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December 11, 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 regarding ACPE. Also included are helpful links to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
Staff Holiday Celebration
For the second year in a row, the ACPE staff took a day to celebrate and to serve. We spent the morning delivering and packing food for Meals in Wheels. We shared a great lunch and celebrated the holidays together. ACPE is served by a talented and gifted team - it's a privilege to call them my colleagues!
Staff Holiday 2017
DCPM Sightings!
The Directors of Community, Practice and Member Development have been busy, racking up the miles and enjoying wonderful conversations with colleagues all across the country! Thank you to everyone who has welcomed Steve, Wayne and Katherine for visits. We meet weekly, and it is so exciting to hear about all of the great work ACPE is doing around the country. To date, here are the numbers for visits:
  • 46 ACPE Accredited Centers
  • 143 ACPE Certified Educators
  • 13 Education Students
  • 56 Students
  • 22 Administrators
  • 25 Staff Chaplains
  • 11 Professional Advisory Groups
Their visits will continue into the new year, and they will be adding hubs and communities of practice to their list of visits. I'm grateful for the work of these three talented and dedicated folks!
ACPE Holiday Hours
ACPE's National Offices will close the afternoon of December 22 and will reopen January 2. We wish you and yours a happy and peace-filled holiday. I will be away December 15-January 1, enjoying several family "benchmark" celebrations. I look forward to a great new year for ACPE!
A Poem for Reflection
Amidst the clamor and noise of DC politics, global warfare, and our national consumerist frenzy, I turn to one of the true sages of our age, Wendell Berry, to offer a peaceful word:
"Those Awake" by Wendell Berry

When we convene again
to understand the world,
the first speaker will again
point silently out of the window
at the hillside in its season,
sunlit, under the snow,
and we will nod silently,
and silently stand and go.
Something Extra
If you're traveling to the neighborhood where you grew up, or if you have a minute to pick up the phone or send an email, please take a minute to say thank you to those who taught you, shaped you, formed you, influenced you. Here's a lovely story from one such moment: Retired Teacher Gets Surprised By Former Student James Maslow.
Something Else Extra
The following was submitted by ACPE Certified Educator Angela Janssen Keenan, a poem written by one of her students, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC:
"Ode to a Chaplain On Call"

The alarming tone of a well worn pager startles me into consciousness.
I fumble with fingers groping over the nightstand lifting each piece of hardware to my foggy eyes.  
Squinting, I identify the perpetrator from amidst the haphazard pile of plastic.
"It's this one! You are responsible for my broken sleep!" I mutter like a madman to myself.
I can barely read the words on the well-worn and dimly glowing screen- ATC Alert. 5 minutes out.
I exhale a long and grateful sigh returning this pager to its place.
After uttering a prayer for the soul in distress, I pull the tattered blanket back over my head praying for sleep to return until the next alarming tone awakens me.  
It comes within the hour. Hastily I straighten my tie, lace my shoes and check the mirror to assess the damage sleep has done to my hair.  
Somewhat satisfied with the image staring back at me and patting myself down--badge, pagers, phone--I bolt from the room and head to whatever trauma awaits me.  
"God before me. God beside me. God behind me. Make me an instrument of your peace." is my whispered prayer as I rush through each hallway.  
I find my place among the others likewise summoned to this moment and do my part to support their part- all the while praying.
I return to my room, sounds and images swirling inside, and pray to release them knowing they will likely be replaced.
I loosen my tie, take off my shoes and return the hardware to the nightstand beside me.  
After uttering a prayer for the soul in distress, I pull the tattered blanket back over my head praying for sleep to return until the next alarming tone awakens me.    And it does.
This Week in our Thoughts
This week we heard news about the following members and friends. Visit the ACPE Memorials and Milestones website for more details.
  • ACPE Certified Educator Sr. Anita Lapeyre, RSCJ died December 4, 2017.
This Week on the Calendar
Monday, December 11
* Masá'il - Bahá'í
The beginning of the fifteenth month of the Bahá'í year; its name means "questions."

Tuesday, December 12
* Chanukah [Hanukkah] begins (through December 20) - Judaism
The Jewish Festival of Lights commemorates the Maccabean victory over Syrian-Greek oppressors and the recapture and re-dedication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165 B.C.E. Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom. The eight-candle Menorah is lit at sundown, and gifts are given.

* Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe - Catholic Christianity
Commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531 C.E. Juan Diego, a native American living during the Spanish conquest of Mexico, saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. He was told to build a church in her honor exactly where he stood, and in that spot the Basilica of Guadalupe was erected. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world travel to that church every year and venerate the icon of the Virgin that is there, imprinted on Diego's cloak; it is believed that Our Lady of Guadalupe can intercede with God so that faithful believers' prayers can be answered, and miracles can occur. She is also the patron saint of Mexico.

Friday, December 15
* Bill of Rights Day
While not a religious festival, this day marks the signing into law of the ten original amendments to the United States Constitution in 1791, including the First Amendment that protects citizens' freedoms of speech and of religious expression.

Saturday, December 16
* Posadas Navideñas begins (through December 25) - Christianity (Western churches)
A Latino/Latina Christian feast of the Lodgings, commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph toward Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.

Sunday, December 17
* Third Sunday of Advent (joy) - Christianity (Western churches)
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