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October 9, 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.
May those whose lives have been so devastated by disasters and tragedies - both natural and human - find a peace that passes all understanding and the courage to rebuild their lives. May we all join with them in shaping the world such that such pain is the stuff of history, that the future is one of hope and commitment to the commonweal.

Chag Sameach to our Jewish colleagues during Sukkot (though many won't see the greeting until after the holiday...)!
ACPE Election Reminder
Thank you to all those who have submitted names for the commissions and committees of the ACPE. Stephen Robinson and the Leadership Development Committee have been calling and emailing interested folks, building a ballot for your leadership. The week of October 9, we will send out a sample ballot to introduce you to candidates. The last week of October, we will send out the official ballot. It will remain open October 30-November 6. The Board will finalize the results at its meeting November 13. Watch this space for updates!
Reminder: Titles for ACPE Members
I received an email from a member this week asking for a reminder about titles within ACPE. For that person and I'm sure many others, here you go:
  • ACPE Certified Educator
  • ACPE Retired Certified Educator
  • ACPE Associate Certified Educator
  • ACPE Spiritual Care Professional
A Poem for Reflection
Denise Levertov was deeply faithful in her all-too-short life. So many of her poems speak to our work. I came across this one as I was reflecting on Las Vegas, and her wrestling with words resonated deeply:
"Caedmon" by Denise Levertov

All others talked as if
talk were a dance.
Clodhopper I, with clumsy feet
would break the gliding ring.
Early I learned to
hunch myself
close by the door:
then when the talk began
I'd wipe my
mouth and wend
unnoticed back to the barn
to be with the warm beasts,
dumb among body sounds
of the simple ones.
I'd see by a twist
of lit rush the motes
of gold moving
from shadow to shadow
slow in the wake
of deep untroubled sighs.
The cows
munched or stirred or were still. I
was at home and lonely,
both in good measure. Until
the sudden angel affrighted me-light effacing
my feeble beam,
a forest of torches, feathers of flame, sparks upflying:
but the cows as before
were calm, and nothing was burning,
nothing but I, as that hand of fire
touched my lips and scorched my tongue
and pulled my voice
into the ring of the dance.
Something Extra
Random observation: we tend to get a proliferation of summer reading lists. What about the rest of the year? Thanks to our colleagues at the Religious News Service (which offers a wonderful daily news digest if you're interested), here's a list a great reads for fall: Fall religion reading: Heavy-duty edition
This Week on the Calendar
Wednesday, October 11
*Shemini Atzeret [Eighth Day of Assembly] - Judaism
This eighth day of Sukkot [Festival of Tabernacles] features prayers for rain and a good harvest in the coming year. It begins at sundown.

Thursday, October 12
*Ghambar Ayathrem - Zoroastrianism [through Monday, October 16]
This festival celebrates the creation of plants, the sowing of winter crops, and herds' return from pasture.

*Simchat Torah - Judaism
This festival, also known as "Rejoicing with the Law," marks the end of Sukkot and the completion of the Torah reading cycle with the beginning of reading the first book again. Jews celebrate this day by singing, dancing, and marching around the synagogue or temple with Torah scrolls. This festival begins at sundown.

Friday, October 13
*Nichiren Shonin Memorial - Buddhism
This day celebrates the monk (1222 - 1282 C.E.) who encouraged his followers to devote themselves to the Lotus Sutra as the exclusive means to enlightenment.

Sunday, October 15
*'Ilm - Bahá'í
The beginning of the twelfth month of the Bahá'í year, meaning "knowledge."
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