November 9, 2020
Over the last month, I have leaned into uncertainty with a joyous diversion: a mystery knit along. My grandmother taught me to knit as a child, and over the years it has brought lots of extraordinary gifts into my life: good fiber friends, opportunities for challenge and learning, a sense of satisfaction that comes from working with my hands, and grounding in the physical world as a counterweight to professional life in the spiritual.
No Informal Consultation Today
There will be no Information Certification Consultation on Monday, November 9. Consultation will resume on Monday, November 16We invite all ACPE Certified Educators who are working with Educator Candidates to join us for informal consultations and conversations via Zoom. The drop-in meeting will take place on Mondays 12:00pm - 1:00 pm ET.
The Foundation for ACPE has two funding opportunities. The deadline to submit your applications is November 15, 2020.
ACPE's Tech Team will host a series of talks which include a brief overview of our new platforms and Q&A sessions. The hour-long talks are limited to 10 members to ensure attendees can ask their questions and address their challenges.
Save the Date for GivingTuesday
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.Save the Date for GivingTuesday at ACPE. This year GivingTuesday is on December 1, 2020.
Who? What? When? Images from ACPE's Past
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Last week's photo featured Marla Coulter-McDonald, Dean Luther, Kitty Garlid and Kelli Shephard, Cary Melvin, Kitty Garlid and Kelli Shephard and Donald Harris.

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In Case You Missed It
Once a month the ACPE Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) posts a couple of statements from our Code of Professional Ethics for ACPE Members.
The Certification Commission is pleased to share the following updates/clarifications that have recently been added to the Certification Manual
The Foundation for ACPE Service Awards Committee invites you to nominate someone for recognition of outstanding contributions or service to ACPE. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 15, 2021.
The ACPE SIP Program offers trainings to help mental health practitioners work more competently with spirituality in the context of psychotherapy. The 30-hour NBCC-approved continuing education curriculum is offered locally in communities across the country.
*Virtual Educator Gatherings: Thursdays, 12 Noon EDT
*Virtual Psychotherapist Gatherings: Fridays, 12 Noon EDT
If you need the meeting link, please email Katherine Higgins. 
Weekly Highlights
This Week's Reflection
This poem is more of a prose reflection, one that invites visualization of someone else’s memories. But it seems particularly appropriate as a tool to foster empathy. And then, of course, there is the very timely last line:
The poem in which we drive an hour to the beach and Uncle Dave doesn't get out
     of his lawn chair once.
The poem in which we left the yellow plastic shovel behind and everyone is bereft.
The poem in which I can't stop talking about how you walked deep into Lake Erie
     and the water was still only up to your knees when you turned into a speck
     past the rock jetty.
The poem in which everyone listens to celebrity gossip in the car on the way back.
The poem in which I pontificate on how ugly the fiancée of that Jonas brother is,
     and how they're too young to get married, and how my grandmother's old
     neighbor would have said, "Ugly? She can't help that she's ugly. It's that she's
     so stupid," and I would have yelled at her for assuming that all former hair-
     dressers are dim.
The poem in which I turn into my grandmother's old neighbor.
The poem in which I remember very clearly how they both stored tissues in their
The poem in which I think about how this would horrify your mother—the
     pendulous breasts, the moist tissues, the dipping into the cleavage to retrieve
The poem in which your mother tries not to wince when I order whatever I want
     from the menu despite her coupon for two medium 1-topping pizzas.
The poem in which I try to find a deeper meaning for why I notice the woman
     ahead of us in line at Johnny's Liquor Store who buys a pack of menthols and    
     asks the guy behind the counter if he knows her good-for-nothing brother. She
     has hair that looks like cats got at a skein of yarn, and a tattoo above her ankle
     that's dark and unspecified. It's far enough above her ankle that it's nearly mid-
     calf—like her ankle and calf are two different countries and the tattoo got lost
     in the borderlands on the way to its actual destination.
The poem in which I am territory that is under dispute and no one will occupy it
     because of fear and uncertainty.
The poem in which I reach the conclusion that this feeling is inspired by your
     mother and the way she hums out-of-season carols while doing kitchen tasks,
     though it's not really about the humming but rather the time she asked me to
     light the Hanukkah candles in the attic because it would be better if they were
     out of the way for the Christmas party.
The poem in which you and I are in line waiting to buy a mixed six-pack of Great
     Lakes and I am staring at a stranger's tattoo and thinking about the fact that I
     am not Anne Frank while the baby is in the car with your mother.
The poem in which I go into Walmart and buy the baby an olive-green cap that
     looks suspiciously like Fidel Castro's.
The poem in which I could eradicate the fact that I ever went into Walmart and
     bought anything so the baby can one day start a revolution.
The poem in which we see a couple on the highway median in a stalled-out Buick
     and don't stop to help.
The poem in which the highway median looks like the spit of land between two
     enemy trenches and I feel a deep longing for my childhood.
The poem in which I remember, for no apparent reason, the tornado instructions
     taped to the sides of all the filing cabinets in one office I worked in that was on
     the top floor of a mostly abandoned mall in Overland Park, Kansas. All that
     was left: decorative fountains, floor tiles, mirrored ceilings, Nearly Famous
     Pizza, the carcass of Sears.
The poem in which we leave Northeastern Ohio, The poem in which we return to
     Northeastern Ohio.
The poem in which it is night and we are lost in Northeastern Ohio and we keep
     passing Amish buggies adorned with reflective tape.
The poem in which the moon is a vehicle for content, and is far less than a perfect
     reflector of anything.
The poem in which we are all in some kind of limbo.
Erika Meitner, "Terra Nullius [’The poem in which...’]" from Copia. Copyright © 2014 by Erika Meitner.
The last week has been hard, compounded by the hard seven months preceding it. These images invite reflection, imagination, and perhaps even hope. Take a look: 

This Week on the Calendar
November 14
Bandi-Chhor Diwas (Sikh)
A commemorative occasion having no fixed date which occurs in October or November and celebrates the release of the Sixth Guru Har Gobind Sahib from imprisonment and coincides with Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
Diwali (Hinduism)
Also called Deepavali, “Festival of Lights”, it celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.
This Week in our Thoughts

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