ACPE's weekly digest to keep you connected, better informed, and well-resourced for the week ahead.
October 16, 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.
Greetings from Chula Vista! I am currently meeting with the North Central Region along with Steve Ivy. Tomorrow I head to Chicago for the Strategic Partners Symposium, which I know several of you will join remotely.
Seeking Faces!
Have you uploaded your headshot to the ACPE directory? If not, please do! It really helps members and leadership connect faces and names, building connections while making sure we don't take names for granted.
The Important Role of Faith-based Organizations in Fighting Diabetes
Thanks to Bill Gaventa for forwarding this opportunity! The Important Role of Faith-based Organizations in Fighting Diabetes. In this webinar, speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlight the CDC National Diabetes Education Program's Faith Leaders Toolkit. This easy-to-use resource features tip sheets, webinars, videos, social media messages, and other materials that make it easy for you to spread the word about type 2 diabetes, organize type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management activities in your community, and create an environment that supports healthy choices. View webinar. The full newsletter is available here.
Patient Experience 
Does your Spiritual Care department report into Patient Experience? If so, ACPE Certified Educator Angelika Zollfrank would love to hear from you. 
A Poem for Reflection
As we enter into a season of harvest, my mind and heart always go back to the poetry of Wendell Berry. This one is perhaps my favorite:
"X" by Wendell Berry

Whatever is foreseen in joy
Must be lived out from day to day.
Vision held open in the dark
By our ten thousand days of work.
Harvest will fill the barn; for that
The hand must ache, the face must sweat.

And yet no leaf or grain is filled
By work of ours; the field is tilled
And left to grace. That we may reap,
Great work is done while we're asleep.

When we work well, a Sabbath mood
Rests on our day, and finds it good.

-from A Timbered Choir. © Counterpoint, 1998.
Something Extra
What makes us happy? SoulPancake produces a delightful series called "The Science of Happiness." Each video is about 5 minutes and can serve as a great discussion starter or reflection tool. Here's a recent sample: An Experiment in Gratitude | The Science of Happiness. 
Something Else Extra
Some of you may have seen Morgan Freeman's earlier series, "The Story of God." He's got a new series out that looks pretty wonderful. From a PR statement, "Each hour-long episode zooms in on one topic: freedom, peace, love, division, power and rebellion." Here's a link to the preview: In The Story of Us, Morgan Freeman explores the human condition
This Week on the Calendar
Tuesday, October 17
*Birth of Guru Ram Das - Sikhism
This date in the Nanakshahi tradition celebrates the birth of the 4th Sikh guru (1534 - 1581 C.E.), who is remembered for organizing the structure of Sikh society and for composing a four-stanza hymn that is the basis of many Sikh wedding ceremonies.

Thursday, October 19
*Diwali (Deepavali) - Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism
The festival of lights and Hinduism's most popular festival. It is dedicated to the Goddess Kali in Bengal and to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in the rest of India. Diwali is also associated with stories of the destruction of evil by the god Vishnu in one of his many forms, as well as with the coronation of Sri Rama. Sweets and gifts are exchanged, and it is a time for cleaning and preparing for the future. This festival is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains, with this day bearing additional names and significance as shown immediately below.

*Bandi Chhor Divas - Sikhism
Called "the day of the prisoner's release," this festival marks the return of the sixth guru, Sri Hargobind Ji, and 52 other princes with him to the holy city of Amritsar after being released from detention in 1619 C.E.

*Mahavira Nirvana - Jainism
On this day Jains celebrate that the soul of Lord Mahavir (6th century B.C.E.), the 24th Tirthankara, attained nirvana and release from the cycle of rebirth [moksha].

Friday, October 20
*Installation of the Guru Granth Sahib - Sikhism
This date in the Nanakshahi tradition celebrates the transmission of the guruship to the Holy Scriptures (the Guru Granth Sahib Ji) by the tenth guru, Gobind Singh Ji.

Saturday, October 21
*Birth of the Báb - Bahá'í
Anniversary of the birth of the Báb, one of the twin Prophet founders of the Bahá'í faith, in 1819 C.E. His nineteen disciples, known as Letters of the Living, taught his religion throughout 19th century Persia. His shrine is located in Haifa, Israel. Bahá'ís suspend work on this day.

Sunday, October 22
*Birth of the Bahá'u'lláh - Bahá'í
Anniversary of the birth of the Bahá'u'lláh ("Glory of God"), the founder of the Bahá'í faith, in Tehran, Persia [modern-day Iran], in 1817 C.E. Devout followers suspend work on this day; some begin their observance of the day on the previous day's sundown.
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