ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
June 26, 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.
US Department of Education Announcement!
Wayne Maberry, Chair of the ACPE Accreditation Commission, Marc Medwed, ACPE Director of Programs, and I traveled to Washington DC last week to meet with the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), the review board of the Department of Education concerning our 5-year review. Wayne and Marc put together our materials such that there were no questions or comments for review, a remarkable feat! We are now awaiting final confirmation from the Department of Education that we are recognized through June 2022. We will let you know as soon as we receive official notification. Please join me in congratulating Wayne, Marc, and the Accreditation Commission!
Communities of Practice Clarifications
Thank you to the twelve groups who have now submitted applications to become communities of practice. Two quick clarification points:
 1. If your group is "morphing" from a regionally funded group that has been funded in the past to a community of practice, your funding for 2017 is already approved and included in your regional budget.
2. If your group is new and seeking new funding, that funding will not be available until Jan. 1, 2018 from the national budget, though your regional budget may be able to support something in the 2017 fiscal year.
Please let me know if you have questions or need more information. We hope the Professional Well-Being Committee will be appointed and engaged by August 1 to begin addressing applications/registrations and funding requests.
Reflections from the Association of Professional Chaplains Conference
Sunday morning, the leadership of our strategic partners on spiritual care (aka cognate groups APC, NAJC, NACC and CASCgathered to discuss several items, including the 2017 Joint Leadership Symposium, the development of a three year strategic plan to engage the Strategic Partners' boards and members, a joint marketing plan to advance the larger profession, and our ongoing work with the Joint Commission. It is truly a delight to work with such dedicated, talented and hope-filled colleagues. As these projects develop, we will keep you posted.
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 in ACPE is free online access to JPC&C?

Check out their latest volume by logging into the website under the Resources webpage on the ACPE website.
How do we talk about ourselves?
We've received comments about our name and how to use the full name verses the acronym, specifically in regards to standard 306. Publicly and in all marketing material, we only refer to our association as "ACPE" or "ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education." Legal documents and manuals reviewed by the DOE must reference our full legal name the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.

If you need further clarification or logo files, please contact John Roch, Director of Communications.
A Poem for Reflection
The images in this poem seem so familiar for those of us who have spent so many hours in hospital waiting rooms. I offer it as a celebration of life shared and well-lived:
 "In The End We Are All Light" by Liz Rosenberg

I love how old men carry purses for their wives,
those stiff light beige or navy wedge-shaped bags
that match the women's pumps,
with small gold clasps that click open and shut.
The men drowse off in medical center waiting rooms,
with bags perched in their laps like big tame birds
too worn to flap away. Within, the wives slowly undress,
put on the thin white robes, consult, come out
and wake the husbands dreaming openmouthed.

And when they both rise up
to take their constitutional,
walk up and down the block, her arms are free as air,
his right hand dangles down.

So I, desiring to shed this skin
for some light silken one,
will tell my husband, "Here, hold this,"
and watch him amble off into the mall among the shining
cans of motor oil, my leather bag
slung over his massive shoulder bone,
so prettily slender-waisted, so forgiving of the ways
we hold each other down, that watching him
I see how men love women, and women men,
and how the burden of the other comes to be
light as a feather blown, more quickly vanishing.
Something extra
I had a wonderful conversation with some folks from Transform Films last week. We wondered together whether some of the documentaries they are producing would be of interest to you, especially as curricular tools in your programs. Several previews are available here. Take a look and let me know.
This Week on the Calendar
 Tuesday, June 27
*Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Recalling the assassination of the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum while they were incarcerated in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844 C.E.

Thursday, June 29
*Ghambar Maidyoshem begins - Zoroastrianism
A celebration of the creation of water, the sowing of the summer crops, and the harvesting of grain. This festival continues through Monday, July 3rd.

*Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul - Christianity (both Western and Eastern churches)
Celebrates the two apostles who preached the Christian gospel in Rome. In Eastern churches this festival begins at sundown.

Saturday, July 1
*Jashn-e Tirgan - Zoroastrianism
The festival of water.
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