ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
April 10, 2017
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Trace Informal
ACPE's Monday Briefing is a weekly digest from ACPE Executive Director Trace Haythorn
 
Each week you will receive related articles and updates on ACPE transitions. Also included are helpful links to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
Blessed Holy Week and Passover to our Christian and Jewish colleagues
National Conference Update 
Folks, we are excited to celebrate 50 years! As of today, we've got over 475 folks registered - a record! April 14th is another registration deadline. Here's a link to register
In case you missed it...
Last Thursday, a News You Can Use went out with a call for nominations for Vice-Chair of the Board. If elected, the individual will serve two years as Vice-Chair, two years as Chair, then two years as chair of the Leadership Development Committee.
 
The rest of the slate for commissions and committees will appear on the full ballot in the fall. There is also a time and talent survey to help the Leadership Development Committee determine interest, availability and competencies of our members. Please take 5 minutes to fill it out! 
Resources for Supervising Jewish Students
The Jewish Supervisors Network is beginning to collate resources for supervising Jewish students. You don't want to miss this article from ACPE Supervisor Alan Abrams: Just in time for Passover - Resources for Supervising Jewish Students
Bylaws Reminder
One more reminder regarding the proposed bylaw amendments (number 5 for those who are counting).  If you have comments, today is the deadline! The survey closes at 5pm EDT.
The Search is Still Open for Three ACPE Area Managers!
Did you know that the ACPE Area Managers can reside and work from anywhere? Those interested should click here for more information about how to apply! 
Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling
ACPE is a proud sponsor of the Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (JPC&C). Did you know that a benefit of your membership is an online subscription to the journal? 
 
Check out their latest volume by logging into the website under the Resources webpage on the ACPE website.
A Poem for Reflection
Thanks to Martha Wright for this lovely suggestion from Rumi:
"The Guest House" by Jelaluddin Rumi (translation by Coleman Barks)
 
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Something extra
Each week, I tend to get more feedback about poems than anything else in the briefings! Jack Gleason, well-known to many of you, sent the following:
"The CPE Blues" by ACPE Supervisor John J. (Lead Belly) Gleason
-To the tune of Blue Monk (Thelonius Monk)
 
What'll I do?
What can I say?
Went and met the Cee Commission today.
 
Thought I was cool,
Followed each rule,
Looked each person in the eye.
 
They said, "Sit down Please,"
And I just began to cry.
Just began to cry.
 
What's going on?
What are your fears?
Does your theory shed some light on your tears?
 
I said, "I don't know."
They said, "Well Bro,
See you in a couple of years."
 
So I went downstairs,
And had myself a couple of beers,
Had a couple of beers.
 
Where'll I go?
Where have I been?
Have to meet the Cee Committee again.
 
I'm just a pawn,
Can I go on?
Guess I'll get some ther-a-pee.
 
Then I'll come back,
'Cause I belong in Cee Pee Eee,
I belong in Cee Pee Eee.
This Week on the Calendar
Monday, April 10
*Eve of Pesach [Passover] - Judaism (ends on April 18)
The beginning of an eight-day festival celebrating God's deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The story is told during a Seder meal at sundown, including readings from a book known as the Haggadah.  Some Jews refrain from work on the first two and the last two days of this holiday.
 
Tuesday, April 11
*Theravadin New Year - Buddhism
The New Year festival for Theravadin Buddhists, celebrated for three days beginning on the first full moon day in April.
 
*Hanuman Jayanti - Hinduism
A celebration of the birth of Hanuman, the faithful servant of the god Rama who can assume any form in order to conquer evil.  Believers visit temples and apply sindoor (red powder) to their foreheads, since Hanuman is often portrayed as a red half-monkey, half-human.
 
Thursday, April 13
*Maundy Thursday [Holy Thursday] - Christianity (Western churches)
The remembrance of Jesus' last supper with his disciples and his institution of the "love commandment" (the term "Maundy" comes from the Latin word for "commandment") while he washed their feet as a servant.
 
*Eve of Great and Holy Friday - Christianity (Eastern churches)
At sundown Eastern churches commemorate Jesus' death by crucifixion, followed by an observance of the Great Sabbath, in which believers remember Christ's burial and await his resurrection on Holy Pascha, or Easter morning.
 
Friday, April 14
*Good Friday or Great and Holy Friday - Christianity (Western and Eastern churches)
A commemoration of the passion of Jesus of Nazareth, i.e., his death by crucifixion. At sundown some churches begin the Easter vigil either this evening or on Holy Saturday (April 15).
 
*Vaisakhi - Hinduism
The first day of the solar year and an important harvest festival in northern India.
 
*Vaisakhi [or Baisakhi] - Sikhism
On this date in 1699 C.E., Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru, created the Khalsa Panth, the Brotherhood of the Pure. Khalsa brothers are given the name Singh (lion), and sisters are named Kaur (princess).
 
Sunday, April 16
*Easter Sunday or Holy Pascha - Christianity (Western and Eastern churches)
Celebrating God's raising of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead, this day is the oldest and most central festival in the Christian year and initiates the fifty-day period culminating in Pentecost.
 
*Yaqui Deer Dance - Native American spirituality
A ceremony that integrates ancient rites of the Yaqui people of Arizona with the Christian Easter rituals.
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