Rapidísimas

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Por Onell A. SotoPosted Apr 19, 2013 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Job Listing Rapidísimas Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Las noticias de Venezuela son tantas que se necesitarían todas las páginas de un periódico dominical para publicarlas. Quizás el mejor resumen de la situación actual lo ha hecho Antonio María Delgado, periodista de El Nuevo Herald: “El régimen bolivariano parece estar dispuesto a cruzar el punto de no retorno para dejar atrás toda apariencia de democracia, al hacer planes para encarcelar al máximo líder de la oposición, silenciar las voces de los diputados en el Congreso y darle carta blanca a la represión.“Las acciones del régimen de Caracas se producen en momentos en que enfrenta una crisis de legitimidad, con la oposición cuestionando los resultados de los comicios presidenciales del domingo en las que el Consejo Nacional Electoral declaró ganador al líder de la Revolución Bolivariana, Nicolás Maduro, por un margen inferior a dos puntos porcentuales. Las cifras verdaderas son Maduro 44,3 por ciento y Capriles 53,5 por ciento.Sus decisiones anti-democráticas unidas “a las emergentes dudas sobre la legitimidad de origen del nuevo gobierno, podrían terminar de encasillar al régimen firmemente en la columna reservada para las dictaduras”.Estados Unidos ha dicho por boca de su secretario de Estado, John Kerry, que espera que Venezuela acceda a una auditoría electoral para dar confianza a la comunidad internacional, pero en Caracas se ha dicho oficialmente que “no habrá que contar los votos nuevamente”. Otros comentaristas dicen que ni el mismo Nicolás Maduro cree en el resultado de las elecciones y esto puede producirle un problema sicológico. Veremos.Varios letreros en las paredes piden la intervención de las fuerzas armadas a favor del pueblo según lo estipula la Constitución. Nicolás Maduro, anunció el jueves antes de volar a Lima para una reunión “de emergencia” de la Unasur que “mañana seré juramentado” y “estaré en la presidencia por largos años” para continuar los planes e ideales del comandante Hugo Chávez. Añadió que en Venezuela no existe una oposición “sino una conspiración permanente, aupada desde los Estados Unidos”.El papa Francisco dijo en una breve homilía el jueves pasado que “ser cristiano no es estudiar una carrera para convertirse en un abogado o en un médico cristiano, no. Ser cristiano es un don que nos hace ir adelante con el poder del Espíritu de anunciar a Jesucristo”.Durante los días 13 y 14 de abril la Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana, celebró, el Primer Encuentro en Misión, con la participación miles de feligreses, representantes de diócesis compañeras de los Estados Unidos y su clero en pleno. El obispo diocesano Julio César Holguín presidió el evento y retó a las iglesias a cumplir el mandato de la Gran Comisión apoyando a los pobres y todos los necesitados. Visiblemente emocionado el obispo dijo “si nosotros que hemos sido llamados por el Señor no lo hacemos ¿quién lo hará?”. La Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana tiene un total de 32 colegios, cuatro centros de cuidado infantil, 62 iglesias, dos clínicas y un asilo de ancianos.El gobierno cubano ha autorizado a las dirigentes de las Damas de Blanco para que viajen a Bruselas, Bélgica, para recibir el premio Sájarov que les fue concedido hace ocho años por el Parlamento Europeo. El Premio Sájarov para la Libertad de Conciencia, nombrado así en honor del científico y disidente soviético Andréi Sájarov, fue establecido en diciembre de 1985 por el Parlamento Europeo como un medio para homenajear a personas u organizaciones que han dedicado sus vidas o acciones a la defensa de los derechos humanos y las libertades.Al cumplir su primer mes en el cargo, el papa Francisco nombró un consejo de ocho cardenales de todo el mundo para que le asesore en el gobierno de la Iglesia Católica Romana y estudie un proyecto de reforma de la curia, un anuncio sorpresivo que indica su intención de lograr un cambio importante en el funcionamiento del papado. El chileno Francisco Javier Errázuriz y el hondureño Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga son los únicos latinoamericanos en el consejo.Familiares de las víctimas de la matanza en Newtown han mostrado tristeza y agotamiento físico con el rechazo del Senado de Estados Unidos a una enmienda que hubiera establecido revisiones más cuidadosas de antecedentes en la compra de armas. En la masacre del 14 de diciembre fueron asesinados 20 niños junto con seis maestras.El FBI ha señalado a dos personas como sospechosas del atentado dinamitero del maratón de Boston. Tres personas murieron y más de 170 resultaron heridas cuando dos bombas estallaron cerca de la meta el lunes 15.VERDAD. La vida no se mide por las veces que respiras, sino por aquellos momentos que te dejan sin aliento. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group last_img read more

El Salvador: violencia, inseguridad e impunidad conducen al desplazamiento

first_img The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Por Lynette WilsonPosted Jul 21, 2014 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS El Salvador: violencia, inseguridad e impunidad conducen al desplazamiento Las ONG de carácter religioso responden a la crisis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Episcopal News Service – San Salvador, El Salvador] La hija de 13 años de Irene desapareció al salir de la escuela el 15 de febrero de 2012, en una municipalidad del noroeste de San Salvador controlada por las pandillas. El cadáver de la niña lo encontraron dos días después; Irene se enteró por un noticiero de la televisión local.“Estoy muy atemorizada por mis otros hijos, que algo les pueda ocurrir debido a la violencia”, dijo Irene, durante una entrevista con ENS en el Instituto de Derechos Humanos que tiene su sede en la Universidad Centroamericana en San Salvador.Ella tiene dos hijos de 10 y 13 años; uno desapareció brevemente y no habla del tema.Aunque Irene —éste no es su verdadero nombre— le gustaría ver procesados a los asesinos de su hija, la investigación que lleva a cabo el Estado, la cual incluye el secuestro y el asesinato semejante de otras cuatro niñas, significa que ella y su familia viven en constante temor de represalias. Independientemente de si prosigue la investigación, explica Karla Salas, abogada de derechos humanos, los miembros de la pandilla asociados con los asesinos la amenazan y la hostigan a ella y a su familia. No cuentan con ninguna protección.“Cuando el Estado se muestra negligente en el manejo de estos casos, la gente acude aquí”, agregó Salas.Dos de las pandillas más violentas de Centroamérica, la Mara Salvatrucha y Barrio 18, controlan y batallan por territorio en El Salvador, sobre todo en comunidades pobres y marginales donde la violencia, el asesinato, la violación, la extorsión y las amenazas permean la vida diaria de los vecinos, incluidos los niños. Es esta realidad la que en parte ha conducido a la crisis humanitaria que actualmente tiene lugar a lo largo de la frontera de EE.UU. y México, donde más de 44.000 menores no acompañados de El Salvador, Honduras y Guatemala —los otros dos países del Triángulo Norte [de América Central] con problemas de pandillerismo— han sido detenidos en el cruce de la frontera.“El problema de los menores no acompañados es sólo un elemento de un problema de inmigración más amplio. No es nuevo, es algo que se ha estado desarrollando a lo largo de dos o tres años, pero ahora es que ha cobrado notoriedad en la prensa”, dijo Noah Bullock, director ejecutivo de la Fundación Cristosal, una organización para el desarrollo comunitario basada en los derechos humanos que se arraiga en las iglesias anglicana y episcopal que funcionan en El Salvador.“Cuando miramos a la inmigración en Estados Unidos tendemos a verlo como un gran bloque, y lo entendemos como [el fenómeno] de personas que buscan trabajo y una vida mejor. Pero no nos fijamos en las personas que escapan de conflictos muy serios y de amenazas de violencia, y esos casos sacan a relucir problemas de protección”, afirmó.En Colombia, décadas de guerra civil y de violencia asociada con el crimen organizado han desplazado internamente a cinco millones de personas y cerca de 400.000 responden a los criterios para el reconocimiento de la condición de refugiado. La violencia de las pandillas y el crimen organizado han conducido al desplazamiento interno y externo de centroamericanos, aunque debido a la falta de una guerra declarada y de la naturaleza criminal del conflicto, el fenómeno no ha sido formalmente abordado desde la perspectiva de las violaciones de los derechos humanos y de la protección internacional, y los tradicionales procedimientos de asilo resultan difíciles de aplicar.A diferencia de Colombia, donde el desplazamiento interno y externo ha sido bien documentado por el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados y otros organismos no gubernamentales, el desplazamiento se estudia menos en Centroamérica.“Es un fenómeno menos visible, menos documentado en El Salvador, no existe realmente una estrategia nacional para abordarlo”, dijo Bullock.En efecto, los perfiles nacionales del ACNUR para El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras juntos no incluyen ni un solo desplazado interno.La Fundación Cristosal cobró consciencia por primera vez de las personas desplazadas por la violencia cuando, junto con la Iglesia Anglicana-Episcopal de El Salvador, supervisó el programa de reasentamiento de refugiados del ACNUR.“El año pasado conseguimos más de 150 personas que eran salvadoreños y que buscaban asilo fuera del país, de manera que lo que vemos en los niños debería de verse como parte de un patrón histórico de desplazamiento que ha estado sucediendo durante mucho tiempo”, dijo Bullock en una entrevista con ENS en su oficina de San Salvador.Tanto el desplazamiento interno como externo, añadió Bullock, tienen causas comunes: falta de bienestar en las comunidades salvadoreñas, violencia generalizada e incapacidad del Estado de salvaguardar las vidas de las personas e imponer el imperio de la ley mediante el procesamiento de las organizaciones delictivas.“Todas esas cosas, la incapacidad de proteger a los testigos, la incapacidad de mantener escuelas y zonas seguras donde los niños tienen su esparcimiento… esas son áreas que han sido terreno de reclutamiento de las pandillas y donde fundamentalmente se hacen las amenazas”, explicó Bullock. “Son una causa común del desplazamiento interno y externo”.El ACNUR, en su informe sobre las necesidades de reasentamiento previstas para 2014 a nivel global, calculaba que habría 691.000 refugiados, sin tomar en cuenta el flujo de refugiados de Siria. En 2012, hubo 86.000 espacios disponibles.En el Día Mundial de los Refugiados en junio se informó que el número de refugiados en todo el mundo había sobrepasado los 50 millones por primera vez desde la primera guerra mundial.En 2014 se cumple el 30º. aniversario de la Declaración de Cartagena, la cual enmendaba la definición de 1951 y la de 1967 de lo que significa ser un refugiado para incluir a “personas que han huido de su país porque sus vidas, su seguridad o su libertad han sido amenazadas por la violencia generalizada, la agresión extranjera, los conflictos internos, la violación masiva de los derechos humanos u otras circunstancias que hayan perturbado seriamente el orden público”.Los países de América Central y México adoptaron el protocolo, que no fue reconocido por Estados Unidos, en un momento en que tanto Guatemala como El Salvador estaban librando guerras civiles y cuando los rebeldes contras luchaban contra el gobierno sandinista en Nicaragua.“En Centroamérica hubo desde fines de los años 60, y a través de los 70, los 80 y los 90 sus buenas tres décadas ininterrumpidas de guerra. Y luego las guerras terminaron y no hubo una resolución muy efectiva de algunas de esas causas estructurales; después hay otras dos décadas de conflicto social que no tienen un nombre como un conflicto armado tradicional, pero que producen muertes en la misma escala”, añadió Bullock. “De manera que, esencialmente, en Centroamérica ha habido 50 años de guerra de baja intensidad y en verdad no deberíamos de sorprendernos que tengamos una crisis de refugiados en Estados Unidos”.“Nunca nos atrevimos a usar la palabra ‘refugiado’; antes eran inmigrantes, eran ilegales… y ahora porque son niños estamos más dispuestos a ver a los centroamericanos que llegan a nuestras fronteras como algo más”, dijo Bullock. “Tres semanas de crisis humanitaria y de refugiados, cinco décadas de conflicto”.En una declaración del 10 de julio en que abordaba la crisis de la frontera, la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori instó a los episcopales a dirigirse a sus legisladores y pedirles que apoyaran una “respuesta humanitaria adecuada a la crisis”.Entre tanto, la Fundación Cristosal trabaja con organizaciones de derechos humanos y la sociedad civil, entre ellos el Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Centroamericana, para formular un análisis más abarcador del desplazamiento interno y externo, así como una propuesta que aborde ambos fenómenos, según Bullock.“Lo que estamos tratando de hacer ahora con nuestro programa es responder a esas necesidades, pero no hay respuestas perfectas porque las causas son muy estructurales y profundas”, apuntó. “Tienes que ser capaz de intentarlo y ayudar a alguien en una crisis humanitaria inmediata, pero también tratar de empeñarte en resolver algunos de los problemas estructurales que están creando las crisis humanitarias”, afirmó.En la edición del 13 de julio de La prensa, uno de los dos principales diarios de El Salvador, los titulares de primera página iban desde la Copa Mundial a los 375.000 casos de inmigración bloqueados en los tribunales de EE.UU., así como el homicidio de dos adolescentes. En el cuerpo del periódico había una noticia sobre una muchacha violada por su tío en su viaje al norte, un artículo que se proponía la disuasión de emprender viajes semejantes. A principios de semana, había artículos centrados en tratar de disuadir a las familias de que enviaran a sus hijos al norte.“Esto es algo que la Casa Blanca señala”, dijo Bullock. “Los tratantes de personas y la información que les dan a las familias parecen motivarlas a enviar a sus hijos; creen que les va mejor corriendo el riesgo en base a la información que el coyote les da…  queremos que las personas cuenten con otros medios de obtener información que sea un poco más objetiva que las que le daría un tratante de personas”.Los abogados de la Fundación Cristosal, explicó él, no intervienen, sin embargo, en la toma de decisiones de vida o muerte con las personas; eso es algo que en último término le compete a un miembro de la familia. Lo que hacen los abogados es tratar de darles a las familias una buena información, de manera que puedan tomar decisiones con conocimiento de causa.“La Casa Blanca gasta un millón de dólares en publicidad para disuadir a las familias de enviar a sus hijos”, añadió Bullock. “Pero eso no es más que otra forma de propaganda; a lo que las personas responden es al auténtico consejo objetivo de organizaciones como Cristosal”.La Universidad Centroamericana fundó el Instituto de Derechos Humanos en 1986 en respuesta al número abrumador de violaciones de derechos humanos cometidos durante la guerra civil de 12 años en El Salvador, en la cual asesinaron a 75,000 personas. En ese tiempo el instituto hizo hincapié en la inmigración debido al gran número de personas que huían del país para escapar del conflicto armado, dijo Salas, el abogado de derechos humanos que representa a Irene, en una entrevista en su oficina de la universidad.Irene se despierta a las 3:00 A.M. todas las mañanas y se dirige a su puesto de venta de comida. Para las 2:00 P.M. ya está de vuelta a su casa de donde no vuelve a salir. Sus hijos van a la escuela y vuelven, y nada más. La familia, incluida la madre de Irene, vive con $6 diarios, dijo ella.El ACNUR no cuenta con una oficina dentro del país para los que buscan asilo. Irene y su familia deben hacer su petición de asilo fuera de El Salvador. Salas dijo que ella y otros trabajan con una agencia catolicorromana en Europa —la Universidad Centroamericana es católica— que ha convenido en ayudar a la familia con su petición, pero ellos deben cubrir por sí mismos los gastos de viaje.En el ínterin, la familia vive con miedo y sigue recibiendo amenazas de los miembros de la pandilla que indagan con sorna cómo marcha la investigación. Incluso si el Estado le ofreciera protección a testigos o confidentes, no podría garantizar su seguridad, dijo Salas.“La pondrían con la misma gente que mató a su hija”, recalcó ella.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TNlast_img read more

Fort Worth: Endowment complete for Hulsey Chair in Episcopal Studies

first_imgFort Worth: Endowment complete for Hulsey Chair in Episcopal Studies [Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth press release] Brite Divinity School, located at Texas Christian University, and the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth have announced the completion of a $2.5 million endowment for a faculty chair: The Right Reverend Sam B. Hulsey Chair in Episcopal Studies.Hulsey is the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas. He and his wife, Isabelle, live in Fort Worth. The completion of the endowment of the Hulsey Chair was accomplished through gifts and pledges from 150 donors and finalized with a gift from Sylvia and Tim Stevens, members of St. Christopher Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, Texas.The organizing committee includes the Rev. Fred Barber, Anne Bass, Robert Crates, Adele Hart, the late Rev. Bert Honea, Jr., the Rev. Chris Jambor, the Rev. David Madison, the Rev. William Nix, Pat Schutts, and Shannon Worrell.Hulsey has a long and distinguished career in The Episcopal Church, which culminated in his tenure as bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas from 1980-1997. Prior to his election to the episcopate, Hulsey headed parishes in Corsicana, Pampa and Midland, as well as in Nashville, Tennessee. A Fort Worth native, Hulsey graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary (1958). During his episcopacy, Hulsey chaired the planning committee of the House of Bishops and served on the boards of trustees of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest and the University of the South. Since his return to Fort Worth upon his retirement, Hulsey has held leadership positions in numerous civic organizations, including Tarrant County Historical Society, Alzheimer’s Association of North Texas, Meals-on-Wheels, Fort Worth Symphony, and Fort Worth Opera.Fort Worth Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr., said, “Episcopalians all over this diocese – indeed, all over The Episcopal Church – rejoice at this news. The Episcopal Church always has supported theological education. The Right Reverend Sam B. Hulsey Chair in Episcopal Studies honors a great man who not only is a fine bishop but also a humble Christian grounded in the love of Jesus Christ. Bishop Sam is a good friend to me and so many in the Church who turn to him regularly for pastoral guidance and mentoring. His scholarly mind, his loving gentle spirit, and his pastoral gifts offer an example to us all. I am so grateful to Sylvia and Tim Stevens for their wonderful gift that completed the endowment. I thank all the many generous donors who have made this possible.”The first faculty member to hold the chair is Ed Waggoner, who received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a B.A. from Willamette University. Waggoner comes to Brite as a highly regarded teacher and a gifted systematic and constructive theologian. His wife, the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, is the canon to the ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.For more information about Brite Divinity School and the Episcopal Studies program, contact Brite at 817-257-6646 or www.brite.edu.The full press release is available here. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Posted Feb 18, 2015 last_img read more

Archbishop Welby: Abuse victims must be heard

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Preachers ponder their task in divided nation and, perhaps, divided…

first_img ron davin says: Pjcabbiness says: Dan Tootle says: Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags mike geibel says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET April 18, 2017 at 10:24 am “If people really know that you care about them, they’ll be much more likely to listen to you say things that are challenging,” she said.” That was my experience during 40 years in the pulpit. During the Vietnam War, which I opposed in and out of the pulpit, you could hear cars starting while I was still preaching! It was a congregation with many Navy officers and their families who did not agree with my anti-war stand. However, I would often be told at the church door, “Father Fred, I don’t believe a word of what you are saying, but I know you will take care of my family when I am overseas. That’s what matters to me.” I was always an activist but also a caring pastor. Some of those who opposed my stand on the war took the trouble, years later, to write and say that I had been right, the war was a disaster. April 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm When I was in seminary, we were taught to preach Jesus. Very good advice to today’s clergy who are tempted to stray off message. We are part of the Jesus Movement, which has been effectively going on for over 2,000 years. Most of the 2,000 years was without our preaching. If we preach Jesus, then the Holy Spirit has more room to work in a human heart. When a “preacher” starts down the political road in a sermon, I turn off my ears because I know strife and hurt feelings are just a word away. If we believe Jesus and we preach Jesus all is well with our souls and God’s Holy Spirit can change hearts. Angustia Hamasaki says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL April 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm This is a thoughtful, well written piece, in my opinion. I hope we all can pause for a moment and then reach out to one another to establish a true, respectful dialogue on these difficult and often contentious issues. April 20, 2017 at 10:51 am By the Grace of God. April 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm Those who wish to speak political speech in the pulpit need first to realized they are there through the generosity of the American taxpayer. We don’t pay excessive taxes so churches get by without paying taxes to support the nation, state or county. Preach all the religion you want but don’t cross the line. If you want to do that then start paying the taxes we all have to pay for any business. After all, when you come right down to it, a church is nothing more than a business in vestments.The episcopal church seems to be “hell bent” on causing as much dissent as possible and that church has little desire to bring two differing sides together. You find “them” at the drop of a miter yelling and screaming in the streets. Along with their so-called clergy. Sane and reasonable people don’t take to the streets and disrupt traffic, business, and all commerce in an attempt to force their opinions on others. This clearly obvious move on their part should have shown them this is not the way to effect change. When interviewed on TV most of these protestors can’t answer the simple question, “What are you Protesting?” They don’t have a clue and have nothing more than the desire to join a mob and in many cases they are paid for this. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK April 17, 2017 at 7:39 pm How did you ever get passed the last 8 years ? Sermons grounded in Scripture, especially the lectionary readings of the day, can be a faith community’s touchstone in times of division, say many preachers.[Episcopal News Service] The 2016 presidential election and the Trump administration have, depending on which pundits you listen to, exposed divides not so keenly seen in the United States since the Civil War or at least since protests wracked the country during the civil rights era and the Vietnam War.People who generally agree with the direction of the current administration frequently encounter others who decry that direction. The relentless pace of the news cycle with its one scandal or debatable decision after another can feel like a bombardment no matter one’s stance.Living a faithful life in the midst of such divisions is not easy. On Sunday morning, members of the same congregation come to church for different reasons. Some might seek respite from the debates raging around the country. Others might be seeking guidance or inspiration for their roles in the public square. Others might be bringing more intimate worries and joys to the nave.  What is a preacher to do?Preachers alone with their Bibles and textbooks have pondered the question and it has been the subject of small clergy gatherings, Facebook discussions and diocesan clergy gatherings, including recently in Maryland and Minnesota.“The gospel is inherently political but not American-partisan political,” says the Rev. Gary Manning, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe Rev. Gary Manning, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, told Episcopal News Service, that knowing the congregation he faces is filled with all of those sorts of worshippers “tends to help me be a little more gentle,” Gentle, he said, but “not necessarily pulling punches.”Admitting to a tension most preachers feel at one time or another, Manning said, “Quite frankly sometimes I just want to get up and wail away, and I think for whose benefit is that? Is that just because I’ve got the pulpit and I can do that? Well, that’s not what I am called to do; get up and give voice to my own frustration.”The Rev. Bernard J. Owens, rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, agreed. “The most pastoral and prophetic thing we can do is speak honestly and truthfully,” he said in an interview with ENS. “And I don’t entirely mean we need to be the prophet Amos every Sunday but rather to be authentic” and grounded in the truth of Scripture.Owens recently tried to debunk the notion that a sermon is “the moment in which a designated holy person tells us everything we need to know.” In “The Light of the World: Writing my first sermon for the age of Trump,” an opinion piece he wrote for the online magazine Slate, Owens wrote that preaching must be rooted in study, prayer and relationships.“A sermon is only one piece of the many-layered, lifelong process of building a community,” he wrote. “Even the most challenging events can also serve as opportunities to strengthen that community, but that requires equal measures of courage and humility.”The Rev. Bernard J. Owens, rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, says that simply preaching about discord in politics is not what is called for. Photo courtesy of Bernard J. OwensOwens feels called to “build up a more sacred and loving community that really does include everyone within the congregation.” At the same time, he knows that “if we aren’t honoring that there’s some really upsetting things happening then we’re just ignoring it” and being inauthentic.Yet, it is a balancing act, he said. To preach only about current events can degrade the relationships a preacher has forged in a congregation. It also contributes to the sense of exhaustion many people on both sides of the communion rail feel about keeping track of all the issues and their responses. Moreover, such preaching can simply affirm the fact that people are divided.Besides, Manning said, it can backfire. “I think it’s important to tell the truth but I think it’s important to tell the truth in a way that people can hear it,” he said. “If you just use slogans, if you just use stuff that sounds like you’re recycling some political manifesto, people block up their ears pretty quickly to that.”Manning said it is one thing to show how the gospel critiques the latest political decision or policy. “It’s another thing to ask how are we as gospel people to embody our lives now. How are we to enact gospel witness?”Two preachers who teach the art of homiletics in Episcopal seminaries would agree.In the face of what she called “a huge energy asking us to be reactive,” the Rev. Linda Clader said, “my advice to preachers, and to myself, is to take a big breath and back up a step and really remember that our job is to preach the gospel.”The Rev. Linda Clader, professor emerita of homiletics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, says preachers needs to be faithful to the day’s readings and the call to build Christian community in the face of a divided culture. Photo: Church Divinity School of the PacificClader, who is professor emerita of homiletics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, told ENS that preachers must be diligent about starting with the readings for the day. “That doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to respond to something that is crazy enough but our job is to build community, to build a Christian community and it’s a community that’s grounded in the gospel,” she said.However, Clader said, preachers should not fall into the trap of pitting in their sermons what Donald Trump says against what Jesus says. Instead, preachers have to cast a larger vision of “justice, forgiveness and God’s love.”Grounding their sermons in that gospel message gives preachers authority, she said. “That’s the platform of authority that you can stand on because you have studied it and studied it, and you do know something about what it says and what it means,” she said.The Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, associate professor of homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary, said it is easy for preachers to misuse the pulpit as their personal platforms. “So, Scripture becomes a kind of grounding that you have to keep submitting yourself to – to the claims of the text – so that you are staying in contact with God as the source of preaching.”Clader and Hooke both said that the text, in Hooke’s words, is a crucial touchstone. “But, having said that, the text pushes us into some pretty uncomfortable places,” Hooke added.The difference, in Manning’s words, it that “the gospel is inherently political but not American-partisan political.”Manning said he believes what he is called to do is to remind people that “it is our theology and our baptismal convent that forms our understanding of the world and not the other way around, and that’s hard for people because they’re exposed to the American story all week and maybe the gospel story for an hour.”The gospel, Hooke said, is indeed political in its implications and its applications, and the preacher’s challenge is to explicate it in a way that is “universally hear-able while at the same the time is really the gospel.”The Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, associate professor of homiletics at Virginia Theological Seminary, says Scripture must be the touchstone from which preachers humbly approach their task. Photo: Shawn Evelyn/Virginia Theological SeminaryHooke teaches her students that if they are going to preach a “political sermon,” they “really have to implicate themselves.” Preachers have to ask if they would do what they are asking of their listeners. “That’s an important measure of humility on the part of the preacher and helps with these very divisive questions,” she said, adding that outrage not followed by action does not lend itself to helping the community find solutions.It helps, she said, to remember that any given sermon is part of the preacher’s relationship with the community. “If people really know that you care about them, they’ll be much more likely to listen to you say things that are challenging,” she said.Diocese of Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton harkened to that care in a February pastoral letter. He urged preachers, among other things, to witness to the gospel and acknowledge that there are other witnesses. Remind your listeners, he said, that you want to keep talking with them, and then show a willingness to listen, change your mind and repent if needed.“Show some courage,” Sutton said. “It’s easier in the long run for your pastoral ministry than cowardice.”The bishop asked listeners to show the same willingness to listen, change one’s mind and repent, but also to study the Sunday readings and acknowledge Jesus as “both a spiritual and a political teacher.”“Cut your preachers some slack,” Sutton said. “They really are trying to say and do the right thing.”And, Manning noted, they are doing it during the 12 or so minutes that most Episcopal preachers devote to the sermon.Hooke reminded preachers that the pulpit might not always be the best place from which to dive deeply into the issues of the day because the sermon is a monologue, not truly a conversation. It might be better, she said, to open up an issue while preaching and then host conversations at other times. The church, Manning and Hooke said, can be hospitable to difficult conversations among people with opposing viewpoints. Churches might be becoming one of the few places where non-like-minded people can gather for conversation, Hooke said.Being Christian in times like these means finding common ground and core values, says Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceWhether it is in the pulpit or during an adult education forum, the first step ought to be acknowledging that the divisions in the wider world exist within in a congregation. “It can be pastorally helpful to actually talk about something that everybody’s thinking about but afraid to voice,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said during a recent news conference when a reporter asked him about the challenges of preaching to and leading congregations during this season of division.The next question, Curry said, is “how do you move forward and offer a word and help people navigate a context that is complex – morally complex?”As a parish priest and then as bishop of North Carolina, Curry said, he learned that calling people to stand on common ground helped give everyone some navigational tools.“I approached that by trying to first attempt to identify and articulate what are the core values reflected in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, that we as followers of Jesus, as Christians, believe,” he said.“Claiming the space of the values and teachings of Jesus does not mean that we have all the answers to how to solve either the problem or the issue,” he warned. Rather, it means claiming the common ground at least for Christians and looking for people of other religious traditions and people with no religious traditions who nevertheless hold the same values.That approach allows for the fact that “everybody’s got something to contribute and we’ll come out with something better when we do that.”Curry gave some examples. How, he asked, might a study of the parable of the Good Samaritan inform the health-care debate? Christians know of Jesus’ so-called Golden Rule in Matthew 7:12 in which he tells his followers to do to others as they would have others do to them. “Now, if you are a legislator, you have to ask yourself the social policy question of is this decision something I would want somebody else to do to me,” Curry said.“To love your neighbor as yourself means not only to love the person whom the legislation was trying to help but it’s also about loving the person who disagrees with you,” he said. Republicans and Democrats must see each as neighbors, as defined by Jesus, “if you want to be a Christian,” he said.“The truth is we are not the Republican Party at prayer and we are not the Democratic Party at prayer,” Curry said. “We are the Jesus Movement and that makes a difference.”(Episcopalians can engage in policy discussions and advocacy at the federal level, and in some cases state level, by joining the Episcopal Public Policy Network.)– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is Episcopal News Service’s senior reporter/editor. The Rev. Gwin Hanahan says: Robert Browning says: Submit a Job Listing Comments (26) By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Apr 17, 2017 Rector Belleville, IL April 18, 2017 at 10:21 am I am delighted to read your comments. While I thought this article was well written and well balanced, I have lately come to believe that I am the only Episcopalian conservative in the pews, and the only lawyer that supports President Trump. (I fully acknowledge that he and his administration have rough edges, but judging from the knee-jerk reactions I regularly hear from my more liberal colleagues and fellow parishioners, let alone some of the sermons I have heard since last November, I had begun to despair that in contemporary Episcopal interpretation of my Baptismal vow, being a Christian and a member of the Body of Christ necessarily means being socially liberal in civil politics.) To be sure, my faith informs my politics, and I am quick to criticize the President or any other Republican or any other conservative if his position is antithetical to my understanding of the Gospel; and I would want any preacher to explain why any government action is or is not consistent with Jesus’s teaching. But I am glad to understand, from what you say here, that there still is diversity of political opinion in our church. Thank you! In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Jess Jaffe says: Submit a Press Release The Rev. Fred Fenton says: Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York F William Thewalt says: Featured Events Bill Louis says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Pjcabbiness says: Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC mike geibel says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA April 18, 2017 at 11:01 am Thank-you for this very relevant article. I am studying to be a Lay Preacher in the Diocese of Central New York and have too felt the pull between my personal convictions overshadowing my sermons. As preachers, we dive into scripture with our whole being, hoping that when we emerge, the Holy Spirit has given us the best exegesis of the reading possible. And that’s the point. The scriptures don’t require anything other than themselves to be revealed. They have stood on their own for 2000 years. The Word will, and has survived the best of times and the worst of times. Remember the two disciples on the road home to Emmaus on Resurrection Day? They heard the words spoken by the, “stranger,” and their, “hearts stirred.” May our words, preached at the pulpit, in sync with the Holy Spirit, stir hearts and transform lives. God is still God; and God changes hearts for God’s purpose no matter which side of of the political spectrum we find ourselves. And that is all good. Peace to All Featured Jobs & Calls Warren Eckels says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL April 18, 2017 at 2:16 am Actually, sometimes obeying God, loving God with heart, mind and soul and loving your neighbor as yourself means putting yourself in opposition to injustice. If we allow ourselves to be vexed by wrath, to be first to judge and condemn, to hold ourselves inherently better than our political opponents, then even if we triumph politically, the triumph will be hollow and simply plant the seeds for the next Trump. Joseph Pagano says: April 30, 2017 at 11:36 am Nowhere in the article did I hear the very large truth, We need the Trumpers’ pledge dollars. I would have a whole lot more respect for this branch of the Church if I saw an acknowledgement of this fact of life. As for the many, many people in the church who feel as I do, that this is not rocket science; when you re trying to throw 24 million off healthcare, when you empower a police force to rip people from their beds and their schools, when you label the free press an enemy and make statements not based in fact or reality, when you try to destroy many departments of government you have been entrusted to uphold, when you fuel and stoke the flames of white supremacy — this is Evil. To those clear-sighted people, I ask a question, if your national leadership refuses to call out Evil, are you not being “complicit” giving your time treasure and talents to something that tries to swing both ways? Yes, there are Blue State dioceses that have called out Trump, but from the Red States, the silence has been deafening — just as with the national leadership. Do you really want to be a support to such a group? I personally voted with my feet. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem May 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm Mr. Eckels, You obviously did not get the message being presented by Bishop Curry… By using a phrase such as, …”simply plant the seeds for the next Trump.”, you alienate any Trump supporters that are reading your message and set up conflict that leads to hurt feelings and discord.“Republicans and Democrats must see each as neighbors, as defined by Jesus, “if you want to be a Christian,… The truth is we are not the Republican Party at prayer and we are not the Democratic Party at prayer,” Curry said. “We are the Jesus Movement and that makes a difference.” May 6, 2017 at 8:38 am Finally, we have someone willing to stand up against evil and walk out of the EC for its hypocrisy in accepting pledge money from Trump supporters. I think you should persuade all your friends who think just like you do to follow your lead and vow never to return until every Episcopal Church adopts a “zero tolerance” policy against anyone who refuses to pledge allegiance to “resistance” rather than to “peace” and reconciliation. To regain its soul, the TEC must publically denounce Trump and stop accepting this tainted blood money from Trump supporters and expel them from the pews. After all, this is war—the evil empire verses the dark side. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska April 19, 2017 at 11:47 am I meant to add that I am a Korean war vet, went back to university with Gi Bill and went to Nashotah House Seminary because in between High school, 4 yrs. military and during college years I apprenticed as a carpenter/builder. My bishop, Hart, Diocese of PA, even though Diocese was historically “Low Church”, as Pres. of CPF, he was able to get me into Nashotah, if I could finish building needed 25 student housing units. Which I did. There I served as Deputy Sheriff, carpenter and other construction during those 3 years. I then rebuilt a parish in down trodden section of Phila. I then built a parish in Florida staying there over 30 years. I am a life long conservative Republican, BUT I vote on issues and what I believe in the candidate. I try to separate people and issues into: CAN’T and WON’T. The Can’t’s I help with all my being. It is tough to sometimes distinguish. I am an optimist and Hope springs eternal.Bless us all as we believe that church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum for saints. Evangelism is: one Beggar telling another Beggar where the BREAD is! Come to the Table! Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC April 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm Mike Geibel makes many excellent points with which I am in full agreement. If the Episcopal Church is not yet in my own “rear-view mirror” it is simply because I do not like the idea of being driven out of the church by the growing mob of left-wing dissenters and their increasingly bizarre views. Of the many increasingly acceptable opinions within the Episcopal Church, perhaps the most grotesque is the notion that so-called transgendered people should have the right to “change” themselves even to the point of mutilating their own bodies. What this amounts to is telling our divine creator that he made some kind of a “gender assignment” mistake which we human beings have a (God-given?) right to correct. Surely this amounts to plain lunacy and I feel sympathy for those priests and bishops who remain loyal to historic religious common sense but are forced to get along with those of their non-traditionalist brethren who in reality are the true dissenters. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Kilty Maoris says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ April 19, 2017 at 6:24 am The whole discussion is confused. To articulate a coherent position one would need to (at a minimum) answer the following questions:1. What do you mean by politics? Are you drawing on a tradition of political discourse that flows from Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rouseau, Habermas or some other political theorist?2. What do you mean when you say “Jesus was political?” How so? In what ways? Is there a political theory to be found in the Gospels? Or are you teasing out hints and tendencies?3. Which “Jesus” are you referring to? The so-called historical Jesus? If so, then you have to engage all the questions that go into that contested area of discourse? If not, is it the Jesus we meet in Matthew’s version of the Sermon on the Mount? In the final form of Mark? Luke? John?4. What is a sermon? What is the meaning and purpose of a sermon in the context of worship?One can answer these questions in a variety of ways (there are volumes written on these subjects), but one needs to answer them. Without answers to these questions the discussion is confused and the assertions made by the participants lack clarity and coherence. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Preachers ponder their task in divided nation and, perhaps, divided congregations Scripture, relationships and common ground seen as sermons’ anchors Gretchen Lipp says: April 18, 2017 at 11:31 am Entering most Episcopal Churches, one is aware most keenly that the center of our worship is the altar, not the pulpit. Seven to twelve minute-sermons come from prayer, attention to the Holy Spirit, study, and they shed light on the day’s Readings, most often the Gospel. Condensing many hours of preparation into those 7-12 minutes is a discipline that provides the hearers with an historical, literary, etc. criticism in a space so that the hearers may be informed by the Holy Spirit, not by a preacher’s opinion. Preach Jesus; let the Spirit work; respect the parishioners’ ability to think within the via media. Allow space in our sermons for all of this to happen. Trust God who gave us all intelligence. All of this in 7-12 minutes. Then comes the central part of our service, the center of our worship: not the pulpit and the priest but God’s Table and the Holy Spirit. Tony Oberdorfer says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 18, 2017 at 4:33 am Different people have different ideas of what it means to act in a Christian way. the members of my parish tend toward the conservative, though we have many liberals. We are a parish that has a tradition of doing. We sponsor a youth center with after school programs in a low income city a few miles from our church, a well child clinic, three sober living houses for recovering addicts and a food bank among other ministries. We are also gone to an Asian Outreach ministry and a prison ministry. I am told the more liberal parish has lots of committees that write letters. We have had stormy controversies but it is by emphasizing what we have inCommon that we have survived. The evil of going down the political road is this: we begin to see each other as Republicans or Democrats rather than as Christians. Shortly after the election one of our deacons preached a very political sermon in which she implied, To a parish full of people who voted for Trump, that people who voted for Trump posed an actual physical danger to those right minded people who didn’t. She was actually shocked to learn that she had offended people who came to church regularly, who participated in and donated to the ministries we have to the poor, who had always been kind and generous to her. I was one of those offended. The problem is that, as others have observed, we conservatives tend to think that liberals are mistaken and misguided. Too many liberals think that conservatives are just evil and selfish and full of hate. It’s hard to have a meaningful dialog when the other side thinks you are evil. And, as a lawyer, I know full well that Justice is too often in the eye of the beholder. There are at least two sides to every contentious issue. You may think the U S was evil in dropping the atomic bomb. Those of your parishioners who were once soldiers who were being shipped to the Pacific for the invasion of Japan, and their descendants may beg to differ. They are alive today because that bomb was dropped. At least that’s how they see it. In fact that exact scenario happened in my parish when our then priest had the custom of preaching against the atom bomb every August. He stopped after I pointed out how many of his parishioners had served in WWII or were the children or grandchildren of those who did. I have already made this comment too long but that’s really the point. These are complex issues that don’t lend themselves to 12 minute sermons This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET April 17, 2017 at 8:38 pm There are at least 2 kinds of churches. Pulpit centered and Altar centered. Pulpit centered, you come to hear what preacher has to say. If it is not what you anticipate or buy into, you may go away with less than you came with.In Altar centered church you come to offer up all your sins and the preacher is one of the ones there to do the same, along with usher, acolyte, Lay Reader, etc.At birth we are like a tabla rossa with a clean slate. Our sins get tacked up onto this. We put these sins and thumb tacks into the offering plate and Confession. Thumb tack holes remain. Holy Communion fills up the holes on our tabla rossa and we again are off to a new start – Go Forth!You are part of the Body of Christ; not the leader of a Bible Study or politician running for office. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY April 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm I have no training in political science, and I am not a Biblical scholar, but I am not persuaded that Jesus was political. Others more qualified say Jesus was political, and probably they know better than I do, but I wonder if they say this merely to justify their political activism as “God’s work.” I do, however, believe that the execution of Jesus Christ by the Roman state was politically motivated. I also attribute the demise of the Episcopal Church to its political activism, at least in part. The difference is that the demise of the Church is largely self-inflicted. My exit from the Church is of no consequence. I read an article on the declining membership of the TEC which commented that liberal-minded millennials are not flocking to the Episcopal Church as predicted by the former Bishop, and that most of the members still attending services are “geezers” like myself who do so “out of habit” and a desire to preserve their funeral in the church of their birth. We “geezers” are hardly a reliable stream of revenue into the future, and political activism is a thirsty beast. Rumors that the TEC and ACLU are engaged in merger negotiations are sarcastic punch-lines by those who are angry and gloat over the continuing nose-dive in membership, but concerns of fiscal sustainability are a reality and seem to be forcing a shift from “ministry” for an aging membership, to sales of church property and investments in business ventures. The ENS published trial reports of Bishop Bruno closing St. James in Newport Beach so he could sell the sanctuary for $15 million to a real estate developer to pay legal fees and invest the money in revenue producing property. The ashes of former members interned at the church would be respectfully relocated. The LA Diocese has declared itself a “sanctuary diocese” and approved a budget that includes $1.5 million for immigrants and refugees, this at the same time that the loyal members were locked out of the sanctuary at St. James so it could be destroyed and replaced with luxury condominiums. It is ironic that many of the Churches owned by the diocese are similarly located on very valuable property and could be quickly converted to cash under Trump’s agenda designed to spur private development. With the current political vitriol spewed nightly by media hacks (on both sides) and the controversial and divisive actions advocated by the Leadership, local pastors who are honestly and faithfully trying to “Preach the Word” as engraved on the pulpit featured below the title of the article are faced with a difficult task. April 18, 2017 at 5:04 am Thanks be to God, that I’m Christian Episcopalian hope worthy to be called Christian. God bless us all. Don’t look to our sins Lord but your love and mercy to help us grow with humility, goodness, kindness as worthy servants and children of yours, that we may all respect all your creations. Through Jesus our loving savior name we pray. Amen Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN April 18, 2017 at 5:07 pm A thoughtful article on the predicament now facing pastors—but I get the impression that the real question the article tries to address, is: “How to give a sermon denouncing Trump without offending and losing conservative parishioners.” My advice is: Don’t do it. Joining the chorus of nightly media pundits who hate Trump more than they love America will alienate those members who disagree with you. I agree with the comments of Robert Browning and Rev. Hanahan distinguishing between a “pulpit” and an “altar” church. Ministering to the spiritual needs of church members in their daily lives is a full time job without the politics. I don’t go to Church to hear a lecture on some controversial issue or to listen to others engage in political debates. I seek guidance on how I should live my life and be a better person, and not on who or what I should vote for. The implicit message of any sermon advocating a political position or indirectly endorsing a political candidate is that if you don’t agree with the pastor, “you are a bad person.”I doubt the theories offered on the “art” of giving homilies with political messages will actually work in practice. Parishioners are not stupid. They will recognize a political message advocating universal health care even if disguised as the story of the Good Samaritan. And the story doesn’t answer the question: “How much does it cost and who is going to pay for it?”Missing from the article are interviews with pastors who have personally witnessed the resulting friction between members, empty pews, and declining pledge monies. Also missing from the article is an honest disclosure of the negative statistical and fiscal impact of Episcopal political activism following the election of President Trump. I therefore find the comments posted by actual front-line pastors to be more persuasive. I left the Episcopal Church because of the political posturing by the Leadership and not because of my Pastor— we may have disagreed on politics but I respected her as a compassionate and spiritual leader. The ENS has published many post-election articles on bishops signing opposition statements to Executive Orders, amicus curie legal briefs on transgender rights, declarations of a sanctuary diocese, and participation in protest marches on everything from oil pipelines to abortion rights. I wish the article had disclosed the number of pastors who have reported loss of members, declining attendance and that their church must largely pay its mission share not from pledges, but by renting church property to private businesses and holding fundraisers open to non-members. Examples of real life consequences are a better measure of what not to do than rhetorical theory. My perception is that the leadership has aligned itself with the same politics that have eliminated God from school, and members of the clergy have walked arm in arm with anarchists advocating violence and atheist college professors who indoctrinate students on political correctness, label those who disagree as deplorable, hillbilly racists, decry capitalism as evil, and consider Jesus Christ to be a fairy tale for the weak-minded. For me, the Church leadership has made the term “Jesus Movement” a synonym for activist preachers advocating leftist ideology.There are many members who are quite orthodox in their Christian faith, who are fiscally conservative, who respect our Nation’s laws, and yet support some (but not all) liberal causes. I was such a cradle Episcopalian. The Episcopal Church is now in my rear-view mirror. April 17, 2017 at 5:24 pm Then you are ignoring the Jesus who spoke and acted against the political and religious authorities of his time (and who also subsequently killed him). To preach Jesus is not just to love your God with all your heart, mind, and soul and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. It is also the recognize, speak against, and to act to eliminate injustice. Your comment alludes to such action as being “political”. What it is is to preach Jesus as a matter of speaking truth to power, no matter whether that applies to political or religious power. Ted Foley says: Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: April 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm I picked up this article a few days late. I found the tone of the comments to be very telling.I wonder if it would be helpful, in any discussion such as this, to avoid labels such as “conservative”, or “liberal” or the many other labels used to sub-divide us? Quite frankly, I sometimes wonder if we all mean the same thing when we are using the same labels.Would it be helpful instead to talk about specific issues and look at them through the lens of scripture? Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Faith & Politics Rector Collierville, TN James Saunders says: April 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm If you don’t like what’s going on with your church then stop putting your contributions into the general fund. The diocese feeds off every church under its jurisdiction with what is called an accessment. Choke off the dollars that flow to up them and they will start to listen. Give your donations to local outreach or a designated fund that improves your church building. Get creative but keep it out of the General fund. It’s not an easy thing to do. When your church leadership discovers what you are trying to do you will get some diapproving looks and plenty of pushback depending where they stand with the issues you don’t agree with. For a real view of what is going on with the higher Episcopal Church search out the last budget approved by the convention. April 18, 2017 at 8:41 pm I thought that I was possibly the last conservative Episcopalian. I am pleased to see that there are others. I will not give up on the Episcopal Church. I guess I am either a glutton for punishment or a modern day Don Quixote type. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Paul A Fessenden says: Susan Salisbury says: Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Comments are closed. April 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm James Saunders speaks well for the many of us Episcopalians of long standing who feel marginalized by the “contemporary Episcopalian interpretation of Baptismal vows.” I am not a pariah because I voted against Hillary Clinton. What ever happened to the third leg of the Episcopal stool called “reason?” Reason is the last thing on the mind of those who self-assuredly “know” they are right. Sermons with a good dose of reason are always well received. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Robert Browning says: mike geibel says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group last_img read more

Vermont church sees opportunity during pandemic to step up homelessness…

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp is rector of Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre, Vermont. Photo: Diocese of Vermont[Diocese of Vermont] With the pandemic came an opportunity.The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp and the people of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Barre, Vermont, had been working to help homeless people in Washington County for more than a decade, serving them a hot breakfast two mornings a week and working with ecumenical partners to help find them stable places to live.Their progress had been such that in the last four years, the church and its partners had begun to believe that they might soon be able to find housing for almost everyone.“There are a lot of homeless people, but we know who they are,” Kooperkamp said. “It’s an identifiable number. So we started working on getting people into more permanent housing.”Then in early March, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the region. The Good Samaritan Haven, the area’s principal shelter, had to close its doors and find new shelter for 38 clients almost immediately. In addition, people who had been couch surfing needed to find new accommodations, and the hearty few living on the streets had to move indoors because warming facilities had to be closed.Good Shepherd and the congregations of the Barre Interfaith Group were in the thick of what happened next.“We surfaced the idea: Can the state get a block of hotel rooms?” Kooperkamp said. “The state agreed. Also the hotels were emptied out. The hotel owners were like, ‘You want to rent out our rooms for a while? Please!’”Most of the Good Samaritan guests moved to the shut-down Econolodge in Montpelier. Others went to The Hilltop in Berlin, or the Pierre and the Budget Inn in Barre. The move brought significant challenges, such as providing three meals a day for people who could no longer follow their old routines. But it also brought an opportunity.“We said, ‘Now we’ve got a month when people will be in hotels,’” Kooperkamp said. “Can we get people to fill out apartment applications, use the $1,200 [from the CARES Act] for security deposit, and get people into apartments? If so, we’ve got the opportunity maybe not to end homelessness completely, but to clear out the Good Samaritan shelter.”That work is under way, and the success of the endeavor won’t be clear for at least several months, but Kooperkamp and the people of Good Shepherd believe it is a hopeful turn in a journey that began 10 years ago.In 2010, Good Shepherd and other congregations in Barre offered their church buildings as warming shelters for people without homes, because clients of Good Samaritan were required to leave the facility by 7 a.m. “One thing leads to another,” Kooperkamp said, “and pretty soon you are serving a full breakfast.” Which was just what Good Shepherd did, two mornings a week.“Our church happens to be situated between a couple of public housing building for elderly and disabled people, and a lot of people with mental illness end up there too,” said Beth Mueller, a parishioner who has worked with homeless people for more than 40 years. “We were perfectly happy to have folks come over.“I think people [in the parish] felt very good that we had moved beyond just going to church for worship, and that we are doing something that actually does impact people’s lives. It was kind of our little baby.”The parish’s good work caught the eye of Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown. “I am impressed by Good Shepherd’s responsiveness to the community’s needs,” the bishop said. “They have kept their hearts open to the needs of the community. They would never have had this opportunity otherwise. The pandemic seems to have increased their determination to address a long-standing issue, and for that I am grateful. This gives me hope for the future of the church and our communities of which we are a part.”There is more to ending homelessness than signing leases, and the people of Good Shepherd know that. Many of those without permanent shelter in Washington County are struggling not simply with homelessness, but with substance abuse and unaddressed mental health issues, especially family trauma, Kooperkamp said. “Those are the biggest leading factors. Plus, quite frankly, the unrelenting rural poverty and rural isolation.”Once housing is found for people currently living in the shelter, the work of accompaniment remains to be done. “It takes somebody who is willing to invest the time, and not just say, ‘OK, we’re done. Glad you got your apartment. Hope it all works out OK,’” Mueller said. “People still need counseling, rides to the grocery store, help finding furniture.”Managing those tasks may determine whether most of the homeless people in Washington County are able to maintain a permanent place to live. In the meantime, Kooperkamp said, he is glad the parish is trying to make the world that will emerge on the far side of the pandemic fairer than the world left behind.“As we are talking about coming through some of this and knowing there is going to be a new normal, can that new normal mean more than wearing masks and social distancing?” he asks. “Can it mean we can be in this together and, even though socially distant, find ways that some of the most vulnerable members of our community could be taken care of as well?” The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Vermont church sees opportunity during pandemic to step up homelessness outreach Submit an Event Listing Posted May 15, 2020 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Press Release Service Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET COVID-19 Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJlast_img read more

Breaking down walls in the town of Apopka

first_img TAGS10th StreetJerichoRemnant Christian Center Previous articleHow I met Charlie DanielsNext articleDonna’s Deals: Tax Season Software Deals Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR  “When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city… and they devoted the city to the Lord.”   Joshua 6:20-21The Remnant Christian Center is new in town. It was last November that they had their first service in Apopka, but they are already having an impact. This afternoon, approximately 100 members of their church and the community marched two miles from Apopka Memorial Middle School to 10th street.They called it Jericho: Intercession Walk for the City of Apopka.And the end point of the march had as much symbolism as the name.10th Street in South Apopka is the dividing line between the city and unincorporated Orange County. There is not a literal wall on 10th Street, but in many ways, there is a metaphorical one that rivals the infamous wall that protected Jericho. The violence that takes place on or around 10th Street rivals the violence the ancient Biblical town in Canaan experienced.But for the Remnant Church, this march was the beginning of a shout-out to God to end the violence.“We believe that the “spiritual walls of Jericho” will come down in our city thru concentrated prayer over our city,” said Remnant Lead Pastor George Sotolongo. “We claim Apopka for The Lord Jesus and believe God will end any violence or any spiritual darkness in our city. Each of us prayed as we walked to see God open the heavens over Apopka and to believe God that Apopka would be restored to its spiritual destiny.  I was happy to see the great unity of not only other churches but the diversity of cultures coming together under one purpose. That purpose is to make Jesus known in the city of Apopka, along with His love and Mercy.”Sotolongo was pleased with the spirit of the two-mile walk, and the potential for harmony in Apopka’s future. “The prayer walk went amazing,” he said. “Each person had a sheet of paper with several scriptures to choose from, along with praying with they felt from the Lord in their own heart for the city of Apopka. We all gathered together in unity and prayed that violence would end and over Apopka. That darkness would cease in Apopka! That hate, division, and racism would end in Apopka. That Apopka would be a place where healing and restoration can take place as the name of the Lord is magnified over our city. We Prayed for the restoration of families, and we had a very powerful and historic moment with the family of Camari Dennison (The six-year-old boy that was run over and ultimately died on January 1 of this year on 10th St. in Apopka).  The Dennison family walked with us for the entire 2 miles and prayed with us for restoration and healing of families and healing for the city of Apopka.”According to Sotolongo, the group took communion together and thanked the Lord for answering their prayer and believed that something powerful started today in the spirit realm over Apopka. They worshiped and sang a song together.“We all said the name of Jesus seven times (out loud and in unison),” he said. “Then let out a big shout of victory to the Lord. It was amazing. You could hear the sound of the shout over two or three blocks away.”Photos courtesy of Michelle Bankson. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Cost to move Highland Manor could reach one million dollars

first_img Hahaha…..aren’t you sweet! Reply Mama Mia The City of Apopka council meeting where Ms. Hahn attended and talked back and forth with the mayor was on March 2, 2016. You can listen to the audio or read the minutes which recorded in writing their discussion. You can find this info on Apopka.net up at the top of the page and go to that date of the council meeting. She wanted the Connelly home for her organization, after the mayor told her he had a home that was vacant and suitable possibly, and the mayor was discussing the possibility of declaring the Connelly home surplus property. Now, it is said the Connelly home was not up to par, after checking it out. So Glenn Irby talked about the Highland Manor could be moved to the same site as where the Connelly property sits currently and it was stated it will have to be demolished, the Connelly home that is on a facebook posting. So all I can say is go figure…………just trying to figure the chit chat out, I am not saying anything for sure. just speculating, and scratching my head as to why there, with not enough parking or land at Dream Lake, for that big home????? Are they serious, or will it go to the wrecking ball? I came in like a wrecking ball…………. Please enter your comment! Seriously I urge you all to go ahead and vote for the city center. Then I will have somewhere to ride my bike to. That is, if I don’t get run over trying to get to it when it is completed. Or if the developer doesn’t take too long to complete it, as I am not getting any younger, and might have to trade my bike for a hover-round. Wheewwwweeee…….!!!! Heeheee!!!! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mama Mia July 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply I have heard the Dream Lake location mentioned before. While it would look nice there, I question why? The last I heard was a lady had wanted the Connelly home for a non-profit. Okay, so the Connelly home won’t do for the non-profit for the reasons Glenn mentions in the article above. However the same lady with the non-profit, had previously had her sights set on the Highland Manor home, at least according to some of her Facebook postings I read. She did indicate that was probably not going to happen, but that she would love the Highland Manor home for her non-profit. So what public purpose would the Highland Manor be used for, if moved to Dream Lake? There is not enough parking there now, hardly, for something like it is used for currently, so I am curious as to what the home could be used for on that site at Dream Lake, that would warrant a million dollar plus move????? What happened to talk about moving it to Station Street, and having yet another city center? Restaurant, museum, other…..? Or Edward’s Field? Fickle as a fiddle, and getting hard to follow, all the multiple proposals. regarding everything city related. I think this talk is nothing but a diversion to draw the focus off of what will ultimately happen to the home, which is the wrecking ball, bulldozer, or backhoe, in which the debris will be hauled off to WHICH dump??? LOL Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 T Terry July 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here July 17, 2016 at 8:51 pm TAGSApopka City CouncilGlenn IrbyHighland Manor Previous articleDeputy of the Year is WorthyNext articleOn This Day: Nixon announces trip to China Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR July 17, 2016 at 10:03 am July 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm Mama Mia Reply July 16, 2016 at 10:26 am Mama Mia Historic Highland Manor, Apopka, FL Reply Let’s call on one of our former Apopka High School athletes who have gone pro and are making some big $$$$$$ and maybe the city might even name the house for them for a large portion of the home’s moving costs. We will put it out there for thought, and see if there are any takers! Who should we contact that is making the major bucks now as a pro and is from Apopka? Hey, doesn’t have to be a pro athlete, can be another highly successful person from our area and appreciates our city’s unique history and wants to preserve our history. Okay the lady with the non-profit that wanted the Connelly house on Dream Lake was Mitzi Lee Hahn, Founder. You can see one of her postings here on the Apopka Voice. When you finish reading this, go back to the other articles, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, to “show more” and when the next page comes up, go to the top and click onto the “most popular” articles of the Apopka Voice, and scroll down to the article about the Highland Manor, and on to people’s comments, and her posting is there on down a little. That is the only way I know how to tell you to find her posting. July 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm July 16, 2016 at 4:09 pm Mama Mia I like that idea Danielle. Please enter your name here July 15, 2016 at 3:36 am I had hoped if the Highland Manor was going to be saved that it would be a community gathering place for all kinds of events and happenings, and would have the full banquet facilities, kitchen, stage, and full bar (hiccup!) We will have to wait and see what goes…… July 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm July 18, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply MARILYN Kavanagh I don’t remember the name of the non-profit that the lady had, nor her name. She came and spoke at one of the city council meetings, about her non-profit, and was wanting to put her non-profit in the Connelly home on Dream Lake. It was a women’s based non-profit for women to gather, craft, sew, communicate, pray, support each other, and hob-nob and other missions. Maybe she will see this, and respond, and get all the info correct. If I remember correctly her non-profit is operating over on Roger Williams Road near Lovell School, at the big church there, which I can’t recall the name of the church right off-hand. Is it the Nazarene church, I can’t remember? That was what she said, except maybe I got the church wrong, don’t know……… July 17, 2016 at 9:50 pm Regarding the channel 9 investigation of Apopka and other government entities having so much vacant unused lands that were bought up and being held, how about this ? The inventory that was done of the city owned properties, or is being done currently by Apopka officials, is to determine what unused properties that they can deem “surplus property” to either sell, keep, or donate? Maybe they are getting their “house” in order to do something! The land at the Connelly home was talked about at the March 2, 2016 city council meeting, and there was talk about to “donate” the surplus land there, when at that council meeting , the lady wanted the home for her organization which I believe was a non-profit. So the Connelly home is not feasible for the organization now, so what gives? All of a sudden there is talk of moving the Manor to Dream Lake. Another thought, maybe the Highland Manor is going to be moved to a city owned unused property, and it might become the new UCF Incubator Building! The current UCF Incubator building sits where the new city center is suppose to go in, on that side of the road, is what I thought they said. Unless the old Barnhill Restaurant will be torn down, and the Highland Manor moved there, but I don’t think so. Maybe the Highland Manor will be moved to Dream Lake and serve as the new UCF Incubator Building. If so, UCF should share major moving costs! July 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm 18 COMMENTS July 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm Reply Reply Reply The Anatomy of Fear July 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm Bettie Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia I will move the house to give back to the city that gave to me momma mia I don’t know why they want to move it in the first place. They only mention that it takes up too much land? So what are you gonna do with that land? Build another roadway/exit to 441? Can’t the city just leave it be and have it historically preserved and used as a museum? Am I being too negative by calling the city center proposal a “pig in the poke” ? No, I am not, because the first drawings of the city center appearance was generic, and not a true representation of the city center. The next set of renderings were not a true representation of what the actual buildings will look like either. The actual representations of the buildings and such will only be when the agreement is set. I assume that means when the city council votes and approves the contract, if that is what they will do. The company is expecting the council to vote and approve of the city center before they actually can see the true representations of what the actual buildings will look like at the city center. How would you like to plunk down say $ 300,000 for a new home for yourself and only get to see what it will look like after you agree to sign the dotted line and agree to buy it site unseen???? That is crazy. Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia For months it’s been debated in social media, polled on news sites and discussed in City Council meetings – what should be done with the Highland Manor?“… I’m concerned with the issue of the house (Highland Manor),” said Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson at the July 6th City Council meeting. “I don’t know where that stands. I don’t know if they’re going to move it. I don’t want to be cornered and make a snap decision and suddenly realize it’s over.”No need to worry any longer. There will be no snap decisions as it applies to the historic site. The handwriting is on the wall.Jeff Mc Fadden, the Managing Director for Taurus Southern Investments, spoke in almost certain language about the Manor’s fate at a July 13th workshop.“I just don’t believe there is a way to keep the Highland Manor in its current site. It just sprawls and it takes up too much land.”At the July 6th meeting, Commissioner Kyle Becker made a prophetic statement, and a request of City Administrator Glenn Irby.“… We have to assume the Manor is going to be moved,” said Becker. “I would like to see a very high level rough estimate of how we can move it. We have to know that.”“I can arrange to get some pricing,” Irby said.Later that week, Irby secured estimates not only for the move, but a more comprehensive budget of costs associated with moving the Manor from its current location, to a prospective new home where the Connelly house currently sits at Park Avenue on Dream Lake. According to Irby, the Connelly house is not in good condition and does not meet ADA requirements for use by the public and would be cost prohibitive to retrofit those needs.The itemized estimate to move the Manor and prepare/clear the sites is:New Foundation: $35,000-$80,000Electrical: $15,000-$80,00Water/Sewer Connections: MinimalHVAC: $50,000-$75,000Restrooms (2): $128,000Demolish and Dispose of the Connelly property: $10,000-$15,000Demolish and dispose of the addition on the Highland Manor property: $10,000-$15,000Move Highland Manor to Connelly property $100,000-$150,000Build a 2,000 square foot addition onto the house once moved and include an elevator $500,000Storage and protection of materials inside the Highland Manor $15,000All totaled = $863,000 to $1,058,000The City Council is scheduled to vote on the City Center Development Agreement at the July 20th meeting. Or will the city council members see the newest renderings of what the actual buildings of the city center will look like, before they have the vote? When the “agreement is set” is actually kind of vague wording to me, about the appearance of the actual buildings. Just saying……. Whatever, I actually think they should go ahead and vote for the city center, as hard as that is for me to say, because so many people have their hopes built up, BUT when it comes time later to determine what to do with the Highland Manor…….IT NEEDS TO BE SAVED, and kept city owned, for all to use!!!! Do not sit there and vote in favor of the city center, if you all have no intentions of saving the historic home! If nothing else, it could be moved to Edward’s Field, and start incorporating other community projects along with it, there on the site. Then maybe we will have some old Apopka and some new Apopka, a nice balance for all. The city center vote is approaching…………..soon! I’m going to cut this computer off for now, it is getting darker and darker in my house, and the loud thunder and lightning is scary to me! Reply July 15, 2016 at 4:07 pm I agree to leave it where it is . Someone should make it a bed and breakfastfast. We don’t have one and Apopka is growing by leaps and bounds. That’s a perfect place. Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia The city council does not have to worry one little bit about a bank wanting to open 8 service lanes at the new city center such as Chase, the example they used. Of course not, because we already have a Bank of America in town that has about that many lanes plus a walk up service window, and they closed them ALL down! All I know after listening to the audio of the city center workshop, is if the first restaurant to open with a drive through at the city center is Taco Bell…..heads are going to roll! A nail salon with how many nail stations? 60! For real? Did I hear that correctly? Did they do an inventory of how many nail salons are in Apopka currently? Another Mexican restaurant? Oh dear god. Also, Florida Vernacular style was explained, and it makes whats new look like it has been there forever. So we are going to do away with old, to create new, that looks old……..now that is progress. What about a chocolate shop? I love chocolate. What about a fancy dog groomer salon? Also what about businesses that might be open all night long? Will that be allowed? Will there be any restrooms around the walking area, other than inside the businesses? What happened to the talk about putting fish in the pond to eat the scum on top of the pond? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Highland Manor home if moved should be moved a little bit further down Park Avenue and set down on the lot the city owns at Park and Sandpiper across from the Circle K Store. That is a nice size lot with some pretty trees which would have a lot of room for parking and for whatever the use of the home will be. Maybe a dinner theater……or new community event center? Also, there could be a bike trail substation out along the frontage to stop in and get water, air for the bikes, etc. and then Orange County will be extending the West Orange Trail down Welch to the state park. The home there and the bike trail could all be tied together in some sort of way for families to enjoy. Reply Reply July 18, 2016 at 6:03 pm Why didn’t you city slicker staffers put those latest renderings of the city center and attach them onto the packet with the contract on the agenda of the city center workshop. I saw the packet from the city center workshop. and no problem, but when I downloaded the rendering below the city emblem on your city homepage, that is far as I got, because I can’t get the Acrobat Reader D to work because I don’t know what file it is in, or where the heck the download is……X%!!&^#$#!&!!!! You all are suppose to make it easy for residents to view your stuff. Plus my computer service has been crappy all day, flashing on and off constantly, and is getting worse every day! I am ready to throw it all in the nearest lake! Danielle Lewis Reply Reply July 15, 2016 at 1:28 pmlast_img read more

On This Day: First Presidential Debate

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia Hillary called Trump a racist. Trump said Hillary didn’t look like a president or have stamina. She spoke of hundreds of trips overseas as Secretary of State. Trump mad because of Hillary’s bombardment of ads against Trump. He said that was nasty and that he has spent very little money against her. Trump tried hard to dominate. Trump even tried to dominate the moderator. He claims mainstream media on Hillary’s side against him….Hahaha!! I guess I expected that top photo in black and white too. September 26, 2016 at 10:36 pm September 26, 2016 at 8:45 pm Hillary said she was shocked that Trump invited Putin of Russia to hack into American computers of the government. Trump make a ugly pucker with his lips when subject of Putin was brought up by Hillary. Hillary says she has a plan to beat ISIS and Trump rolled his eyes around. Hillary says Trump supported the invasion of Iraq, Trump denies it, Hillary said it is proven??? Hillary wants to continue to work with Muslim allies and NATO. Trump says working with them is just making a mess. 28 countries in NATO The got it wrong….Hillary in red, and Trump in a blue tie……what in the world??????? Reply Donald Trump sued twice by the Justice Department for racial injustice in his rentals of properties, so says Hillary. Trump says the lawsuits settled with no admitted guilt. Reply The Anatomy of Fear September 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm Mama Mia As a little school kid I looked up to JFK and thought he was the best! I remember sitting in the school room and the teacher leaving the room, and coming back in, and telling us that the President had been assassinated. We were like what is that? She explained that it meant he was killed by someone, and we all started asking why, and tears started running down our eyes. We followed our teacher down to the auditorium and watched the news from a small black and white tv upon a tall metal stand. Reply September 26, 2016 at 9:21 pm Reply The article talks about makeup and Nixon declined to wear makeup in his debates. Will Trump wear makeup like Hillary? If he does wear makeup, they better find some that is a pumpkin orange shade, and some pure white for under his eyes, so he will look like his normal self. Maybe they will slather so much makeup on Trump that he will look like Hillary. Mama Mia September 26, 2016 at 10:00 pm Reply Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 22 COMMENTS Mama Mia I am anxiously awaiting the presidential debate. I don’t know what to expect. Nobody does. Heard that Mark Cuban and Gennifer Flowers will be there. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia Reply September 26, 2016 at 10:23 pm Reply I am proud of Hillary for standing up to the bully. Makes me want to run out and buy myself a pant suit. Yes, a pants suit! Reply Mama Mia September 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply If she wins she will be referred to as Madam President. If you don’t like that title, then you can still call her My Dam President! Mama Mia September 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm September 26, 2016 at 10:43 pm September 26, 2016 at 10:46 pm Reply On This Day in History: September 26th, 1960Kennedy and Nixon debateFrom The History ChannelFor the first time in U.S. history, a debate between major party presidential candidates is shown on television. The presidential hopefuls, John F. Kennedy, a Democratic senator of Massachusetts, and Richard M. Nixon, the vice president of the United States, met in a Chicago studio to discuss U.S. domestic matters.Kennedy emerged the apparent winner from this first of four televised debates, partly owing to his greater ease before the camera than Nixon, who, unlike Kennedy, seemed nervous and declined to wear makeup. Nixon fared better in the second and third debates, and on October 21 the candidates met to discuss foreign affairs in their fourth and final debate. Less than three weeks later, on November 8, Kennedy won 49.7 percent of the popular vote in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, surpassing by a fraction the 49.6 percent received by his Republican opponent.One year after leaving the vice presidency, Nixon returned to politics, winning the Republican nomination for governor of California. Although he lost the election, Nixon returned to the national stage in 1968 in a successful bid for the presidency. Like Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Nixon declined to debate his opponent in the 1968 presidential campaign. Televised presidential debates returned in 1976, and have been held in every presidential campaign since. Reply Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Trump is not a man of honor, he is a crook, Hillary is now sticking it to him for not paying his workers. Stuff like this is how he got rich! Paying no taxes on his millions and millions of income, while the little hard working guys pay too much for what little they make! Trump will not get my vote!center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mama Mia Hillary said I prepared for this debate, and I will tell you something else I prepared to be President of the United States. Donald didn’t like that…..too bad. Reply Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Time for the big show……… Mama Mia Reply September 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm Reply Mama Mia September 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm Yes Hillary you go girl…..raise the taxes on the wealthy!!! Trump is showing his bully personality. All Trump cares about is making $$$ nothing else. To heck with the country just as long as he makes a big bucks. He needs to release his tax returns! Trump gets audited almost every year he says. Good! Obviously the authorities think his returns warrant a yearly audit!!! His tax attorney warns against releasing his tax returns…..of course, and we know why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hillary nails it on why he won’t release his tax returns….right on target!!!! September 26, 2016 at 10:20 pm Mama Mia Hillary is drilling Trump on his cavalier attitude toward nuclear weapons. She said someone of his temperament should not have his hand nowhere near the button to send a nuclear weapon. He doesn’t care if other countries have nuclear, and doesn’t care if they use them. He wants to use them himself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mama Mia Hillary brought up that when Trump did show his tax returns to state authorities, in order to get a wanted casino license, they returns of several years of high income showed NO INCOME TAX PAID!!!!!!! September 26, 2016 at 10:48 pm Hillary is reassuring our allies that America’s word is good, and that we honor our treaties with our allies. Allies of ours worried about Trump, the madman. Trump says he wants to help allies but they are not paying us enough. Everything Trump thinks and breathes = money $$$$$$$$$. He keeps stressing he has business sense. Reply Mama Mia September 26, 2016 at 8:50 pm TAGSJohn F. KennedyPresidential DebateRichard M. NixonThe HIstory Channel Previous articleLocal Charity Making a DifferenceNext articleOn this day: Peace With Britain Begins Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here September 26, 2016 at 9:06 pm September 26, 2016 at 8:32 pm September 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm Mama Mia Trump getting upset and mad and ranting on and on about Hillary and the moderator saying Trump supported the invasion of Iraq and that it is proven fact. Trump getting mad and losing it…….Hillary laughing now! Now after his angry spell he is bragging about his temperament, that he has a great temperament, and that his temperament is better than Hillary. Hillary is amused. I love it! Mama Mia I just got a computer bleep and it said Trump and Hillary tied in the national polls…….. Mama Mia September 26, 2016 at 11:05 pm Who won the debate??????? Hahahahah…….It is official……Hillary!!! Go Hillary! Dump the Trump!!! Reply I expect Trump to act like a crude, rude, shock jock. Of course, his people have told him to cool it, and tone it down. Hillary says Trump has called women pigs, slobs, and she talked about a beauty contest where he referred to a women in the contest as Miss Piggy and a Latino woman in the beauty contest as a housewife……she said he referred to women’s pregnancy as an employer inconvenience. Trump no fan of equal pay for men and women. Reply Mama Mia September 26, 2016 at 10:28 pm Please enter your comment! 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Teens who feel down may benefit from picking others up

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGStheconversation.com Previous articleOrlando Mayor Buddy Dyer endorses Gwen Graham for GovernorNext articleSenator John McCain dies at 81 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Hannah L. Schacter, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychology, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and first published on theconversation.com.Think about the last time you helped someone out. Maybe you sent a supportive text to a stressed-out friend or gave directions to a lost stranger.How did it make you feel?If you said good, happy, or maybe even “warm and fuzzy,” you’re not alone. Research shows that helping others offers a number of important psychological and health benefits.In daily life, people report better mood on days that they assist a stranger or offer an empathetic ear to a friend. Adults who volunteer, spend money on others and support their spouses also experience improved well-being and reduced risk of death.Helping others is beneficial in part because it promotes social closeness and feelings of personal competence.As a researcher who studies adolescent development, I decided to investigate how all this might play out in teenagers. I’m interested in studying teens’ prosocial behavior – things like helping, comforting and sharing – in the context of their close relationships. Given that adolescence is a time of heightened emotional intensity, do teens reap mood benefits from helping out others in everyday life?Teens and depressionLooking back on your own high school years, you might recall feeling intensely anxious about looking cool in front of classmates or being liked by your crush. During adolescence, youth become increasingly preoccupied with the opinions of their peers, including their friends and romantic partners. Indeed, adolescence is a time when experiences of social exclusion or rejection can sting particularly badly.The teenage years can be a hard time for some adolescents. Paul De Los Reyes, CC BYThe teenage years are also a high-risk time for developing depressive symptoms. Almost 1 in every 11 adolescents and young adults in the U.S. experience a major depressive episode. And, even youth with depressive symptoms who don’t meet criteria for an official diagnosis of depression are at risk for adjustment problems, such as loneliness and romantic relationship difficulties.Depressed adolescents, in addition to feeling hopeless and lacking self-esteem, often respond to social stress with intensified negative emotions. For example, adolescents with major depressive disorder take peer rejection harder than do their healthy peers.If depressed adolescents feel especially bad after negative social encounters, might they feel especially good after positive social encounters? Psychologists know that in general adolescents’ concerns about social approval can make positive interpersonal interactions – like offering a peer support or assistance – all the more rewarding. I wanted to see if that held even for teens who were feeling down.Did you help someone today?In our recent study, my colleagues and I examined teenagers’ prosocial behavior in their everyday interactions with friends and romantic partners. Our goal was to understand whether giving help is particularly mood-enhancing for youth with depressive symptoms.We recruited 99 late adolescents from the community around us in Los Angeles. Most of them were high school students or recent high school graduates. First we assessed their depressive symptoms in the lab so we could find out how they’d been feeling the prior couple weeks.Then we asked them to complete 10 consecutive days of short surveys at home. Each of the 10 days, participants told us whether they helped out their friends or romantic partners – things like doing them a favor, or making them feel important. They also reported their own mood.On days that teens helped their friends or dating partners, they experienced increased positive mood. Even if their mood wasn’t great the day before or if they themselves didn’t receive any social support that day, helping someone else was still related to a boost in their spirits.But does helping help some teens more than others? The positive effects of day-to-day prosocial behavior on mood that we saw were strongest for teens with higher levels of depressive symptoms. So youth with elevated emotional distress reaped the greatest mood benefits from lending their peers a helping hand.While we often talk about the importance of receiving social support when we’re feeling down, these findings highlight the unique value of providing support to others.Teens felt better when they supported a friend. Justin Groep/Unsplash, CC BYHelping others helps yourselfThis study provides a glimpse into the potential benefits of help-giving for teens, particularly those experiencing depressive symptoms. Our finding builds upon previous research demonstrating that prosocial behavior is most rewarding for people experiencing social anxiety, neuroticism, and body dissatisfaction.Although we did not test for underlying mechanisms for why this might be, it’s possible that providing help can make individuals feel appreciated by others or promote their sense of purpose and self-esteem. For youth with high levels of social-emotional distress, opportunities to strengthen social connections and feel competent within close relationships might be especially important for improving mood.Many studies linking prosocial behavior to mood, ours included, are correlational — we cannot conclude that helping friends or romantic others causes more positive mood. Experimental studies that randomly assign some participants to engage in acts of kindness and others to engage in non-helping social activities will help rule out the possibility that it’s actually positive mood that drives subsequent prosocial behavior.It’s also important to keep in mind that very few of our participants were clinically depressed. Research still needs to determine whether prosocial behavior is similarly linked to positive mood among adolescents with a diagnosed depressive disorder. An interesting question is whether some depressed youth experience emotional “burnout” from very frequent help-giving.Although the word “adolescence” may conjure up images of reckless teens experiencing interpersonal conflict and emotional turmoil, the adolescent years are a time of great social opportunity and growth. Understanding when, how and why teens behave prosocially – and for whom help-giving most promotes well-being – can contribute to our understanding of adolescent social development.last_img read more