ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
November 20, 2017
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 on ACPE transitions. Also included are helpful links to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
In this week of Thanksgiving, I am deeply aware of the anxiety of our times. Every weekend, our staff watches the news to see if we need to add a note about the latest tragedy in our country or around the world. With the sudden and long-overdue revelations about sexual harassment and misconduct within so many corners of the world, I know some have felt betrayed as they have seen people they once admired fall while others see those same people finally facing justice. And all of this during the significant transitions for our organization.

Amidst it all, we come away from a week of ACPE leadership meetings in Atlanta with deep gratitude for your work, for the people we serve, and for this organization and its rich history. May you and yours be blessed this Thanksgiving, and may a peace that passes all understanding transform what we know into what the world desperately needs.
Thanksgiving Holiday Hours for the National Office
We will close at noon on Wednesday, November 22 and will reopen on Monday, November 27 at 9:00am.
A Reminder about 2018 Invoices
Within the next few days, you will receive your invoice for 2018. Please let us know if you have questions or need any information about them. If you missed the earlier explanations, here are more details:
Board Appointed Committees
At its meeting last week, the ACPE Board of Directors appointed 48 people to committees. Click here for the slate.
Coming Soon: A Directory of Communities of Practice
Thanks to everyone who has formed and/or joined a community of practice. In the next couple of weeks, we will roll out a directory with information about all of them. We hope this will encourage some of you to join groups already formed or to create a group of your own. In the meantime, please reach out to the leaders of the Professional Well-Being Committee Barbara Bullock, Chair, or David Hutchinson, Chair-elect, if you have questions.
Save the Date: November 28 is Giving Tuesday
Join your colleagues across the country, and support ACPE on Giving Tuesday-the National Day of Giving! Your support helps us to reach our goal of $5,000 to fund innovative CPE projects focused on research, and further position ACPE as a leader in spiritual care.

Check out this video of a wonderful Innovative CPE project past gifts made possible:  Once you make your gift, tell five friends to join us, too. 
A Poem for Reflection
Okay, so this really isn't a poem, but it is poetic. I love the work of David Whyte, and his recent collection, Consolations, includes this passage. I think it is so fitting for this week and for this moment in history:
 "Gratitude" by David Whyte

is not a passive response to something given to us, gratitude is being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. Gratitude is not something that is shown after the event, it is the deep, a priori state of attention that shows we understand and are equal to the gifted nature of life. Gratitude is the understanding that many millions of things come together and live together and mesh together and breathe together in order for us to take even one more breath of air, that the underlying gift of life and incarnation as a living, participating human being is privilege, that we are part of something, rather than nothing. Even if that something is temporarily pain or despair, we inhabit a living world, with real faces, real voices, laughter, the color blue, the green of the fields, the freshness of a cold wind, or the tawny hue of a winter landscape. To see the full miraculous essentiality of the color blue is to be grateful with no necessity for a word of thanks. To see fully, the beauty of a daughter's face is to be fully grateful without having to seek a God to thank him. To sit among friends and strangers, hearing many voices, strange opinions; to intuit inner lives beneath surface lives, to inhabit many worlds at once in this world, to be a someone amongst all other someones, and therefore to make a conversation without saying a word, is to deepen our sense of presence and therefore our natural sense of thankfulness that everything happens both with us and without us, that we are participants and witness all at once. Thankfulness finds its full measure in generosity of presence, both through participation and witness. We sit at the table part of every other person's world while making our own world without will or effort, this is what is extraordinary and gifted, this is the essence of gratefulness, seeing to the heart of privilege. Thanksgiving happens when our sense of presence meets all other presences. Being unappreciative means we are simply not paying attention.
Something Extra
A colleague once told me that she had a peer in her CPE group who reminded her a lot of Lucy van Pelt. For those who don't recognize that name, take look at this clip, which turned 45 years old this year:
This Week on the Calendar
Tuesday, November 21
* Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christianity (Catholic churches)

* Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple - Christianity (Eastern churches)
This day commemorates the entrance of the three-year-old Virgin Mary into the temple at Jerusalem to receive an education and begin her life of absolute dedication to God. According to some apocryphal writings, Mary also entered the Temple's Holy of Holies on this occasion, thus becoming the first and only woman ever to enter that sacred space.

Wednesday, November 22
* Qawl - Bahá'í
The beginning of the fourteenth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "speech."

Thursday, November 23
* Thanksgiving Day
This national holiday was first officially observed after a proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, in 1863 C.E. Establishing the fourth Thursday of November for the observance, Lincoln wrote that "[The blessings enjoyed in this country] are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People."

Saturday, November 25
* Day of the Covenant - Bahá'í
A celebration of the appointment of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh, as the Center of the Covenant in New York City in 1912 C.E. Devout followers begin their remembrance the preceding evening and do not suspend work on this day.

Sunday, November 26
* Christ the King Sunday - Christianity (Western churches)
This feast day commemorates Jesus' teaching that he will return at the end of time to judge humanity. In the Western Christian liturgical year, this is the last Sunday; the following Sunday (i.e., the first Sunday of Advent) marks the beginning of a new year.
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