Church leaders set tone for General Convention in rousing welcome…

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York July 5, 2018 at 12:35 pm I agree with Rev. Bale.. I see much of what was said to be against and condemning – forgetting that Obama also removed children from their parents. Jesus preached love, healing, compassion – not activism and I see many priest becoming activist in the pulpit and that is not why I (and I think I speak for many) go to the Episcopal church. I go to be fed and restored through the gospel. I get plenty “finger pointing” and negative messages from the news – I don’t need it in the pulpit. My prayer is that you will keep this in mind. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Rector Tampa, FL July 5, 2018 at 4:40 pm First, President Trump was merely enforcing laws already on the books; he was hoping that the do-nothing, incompetent Congress would do something meaningful. I am fearful of Executive Orders as they come close to being edicts of a king, which we do not want. 2. The citizens of the U.S. cannot let every person who wants to enter the U.S. do so. Every country has its own immigration laws. Our government has a duty and responsibility to protect its citizens, but NOT to protect the entire world. 3. When folks enter the criminal justice system, I don’t hear a great hue and cry that their children DO NOT go to jail with them- that’s separation. 4. What a sad/deplorable situation that the governments of these countries are so evil,horrible that people feel like they need to flee; that situation though does not mean that we can take in every person who is fleeing their tyrannical government! 5. I try to support my local EC to do work with homeless/poor folks; but I certainly do not have the means to feed,shelter and clothes [sp?] all these poor people who are seeking refuge. We have enough problems in our country with folks who are already here. I am sorry if you Episcopalians, who disagree, feel that I am an ogre, but we must protect our citizens or we will soon not have a country. It may be too late even now. Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel REV. HARVEY E. 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Photo: Sharon Tillman/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] The presiding officers of the Episcopal Church delivered a rousing welcome July 4 to the hundreds of bishops and deputies who have gathered in Texas’ capital city this week for the 79th General Convention.The remarks by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, each lasted about 20 minutes and set the stage for an active 10 days at the Austin Convention Center and surrounding hotels. Committees began holding hearings earlier in the day on some resolutions, though the legislative session doesn’t officially convene until July 5.Full ENS coverage of the 79th meeting of General Convention is available here.Curry’s and Jennings’ remarks highlighted the work of the church in the past three years while also directly referencing current events that have drawn the church’s response and will be discussed by General Convention, most notably immigration and the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy on border security.“I’ve seen Episcopalians stand with others no one else would stand with,” Curry said. “I’ve seen Episcopalians stand with immigrants. I’ve seen us stand with refugees. I’ve seen us stand up for justice, not in the name of secular values but in the name of Jesus Christ, in the name of love.”Jennings urged the Episcopalians gathered in the large convention hall not to let themselves remain comfortable in their positions of relative privilege when others are suffering. She set the tone with a reading from Deuteronomy: God “loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”“On this day, when some of us are perhaps most inclined to feel at home in the United States, the Bible tells us not to get so comfortable,” Jennings said. “We were once strangers. It’s possible that we could be strangers again one day.”Jennings’ opening remarks in full are available here.The emphasis on immigration and welcoming refugees coincides with plans for bishops and deputies to travel July 8, after Sunday worship, to an immigration detention facility about 40 minutes from Austin for a prayer service there. General Convention has assigned 10 resolutions to its committees so far under the topic of immigration, and more could be added by the July 6 filing deadline.Resolution A178 specifically calls for an end to federal policies that separate migrant children from their parents. President Donald Trump, after facing intense pressure over the family separations, signed an executive order in June to keep migrant families together in detention facilities, though questions remain about how this policy change will be carried out and how separated families will be reunited.At the welcome gathering on July 4 of the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry each addressed the bishops and deputies. Photo: Sharon Tillman/Episcopal News Service“We cannot lose sight of the parents and the children on the border who have been torn apart by our government,” Jennings said in urging the bishops and deputies to take the immigration resolutions seriously. “We need to be uncomfortable enough to remember these are issues of life and death.”The issue of immigration also loomed large at a news conference earlier in the day with Curry, Jennings and the Rev. Michael Barlowe, the church’s executive officer and secretary of General Convention.Jennings hoped General Convention would provide a “counterpoint to a vicious, vindictive interpretation to what it means to be a Christian.” Curry referenced Genesis to underscore that the church is basing its advocacy in scripture.“We start from a premise that … all people are created in God’s image and likeness,” Curry said. “We must structure our social arrangements and structure our lives in ways that respect the dignity of every human being.”Curry was also asked about his sermon at the royal wedding in May and what lasting effect it might have on the church’s success in evangelism.“What I really did pray … one, I didn’t want to mess it up. This was a pretty big congregation,” he said. “But the second, that I could actually say something that would represent the good news of Jesus Christ. In our culture, there are versions and representations that don’t look anything like Jesus.”An estimated 10,000 people are expected to be in Austin at some point this week and next week for General Convention, whether they be bishops, deputies, church employees, volunteers, exhibitors or others interested in participating somehow in the conversations underway. The centerpiece of the two weeks will be a revival event July 7 at the Palmer Events Center with Curry preaching, followed by a barbecue hosted by the Diocese of Texas.The excitement heading into this General Convention drew from many sources, from Curry’s reputation as the church’s charismatic “chief evangelism officer” to the spirited debate expected on issues ranging from prayer book updates to policy toward Israel and Palestine. There has been much talk, too, about how the church should respond to concerns raised by the #MeToo movement about sexual harassment and abuse in society and in the church, and the House of Bishops was holding a listening session on those issues in the evening July 4.“The energy’s high as we begin General Convention, and hope is in the air,” Jennings said at the morning news conference.That energy filled the convention hall in the afternoon as Curry boomed through his welcoming “presentation” – “this is not a sermon,” he said, to knowing laughs – his voice rising and falling as it echoed off the walls. Bishops and deputies sat with their deputations next to poles labeled with the names of their dioceses, similar to a political party’s convention.Bishops and deputies gather with their diocesan deputations for the opening remarks in the convention hall in Austin, Texas, on July 4. Photo: Sharon Tillman/Episcopal News ServiceCurry began with an extended metaphor centered around Starbucks, suggesting that an Episcopal Church that forgets its roots is like a coffee chain that forgets it’s about coffee, not cheese goods and other food products. “My brothers and sisters, we are not in the baking cheese business, we’re in the coffee business, and the name of that coffee is Jesus of Nazareth.”But it was his reference to the Independence Day holiday and to the origins of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” that provided a more profound motif to convey how the Episcopal Church marches on, in service of the Lord.“I’ve seen the movement of Jesus among us in the church,” Curry said, citing Episcopalians’ relief efforts after hurricanes struck Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Florida and Texas. He said he saw it in how Episcopalians stood with other Christians against the hate groups that marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. He said he saw it in the Episcopalians who rallied behind the Standing Rock Sioux as they sought to protect their drinking water from an oil pipeline.“God’s truth, this movement, is marching on,” he said.Jennings opened her remarks by alluding to the popularity of Curry’s sermons and joking that she occupied “what is widely acknowledged to be one of the least coveted speaking spots in all of Christendom, the person who comes after Michael Curry.”Jennings, too, spoke forcefully to the crowd about its duty to follow the way of Jesus.“We are embarking on hard and holy work in the next 10 days. We are going to talk about some of the issues that cut close to our heart,” she said. “Let us do our work as strangers and sojourners bound for the kingdom of God.”Among the other speakers at the welcoming event were National Episcopal Church Women President Lisa Towle and Church Pension Group President Mary Kate Wold. Barlowe served as master of ceremonies.“We are delighted to be in the Diocese of Texas,” Barlowe said, a sentiment he has repeated often this week, with slight variations. “You all have welcomed us with legendary Texas hospitality.”Barlowe introduced Diocese of Texas Bishop C. Andrew Doyle, who said Episcopalians in Texas were proud to stand with the church on border issues and against the epidemic of gun violence in the country. And Doyle mentioned that Houston, Texas, hosted the General Convention in 1970, when women first were allowed to serve as deputies.Doyle also gave the convention a taste of Texas talk as it pertains to the Jesus Movement.“Texas is big, and just about whatever you wish to tell us about, we’re going to listen politely, and then we will tell you about how there’s one bigger, larger, stronger, stranger, more bizarre or weird than whatever you have,” he said. “Texans love to imagine crazy, big ideas like the Jesus Movement, and we are glad to be part of the very big Episcopal Church.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA July 5, 2018 at 9:03 am Hopefully, the uloose negative language about countering the “vicious, vindictive interpretation to what it means to be a Christian” that came yesterday from the President of the House of Deputies, will not be repeated. Faithful in addressing very serious problems with Trump Administration’s policies is to stick with the positive “Genesis” message that came from the PB. Meet hate with love — not countering hate with use of its similar rhetoric. General Convention 2018, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID By David PaulsenPosted Jul 4, 2018 Church leaders set tone for General Convention in rousing welcome to bishops, deputies Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC last_img read more

Search warrant leads to multiple charges

first_imgRising Sun, IN—Thursday, officers with the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Scotts Ridge Road in Switzerland County. Methamphetamine, heroin, hypodermic needles, and several other items of drug paraphernalia were recovered in the residence.  Angel Sellars and Anthony P. Meadows were both arrested on multiple charges from the search.last_img

Pearson ‘escapes FA punishment’

first_img Pearson claimed after Saturday’s defeat he could “look after himself”, but Lineker hinted on Twitter Pearson was sacked by one member of the Srivaddhanaprabha family, who own the club, before being reinstated by another. When asked if he was a fountain of knowledge, the former England striker tweeted: ”If I was I’d tell you that he was sacked by one of the owners’ family and reinstated by another, but then I’m not.” The club took almost four hours on Sunday evening to dismiss claims Pearson had been axed. Nigel Pearson has escaped punishment for appearing to throttle James McArthur but has been reminded of his responsibilities by the Football Association, Press Association Sport understands. Leicester boss Pearson appeared to grab McArthur around the throat during Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. The FA is understood to have contacted Pearson, who had been rumoured to have been sacked on Sunday, but will not take any further action against the Foxes boss. Leicester, who are still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night. Pearson has attempted to laugh off his touchline scuffle with Palace’s record signing McArthur, who almost joined Leicester when leaving Wigan last summer. Leicester manager Pearson rounded on Match of the Day pundits after the BBC show’s panel condemned his handling of the incident with the Palace midfielder. Pearson accused the BBC pundits of making “a mountain out of a molehill”. Gary Lineker branded the incident “strange”, while Danny Murphy questioned any “underlying” issue after McArthur’s transfer from Wigan to Leicester collapsed in the summer. Pearson said: ”I thought they were slightly disruptive, yes. I don’t care what they think of me, I pay my tax bills. I didn’t see it until the morning. ”It’s not helpful when the three fountains of knowledge on Match of the Day make a mountain out of a molehill, there’s nothing in that on Saturday. The lad’s okay and it was very light-hearted. ”He has said that too. It was all very light-hearted, if you see the pictures it was with smiles.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Kingston give Sparta Boss the boot!

first_imgKINGSTON solidified their status as dark horses, eliminating defending champions Sparta 3-1 in the biggest upset ever recorded in the Magnum Tonic Wine Mashramani Cup Futsal Championship on Thursday at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.Kingston prevailed in the round-of-16 showdown to ensure new champions will be crowned in the prestigious championship. Stephon Reynolds fashioned a hat-trick in the third, sixth and 10th minutes. For the losers, Gregory Richardson netted in the eighth minute.Kingston will now oppose Spartacus in the quarterfinal section set for this evening at the same venue, after the latter mauled Broad Street 6-1. Moore smashed three goals in the ninth, 11th and 16th minutes while Mark Carrega tallied a double in the fifth and 18th minutes.Adding a goal in the 14th minute was Osric Barrow. For the losers, Omar Sinclair scored in the seventh minute. Meanwhile, Bent Street crushed Mocha 5-0. Sheldon Holder scored a hat-trick in the fourth, fifth and seventh minutes while Colin Nelson and Jermaine Beckles netted in the ninth and 17th minutes respectively.Their quarterfinal opponents Sophia edged Ansa McAl All-Stars 3-2 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended 3-3. Gerald Grittens tallied a double in the fifth and seventh minute for Sophia while Joshua Kamal netted in the ninth minute.For Ansa McAl, Shamar Fraser recorded a double in the 12th and 18th minutes while Akin Curry scored in the fourth minute. On the other hand, Gold is Money and Leopold Street will face-off in the quarterfinal round following hard-fought wins.Leopold Street bested Avocado Ballers 2-0. Omallo Williams and Darren Benjamin netted in the eighth and 10th minutes correspondingly. Gold is Money edged Alexander Village 2-1. Randolph Wagner and Andrew Murray scored in the seventh and 18th minutes respectively. For the losers, Shem Porter scored in the sixth minute.Meanwhile Back Circle and Rio All-Stars will do battle in the final quarter-final fixture. Back Circle earned their place in the final-eight section after blanking Albouystown 2-0. Donovan Francis and Selwyn Williams scored in the 17th and 18th minutes respectively.Meanwhile, Rio All-Stars needled Future Stars 1-0. Jermaine Junior scored in the 12th minute. The winner of the respective quarterfinal matches will progress to the semifinal round on February 15.Winners of the event will pocket $600 000 and the championship trophy, while the second-placed side will collect $400 000 and the respective accolade. The third- and fourth-placed units will receive $200 000 and $100 000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.last_img read more