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January 16, 2017
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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.
Today we remember the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest...
NAJC Annual Conference
Greetings from Cincinnati and the Nashama: Association of Jewish Chaplains national conference! Carlos Bell and I have gathered with leadership from our other cognate partners to share in a keynote address as well as to meet face-to-face in our continuing efforts to advance our common purposes and mission.
Transforming Chaplaincy Research Literacy Curriculum Development Grants
We want to remind CPE supervisors of the opportunity to apply for one of the Transforming Chaplaincy research literacy curriculum development grants. The purpose of the grants is to support the integration of research literacy education into educating people for careers in chaplaincy. Centers are free to propose research curricula that best fit their context, for example, establishing an ongoing research seminar series, hosting a researcher-led class, or attending online courses in religion, spirituality and health. Grant amounts are adjusted for applications from multiple CPE centers, including CPE systems. Sample proposals and curricula are available on the project website ( Please contact Kathryn Lyndes, the Project Coordinator, with questions or for assistance in preparing your application. Applications are due January 27. Please contact Kathryn Lyndes if you need additional time to prepare your application. 
Pine Rest's Clinical Pastoral Education Program Will Strengthen Collaboration Between The Christian Reformed Church And Reformed Church In America
A collaborative effort between Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, the Christian Reformed Church, the Reformed Church in America and their seminaries will focus on a Pine Rest education program which has been providing clinical pastoral education (CPE) for 45 years.
The accredited program helps pastors and seminarians develop pastoral care skills, self-awareness, and spiritual leadership. This project has many goals, but improved denominational collaboration is the main objective of this program which is funded by a generous grant from The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.
"Pine Rest was started by the shared work of faithful members of the Reformed Church of America and the Christian Reformed Church, a work that has blessed our community for over 100 years," says Mark Eastburg, president & CEO, Pine Rest. "We are honored to once again be part of a new collaborative effort between these denominations and their seminaries."   To learn more about this program, click here. 
A Poem for Reflection
I don't recall a time where I had so many questions and concerns about the future of my community, my colleagues, my faith group, our nation, and our world. I am not constrained by these matters, but I do find some days feel very long. It is on such days - especially the ones where the next best step seems so hard to discern - that I return to the wisdom of James Weldon Johnson. I offer this poem on this day as we look to a tomorrow that we must build together:
"The Gift to Sing" by James Weldon Johnson
Sometimes the mist overhangs my path,
And blackening clouds about me cling;
But, oh, I have a magic way
To turn the gloom to cheerful day-
      I softly sing.
And if the way grows darker still,
Shadowed by Sorrow's somber wing,
With glad defiance in my throat,
I pierce the darkness with a note,
       And sing, and sing.
I brood not over the broken past,
Nor dread whatever time may bring;
No nights are dark, no days are long,
While in my heart there swells a song,
       And I can sing.
Just for fun
As we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. today, I want to believe that he would have loved the following video. Our understanding of disability has come so far since his death, and yet we have so far to go. This video,  DISABILITY | How You See Me, is another step in that journey.

And because it simply isn't MLK Day without this, may your heart sing along, Morehouse College Glee Club: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Interfaith Calendar: 
Monday, 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.
*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. 
Wednesday, January 18
*Sultán - Bahá'í
The first day of Sultán (Sovereignty), the seventeenth month of the Bahá'í year.
* Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins - Christianity
Thursday, January 19
*Swami Vivekananda Jayanti - Hinduism
A celebration of the birth of Swami Vivekananda, who introduced Hinduism to North America at the World's Parliament of Religions, held in 1893 in Chicago during the World's Fair.
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