ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.

May 15, 2017
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.
Coming soon: Bylaws Amendments Vote
Watch your email next week - we will send out Bylaws Amendments along with a link to the debate at the member meeting. Voting will begin on Wednesday, May 24 and conclude on Friday, May 26. All active and retired educator and practitioner members are eligible to vote. If you do not receive a ballot on May 24, please contact the national office. The email will come from "Election Buddy", which is our online election software that assures the security and integrity of the election process.
Conference Attendees: Please complete the online survey!
Last week, all conference attendees should have received a survey from the national office. Please take a minute (or more like 10) to complete it as we use this information to provide feedback to our presenters, workshops leaders, and the venues as well as to guide us in future plans. Thanks again to everyone who joined us in Minneapolis. We hope to see you next year in Atlanta (May 9-11, 2018)! Here's link to the survey: ACPE 2017 Conference Survey
Time and Talent Survey
The Time and Talent Survey is still open! This is a tool that the Leadership Development Committee will use to help identified interested and qualified candidates for the commissions and committees of ACPE's work. Please click here to complete the survey: Time and Talent Survey.
ACPE Mission to Israel
ACPE will be hosting a 10-day experience to Israel in late January 2018. The trip is designed to  foster community, offer opportunities for learning, to engage with one another, to experience the holy sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as the modern state of Israel, and to have professional opportunities to engage with colleagues in Israel who are in the emerging field of spiritual care with site visits to centers. Learn more about the trip and how you can sign up to go here
A Poem for Reflection
I came across the Mark Nepo poem last week, and I immediately thought of my first week as a CPE intern in Denver back in 1989. As many of you wrap up residencies and prepare for summer students, I hope this poem may be a resource for your group's reflection:
"Tidal" by Mark Nepo
I have held the dying,
have felt their life surge one last time
like a surf, have held those not even
a day old, have seen their eyes flicker
out of focus at the coolness
of this thing called air,
and I have been the dying,
held until I came back.
I have been crushed to center
and left for invisible, and played
like a sweet thing with broken strings,
and in the hush after truth is shared,
in the wake of all explanation and excuse,
in the aftermath of illusions snapped
like sticks, nothing matters now
but the instant where all I am
mounts like a wave for you,
the instant my hand parts
the air between us.
I tell you I have come so close
to death that I forgot my name
and now all names seem useless.
So nothing matters but emptying
until the softness we call spirit bubbles
through the tongue and words fail
in utter adoration. Nothing now
but this need to be... naked
in the midst of what we feel.
Something extra
While we work on recordings form the conference and all of the legal rigmarole, here's a recent episode of "On Being" with Krista Tippett and Matthew Sanford, our closing keynote speaker. 
This Week on the Calendar
Monday, May 15
*Restoration of the Aaronic priesthood - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Marking the restoration of this order by John the Baptist and conferred upon the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on this date in 1829 C.E.
Tuesday, May 16
*'Azamat - Bahá'í
The beginning of the fourth month of the Bahá'í year, 'Azamat means "grandeur."
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