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January 15, 2018
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.
I rise this day remembering that the arc of the moral universe is long, and it bends towards justice. One of my favorite Dr. King quotes: 
"I'm about convinced now that there is need for a new organization in our world. The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment - men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos. Who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." As maladjusted as Abraham Lincoln who had the vision to see that this nation would not survive half-slave and half-free. As maladjusted as Thomas Jefferson who in the midst of an age amazingly adjusted to slavery would scratch across the pages of history words lifted to cosmic proportions, "We know these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator certain unalienable rights" that among these are "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." As maladjusted as Jesus of Nazareth who could say to the men and women of his day, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you. Pray for them that despitefully use you." Through such maladjustment, I believe that we will be able to emerge from the bleak and desolate midnight of man's inhumanity to man into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice. My faith is that somehow this problem will be solved."
Reminder: Annual Reports Due by 11:59pm EST
Click here to read about the changes to the Annual Report and for instructions on how to complete your Annual Report in BoardEffect. There have been some significant changes to the process, so please read carefully through the instructions.

Please remember that Annual Reports must be submitted through BoardEffect no later than 11:59pm EST tonight. 
Annual Ethics Reporting
Please complete the attached digital form to report on your status regarding ACPE ethics by February 15, 2018. The Professional Ethics Commission will follow up with any questions or concerns.
COMISS Annual Forum
Linda Wilkerson and I were pleased to represent ACPE at the annual COMISS Forum in Washington, DC last weekend. It was the largest gathering in recent memory with over 70 attendees from over 35 different organizations, including chaplaincy groups, religious endorsers, and CPE providers. The two highlights of the meeting included an advocacy workshop led by Mary Kate Cunningham of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), helping the representatives from the different organizations begin to strategize how we can work together to promote chaplaincy at the federal, state and local level (as well as within the specific fields represented, e.g. healthcare, military, prisons, etc.). The second highlight was an address by Wendy Cadge, Professor of Sociology at Brandeis, titled: "Making the Case for Professional Chaplaincy: Content and Strategy" in which she laid out both the scope and opportunities for chaplaincy across the many domains where it is practiced. Professor Cadge was also awarded the COMISS medal for her contributions to the field, especially in terms of her research.
Deadlines for REM, Hubs and More!
  • January 19, 2018, is the deadline to register for the REM Invitational XXX
  • January 19, 2018, is the deadline to register for the Dallas Certification Hub
  • January 26, 2018, is the deadline to register for the San Diego Certification Hub
Improve Access to Chaplains for Non-English Speakers
Emilee Walker-Cornetta BCC and Joel Nightingale Berning BCC (and ACPE CEC) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are beginning a project to increase nationwide access to chaplaincy for care recipients who do not speak English. The goal is to create a multilingual tool that would help care recipients make a more educated decision about whether they would like to speak further with a chaplain via interpreter. They are seeking chaplain collaborators who are fluent (ideally native) speakers of languages other than English. If you or someone you know would join their team or at least briefly consult with them, please email Emilee or Joel.
A Poem for Reflection
Living in Atlanta, the celebration of Dr. King is so much more than another national holiday. I had the privilege a few years ago of visiting the Center for Civil and Human Rights here on a night when the docents all once served as Freedom Riders. I see their faces and hear their voices in this poem: Devotion (I Am on the Battlefield for My Lord) by Cortney Lamar Charleston
Something Extra
In case you missed it, this is a wonderful new site curated by Wendy Cadge (see COMISS piece above) called "Hidden Sacred Spaces." Its focus is Boston, but it leads me to wonder about the many places where I members live and serve. What are the hidden sacred spaces in your community? Click here for more. 
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. Please email Tiffany Kindred to add someone to the webpage.
  • No news reported this week.
This Week on the Calendar
Monday, January 15
*Martin Luther King, Jr., Day - USA national holiday
A day remembering the life and legacy of the American civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Tuesday, January 16
*Memorial of Shinran Shonin - Buddhism
Anniversary of the death in 1263 C.E. of the founder of the Jōdo Shinshu (True Pure Land) school of Mahāyāna Buddhism in Japan.

Thursday, January 18
*Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins - Christianity

Friday, January 19
*Sultán - Bahá'í
The first day of Sultán (Sovereignty), the seventeenth month of the Bahá'í year.

Sunday, January 21
*World Religion Day - Bahá'í
A celebration of the teachings of unity found in all religious traditions. The observance begins at sundown.O
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