ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
February 27, 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.
Redesign Implementation Team (RIT) Update
The RIT met last Wednesday, February 22 via video conference. Within the last month, a great deal of work related to the transition has been accomplished, but the group is clear that we have miles to go before we sleep. Here's a link to an update from Amy Greene, Team Chair:  Redesign Implementation Team Update .
Did you know?
As a part of the grant ACPE received from the Henry Luce Foundation, we are seeking a temporary research assistant to join our staff. Applications close on March 6, so please share with those you think might be interested. Here's a link to the position.
Certification Dates and Deadlines

Spring 2017 Certification Dates

Deadline to Declare: February 27, 2017
(Declarations must be submitted by email to

Deadline to Postmark Materials: March 27, 2017

Commission Meetings: April 29-May 2, 2017

Are you prepared to meet a sub-committee or submit your position papers?
National Conference Early Bird Registration ends in a couple of days! Click here to register while there's still time. 
Thank you, and...
Thanks to everyone who participated in the "name" survey. We are working with the data now, and we hope to have a report to you in next week's Monday Briefing. For now, please know how grateful we are to all who took the time to share their thoughts.
A Poem for Reflection
To close Black History Month, I offer a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. If her work is new to you, I encourage you to explore some of it at the Poetry Foundation ( It is evocative, challenging and profoundly sensory. Here's a sample:
"my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell" by Gwendolyn Brooks

I hold my honey and I store my bread
In little jars and cabinets of my will.
I label clearly, and each latch and lid
I bid, Be firm till I return from hell.
I am very hungry. I am incomplete.
And none can tell when I may dine again.
No man can give me any word but Wait,
The puny light. I keep eyes pointed in;
Hoping that, when the devil days of my hurt
Drag out to their last dregs and I resume
On such legs as are left me, in such heart
As I can manage, remember to go home,
My taste will not have turned insensitive
To honey and bread old purity could love.
Just for fun
If you haven't discovered "Shots of Awe," it's an interesting resource for starting discussion. Here's a sample:  How We See Ourselves Through The Eyes Of Others.
This Week on the Calendar
Wednesday, March 1
*Ash Wednesday - Christianity (Western churches)
The beginning of Lent, a forty-day period (excluding Sundays) in which Christians pray, repent, fast and reflect on Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem.  It is a preparatory period for Holy Week and Easter; on this day, believers often receive an ashen cross on their foreheads to mark their repentance and mortality.
*'Alá - Bahá'í
The beginning of the nineteenth and final month, meaning "loftiness," and also of a 19-day fast in preparation for Naw Rúz [March 20].  Adult believers in good health abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk.  
Sunday, March 5
*Orthodox Sunday - Christianity (Eastern churches)
A celebration of the restoration of icons, which had been banned from Byzantine churches in the seventh century.  The Christian empress Theodora ordered them restored in 843 C.E.
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