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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.
Prayer for Baton Rouge
May the peace of all that gives life and longs for joy to reign supreme throughout all of creation upend the violence of this world so radically that hope swallows us whole.
Organizational Design Process: A Little More Info
Last week, I shared thanks for the Organizational Design Work Group (ODWG) for your feedback on the three models. Several people have asked some follow up questions, so I'd like to take this opportunity to respond. First, the ODWG is currently reviewing data. Based on their analysis, a new model will be proposed to the Board of Representatives with a full report explaining the rationale for the design. Should the Board decide to proceed with that model, we will work with legal counsel to revise the bylaws as a part of this process. As with any change to the bylaws, we will then send the model, the rationale and the revised bylaws out to the membership for comment. The board will review that comment before finalizing the model. Only then will the bylaws go out for a final vote. It is clear from an initial review of the feedback that people had as many questions as comments about the models. The next iteration will try and provide much more detail about all aspects of the model to address those questions and to make sure you as the membership of ACPE have the opportunity to fully consider and respond to the proposal.
 
Second, we will have a chance to discuss this at all of the regional meetings this fall. I have sessions scheduled in each region to discuss this work and take your comments and questions back to the board. For the last 18 months, we have worked to solicit and incorporate the feedback of the membership. We remain committed to that process as we move forward.
 
As an educational organization, I think we also strive to be a learning organization. Historically, we have tried to rely on small groups - usually task forces - to conduct work on behalf of the association. When the membership is not invited into that process, the recommendations are rarely approved. As a result, those who have given hours and hours of volunteer time feel frustrated while the members feel frustrated as well that their input was not sought. We are working hard to do this differently: to listen well, to build with the membership, and to move towards a final product that takes all of the feedback and input into consideration, yielding what we hope will be the best result for our future together.
Two More Updates
Within the next two weeks, President Carlos Bell will complete the appointments of members to the implementation group for the (1) Certification and Professional Development processes as well as the new (2) Accreditation Task Force. We will share the names of those individuals once the selection process is complete.
Praying with France
The horrific events in France seem to only add to the deep grief and pain that our world is feeling. The addition of the video footage that continues to emerge makes it even more unbelievable. All I have is prayer. I know many of you have deep concerns as well. Pause, Breath. Remember those you love and be grateful. Remember the stranger and those in need and live into that love as well. I don't know what else to offer. 
For Those Seeking Diversity Resources 
Over the last several months, I've thought of the many African American security professionals working in the hospitals where I served as a resident. I've wondered how they must be feeling and thinking in light of recent events. If you're not familiar with Code Switch on public radio, it is well worth your while. Here's a recent sample that addresses what it is like to be "Black and Blue".
A Poem for Reflection 
David Whyte posted this poem this week, and I want to make sure I share it with you as it captures the spirit of our movement as an organization in this season of transitions:

Learning to Walk
Then I walked
straight forward
out of the gate,
through the wood,
along the river,
toward the mountain
and I thought of the future
I could make in the world
if I walked toward it
like this,
with my face toward the hills
and my eyes full of light
and the earth sure
and solid beneath me,
walking
with a fierce anticipation,
and a faithful expectation,
with the sun and the rain
and the wind on my skin
and that old sense...
of many paths
breaking from one path.
So learning to walk
in morning light
like this again,
we'll take our first
light step
toward mortality,
walking
out of the garden,
through the woods,
along the river,
toward the mountain,
its simple,
that's what we'll do,
practicing as we go
and
we'll be glimpsed,
traveling westward,
no longer familiar,
a following wave,
greeted, as we were at our birth,
as probable
and slightly
dangerous strangers,
someone
coming into view,
someone about
to find out.
Some wild
and improbable risk
about to break
on the world again.
..
Adapted from LEARNING TO WALK
From RIVER FLOW:
New and Selected Poems
Many Rivers Press. © David Whyte
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