Trace Informal Welcome to Monday Briefing, a weekly digest from ACPE Executive Director Trace Haythorn

Each week, you will receive related articles, updates on ACPE transitions, and helpful links to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
Happy July 4th!
I hope this is a day of celebration, of fun and play with family and friends, and with gratitude for the remarkable experiment that is the United States. While I try to find meaningful pieces to share each week, sometimes it seems appropriate to share something a little different. If you've never heard Kid President, I hope you enjoy your introduction to him in today's link
2 Survey Updates:
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Organizational Design survey! We will be hard at work analyzing the data and hope to make a recommendation based on your responses by the end of July. After a preliminary review, it is likely that the final result will take the best element of two or three of the models. The feedback looks very thorough and thoughtful, so thank you again for the time and effort.
 
Also, we are repeating and enhancing the salary survey we offered two years ago. Watch your email this week for the new survey. We need as much participation as we can get! It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. Thanks in advance for your time and responses!
The Association of Theological Schools Biennial Conference:
Margie Atkinson, President of APC, Martin Doblmeier, Producer and Director of Chaplains (the latest film from his studio Journey Films) and I presented a workshop for about two dozen presidents, deans and theological leaders at the biennial ATS gathering titled, "Chaplaincy: Diverse, Grounded, Growing." Martin started our discussion showing a clip of his film and setting the breadth of the contexts of chaplaincy. Margie followed with description of certification and why board certification is so important to the professional as well as to the contexts we serve. I concluded the presentation by discussing clinical pastoral education and ACPE's role in the quality and integrity of CPE as the only organization recognized by the Department of Education. We had about 30 minutes of questions and discussions which spilled into the break that followed. It was a wonderful time and helped raise awareness that while many theological schools spend an enormous amount of time and resources on congregational ministries there are many other contexts and modes of practice that are vital to the larger theological ecology.
 
Perhaps one of the most exciting dimensions of this presentation was the theological diversity present in the room. While all attendees came from Christian traditions, they ranged from Catholic to Assemblies of God. I'm excited to see the ways our work will grow in its integration with theological education as the entire enterprise grows and changes in coming years.
 
The conference concluded with remarks by Dan Aleshire about the state of theological education, but also about his impending retirement. Dan has been president of ATS since 1998, thus his departure is but another feature of this age of significant change, of remembering and recalling where we've been, and of opening our hearts, minds and imaginations to the possibilities of where we will go as educators, theologians and religious professionals. 
A Poem for Your Reflection: "Beat, Beat Drums" by Walt Whitman
This poem captures my ambivalence about the holiday this weekend. I offer it to you for your own reflection and consideration amidst the cacophony of freedom talk.
For those who need a good dose of the patriotic:
Stars and Stripes Forever
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