Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education
By Amy Greene, Board Chair | April 1, 2019

Happy April! The days are getting longer, the air is warming, and nature is bursting with life again! In this season of rebirth, I am anticipating the rejuvenating effects of our annual conference, May 8-10, 2019, where our theme is “Exploring the Soul of Spiritual Care Education.” Scottsdale, Arizona is an ideal setting for our meeting with the desert in bloom. Hopefully you will take advantage our beautiful surroundings when we gather next month.

Over 400 folks have already registered for the conference and our host hotel is completely booked during our peak nights of the meeting. Our team has identified a few convenient accommodations nearby which are posted on the website. There is still time to join us - if you haven’t registered for the conference yet - the deadline is April 26th.

I am particularly excited for this conference because it is our first meeting since AAPC consolidated with ACPE. To date, 791 member applications have been received in the ACPE office: 330 psychotherapist, 287 practitioners, 101 retired professionals, and 73 students. I look forward to the contributions our newest members will bring to our dialogue and our culture. To create a more welcoming environment, we added several new workshop options and applied for CE hours.

Communities of Practice will play a large role in our gathering again this year with plenty of time for members to learn about the work of various communities and reflect on our new model for collaborating after its inaugural year. The Latin@ CoP is even hosting a luncheon discussion with our commencement speaker, Dr. Miguel de la Torre, Professor of Latinx Studies and Social Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO.

Poet David Whyte 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.

During our Annual Banquet, we will recognize Dennis Kenny with the Distinguished Service Award. Finally, don’t miss the excursion to the internationally acclaimed Heard Museum, one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians of the Southwest.

These are incredibly exciting times, and there will be stimulating conversations and joyous celebrations at our conference in Arizona. I hope you’ll be there in person to help us continue to flesh out what it means to be The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education. I feel certain that our best work is still ahead of us. I look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale in May!

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