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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.
Save the Date: 
Mark your calendars for May 3-5, 2017 to celebrate the association's 50th anniversary in Minneapolis, MN. Our theme this year is " What We Need is Here" inspired by the Wendell Berry poem! Our keynote speakers are: Greg Ellison will be exploring his work with "fearless dialogues," Matthew Sanford is presenting the integration of mind, body and spirit and Parker Palmer and Carrie Newcomer are bringing us a combination of spoken and musical presentation. We will hold our celebration dinner on Thursday night, and a committee of former ACPE presidents have been working behind the scenes planning for the night. We know many will be traveling home on Friday for holy observances, but for those who can stay we have arranged for a special block of tickets for a play at the famous Guthrie Theater (more details coming soon).
An Invitation from our Colleagues at AAPC: Call for Workshops
The American Association of Pastoral Counselors  (AAPC) has a long history of meeting and collaborating with ACPE. Currently, the ACPE national office is assisting AAPC plan its annual conference in Decatur, GA, March 23-26, 2017. Their theme is Vision and Opportunity - Future of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy and Care.

AAPC invites you to share your experience, expertise and gifts by presenting a workshop at their conference. For more information, checkout the Workshop Application. The deadline to submit your application is October 15, 2016.
Salary Survey Results: 
Did you see the "News You Can Use" last week? If not, please review the 2016 Salary Survey results! 
A Poem for Reflection:
When we approached Parker Palmer about keynoting our 2017 conference, he shared that he has been working with Carrie Newcomer on a new presentation called, "What We Need is Here." It is a line from his poem, "The Wild Geese":

Horseback on Sunday morning,
harvest over, we taste persimmon
and wild grape, sharp sweet
of summer's end. In time's maze
over fall fields, we name names
that went west from here, names
that rest on graves. We open
a persimmon seed to find the tree
that stands in promise,
pale, in the seed's marrow.
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear,
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear. What we need is here.
A Helpful Resource: 
Have you come across "Brain Pickings"? It provides an interesting mix of analysis of books from a variety of fields while also making connections across disciplines. It is kind of a liberal arts playground. You can find it here: www.brainpickings.org.
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