ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
November 27, 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.
Welcome back from the tryptophan bliss....
Giving Tuesday!
Please remember ACPE and our Foundation tomorrow on Giving Tuesday! In honor of our 50th Anniversary, ACPE President Carlos Bell will give $1 for every $5 raised on this day! Our goal for this year is to raise at least $5,000 to support innovative research and programs. Give here: http://bit.ly/2zpUAJ6
Certification Celebrations!
Please join us in congratulating the following newly certified educators and candidates! Click here: http://bit.ly/2zQSMWw
Communities of Practice Update
In case you missed it during the busy holiday week, check out this update from Barbara Bullock, Chair, Professional Well-Being Committee. Click here: http://bit.ly/2zdXLiQ
Transforming Chaplaincy
Transforming Chaplaincy, a project-turned-institution promoting research literacy to improve patient outcomes, is excited to announce its new website. Having undergone a long period of development and design, the new website is an incredible resource for advancing research-literate chaplaincy in healthcare. Check out the new site here: http://bit.ly/2hx5P7u
A Poem for Reflection
This poem is included in a collection called Teaching with Fire by Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner (eds.) It is a go-to book whenever I need a bit of thoughtful "umph." This poem was very important to me during one of my residencies, reminding me of just how vital it is for us to see, hear and understand those whom we seek to serve.
"Making Contact" by Virginia Stair

I believe
the greatest gift
I can conceive of having
from anyone
is
to be seen by them,
heard by them,
to be understood
and
touched by them.
The greatest gift
I can give
is
to see, hear, understand
and to touch
another person.
When this is done,
I feel
contact has been made.
Something Extra
I've been delighted to learn how many of our members are avocational photographers. I recently came across this collection that shows the changing face of the earth in ways both beautiful and painful. Take a look: http://bit.ly/2zapiGg
This Week on the Calendar
Monday, November 27
* Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá - Bahá'í
The commemoration of the death of the Center of the Covenant in Haifa, Palestine, in 1921 C.E. Devout followers begin their remembrance the preceding evening and are allowed to work on this day.

Wednesday, November 29
* Mawlid al-Nabi - Islam
The anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca in ca. 570 C.E., observed by Sunni Muslims beginning at sundown. Shi'a Muslims celebrate five days later, on December 4th.


December 2017

For Native Americans of the Zuni tribe in New Mexico, December marks the time of the Shalako Kochina Ceremony. For other aboriginal tribes, this is the season when the river freezes and the land sleeps, known as Luut'aa.

Friday, December 1
* Mawlid al-Nabi - Islam
The anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca in ca. 570 C.E., observed by Sunni Muslims beginning at sundown. Shi'a Muslims celebrate five days later, on December 6th.

Sunday, December 3
* First Sunday of Advent (hope) - Christianity (Western churches)

* Sanghamittā Day - Buddhism
Celebrating the anniversary of the arrival of King Asoka's daughter Sanghamittā, who founded an order of nuns in Sri Lanka and carried with her a branch of the original tree under which the historical Buddha found enlightenment (it still survives in the ancient capital of Anuradhapura). This festival occurs on the full moon day in December.
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