduling that impacts Centers and Supervisors. If you have specific questions, please refer them to the committee chairperson or the Regional Office.

Certification March 4-6 Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn, San Diego, CA
Symposiums on Supervision & Leadership April 15-17 Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn, San Diego, CA
Coordinating Council April 17-19 Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn, San Diego, CA
2018 Annual Meeting October 14-18 Ala Moana Hotel, Honollu, HI



      The Education Committee has worked long and hard to build educational resources for our members. We have just completed the 5th Symposium on Supervision with 20 plus participants from two Regions.  From that meeting, materials were gathered to post on the new Regional webpage.  More materials about spiritual care and education are welcome. The review group will gladly receive bibliographies, short articles, didactic presentations or other materials useful to a CPE Supervisor or spiritual care provider. Send your offerings or ideas to .   The “curators” will be in contact with you.



There are many in our community who struggle with illness, lost relationships and deaths of family and friends. You’ve received email updates about many of these people and their situations. Others prefer holding matters more privately.

Regardless whether we know of every situation or not, we can still support and remember colleagues as we are able. Keep these people in your thoughts, intentions and prayers. The power of community is mighty and healing. Being remembered and supported makes all the difference for those who face the hard times in life.

Share your compassion, care and aloha.





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