El ministerio de sanación ofrece comprensión, amor y oración por…

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC El ministerio de sanación ofrece comprensión, amor y oración por el cuerpo, la mente y el espíritu Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Por Sharon SheridanPosted Oct 22, 2012 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Job Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL center_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Episcopal News Service] Cuando a la Rda. Cathy Dempesy le diagnosticaron cáncer de mama, ella se lo dijo inmediatamente a sus feligreses.“La razón por la cual fui tan directa al respecto [fue por] estar consciente de la necesidad de oración. Me ungieron e impusieron las manos sobre mí inmediatamente después de mi diagnosis inicial”.Hoy, 18 de octubre, en la fiesta de San Lucas, Dempesy y otras tres mujeres clérigos de la diócesis episcopal de New York Occidental que fueron sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama presidirán un oficio de “sanación, esperanza y acción de gracias” para conmemorar el Mes de la Concientización sobre el Cáncer de Mama. La predicadora será la Rda. Alison Martin, una sobreviviente de mucho tiempo; y la presbítera Judy Breny y la diácona Penny Foster también participarán en el oficio para pacientes y sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama, sus familias, amigos y miembros de la comunidad médica. El programa incluirá Eucaristía, oportunidades para oraciones de sanación individuales, una conmemoración de las que han muerto de cáncer de mama y una pequeña feria de materiales sobre el tema.En la Diócesis de Nueva York Occidental y en otras partes de la Iglesia Episcopal, el ministerio de sanación se mantiene vivo y creciente. Esto incluye equipos parroquiales de sanación, centros de sanación y capítulos de la Orden Internacional de San Lucas el Médico.Los que participan del ministerio de sanación dicen que están viviendo permanentemente un mandato del evangelio.“La conclusión es que Cristo en Lucas 9:2 dijo que hemos de predicar el [evangelio del] reino y sanar a los enfermos”, dijo el Rdo. Nigel Mumford, director del ministerio de sanación de la Diócesis de Albany en el Centro de Vida Espiritual Cristo el Rey [Christ the King Spiritual Life Center] en Greenwich, Nueva York. “Ése es mi grito de guerra”.Setenta por ciento del ministerio de Jesús fue de sanaciones, dijo el Rdo. Jack Sheffield, sacerdote episcopal y fundador, junto con su esposa, Anna Marie, del Centro de Sanación de Cristo [Christ Healing Center] en San Antonio, Texas. “No creemos que el ministerio de sanación es algo para estar apagado en algún rincón y que ocupe el tres por ciento de nuestro tiempo. Creemos que podría ser un formidable foco de participación comunitaria para cualquier iglesia.“Estamos iniciando centros de sanación en iglesias. Resulta muy evangelístico. Cuando las personas experimentan el amor y la misericordia y la liberación y la libertad de Dios mediante una oración sanadora, quieren quedarse y juntarse con nosotros.Mumford y Sheffield son líderes de la orden de San Lucas, como vicepresidente de la junta nacional y director norteamericano interino respectivamente. Un sacerdote episcopal, el Rdo. John Gayner Banks, y su esposa, Ethel Tulloch Banks, fundaron la orden ecuménica en 1932.Más de 7.500 laicos, clérigos y profesionales norteamericanos pertenecen a la orden, y sus capítulos en varias denominaciones existen a través del mundo, según la página web de la organización. El ministerio está creciendo particularmente en la India, dijo Sheffield.“Es una orden de sanación antigua y bien establecida”, afirmó. “Existe con el propósito de devolverle a la Iglesia el ministerio de sanación de Jesucristo… Está basada en los laicos, y en consecuencia creemos que hay realmente, en los bancos de las iglesias, un ejército de personas que podrían ser equipadas y adiestradas en [la búsqueda de la] excelencia y en una teología bíblica realmente sólida sobre cómo el Señor Jesucristo sigue sanando a las personas hoy”.En el tiempo en que Banks fundó la orden, dijo él en una ocasión, “habíamos perdido mucho del ministerio de Cristo en lo que respecta a sanar a las personas, no sólo físicamente, sino también espiritual, emocional y mentalmente”.Los miembros de la orden pagan sus cuotas y siguen una regla de vida. “Ésta incluye [lectura] diaria de las Escrituras, especialmente de los pasajes de los Evangelios donde Jesús sana a personas”, dijo Sheffield. Incluye también oraciones diarias por la orden, su liderazgo y los que sus miembros ministran, [así como] educación continua y la búsqueda de “tal salud mental y emocional y espiritual y física en nosotros mismos que realmente encarnemos la verdad y la enseñanza de nuestro ministerio con fulgor”.Los miembros se someten a entrenamiento, que incluye estudiar los milagros de Jesús y varios libros, e incorporarse a los capítulos locales con un capellán —con frecuencia el sacerdote o pastor del capítulo de la iglesia, explicó Sheffield. La Orden de San Lucas está concibiendo un plan para permitir también la existencia de capellanes laicos, agregó él.Las congregaciones pueden expandir aún más su ministerio de sanación mediante la formación de centros de sanación, tal como uno que existe en San Antonio. “Los centros de sanación están un poco más concentrados [en esta tarea], y activan realmente los equipos de oración”, explicó Sheffield. “Hay una enorme cantidad de dolor ahora mismo en nuestra cultura. Muchísimo temor, muchísimo quebranto… y hay muchísimos traumas en las vidas de la gente, y este ministerio aborda eso con gran brío”.En el centro de Texas, a los individuos que buscan sanación les dedican una hora completa en la primera visita y pueden regresar repetidas veces en busca de oraciones de sanación. “Tenemos médicos que nos envían a sus pacientes”, dijo Sheffiel “Creo que debería constituir una parte importantísima del proceso terapéutico”.La esencia del ministerio de sanación, dijo Mumford, es escuchar, amar y orar. A veces ocurren sanaciones físicas, explicó él, y recordaba a una pareja que él encontró llorando incontrolablemente en el fondo de su iglesia. A ella le habían dicho que necesitaba un trasplante de corazón para salvar su vida —y tenía que tener un aborto para hacérselo. “Estaba embarazada, iban a abortarle el bebé, y podría morirse de todas maneras”.“Puse a todo el mundo en la iglesia a orar”, contó él. Trajeron la pareja al altar y les impusimos las manos, Al día siguiente, la mujer llamó con emocionantes noticias: una sexta y última prueba mostraba su corazón curado en un 50 por ciento. Finalmente siguió con su embarazo y, después de dar a luz, le dijeron que su corazón estaba “perfectamente normal”.“Si todos nosotros pudiéramos adoptar la mentalidad de la Iglesia: confiar en Dios, que él sí sana, que sí quiere que vivamos vidas de abundancia plena —es por eso que Cristo murió por nosotros”, dijo Mumford, veterano de los comandos de la real Infantería de Marina de Gran Bretaña, cuyo libro más reciente aborda la sanación postraumática.“La gente se asusta mucho del ministerio de sanación. Se asustan de que nada pudiera pasar, y se asustan de que algo pudiera pasar”, afirmó. “Yo diría categóricamente que todo el mundo es sanado, y alguno son curados. Y eso es el misterio”.El Rdo. David Bryan Hoops, sacerdote episcopal y prior de la Orden del monasterio de la Santa Cruz [Holy Cross] en Toronto, sirvió como capellán de la orden de San Lucas de la región oriental de Long Island antes de convertirse en superior de la Santa Cruz durante nueve años a partir de 1999. En la Diócesis de Toronto, de la Iglesia Anglicana del Canadá, pertenece al comité del obispo para la unción de los laicos.“Adiestramos a los laicos para que sean ministros de la unción y parte del equipo de sanación del ministerio”, explicó. Alrededor de 60 personas se han inscrito para participar de la próxima conferencia de adiestramiento en noviembre.“En el tiempo que llevo de sacerdote, que es cerca de 40 años, realmente he sentido que el ministerio de la sanación era una parte esencial del ministerio de Jesús, y creo que él nos impartió esa responsabilidad en la Iglesia que prosigue su obra”.Una persona puede recibir una oración de sanación sin que la toquen, o mediante la imposición de manos o siendo ungida con óleo [o aceite] santo, dijo. “Depende de las circunstancias, de lo que alguien desea”.Si me preguntan por qué se usa el óleo, “diré que es una costumbre bíblica y, usted sabe, el óleo es símbolo de la sanación. Es símbolo de consagración, y creemos que cada ser humano es un hijo amado de Dios, y es una especie de honor esa consagración… Éste puede ser un símbolo externo del amor de Dios y de la gracia de Dios”.Pero uno no quiere transmitir un mensaje de que es algo “mágico”, que garantiza eliminar el cáncer, dijo él. “Es simplemente elevar la persona ante Dios y pedir la intervención de Dios de cualquier modo que Dios lo crea adecuado”.Él recordó a su madre, paralizada por una rara forma del síndrome de Guillain-Barre, quien recibía oraciones de sanación. “Una vez le dije, ‘Madre, ¿sientes que has sido sanada? Y ella me respondió, ‘he sido sanada de la amargura y de la ira y eso es una gran liberación’”.“Sí creo que hay sanaciones físicas”, dijo Hoops. Pero en otras ocasiones, la gente no recibe sanación física, sino que “se curan de algunos problemas muy importantes en la vida que les impiden ser íntegros, como la amargura y la ira y los resentimientos”.El recibir una oración de sanación después de su diagnóstico de cáncer de mama en 2003, ayudó a Foster a relacionarse con aquellos que más tarde vendrían a ella para [recibir] esas oraciones.“Al orar por una persona”, explicó ella, “especialmente si has estado en el puesto de la persona por la que estás orando, sabes como se siente. Sabes que vale la pena. Sabes lo que eso significa para una persona que está en busca de la sanación de Dios. Supongo que una de las cosas por las que puedo darle gracias al cáncer, porque me puso en ese puesto”.Dempesy escribió recientemente una columna para el Huffington Post que decía, “Gracias, Dios mío, por el cáncer”.“Yo le digo a la gente constantemente que tener cáncer me ha hecho mucho mejor sacerdote”, afirmó.Para ella, el “toque” de sanación es importante. La “experiencia táctil del santo óleo y de las manos” puede brindar alivio y consuelo, dijo, haciendo notar que la Eucaristía también es un acto táctil.“Creo que en nuestro mundo no tenemos suficiente contacto físico. Gran parte de nuestra comunicación la hacemos por medios electrónicos, digitales, etc.” Durante los oficios de sanación en la catedral, “supe que para un asombroso número de personas ése era el único contacto físico semanal que era sano y amoroso”.Cuando tuve el cáncer, “nunca oré pidiendo curación. Pedí tan sólo gracia”, resaltó ella. La gente con frecuencia le dirá que oraron pero no fueron sanados. Ella suele responderles: “Sí fuiste sanado [o sanada]. Sólo que no era la sanación que esperabas”.“Todos nosotros estamos limitados por nuestra humanidad, y nuestra humanidad nos da de alguna manera una visión en blanco y negro de muchas cosas —estoy sanada o no estoy sanada— y yo no creo que ésa es la manera en que Dios sana”, subrayó. Creo que la sanación no es un evento. Creo que es un proceso.– Sharon Sheridan corresponsal de ENS. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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National Cathedral to charge admission on a trial basis in…

first_imgNational Cathedral to charge admission on a trial basis in 2014 By Lynette WilsonPosted Nov 26, 2013 November 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm This is one of the most unspeakably short-sighted ideas I’ve heard lately. The notion that “A House of Prayer for All People” charges admission is simply scandalous. Washington National Cathedral will begin charging admission on Jan. 1 in an effort to raise an estimated $300,000 in additional annual revenue. Photo: Craig Stapert[Episcopal News Service] Seeking to raise an estimated $300,000 in additional annual revenue, Washington National Cathedral on Jan. 1 will launch a six-month trial of charging tourists to visit its historic building.Though charging admission is a new policy, the cathedral has charged for specialty and group tours, said Richard Weinberg, the cathedral’s director of communications in a Nov. 26 phone call with ENS.“The change that’s coming effective Jan. 1 is that anyone coming for sightseeing, self-guided or a docent-led highlights tour, will be charged,” he said.Adult visitors will be charged $10, and senior citizens, children, students, veterans and members of the military will be charged $6, said David J. Kautter, chair of the Cathedral Chapter, in a Nov. 25 statement to members, donors and volunteers. The cathedral will remain open to those visiting for prayer, worship and pastoral care, and it will offer free admission on Sundays, he said.“The Cathedral Chapter [governing board] and leadership are sensitive to the cathedral’s foremost identity as a house of prayer and as a living faith community in the Episcopal tradition,” Kautter said. “Despite the wonder of the art and architecture here, the cathedral is not a museum.”“Volunteers, members of the cathedral’s congregation and members of the National Cathedral Association will be admitted without charge,” he said. “We will be in touch again soon as our policies and procedures for the fixed admission are finalized over the coming months.”The decision to charge admission was made “reluctantly,” Cathedral Dean Gary Hall told the Associated Press in a Nov. 25 article, noting that cathedrals and churches in Europe charge tourist admission fees.“All we are charging for is tourism essentially,” Hall said. “We’re not charging for the essential services of the cathedral.”In 2012, 375,000 people, in addition to parish members and other worshipers, visited the cathedral, up from 275,000 in 2011, when in August of that year the cathedral suffered $26 million worth of damages from a rare 5.8-magnitude earthquake and remained closed for more than 60 days. The cathedral since has raised $10 million in funds toward restoration.Though it is less common to charge admission to cathedrals in churches in the United States than in Europe, at least two domestic Episcopal cathedrals and one church charge for tours.The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York does not charge admission to enter the cathedral, but it does charge up to $15 for its Highlights, Vertical and Spotlight tours. Trinity Church in Boston, charges $7 for its guided and self-guided tours. Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, charges $25 for its grand tour.Washington National Cathedral, which is the seat of both the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, often is referred to as the “spiritual home” of the nation. It is located on Wisconsin Avenue, about five miles northwest of the Capitol Building, which sits at the eastern head of the National Mall and Memorial Parks.In 2012, Washington, D.C. hosted a record 18.9 million tourists, with most (16.9 million) coming from inside the United States, according to Destination DC, the city’s official bureau of tourism.Whereas the Capitol Building and other popular, federal government-sponsored destinations and cultural institutions (including the National Gallery; the Smithsonian; the Lincoln, Jefferson and Vietnam Veterans memorials; the Washington Monument; and Arlington National Cemetery) offer free admission, the cathedral is self-supporting and operates on a $13.3 million annual budget. This financial independence, Kautter noted, “increases the cathedral’s freedom to speak freely in the public square and to convene people of all faiths. It also requires us to seek other means of ensuring our sustainability.”After breaking even in 2010, the cathedral operated with a $400,000 surplus in both 2011 and 2012. This year, the cathedral operated at a $1.6 million deficit as a result of a shortfall in annual fundraising, said Weinberg.“It is worth noting the cathedral relies on philanthropy to provide 65 to 70 percent of its annual operating revenues,” he said via a Nov. 26 e-mail in response to questions from ENS. “Operating expenses for fiscal year 2013 were in line with our plan for the year.”In its vision statement, the cathedral states that it “will be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, renewal in the churches, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in our world.” Besides offering approximately 2,200 worship services annually, the cathedral strives to accomplish that vision by offering a wide assortment of concerts and forums, some free, some at modest prices, Weinberg said.The cathedral was designated a “national treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012. In August of that year, it received a $5 million Lily Endowment grant to jumpstart the post-earthquake restoration. In May 2013, the cathedral won first place in a Partners in Preservation competition, receiving a $100,000 grant toward its restoration.“We are called to preserve and restore a building that is more than a century old and to offer programs that have a distinctive impact on our city, our nation and the world,” Kautter said. “To support that work, we must implement this carefully developed fixed-admission policy, and we believe it can be understood by all who have the cathedral’s best interests at heart.”— Lynette Wilson is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service.  The Rev. James Boston says: martha knight says: The Rev. Tally Bandy says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT David Azzolina says: Bruce Garner says: John Shaw says: David Fletcher says: Mary Frances Schjonberg says: December 4, 2013 at 9:39 am Having just moderated 13 comments, six of which were spam, I thank John Shaw for his comment. And I point to ENS’ commenting policy here https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/comment-policy/ It outlines our moderation policy. Joan C. Browning says: November 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm That is exactly what I thought as I read this article. I have so many found memories of just wandering into the cathedral and gaping in awe at the splendor. The first time I visited I could never have afforded to pay an entrance fee and yet the cathedral became a significant part of my journey toward God, the Episcopal church, ordination and becoming rector of an historic church with expensive maintenance challenges. . I am so disappointed that the cathedral chapter has decided to cut off a part of the cathedral’s ministry to the world by putting a price on it. John Shaw says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Rev. E. Clare Nesmith says: The Rev. Sidney Breese says: Joseph D Herring says: November 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You … for a $10 fee of course” Comments navigation Newer comments November 26, 2013 at 6:49 pm I do understand the Cathedral’ s financial agonies. I’m a Fellow of the College of Preachers. I lament the extinction of the College. What we need to be clear about is that this new financial plan makes it official that the Cathedral is a museum. Rev Joseph D Herring Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Surya-Patricia Lane Hood says: November 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm As an Episcopalian, I understand the financial difficulties that our churches and Cathedrals labor with. That said, the National Cathedral is first and foremost God’s house as an Episcopal Cathedral and its doors are open to all without cost. “Welcome” loses its meaning when we stand in line to pay a fee to enter the Great Doors. The Rev. Dr. Howard W. White said it the way I feel it. The Rev’d Lawrence A. Britt says: November 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm Howard, I agree completely. David Krohne says: November 27, 2013 at 8:38 am I was ordained to the diaconate in the National Cathedral, and I will never forget the joy it gave me to bring friends and family to worship and visit there. Nearly every member of my family and all of my friends experienced the Cathedral as a blessing and a privilege, a gift the Episcopal church was giving the country, the surrounding region, and the nation’s capital.Without a willingness to give gifts that cost us something, “the Episcopal Church welcomes you” is an empty slogan and a pious hope. What a pity. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI November 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm I volunteered at the Cathedral for many years. If you do this I will drop my membership in the National Cathedral Association and you will be removed from my will. This is the last straw in your continual grab for money. Remember the Soper Trust? November 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm In principle, I find no problem with charging some nominal fee which does a small bit to offset “traffic” costs; however, as someone who has spent decades dealing with very effective annual stewardship and capital funding, I do not understand from the article going from a nice surplus $1.6 deficit in one year. Perhaps the article is lacking in clarity on this issue. However, again, the National Cathedral may have become complacent and devolved since Bp John Walker’s superb work in funding. In general, stewardship has been somewhat spiritualized and generalized into stewardship of nearly everything and has lost its once clear mission to educate and challenge lay and clergy leadership to witness to their giving and challenge their followers to join in their efforts. For those whose history knowledge is limited to the 21st Century, check out the clear and successful witness provided by the Episcopal Church in Venture in Mission, the largest capital funds project in the history of global Christianity and in the mid 1980’s being the highest annual per unit congregational givers among the top 10 Protestant denominations. Of course now, we are not even in the top ten and progressively decline in apparent self satisfaction that we are socially righteous at least in the House of Bishops and Deputies. Please check my assertions before BSing your opinions to the contrary. . . J. Dye says: December 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm Howdy,Concerning moderation: I once operated a web forum for a very specialized type of engineering. The people who used it (about 100 regular users, about 1 post per day) debated some of the fine points and details of the engineering field. However, I had to moderate it because of the large number of “spam” posts such as “see my site at www. fake drugs.com” (my description, you can guess what the real name might be) or the people that would find some fun in posting a string of obscenities. I am sure it could be much worse here. I am sure that the operators of this site do not like having to spend the time reading post and trashing the spam or obscene ones, but it is a necessity of operating a web site. News papers have had similar problems with letters to the editor.John November 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm So, it must be that people who are vacationing in our nation’s capitol have more disposable income than those of us who would be making a special trip to see the Cathedral? I have 3 children, one of whom will be 18 in January, and we are kicking around the idea of going to D.C., from Texas, as an educational trip for the kids before our eldest goes off to college. If I’m doing my math correctly, it would cost us $44 to set foot in the historic Cathedral that is the seat of power for our faith. I understand that we could go there to worship for free, but I had hoped to be able to go there to see the Cathedral as a historic building that is central to being an Episcopalian. I’m torn about being charged to see the place, and it’s yet one more thing we’ll have to work into our very tight budget if we do decide to try and see more than the worship space. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY November 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm I can understand the move, but it is disappointing. When in DC I always make a “pilgrimage ” to the cathedral. I guess I will now have to pay. November 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm Its common practice in Europe. Perfectly understandable in a building that has sustained $26 million worth of damages. November 26, 2013 at 11:56 pm David Kautter says that the “Cathedral is not a museum” in the article. Very true; but neither is it being a House of Worship, or House of God, when you are charged a fee to enter. I believe that the National Cathedral should reconsider their plan; this is not good. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Nevin C Brown says: November 27, 2013 at 12:19 am Money changing tables at the entrances? How much shall Jesus be charged to enter? November 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm I don’t think it will be difficult for someone to simply tell whoever is at the door that they wish to pray or pastoral counseling. And while I do not really like the idea of charging visitors, it is an unfortunate aspect of our lives these days. Someone has to pay for the maintenance and sometimes the restoration of our buildings. My parish faced similar issues around providing 24 hour access to the campus. But the damage being done by some folks who didn’t or couldn’t respect the sacredness of the space by virtue of mental illness and/or substance abuse had to be addressed. The gates to the gardens are locked at night. However, the church itself is open from 9am to 4pm each day and we are an urban parish.I have to think that if we, as Episcopalians, were more generous with our own personal resources, many ministries would get funded, buildings would get restored and kept open and there would be no need for visitors to pay to see them. But too many of us use our pledges et al as a means of gaining leverage to advance our particular position. We forget that all we have is a gift from God and we are beholding to God for at least 10% to be returned…..and without strings, questions or conditions. Perhaps if we truly understood gratitude we would be more generous.The Episcopal Church does not, to my knowledge, provide funding to the National Cathedral for its ongoing operations. I doubt that the Diocese of Washington does either since the actual parish is not the cathedral per se. Maybe we should fund it. Maybe we should also fund The General Seminary as well. General is a creature of the church via General Convention and is the only seminary actually owned by The Episcopal Church, yet receives no funds from the General Convention budget or the church-wide budget.We do what we must to keep doors open these days. God has called us to be extraordinarily generous in thanksgiving for the incredible blessings we have received. How many of us even come close to generous, much less extraordinarily generous? Bruce Garner, AtlantaP.S. – I don’t think being moderated has anything to do with agreement or disagreement with a poster to this blog. It is intended to prevent inappropriate postings that violate the boundaries of decorum. 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 November 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm Charging for tours is fine. Charging for admission is outrageously wrong. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs November 27, 2013 at 8:03 am For perspective: A visit to Canterbury Cathedral costs an adult visitor BP 9.50 or about $15.50 (BP 8.50 seniors/6.50 children under 18) unless attending a worship service there. Being a member of a church in the diocese of Kent and some other exceptions qualify a person for a free pass. November 27, 2013 at 8:20 am It could not have been said better, I’m embarrassed being Episcopalian right now! November 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm The Cathedral Choir concerts are hardly offered at “modest prices.” The prices they charge are comparable to what one pays at the Kennedy Center and other concert venues in the area. Apparently they are for generating income more than anything else.The article mentions trying to raise $300,000. On the local news today it was said they are trying to raise $19 million for structural repairs. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC The Rev’d Patricia Hanen, Ph.D. says: center_img Press Release Service Comments (40) Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ November 26, 2013 at 7:09 pm With all due respect, the National Cathedral IS an historic site as well as the location of the College of Preachers and the Presiding Bishop; however, given the financial exigency of the Church and the significant damage done to the Cathedral, we can ill-afford to deny the financial challenges of Church and Cathedral. I am sure those managing the site can distinguish between the needy worshipers and the tour buses. Fathers White and Herring, $10 is a modest contribution for most to pay to see the most visible site of the Episcopalian tradition in American and the so-called “national Church.” I would urge our presiding Bishop and the Bishop of Washington to take the lead on insuring repair to this national treasure and site of worship. November 27, 2013 at 8:10 am Having lived in the Washington area for 36 years, I watched The Cathedral being built and went often not just to worship but to take in the marvels of the Gothic Building. It was the last place I went before retiring to North Carolina 20 years ago. I sat in the Great Choir and cried to be leaving this holy place. I’ve been back a few times ~ Advent 1 on one occasion and for The Rt. Rev. David Jones’ consecration in 1995. If you must, charge for a docent’s tour, but $10.00 to come in and sit and soak up all the prayers that have been offered there seems very harsh to me. It makes me very sad. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH James C C Williams says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Rev. Daniel Prechtel says: The Rev’d Donald Lowery says: The Rev’d. Steven McCarty says: Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC November 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm I would suggest that all who are scandalized by the National Cathedral asking for a donation from tourists, put their money where their mouth is… and give a very generous donation designated for the repairs and restoration of the cathedral. Maybe each parish might think of giving something for our National Cathedral? I plan to ask my parish leadership in the light of this news. Comments navigation Newer comments John B. White says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Rev. Eileen Shanley-Roberts says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books November 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm My objection is not about charging admission to historic buildings, but since Washington itself is a national monument, my opinion is that the admission policy needs to reflect the National Monuments, such as Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Capital, Supreme Court, White House (if you have enough sway to get this ticket), and Post Office. The Church isn’t THAT special. Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release November 27, 2013 at 2:06 am I rarely if ever comment on news articles of any kind, but this news has troubled me deeply. I can understand the fundraising needs and problems faced by the cathedral. Nonetheless, despite all the words framing its decision, this still feels to me like a move toward “pay to pray”. Modern American culture is quickly moving in the direction of attaching a price to everything, regardless of the impact on the growing percentage of our population unable to find the resources to meet basic daily needs. This move on the part of the cathedral is deeply disappointing, particularly to someone like myself who has served as a volunteer at the institution for a long time and has a deep affection for it.Interesting that this decision comes at the same time that our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters have been reminded by Pope Francis of the spiritual problems of our fascination with money. Ruth Ratliff says: Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Knoxville, TN Kathleen Moore says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Craig Clere says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME November 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm I suspect there will be backlash to this.I suspect some will lie about praying and tour for free.I think $10.00 is a bit steep. Even the $6.00 will be a bit much for a school group with a bus load of kids. Even more so if those kids come from one of Washington’s impoverished neighborhoods.I suspect a lot of folks will just take a cathedral off their list of sites of visit, or will only do the exterior.So, all that to say, I think they will collect less than they expect and may live to regret the day they decided to charge. Washington DC is not Europe and there is plenty of really cool free MODERN stuff to do instead of visiting a lovely anachronism, a GOTHICK Cathedral in a contemporary city. I would gussy up the gift shop and try to increase sales, myself. I would do more with online sales as well. There is a gold mine in internet shopping waiting to be tapped especially for Episcopalians looking for tasteful, Episcogifts.I disagree with Dr. Fr. White. While my taste in vestments tends towards the traditional, I find the modern vestments at the Cathedral thought provoking and even lovely. As regards High Altars, High Altars should be reserved for High Days. There has been a reformation and we don’t hide altars behinds screens anymore, no matter how lovely.Kiddie rides, he suggests? Perhaps it could be billed as EuroDisney America.High Cost Tours – Why not a Dan Brown” Lost Symbols” Tour? Seriously, I bet he would come to an inaugural tour, sign books, etc., to help with the restoration. I would consider paying for that and enjoy it too. December 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm David,The difference is that the Cathedral is a church and cannot receive any government support, unlike the other monuments and historical sites. The first amendment prohibits any such support.John Featured Events November 27, 2013 at 2:20 am Since going to college 48 years ago up Wisconsin Avenue from the Cathedral, it has been a much loved and often visited place, for both worship and inspiration. I don’t mind charging for tours, with generous exceptions, but am very sad at the idea of charging admission, especially at a price which seems high. I am moved to resume my giving to the Cathedral, and so might many more if an appeal were made on the basis of trying to avoid charging admission.Jim+last_img read more

Relatos bíblicos en español vuelven a la vida en Texas

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Thomas E. Fountain enseña a leer a centroamericanos en los años 40 con sus relatos de personajes bíblicos[Diócesis Episcopal de Texas Occidental] Cuando era una bebita, el padre y la madre de Sarah Willingham la montaron en su Plymouth de 1939, engancharon un remolque cargado con sus muebles y enseres domésticos y un viejo órgano de fuelle y salieron rumbo a México. Eso marcó el comienzo de un viaje que los llevaría a la misión de por vida de llevar el Evangelio a personas de habla hispana en todo el mundo.Thomas E. Fountain, o Tomás de la Fuente como era conocido en los libros que escribió en español, se sentía motivado por el deseo de divulgar la Biblia entre la población indígena de México, Honduras y otros países de Sur y Centroamérica. Prolífico autor en inglés, expandió sus tones de escritor al traducir relatos bíblicos al español y recontarlos de un modo que fuera culturalmente sensible, de manera que personas de limitada preparación pudieran leer, entender y aplicar sus lecciones a sus propias vidas.Entre sus libros para este público había una serie sobre personajes bíblicos, empezando por Abraham, seguido por José y luego por Sara. Han estado agotados durante muchos años, pero ahora, casi 75 años después de que ella viajara a México con sus padres, Willingham está trayéndolos de vuelta a la vida.Miembro de la iglesia episcopal de San Marcos [St. Mark’s], ella ha comenzado la empresa Libros de la Fuente, una casa editorial sin fines de lucro en Wimberley, al suroeste de Austin. Su objetivo es volver a imprimir los libros de su padre y ponerlos en las manos de los hispanohablantes de hoy a través de feligreses, de la Diócesis Episcopal de Texas Occidental y de otras iglesias episcopales y denominaciones, en viajes de misión. Willingham dijo que los libros también tiene un lugar en las congregaciones de habla hispana de EE.UU.Su labor comenzó hace unos nueve años cuando Willingham, después de la muerte de su padre, se encontró los libros. “Muy pronto el Espíritu Santo estaba induciéndome” a reimprimirlos, contó ella. Trabajando con su nombre en español, Sarita de la Fuente, ella le hizo alguna corrección de estilo a la obra original de su padre, y luego probó su fluidez en base a un programa elaborado por su hermana. “Lo tenemos en un nivel de escolaridad que no sólo resulta fácil para la persona que tiene habilidades de lectura básicas, sino también a todos los niveles”, dice ella.Además, ella creó cuestionarios de estudio para los libros, de manera que puedan leerse de principio a fin o en segmentos.En la actualidad, ha publicado los libros sobre Abraham, Sara y José, pero se propone añadir más, incluida la reimpresión de algunos de los otros títulos de su padre sobre las Parábolas y sobre Jesús. “Él escribió 18 de estos [libros]. “Ahora mismo tenemos solamente los tres primeros”.También se propone escribir uno ella sobre Isaac, basándose en las instrucciones que dejara su padre respecto a cómo escribir para este público en particular. “Lo llamamos Isaac y sus hijos mellizos, dijo ella. “Intentamos darle un poquito de sabor de familia al título”.Los libros cuestan $7 cada uno. La Diócesis de Texas Occidental está poniendo estos folletos a disposición de líderes de equipos que van en viajes de misión a países de habla hispana, dijo Marthe D. Curry, directora del Centro para las Misiones Mundiales en la diócesis.“A todo el mundo les gusta”, dijo Curry. “Las estamos promoviendo más este otoño con las nuevas ediciones de Sarah.La diócesis también está planeando ofrecerlas como parte de un taller foro sobre escuelas dominicales en las iglesias mexicanas que se celebró en conjunto con Frontera Unida, una asociación del clero del valle del Río Grande y la diócesis de Nuevo México.La Oficina del Ministerio Latino/Hispano también está al tanto de los libros. Otras denominaciones también los han usado.“La gente de México en particular expresó que no se leen como una traducción”, dijo ella. “Es como si los hubieran escrito para mí y no que los hubieran escrito para otra persona y me lo tradujeran”.Ella dijo también que los lectores perciben que los libros hacen los personajes bíblicos más accesibles “y pertinentes a sus vidas actuales. Una persona dijo que hasta ahora estos individuos eran como personajes de cartón o iconos en la pared. Ahora me parecen reales”.Criado en Nueva Jersey, Fountain comenzó su obra cuando le aplazaron el servicio militar obligatorio durante la segunda guerra mundial. Siendo un hombre casado, padre de familia y ministro bautista, las Fuerzas Armadas aplazaron su reclutamiento. Sin embargo, él quería ayudar a otros a través de su ministerio.Aunque no hablaba ni una palabra en español, se unió al grupo de Mexican Indian Mission, lo enviaron a Ciudad de México a aprender el idioma y luego al México rural, a Husuchinango, en Puebla.“Papa creía que estas personas estaban realmente necesitadas de leer la Escritura”, dijo Willingham. El problema era que muchos tenían tan limitado nivel de alfabetización, “que se sentían completamente intimidados cuando intentaban leer la Biblia con sus [escasas] destrezas en la lectura”.“Él descubrió que el número de lectores era tan limitado que incluso los que estaban en el seminario pasaban trabajo [para leer] los materiales traducidos”, apuntó ella. “Algunos de los prejuicios culturales eran una cosa. La otra era que a veces el vocabulario estaba sencillamente fuera de su alcance”.“Eso se convirtió en el cimiento de lo que él hizo”, añadió ella. “Él decidió regresar [a EE.UU.] y obtener un diploma avanzado en alfabetización y fue a Honduras con el objetivo de enseñar a leer a la gente. Tenían un índice de alfabetización de sólo el 40 por ciento. Él percibió que era terreno fértil”.Se valió de programas de radio para reforzar las lecturas y “luego se dijo que debía encontrar materiales para que los leyeran. Así fue cuando empezó a escribir estos folletos”, explicó ella.“Él tomó diferentes personajes bíblicos y recontó su historia en lenguaje contemporáneo y utilizó un vocabulario que los lectores inexpertos o los recién alfabetizados podían entender”, siguió diciendo ella. “Lo que descubrió fue que no sólo estas personas recién alfabetizadas respondían a estos [textos], sino que muchísimos ministros y líderes de estudios bíblicos encontraban el material muy útil”.Los ministros hasta empezaron a citar su obra en los sermones y los líderes de estudios bíblicos lo utilizaban para su trabajo.“Él realmente quería que la gente sintiera una conexión personal con la Escritura y con el Evangelio”, afirmó. “Que no era algo remoto, sino que era algo con lo que podían realmente relacionarse”.Escribir los libros de los relatos bíblicos no fue el único éxito editorial de Fountain. También creó una compañía editorial en México con oficinas en Costa Rica y publicó los textos de muchos autores cristianos así como algunas de sus propias obras. Uno de sus libros más notables fue una Hermenéutica que todavía se sigue usando en algunos seminarios de América del Sur.“Escribía constantemente”, contó ella. “Su pasión era que la gente en verdad pudiera tener acceso a la Escritura. Si sentían que la Biblia que ponían en sus manos estaba más allá de su capacidad de entendimiento, entonces debía haber otra vía para ayudarles a acceder a eso. Esa era realmente su pasión, que conocieran el Evangelio, que conocieran la Biblia”.La visión de Willingham es llevar adelante la misión de su padre al continuar proporcionando material que sea legible para cualquier nivel, fundamentalmente en español. Para más información, diríjase a Libros de la Fuente en [email protected]— Mike Patterson es escritor y fotógrafo independiente. Asiste a la iglesia episcopal de San Miguel y Todos los Ángeles [St. Michael and All Angels] en Blanco, Texas. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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La derrota de la ‘ley del baño’ de Texas significa…

first_img Presiding Bishop Michael Curry President of the House of Deputies, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET House of Bishops, House of Deputies, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA La derrota de la ‘ley del baño’ de Texas significa que la Convención General de 2018 se queda en Austin Curry y Jennings dicen que la Iglesia apoya la oposición al proyecto de ley antiinmigrante del estado Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Episcopal News Service] El obispo primado Michael Curry y la presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, Rda. Gay Clark Jennings, expresaron su gratitud el 16 de agosto por la derrota de una “ley del baño” en Texas y dijeron que la Convención General se reunirá en 2018 en Austin tal como se había planeado.“Damos gracias por todos los episcopales texanos, los líderes empresariales y los activistas que alzaron sus voces públicamente contra este proyecto de ley y el perjuicio físico, espiritual y emocional que amenazaba infligir a las personas transexuales” escribieron los dos funcionarios ejecutivos. “Ahora que nos sentimos más confiados de que diputados, expositores, activistas e invitados transexuales pueden viajar a Texas  con seguridad y dignidad, no nos proponemos pedirle al Consejo Ejecutivo que reconsidere la ubicación de la Convención General 2018”.La Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal deberá reunirse del 5 al 13 de julio de 2018 en Austin.Sin embargo, Curry y Jennings advirtieron que ellos, los obispos de Texas y otros episcopales siguen preocupados por el Proyecto de Ley 4 del Senado de Texas, que entra en vigor el 1 de septiembre de este año. El proyecto de ley amenaza a los agentes de orden público con severas penas si no cooperan con las autoridades de inmigración y prohíbe a los municipios convertirse en ciudades santuarios. El proyecto de ley también les permite a los agentes de policía que interroguen a las personas sobre su estatus migratorio durante arrestos o detenciones por infracciones de tránsito.“Desde ahora y hasta el próximo verano, nos proponemos seguir de cerca el progreso de los cuestionamientos legales al Proyecto de Ley 4 del Senado [de Texas] y explorar los medios de prestarles el apoyo de la Iglesia Episcopal a los texanos que se oponen a esta ley discriminatoria y antiinmigrante”, afirmaron [ambos líderes].Diciendo que la reciente violencia en Charlottesville, Virginia, muestra que “hay tinieblas en nuestro país”, Curry y Jennings les pidieron a los episcopales “unirse a nosotros para seguir orando y hablando por todos los hijos de Dios que tienen razones para sentirse atemorizados en estos tiempos de intimidación. Amado pueblo de Dios, ¡deja brillar la luz!”.Si bien el Senado de Texas había aprobado la última iteración de la llamada “ley del baño”, el Proyecto de Ley 3 del Senado, a principios de esta sesión especial, el mismo no prosperó cuando la Cámara [de Representantes] estatal rehusó incluso sostener una vista sobre el mismo. Una oposición visible y bien financiada, incluidas las compañías energéticas, también ayudaron a derrotar el proyecto de ley.El proyecto de ley decía que los usuarios de los lavatorios colectivos, las duchas o las instalaciones de vestuario en Texas, incluidas las escuelas pública y subvencionadas, debían usar las instalaciones designadas para personas de su sexo en conformidad con la certificación de nacimiento, la licencia de conducir, un certificado de identificación personal o una licencia de portar armas del estado. Esa ley abrogaría cualesquiera normas de distritos escolares locales e individuales sobre el uso de instalaciones sanitarias.El presidente de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas, Joe Straus, se había opuesto firmemente al proyecto de ley y Curry y Jennings lo han apoyado en esa postura. Ellos le escribieron en julio antes de la sesión especial convocada para hacer seguimiento a una carta que le habían enviado en febrero.Le recordaban que la Convención General se trasladó de Houston a Honolulu en 1955 porque la ciudad de Texas no pudo ofrecer suficientes garantías de alojamientos desegregados para sus delegados.En marzo, Curry y Jennings encabezaron un testimonio amistoso firmado por 1,800 clérigos y líderes religiosos en un caso  ante el Tribunal Supremo de EE.UU. que incluía las normas para el uso de baños para los transexuales.El texto de su carta del 16 de agosto sigue a continuación:Que nuestra luz brille en Texas:Carta del Obispo Primado y de la Presidente de la Cámara de Diputados16 de agosto de 2017Querido pueblo de Dios en la Iglesia Episcopal:En el día de ayer, la legislatura de Texas levantó su sesión especial sin aprobar la llamada “ley del baño”, la cual amenazaba inscribir la discriminación contra personas transexuales en el estatuto del estado. Damos gracias a todos los episcopales, funcionarios electos, líderes empresariales y activistas texanos que alzaron sus voces públicamente contra este proyecto de ley y el perjuicio físico, espiritual y emocional que amenazaba infligir a las personas transexuales.Ahora que podemos sentirnos más confiados de que los diputados, expositores, activistas e invitados transexuales pueden viajar a Texas con seguridad y dignidad, no nos proponemos pedirle al Consejo Ejecutivo que reconsidere la ubicación de la Convención General 2018. Nos sentimos felices y aliviados  de garantizarles a los episcopales de Texas que esperamos estar con ellos en Austin el próximo verano.Junto con los obispos de Texas y muchos otros episcopales, seguimos preocupados con el Proyecto de Ley 4 del Senado, una ley de Texas que está programada para entrar en vigor el 1 de septiembre, la cual exige que la policía local coopere con las autoridades federales de inmigración y prohíbe a las municipalidades de adoptar estatutos de ciudades santuarios. Desde ahora y hasta el próximo verano, nos proponemos seguir de cerca el progreso de los cuestionamientos legales al Proyecto de Ley 4 del Senado [de Texas] y explorar los medios de prestarles el apoyo de la Iglesia Episcopal a los texanos que se oponen a esta ley discriminatoria y antiinmigrante.Hay tinieblas en nuestro país, como el disturbio supremacista blanco en Charlottesville la semana pasada demostró con repugnante y mortal claridad. Pero nosotros seguimos a Jesús, respecto a cuya venida el evangelio de Juan dijo, “la luz en las tinieblas resplandece y las tinieblas no prevalecieron contra ella” ¡Y no pueden prevalecer! De manera que cuando el mal nos divide mediante las tinieblas del racismo, el prejuicio y la intolerancia, debemos testificar más firmemente aun de la luz, del poder del Cristo resucitado para vencer el odio, cesar la división y unirnos aun más estrechamente los unos a los otros.Al tiempo de dar gracias porque la justicia para las personas transexuales ha prevalecido en Texas, les pedimos que se unan a nosotros en seguir orando y hablando a favor de todos los hijos de Dios que tienen razones para estar temerosos en estos tiempos atemorizadores. Amado pueblo de Dios, ¡deja brillar la luz!Sinceramente,Rvdmo. Michael B. Curry, Obispo PrimadoRda. 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La Unión de Episcopales Negros cumple 50

first_img Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY [Episcopal News Service – Nassau, Bahamas] La Unión de Episcopales Negros [UBE por su sigla en inglés] resumió aquí un foro celebratorio el 27 de julio, revisando y renovando el compromiso histórico de la organización con la justicia para todos, abrazando el camino del amor del Movimiento de Jesús y afirmando su llamado a los jóvenes y a ministrar a los más vulnerables.Unos 300 jóvenes, jóvenes adultos, laicos y clérigos de toda América y el Reino Unido disfrutaron de la cálida hospitalidad y clima isleño de Nassau, así como de oportunidades de Oración Matutina y estudio bíblico diarios. El sermón de apertura del obispo primado Michael Curry el día 23 en la iglesia catedral de Cristo [Christ Church Cathedral] provocó animados y abarrotados cultos nocturnos en los que hubo coros de góspel, música de jazz y ministerios de danza en las congregaciones locales.Cuando el 25 de julio Curry anunció que tenía que someterse a una cirugía por cáncer de próstata, los asistentes al [evento] de la UBE  se sintieron consternados y guardaron silencio, respondiendo en oración como lo hicieron miles de episcopales y anglicanos en todo el mundo.Audaces ponentes y panelistas sopesaron el papel de la UBE y su continua importancia en un mundo postcristiano, cada vez más dividido racial y étnicamente y  políticamente peligroso. Los debates incluyeron las complejidades del multiculturalismo, el convertirse en la amada comunidad, el Movimiento de Jesús, la justicia medioambiental y las tendencias clericales y el liderazgo de la juventud en la actualidad.Annette Buchanan, presidente nacional de la UBE, renovó la misión de la organización de apoyar a seminaristas afroamericanos como Shawn Evelyn, a la izquierda, de la Diócesis de Los Ángeles, que asiste al Seminario Teológico de Virginia. Foto de Pat McCaughan/ENS.La presidente nacional de la UBE, Annette Buchanan, definió la organización como “la mayor  agrupación de defensa social de la Iglesia Episcopal”. Y anunció la adición de nuevos capítulos, expandiendo así la iniciativa de promoción social colaborativa y brindando constante apoyo a jóvenes, seminaristas, congregaciones, clérigos e instituciones negros.Aaron Ferguson ex becario de la UBE, y al presente asesor financiero en Atlanta, le dijo a los asistentes al banquete el 26 de julio que la mentoría y el apoyo de la organización transformó su vida. Le dio oportunidades de viajar, de crear amistades duraderas, de obtener becas universitarias y de conseguir nombramientos para organismos de la Iglesia tales como la Comisión Permanente sobre Intereses Nacionales a la edad de 19 años.“Oímos hablar de las reuniones de la junta, de las reuniones de negocios, hablamos de todas esas cosas Pero la UBE está imbuida de un espíritu que ha afectado mi vida enormemente”, afirmó él. “Yo les prometo, que hay algunos jóvenes aquí cuyas vidas cambiarán de un modo que no pueden imaginarse, con la manera extraordinaria que tiene la UBE de funcionar, de crear ese santuario interior de paz, de confianza y seguridad para los jóvenes negros en la Iglesia”.La UBE: ‘hecha para una época como ésta’No ajena a tiempos tormentosos, la UBE surgió en 1968, el mismo año en que asesinaron al Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. y en que la Comisión Kerner llegaba a la conclusión de que las revueltas y disturbios civiles de la nación en 1967 los provocaba una tendencia constante hacia dos sociedades: una negra, otra blanca; separadas y desiguales.La Rda. Gayle Fisher Stewart, pastora asociada en la iglesia El Calvario [Calvary Church] en Washington, D.C., y codecana de la conferencia,  dijo que ese conocimiento hacía la celebración del aniversario “apasionante, pero también agridulce, porque estamos viendo las mismas condiciones en nuestra sociedad entonces y ahora”.La Rda. Kelly Brown Douglas, decana de la Escuela de Teología Episcopal en el Seminario Teológico Unión, y una de los ponentes, se mostró de acuerdo.“Hemos recorrido un largo, largo trecho durante estos 50 años, sin embargo… la misma violencia que le quitó la vida a Martin Luther King sigue siendo una realidad dominante y extendida en nuestro país, en nuestra nación hoy día”, le dijo ella a la reunión vía Skype desde Nueva York.“La bala de ese asesino es una manifestación de la mismísima violencia que es el legado de la esclavitud, la mismísima violencia que es la supremacía blanca… que consiste en ‘hacer a Estados Unidos grande de nuevo’”, dijo ella en medio de aplausos.Los afroamericanos siguen padeciendo desproporcionadamente de extrema pobreza, de racismo institucionalizado y de falta de viviendas decentes, de oportunidades laborales, educativas y recreativas. Tales carencias contribuyen a la violencia generalizada —tanto autoinfligida como, frecuentemente, a manos de los agentes de la autoridad— y hace más probable la posible encarcelación, contribuyendo a lo que Douglas llamó  “una vía de la pobreza a la prisión y a la muerte”.Las tasas de pobreza en EE.UU. ascienden a un 22 por ciento para los negros y a un 19 por ciento para los latinos, más del doble del 8,8 por ciento para los blancos. Los afroamericanos constituyen el 13,2 por ciento de la población de EE.UU., pero tienen 5,1 veces más probabilidades que los blancos de estar encarcelados; constituyendo casi el 40 por ciento de la población penal, dijo ella.Pero Douglas y la Rda. Stephanie Spellers, canóniga del Obispo Primado para la evangelización y la reconciliación, describieron las iniciativas del Primado como un modo para la Iglesia negra de fortalecer su fe característica y de ayudar a otros a progresar a pesar del clima actual.El Movimiento de Jesús de Curry nos llama a una regla de vida, a un modo de vida,  a volver “al centro de la  fe de los negros… a descubrir lo que impulsaba a los esclavos a seguir luchando por la justicia contra toda esperanza y nunca sucumbir a las esclavizantes condiciones de muerte que los rodeaban”, dijo Douglas.Esa fe nació de la lucha y del reto, sin embargo cuando los esclavos cantaban spirituals tales como “Presenciaste la muerte del Señor” [Were You There When They Crucified My Lord], estaban afirmando la presencia de Jesús con ellos en su sufrimiento y en su dolor. Que no sólo él estaba allí con ellos, sino que ellos estaban presentes para él también. “Ellos vivían en esta realidad crucificada” de la cual extrajeron fuerzas para sobrevivir, afirmó.Ese cántico representa tanto un llamado como un desafío para la realidad presente de la Iglesia negra, añadió. “¿Qué significa estar allí con Jesús, no al pie de la cruz, sino en la cruz? ¿Qué significa eso : estar con las clases de personas crucificadas de nuestro propio tiempo?”Douglas dijo que lo que significa no es luchar para estar en el centro interno (de las instituciones), sino más bien ser responsable y estar en solidaridad con los que están en “el lado inferior de los de afuera”: en solidaridad con los más vulnerables en la actualidad, tales como los adolescentes transexuales, que tienen el índice de suicidios más alto de la nación, o con padres inmigrantes que buscan asilo separados de sus hijos.Spellers dijo a la reunión que el 19 de mayo, el sermón de Curry en la boda real “proclamó el Evangelio y el mundo respondió con un resonante ‘¡amén!”Ahora, los episcopales negros tienen que salir de las sombras y afuera de nuestras iglesias y proclamarlo también, proclamar el Evangelio que conocemos. Proclamar el amor y el poder salvífico del Dios que conocemos en Cristo de manera que el mundo pueda conocerlo y amarlo también”.El 19 de mayo fue el día en que “los cristianos despertaron y dijeron, “esa no es la Iglesia que yo dejé cuando tenía 13 años. Voy a volver’. Ese fue el día en que los ateos comenzaron a enviar mensajes por Twitter. ‘Si eso es ser cristiano, apúntenme’”.En el transcurso de una semana después de la boda real, una recién creada página de Facebook, Episcopal Evangelists, tenía 2.000 seguidores, señaló ella. En una parodia de  “Saturday Night Live” en la que Kenan Thompson hacía el papel de Curry, este tuvo algunas frases que le encantaron al Obispo Primado, como “me dieron cinco minutos, pero el buen Dios los multiplicó por unos fantásticos 15”.Después que  Curry predicó, la gente no sólo comentó su sermón, dijo Spellers, sino que “debatieron acerca del poder del amor. La palabra ‘episcopal’ fue el término más buscado en Google ese sábado. La gente estaba muy curiosa respecto a lo que es esta Iglesia, y la clase de Jesús que esta conoce”.El Obispo Primado alertó al mundo acerca de la Iglesia Episcopal. Pero “en momentos como estos…cuando la supremacía blanca ha ganado no sólo un asidero, sino que duerme en la Casa Blanca… cuando nuestra nación se burla de los pobres y de los refugiados y de las viudas y de los niños y de todos los que Jesús tanto amó”, el mundo también necesita cristianos para despertarse, dijo Spellers.“El mundo necesita episcopales cuyas vidas dependen del Dios que conocemos en Jesucristo, y si hay personas en esta Iglesia que han necesitado esta fe para sobrevivir, que han arrancado esta fe de la mano del colonizador y de la mano del amo, sin duda esos son los episcopales negros”, le dijo Spellers a los reunidos.La UBE está celebrando no sólo medio siglo, sino 400 años de anglicanos negros en este continente, añadió ella, con “los altibajos, las pruebas y los triunfos que nos han traído hasta este momento… La cuestión ahora es, ¿Sabemos qué hora es?”.Multiculturalismo y convertirse en la amada comunidadGayle Harris, la obispa sufragánea de Massachusetts, fue la primera mujer en celebrar la eucaristía en la iglesia anglicana de la Santa Cruz en Nassau, Bahamas. Foto de Pat McCaughan/ENS.Los debates de panel se centraron en las cambiantes circunstancias que afectan a muchas iglesias negras que ya son vulnerables, tales como las decrecientes oportunidades de empleo para el clero tradicional de jornada completa, y medios para acoger a las diferentes identidades culturales, entre ellos los jóvenes que en gran medida han abandonado la Iglesia.Elliston Rahming, autor y embajador de Bahamas ante las Naciones Unidas, dijo a la asamblea que, si bien Estados Unidos se enorgullece de ser un “crisol” para todas las identidades culturales, el porcentaje de extranjeros en la población en general ha permanecido estático durante los últimos 156 años.“En 1860, los ciudadanos de EE.UU. que habían nacido en el exterior representaban alrededor del 13,2 por ciento de la población. En 2016, había 43 millones de ciudadanos nacidos en el exterior dentro de Estados Unidos, los cuales representan alrededor del 13,5”, afirmó.Citando un  artículo de Ed Stetzer en Christianity Today, Rahming añadió:  “La Iglesia está llamada a ser un instrumento para mostrar y compartir el amor de Jesús en el mundo. La Iglesia es también una señal que apunta al Reino de Dios y que actúa como un testigo creíble del poder e Dios. Se supone que la gente mire a la Iglesia y diga que es a lo que el Reino de Dios debe parecerse”.Sin embargo, para parafrasear a Martin Luther King, “las 11 de la mañana del domingo, sigue siendo la hora de mayor segregación en EE.UU.”, dijo él.Heidi Kim, la misionera para reconciliación racial de la Iglesia, y el Rdo. Chuck Wynder, misionero para la justicia social y el activismo promocional, presentaron “Convertirse en la Amada Comunidad” una iniciativa reconciliadora para ayudar a “reparar la brecha”.Kim y Wynder, que han organizado peregrinaciones  de justicia como una manera de recuperación y transformación, calificaron este recurso de creativo, adaptable y diferente.“Anteriormente creíamos que bastaba con que todo el mundo hiciera su adiestramiento antirracista y luego todos estaríamos adiestrados y todo andaría bien, pero eso no funcionó”, dio Kim.La Rda. Sandye Wilson dijo que coordinar auténticas relaciones en la iglesia episcopal de San Andrés y la Santa Comunión [St. Andrew and Holy Communion] en South Orange, Nueva Jersey, donde ella es rectora, exige “intensa oración, con un profundo respeto por las tradiciones de todas las personas que están allí, con una oportunidad de que las personas aprendan unas de otras”.Wilson dijo: “Mi reto para nosotros es reconocer que el tipo de hospitalidad que tenemos que ofrecer a la gente es muy diferente del de hace años cuando los negros norteamericanos se sentaban en un lado del pasillo en las iglesias y la gente del Caribe se sentaba en el otro. Sólo porque nos parezcamos, no significa que nuestras experiencias hayan sido semejantes. Y nuestra hermenéutica de la vida está determinada por nuestras experiencias vividas”.En otra discusión de taller, la Rda. Anne Mallonee, vicepresidente ejecutiva y primera directora eclesiástica del Grupo de Pensiones de la Iglesia, dijo que el modelo tradicional del sacerdote de jornada completa está en decadencia debido al decreciente número de miembros, a las congregaciones que envejecen, a las promesas y a las ofrendas de bandeja que se mantienen estáticas, acompañado por un alza de los costos —tendencias que provocaron que algunos delegados jóvenes de la UBE cuestionaran el objetivo de la Iglesia de crear un liderazgo cuando las congregaciones son incapaces de compensarlos equitativamente.Activismo estratégico: ‘Un asiento a la mesa’La UBE añadió tres nuevos capítulos —Haití, Alabama y Costa del Golfo Central— a las 35 con que cuenta al presente, colaboró con la Consulta y Diputados de Color para ayudar a garantizar una representación en los organismos electos de la Iglesia, y aprobó una legislación de apoyo en la 79ª. Convención General, lo cual le permitió a sus miembros tener “un asiento a la mesa”, según Buchanan en su discurso en la reunión del negocios del 26 de julio.La UBE también apoyó el nombramiento de la Iglesia Episcopal del Rdo. Ron Byrd como misionero para la oficina del Ministerio de los Negros, dijo ella. Byrd, que estaba programado para hablar en la reunión, tuvo que ausentarse debido a una enfermedad de familia.Los participantes jóvenes de la UBE planearon y llevaron a cabo un servicio de culto en la iglesia anglicana de la Santa Cruz en Nassau, Bahamas. Foto de Pat McCaughan/ENS.Julia Jones y Cameron Scott, representantes de los jóvenes informaron que una docena de jóvenes  procedentes de Texas, Florida, Pensilvania, Alaska, Michigan y Georgia asistieron a la conferencia. Participaron en un proyecto de servicio local justo con sus homólogos bahameños, explicó Jones.También dirigieron el culto vespertino el 25 de julio, una misa de jazz en la iglesia anglicana de la Santa Cruz [Holy Cross Anglican Church], “el momento culminante de nuestra conferencia”,  según Jones. “Indudablemente, sentimos el movimiento del Espíritu Santo”.Y si bien un panel de representantes de los jóvenes reclamaron un cambio, diciéndole a la asamblea que estaban frustrados con su falta de voz, poder y desempeño en el liderazgo de la Iglesia, dijo Jones, “Sabemos que somos el futuro y estamos orgullosos de vivir a la altura de ese desafío”.El continuo apoyo de la UBE a la Universidad de San Agustín [St. Augustine’s University] en Raleigh, Carolina del Norte, y Voorhees College en Denmark, Carolina del Sur, dos colegios universitarios tradicionalmente negros, fue reconocido por sus respectivos presidentes, que informaron del aumento en la matrícula y los empeños de recaudación de fondos, la expansión de los currículos y los índices de retención más elevados.Buchanan dijo que las prioridades de la UBE siguen siendo fomentar la vitalidad de las iglesias negras y apoyar al laicado y al clero. La organización planea ofrecer programas de tutoría para ambos y ya ha procurado robustecer sus lazos con clérigos en las diócesis de Nueva Jersey, Newark, Nueva York, Long Island y Maryland.Asimismo, la organización ofreció ayuda económica y material a las víctimas del huracán Irma, tanto en Estados Unidos como en las Islas Vírgenes Británicas. La organización espera contratar clérigos para estadas de tres o cuatro semanas en las Islas Vírgenes y ofrecerle un descanso necesario al clero sobrecargado, dijo ella.La próxima reunión anual está programada para fines de julio de 2019 en Los Ángeles.Las personas galardonadas en el banquete de la organización del 27 de julio fueron:Diane Porter, con el Premio Marie Hopkins, por notables contribuciones a la misión social de la Iglesia.La concejal de Austin, Texas, Ora Houston, con el Premio Dra. Verna Dozier, por labor orientada al servicio.El Dr. John F. Robertson, miembro fundador de la UBE, con un reconocimiento especial de la comunidad por iniciativas relativas a la salud física y mental y “por garantizar que la UBE siga siendo una comunidad sana”, dijo Buchanan.El Rdo. Donald G. Kerr, cura auxiliar de la parroquia de San Bernabé [ Barnabas] en Nassau, por coordinar la primera reunión de la organización fuera de Estados Unidos; yEl obispo de Panamá Julio Murray, que en agosto será consagrado como primado de la Iglesia en América Central, con el Premio Presidencial 2018 por su constante apoyo a los jóvenes y a la UBE.Él llamó al premio “una sorpresa. Ustedes hacen lo que hacen porque Dios nos ha dado talentos y dones y debemos compartir”, le dijo él a los presentes.“La Unión ha desempeñado una parte muy importante en mi vida”, dijo Murray, añadiendo que la organización da voz a hermanos y hermanas a través de la diáspora y levanta líderes jóvenes. Nos necesitamos mutuamente; debemos cuidar los unos de los otros.“Unión de Episcopales Negros, no se detengan solamente en el cambio. Debemos seguir trabajando por la transformación”, afirmó él.“Si se detienen en el cambio, volveremos atrás a hacer lo que solíamos hacer y algo de eso está ocurriendo ahora. Luego, debemos movernos y trabajar juntos por la transformación, de manera que nunca sea lo que estamos acostumbrados a hacer, sino que será parte como (el obispo primado) Michael (Curry) diría, del sueño que Dios tiene para todos nosotros”.– La Rda. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Por Pat McCaughanPosted Aug 3, 2018 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Asian American Episcopalians see Atlanta shootings as latest manifestation of…

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY By Egan MillardPosted Mar 18, 2021 Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Rector Albany, NY Racial Justice & Reconciliation Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Asian American Episcopalians see Atlanta shootings as latest manifestation of long history of racism An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Melissa Min attends a March 17 vigil in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with her son James in solidarity with the Asian American community after increased attacks on the community since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic a year ago. Photo: Rachel Wisniewski/REUTERS[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians of Asian descent are expressing anguish, fear and an urgent call to end anti-Asian racism after a white man allegedly killed eight people, including six Asian American women, in the Atlanta, Georgia, area on March 16.“I am filled with deep sorrow over the shootings in Atlanta,” Oregon Bishop Diana Akiyama, who became The Episcopal Church’s first Asian American female bishop on Jan. 30, wrote to her diocese.“When I first heard the news, I was speechless. It has taken me a while to find the words because my first reaction was to weep and wail,” she said in the March 18 message.Also on March 18, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a statement about the killings.“Wherever and whenever hatred or bigotry rises up and is directed at any child of God, we who follow Jesus of Nazareth and therefore stand for love, must act,” he said. “We must stand up, speak up and show up. Today we do so with and for our Asian American and Pacific Islander brothers, sisters and siblings.”The shootings have again thrust the racism long experienced by Asian Americans into the national spotlight. Although local authorities have not yet confirmed a motive, the shootings are the latest in a series of escalating attacks on Asian Americans. Reported hate crime incidents against Asian Americans increased nearly 150% in the largest U.S. cities in 2020, according to a California State University study.“There is fear among our Asian American congregations and communities,” the Rev. Winfred Vergara, The Episcopal Church’s missioner for Asiamerica Ministries, told Episcopal News Service, pointing to other recent attacks on Asian Americans in New York City. The primary cause of the attacks, Vergara believes, is the racist rhetoric used by former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic on Chinese people. Many Americans, he added, do not distinguish among the many different Asian cultures, making anyone of Asian descent a potential target.“As tensions between the U.S. and China increase and as the prejudice against Asians as ‘bringers of diseases’ continues, we predict there will be a continuing uptick of racist violence against Asian Americans,” Vergara said. However, he explained, the roots of this racism go much deeper; people of Asian descent have endured discrimination and violence as long as they have been in America.The pandemic has exposed the white supremacy and racism that have “infected the soul of America for centuries,” wrote New York Bishop Suffragan Allen K. Shin in a March 18 statement sent to his diocese.“It has played out in the racial inequalities with a devastating effect in the lives of the people of color in the marginalized and underprivileged communities in terms of the COVID infections and deaths, of the economic hardship and even of the vaccine rollouts,” Shin said.Coinciding with the pandemic, the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and other African Americans offered further evidence of the white supremacist, racist structures and systems that are endemic in U.S. society, he said.“During the pandemic we have also seen a dramatic surge of hate crimes against Asians across the country, particularly against the elderly and women,” Shin said.An 84-year-old man from Thailand died after he was slammed to the ground in San Francisco, California; a 61-year-old Filipino man was slashed across the face with a box cutter while riding the subway in New York City; and a 56-year-old Malaysian man was attacked on the street in Chinatown in Manhattan. Then, earlier this week, the murders in Atlanta.The Rev. Yein Esther Kim, rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, California, also said that COVID-19 amplified a long-simmering hatred in American society.“Anti-Asian racism … is not new, but the ‘permission’ to openly act on it was given since the outbreak of the pandemic,” she said. Kim also co-leads The Gathering, a ministry of the Diocese of Los Angeles that provides a space for Americans of Asian and Pacific descent to talk about spirituality. She told ENS that she has been experiencing the hatred firsthand.“Since last year, I myself have been avoided [in the] aisles of a high-end supermarket and screamed at by a [truck driver] in front of my house, which changed the dynamics of my everyday living,” she said. “Multiple Asian-targeted assaults have happened in my neighborhood also.”In the New York City borough of Queens, Peter Ng, the former Asia-Pacific partnership officer for The Episcopal Church, has seen it too. Since he immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong, he has never felt afraid to leave his home until now. Since he retired, he has made a habit of walking around his neighborhood every morning. Now he and his wife aren’t sure that it’s safe to do that anymore.“It’s getting more and more serious,” he told ENS. “Throughout my 50-plus years living in this country, I’ve never experienced the [anti-Asian] sentiment being so high.”The church’s Asian American-focused ministries are responding to the increase in overt, violent anti-Asian racism and the fear that it brings with prayer, pastoral care and calls to action.“The violence in our communities is staggering,” Akiyama wrote. “It is difficult to resist despair as we struggle with feeling helpless. … While reasonable laws about owning guns would help protect the innocent, the quest for peace will persist. We can legislate for civil peace, but no law will help us find spiritual peace … at least no human law.”Kim told ENS that times like this underscore the importance of ministries like The Gathering that “provide a safe space to talk, unpack and share the pain and anger within the Asian American communities.”“Absolutely there has been a need for pastoral care,” said the Rev. Peter Huang, co-leader of The Gathering. “Whenever The Gathering has held events this past year, our members have wanted to connect with others to find comfort, support and solidarity while living with this ongoing stressor.”Kim added that her parish has also been a haven of support.“I am a rector in a white-dominant parish, and I did receive overwhelming support from my congregation,” she said. “Not only Asians/Asian Americans are reaching out for help and pastoral care, but people who are aware of the severity and un-Christian nature of these incidents are looking to participate in ways that are practical and with unprecedented vigor – which is encouraging.”However, providing a safe space for healing is only part of the church’s role in responding to racism of all kinds, Vergara said. It must be coupled with “a call for solidarity and making sure that Asian Americans and all ethnic peoples in this country be accepted as Americans and as integral parts of the life and future of the American church and society.”Huang and Kim said the church should respond publicly and visibly to racial injustice. And last summer, they co-sponsored a vigil in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.“The church can be instrumental in combating racism and white supremacy,” Huang told ENS. “More immediately, the church can partner with organizations that provide education to raise awareness and advocate for change. The important and more difficult work is also for the church to actively work toward a multicultural church and confront its own institutional racism by examining current practices and power dynamics.”Kim echoed Huang’s call for solidarity and action within the wider church, in addition to providing support and safety.“Reach out to your Asian siblings of Christ with a word of encouragement and comfort. But do not end there,” she said. “Stand up against all forms of racial violence and hatred in our society as many other Asians stand with the Black communities in their continued struggle against the systemic racism and the culture of white supremacy.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service 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 center_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL 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 Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ethnic Ministries, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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On this day: Germany invades Poland – WWII begins

first_img Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSWorld War IIWW II Previous articleTS Hermine now Hurricane HermineNext articleSRO’s: A role that goes beyond the job description Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 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 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply On this day in 1939, German forces bombard Poland on land and from the air. World War II had begun.The German invasion of Poland was a primer on how Hitler intended to wage war–what would become the “blitzkrieg” strategy. This was characterized by extensive bombing early on to destroy the enemy’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps, followed by a massive land invasion with overwhelming numbers of troops, tanks, and artillery. Once the German forces had plowed their way through, devastating a swath of territory, infantry moved in, picking off any remaining resistance.Once Hitler had a base of operations within the target country, he immediately began setting up “security” forces to annihilate all enemies of his Nazi ideology, whether racial, religious, or political. Concentration camps for slave laborers and the extermination of civilians went hand in hand with German rule of a conquered nation. For example, within one day of the German invasion of Poland, Hitler was already setting up SS “Death’s Head” regiments to terrorize the populace.Although 1 million strong, the Polish forces were severely under-equipped and attempted to take the Germans head-on with horsed cavaliers in a forward concentration, rather than falling back to more natural defensive positions. The outmoded thinking of the Polish commanders coupled with the antiquated state of its military was simply no match for the overwhelming and modern mechanized German forces.About 65,000 Polish troops were killed in the fighting, with 420,000 others being captured by the Germans and 240,000 more by the Soviets (for a total of 660,000 prisoners). Up to 120,000 Polish troops escaped to neutral Romania, and another 20,000 to Latvia and Lithuania, with the majority eventually making their way to France or Britain.Great Britain would respond with bombing raids over Germany three days later. Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

The Errol Shooting – Part Two

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply I have never heard of Thunderbolt, Georgia. I’ll look it up on the Bing map. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply TAGSErrol ShootingPaul NeffSean Davis Previous articleWekiva High School Locked DownNext articleApopka Prayer Breakfast Features Alveda King Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name herecenter_img February 11, 2016 at 8:25 am Last week, the Orange/Osceola County Joint Homicide Investigation Team (JHIT) arrested Paul V. Neff in Winter Park for the murder of his roommate Sean Van Davis. The two men lived in the Errol Villas Condominiums when the shooting occurred. It was the latest step in an investigative process that began in early November. The Apopka Voice will tell this tragic, bizarre and violent story in a five part series entitled “The Errol Shooting”. The series will explore the roots of the volatile three-year relationship between Neff and Davis… where they met, why they came to Apopka, what led to the shooting, and finally the evidence the JHIT team collected that contradicts Neff’s claim of self-defense and ultimately caused the State Attorney to charge Neff with first degree murder.Part Two: Neff and Davis meet in Jacksonville in 2013Attempting to unpack the relationship between Paul Neff and Sean Davis is a lot like trying to describe a room by looking through the keyhole of its door. Some things are clear, others are a bit fuzzy, and other parts of the room are unknown… Some parts of the room are light and visible, other parts of the room are dark and difficult to see.Ruth Charlene Davis was the light in Davis’ life, but his sister was also well aware of his darkness.“My mother called Sean her wayward son,” she said. “I took on the burden my mother took on. He was not my son. He was my brother, but I wanted to make sure he was alright.”She did not know about the relationship between Neff and her brother, but she understood Sean’s personality and his need to be accepted.“Sean had insecurities. He needed to be needed. He needed to matter.”According to her, Davis and Neff met in Jacksonville in 2013. Davis provided handyman services for Neff, caddied for him (in golf tournaments) and rented houses and rooms from Neff over the course of the next three years. She is not sure how her brother and Neff became roommates or how the two men ended up in Apopka, or how it ended so tragically.“Sean talked a lot, but he was not a violent man. He never had a battery or assault charge. He was no angel but he was a good guy. He did not deserve to die like that.”In the course of their relationship, Neff and Davis became close. Davis began to call Neff “my brother”. Neff taught Davis how to play golf. Davis had an immediate love for the game, and Neff became his coach. It was their shared dream that Davis would one-day play on the Senior Tour and win the 2020 US Senior Open.At some point, their relationship became sexual. Drugs and alcohol also played a prominent role. They rented houses, apartments and hotels all over Florida, Georgia and South Carolina… always for short periods of time. By 2014, police visits and arrests became part of the dynamic.According to police reports, on December 4, 2014, officers from the Winter Park Police Department responded to a person burning items. Upon arrival, they located an active burning fire in the front yard driveway. Davis was the only person at the residence and refused to cooperate with law enforcement and remained inside of the residence, refusing to come out. The officers made entry to the residence and deployed a taser on Davis. He was arrested and transported to the Orange County Jail.It was later learned that Davis had destroyed  items belonging to Neff, because he suspected Neff and his wife were having an affair. Davis was charged with destruction of evidence.Despite the suspected affair, destruction of property and arrest, the relationship between Neff and Davis survived. However four months later on April 17, 2015, police responded to a loud argument at their rented house in Thunderbolt, Georgia.According to police reports, when officers from the Thunderbolt Police Department made contact, Neff answered the door, lit a cigarette and reluctantly stated he and his roommate had been in an argument, and that Davis struck him on the left side of his mouth. According to the officer’s observations, there was no bruising, redness, discoloration of any kind, nor any swelling.Davis said he and Neff had finished grilling steaks, and he got angry over how Neff prepared his plate. Davis said he did not strike him during the argument.Adding to the dysfunction  were periodic trips to Jacksonville for drugs. Because of these visits, Davis’ father Van Davis (who lives in Jacksonville) was familiar with their struggles.According to police reports, Van Davis confirmed that Davis and Neff would travel to Jacksonville approximately every two weeks to purchase crack cocaine. Van Davis told police his son told him that Neff and he would argue a lot and that Neff drank a lot and owned a firearm. He told his son not to argue with Neff while he was in possession of the firearm. Davis also told his father that Neff pulled a gun out (in an argument) and shook it but never pointed it at Davis.Tomorrow: Part Three – Their bizarre, violent time in Apopka. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here February 12, 2016 at 10:04 am Tenita Reid K ryan 2 COMMENTS What a shame. Always knew something wasn’t right about Neffy. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Apopka prays: Rivers inspires prayer breakfast audience

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Good story on National Day of Prayer in Apopla You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Apopka prayed today.They prayed with passion. They prayed with blood. They prayed with sweat. They prayed with tears. They prayed in the early morning hours and they prayed again in the heat of a spring afternoon with temperatures passing the 90-degree mark.The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.John RiversAnd the Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance and the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance took full advantage of the National Day of Prayer.In Apopka, the coinciding events were the 11th Annual Apopka Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast which is held at the Apopka Community Center/VFW at 6:30 in the morning. Then at noon the day of prayer moved to the steps of City Hall, and included members of the Apopka Fire and Police Departments.Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance President Darrell Morgan presided over both events and offered prayers for Apopka, its leaders, and the nation. Then a host of pastors took to the stage to pray for specific things.Pastor Jimmy Siberio of the Oasis Assembly of God prayed for Apopka, Pastor James Hicks of Greater Faith World Center prayed for the nation, Pastor Ronda Reaves of the Calvary Church of the Nazarene prayed for schools and universities, Pastor Doug Bankson of the Victory Church World Outreach Center prayed for families, and Pastor Hezekiah Bradford, President of the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance and the Lead Pastor at St. Luke Gospel Baptist Church prayed for churches and ministries.Morgan also welcomed the featured speaker John Rivers to the prayer breakfast.Rivers spoke before an audience of over 400 people made up of local businesses, church groups, elected officials and the public. His inspiring message was one of passion, perseverance, and complete faith in God to steer any venture he pursues.And Rivers has had his share of pursuits.Retiring as president of a $1.5 billion dollar company, he left a career of twenty years in healthcare to chase his passion – owning a restaurant.“I wanted to be a president and CEO because I wanted to make money,” Rivers said. “But sometimes we don’t end up following our passion…we just make a living. I realized I was missing something.”In 2009 Rivers opened 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which quickly became one of the fastest growing restaurants in the southeast. With 13 locations in Florida and one soon to open in Atlanta, the success and popularity of his 4 Rivers Smokehouse and his second concept, the Southern-inspired COOP, have garnered national recognition. Nation’s Restaurant News, the industry’s lead trade publication, recognized 4 Rivers as one of their top five breakout brands. Restaurant Business named him one of the Power 20 Leaders in the restaurant industry, Orlando Magazine included him among Orlando’s “50 Most Powerful, 15 to Watch” and in 2013, he was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.He explained his secret to success was making 4Rivers a God-centered endeavor.“Every single one of us is given a gift by God,” he told the audience. “And the only thing that can stop you is yourself. Fear does not come from God. When God steps in, you cannot fail. You have a purpose and God writes the plan. We had success at 4Rivers because we kept God at the center of the business.” * * *On the steps of City Hall, another legion of Apopka pastors prayed their hearts out for God, country, family, first responders, and America. Pastor Doug Bankson made a direct call to the heart in fact.“Sometimes we can go through the motions at prayer events,” he said. “But many times in the Bible there are situations where there is a cry from the heart. That’s what God wants from us. Not duty, but heart. That’s our Creator. The one who made those clouds. He wants to hear our heart.”Pastor Ronda Reaves expanded her morning prayer for schools and universities to include youth specifically.“We pray to a living God and we ask that you bless the students,” she said. “Our young people…our boys and girls. They learn about Jesus from us. We pray for peace and not violence on the streets. We pray for peace and not violence in our homes.”Mayor Joe Kilsheimer read a Day of Prayer Proclamation and then gave his thoughts about the ministries, pastors, and churches of Apopka.“One of Apopka’s greatest assets is the strength and vitality of the faith-based community,” he said.Those observations were never more on display than today. The Anatomy of Fear 1 COMMENT Please enter your comment! Jeanne Bowsercenter_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate May 18, 2017 at 11:43 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSApopka Mayors Prayer BreakfastNational Day of Prayer Previous articleApopka travel agent earns industry certificationNext articleWhat your brain is telling you right now Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Falsehoods, Sandy Hook and suing Alex Jones

first_img 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Enrique Armijo, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Elon University and first published on theconversation.comAlex Jones, a well-known media personality, falsely claims you were an accomplice in faking the murder of your own child.You sue him.It seems such a case should be easy to win, given the nature of those statements. But defamation law does not provide an equally easy answer.I am a legal scholar who studies the intersection between the First Amendment and online speech. A court battle now being fought illustrates the difficulties in winning such a case, and how the current law needs modernizing in order to address the needs of the aggrieved and the ways we talk about public tragedies.Sandy Hook: Fact and fictionHere’s the background: On Dec. 14, 2012, gunman Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 6- and 7-year-olds at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.For several years afterward, Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones questioned whether the shooting was faked by the Obama White House and co-conspirators in an effort to undermine gun rights in the United States.Among other statements, Jones claimed that the shooting was a “giant hoax,” was “staged” and had “inside job written all over it.” He claimed that traumatized families and students were “lying … actors” in front of a CNN blue screen during Anderson Cooper’s reporting from Connecticut. Jones compared the scene at the school to a Disney World hologram.Sandy Hook parents were also harassed online and in person as “hoaxers” and “crisis actors” by members of Jones’ audience.Alex Jones speaks during a political rally. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonIn 2017, a reporter on Jones’s show claimed that one of the Sandy Hook parents was lying when he said he held his son and saw a bullet hole in his son’s head since the slain students were identified via photographs. In fact, the coroner released the victims’ bodies to their families for funeral purposes, so the parent’s claim was true.So this spring, several of the parents of children who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook sued Jones for defamation.Narrow standards for defamationFor hundreds of years, the parents’ defamation claim would have been a simple one decided under state law. Jones’ false allegations that the parents lied would have been deemed harmful to the parents’ reputations; a jury would assume money damages were appropriate, and Jones would have had to pay.However, that changed in 1964 when the U.S. Supreme Court, in New York Times v. Sullivan, decided that the federal Constitution’s First Amendment required state courts to strike a different balance.Post-Sullivan, the First Amendment, which generally protects speakers from government interference, now had a significant role to play in defamation law, which has long given individuals the right to sue based on oral and written statements that harmed their reputation.In Sullivan, the court decided that where the plaintiff claiming she was defamed by a defendant’s statement was a “public official” – a politician or other high-level government officer – state defamation law had to be more lenient in order to protect the public’s right to vigorously discuss such people, even where statements in that discussion turn out to be false.The court carved out this leeway by changing the standard of proof that the public official plaintiff had to show as part of her defamation claim.Instead of simply showing that the defamatory statement was false, or showing that a reasonable speaker would have known the statement was false – which is the standard that still applies to private people in many states – the plaintiff had to show that the defendant either deliberately lied about her or seriously doubted the statement was true and said it anyway.That standard is known as “actual malice.”In other words, by protecting individuals’ rights to speak freely about people in power, the court promoted the democratic process at the expense of possible harms to the reputations of public officials.Ten years later, in Gertz v. Welch, the court extended the actual malice standard to a new class of defamation plaintiffs. The court called them “limited-purpose public figures” – otherwise private people who had voluntarily inserted themselves into controversies that were the subject of public discussion.These people, concluded the court, should, like public officials, also have to show actual malice in defamation suits. That’s because they assume the risk, the court said, of being talked about negatively and even falsely when they enter public debates “in order to influence the resolution of the issues involved.”But what if a person didn’t choose to be a public figure? Should they still be treated as one when they sued a speaker for defamation?The court said that “hypothetically, it may be possible for someone to become a public figure through no purposeful action of his own, but the instances of truly involuntary public figures must be exceedingly rare.”Count the families of the Sandy Hook dead among those rare involuntary public figures.Technology complicates defamationAs I’ve written before, the internet has changed defamation law in deep and meaningful ways.It has allowed prospective defamation plaintiffs to defend their reputations without resorting to lawsuits, by responding to stories about them online. Conversely, it has also helped authors correct disputed or false facts about story subjects more quickly and easily.But the internet has also undermined the court’s statement in Gertz that the problem of an involuntary limited-purpose public figure was unlikely to occur.By making public so much of daily life that was formerly private, the internet has made involuntary public figures out of many people who have suffered notable tragedies through no fault or risky behavior of their own.Mark Barden and Jennifer Hensel hold photos of their respective children Daniel Barden, 6, and Avielle Richman, 6, both victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. REUTERS/ Michelle McLoughlinAll of which brings us back to Alex Jones.In his legal defense, Jones will likely argue that the plaintiff-parents are limited-purpose public figures – that they have inserted themselves into the larger controversy around gun rights in the U.S. – and they should, therefore, have to prove that his statements about them were made with the knowledge that they were false.True, many Sandy Hook parents became vocal participants in the anti-gun movement in the wake of the tragedy. Several have sued the maker of the gun used in the shooting. Others have organized online to try and prevent future similar attacks, and gone online to call for greater gun control.But making such individuals prove actual malice in their defamation suit against Jones – a much tougher standard to prove – would get the First Amendment backward. It would stifle important responses to disastrous events in individuals’ private lives.It would encourage individuals to take the tragedies that happen to them and swallow them silently.No one would have volunteered for the kind of attention that the Sandy Hook parents have received. But if a court were to find that they were public figures because of that attention, then future parents might not speak out at all, which would do significant harm to the marketplace of ideas that the First Amendment is intended to promote.Parents have the right to decide whether to grieve their children publicly or privately and online or off. The degree of fault they might have to show in a defamation claim should not play any role in that decision. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Some people are in such denial, and don’t believe anything, if it is something, they choose not to believe, for whatever reason. I hate the fact that “fake news” is constantly being stated by certain people, who try to alter the truth. How can someone actually deny that little school children died by being gunned down, and their lives taken away from them, and their loved ones forever on this earth…… I’ll never understand those kind of people, or their thinking. This “fake news” crud is getting ridiculous. Didn’t used to hear this malarkey. I know who is contributing to this crud, this plague on our nation, though!!!center_img Mama Mia Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! June 2, 2018 at 7:26 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSAlex JonesSandy Hooktheconversation.com Previous articlePulse nightclub memorial opens todayNext articleNew hurricane season jeopardizes Caribbean recovery: 5 essential reads Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more