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April 24, 2017
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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.
Today is Yom Ha-Shoah. Remember. Never doubt that hate can overwhelm our humanity. Never cease to teach a love that leads to transformation.
Do you want to help steer ACPE's future?
ACPE is calling for nominations for the office of Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors. The Chair-Elect will serve for two years (2018-2019) and then become Board Chair for two years (2020-2021). Duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors and Officers can be found in the association's  Bylaws.

Nominations close on April 26, 2017 at 5pm PDT. For more information or to make a nomination, contact  Stephen Robinson, Leadership Development Committee (LDC) Chair. 
The first in our new series!
As many of you know, we received grants from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the FISH Foundation which have allowed us to produce in partnership with "Interfaith Voices" a series on chaplaincy, exploring the work in a variety of settings and from a variety of perspectives/traditions. The first installment  (of what we expect to be a series of 7) was posted this week. We hope you find it useful! 
Updates ! Did you know?
The Common Standards, now known as the Competencies for Certification with our Strategic Partners in Spiritual Care Leadership (APC, NACC & NAJC), have been updated. Please make sure your students are aware of the new version. They are available here
National Conference Update
When online registration closed, we reached 546 folks! If past practice is any indication, we will easily top 550 people - a fitting record for our 50th celebration! Congrats to our Minneapolis hosts, our 50th Celebration Committee, Terry Izaguirre, Tiffany Kindred and all those who have worked so hard to make this conference happen. See you soon!
A Poem for Reflection
Linda Pastan describes herself as a poet of Jewish origin. In light of the recognition of Yom Ha-Shoah, I offer the following for your reflection:
"The Five Stages of Grief" by Linda Pastan
 
The night I lost you
someone pointed me towards
the Five Stages of Grief
Go that way, they said,
it's easy, like learning to climb
stairs after the amputation.
And so I climbed.
Denial was first.
I sat down at breakfast
carefully setting the table
for two. I passed you the toast---
you sat there. I passed
you the paper---you hid
behind it.
Anger seemed so familiar.
I burned the toast, snatched
the paper and read the headlines myself.
But they mentioned your departure,
and so I moved on to
Bargaining. What could I exchange
for you? The silence
after storms? My typing fingers?
Before I could decide, Depression
came puffing up, a poor relation
its suitcase tied together
with string. In the suitcase
were bandages for the eyes
and bottles sleep. I slid
all the way down the stairs
feeling nothing.
And all the time Hope
flashed on and off
in detective neon.
Hope was a signpost pointing
straight in the air.
Hope was my uncle's middle name,
he died of it.
After a year I am still climbing, though my feet slip
on your stone face.
The treeline
has long since disappeared;
green is a color
I have forgotten.
But now I see what I am climbing
towards: Acceptance
written in capital letters,
a special headline:
Acceptance
its name is in lights.
I struggle on,
waving and shouting.
Below, my whole life spreads its surf,
all the landscapes I've ever known
or dreamed of. Below
a fish jumps: the pulse
in your neck.
Acceptance. I finally
reach it.
But something is wrong.
Grief is a circular staircase.
I have lost you.
Something extra
Parker Palmer and Carrie Newcomer crafted this beautiful song together. Another tune up before we gather next week in Minneapolis. 

Also, if you're interested in a free radio version of "An Evening With Carrie Newcomer," details on the show airing tonight are available here
This Week on the Calendar
Monday, April 24
*Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Day) - Judaism
A day of remembrance for the six million Jews who died because of Nazi atrocities during World War II. The date chosen is the closest date on the Jewish calendar to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943.
 
Thursday, April 27
*Jamál - Bahá'í
The beginning of the third month in the Bahá'í calendar, "Jamál" means "beauty."
 
Friday, April 28
*Akshaya-tritiya [Immortal Third] - Jainism
A day celebrating when Lord Adinatha or Rishabhadeva, the traditional founder of the Jain faith and the first tīrthankar (a being who helps others to cross the great ocean of worldly life and achieve liberation), broke his first year-long fast by drinking juice from a sugar cane.
 
Sunday, April 30
*Ghambar Maidyozarem begins - Zoroastrianism (continues through Thursday, May 4)
Celebrating the creation of sky and the harvesting of the winter crops.
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