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March 26, 2018
Spring is here! When we think of this season full of planting and promise, we are reminded of the seeds our donors have sown to positively impact the next generation of spiritual caregivers. Your gifts to the Foundation for ACPE make a difference! Because of you, we can support transformative work through the Innovative Program Awards. Here are a few examples:

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Full Chaplains Series Now Available
Thanks to the generous support of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the F.I.S.H. Foundation, ACPE partnered with Interfaith Voices to produce Chaplains, a podcast series about the work of diverse chaplains in diverse settings making a difference in the world.  We hope the Chaplains series can be a learning tool for you and your students. Thank you to all of our ACPE educators who contributed to the series! It is available here.
ACPE at ASAE Advocacy Day
Last week Katherine Higgins, Director of Community, Practice,and Membership Development, represented ACPE and our strategic partners at the American Society of Association Executives advocacy day on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. 

Pictured left to right: Gabriel Eckert, Jacob Wilder, Chris Devine (aide for Senator Johnny Isakson), Taylor Jetmundsen (aide for Senator David Perdue), Arianna Afshari, Katherine Higgins, and Wendy Kavanagh
Call for Accreditation Site Team Chairs
If you have experience with ACPE accreditation reviews and enjoy the accreditation process, the Accreditation Commission invites you to consider serving as a National Site Team Chair (NSTC).  The NSTC takes primary responsibility for the organization and work of site teams that conduct Ten Year Reviews and other site visits.  

We are looking for educators who are good communicators with organizational skills and who are collegial and collaborative leaders.  

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Standards Study Document - Deadline March 31
John Pumphrey, Accreditation Work Group Chair

The Accreditation Work Group spent significant time and energy researching trends in education and accreditation, studying the standards and processes of diverse educational organizations, dialoguing with the commission, and presenting to the board.

The work group is now seeking membership feedback on the Standards Study Document. The comment period will close on March 31, 2018.
Five-Year Review Instructions - Deadline March 31
If your center is scheduled for a Five-Year Review in 2018, it is time to submit materials electronically via BoardEffect. Materials must be submitted no later than March 31, 2018 by midnight in your time zone.

Click  here  for instructions to upload your materials. 
Transforming Chaplaincy Webinars
Check-out this series of hour-long webinars hosted by Transforming Chaplaincy in Winter-Spring 2018.

The aim of this series is to help leaders and emerging leaders in professional chaplaincy and chaplaincy education develop and strengthen their ability to think strategically about advancing chaplaincy both at the level of the profession and at the level of their institution.
In Case You Missed It
New Certification Process Q & A 
Do you have questions about the New Certification Process? Join us for a small group Q & A session to be held via Zoom Video Conference. A webcam is preferable for the session so we can see your face, but you may also join by phone if you do not have access to one.

Click here to sign up for one of the conversations. When signing up, if you have questions in mind, please type them into the Comment box. An Outlook Calendar Invite (with the instructions to join the session) will be emailed to those who signed up a day or two before the session. To better facilitate the conversations, each session is limited to ten (10) participants. Participation is on a first come, first served basis and if we run out of spaces, we will add additional sessions.
Join an Online Community
The national office team has been building webpages and online communities for each Community of Practice (CoP) to create an online space for you to collaborate. Quick Links have been added to help members navigate between the various webpages. The team will continue to evaluate CoP's progress during their start-up year to determine the best tech solutions and platforms.

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Check out our exciting conference workshops and plenary speakers

Don't forget about pre-registration  ending on Friday, April 20th!  Register today!

Help ACPE host a terrific conference! Please consider making a sponsorship gift to support a specific conference event or scholarships for students.

ACPE's first Silent Auction & Raffle was a great success! All funds raised support ACPE's transformational educational programs. Click here to learn how you can help and participate.
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
This week, it's not so much a poem as a poetic letter, written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Robert Browning. In this brief piece, she argues that happiness is a moral obligation. The notion is so full of possibility that we offer it here for your thoughts and discussion:
"I am not desponding by nature, and after a course of bitter mental discipline and long bodily seclusion, I come out with two learnt lessons (as I sometimes say and oftener feel), - the wisdom of cheerfulness - and the duty of social intercourse. Anguish has instructed me in joy, and solitude in society; it has been a wholesome and not unnatural reaction. And altogether, I may say that the earth looks the brighter to me in proportion to my own deprivations. The laburnum trees and rose trees are plucked up by the roots - but the sunshine is in their places, and the root of the sunshine is above the storms. What we call Life is a condition of the soul, and the soul must improve in happiness and wisdom, except by its own fault. These tears in our eyes, these faintings of the flesh, will not hinder such improvement." 

As our Northeastern colleagues dig their way out of yet another Nor'easter and our Southern colleagues feel their allergies revving up for another season, we thought it might be nice to take a minute and reflect on nature's beauty. In fact, how about we reflect on our love for nature? Here's a wonderful story from Melbourne, Australia that began with good intentions and went well beyond:   When You Give a Tree an Email Address. 

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Monday, March 26
* Khordad Sal - Zoroastrianism
The birth anniversary of the prophet Zarathustra.

Thursday, March 29
* Maundy Thursday [Holy Thursday] - Christianity (Western churches)
The remembrance of Jesus' last supper with his disciples and his institution of the "love commandment" (the term "Maundy" comes from the Latin word for "commandment") while he washed their feet as a servant.

* Mahavira-jayanti - Jainism
Celebrating the birthday of Lord Mahavir (Great Hero), the 24th Tirthankara (and last of this time cycle). Jains remember their most important prophet by decorating their temples with flags, with prayers and fasting, and by making offerings of rice, fruit, milk, and other items.

Friday, March 30
* Good Friday - Christianity (Western churches)
A commemoration of the passion of Jesus of Nazareth, i.e., his death by crucifixion. At sundown some churches begin the Easter vigil either this evening or on Holy Saturday (March 31).

* Eve of Pesach [Passover] - Judaism (ends on April 7)
The beginning of an eight-day festival celebrating God's deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The story is told during a Seder meal at sundown, including readings from a book known as the Haggadah. Some Jews refrain from work on the first two and the last two days of this holiday.

Saturday, March 31
* Magha Puja Day [Dharma Day] - Buddhism
In the Theravada Buddhist tradition, this full moon day of the third lunar month marks the historical Buddha's sermon at Veruvana Monastery in the city of Rajagaha, where he spoke to 1250 en-lightened monks who were ordained by him.

* Birthday of Avalokiteśvara or Kuan Yin [Kannon] - Buddhism
Usually celebrated on or near the full moon day in March, this day marks the occasion when the enlightened being known as Avalokiteśvara (in the Mahāyāna traditions of Tibet and China) or as Kuan Yin or Kannon (the feminine embodiment of this bodhisattva in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese Buddhism) vowed to attain final, supreme enlightenment and thereby save all suffering sentient beings.

* Hanuman Jayanti - Hinduism
A celebration of the birth of Hanuman, the faithful servant of the god Rama who can assume any form in order to conquer evil. Believers visit temples and apply sindoor (red powder) to their foreheads, since Hanuman is often portrayed as a red half-monkey, half-human.

* Lazarus Saturday - Christianity (Eastern churches)
A commemoration of Jesus' miracle of raising his friend Lazarus from the dead, celebrated on the eve before Palm Sunday.

* Worldwide General Conference begins - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This is the largest worship service for Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) and lasts for two days. Conference proceedings are broadcast live over the Internet and through other electronic media.
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