ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
March 27, 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.
On-Going Progress by the Redesign Implementation Team
The team met this past week to discuss their progress. The Leadership Development Committee is almost ready to get up and running - we'll give you more details about that group and their work in the next couple of weeks. Transition plans for the Commissions, Finance and Audit, Research and Advocacy are close to complete. Curriculum and Educational Resources Committee is expected to be ready by the national conference. The Professional Well-being Committee is also aiming to be ready by the national conference. The team will met again on April 4th to dive more deeply into the formation and funding of "communities of practice." A pre-con workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, in Minneapolis to share with members the communities of practice process. We hope to record the session and post it to the web so all members can access it.
As a reminder, this team is co-chaired by Amy Greene and Kathy Gallivan. Team members include David Carl, Bridget Piggue, Brenda Simonds, Sarah Knoll Sweeney, Steve Ivy, Rob Hartmann, Kathy Turner, and Robert Renix. Feel free to contact any of them if you have comments or questions. 
ACPE Supports AAPC National Meeting
As many of you know, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) restructured their governance model last year, eliminating their national office and moving to a regions-only model. ACPE has provided support to the AAPC board as they have planned and implemented their national conference this year. Terry Izaguirre and Tiffany Kindred from our office have given a great deal of time and energy to help AAPC make this happen. We're grateful for AAPC's confidence in our team, and thankful for the leadership and support ACPE is able to provide to the larger ecology of spiritual care. Thanks Terry and Tiffany!
Reba McEntire
While at the conference, Terry and Tiffany had a celebrity sighting.
They met Reba McEntire! 

Advancing Chaplaincy: Learning to Think and Act Strategically
Transforming Chaplaincy is hosting a series of 4 hour-long webinars in Spring 2017. Registration for each webinar is limited and filling up fast. Click here to save your spot.
In case you missed it
Six amendments to the Bylaws passed last November have been proposed, five from Gordon Hilsman and one from Jeffery Silberman. You can review them and makes comments here . To be respectful of the holidays, comments will be received until April 10, 2017.
A Poem for Reflection
One more poet in recognition of Women's History Month. This poem came to me from Bill Gaventa, who noted from his days as a supervisor in New Jersey, "I put it out in the Eastern Region as the CPE learning journey. Worked for me." I hope it works for you as well!
"Autobiography in Five Short Chapters" by Portia Nelson
Chapter 1
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost ... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.
Chapter 2
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
Chapter 3
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in ... it's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.
Chapter 4
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.
Chapter 5
I walk down another street. 
Something Extra
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This Week on the Calendar
Tuesday, March 28
*Ugadi or Yugā di - Hinduism
The New Year's Day celebration for Hindus of the Deccan Plateau in central and southern India, which traditionally includes a ritual bath, prayers, and the eating of pachhadi: six flavors that represent six different life experiences. The flavors are bitter, tang, sour, spicy, salty, and sweet, which symbolize sadness, surprise, disgust, anger, fear, and happiness.
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