ACPE Celebrates our 50th Year

Throughout the week, from leadership meetings until Friday evening, there will be many moments and opportunities for reflection and celebration of the past 50 years of quality education and service provided by the ACPE and our esteemed faculty, as well as a glimpse into the next 50 years of spiritual healthcare and clinical pastoral education. Join us for the Silent Auction, proceeds benefiting projects to support the preservation of ACPE’s history.

Annual Commencement Celebration & Keynote Address
Wednesday, May 3rd, 4:00p-5:30p

"What We Need Is Here: Hope, Hard Times & the Human Possibility" featuring Ms. Carrie Newcomer with pianist Gary Walters, and Dr. Parker J. Palmer

“As Wendell Berry says, we don’t need to wait for a “new earth or heaven” in order to live by the truth that what we need is here. All we need is “to be quiet in heart, and in eye, clear.” Then we will see and gain access to the resources within and between us, the amazing abundance of self and community.”

-Parker J. Palmer, www.onbeing.org/blog/parker-palmer-what-we-need-is-here

Carrie Newcomer and Parker Palmer have come together for a word/music collaboration, creating a performance designed to guide us in seeking sanctuary in our own sacred spaces in a time when it is easy to feel overwhelmed, discouraged or cynical. Carrie and Parker offer a journey of mind and spirit characterized by thoughtfulness, realism, vulnerability, good humor and hope.

The Presidential Dinner 
Thursday, May 4th, 6:30p 
(Cash Bar Reception available at 5:30p)

Join us for this grand evening as we celebrate our 50th anniversary with a toast to the past and a nod to our future. The Anniversary Planning Committee has been combing through archives, gathering pictures, and designing presentations to highlight ACPE's accomplishments and transitions. 

Anniversary celebrations will be woven throughout our time together in Minneapolis with the high point being the Presidential Dinner. Please plan to wear business casual to semi-formal attire. A Dance Party and Dessert Reception will immediately follow the dinner.

The planning committee requests that you send us pictures from local, regional and national gatherings. Clearly mark where, when and who is the picture. You can email them to acpe@acpe.edu or mail them to ACPE, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030. Hard copies will not be returned.

A Night at the historic Guthrie Theater:  The Bluest Eye 
Friday, May 5th, 7:30p
(Shuttle service begins running between host hotel and the Guthrie Theatre at 5:00p.
Theatre opens for seating at 7:00p.)

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz.

A moving adaptation of a powerful novel. Based on Toni Morrison’s first novel, The Bluest Eye is a heartrending coming-of-age story about a young black girl in 1940’s Ohio.

Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved, but she’s only met with ridicule and abuse. Confronting turmoil at home, she prays for Shirley Temple’s blue eyes, believing their beauty is the only thing standing between her and the happiness of the white girls at school. By turns beautiful and harrowing, this powerful adaptation explores the destructive power of a racist society and the strength of a community attempting to embrace an era of change.

Following the play, we will have a panel discussion with ACPE Supervisors and key individuals from the play.