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Episcopal Migration Ministries organise un dialogue interconfessionnel pour la Journée…

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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries organise un dialogue interconfessionnel pour la Journée mondiale des réfugiés Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET La révérende Stephanie Spellers, chanoine auprès de l’Évêque Primat pour l’évangélisation, la réconciliation et la création, à gauche, le rabbin Victor Urecki, de la Synagogue B’nai Jacob de Charleston (État de Virginie Occidentale), au centre, et Hani Hamwi, d’Islamic Relief USA, lors d’un panel de discussion interconfessionnel le 20 juin pour la Journée mondiale des réfugiés. Photo : Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] Le judaïsme, comme toutes les traditions religieuses, appelle – dit le rabbin Victor Urecki – à accueillir l’étranger, le réfugié. Dans la Torah, Dieu dit aux juifs pas moins de 36 fois d’« aimer les étrangers en leur sein », leur rappelant qu’ils étaient jadis des étrangers en Égypte, a-t-il déclaré.Et pourtant, ce n’est pas la foi juive qui conduit Victor Urecki à accueillir et aider les réfugiés qui arrivent à Charleston (État de Virginie Occidentale). « En tant que juif, je me sens appelé à être là pour les réfugiés car l’histoire des réfugiés touche de près les juifs », explique Victor Urecki, conseiller de West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry . « C’est l’histoire de mon peuple. L’image de chaque réfugié devrait être imprimée dans le coeur de chaque juif ».Victor Urecki est intervenu dans le cadre d’un panel de six personnes lors d’un dialogue et prière interconfessionnels, organisé le 20 juin par Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) à l’Episcopal Church Center à New York.  Un iftar, le repas que font les musulmans après le coucher du soleil pendant le Ramadan, a suivi le dialogue. (Le mois sacré du Ramadan, observé par les musulmans dans le monde entier comme un mois de jeûne pour commémorer la première révélation du Coran au prophète Mahomet, a commencé le 26 mai et se termine le 24 juin).EMM a encouragé les congrégations à travers le pays à organiser des dialogues interconfessionnels semblables et le panel du 20 juin a été enregistré en vidéo pour une utilisation future, a déclaré l’animatrice Allison Duvall, responsable d’EMM pour les relations de l’église et l’engagement.L’histoire des réfugiés fait partie de l’ADN spirituelle des juifs. Ils ont été contraints de fuir les pogroms en Europe, ont été confrontés à l’antisémitisme et à la haine partout dans le monde et ont enduré des siècles de guerre et de carnage. « Nous avons été injustement pris en tant que spectateurs et brutalisés en tant que victimes. Nous avons été tués dans nos pays… en raison de qui nous étions, de ce en quoi nous croyions et ce que nous pratiquions », a déclaré Victor Urecki, immigré dont les grand-parents et le père étaient des réfugiés.Les réfugiés sont contraints de fuir en raison de qui ils sont, de leurs croyances et de leurs pratiques religieuses, comme l’a confirmé un autre membre du panel. Anastasia Orlova est demandeur d’asile en provenance de Russie. Elle est arrivée aux États-Unis en octobre dernier avec son épouse. Du fait de l’intolérance de la Russie vis-à-vis des personnes LGBT, le couple n’avait que quelques amis proches et Anastasia Orlova disait à ses connaissances qu’elle avait un mari. Elle ne se rendait pas compte à quel point elle était déprimée jusqu’à ce qu’elle quitte la Russie.« Lorsque vous avez peur ou que vous avez honte de vous-même, vous vivez dans un isolement intérieur », explique Anastasia Orlova. Aux États-Unis, Anastasia Orlova et son épouse ont le droit d’être mariées légalement, de pratiquer leurs croyances et elles peuvent s’exprimer en leur propre nom. « Ici aux États-Unis, nous nous sentons finalement protégées ».Les réfugiés qui participaient au panel ont reconnu que, bien qu’ils se sentent en sécurité et libres d’être eux-mêmes aux États-Unis, la politique partisane du pays et les craintes économiques et en matière de sécurité dominantes sont inquiétantes. L’administration Trump a cherché à suspendre et réduire le Programme américain de réinstallation des réfugiés ; en conséquence, EMM a été contraint de réduire ses actions de réinstallation.« Il se peut que les enjeux soient maintenant si élevés, les craintes si profondes et les murs si épais que la seule manière de guérir l’âme d’une nation soit dans le rassemblement d’un cercle d’alliés plus vaste que jamais pour soutenir les réfugiés et les organismes de réinstallation », déclare Stephanie Spellers, chanoine auprès de l’Évêque Primat pour l’évangélisation, la réconciliation et la création. Stephanie Spellers représentait l’Église épiscopale au sein du panel.À Charleston, par exemple, West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry exerce ses activités « au cœur du fief Trump », explique Victor Urecki. Mais si quelque chose lui donne de l’espoir, c’est que les gens, même ceux qui craignent pour leur sécurité et l’économie, sont ouverts au dialogue. « Si vous arrivez à passer la porte et à engager un dialogue, vous pouvez réussir », poursuit-il.West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry est devenu affilié d’EMM en décembre. En tant qu’organisme de réinstallation des réfugiés de l’Église épiscopale, EMM est l’un des neuf organismes qui travaillent en partenariat avec le Département d’État des États-Unis pour accueillir et réinstaller les réfugiés. Au travers de ses 31 organismes de réinstallation affiliés dans 26 diocèses, EMM apporte une aide directe aux réfugiés récemment arrivés. L’Église épiscopale œuvre à la réinstallation des réfugiés depuis les années 1930. Le gouvernement fédéral a officialisé le Programme américain de réinstallation des réfugiés en 1980, en établissant des partenariats avec des organisations religieuses et laïques pour apporter une aide directe aux réfugiés nouvellement arrivés au niveau du pays tout entier. Six partenaires du gouvernement pour la réinstallation sont confessionnels ; le programme a dans l’ensemble bénéficié d’un large soutien bipartisan. Toutefois, au cours des deux dernières années, l’attitude des Américains à l’égard des réfugiés a commencé à changer et à passer d’une acceptation sans protestation à un sentiment de peur.Récemment, EMM a organisé une conférence pour former les défenseurs des droits des réfugiés. EMM propose également aux congrégations des moyens pour participer à la réinstallation des réfugiés dans leur communauté. L’organisme encourage les épiscopaliens à rejoindre le réseau Episcopal Public Policy Network et à défendre les politiques qui protègent les droits des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile.La Journée mondiale des réfugiés se tient chaque année le 20 juin, la journée sert à commémorer la force, le courage et la persévérance des millions de réfugiés. Un chiffre sans précédent de 65,6 millions de personnes ont été déplacées par la force dans le monde entier. Parmi elles, 22,5 millions ont reçu le statut de réfugié et moins de 1 % fera l’objet d’une réinstallation. Plus de la moitié de tous les réfugiés ont moins de 18 ans. La plupart sont nés dans des camps de réfugiés où le séjour moyen est de 20 ans.– Lynette Wilson est rédactrice en chef de l’Episcopal News Service. 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Dioceses initiate disaster response as Episcopalians in Carolinas, Virginia brace…

first_img Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Dioceses initiate disaster response as Episcopalians in Carolinas, Virginia brace for Hurricane Florence Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This map produced by the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricane Florence’s projected path as of 2 p.m. ET Sept. 13.[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal dioceses and congregations along the Carolina coast and further inland are offering guidance, resources and prayers to Episcopalians in the line of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall late Sept. 13 or early Sept. 14 and bring destructive winds, waves and rain.The eye of Florence is on track to pass over or near Wilmington, North Carolina, with hurricane-force sustained winds before making its way across South Carolina and weakening over the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center forecast. Authorities warn the worst damage could be from storm surge on the coast and steady rain, which have the potential to cause dangerous flooding.“Hurricane Florence is an uninvited guest, but she is just about here anyway,” Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning, according to the Wilmington Star News. “My message today: Don’t relax. Don’t become complacent. This is a powerful storm that can kill. Today, the threat becomes a reality.”Episcopalians are taking that threat seriously. Services and church activities have been canceled from the Episcopal Church in Okatie, South Carolina, near the Georgia state line to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, North Carolina. Diocesan officials have been in contact with Episcopal Relief & Development and are communicating emergency info to their church members. And many Episcopalians on the coast have heeded evacuation orders or else are hunkering down as the storm approaches.“There seems little doubt that Hurricane Florence is going to have a tremendous impact across the communities of our diocese, and many are projecting that it will be the most devastating storm that our state has experienced in decades,” East Carolina Bishop Robert Skirving said Sept. 12 in a letter to the diocese, which includes coastal North Carolina.His diocese has created a “hurricane hub” on its website to provide residents with the latest storm updates and links to other information and resources. The website also invites those interested in helping to donate to the diocese’s relief fund or to Episcopal Relief & Development.The National Hurricane Center warns that Florence is poised to bring “life-threatening storm surge and rainfall.” The storm’s wind speed has decreased in recent days, but it has grown wider and is expected to produce storm surges of up to 13 feet and up to 30 inches of rain for coastal North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina. Up to a foot of rain could fall on the rest of the Carolinas and Virginia.The Church of the Servant in Wilmington isn’t taking any chances.“Thank you to those who were able to come help us get COS ready for hurricane Florence,” the congregation’s rector, the Rev. Jody Greenwood, said Sept. 13 in a Facebook post showing a virtually empty church. “Consider hatches battened-down.”When reached by phone, Greenwood told Episcopal News Service she and her wife left their home in downtown Wilmington to stay with other members of the congregation in a home more securely located away from the ocean. She brought her bicycle, to have another way to get back to the church if driving lanes aren’t passable after the storm.The parish, with an average Sunday attendance of about 150, has an emergency plan that involves checking on each parishioner before the storm hits. Greenwood estimates half of them fled, and the other half are staying in Wilmington.She hopes to let them know in the next day or so whether Sunday services will resume on Sept. 16. The services necessarily would be simple. No bulletins were printed before the storm. The congregation’s organist is staying in Alabama.“If we have services, it’s going to be mostly to give people something to do and be in community with each other,” Greenwood said.Across the city, fellow Wilmington congregation St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church had closed as well, with all but its 11:15 a.m. Sunday service canceled for the week.“Please, as always, pay attention to bulletins and warnings from local government,” the Rev. Richard Elliott, rector, said on the church’s Facebook page. “Err on the side of caution. Exercise common sense. If you are in a safe place and it is not safe on the roads, stay in the safe place. We will have church services another time. … Let us hold one another close in our hearts.”Grace Cathedral in Charleston, South Carolina, noted it was under a mandatory evacuation and had canceled many of the congregation’s regularly scheduled activities for the week, though Sunday services are still on for now.“We pray for our community, for all travelers, and all those affected by this coming storm,” the cathedral said in a post about the storm on its website. “We pray for the safety and security of all. We ask for God’s guiding Hand upon all first responders and all agencies that provide relief in the days ahead.”The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, which includes Charleston and the state’s coastal congregations, has been working with Episcopal Relief & Development since Sept. 10 to plan for the storm, according to a post on its website. Sunday services are canceled for at least 12 congregations in the diocese.Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting 11 dioceses in the path of the storm, which has prompted evacuation orders affecting more than 1.5 million people.“Leaders throughout this region have extensive experience preparing for and responding to disasters and have powerful networks of relationships and ministries in their communities,” Katie Mears, senior director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s U.S. Disaster Program, said in a press release. “This wealth of experience and deep community connections will allow diocesan leaders to effectively serve those most in need.”And although the communities along the Carolina coast are expected to be hit hardest by Hurricane Florence, churches further inland are taking the storm just as seriously.Western North Carolina Bishop José McLoughlin sent a letter to his diocese Sept. 12 noting that he and the rest of the Carolinas and Virginia bishops have been on daily conference calls to coordinate church response, including through use of an emergency alert system.“We are doing everything in our power to ensure that we all stay connected during the upcoming natural disaster,” McLoughlin said. “Please keep the other dioceses that are in the path of Hurricane Florence, as well as all first responders, in your prayers.”The Diocese of North Carolina, which encompasses the middle third of the state, issued a notice Sept. 13 saying diocesan offices would be closed for the day and on Sept. 14. It also offered assistance for congregations that sustain damage to their churches and to clergy needing pastoral support.Episcopal leaders in the region have been busy all week with preparations, North Carolina Bishop Suffragan Anne Hodges-Copple told Episcopal News Service by phone. By Sept. 13, with plans in place, it felt like the “calm before the storm,” she said, but behind the scenes communications continue among all affected dioceses.“There is a huge collaboration going on,” Hodges-Copple said.The Episcopal Church is familiar with this kind of response because of the expertise provided by Episcopal Relief & Response but also because of the frequency of similar disasters in recent years.The eye of Florence is on track to pass over or near Wilmington, North Carolina, with hurricane-force sustained winds before making its way across South Carolina and weakening over the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center forecast. Photo: NOAAThis month marks a year since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana hard, prompting the mobilization of the dioceses there to help with relief efforts. Later in September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and the Episcopal dioceses there still are working with residents to bounce back. Irma also hit the mainland United States, and Episcopal dioceses from Southwest Florida to South Carolina helped their congregations prepare for the storm and deal with the aftermath.Hodges-Copple referenced storms from even farther back – Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and Hurricane Fran in 1996 – that hit the East Coast, including the Carolinas. Not everyone in her diocese today may remember those storms, but emergency communications have improved since then as technology has evolved. Even in remote, rural areas, the church is working to make sure no residents are forgotten during and after a major storm like Florence.And often, the most immediate relief priests and deacons can offer their parishioners is a calming presence in the face of calamity.“There’s going to be times when all we can do is be still and be prayerful,” she said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Episcopal bishops bring church’s calls for gun reform to congressional…

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls By David PaulsenPosted Feb 28, 2019 Gun Violence Rector Albany, NY Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Bishops United Against Gun Violence, 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal bishops bring church’s calls for gun reform to congressional visits on Capitol Hillcenter_img Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Faith & Politics, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Jack Cobb of the Office of Government Relations leads a group of bishops that include retired Connecticut Bishop Suffragan Jim Curry, Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe and Washington Assisting Bishop Chilton Knudsen. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] It was the best of days and the worst of days for eight Episcopal bishops to be on Capitol Hill pressing lawmakers to pass new gun safety measures.Much of the oxygen in the nation’s capital on Feb. 27 was being sucked up by the daylong testimony of President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, his face on TVs all over Capitol Hill as he called his old boss a racist, a conman and a cheat. But beyond the day’s top political story, an unrelated House vote provided a timely backdrop for the bishops’ advocacy.The bill, known as H.R. 8, would expand background checks for gun purchases, one of the reforms that Bishops United Against Gun Violence points to as a common-sense measure with widespread support, despite the well-funded opposition of gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.“Silence on this is complicity,” Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas told Episcopal News Service during a break in the day’s schedule of meetings with lawmakers and their staffs. “If we’re silent, other people can frame the discourse.”Bishops United is a network of about 80 Episcopal bishops that formed in the wake of the 2012 massacre of 26 children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Douglas, one of the conveners, still carries with him the memory of that horrific day and its grim aftermath – part of the personal narrative he shares on Capitol Hill to help frame the discourse – though the tragically long list of mass shootings since Sandy Hook supplies the bishops with ample additional examples when calling for legislative action.The bishops’ day kicked off at 9 a.m. with a closed-door presentation on the pending legislation by Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat, in a conference room at the United Methodist Building across the street from the Capitol.Rep @BobbyScott to members of Bishops United: Thank you for what you do. It’s important. Thank you for telling us about the people you represent. #BishopsOnTheHill #EpiscopalAdvocacy pic.twitter.com/iaiGA8nqAV— The Cross Lobby (@TheCrossLobby) February 27, 2019After Scott left, The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, which has offices in the building, provided the bishops’ with detailed guidance for an effective day on Capitol Hill. “We want to be here for you, and we want to support the tremendous work that you’re already doing,” said Office of Government Relations Director Rebecca Blachly, whose staff coordinated the congressional meetings and, in most cases, accompanied the bishops from office to office.Washington Bishop Mariann Budde sat in on the introductory sessions, though she would not be participating in the day’s rounds. She and Douglas were joined by six other bishops. Vermont Bishop Tom Ely had not yet arrived, having scheduled his own Capitol Hill visits with Vermont’s congressional delegation.Jack Cobb of the Office of Government Relations coaches the bishops on their upcoming visits with congressional offices during an introductory session Feb. 27 held at the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceJack Cobb, who tracks domestic policy issues for the Office of Government Relations, highlighted H.R. 8 but also drew the bishops’ attention to H.R. 1112, which seeks to extend the background check waiting period and close what has been called the “Charleston loophole,” exploited by Dylann Roof to purchase the guns used in the killing of seven people in 2015 at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Cobb noted that legislation is particularly important to Rep. Jim Clyburn, whom the bishops were scheduled to meet with in the afternoon. Clyburn is the House majority whip and a Democrat from South Carolina whose father was a preacher.The 2015 massacre “could have been his church,” Cobb said. “It’s his backyard, and it’s his bill.”What else should the bishops know? The lines into congressional office buildings are often long, so arrive early, Cobb said. At the same time, “members of Congress will often be late.” Many of the meetings would be with lawmakers’ staffs, who will take notes and summarize the meeting in memos to be read later by their bosses.Try to reference any local connections individual bishops have with the lawmakers, Cobb said. Although Long Island Bishop Lawrence Provenzano wasn’t part of these meetings, the bishops should acknowledge Provenzano’s support while meeting with Rep. Peter King, the Long Island Republican, who was a co-sponsor on H.R. 8.For King and other Republicans who broke with their party to support the legislation, “this is a thank you meeting,” Cobb said. “We want them to know they are supported.”To cap their meetings, the bishops were encouraged to provide the lawmakers’ offices with printed materials about Bishops United and The Episcopal Church’s positions on gun violence.Making the rounds on Capitol HillThe Episcopal Church’s advocacy for stricter regulations dates back more than four decades, with General Convention regularly passing resolutions supporting various gun control measures, most recently a resolution last year calling on the federal government to study gun violence as a public health issue.A 1976 resolution took a general stance supporting legislation “aimed at controlling the sale and use of hand guns.” A follow-up resolution in 1991 specifically backed the Brady Bill, which was passed and became law in 1993, establishing waiting periods and background checks for handgun purchases.The Brady Bill and a temporary assault weapons ban in 1994 would be the last significant gun control measures to clear Congress.H.R. 8 was scheduled Feb. 27 for an afternoon vote and likely approval in the House, where Democrats hold the majority, boosting the spirits of the bishops as they prepared to begin their rounds, though Cobb tempered their optimism.“In the Senate is where it will have trouble,” Cobb said, explaining that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had “zero incentive” to put the Senate’s companion bill, 42, on the agenda for debate.Office of Government Relations Director Rebecca Blachly, left, leads a group of former diocesan bishops: Bishop Joe Doss of New Jersey, Bishop Mark Beckwith of Newark and Bishop Dan Edwards of Nevada. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAfter a brief prayer by Douglas, the bishops split into two groups and headed to their respective appointments. Blachly, walking past the Supreme Court toward the House office buildings, led a group that included three former diocesan bishops, Bishop Mark Beckwith of Newark, Bishop Joe Doss of New Jersey and Bishop Dan Edwards of Nevada. Cobb headed in the opposite direction to the Russell Senate Office Building followed by Douglas, Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, retired Bishop Suffragan Jim Curry of Connecticut and Bishop Chilton Knudsen, mere days into her new role as assisting bishop in the Diocese of Washington.ENS was not granted access inside any of the meetings at lawmakers’ offices but was able to follow Cobb’s group and interview the bishops throughout the morning as they traveled around Capitol Hill, stopping at three Senate offices.Duncan-Probe admitted early on that she had not expected to take the lead in any of the day’s meetings, given that she is one of the newer members of Bishops United, but she accepted that lead role during her group’s first stop, at the offices of New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat who also is running for president.Their meeting was scheduled for 10:45 a.m., but Gillibrand’s representatives were running late because of a meeting at the Capitol. They arrived at 11:13 a.m. and ushered the bishops down the hall and into a meeting room, where Duncan-Probe prepared to kick things off.The door closed. Time from greeting to end of meeting: 21 minutes.Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe prepares to lead her group’s discussion Feb. 27 with staff members of New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service“Excellent job,” Curry said to Duncan-Probe afterward, as the group shuffled along to their next appointment.“I was talking fast because I was nervous,” Duncan-Probe said, but also because she wanted to thoroughly summarize the bishops’ position. “I was trying to figure out the sound bite I wanted her to take back to Kirsten. … We’re a voting bloc.”Duncan-Probe elaborated later that her diocese is “struggling with the diversity of this issue.” Episcopalians in Central New York include hunters, military veterans and others who are comfortable around guns, as well as liberal-minded Episcopalians who may never have even held a gun, much less shot one.“Across the diocese there’s a commitment to having a safe society and a just society,” Duncan-Probe said, even if individuals don’t always agree on the particular approaches.Jack Cobb and the bishops watch the Michael Cohen testimony on TV as they wait for their next meeting Feb. 27 in the office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceCobb led the group to a basement corridor so they could pass underground into the Hart Senate Office Building.“Our other meeting has” – he looked at his watch – “started. So we need to keep moving.”The bishops had hoped to meet in person with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island and a fellow Episcopalian, but he was tied up in a committee meeting. As Cobb’s group waited in Whitehouse’s office, they glanced at a TV that was tuned to CNN and the Cohen hearing.At 11:42 a.m., Whitehouse’s legal counsel Ches Garrison arrived and invited the bishops into a meeting room. Curry took the lead this time. Afterward, they all posed for a group photo.Meeting duration: 31 minutes.“We’re dealing with allies,” Curry told ENS on the way out. Trying to persuade a senator or representative to change a “no” vote to a “yes” is important, but Curry said it also is necessary to support those already fighting for reform. “We weren’t saying anything new, and yet we’re received with a sense of gratitude, that we are doing this work.”The Bishops United group poses for a photo with Ches Garrison, legal counsel for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, after their meeting Feb. 27. From left are Jack Cobb of the Office of Government Relations, retired Connecticut Bishop Suffragan Jim Curry, Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, Garrison, Washington Assisting Bishop Chilton Knudsen and Douglas’ wife, Kristin Harris. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceBishops embrace anti-violence mission, impossible to ignoreTheir last stop before lunch was the office of Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut.“Oh, great. Time for me to go to work,” Douglas said. He took the lead when a woman with Murphy’s staff greeted them and led them to a meeting room.As they met, the Cohen testimony continued on the TV near the office’s entrance, this one tuned to MSNBC. Nearby, a map of Connecticut features tiny pins placed across the state, put there by the many people who have come to visit the senator’s office. Four individuals entered the office and placed an additional pin on Sandy Hook. They were from Newtown Action Alliance and had come for their own meeting.The Bishops United group chats Feb. 27 with the Rev. Michele Morgan, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, who was visiting Sen. Chris Murphy’s office as part of a group from Newtown Action Alliance. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceWhen the bishops wrapped up – 24 minutes – they greeted the Newtown group like old friends. One of them was the Rev. Michele Morgan, of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, who is active on gun violence issues in Washington. Another was Eric Milgram, whose daughter was a first-grader at Sandy Hook at the time of the massacre and survived.“Are you pounding the pavement?” Newtown Action Alliance Chairwoman Po Murray asked.“Oh, yeah,” Douglas replied.At lunch back at the United Methodist Building, Douglas told ENS he always begins conversations on these issues by saying he never intended it to be part of his agenda when he became bishop, but it became unavoidable after Dec. 12, 2012. St. John’s Episcopal Church next to Sandy Hook Elementary School became a site for community grieving after the massacre, and on a more personal level, Douglas felt the impact of the rampage directly during a service for Ben Wheeler, one of the young victims whose family attended Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown.“I made a commitment to his parents, that this would be part of my vocation and my ministry as long as I’m bishop,” Douglas said.He thinks Murphy feels the same, but in the role of a lawmaker instead of a religious leader. Murphy was the congressman representing Newtown at the time of the shooting, and now as senator, he is the lead sponsor of the Senate bill seeking to expand background checks.After lunch, most of the bishops left for the Capitol to meet with Clyburn, the majority whip. Ely, after sharing a meal with his fellow bishops, parted ways to see his home-state senator, Patrick Leahy, a Democrat. But when Ely arrived in Leahy’s office, the office TV was tuned not to the Cohen hearing but to Leahy’s floor speech in the Senate on climate change. Was Leahy unavailable to meet in person?Moments later, Leahy senior adviser Kevin McDonald arrived and reassured Ely that the senator was waiting to meet the bishop over in the Capitol. “This is [Leahy’s] biggest meeting of the day,” McDonald said.Meanwhile, as the House debated the background check bill, Douglas and Knudsen made their way to the lawn on the east side of the Capitol, where celebratory gatherings were planned for the bill’s expected passage. The Newtown Action Alliance representatives met them there.Bishops United would spend much of Feb. 28 meeting with Newtown Action Alliance and other partners in the fight against gun violence as the bishops plot the network’s future path. Their week culminates March 1 with a noon prayer service that will be streamed live on Facebook.On Feb. 27, news broke around 4 p.m. that H.R. 8 cleared the House by a vote of 240-190, and lawmakers began pouring out of the Capitol for photo-ops, some in front of the Capitol’s steps and others on the lawn. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined a crowd of bill supporters and posed for photos with them standing next to Rep. Lucy McBath, a freshman Democrat from Georgia whose son was shot and killed in 2012. (The House would pass Clyburn’s “Charleston loophole” bill the next day.)Douglas, Knudsen and the group from Newtown Action Alliance gravitated to a nearby spot on the Capitol steps where members of the Connecticut congressional delegation, including Murphy, had gathered to herald the House [email protected] speaks with his state’s senators @SenBlumenthal and @ChrisMurphyCT in the wake of the House passing #HR8 on universal background checks. #BishopsOnTheHill #EpiscopalAdvocacy pic.twitter.com/ViCHlItxOx— The Cross Lobby (@TheCrossLobby) February 27, 2019Murphy vowed to work toward passage in the Senate as well, while acknowledging that progress on gun reform has long been an uphill battle.“This is an advertisement for why elections matter,” the senator said. “This is an advertisement for why persistent political action matters. Big social change doesn’t happen overnight. You hit obstacles. You fail before you succeed.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Public Policy Network, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GAlast_img read more

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Churches Beyond Borders issue statement for the International Day for…

first_imgChurches Beyond Borders issue statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Back to Press Releases Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Churches Beyond Borders, represented by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry and the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, 2021.The text of the statement follows:In Advent 2020, Churches Beyond Borders expressed a commitment to dismantling racism, combating white supremacy and actively seeking opportunities to engage more deeply on these important issues. In this season of Lent, we continue our journey as we join together in observing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This is an annual day of recommitment in remembrance of the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. Recognizing that the March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a calling to be lived out every day, we offer this reflection as encouragement to continue the journey with renewed determination.I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them(Exodus 3:7-8a, NRSV)How do we lament the sin of racism?Racism and xenophobia have a painful, violent, deadly history that traverses all borders. The institutional church shares in the complicity of the legacies of the Doctrine of Discovery colonization, forced removal and genocide of Indigenous people, the enslavement of African and Indigenous Peoples and injustices perpetrated against all people of color. The sin of racism is structural, institutional, interpersonal and internalized. It lives in communities inside and outside the church; it continues to inflict harm on a daily basis and generate new history. How do we repent of all of this?At the burning bush, Moses hears God say, “I have heard the cries of my people.” We who follow the God of Freedom must also hear the cries of God’s people, of each other, and especially those among us who live under the constant threat and violence of racism and white supremacy. For those of us who have the privilege of closing ourselves off, we need to open ourselves to feel the painful truths of the sins of racism and white supremacy in our hearts and bodies and minds and souls. We must create spaces and structures that welcome and include the voices of those most directly impacted by the sins of racism. This message is being shared during the season of Lent, a period of self-examination, reflection, and making amends. We need to lament, repent and be transformed.Moses is told to take off his sandals. We need to lament in worship: to remove our shoes, to stand in humility, to feel the ashes on our foreheads, to be honest in the presence of God about our sins and shortcomings. Holy Ground is a gift that supports lamentation, repentance, transformation and discernment.Moses is sent to work for the freedom of people. Oppression is not inevitable or insurmountable. Things can change. Challenging racism and white supremacy calls each of us to deep and honest consideration of perceptions, biases, behaviors and systemic patterns. We echo the United Nations call to take the strongest possible stand against racism, discrimination and intolerance of every kind, to spread the word to fight racism and to take stock of the state of human rights and hate speech today and reflect on how each of us can stand up for rights. In lamentation and repentance, we hear God’s call to act for the dismantling of racism.Moses admits his own fears and reluctance. God directs Moses to connect with his siblings. God provides Miriam and Aaron to make up for Moses’ weaknesses and to enhance his strengths. The journey is long and the work is hard, crossing many difficult borders in our lives, communities, and our churches. We give thanks for the gift of community on this journey and in this work.We invite you to join us in prayer:God of Holy Ground, move us to lament and repent. Open our hearts, bodies, minds and souls to the cries of your people. Transform us by your presence. Drive us into action for the dismantling of racism in relationships, communities and societies. Bless us with companions who support us, challenge us and help us keeping going. We pray for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In the name of Jesus. Amen.We commend to you these resources for further reflection and discernment:Suggested action from the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights to #FightRacismExplanation of the Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent“Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts” is a film about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide.Call to Racial Reconciliation: “Litany of Repentance” and “Commissioning for the Ministry of Justice and Reconciliation” from the “10th Anniversary Celebration of Full Communion” between the Episcopal Church and the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian ChurchSacred Teachings Podcast: Indigenous Elders all across Turtle Island share teachings, languages, traditions and stories of the Ancestors.The Ecumenical Conversation on the International Decade for People of African Descent Recordings of November 26, 2020 online event and companion study guide.“With Love Before Us, We Are Walking” recording of Gospel Jam 7 (February 13, 2021) with Archbishop Mark MacDonald and special guest Bishop Michael CurryELCA Anti-Racism Pledge – Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaReport for [The Episcopal Church] House of Bishops from its Theology Committee: White Supremacy, the Beloved Community, and Learning to ListenAnglican Church of Canada House of Bishop’s Statement on Confronting RacismEvangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Pastoral Letter regarding the ongoing sin of Racism.In Christ – Shalom,National Bishop Susan C. JohnsonEvangelical Lutheran Church in CanadaArchbishop and Primate Linda NichollsAnglican Church of CanadaPresiding Bishop Michael B. CurryThe Episcopal ChurchPresiding Bishop Elizabeth A. EatonEvangelical Lutheran Church in America Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL 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 Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Mar 17, 2021 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY last_img read more

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Anglicans tackle Indigenous suicide pandemic across continents

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN 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 [Anglican Taonga – New Zealand] Pīhopatanga o Te Manawa o Te Wheke youth enabler Mira Martin has shared her experience of working on the front lines in rangatahi Māori mental health in a podcast series looking at “Suicide: The Other Pandemic.”Mira talks with the Anglican Church of Canada’s “Sacred Teachings” guest host Peter Downie about the intergenerational trauma of colonization and Indigenous mental health and well-being in an interview titled “You Are Original.”Mira, who is a straight-talking former social worker with 30 years’ experience in that field before taking up her role with the Pīhopatanga, shares her strategies for unpacking the causes of suicide at both a personal level and in society.She challenges Aotearoa New Zealand to put our money where our mouths are and fully resource Māori health experts to support Māori well-being as the best way to prevent youth despair.Read the entire article here. Press Release Service This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls 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 Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME By Julanne Clarke-MorrisPosted Mar 31, 2021 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing Anglicans tackle Indigenous suicide pandemic across continents Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Release Rector Collierville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Anglican Communion, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ center_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Health & Healthcare Rector Pittsburgh, PA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last_img read more

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5 Hacks for Shopping at Nordstrom Rack

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 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. 1. Learn the Shipment Days – Ask a sales associate which day of the week the store receives new merchandise shipments. Be sure to arrive when the store opens on those shipment days. The early shopper can score a Burberry wedge espadrille for half-price.2.Get to Know the Sales Associates – Make friends with a sales associate who shares your sense of style. On new merchandise days, go ahead and ask your favorite sales associate what they think are the best pieces in the new shipment of merchandise.3.Items Often Get Misplaced – You have to be willing to spend more time looking through all sizes instead of just your own. You can often find items in the wrong area or placed in the wrong size. Those Jimmy Choo shoes you were eyeing might end up in the wrong box.4.Ask About Ordering Your Size – If you fall in love with a pair of shoes or a dress, but the stores don’t have your size, ask a sales associate about ordering one for you.5. Be a Savvy Shopper – Understand that even though this is a discount store, the prices may not always be the best deal. By using the website ShopStyle, you can price compare an item.There are two Central Florida locations for the Nordstrom Rack at 1090 N Orlando Ave Suite 101, Winter Park, FL 32789 (Winter Park Square), and 4036 Eastgate Dr, Orlando, FL 32839 (Millenia Crossing). Did you know you can shop for Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Vince, and other high-end designers at Nordstrom Rack? They carry many of the same designers you would find at Nordstrom and is a bargain shopper’s dream. We found these tips for shopping at Nordstrom Rack over at The Krazy Coupon Lady, keep reading and then share with us all of your incredible deals. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSDonna’s DealsNordstrom Rack Previous articlePlug into the local business community at the Apopka Business IncubatorNext articleJuneteenth: The end of slavery in the United States Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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The Apopka Voice townhalls were a refreshing change from a negative…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I see the Apopka Voice has failed to post anything about the debate. That is debate for Seat 2 I guess the the dog ate the footage or the editorial. So in my opinion Reggie your complicit in trying to deny Mr. Bell a fair opportunity to have the People her his message. You keep his original interview for more than three weeks.Yet you found the time to post a photo shot of the debate for Seat 1 to many excuses on your part. Mr Bell owned that debate. The other three had no clue. Like my other post. You take then down God for bid someone gets to read and honest opinion or comment. Alice Nolan was asked what she would do if the will of the people and the knowledge she gained through research and understanding of an issue didn’t line up? Which direction would she go? “My job as a City Commissioner is to inform the citizens on what is coming up to theAlice NolanCouncil and implement what the citizens want their city to be. I would sit down with citizens to see why they felt different.  Usually, in these situations, someone has more information than the other, in the end, though, my job is to do the will of the people.” Reply Opinion/AnalysisBy Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceI love a good debate.I have probably seen every Presidential debate since Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter squared-off in 1980. I have attended dozens of debates and townhalls and watched hundreds on television and online. Political campaigns are often a singular process where candidates typically run in their own lanes, knock on doors and give speeches without the presence of their opponents, but in a debate, there is no hiding. It’s where the swords clash into one another, and the truth is often discovered.The Apopka Voice held its first two townhalls last Wednesday and Thursday night for Seats #1 and #2 of the Apopka City Commission. And while I may have seen a lot of debates and townhalls, moderating one is a completely different experience than watching from the audience I must admit.I will never be critical of a moderator again.Denise Badger (who was the facilitator both nights) and I would like to commend all eight candidates who participated in the two townhall events – Leroy Bell, Suzanne Kidd, Alicia Koutsoulieris, Gene Knight, Theresa Mott, Alice Nolan, Alexander Smith, and Commissioner Diane Velazquez.All eight of you conducted yourselves professionally and in my opinion flourished under a rather unusual format. All of you made your points well, explained your approaches to governing effectively, and illustrated your ideological philosophies to the point that any undecided voters in attendance left with enough information from these townhalls to make a decision.And isn’t that what townhalls/debates are all about?I think the voters were better served by making this an opportunity for each candidate to go deeper with their ideas, philosophies, and plans if they were to be elected to the Apopka City Commission. I asked that none of you attack another candidate during your responses, and you followed the rules and explained your opinions and approach to the Apopka City Commission. That is why I gave you the questions in advance. I wanted the voters of Apopka to see you at your very best, and I think they did. Not only did you not criticize your co-candidates, but several times you agreed with them, and even helped them on occasion, which I’m pretty sure they discourage in debate school. But on these two nights, it was a refreshing change from the negative campaigns that are so prominent these days. Yes, I have seen a lot of debates in my life, but the townhalls for Seat #1 and Seat #2 on Wednesday and Thursday night were two of my favorites. Here are some of the highlights from the Wednesday night townhall for Seat #2: I really liked the manner in which Leroy Bell, the candidate for Seat 2 for Apopka City Commissioner, commanded attention to his cause, by standing up from his seat, when it was his time to speak, and walked around to the front of the stage as to command attention from the audience, as I said, and to make his presence larger and more important….. I think his standing was a brilliant move for a debate, rather than to remain seated, at the big church campaign event last night! Diane Velazquez was asked to define her role as a city commissioner:Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez“It’s more than just reviewing and deciding on new city projects, proposals, city charter changes, and any other issues the city and its residents may face in the ever-changing future of our city.  Additionally, the role of a city commissioner is to make decisions on facts and taking into consideration the needs of the community at large. When I say, “More than just decision making,” It’s my opinion that commissioners need to be in contact with the community at all times.  A commissioner needs to attend community meetings, attend organizational meetings and gatherings, attend school functions and church services.  I have been invited to many church services in our community and I have attended almost all the services that I was invited to.  Staying in touch with the residents, business people and others that visit and are in contact with our city is a very important part of being a city commissioner.”Alicia Koutsoulieris was asked to explain why she wanted to be an Apopka City Commissioner even though she was relatively unknown to the community:Alicia Koutsoulieris  “For several years, I’ve worked and volunteered with organizations that help those in need in the community. It’s my responsibility to do my part when and where I can to help.  To serve as a City Commissioner, this would be another opportunity to continue that work in a new capacity.” Reply Reply Please enter your comment! Mama Mia March 7, 2018 at 10:26 am UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 March 7, 2018 at 10:34 am  “After doing research and looking at cities outside and in the area I think 25% is about right. And I think to get there we need to go through the budget and cut all the fat out of it. And secondly over time when we get the reserves back together, not to fall into the same rabbit hole again, what I think we should do is put policies in place as to when we can use the reserve so that we don’t go back to where we are today. We don’t have to raise taxes. There is a lot of fat in the budget we can cut, and we can start now. We can go through the budget line by line and I think we’ll be on our way.” Apopka City Hall Reggie Connell Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I went to the 3 campaign events for the Apopka City Council Commissioner hopefuls. One thing I did notice after last night’s event at the big church on 441 was, that if appeared to me, that one of the candidates had flip-flopped her position on the subject of annexing South Apopka since the March 1st event at Highland Manor, when she wasn’t in favor of annexing at this time, is what I thought I heard from her…then a total turn around, and change of stance, at the big church event where she was in favor of annexing…..???????? This is what I thought I heard. Reply Mama Mia Mr. Bell is quoted in this very article as is each Seat #2 candidate. He is also pictured in the article as is every Seat #2 candidate. I’m not sure why you keep posting the exact same message that I’m trying to hinder Mr. Bell’s opportunity to present his message, and I don’t know why you keep posting that I’m deleting your comments. Every single comment you have made is still on the site and on The Apopka Voice Facebook page. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here March 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm Reply Leroy BellLeroy Bell was asked about the budget and the general fund reserve. He explained why he would want to increase the reserve: TAGSThe Apopka Voice Townhall Previous articleLake Apopka Natural Gas celebrates third annual Utility Workers’ DayNext article1,782 vote-by-mail ballots received for Apopka elections Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR I am going to give you my opinion on who I think really shined like a beacon on a lighthouse at last night’s debate, and IMO it was Theresa Mott. She told of a vast array of volunteer and charitable work that she has been engaged in over the years, that I didn’t have a clue, that she had done all of this work, that she had not bragged on herself before, like some people do, over and over….. A Red Cross volunteer, a Salvation Army member, all kinds of work, where she was an officer in clubs, boards she is on, or been on in the past, etc. She did so well in answering the questions too, with clarity, and she has compassion for both the residents of Apopka, and of the residents of South Apopka, that are in the county, and while she looks to the subject of annexation, she doesn’t want to impose hardships on people who are of low income with annexation, taxes, and other impactful local government actions, and she indicates those people need to be heard, and considered carefully. That is one big plus in my book, COMPASSION and CARING! Listen to the people of this community when they speak and tell you their beliefs! Plus at the end of the talks, she told how very much she is excited, anxious, and ready and willing to be your Seat 1 Commissioner on the Apopka City Council, and how she respectfully asks for your vote! Go Theresa!!!!! Joseph 5 COMMENTS March 7, 2018 at 11:39 am Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom March 7, 2018 at 10:53 am Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mialast_img read more

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The Top 10 Signs You’re Sleep Deprived (Plus Tips to Save…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! From Florida Hospital ApopkaBy now, you’re probably familiar with how insufficient sleep can harm your health. But do you know the warning signs to look for?In the right dose, sleep regenerates the body, mind, and spirit. When you don’t get enough of it, your body finds many varied ways to ring the alarm bells. Daytime grogginess is one universal symptom, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.Sleep expert and neurologist Holly Skinner, DO, says insufficient sleep can take many forms that vary across the life-span.  For example, children who are sleep deprived many actually become hyperactive or have other unwanted behaviors such as aggressive. School performance may deteriorate as well.  In adults, sleep deprivation may change eating habits, mood, work performance and even pain levels.Here are 10 common signs you may be sleep deprived:You’re Sleepy During the DayThis one’s a no-brainer but bears repeating. Signs of daytime grogginess can range from yawning a lot and relying on coffee to keep you awake to “micro-sleeping” – that is, briefly nodding off without knowing it. This one’s a major reason why driving while drowsy is so dangerous.You’re Packing on PoundsInsufficient sleep hits your body with a triple whammy of metabolic effects: increased appetite, junk-food cravings, and sluggish metabolism. With less than six hours of shut-eye, your body produces less leptin – an appetite-suppressing hormone – and more ghrelin, AKA the “hunger hormone.” Meanwhile, your metabolism grinds to a crawl, interfering with your ability to burn fat and respond to insulin.Memory? What Memory?Having trouble coming up with the right word, or forgetting conversations you just had? You could be suffering from sleep deprivation. During sleep, toxic molecules get cleared from your brain, allowing it to wake up refreshed and recharged. Without it, your memory can suffer, and long-term sleep deprivation has even been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.You Can’t Keep Up With Your EmotionsLack of sleep can make your emotions go haywire. That can mean a gamut of unusual-for-you emotional responses – from irritability to dramatic mood swings to crying at the drop of a hat. You may also be overly giddy or even depressed.Your Reaction Time Has SlowedLack of sleep impairs your brain’s speed and higher-level processing. You may find yourself reading the same sentence over and over, having delayed reaction times while driving or struggling to make decisions or solve problems. Needless to say, this can lead to serious consequences at work, at home and on the road.You’ve Become Unproductive and UnmotivatedInability to concentrate and lower productivity are two signs you might not be getting enough rest. After all, how can you focus when all you can think about is crawling back into bed?You’re Suddenly ClumsyClumsiness strikes all of us occasionally, but if you’re regularly tripping over your own feet or bumping into things, lack of sleep may be to blame. Difficulty with movement stems from slowed reaction and lack of concentration, making normally easy tasks like walking up stairs suddenly challenging.Your Stress is Through the RoofWhen it comes to sleep, stress is a vicious cycle. Not only can high stress cause insomnia and other sleep disturbances, it can be a symptom of that sleep deprivation. If you suddenly have a short fuse and spend much of your time feeling stressed, sleep deprivation could be the cause.You’re Sick All the TimeA 2015 study that tracked the sleeping patterns of 164 people found that those who slept less than six hours a night were more than four times more likely to catch a cold. That’s because during sleep your immune system produces proteins called cytokines which fight infections and inflammation. Insufficient sleep disturbs that production, leaving you vulnerable to illness.You Can’t See StraightSeeing double or squinting your eyes in order to read clearly? It may be a lack of sleep, not your vision, that’s the problem. Muscles of the eye that control focus and alignment get run down without proper rest. As a result, you may also have more headaches due to strained vision.TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEPIf the signs point to not enough rest, your sleep habits may need a little tweaking. Try these expert-tested tips to fall asleep and stay asleep.Sleep on a schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends. A sleep schedule helps regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle and can help sleep come more naturally.Create a relaxing sleep environment. Take a look around your bedroom: is it an inviting, soothing place to sleep? Block obtrusive light with blackout curtains and buffer noises with a fan, white noise machine or earplugs. Set the temperature between 60 and 67 degrees. Make sure your pillows and mattress are comfortable and supportive (mattresses should generally be replaced every nine or 10 years).Power down. The type of light that emanates from devices like smartphones and laptops activate the brain, making it harder to get sleepy. Try putting your device away at least an hour before bed to give your eyes, and your brain, a rest.Exercise daily. Doctors recommend vigorous daily exercise for most people, but even light physical activity can help prepare your body for sleep.Avoid naps. If you already have trouble falling or staying asleep at night, daytime catnaps might make problems worse.Wind down & relax. A relaxing bedtime ritual and can help set the stage for sleep. Try low-energy activities like reading, meditation or light yoga.Avoid heavy meals at night. Large or spicy meals, as well as caffeine and alcohol, can disrupt sleep. Avoid eating large meals two to three hours before bed. If you’re still hungry, have a light snack 45 minutes before bed. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Secrets of Sleep, Part 5 The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSFlorida Hospital – ApopkaSleep Previous articleWhat caused the mass shooting in Annapolis?Next articleEverything Coming to Netflix in July Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name herelast_img read more

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Florence now a major Category 4 hurricane

first_img– Rainfall Impact: Florence could not only produce heavy rain along the coast, but also farther inland across the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic. That heavy rain threat may last for days if Florence stalls out into this weekend or early next week, as suggested by some forecast guidance. If that stall occurs, disastrous flooding could occur in some areas. See the link below for more information.(MORE: Potentially Disastrous Inland Flooding Possible) At a GlanceFlorence has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane.A strike on the U.S. East Coast is now likely Thursday.Life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds are expected.Massive inland rainfall flooding is also expected from Florence lingering into next week.Tropical-storm-force winds may arrive as soon as Wednesday night.Florence is also generating dangerous surf and rip currents along the East Coast. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Hurricane Florence has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 hurricane in just hours and is likely to lash the East Coast later this week with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds, and massive inland rainfall flooding. Where Florence turns northward around the western periphery of that high-pressure system will determine what part of the coastline experiences the worst wind and storm-surge impacts typically near the eye.The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Florence to be a major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) when it arrives at the southeastern U.S. coast Thursday. Florence may become only the fourth Category 4 hurricane to make landfall along the U.S. East Coast north of Georgia, joining Hugo (1989), Gracie (1959) and Hazel (1954), according to the historical database.Here is what we know right now about Florence’s track timing. All of this is subject to change in the days ahead, so check back for updates.– Timing: The peak coastal impacts from Florence are expected Thursday and Thursday night. Tropical-storm-force winds may arrive as soon as Wednesday night, but most certainly by Thursday morning along the southeastern U.S. coast in the general area of the forecast path. Impacts from Florence, particularly heavy rain, may continue into this weekend or early next week if it stalls out for a time, as suggested by forecast guidance.– Locations Potentially Affected: Areas from the Carolinas to Virginia are at greatest risk for major impacts from Florence. Locations farther south, such as Georgia, and farther north into the mid-Atlantic should also monitor Florence for any forecast changes.Potential U.S. ImpactsWe cannot pinpoint exact locations that will see the worst impacts from storm surge, wind and rainfall flooding. However, some potential impacts are coming into a bit more focus.– Storm-Surge Impact: A destructive storm surge will accompany the eye coming ashore Thursday. It will be highest to the north or northeast of where the center comes ashore. Large, battering waves will ride atop this surge. All evacuation orders from local officials should be followed because of this dangerous threat. Significant beach erosion is also likely on the southeastern U.S. coast.According to research by Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground, record storm-surge heights of 15 to 20 feet are possible just to the east of the landfall point if Florence strikes the coast of North or South Carolina as a Category 3 or stronger hurricane.(MORE: Expect a Storm Surge of 15-20 Feet in a Landfalling Category 4 Storm in the Carolinas) Current Storm Status(The highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone.) TAGSHurricane Florenceweather.com Previous articleLet’s Talk About It: Long drive champion donates winnings to scholarshipsNext articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Projected Path(The red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone. It’s important to note that impacts (particularly heavy rain, high surf, coastal flooding, winds) with any tropical cyclone usually spread beyond its forecast path.) Hurricane Florence has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 major hurricane south-southeast of Bermuda and is likely to lash the U.S. East Coast later this week with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and massive inland rainfall flooding in one of the strongest strikes on record for this part of the East Coast.If you’re in the East Coast threat zone, now is the time to develop or firm up your hurricane preparedness plan and be ready to implement it if necessary. Residents in coastal areas should follow evacuation orders from local officials because of the potential for life-threatening storm-surge flooding.The first hurricane and storm surge watches for the southeastern U.S. coast will likely be issued Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.Current StatusAs of late Monday afternoon, Florence was centered more than 1,100 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving west-northwestward. Hurricane Season 2018Destructive strike likely on the southeast coastBy weather.com You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here – Wind Impact: Numerous downed trees and long-lasting power outages could occur near and inland from where the center of Florence strikes. This threat of tree damage and power outages may also extend across Florence’s larger swath of tropical-storm-force winds. Structural damage to homes and buildings is possible, particularly where the core of any hurricane-force winds moves through.center_img Florence Rainfall Outlook(This should be interpreted as a broad outlook of where the heaviest rain may fall and may shift based on the forecast path. Extreme amounts may occur where bands of rain stall over a period of several hours. ) Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Model Forecast Wave Heights(Large, battering waves are depicted by the purple contours on this model forecast.) Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Data from an NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated Florence’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 140 mph late Monday afternoon.Florence underwent rapid intensification Sunday into Monday when its winds jumped up from 75 mph to 130 mph in just 25 hours ending 12 p.m. EDT Monday.Florence’s central pressure also plunged from 969 millibars to 946 millibars on Monday morning, then fell to 939 millibars by late Monday afternoon – an indication of rapid strengthening.Florence has generated swells that are affecting parts of the U.S. East Coast. Swells are also propagating to Bermuda and north- and northeastward-facing coasts of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Hispañiola, the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.These swells will produce life-threatening surf and rip current conditions at these beaches.Track ForecastWhile there still remains some uncertainty in the precise track of Florence, a destructive strike on the U.S. East Coast is likely.The key to Florence’s path hinges on the strength and westward extent of a dome of high pressure aloft, which is developing and will strengthen north of Florence over the western Atlantic Ocean into Tuesday.That bullish high-pressure ridge is expected to be strong enough and far enough west to push Florence to the southeastern U.S. coast. Please enter your name here The name Florence has been used for Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes since 1953. Unfortunately, the destructive potential of this iteration could mean the name Florence may be retired from future use. 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Cost-share funding available for water resource protection projects

first_img The Anatomy of Fear From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictThe St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications through Feb. 15 to share in cost-share funding for water supply, water quality, natural systems, and flood protection construction projects.“The district is excited to continue our cost-share funding partnerships that are helping local communities stretch their construction dollars to further protect our water resources,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Cost-share projects help to ensure taxpayers are getting the best return on their tax dollars for water resource protection.”Projects will focus on benefits to one or more of the district’s four core missions:Water supply (including alternative supplies and conservation)Water qualityEnhancing natural systemsProviding flood protectionProjects may include but are not limited to, alternative water supply development, springs protection and restoration, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, and water conservation. Other eligible projects may improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, restore or enhance natural systems, or protect against flooding.Projects are eligible for a maximum district cost-share up to $1.5 million per project and per applicant. Projects may span a maximum of two years and must start by June 30th, 2020, or be completed by Sept. 30th, 2021. Those that are permitted and ready to begin construction will receive a higher score during the review process.The district will fund up to 33 percent of the construction costs for water supply, water quality, flood protection, and natural systems projects and up to 50 percent for water conservation projects. Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities may submit a waiver of matching funds letter.Complete applications should be emailed to [email protected] by 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Visit the district’s cost-share funding program webpage at www.sjrwmd.com/funding for more information. TAGSSt. John’s Water Management District Previous articleCervical Cancer Awareness Month: 13,000 women diagnosed every yearNext articleAmelia Earhart would have a hard time disappearing in 2019 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Please enter your name herelast_img read more

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