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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.
Implementation Team for new Organizational Design 
Chair of the Board Carlos Bell has been hard at work identifying and recruiting individuals for the Implementation Team. Chair-elect Amy Greene will serve as chair; Kathleen Gallivan will serve as co-chair. Other members include Steve Ivy, Robert Renix, Sarah Knoll Sweeney, Brenda Simons, and Bridget Piggue, with Tammy Davis and Trace Haythorn as staff support. We are still hoping to identify two more individuals for the team. Donna Dunn has been asked by the Board to continue as consultant in the process. The group is planning to meet for the first time in January.
CHAPLAINS, the 2-hour documentary film 
CHAPLAINS is a 2-hour documentary film that profiles eight chaplains from various faith traditions working in professional settings such as the military, prisons, hospitals, and police departments. It will be nationally broadcast on the WORLD Channel:  Monday, December 26th, at 7pm. It will be repeated on Tuesday, December 27th, at midnight, 8am, 2pm and then again on January 1st at 4am. Check their website for further listings and times in your area.
 
WORLD Channel is Public Television's premiere network for documentary and new programming and is now seen in 2/3's of American households. The film also continues to air nationwide on PBS stations. The film won the two major awards for television programming on religion: the Gabriel Award and the Wilbur Award.
A Poem for Reflection 
Some of my friends in climates much colder than Atlanta have shared pictures on Facebook of first snows. Having lived in New York, New Jersey and Nebraska, a part of me misses those days where everything seemed so still and quiet, where the squirrel tracks were the only mark upon the new blanket across our lawn. In that spirit and from those memories, I offer the following:
"December Notes" by Nancy McCleery
 
The backyard is one white sheet
Where we read in the bird tracks
 
The songs we hear. Delicate
Sparrow, heavier cardinal,
 
Filigree threads of chickadee.
And wing patterns where one flew
 
Low, then up and away, gone
To the woods but calling out
 
Clearly its bright epigrams.
More snow promised for tonight.
 
The postal van is stalled
In the road again, the mail
 
Will be late and any good news
Will reach us by hand.
Just for Fun
Some of you are familiar with the work of Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax. Here's a lovely Ted Talk by her about compassion and empathy in the face of death: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy.
CPE Curriculum Development Grants 
Click here for more information from the latest round of the Transforming Chaplaincy Project!

This Week on the Calendar
Tuesday, December 6 -  Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

Thursday, December 8
* Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhism
Celebration of the time when Prince Gautama (also later known as Shakyamuni Buddha) took his place under the Bodhi tree, vowing to remain there until he attained supreme enlightenment.

* Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christianity
A Roman Catholic holiday celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin for her entire life.

Saturday, December 10
* Mawlid al-Nabi - Islam
The anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca in ca. 570 C.E., observed by Sunni Muslims beginning at sundown. Shi'a Muslims celebrate five days later, on December 15th.

* Maunajiyaras - Jainism
A day of fasting, silence, and meditation on the five holy beings: monks, teachers, religious leaders, Arihants or Jinas (enlightened masters), and Siddhas (liberated souls). This day is also marked as the birth anniversary of many Tirthankaras or Pathfinders.

* Human Rights Day
While not a religious festival, this day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, including Article 18 which states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion."

Sunday, December 11
* Third Sunday of Advent (joy) - Christianity (Western churches)

* Masá'il - Bahá'í
The beginning of the fifteenth month of the Bahá'í year; its name means "questions."
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