ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
January 8, 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.
Happy New Year! I hope that you and yours had a lovely holiday break and that you enter the new year excited about our work together!
HCCN Announcement
Several people have asked us about a response to the recent announcement from the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and their affiliate organization, the Spiritual Care Association. As there are current accreditation processes taking place, we cannot comment until those matters are resolved.
REM Invitational XXX Registration
Have you registered for the REM Invitational XXX in Washington, D.C. yet? Pre-registration ends on January 19th. Click here to register. 
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.
A Poem for Reflection
As we turn from all that was 2017, I believe we need the wisdom of those who have helped us reach this place:
"Through the Coming Year" by Howard Thurman

Grant that I may pass through
the coming year with a faithful heart.
There will be much to test me and
make weak my strength before the year ends.
In my confusion I shall often say the word that is not true and do the thing of which I am ashamed.
There will be errors in the mind
and great inaccuracies of judgment...
In seeking the light,
I shall again and again find myself
walking in the darkness.
I shall mistake my light for Your light
and I shall drink from the responsibility of the choice I make.
Nevertheless, grant that I may pass through the coming year with a faithful heart.
May I never give the approval of my heart to error, to falseness, to vanity, to sin.
Though my days be marked
with failures, stumblings, fallings,
let my spirit be free
so that You may take it
and redeem my moments
in all the ways my needs reveal.
Give me the quiet assurance
of Your Love and Presence.
Grant that I may pass through
the coming year with a faithful heart.
Something Extra
If you are a product of a liberal arts education and you're not familiar with "Brain Pickings," I highly recommend it! Here's a recent post exploring meaning and purpose through the lens of Walt Whitman | Walt Whitman on What Makes Life Worth Living
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 8
*Seijin-no-hi - Shintō
Coming-of-Age Day, a Japanese national holiday in which families travel to shrines and announce to the gods that their children have reached adulthood. Prayers are offered for the children's wellbeing and lifelong health.

Wednesday, January 10
*Memorial of Línjì Yìxuán - Buddhism
Anniversary of the death in 866 C.E. of the Chinese Buddhist teacher who founded what is often known as the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.

Saturday, January 13
*Maghi - Sikhism
Commemorating a battle in which forty Sikhs (the Forty Liberated Ones or Immortal Ones), led by a woman named Maathaa Bhaag Kaur, sacrificed themselves for their guru.

Sunday, January 14
*Makar Sankranti - Hinduism
A festival marking the change from decrease to increase of the sun.
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