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May 8, 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.
2017 Conference Notes
Oh, what a rich and wonderful experience! Please ask your colleagues about their experience at the national conference. Over 650 participants joined us this year, an incredible increase of over 200 attendees from the previous year. From the incredible keynoters, the excellent workshops, and the glorious celebration of our 50 years as an association, Minneapolis 2017 was an event to remember. Let me offer a few highlights:
  • At the Presidential Dinner, the 50th Anniversary Committee shared the following video of four members who were a part of the 1967 merger that gave life to ACPE: "Strands"
  • Leadership participated in workshops on Communities of Practice and the new Certification Process. We will be posting audio recordings of those presentations along with accompanying slides within the next couple of weeks.
  • As you can see above, we introduced a new logo and descriptor: ACPE: The Standard in Spiritual Care & Education. In addition to the logo above, we also introduced the following marks which will be used in a variety of ways.
  • logo versions
  • The ACPE Board of Directors approved the official use of the title "ACPE Certified Educator" (ACPE) for all ACPE Supervisors. They also approved Spiritual Care Professionals (ACPE SCP or SCP) as a title for Clinical Members.
  • Representatives from groups that we have traditionally called Cognate Partners celebrated with us, including APC, NACC, and NAJC. (We know refer to each other as Strategic Partners in Spiritual Care Leadership.) We also welcomed representatives from the Military Chaplains Association, the Religious Endorsing Bodies, Seminaries and Divinity Schools, and the many networks that participate and advance the works of ACPE.
  • As a part of a delightful reception for donors to the ACPE Foundation, foundation leadership raised $22,000 in less than 15 minutes. It was a powerful testimony to the commitment to our ongoing shared work.
We will be working to post as much of the material as we can from the conference. Watch this space for updates.
Certification Update
Several members have asked how the regional Certification Committees should function for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. Those committees should continue through 2018 until notified by the Certification Implementation Team that we are ready to move to the new process. If a person is scheduled to complete a term in 2017, regions are encouraged to appoint or elect someone to replace that person for 2018. Watch this place for updates!
New Podcast Series
Thanks to generous grants from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the FISH Foundation, ACPE is working with the independent radio program "Interfaith Voices" to produce a 7-part series on chaplains, their context, their work, and their perspectives. The first episode was recently released. You can find it here: (Save the link to follow new episodes as they are released.)
Coming soon
Watch this space and other communications over the next few weeks as we will be sending six amendments to the ACPE Bylaws for your consideration. Each Bylaw will be accompanied by a rationale for the proposed change, the pros and cons of the proposed change, and the Board of Director's recommendation for association action.
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.
A Poem for Reflection
This is the first David Whyte poem I ever heard. He wrote it for a workshop he did with a group of Boeing employees (thus some of the references you hear), but it seems so apt for the experience we shared in Minneapolis:
"Working Together" by David Whyte
We shape our self
to fit this world
and by the world
are shaped again.
The visible
and the invisible
working together
in common cause,
to produce
the miraculous.
I am thinking of the way
the intangible air
passed at speed
round a shaped wing
holds our weight.
So may we, in this life
to those elements
we have yet to see
or imagine,
and look for the true
shape of our own self,
by forming it well
to the great
intangibles about us.
     from The House of Belonging
      ©1996 Many Rivers Press
Something extra
We've shared some Carrie Newcomer and Parker Palmer pieces in recent weeks. The following will give you a flavor of Greg Ellison ( The Pedagogy of Patience)  and Matthew Sanford ( Transform 2009 - Mind Body Awareness), both of whom also served as keynoters at our conference.
Amazon Mom

This Week on the Calendar
Tuesday, May 9
*Laylat al-Bara'at or Nisf Sha'bān - Islam
According to Muslim tradition, Allah approaches the earth on this night (the middle day of the eighth month in the Islamic calendar) to call humanity to repentance and grant forgiveness of sins. 

Wednesday, May 10
*Visakha Puja [Buddha Day] - Buddhism 
Celebrated by Theravdin Buddhists on the full moon of the sixth lunar month, this is a triple commemoration of the historical Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death and entrance into nirvana.

Sunday, May 14
*Lag B'Omer -  Judaism
The 33rd day in the counting of the period between Pesach [Passover] and Shavuot [the giving of the Law]; the festival begins at sundown.

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.
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