ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
July 10, 2017
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.
UMHE Event
Greetings from Birmingham, AL! Over the next few days, I will be meeting with the United Methodist higher education folks for a workshop titled "Integrating ROI [Return on Investment] Concepts in Communicating the Organizational Relevance of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care." I hope to discover a resource that could be beneficial to ACPE as a whole. Updates coming soon!

Area Managers
Did you catch last week's announcement about the new ACPE Area Managers? If not, click here to read all about them!
Mark Your Calendars
Please prepare for downtime the week of August 7-11, 2017, as we update our association management software. You can read more about what will be unavailable here. 
A Poem for Reflection
While this poem is a couple of weeks late in terms of its references, I still find its language and metaphor so evocative, so sensory. While many certified educators and students will find themselves trapped within the walls of institutions devoted to healing, the pulse of nature beats with a lovely relentlessness:
"More than Enough" by Marge Pierce
 
The first lily of June opens its red mouth.
All over the sand road where we walk
multiflora rose climbs trees cascading
white or pink blossoms, simple, intense
the scene drifting like colored mist.
 
The arrowhead is spreading its creamy
clumps of flower and the blackberries
are blooming in the thickets. Season of
joy for the bee. The green will never
again be so green, so purely and lushly
 
new, grass lifting its wheaty seedheads
into the wind. Rich fresh wine
of June, we stagger into you smeared
with pollen, overcome as the turtle
laying her eggs in roadside sand.

Something Extra
Well, the summer units may be growing a little intense, so a little satire from the real doctor (but also comedian), Ken Jeong: Ken Jeong Answers Medical Questions From Twitter . Little bit of NSFW. Keep it real, people.
Something Else Extra
I hope everyone enjoyed the kind of 4th of July that reminded you why this country has so much potential, why despite the deep divisions and systemic injustices that seem so intractable there is still a sense of hope for a better day. Stephen Colbert asked his viewers to send images of just such sentiments, and this was the result.
This Week on the Calendar
Wednesday, July 12
*Kalimát - Bahá'í
The beginning of the seventh month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "words."
 
Thursday, July 13
*Ullambana - Buddhism
A day when Buddhists make offerings to the Triple Gem-the Buddha, the Dharma [teachings], and the Sangha [monastic community]-on behalf of their ancestors.
 
* Obon - Buddhism
A Japanese festival to honor deceased ancestors, usually involving the lighting of bonfires, traditional meals, paper lanterns, and folk dancing.  Locally this festival is celebrated at various times in July and August.
 
Friday, July 14
*Feast Day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha - Catholic Christianity and Native American spirituality
Celebrating the life and ministry of Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 - April 17, 1680), a Mohawk-Algonquin woman who is the first Native American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.  She was so recognized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, over three hundred years after her death.
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