ACPE Announces Keynote Speakers for 2019 Annual Conference 
ACPE News | June 29, 2018


We are excited to announce our keynote speakers for our 2019 Annual Conference, “Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education” in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Our Certification Commencement speaker will be Miguel de la Torre, Professor of Latinx Studies and Social Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO. The focus of Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre’s academic pursuit is social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, he has authored over a hundred articles and published thirty-three books (five of which won national awards). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. A Fulbright scholar, he has taught in Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, and Germany. Within his guild he served as the 2012 President of the Society of Christian Ethics. Within the academy, he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion; served as the past chair of the Committee for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession, past chair of the Ethics Program Section; authored the “AAR Career Guide;” served on the Program Committee, and presently serves on the editorial board of JAAR. Additionally, he is the co-founder and present executive director of the Society of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion and the founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion. A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media and has served on several civic organizations. Recently, he wrote the screenplay to a documentary on immigration, Trails of Hope and Terror the Movie, which has screened in over eighteen film festivals, winning over seven film awards.

Our Thursday morning keynote will be offered by the poet David Whyte. Whyte's mother was from Waterford, Ireland, and his father was a Yorkshireman. He attributes his poetic interest to both the songs and poetry of his mother's Irish heritage and to the landscape of West Yorkshire. He grew up in West Yorkshire and has commented that he had "a Wordsworthian childhood", in the fields, woods and on the moors. Using his own and other’s poetry, he brings the understandings of the poetic tradition to bear on many of the great cyclical questions of existence: how we see our lives, and our deaths; how we view others and their presence or absence; and, perhaps most importantly, what we dare to believe and what we are afraid of believing: an honest appraisal of our relationship to God, the natural world, darkness, the appearance and disappearance of form and friendship and the difficult apprenticeship to our own disappearance. He is the author of nine collections of poetry, three prose books, and one collection of essays. 

Friday morning will be led by four “Transforming Chaplaincy” Fellows (names to be announced later), each one giving a Ted-like Talk about their research work and experience as a part of the larger Transforming Chaplaincy project. We are delighted to welcome these Fellows, especially as the project looks to complete this phase of its work at the end of June 2019.

The 2019 ACPE Annual will be held May 8-10, 2019 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. 
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