ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
November 6, 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.
Good's November. Though I trust we're all grateful for that extra hour of sleep over the weekend!
Leadership Meetings Reminder: Atlanta (not Decatur)
Please note that leadership (including Certification, Accreditation, and the ACPE and Foundation Boards) are meeting at the Atlanta Sheraton for all meetings, not the Decatur Marriott. The Marriott expected to be undergoing major renovations, thus the need for the move. We'll see you in a few days!
Election Results
Watch your email later today for the results of last week's election! Thanks to everyone who ran and for all who voted. A special thanks to the Leadership Development Committee and their chair, Stephen Robinson, for their good work recruiting and reviewing applicants for committee, commission and board members.
Did you see it? Certification Updates
In case you missed it, a new FAQ document went out in last week's newsletter that includes several new pieces about the new Certification process. You can review those documents here.
Request for Research Participants
In case you missed it, one of our members - Phil Haltom - is seeking participants for a research study he is conducting. For more information, click here
A Poem for Reflection
The last of the fall regional meetings takes place this week among our colleagues of the Northeast. In light of the power memory-making, grieving, and visioning for the future, I offer this lovely piece by Jane Kenyon (with a particular nod to the last two lines):
"Let Evening Come" by Jane Kenyon

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing
as a woman takes up her needles
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.
Let the wind die down. Let the shed
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop
in the oats, to air in the lung
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don't
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.
Something Extra
In 2016, your gifts helped CPE students become more comfortable in advance-care planning conversations with patients and their families. Led by Elizabeth Watson-Martin at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, students participated in a research project to study how the My Gift of Grace game might allay anxiety of new spiritual caregivers when the opportunity presents itself to engage in advance care-planning conversations with patients and families. The findings of this research will be published in various outlets, and might help to tailor the CPE curriculum with other interactive strategies for helping chaplains and spiritual care practitioners address this topic. Here's a video highlighting the good work | ACPE Foundation: My Gift of Grace.
Something Else Extra
Sometimes I come across things and wonder, "Who thought to do that, and why?" Here is a piece on somebody who photoshops pictures of adults into childhood pictures of themselves. See for yourself: Guy Photoshops Himself Into Childhood Pics To Hang Out With His Childhood Self, And The Result Is Just Too Realistic.
This Week on the Calendar
Nothing listed - a quiet moment! 
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