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Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags The Reverend Sandy Webb says: September 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm I think that the lack of preparation time for an important spiritual opportunity to ask congregations and members to foster an end to Racism seemed to trivialize the occasion. I see it as white privilege checking off of one of many to-be-done General Convention resolutions/direction without much thought.I think it would have been better to call for seasonal or quarterly opportunities as well as direct where resources can be obtained for those times. That could lend dignity and serious reflection to a call to live out the Gospel. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK September 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm Thank you, Randy. I, too, see this as a disservice. At my parish we plan special observances with more than five-days notice. In an emergency (9/11, Katrina etc.) it is possible to do a good job because everyone is caught up in the news cycle and emotion of the moment. We have already been dealing with racial issues in overt ways for over a year with extensive work on white privilege, black internal oppression, and institutional racism. These are long-haul issues. This also happens to be Labor Day weekend. Our worship planning has been focused on that. Certainly, labor and jobs has a significant racial component. But our planning focus has not been on Confession and Repentance. Please, Episcopal Church leaders, give us a “heads up” with more time. Here at ground level (congregations), there are two days until worship bulletins are printed. Weekday calendars are full so there are few hours to make all new plans. Some of us try to involve laity in our worship planning, and there’s no way to call and hold a Worship Committee meeting within the next two days . . . especially with the chair of the Worship Committee’s daughter being married this Saturday andseveral other members out of town for the holiday. Just as White Privilege is largely invisible to White people, the reality of congregational life seems to be invisible to our leadership. Priscilla Ballou says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC A Letter to The Episcopal Church From the Presiding Bishop, President of the House of Deputies Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday September 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm I have been what the Bishop called “a fallen away Episcopalian” for 50 years. I will go to 11 o’clock service this Sunday in Atlanta for the first time, to join in confessing, repenting, and committing to end racism. I have lived here 20 years. Submit an Event Listing Dale Coleman says: Martha Jane Patton says: Richard Craig says: September 2, 2015 at 1:17 am White privilege is not an individual sin, and not an intentional sin. It is a systemic evil occasioned by corporate unawareness, a “group” sin of which white people can be blissfully ignorant. White people take certain privileges for granted, for example the ability to shop undisturbed by suspicion of shoplifting, to be free of police harassment when walking in a wealthy neighborhood, to be respected in social situations. I am reminded that a woman once thought Barak Obama was a waiter at a formal dinner and asked him to bring her a drink. One is no longer innocent of this systemic, racist culture once the realization of this privileged status takes place, and it is right to repent of it and seek a change of heart. Chaplain Tom Chapman says: Jack Zamboni says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group September 3, 2015 at 1:54 pm “… that it never, ever occurred to me that I needed to teach my son how to respond in encounters with police so as to reduce his risk of being harmed, as black parents routinely must”While I am of mixed race, I readily present as white. Yet my parents taught me exactly that. If your parents did not they were foolish – as is anyone else who does not, regardless of race. September 2, 2015 at 12:47 am I would like to know what I am supposed to do about white privilege however defined. If I did not create it and practice respect for all people, what is there to repent of? I do not believe in repenting for something someone else has done. Bruce Marshall says: September 2, 2015 at 1:05 am Thankful for your response, Peggy. September 2, 2015 at 8:43 am i have loved this discussion. To quote Verna Dozier: “if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.” That hit me squarely in the face when I heard her say that. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT September 2, 2015 at 10:51 am “The sin of racism” has been much discussed in our Diocese (Atlanta), especially since the ministry of Bishop Rob began here. As mentioned above, the weekly (and daily if you practice the Office) confession of “corporate” sin does wash me well. Lately (since Bishop Rob came to us?) I have started the daily Examination of Conscience as well. It gives me something specific to remember during our corporate prayer. The Examen I use begins with remembrance of gifts. Then a confession of their abuse. For your consideration, I escaped the South in 1970 doing much damage to myself and family in the process. I did not even know why I had to leave. I live in Georgia, again, now, and it has changed. Yes, we have miles to go, yet I ask your prayers for the sensitive white and black souls who dispersed from the South on a great journey, first of escape and later of exile, maybe of return. For them/us the task is healing more than penitence. The two go together, though. I now live in a neighborhood that is half or even quarter “white”. Black mamas may not want to HAVE TO teach their children how to behave but the fruit may be a better life. Perhaps white mamas should consider teaching their children the same things. In the old days we used to say “walk a mile in my shoes”. Maybe that is what this day of prayer is about. Jack Zamboni says: September 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm There have been many opportunities to preach about this not in some rarefied gaseous “White privilege” way, but as we have been remembering the Civil War, Selma, Jonathan Daniels, even Republican Jackie Robinson. This is not helpful. It doesn’t make sense. We are not some general guilty group, in fact I am part Lumbee Indian. And would this speak to the experience of Hank Greenberg? Or survivors of the Holocaust? Here’s how this is remedied in the Episcopal Church:Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you, in thought word and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 September 1, 2015 at 8:53 pm As a member of the Anti Racism Committee of the diocese of Arizona I applaud the efforts of the leadership of our denomination to bring this issue to the forefront of our public policy/ ministries in the Episcopal Church. I live in hope that the Church will collaborate with other faith based groups and denominations to work for ” confession, Repentance and Commitment to End Racism. Blessings abundant always all ways Tom Chapmam September 2, 2015 at 4:42 am That prejudice is rife in the U.S. is clear to me, and a national dialogue on the issue is warranted. I live in a multi-cultural city and have noted that this “sin” is not limited to one ethnic or economic group. Try as I might, I could not find a reference to “group sin” in the New Testament. I am only a lay person; perhaps clergy or a theologian can direct me. In the meantime I respectfully recommend that the debate on intolerance be broadened beyond notions of “white privileges”. Only then will we as a nation and a church begin to solve the divisions vex us. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI September 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm I’m not sure what “white privilege” is. How can I confess to a sin that I did not commit? One can not be considered sinful and evil just because one has lighter skin than others, just as those with darker skin tones can’t be considered evil on the basis. We are all sinners in need of Jesus’s mercy. I don’t recall Jesus elevating the status of sins based on skin color. But, then again, I could be wrong. September 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm This reminds me of the concept of original sin, the idea that we humans are flawed right from our beginning. American racism is a socio-cultural original sin – at the heart of our nation from its earliest days – against those brought to our shores by force as well as those displaced from the land by newcomers from Europe. We do not have to “commit” the sin itself; we need to recognize the rot it has created in our society and own the problem. Benjamin J. Wilson says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Benjamin J. Wilson says: Toni McGauley says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel September 1, 2015 at 6:56 pm Excellent answer, Jack! Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET September 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm P.S. I’m very much hoping that this Sunday (and the other times I’ve preached in response to events like Ferguson and Charleston in the past year) will be part of the utterly needed ongoing work of conversation, prayer and action in the congregation I serve. Had already started conversations with our Wardens and diocesan Anti-Racism team people as to how we might move forward with this in the coming year. Prayers for faithful follow through are welcome! September 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm Joyce — two things (neither of which are in total disagreement with your point).First: This country is the greatest country worth living in, despite its flaws. Work on the flaws, yes, but let’s end any more talk about who was here first, how pristine the land was until whites came, and other myths. The truth is that human sacrifice, war, and genocide were practiced by native peoples on these shores long before a white man was ever seen. When the Jamestown colonists arrived Chief Powhatan was at war with his neighbors and tried to enlist the new white weaponry in his cause. The truth is that goodness and Christian virtue were also brought to these shores by people of good will. Every societal change has its disruption, evil threads, and betterment all striving alongside each other. The big question is who – among any minority or newcomer group – wishes to return to “the good old days”? None, I venture.Secondly, I spent six years as a social work counselor for my State. My job was to hand out second, third, fourth, and fifth chances. These chances were given to ex-offender youth – mainly minorities – who had committed crimes (murder, sex offenses, theft, and more). My job was to help them see their juvenile offenses buried and to start over. Jobs, housing, references were all lined up. Some – only some – took advantage. The main barrier was a criminal and grievance/entitlement world view (such as this misguided but well-meaning “white privilege”-centered Letter to the Church engenders). Good jobs, good homes, good new starts were refused by over 70% of these minorities because it was easier to be a victim and predator than to be legitimate. One young man turned down a job getting his GED and learning a trade at his local shipyard –all with housing included! The reason? He said that he could make more in drug sales in two weeks than by working all year at the shipyard. Another young man went back to New York state where his grandmother, mother, and siblings all lived in government housing, and had done so for over 30 years. Not one had a job and yet had everything provided at no cost. He had the opportunity to break the cycle but wanted it easier “since they’re giving it away”. The “they” is you and I. He didn’t want to join the less-privileged class of people who have to strive and earn through life.Yes, we all have a responsibility. In fact, more people than one cares to admit choose the widespread privilege of grievance/entitlement as a cop-out. I saw that “rot” up close and it hasn’t lessened much since. The Rev. David Fulford says: September 1, 2015 at 6:31 pm This letter makes me proud to be an Episcopalian. Thank you for doing this. Curate Diocese of Nebraska John Paddock says: Posted Sep 1, 2015 Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Joseph L. Graves Jr. says: September 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm I, too, wished that we had been given more time; however, I will give this day a go. I have personally printed copies of the litany and we will insert them into the bulletins already prepared. I will give a sermon that will be more of a spiritual autobiography to my all white congregation in a conservative small city in Wisconsin. In this personal reflection, I will tie in to the systemic realities like the state paying tuition when you have to go to a school outside Georgia to get what you could not get because the white Georgia schools would not admit you. I will use the collects at the end of the article above to conclude our Prayers of the People and the Litany. I’ll let God decide if we will get anything out of this day. BTW, I will steer my people to this article and particularly to the comment stream; I believe there is some good stuff here, worthy of reading and digesting. Joseph M. lIotta says: Featured Events September 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm To clarify for Jon Delano, in today’s parlance, “Privilege” and “Racism” are terms that are understood in the context of power relationships. “Privilege” is the group of benefits (conscious or unconscious) that one accrues from being a member of a group that is in a position of power over other groups. Groups which are not in positions of power accrue no “Privilege” to their members. Thus Affirmative Action is not “a form of ‘Black privilege.’” It is instead a tool which can be used to work towards repair of the power dynamics which put whites over all people of other colors. I also don’t see Affirmative Action as having “an adverse impact on Whites.” I am white, and I benefit from Affirmative Action insofar as it increases diversity in student populations and the workforce. Any move towards a more just and egalitarian society benefits all its members.“Racism” is abuse of power by a racial group against a racial group over which it has power. While racism can consist of individual acts of abuse by members of a racial group, it is currently used more to refer to systemic injustices benefitting the racial group in power over the racial group not in power. In our society, “Racism” can refer to abuses performed by the white power group against non-white groups. Actions by members of the group which doesn’t have power cannot be termed “Racist” since the power dynamic is reversed. Without looking at the power relationship(s) between groups, one’s view of privilege and racism can be confused.I hope this is helpful. September 1, 2015 at 11:26 pm Hi, Rich – Your question is a good one. Jack Zamboni above me has done a nice job of explaining white privilege. The only thing I would like to add is that white privilege is not a personal sin. As a white person, I was born with a certain amount of privilege that people of color don’t have, and that is not my fault. It is our society’s sin. What we as Christians can do is to examine ourselves to see how that sin may (or may not, I pray!) have taken root in our own hearts. Then we can look around us to see how we can help eliminate it from our society. It’s all part of doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God. I understand that the term “white privilege” is not a comfortable one; frankly, I would prefer another terminology. But the concept itself is solid. No one is telling you you’re guilty of a sin. Instead, we’re inviting you to join in the reconciling work of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ.N.B.: My commitment to articulating that black lives do indeed matter springs not from my political orientation, but from my faith in Jesus and the hope of the Resurrection, not from my faith in politicians. I hope you can appreciate the difference. Be well, my brother. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Minnie Steele says: September 2, 2015 at 10:33 pm I am also a child of the 60’s, but I grew up moving around abroad. Being white, American and abroad during the Cold War was not always such a safe thing. I’m not trying to compare my life with any black American, that’s not it. My first experience with racism was when we returned to America while desegregation was in full swing. It baffled and confused me. To me, people are people. The package they come in, while interesting, does not matter. This is how I approached the prejudice others had toward me when I was the ‘wrong’ nationality, faith, color, language, politics. It’s what I taught my children and what my daughter teaches her children. There’s not much I can do about privilege or people shooting each other, but teaching my children not to hate anyone for being different has far-reaching consequences. From what little I know, racism begins with hatred and ends with simple acceptance. My mother taught me, my granddaughter will teach her children. September 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm White privilege isn’t about us “sinning” it is about the preference that the majority culture is given in pretty much all aspects of life and it is not about white folks needing to feel guilty. There is an essay by a white female theologian, Peggy McIntosh, who talks about white folks not needing to worry about things like being followed in the store because people think you will steal, of finding a hairdresser that knows how to deal with your hair, of not worrying that if you make a mistake or do well, of being able to find the ethnic food you like, or being able to find your race being included in the history book your child reads from, that it won’t be a reflection of your race. It is about all the little things we can take for granted in our lives. It calls for awareness, not for guilt. My self examination and sin has more to do with not listening to the stories of others through their eyes instead of through mine own, and by silently colluding with those who oppress others on the basis of their skin color by bringing it to their attention. September 3, 2015 at 1:45 pm “Black mamas may not want to HAVE TO teach their children how to behave but the fruit may be a better life. ”While I am of mixed race, I readily present as white. Yet my parents also gave me “the talk” at a young age, and I too have had a policeman’s gun pointed at me. White mamas as well as black mamas have to teach their children how to behave. Joyce Vining Morgan says: Vicky Mitchell says: The Rev. Lucretia Jevne says: Vivian C Graham says: Jack Zamboni says: Comments are closed. Ronald Fox says: Ecumenical & Interreligious, September 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm Maybe white Episcopalians who tend, as a group, to have above-average incomes, could help in practical ways, possibly by paying for that church to be air-conditioned. Sara Baldwin says: September 1, 2015 at 11:28 pm By the way – to clarify – when I said that “white privilege is not a personal sin,” what I meant is that being born with white privilege is not in and of itself a sin that one commits as an individual. Certainly appropriated in a way that is racist and exclusive it becomes a sin of commission. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN September 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm Thank you for your comment. Well said. September 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm White privilege in my mind (and my experience as a white man) is that every day I can navigate easily in a society that was designed, consciously and unconsciously, by and for people like me. It means, for instance, that I don’t have to worry about being followed by a security guard in a department store, that I can assume that if I’m stopped for a traffic violation, I’ll be treated with respect and will drive away safely; that it never, ever occurred to me that I needed to teach my son how to respond in encounters with police so as to reduce his risk of being harmed, as black parents routinely must — all because I am white. I didn’t create this world, but I benefit from it enormously; I continue to re-create it whenever I (most unconsciously) rely on this privilege, and whenever I fail to challenge it — all of which I do every day. My sin in regard to white privilege is in continuing to draw on that benefit and in not working to dismantle a system that has enormously high costs for my sisters and brothers of color who, unlike me, each day must navigate society that very often deprives them of respect, power and safety. Selena Smith says: Submit a Job Listing 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 September 5, 2015 at 10:53 am Racism, elitism, sexism, or any other –ism you choose to put forth is not the sole providence of any one particular group of people. The issue as I see it is how we as human beings see and understand each other as well as how we understand ourselves. All people have a strong need to belong to some group; be it family, clan, fraternity, church, community, race or nation. That need then sets up boundaries to who is in and who is out. If the group is large enough the boundaries are often not easily seen. What these boundaries do is separate us from each other. Now combine that idea with a too often promoted dualistic view of the world; right and wrong, black and white, Christian and non-Christian, etc…, throw in a good dose of fear that those who are not part of your group are the enemy, and there you have the recipe for the –ism. If and until we can learn to look past those boundaries that we as humans set and see our fellow humans as God sees them, and I might say see ourselves as God sees us, we will be stuck living with our –isms. The hardest thing I believe we must do is embrace love over fear, open our closed hearts and minds and live in the moments that God provides for us. We did not get into this mess overnight, nor will we get out of it quickly, but each and every one of us can take a step in the right direction each day by being led by the Holy Spirit. Randy Marks says: Doug Desper says: Doug Desper says: Rector Belleville, IL Eva Arnott says: September 2, 2015 at 8:19 am I struggled with this question of group sin for a long time, too. Admittedly not from the Bible, Reinhold Neibuhr’s _Moral Man and Immoral Society_ (1932) was very helpful. I’m going to be using it in a class this fall with my parish as we grapple together with the sorts of questions you raise. We’re also going to look at the Barmen Declaration of 1934, and Dr. King’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail (1963), which are also both worthy reads if you want to dig into this further. September 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm I cannot deny that there is racism, and that there are systems that work ill against one group in preference to another. At its core, racism is essentially “elitism”. Ever since people in Jesus’ day pegged his heritage as that of a hillbilly (“can anything good come from Nazareth”), and even before that we don’t need much convincing that elitism has been a wicked sin. Racially motivated elitism, however, is not the sole possession of whites. I have working eyes and ears that dissuade me from ever believing that. So, yes, let us repent but only do so if we are going to tell it all. All of it, not just some of it. While there is repenting to do let’s tell more about slavery and racial elitism and understand more of the responsibility for where we are today.In the early 1600s in Virginia, Anthony Johnson was an indentured servant who earned his freedom. He worked his way up to be a successful tobacco planter and, in turn, employed five Africans as indentured servants, one being John Casor. (Africans, like poor whites, were indentured servants who earned their freedom). Once Casor had completed his term of seven years, he requested his freedom, a request that Johnson turned down. Johnson persuaded the Northampton County court that John Casor should be his permanent slave, and the court granted Johnson’ request. Anthony Johnson was an African. The first slaveholder in America … was himself an African.Slavery in America would have been impossible without the complicity of Africans who aided in slave trading. Tribal elitism (equated to racism) made it justifiable in the minds of those who slave hunted among their fellow Africans. Since Anthony Johnson’s time, and before, both whites and Africans have practiced racially charged elitism that engendered a sense of being owed something from those that they considered less than themselves. Four hundred years later, there must be ownership of THAT essential fact. Placing ourselves as more important or more entitled than another – no matter the skin color – is the sin to repent of. Let’s tell it all. Two white news reporters were gunned down last week by a gay black man because of their race.Police are being targeted and murdered due to their race.Some police target minorities.Elitism by any race is a sin.“ALL LIVES MATTER.” Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC September 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm Racism in America is a continuation of theabasing if other human beings with slavery.The human costs are incalculable, all races losewhen someone is murdered, and when the creativecontributions of youngsters, upon which thefate of life on the planet may ultimately depend,are also lost, the suffering will not end, therewill be no closure without major confessionand absolution. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Frances Cone Caldwell says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 September 2, 2015 at 7:57 am Racism is evil and a sin whether committed by a White, a Black, an Hispanic, an Asian, a Native American, or any combination thereof. I fully support any effort to condemn racism in all its forms and varieties, regardless of the perpetrator. When a White racist kills church-goers in Charleston or a Black racist murders two journalists near Roanoke, the sin is just as evil in God’s mind. If +Katherine and Gay+ and the AME Church are calling on all sinners, regardless of race, to repent of racism, what Christian can object to that? I understand Rich’s concern over the emotionally-charged phrase “White privilege” which seems to assume automatic guilt by virtue of the skin color of the person rather than the words or actions of that person. If meant that way, that notion is racist itself by condemning people of a certain race simply for being White. On the other hand, Jack offers a sensible explanation of “White privilege” which does not condemn the individual but rather societal practices (hopefully fewer each day) which impact non-Whites on the basis of their race. To be honest, the use of the phrase “White privilege” seems more polemical than helpful. Is affirmative action a form of “Black privilege” because it has an adverse impact on Whites? In my view, it is much better to call out the specific act of racism correctly noted by Jack (i.e., profiling, disrespect, improper police conduct, etc.) as racist itself rather than impose a “collective guilt” on any people on the basis of their race.Finally, I agree with those who suggest that the short notice to set aside this Sunday to confess, repent, and commit to end racism makes it difficult for some to participate. Indeed, a single Sunday is hardly sufficient for this goal. While I thank +Katherine and Gay+ for supporting this effort — and for all the thoughtful comments by others on this page — this ought to be the first of many Sundays! Regardless of our race, we’ve all got a lot of work to do to be better Christians. President of the House of Deputies, September 1, 2015 at 10:22 pm Exactly! Thanks for the perfect response. September 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm Thank you, my Sister! C Foster says: September 1, 2015 at 10:31 pm Racism is not discussed in the New Testament simply because what we understand as racism did not exist in the time of Jesus. Two excellent books written by Episcopalians can inform us about the history of racism in the western world, the first is Thomas Gossett’s, Race: The History of an Idea in America, (Oxford University Press), 1997 and my own The Emperor’s New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium, Rutgers University Press, 2005. Certainly the precursor’s of modern racism existed at this time (ethnocentrism, bigotry), but Bible does address that in several stories and parables, including text in the Exodus, Amos, the Good Samaritan parable, and in Acts of the Apostles.Racism as we understand it today was the result of the age of colonialism, which can be symbolically associated with the voyage of Columbus. The theories of humanity developed at first by the Christian church, and then further developed by the coming of modern science produced the ideology which buttresses institutional racism in our society (I discuss this at length in The Emperor). In my second book The Race Myth (Dutton Press), 2005 I outline how institutional racism has benefited and continues to benefit the European American population of the United States. In this system, people who are not themselves active racists continue to gain life advantages from institutional racism. This does not mean that non-European Americans do not engage in bigotry and prejudice, what it means is that these people do not have institutional support of government, corporations, and church to carry theirs out. Thus, if we say we are Christians who believe in the words that Jesus left us, we have a moral obligation to take down all the institutions of oppression that exist in this world, including the ongoing racism of the United States and other colonial settler regimes. Jon Delano says: Martha Jane Patton says: September 1, 2015 at 10:38 pm I agree that not only is this short notice but it is also a weekend when many people are away. That’s not an excuse not to do this important work, but rather that it is so important that it needs preparation. We are just starting to celebrate the “season of creation”, also an important topic for today’s world, and now we will need to put that off at almost the last moment. However I also realize that it is not our leaders who have called for this Sunday but rather a community calling for solidarity in the midst of prejudice and oppression. And we need to acknowledge our own role in this glaring injustice and work to stand in solidarity with those suffering injustice. Rosemary Gooden says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ronald Fox says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings have issued a letter calling on Episcopal congregations to participate in “Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday” on September 6.The letter follows:September 1, 2015Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:On June 17, nine members of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, were murdered by a white racist during their weekly bible study. Just a few days later at General Convention in Salt Lake City, we committed ourselves to stand in solidarity with the AME Church as they respond with acts of forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice (Resolution A302).Now our sisters and brothers in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church have asked us to make that solidarity visible by participating in “Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday” on Sunday, September 6. We ask all Episcopal congregations to join this ecumenical effort with prayer and action.“Racism will not end with the passage of legislation alone; it will also require a change of heart and thinking,” writes AME Bishop Reginald T. Jackson. “This is an effort which the faith community must lead, and be the conscience of the nation. We will call upon every church, temple, mosque and faith communion to make their worship service onthis Sunday a time to confess and repent for the sin and evil of racism, this includes ignoring, tolerating and accepting racism, and to make a commitment to end racism by the example of our lives and actions.”The Episcopal Church, along with many ecumenical partners, will stand in solidarity with the AME Church this week in Washington D.C. at the “Liberty and Justice for All” event, which includes worship at Wesley AME Zion Church and various advocacy events.Racial reconciliation through prayer, teaching, engagement and action is a top priority of the Episcopal Church in the upcoming triennium. Participating in “Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday” on September 6 is just one way that we Episcopalians can undertake this essential work. Our history as a church includes atrocities for which we must repent, saints who show us the way toward the realm of God, and structures that bear witness to unjust centuries of the evils of white privilege, systemic racism, and oppression that are not yet consigned to history. We are grateful for the companionship of the AME Church and other partners as we wrestle with our need to repent and be reconciled to one another and to the communities we serve.“The Church understands and affirms that the call to pray and act for racial reconciliation is integral to our witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to our living into the demands of our Baptismal Covenant,” reads Resolution C019 of the 78th General Convention. May God bless us and forgive us as we pray and act with our partners this week and in the years to come. In the words of the prophet Isaiah appointed for Sunday, may we see the day when “waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water.”Faithfully,The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal ChurchThe Rev. Gay Clark JenningsPresident, House of Deputies of The Episcopal ChurchLiturgical ResourcesThe AME Church has developed prayers for use on Sunday, September 6The ELCA has developed liturgical resources for “End Racism Sunday.” (click on the Liturgy tab).These collects from the Book of Common Prayer may also be appropriate for use:Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. September 1, 2015 at 10:52 pm I agree. The notification was too late! Ronald Fox says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem September 5, 2015 at 1:21 pm Well said. Elizabeth Bennett says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rich Basta says: Comments (46) Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA September 1, 2015 at 6:41 pm Thanks you, Jack, for a very sensitive and thoughtful response. September 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm This text from James is going to be the starting place for my sermon. The author names (and condemns) the practice of economic privilege in the church (and world); from there I plan to speak some of my experience of white privilege (and may borrow from what others have said here, with attribution. My white privilege, I’ve realized, includes the privilege of considering the observance of this Sunday optional, as I personally can always do in regards to issues of racism (even though I serve a wonderfully diverse congregation). I have the privilege of imagining that racism is “not my problem” — hence not my responsibility — in way that people of color do not.Like others upstream, I wish there had been more notice for preparation and that the date were one when more people will be in church. But I feel called to aside my white privilege at least to the point of responding to the call of our sisters and brothers in the AME Church by participating in this Sunday as best we can, including whatever inconvenience or change of plan that entails. September 2, 2015 at 2:28 am What to do about white privilege? First learn that you do have it and that it is present. At some point in time a person smiled at us who are white and we smiled back, and when they averted their eyes from a person of another race, we averted our own eyes as well. Where was our smile and greeting? We did not even think about it at the time but the person we turned our eyes from deserved our smile as well. I have been steeped in the overall ideas of “privilege” for many years and had to catch myself many times. An example for me was when I interviewed people for state employment where I had many applicants from across the racial and ethnic spectrum, and realized that at first it was easier to look at the qualification on paper of another white man (I was a man back then) where as I would catch myself looking at other races and judging them on different standards when they in fact were superior candidates for the job when I actually listened to them and their qualifications. I had thought myself respectful of these people, and to most people seemed open and honestly friendly and would have sworn that I was not prejudiced, which I was not, just privileged toward giving my own race an edge I would not have done if I had known. I got hit in the face with my privilege back at the time Martin Luther King was assassinated being a white minority., “May I see my true brothers and sisters in Christ in their hearts before I look to their skin, Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI September 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm On Wednesday, August 26th, two white people at work in a parking lot were senselessly killed by a black gay man who left a letter behind specifically calling for race war. They, too, are victims of racism – racism committed by a black gay man. That act was as timely as the one referenced in the letter. Yet this letter only condemns racism committed by white people. This letter “others” white people. It presums that racism is a property of being white and that only white people have racist issues. This letter is not healing. It is divisive. This letter itself is racist. That greatly disheartens this cradle Episcopalian. September 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm That was my feeling exactly when I just saw this. Bulletins have already been prepared. Sermon preparation started. Music planned. Weekly e-news already sent out this morning. No chance to prepare myself or the congregation to actually do this justice. Robert Kinsey says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Peggy Dobbins says: Richard Taliaferro says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA Susan Buchanan says: Elane Jenkins says: Press Release Service Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA September 2, 2015 at 10:04 am My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, “Have a seat here, please,” while to the one who is poor you say, “Stand there,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17 from this week’s readingsKinda makes you think about all forms of -isms. When we cannot see God in our fellow man because we are blinded by skin color, social status, ethnic origin, or whatever, we are falling short of the our obligation to respect the dignity of every human being. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA John D Poynter says: Keith Adams says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID September 1, 2015 at 6:35 pm I wish the Church could have given more notice. I believe it does a disservice to the cause of “Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism” to give so little time for preparation. The Rev. David Fulford says: Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ
Matt Ouellette says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rev. Harvey E. Bale says: 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 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI General Convention 2018, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rev. Dr. James Hargis says: Featured Events General Convention, Comments are closed. General Convention gets proposed 2019-2021 ‘Jesus Movement’ budget Plan, balanced at $133.8 million, supports racial reconciliation, evangelism, creation care Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Jerry Williams says: Andrew Poland says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR July 12, 2018 at 9:01 pm Social justice, as generally understood in political science, is redistribution of wealth. Why is socialism and Jesus being conflated ? The sharing of God’s love (evangelism) should always be the priority and not budgeted by half for a vague, possibly politicized program. “Jesus would want justice.” is not the same as He supports “social justice”. Is the use of the term coincidental, or strategic ? The questions are rhetorical. The state of the church document is a strong indication as to how the folks in the pews relate to this new concept of social justice. They don’t. Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Barbara Miles, chair of the Program, Budget and Finance Committee and deputy from Washington, explains the proposed budget to bishops and deputies. Photo: Mike Patterson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The 79th General Convention is now faced with parsing the potential spending plan for mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church for the next three years.The Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance presented its proposed $133.8 million 2019-2021 budget during a joint session of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies.The budget’s introduction said the plan reflects the presiding bishop’s priorities of evangelism, racial reconciliation and justice, and creation care. The priorities have been referred to as the “three pillars” of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.The budget proposes spending on the church’s three priorities this way:Nearly $10.4 million in racial reconciliation work.$5.2 million on evangelism. “There has been talk that the proposed budget cuts resources for church planting,” PB&F Chair Deputy Barbara Miles said. “This is not true. The budget [in that category] remains steady at $3 million.”Some $1 million on care of creation.Bishop Steve Lane of Maine and Barbara Miles, deputy from Washington, present the proposed budget during a joint session of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies. Lane is chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance and Miles is the vice chair. Photo: Mike Patterson/Episcopal News Service“The budget is built upon the foundation of our continuing ministries as a church and our commitments to others both within and beyond our church,” Maine Bishop Steve Lane, vice chair of PB&F, told the joint session. “It is built upon our ongoing commitment to conciliar governance, and the legal, financial and other services of the Church Center [the denominational offices in Manhattan].”Deputies and bishops have requested 39 task forces, standing commissions or other interim bodies and several new staff positions whose costs exceeded available revenue by more than $15 million. “This General Convention clearly has been in a spending mood,” Lane said. “These proposals had the impact of pitting the three pillars against other work considered by some to be important or essential.”Lane said it was clear to the committee that “our church has not yet lived into the culture of leaner and lower, that is, of reducing the bureaucracy of the church, as we decided in the last triennium in response to the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) report, and in pushing ministry work closer to the ground, closer to the parishes, which are the heart of our institutional life.”He added, “Many have grieved the loss of particular churchwide ministry offices and programs and have sought to re-establish them at this convention. PB&F has heard these pleas, and the budget reflects our efforts to respond,” while trying to control costs and ground spending around the three pillars.PB&F had three principles guiding its work when considering those spending requests, according to Lane and Miles. The first was to expand staff only where major new work requires it. The second was to favor the creation of networks and time-limited task forces, rather than new, canonically required standing commissions. And third, the committee focused on keeping money in dioceses by preserving the assessment rate at 15 percent “to control total spending so that our commitment to ministry at the local level is maintained and expanded,” Lane said.The proposed budget was presented on July 11 to a joint session of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies. Photo: Mike Patterson/Episcopal News ServiceThe budget’s sources of incomeThe budget is based on a number of income sources, beginning with diocesan contributions, which will be mandatory for the first time in the church’s history, based on a 2015 General Convention decision. If all 109 dioceses and three regional areas pay the required 15 percent, there would be $88,855,970 available. That amount assumes diocesan income will grow annually by a half percent.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.Each year’s annual giving in the three-year budget is based on a percentage of each diocese’s income two years earlier. PB&F’s draft budget allows dioceses to exempt $140,000 of income from their assessment calculation. The exemption was $150,000 during the 2012-2015 triennium.Not all dioceses pay the full asking for a variety of reasons. Diocesan commitments for 2016 and 2017 are here. Dioceses may ask for full or partial waivers, and Lane said only 19 dioceses are asking for those waivers and $5.5 million is in PB&F’s proposed budget to account for those waivers for up to 20 dioceses.Without getting a waiver, a diocese that does not pay the full assessment will be unable to get grants or loans from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (the name under which the Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business and carries out mission).The dioceses have moved from 40 percent paying at the full rate to more than 80 percent, bringing in $10 million in additional income, Lane said.He offered “profound thanks to the laity, deacons, priests and bishops of our church.” The 15 percent assessment rate was meant “to make the support requested from the dioceses more affordable and to keep more money in diocesan budgets.” In return, dioceses were asked to work toward full participation.“This is one of the best things to happen in our financial life in many years, and I hope we can celebrate this expression of our unity and our common commitment to ministry,” Lane saidAdditional major amounts of income are anticipated from these sources:$31.7 million from a 5 percent draw on interest on the unrestricted assets in the DFMS’ investments. The draw is reduced from the current 5.8 percent. “We do believe it is essential to protect the invested funds of the church in a time of market volatility,” Lane said. The 5.8 percent draw has cut the DFMS’ short-term operating reserve to two months of operating income. PB&F wants to rebuild that cushion to six months. The amount anticipated assumes an annual investment return of 7.5 percent this year and next. Another $675,000 will come from trusts.$9.8 million from leasing five and a half floors plus the currently vacant former bookstore space in the Episcopal Church Center in Manhattan.$4.4 million from events and programs, including nearly $2 million from Episcopal Migration Ministries’ refugee loan program (used to offset the costs of that program and help other EMM work) and $1.3 million from General Convention (also offset by the costs of staging the convention).$1 million from the new Annual Appeal. PB&F members have pledged to make annual donations, “and we ask you to do the same,” Miles said.$1 million will come from the 2016-2018 budget draw from the DFMS’ short-term reserves for racial reconciliation. That work did not begin in earnest until mid-2017 and, thus, the original draw has not been spent.The document also summarizes other major categories of spending:$28 million for ministry with the Episcopal Church.$19.3 million on finance and development.$18.7 million on governance costs.$17.4 million on DFMS operations.$17.2 million for ministry outside the Episcopal Church.$13 million for the work of the presiding bishop’s office.$3.6 million on legal expenses.The version of the budget posted on the convention’s Virtual Binder includes a 41-category summary of spending and income.Miles noted that while the budget calls for new staff support for evangelism, racial reconciliation and creation care, “these positions have been created by reassigning or expanding the work of existing staff persons” with no increase in the total number of staff members.Joe McDaniel, deputy from the Central Gulf Coast, poses a question to members of the Program, Budget and Finance Committee. Photo: Mike Patterson/Episcopal News ServicePB&F has made $650,000 available for compensation of the president of the House of Deputies. The Executive Council’s proposed draft 2019-2021 triennium budget allocated $900,000. On July 6, the convention agreed to pay the president of the House of Deputies in the form of an unspecified amount in director’s and officer’s fees for the work of the office, ending a two-decade compensation effort.There’s no money in the budget for any form of prayer book revision, which is still an undecided issue at convention. “We could not predict how the church will ultimately move on prayer book revision,” Lane said. “We did not think it good stewardship to set aside a large sum as an escrow for something we weren’t sure would take place. And a token amount seemed disrespectful to the task should it be adopted. Therefore, we reserved nothing in the budget for prayer book revision or for staff.”PB&F left it to Executive Council, the officers of the church, and the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music “to design a budget and funding process for the work” the convention eventually calls for, according to Lane. The budget does include $201,000 for what it calls “improved translation of current prayer book.”As required by the convention’s Joint Rules, PB&F’s proposed budget was presented to a joint session of the Houses of Bishops and Deputies. The two houses will debate and vote on it separately. Deputies will do that the morning of July 12, and the bishops are expected to do the same the next morning. Both houses must approve the same version of the budget, which takes effect at the beginning of 2019.Convention will cast its decision via Resolution A295.Miles and Lane closed their presentation with a recommendation. “It has become clear that the work shared between the Executive Council and Program, Budget and Finance needs to be rebalanced,” Lane said. “Even though collaboration between the Executive Council and PB&F has been very good in this triennium, there is a desire for PB&F to take a greater role during the triennia and to build the budget in a manner that is more accessible and allows for greater participation beyond Executive Council.”“We believe there is a place for greater public conversation as the budget develops,” Lane added.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jul 11, 2018 July 11, 2018 at 11:02 pm What’s an unfortunate designation is labeling our Lord’s name on a program of social justice, culture warring, tradition shaming, and alienation. I suppose now we prefer three pillars over a three legged stool. It’s a shame. You can at least sit on a stool. 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 July 12, 2018 at 11:11 am In my opinion, preaching the love of God and promoting social justice are very much Biblical. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Tags Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA July 12, 2018 at 10:32 am Lots of “Jesus Movement” talk,But need to see more evidence TEC is walkin’ that walk!See way too much acquiescence to politocal/cultural whims of the day,So that biblical Christianity can’t even have a say. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books July 12, 2018 at 11:09 am What’s wrong with social justice? It was a central part of Jesus’ ministry. The church should definitely be involved in promoting social justice (e.g. ministering to the poor, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, etc.). Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Program Budget & Finance July 11, 2018 at 9:54 pm Why put the ‘Jesus Movement’ in quotation marks? Is it not clear what it is, deserving tens of millions of dollars? Or is it? Perhaps someone can explain how the budget, given such a sacred title, will move the KofG forward — and how much? Especially in view of the diminishing footprint of TEC in America.Re the ‘three pillars’ — the last I saw of that phrase is in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, where the three pillars urge “Separate but Equal” table settings between Gentile and Jewish-Christianconverts. A terribly unfortunate designation! 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Thank you very much for your kind words Mia! God Bless! September 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor. Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children,and community. TAGSDon LindseyInspiration Previous articlePeople sure are interesting creaturesNext articleBreaking News: Child missing in Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Thanks so much Charles! Miss you as well my friend and hope to get back soon. My prayers are with you and yours as always. God Bless! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate September 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm The Anatomy of Fear Don Lindsey Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Mama Mia Please enter your name here Blessings to you my young friend. We all love and miss you when we don’t see you at church. After reversing my heart disease and having so many beautiful blessing in my life I pray the same for you. Whenever we see you your smile and attitude brighten my day and warms my heart, you are an inspiration. Don’t ever let go of Jesus pal, He will see you through, but then I don’t think I am telling you anything you don’t already know.. Hopefully we will see you soon. Yours in Jesus, Reply Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here InspirationBy: Don Lindsey.Earlier this week, I received some news that is always hard to process. After fighting cancer on and off for as many years as I have, I often think that being told I have to deal with the disease again or having to take more chemotherapy should seem normal by now. Maybe it does seem normal, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not also terrifying.I dealt with the news as I usually do. First, I tried to act as if it was just business as usual. After all, I am a cancer killer, that’s what I do but as the gravity of the situation caught up with me, fear set in. That fear led to anger, and I found myself being rude, snapping at friends and those who are my closest supporters.Thankfully, my apologies were accepted, and my loved ones said they understood. I am not sure that I will ever understand the process I go through when I get this kind of news but what I can tell you is that the love and support I receive from these people is a key reason as to why I am still here after all these years. That support helps me go on when I don’t think I can, it helps me center my thoughts, gives me strength and always reminds me of why I keep fighting. Quite simply, that support helps me bounce back after being told that I am sick again with an illness that takes so many lives every day.I’ve always been a baseball fan, but when I was a young boy, there was nothing more important to me than the game. Everywhere I went, I had a glove and rubber baseball with me, and every time I had a few extra minutes and a wall nearby, I would spend as much time as I had bouncing the ball off of it. I’d throw it with a spin in an attempt to make the ball jump off at a weird angle, making me work to get my glove on it. After a while, I figured out how to make the ball come back in a way that would help me field grounders, or pop ups. I always thought I was using the ball to work on my fielding, but it wasn’t until years later that I realized that the ball was using me to work on a skill that I would need later on in life. It was teaching me that when you hit a wall in life, you can bounce back, you can reset, and you can repeat the process as many times as it takes to improve yourself.Sure, you’ll get scarred up from hitting the wall, but the important thing is that you’re still intact. You’re still alive to enjoy the world that God created. I try not to overstate my faith when writing these because it’s not my goal to preach, but what I can say is that for me the Lord, my family, and my friends are the support system that reminds me why I keep bouncing back.My faith keeps me grounded in the fact that I know this world is only a pit stop and that what lies ahead after we are gone is eternal life with our creator. My family and friends keep me laughing and continue to show me the importance of loving someone and being loved. I can’t say where this next phase of my battle with cancer will lead me and I am not ignorant to the fact of how dangerous it is, but I do know that if there is any chance, I will bounce back. Reply September 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm Please enter your comment! charles towne LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 4 COMMENTS September 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm Don Lindsey Mr. Lindsey, I wasn’t aware that you have been fighting cancer. I can tell by reading your writings that you are definitely a positive person. That is not an easy chore, to stay positive in a negative world now days, especially if you are fighting off a serious illness. I realize looking back, at times my dad was grumpy, and seemed mean at times, but it was really his health and heart condition that was worsening. I have seen my mom’s attitude change too, when she was ill, and the same when her best friend’s condition worsened with congestive heart failure and a multitude of heath problems. It angers a person and they get grumpy and bitchy because they feel so bad. It is not that they are mean and grumpy people. I have witnessed it in others too. I just know that if anyone can persist, and keep positive, it is you. I give you my vote of confidence that you will keep the faith and stay positive. Looks like you have some beautiful dimples looking at your photo. I am jealous of your dimples. Your last paragraph says it all! Take care and may God bless you, Mr. Lindsey. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Pedraza Building / A3 Luppi Ugalde WinterSave this projectSavePedraza Building / A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter “COPY” “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/918546/pedraza-building-a3-luppi-ugalde-winter Clipboard Houses Area: 1009 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs: Alejandro Peral Santiago Luppi, Javier Ugalde, Andrea Winter Projects CopyHouses, Apartments•Coghlan, Argentina Lead Architects: Pedraza Building / A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter Photographs 2018 Argentina ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/918546/pedraza-building-a3-luppi-ugalde-winter Clipboard Year: Developer:Buenos Aires FlatsCollaborators:Gonzalo Zylberman, Esteban GonzalezStructural Adviser:Carlos CalissanoConcrete And Masonry:Diaco construccionesSanitiary Installations:Piunti e hijosElectrical And Thermomechanical Installations:Villalba hnosAluminium Work:Caros divisoresCity:CoghlanCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alejandro PeralRecommended ProductsPartitionsBruagRoom Divider – «Noise-Virus-Catcher»DoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel Beaulac”A man travels the world looking for what he needs and returns home to find it” George Moore. This building, located in the Coghlan neighbourhood of the City of Buenos Aires, begins with the premise of solving a set of multi-family homes and a private house on the same plot. In this framework and following the challenge of reflecting on contemporary living, a proposal that investigates the limits between public and private areas arises. The interior, the exterior and the spaces of transition generate dynamic and participatory relationships.Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralSave this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Alejandro PeralThe totality of the whole is thought of in terms of community, where nucleus, circulations and common areas are part of a circulation path that provides the sensation of inhabiting not only an individual home but the entire building. Since circulation as a social event is one of the most important characteristics of the building, the ground floor functions as the beginning of this tour while the leisure terrace becomes its climax.Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Alejandro PeralWhen it comes to the structure of the whole, it is organized having the main housing block in the front and the individual house at the back. The main body consists of seven units. From the first to the third floor there are two units on each floor, while the fourth floor is shared by two facing units with a shared terrace. The house, in turn, is intended to generate the smallest possible footprint, freeing ground for the front and back courtyards, which is why it is developed in three levels.Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralThe courtyard, a functional and spatial link. This project proposes a re-elaboration of the colonial houses of the beginning of the century where the courtyard was the heart around which daily life was organized. The access to the homes is generated crossing the bridges that pass over the courtyards while the internal route of the homes circulates these spaces obtaining natural light and visual links. These metal links become spaces of transition, which as a “doorway” give a pause before entering the homes. Materiality. A play of transparencies. The building combines exposed concrete, masonry and glass planes. Through successive opaque and transparent modules, a composition of planes is generated, the protagonists of the set being the bridges made of galvanized iron sheets joined together like an artisan’s loom.Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralThese suspended pieces give the space an atmosphere of lightness and fluidity. “He who looks outwards, dreams; he who looks inwards, awakens. ” Carl Jung. This building is first of all the invitation to live in community, to be part of a whole, where the parties are protagonists. The flexibility in the articulation of the habitable modules, the relationship with the hollows, the distribution of the common areas and the circulation as a social event are the main elements of the proposal. The whole is alive in the dynamism of those who inhabit it.Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralProject gallerySee allShow lessWuehrer House / Jerome EngelkingSelected ProjectsCiudad Nueva Recording Studio / Grupo Culata JovaiSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Alejandro Peral+ 22Curated by Clara Ott Share Architects: A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeA3 Luppi Ugalde WinterOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousingApartmentsCoghlanArgentinaPublished on June 06, 2019Cite: “Pedraza Building / A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter” [Departamento Pedraza / A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter] 06 Jun 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Photographs Projects Vietnam “COPY” Hon Xen House / A+ Architects Hon Xen House / A+ ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHon Xen House / A+ ArchitectsSave this picture!© Quang Tran+ 31Curated by Hana Abdel Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961470/hon-xen-house-a-plus-architects Clipboard Principle Architect:Tu Phan Nguyen TruongDesign Team:Hoang Quang Dong, Nguyen Long An, Nguyen Trong Huan, Tran Thi Ly Na, Nguyen Thi Lan AnhSteel:Mr. SonMEP:Vo Duc TonProject Manager:Mr. DuArchitects:A+ ArchitectsCity:Nha TrangCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Quang TranRecommended ProductsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Glass PrintingWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. The house is located in a new resettlement area in Nha Trang, which is a coastal city with white sandy beaches and clear waters. In addition, Nha Trang is well-known for fisheries that are a part of factors in Nha Trang’s economy after tourism, however, this place is facing the problems of the country like losing the traditional careers because the urbanization is growing sharply.Save this picture!© Quang TranSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Quang TranNowadays, real estate projects have been appearing in most cities of Viet Nam, and this will consequently lead to clearance compensation of the government to residents with small money to resettle. Moreover, the government allows residents to build their resettlement house without any formulas or rules, thus, most residents have built their house with their greed through large concrete boxes full of usage area, even encroaching the land use. As a result, most residents in this place are facing losing fisheries career because there is no room for it.Save this picture!© Quang TranIn contrast, Hon Xen House chose another way to solve the challenges and orientated the house to a socially responsible way. Firstly, we proposed a small house that optimized the basic functions to leave space for the front yard and back yard where the members of the family operating their traditional career. It does not only express a modest to the context with a low density but also creates a place to play for the children.Save this picture!SectionSecondly, we proposed a façade with a flexible structure to avoid the sunlight from the West and the users can modify the angle of it. The flexible façade includes twelve modules with steel frames and wooden louvers. The specific of a house in Western is the cool atmosphere in a whole day, by the West- South wind, one of the main wind in Nha Trang, except the afternoon when the house is a scorcher. The façade creates a space that brings the users close to the Vietnamese traditional house with a patio, an iconic of cornices.Save this picture!© Quang TranLast but not least, a low budget was also a problem to concern with the final cost of the house was approximately 35,000 USD. There were two solutions to reduce the cost was using recyclable materials and lending the space. In term of finishing, we chose to use the substance of the materials without using the finished layer, obviously, this solution made the house more rustic and closer.Save this picture!© Quang TranIn addition, we collected wooden panels from the old house to create furniture such as the kitchen, sofa, table and steps of the staircase. Recyclable material was not only decreasing the cost of finishing but also saving the memories of the old house. The solution for a small house was to lend the space instead of dividing the house into small spaces, as a result, the cost of construction was saved significantly.Save this picture!DiagramIn conclusion, Hon Xen House is a human story about treatment to the environment through the solutions that we found after analysing the site and stories of the client, and we hope it could inspire young architects about modest architecture. Save this picture!© Quang TranProject gallerySee allShow lessNever Never Cube / Studio ArdeteSelected ProjectsTrail House / Gluckman Tang ArchitectsSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Nha Trang, Vietnam Manufacturers: INAX, Bạch Mã Houses Area: 120 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily Year: 2019 Dinh Tuong Company Construction: Photographs: Quang Tran Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961470/hon-xen-house-a-plus-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeA+ ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNha TrangOn FacebookVietnamPublished on May 12, 2021Cite: “Hon Xen House / A+ Architects” 11 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 10 July 2004 | News 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oxfam receives donation from sale of PCs and peripherals In an offer exclusive to Oxfam’s Visa card holders, PC manufacturer Evesham Technology is donating to Oxfam for sales in a range of its PCs, software and peripherals.Evesham will be donating at least £30 for purchases of desktop and laptop systems such as its Axis KD2 and Voyager 6400 OGB, which cost £719 and £1099 including VAT respectively. If the purchase upgrades some of the kit such as with extra software, a larger monitor, or faster processor, then Oxfam would receive a donation for those too. For example purcahses of a floppy drive at £39.99 would generate £4 for Oxfam, and a Toronto carry case at £34.99 would generate £2.The offer is only available to holders of Oxfam’s Visa card. They can purchase the items via the telephone or at an Evesham Technology store. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Localgiving matched giving campaign raises £20k for Sussex charities in three days AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 17 March 2013 | News Tagged with: Community fundraising Digital Localgiving matched giving Research / statistics South East The Localgiving.com Spring for a Year campaign has raised over £20,000 plus Gift Aid for local charities and community groups in Sussex in just three days.The campaign encouraged Sussex donors to set up £10 monthly donations to charities of their choice. LocalGiving.com would then match the sum donated for the first year. The Foundation supports local charities and community groups across East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.The campaign was launched in partnership with Sussex Community Foundation which has been working with Localgiving.com since the launch of the website in 2011. Advertisement 49 total views, 1 views today 50 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The online fundraising campaign began at 10am on 5 March and within six hours Sussex donors had donated over £7,000. The £10,000 pot available for matching was used up on 7 March.More than 20 Sussex harities benefited from Spring for a Year including the Weys and Arun Canal Trust, Pulborough Cricket Club, and Seaford Musical Theatre.Localgiving.com founder, Marcelle Speller, OBE, said: “Pledging to give a small amount each month to your favourite charity makes a huge difference to their ability to continue the great work they do in your community. Knowing that £10 or more is coming in every month means small, local charities can become more financially secure, plan ahead with confidence, and expand their services to the community.www.localgiving.com/sussexmatch
SHARE Previous articleNebraska’s Fischer Introduces Ag Trucking Modernization BillNext articlePoreShield™ Brings Value to Hoosier Motorists and Indiana Soybean Farmers NAFB News Service By NAFB News Service – Oct 1, 2020 Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Senate Approves Continuing Resolution: CR Bill Goes to Trump Facebook Twitter Late Wednesday, the Senate approved the continuing resolution to fund the government through December 11 just hours before the end of the fiscal year. The Hagstrom Report says the bill now goes to President Trump for his signature.Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts, other lawmakers, along with farm and nutrition groups, noted the importance of provisions that allow farm subsidies to continue to flow and hungry Americans to get food. The CR passed by a margin of 84 to 10.“In these wildly uncertain times, farmers, ranchers, and growers are counting on us to get this right,” Roberts says. “I hope farm country can rest a little easier tonight knowing that funds for the Commodity Credit Corporation will be replenished to continue farm bill programs and assist producers who are impacted by COVID-19.”National Farmers Union President Rob Larew says the passage is an “immense relief” to farmers, who depend on federally funded programs to access loans, technical support, as well as critical market and climate data.National Corn Growers Association President Kevin Ross adds that farmers have been working with Congress for years to develop and implement effective risk management tools that ensure a stable feed, fuel, and food supply, even during the tough times that many farmers face today. Senate Approves Continuing Resolution: CR Bill Goes to Trump
People Los Angeles Master Chorale Appoints Pasadena Resident David Scheidemantle and Jon Rewinski to Board of Directors From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 | 11:10 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Distinguished attorneys David Scheidemantle of Pasadena and Jon Rewinski have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, announces LAMC Chair David Gindler. Scheidemantle, President and Managing Partner of Scheidemantle Law Group P.C., focuses his practice on complex business litigation and insurance coverage. A Juilliard-trained violinist and dedicated philanthropist as well, he has provided pro bono legal services to numerous non-profit organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus for six years, including as Chair from 2009-2012, and was honored with the Rebecca Thompson Founder’s Award for his judicious leadership. He also founded the Scripps-Scheidemantle Law Internship for Rising First Years at Scripps College for Women; was a Founding Board Member, President and Chair of Friends of the Levitt Pavilion-Pasadena; and served on the West Coast Council of Chairman Zubin Mehta’s American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic. Rewinski, a Partner of Locke Lord LLP, practices all phases of civil litigation before state, federal and bankruptcy courts. He has successfully tried or arbitrated numerous cases during his 30-year career and has experience in a wide variety of areas, such as antitrust, securities litigation, franchise law, class action liability litigation, corporate dissolutions, derivative actions, intellectual property, and other tort and commercial matters. His broad community leadership includes serving as Trustee and Vice President of the Dan Murphy Foundation, and member of the Chancery Club, the Catholic Schools Consortium Council of Advisors and the Order of Malta. Rewinski also regularly teaches seminars and publishes articles on legal ethics and professional responsibility.We are very pleased to welcome Jon and David to our Board of Directors,” says Gindler. “They bring to the Chorale consummate leadership, prudent business insights, and deep dedication to this art form and to the organization.”Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon. Currently in its 51st season, the Chorale performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions. It has received three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. Its discography includes five commercial CDs under Gershon’s baton. In addition, in 2013, as part of its 50th anniversary season, the Chorale released a digital recording featuring signature a cappella works available online-only at LAMC.org, iTunes and Amazon.com. LAMC previously released three CDs under former Music Director Paul Salamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen-Lux Aeterna. Serving more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale also provides education outreach to 6,000 students each year.David R. Scheidemantle is President and Managing Partner of Scheidemantle Law Group P.C. His practice is focused on complex business litigation, insurance coverage counseling and litigation on behalf of policyholders, products liability litigation, toxic tort defense, business contract negotiation, and general counseling. Prior to founding his current firm, he was Co-Managing Partner of Connon Wood Scheidemantle LLP; an equity partner for 10 years at Proskauer Rose LLP; and an attorney with Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Shearman & Sterling. In 2014, Scheidemantle received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent, founded the Scripps-Scheidemantle Law Internship for Rising First Years at Scripps College for Women, and was honored with the Rebecca Thompson Founder’s Award from Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, of which he served as Board Chair from 2009-2012. Scheidemantle is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a society of trial lawyers limited to one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Licensed in California, New York and Wisconsin, Scheidemantle is a member of the federal and state courts in all three states, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second and Ninth Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. He graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, where he served as editor of the Fordham Law Review. He was a judicial law clerk to Judge Inzer B. Wyatt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge William H. Timbers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before entering law school, Scheidemantle received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where, as a violinist, he was Concertmaster of the Juilliard Symphony, the Juilliard Philharmonia and the National Orchestra of New York. He has performed as a violinist with LACC at its home in Southern California as well as in China. Committed to pro bono legal representation, Scheidemantle won the release under the Battered Women’s Syndrome Act of a woman who had been incarcerated for 20 years. He also has represented numerous non-profit arts and educational organizations, including Pasadena Junior Theater, Suzuki Music Association of California, Renaissance Arts Academy and American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic, where he sat on Chairman Zubin Mehta’s West Coast Council, and Friends of the Levitt Pavilion-Pasadena, of which he was a founding board member, President and Chair.Jon L. Rewinski‘s practice includes all phases of civil litigation before state, federal and bankruptcy courts. In his 30 years of practice, Rewinski has tried or arbitrated dozens of cases. Rewinski has experience in a wide variety of areas, including antitrust, securities litigation, franchise law, class action litigation, corporate dissolutions, derivative actions, intellectual property, and other tort and commercial matters. Rewinski has also represented a securities brokerage firm in regulatory and DOJ investigations and litigation following the collapse of a hedge fund; a securities brokerage firm in a regulatory investigation over alleged revenue sharing arrangements with mutual funds; a securities brokerage firm in the first enforcement proceeding asserted by the SEC under the USA PATRIOT Act; a major accounting firm in an SEC/DOJ investigation concerning the collapse of an audit client; representing an airline in consolidated class actions alleging a conspiracy to fix the prices of passenger tickets; Microsoft in antitrust litigation asserted by certain competitors and consumer groups; Philip Morris USA Inc. in Lanham Act proceedings over the unauthorized use of its registered marks in Internet sales; and the manufacturer of a concrete admixture in class actions and mass actions alleging purported construction defects. Rewinski also regularly teaches seminars and publishes articles on legal ethics and professional responsibility. Since 2002, he has co-authored an annual review of California ethics decisions published in Los Angeles Lawyer. He is a former member of the California State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct and a former Chair and member of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Community News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. 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