ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
January 22, 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.
Report from the ACPE Israel Trip
Have you seen the pictures and read the stories from the ACPE Israel trip? The group has enjoyed an incredible trip, educational and deeply moving. Next week, we hope to offer a full album of the adventure. In the meantime, click here to see the Facebook posts.
From The Joint Commission
Check out this article from the most recent Joint Commission magazine - part 1 of a 2 part piece!
Update on Accreditation Annual Reports
Several members contacted the national office frustrated that annual reports were due on a federal holiday. Please know that this is a date set within the manuals, not by office staff. In light of the feedback, the office staff will ask the board to consider language in the manuals that will state something like, "When a deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, members shall have until 5:00pm of the first business day following that weekend or holiday to submit their materials." We will also work to encourage members to plan ahead and try to submit materials earlier when possible. We want to make sure our work is consistent with our values (and we don't need to ask staff to work overtime on weekends and holidays when in most cases an extra day will not have a significant negative impact.) 
Communications Updates/Changes Coming!
Beginning in February, ACPE will launch a new weekly publication, This Week at ACPE, to replace the Monday Briefing and monthly newsletter. Combining the best features of both publications, This Week at ACPE will provide greater flexibility for more timely and detailed articles. But most importantly it will be member driven - providing the news and information you want to share with your colleagues.

February 5th will be the first issue. We are excited to hear what you think of our new look!
Transforming Chaplaincy Webinars
Transforming Chaplaincy is hosting a series of webinars in Winter/Spring 2017. Registration for each webinar is limited and will fill up fast. Click here to save your spot.
Religion, Spirituality, and Health: An Introduction to Research
ACPE members along with members the Association of Professional Chaplains, the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, are invited to participate in a free, 8-week online course, Religion, Spirituality, and Health: An Introduction to Research, which is being offered at no cost through Virginia Commonwealth University. The course is made possible by matching funds from these four associations, each of whom recognizes participation as continuing education.

The course will be offered two more times. Interest in the first two sessions exceeded expectations. For more details and to get on the waiting lists for the 3rd and 4th sessions (approximately November 2018 and January 2019), contact Transforming Chaplaincy Project Coordinator Kathryn Lyndes at or (312) 942-0247.
Reminder to Sign Ethics Form
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.
The First Train-the-Trainer Inter-professional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC)
The Inter-professional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum Train-the-Trainer Leadership conference will prepare physicians, nurses, and other clinicians from a variety of clinical settings to advocate spiritual care at their institutes and cultivate organizational change. The conference will be hosted in Washington, DC, on July 10-12, 2018.
Attendees will be chosen through a competitive selection process. Click here to learn more.
A Poem for Reflection
We had two days of icy roads in Atlanta. While we did not repeat the "Snowpocalypse" of 2014, we were reminded of how ill-equipped those of us in the southern half of the country are for such events. I am reminded of this poem, especially as I've watched the parents in our neighborhood struggle to get their kids outside:
"Snow Day" by Billy Collins

Today we woke up to a revolution of snow,
its white flag waving over everything,
the landscape vanished,
not a single mouse to punctuate the blankness,
and beyond these windows

the government buildings smothered,
schools and libraries buried, the post office lost
under the noiseless drift,
the paths of trains softly blocked,
the world fallen under this falling.

In a while, I will put on some boots
and step out like someone walking in water,
and the dog will porpoise through the drifts,
and I will shake a laden branch
sending a cold shower down on us both.

But for now I am a willing prisoner in this house,
a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow.
I will make a pot of tea
and listen to the plastic radio on the counter,
as glad as anyone to hear the news

that the Kiddie Corner School is closed,
the Ding-Dong School, closed.
the All Aboard Children's School, closed,
the Hi-Ho Nursery School, closed,
along with-some will be delighted to hear-

the Toadstool School, the Little School,
Little Sparrows Nursery School,
Little Stars Pre-School, Peas-and-Carrots Day School
the Tom Thumb Child Center, all closed,
and-clap your hands-the Peanuts Play School.

So this is where the children hide all day,
These are the nests where they letter and draw,
where they put on their bright miniature jackets,
all darting and climbing and sliding,
all but the few girls whispering by the fence.

And now I am listening hard
in the grandiose silence of the snow,
trying to hear what those three girls are plotting,
what riot is afoot,
which small queen is about to be brought down.
Something Extra
While it seems early to be thinking about spring break or summer road trips, I offer the following to help you plan for fun and adventure, because we can all use a little more fun and adventure! | Make My Drive Fun
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.
  • Condolences to Martha Rutland and her family in the death of her father, Ransom Eugene Rutland, Jr., on January 2, 2018. He had been under hospice care for a few months prior to his death.
  • Retired member Guy Steele, who was a long-time supervisor in the Northeast Region and resident for the last several years on Cape Cod, died on January 11, 2018.
This Week on the Calendar
Monday, January 22
*Vasanta Panchami - Hinduism
A North Indian celebration associated with Saraswati, the goddess of learning, and with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

Wednesday, January 24
*Jashne Sadeh - Zoroastrianism
A celebration of the discovery of fire by King Hashang of the Peshdadian dynasty; it is a festival in which a large bonfire is built as an act of defiance to drive back the winter.

Thursday, January 25
*Memorial of Hōnen Shonin - Buddhism
Anniversary of the death in 1212 C.E. of the founder of the Jodo Shu (Pure Land) school of Mahāyāna Buddhism in Japan.

Sunday, January 28
*Triodion begins - Christianity (Eastern churches)
This day marks the beginning of the ten weeks preceding Holy Pascha (Easter). The term Triodion refers to the book containing the liturgies for the worship services during this time period.
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