ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
March 13, 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.
Interesting Conversations
As most of you know, the leadership of the "cognate groups", which includes CASC, APC, NAJC and NACC, meet regularly to discuss common concerns, explore common activities, and work to make sure we're all headed in the same direction in our particular ways. We currently have a group exploring the definition of a "cognate" and what makes one a part of this group. The conversation has been rich, filled with hope for the future and attention to the wounds of the past. We know one thing for sure: the provision of chaplaincy especially in healthcare settings needs a unified voice and a constructive advocacy strategy. The leadership of these partners is committed to moving this process and our profession forward.
In case you missed it
Six amendments to the Bylaws passed last November have been proposed, five from Gordon Hilsman and one from Jeffery Silberman. You can review them and makes comments here .
Advancing Chaplaincy: Learning to Think and Act Strategically
Transforming Chaplaincy is hosting a series of 4 hour-long webinars in Spring 2017. Registration for each webinar is limited and filling up fast. Click here to save your spot.
Professional Development Opportunity
Cedars-Sinai  Medical Center in Los Angeles is hosting a conference Thursday, March 30, 8:00 am-1:00 pm, titled New Frontiers in Spiritual Care Research: Applying and Integrating New Research Findings into Clinical Practice. George Fitchett is the guest speaker.

For those who can attend in-person, the conference if free, and lunch and parking validation are provided. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Sunny Garcia. For those who cannot attend in-person, or for those who wish to view it again, a recording of the conference will be made available through the ACPE sometime after the conference. Those interested in being informed when the recording is made available should also contact Sunny Garcia .
A Poem for Reflection
During Women's History Month, I will continue to offer poems of women, many of which are less familiar. I found the following piece familiar and strangely full of grace:
"Dust" by Dorianne Laux

Someone spoke to me last night,
told me the truth. Just a few words,
but I recognized it.
I knew I should make myself get up,
write it down, but it was late,
and I was exhausted from working
all day in the garden, moving rocks.
Now, I remember only the flavor -
not like food, sweet or sharp.
More like a fine powder, like dust.
And I wasn't elated or frightened,
but simply rapt, aware.
That's how it is sometimes -
God comes to your window,
all bright light and black wings,
and you're just too tired to open it.
Something extra
In honor of Women's History Month, here's a fun link to several inventions made by women. This could also be a great discussion-starter with a group! 
This Week on the Calendar
Monday, March 13
*Holi - Hinduism
This festival is one of Hinduism's most popular celebrations. People throw colored powder or spray colored water to celebrate episodes in the life of the god Krishna.
 
*Hola Mohallah - Sikhism
A three-day festival instituted by the tenth Sikh guru, Gobind Singh, as a time for military pre-paredness exercises, Hola Mohallah now is celebrated with mock battles, music competitions, and festivities. 
 
Tuesday, March 14   
*New Year's Day - Sikhism 
In the Nanakshahi calendar, this day is the beginning of the year 549.
 
*Memorial of Shan-tao (Zendō) - Buddhism
Anniversary of the death of a Chinese Pure Land Buddhist priest who died in 681 C.E.  He taught that enlightenment could occur simply through repetition of the name of Amitabha or Amida Buddha (nianfo or nembutsu), and is honored as the Fifth Patriarch of that Buddhist school.
 
Thursday, March 16
*Birthday of Avalokiteśvara or Kuan Yin [Kannon] - Buddhism  
Usually celebrated on or near the full moon day in March, this day marks the occasion when the enlightened being known as Avalokiteśvara (in the Mahāyāna traditions of Tibet and China) or as Kuan Yin or Kannon (the feminine embodiment of this bodhisattva in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese Buddhism) vowed to attain final, supreme enlightenment and thereby save all suffering sentient beings.  

*Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem, Fravardegan, or Muktad - Zoroastrianism  (continues until March 20)
A celebration of the creation of human beings and a commemoration of souls who have died.  Prayers are offered to the fravashis (the divine spark within each human, which lives forever), asking for their blessings and protection.
 
Friday, March 17
*Saint Patrick's Day - Western Christianity
A commemoration of the missionary bishop who evangelized Ireland in the fifth century C.E.
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