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La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba adopta un plan estratégico de…

first_img Rector Washington, DC Por Lynette WilsonPosted Mar 3, 2014 Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Submit a Press Release Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba adopta un plan estratégico de tres años Diama Valdés 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC March 31, 2017 at 11:43 am Buen día. Me gustaría saber que relación guarda la iglesia anglicana con la episcopal; si son lo mismo o no. Gracias Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL March 31, 2017 at 2:14 pm Si. Lo mismo, mas o menos. Lynette Wilson says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listingcenter_img Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments are closed. La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba celebró su Sínodo General anual en La Habana del 21 al 23 febrero. Foto: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Habana, Cuba] La Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba tiene una clara visión en movimiento hacía su próximo trienio: ser una iglesia que unida en la diversidad, celebra, evangeliza, enseña, sirve y comparte el amor de Dios.Llegar a esa visión ha sido “una experiencia muy enriquecedora”, pero a veces “algo difícil”, dijo la obispa Griselda Delgado de Carpio, durante una entrevista posterior al Sínodo General con la Episcopal News Service el 23 de febrero.Para su plan estratégico del 2014 al 2016, la iglesia encuentra inspiración de la carta de Pablo a los Efesios, en concreto el capítulo 4, versículos 15-16: “sino que, siguiendo la verdad con amor, crezcamos en todo hacia aquel que es la cabeza: Cristo. De parte de él todo el cuerpo, bien concertado y entrelazado por la cohesión que aportan todas las coyunturas, recibe su crecimiento de acuerdo con la actividad proporcionada a cada uno de los miembros, para ir edificándose en amor”. Al final de los últimos tres años, el primer trienio completo de Delgado sirviendo como obispo, una visión más clara de la iglesia comenzó a desarrollarse tomando la evangelización como centro de escenario en la misión de la iglesia, ella dijo.“A partir de ahí pudimos visualizar un plan concreto desde el cual tenemos que trabajar,” agregó.Los objetivos del plan de tres años son los siguientes:fortalecer el crecimiento de la vocación pastoral, el Ministerio Ordenado y el Ministerio Laico;aumentar la sostenibilidad financiera a través de la mayordomía, la administración de proyectos y la exploración de otras fuentes nacionales;aprovechar los espacios de reflexión y formación bíblica-teológica en lo local, arcedianal y diocesano, en temas de valores, ética, historia de la iglesia, espiritualidad y familia, utilizando nuestro liderazgo capacitado.reforzar la visibilidad del quehacer de la iglesia dentro y fuera;fortalecer la capacidad de gestión y organización (incluye la plantificación, control, evaluación y sistematización;promover acciones pastorales de servicio y acompañamiento a personas y grupos  en condiciones de exclusión y vulnerabilidad, los ancianos, los que sufren de adicciones o son VIH positivas, yobtener una mejor comunicación en toda la iglesia.“Gracias a Dios que estamos obteniendo la participación de los jóvenes en la iglesia”, dijo. “Creemos que ellos no son sólo el futuro, sino el presente”.Griselda Delgado del Carpio, posa con los niños después de la Eucaristía de clausura del Sínodo General. La iglesia en el plan trienal de Cuba prioriza la formación de los niños. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News ServiceEs por esa razón, agregó, que el plan se centra en la formación de los jóvenes, los niños y adolescentes y también aquellos en el camino hacia el sacerdocio que heredarán grandes responsabilidades.“Sigo sorprendida por la tenacidad y el corazón misionero de la iglesia episcopal en Cuba”, dijo la Obispa Presidente Katharine Jefferts Schori en un e-mail a ENS.“Ellos son un gran ejemplo para las congregaciones de la iglesia episcopal de lo que es el valor del desarrollo de recursos basado en la comunidad – valorando todos los dones que Dios ha provisto en este lugar, escuchar las necesidades de la comunidad en general, y colaborar para la misión y el ministerio. La obispa Griselda está dirigiendo un ministerio transformador en Cuba – Les insto a ir a ver si les es posible, desarrollar una asociación diocesana o parroquial, y aprender más. ”Al Sínodo General anual de la iglesia episcopal de Cuba, realizado del 21 al 23de febrero en la Catedral de la Trinidad en La Habana, asistieron los episcopales y anglicanos de Estados Unidos y Canadá, incluyendo el arzobispo Fred Hiltz, primado de la Iglesia Anglicana de Canadá.Durante su introducción a la convención, Hiltz describió a Delgado como “un gran embajador de Cuba, poniendo a la iglesia en Cuba en el mapa de la Comunión Anglicana de manera muy importante”.Delgado fue instalado en noviembre del 2010, en sustitución al obispo Miguel Tamayo de la Iglesia Anglicana del Uruguay que sirvió a la Iglesia como obispo interino por seis años, y dividiendo su tiempo entre Montevideo y La Habana.El obispo Julio César Holguín de la República Dominicana predicó durante la Eucaristía de clausura de la Asamblea General de la iglesia episcopal de Cuba. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News ServiceDespués de la elección de Delgado, el obispo Julio César Holguín de la República Dominicana se convirtió en su mentor durante tres años, una relación que continúa de manera informal en la actualidad. Holguín encabezó una pequeña delegación, a Cuba del 18 al 25 febrero, para asistir a Sínodo General incluyendo a miembros de las diócesis compañeras.La Diócesis de la República Dominicana tiene relaciones con unas15 diócesis compañeras con sede en los Estados Unidos, y en sí sirve como un complemento de la iglesia en Cuba, aunque de una manera más informal, “sentimental”, y como una expresión de solidaridad, dijo Holguín.Pero la relación también ha adquirido un carácter práctico, por ejemplo, en la Convención General del 2009 la Iglesia Episcopal inició recortes en el presupuesto de $23 requeridos por la disminución de ingresos, lo que significó una disminución en las subvenciones a las diócesis de la Provincia IX y a los socios del pacto de la iglesia, incluyendo a Cuba.Tras esa acción, el clero de la Diócesis de la República Dominicana se comprometió a dar el 1 por ciento de sus salarios, lo que equivale a alrededor de $3,000 Total, para ser compartido por el clero en Cuba, dijo Holguín, quien agregó que el salario mensual para el clero podría ser $7 o $8.“Estábamos en una mejor posición que nadie para apoyar a la Iglesia en Cuba”, dijo. El presupuesto trienal de la iglesia episcopal asigna 106.000 dólares a la iglesia en Cuba.El obispo Julio César Holguín de la República Dominicana y el arzobispo Fred Hiltz, primado de la Iglesia Anglicana de Canadá, hablan durante la hora del almuerzo del Sínodo General de la iglesia episcopal de Cuba. Foto: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceAl igual que la iglesia episcopal en los Estados Unidos, la iglesia anglicana de Canadá ha tenido una larga relación con la iglesia episcopal de Cuba, dijo HiltzLa Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba es una diócesis autónoma de la Comunión Anglicana, bajo la autoridad del Consejo Metropolitano de Cuba. El Consejo está presidido por Hiltz e incluye a Jefferts Schori y Arzobispo John Holder de West Indies. El concejal ha supervisado la iglesia en Cuba desde que se separó de la iglesia episcopal en los Estados Unidos en 1967.En seis años y un medio que Hiltz ha servido en el consejo, dijo, a pesar de la dificultad continua, él ha visto mucha esperanza en la iglesia, así como un impulso hacia el desarrollo del liderazgo. Tener un obispo a tiempo completo ha ayudado, añadió.“La iglesia aquí en Cuba no es una institución, sino un movimiento, un movimiento del evangelio”, dijo Hiltz.El domingo antes de la convención, el 16 de febrero, Hiltz y otros visitantes de la iglesia anglicana de Canadá visitaron una iglesia en casa en Luyanó, un área pobre de La Habana, donde la congregación que estaba muy llena celebró el Día de San Valentín, intercambiando regalos prácticos de jabón y pasta de dientes, dos necesidades que pueden ser difíciles de encontrar en Cuba.Después de la Eucaristía, la congregación llevó al grupo a la obra de su iglesia, que después la cual fue destruido hace 30 años por un huracán y se está preparando para una consagración del Domingo de Pascua.En lugar de simplemente construir un lugar de culto, dijo Hiltz, el templo incluye clínicas médicas y cuidado de los ancianos y un centro comunitario.“Uno tiene la sensación de que la iglesia está realmente en la comunidad, allí por el bien de la comunidad”, dijo Hiltz. “Al verlo en terreno enriquece mi entendimiento y ayuda en la manera en que los mantenemos en oración”.En el ofrecimiento de la oración, el contexto hace la diferencia, añadióObispa de Cuba Griselda Delgado del Carpio y el obispo Michael Bird de la Diócesis de Niagara hablan después de una sesión de trabajo. Cuba y Niagara renovaron recientemente su relación de diócesis compañeras. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News ServiceEn la iglesia anglicana de la diócesis de Niagara de Canadá, las 91 parroquias rezan semanalmente para las iglesias en Cuba, dijo el Obispo Michael Bird, cuando fue presentado en el sínodo.La iglesia de Canadá proporciona apoyo a la Iglesia cubana apoyando los programas, el clero y los estipendios de la facultad del seminario y por medio de relaciones de compañerismo diocesano.La Diócesis de Niagara, por ejemplo, recientemente renovó su relación de compañerismo de una década con la iglesia en Cuba por otros cinco años.“Cuba es una especie de diócesis especial en la Comunión Anglicana, y nuestra asociación es una forma de expresar solidaridad y amistad, una expresión popular de eso”, dijo el Rdo. Bill Mous, director de la diócesis de la justicia, la comunidad y los ministerios globales.La iglesia episcopal de Cuba remonta sus orígenes a una presencia anglicana a partir de 1901. Hoy en día hay unas 46 congregaciones y misiones al servicio de 10,000 miembros y de las comunidades en general. Durante la década de 1960, el gobierno de Fidel Castro comenzó a tomar medidas enérgicas contra la religión, encarcelando a los líderes religiosos y a los creyentes, y no fue sino hasta la visita del Papa Juan Pablo II a Cuba en 1998, la primera visita de un Papa católico romano a la isla, que el gobierno comenzó un movimiento de regresión hacia la tolerancia de la religión.La Revolución cubana, encabezada por Castro, comenzó en 1953 y duró hasta que el presidente Fulgencio Batista fue expulsado del poder en 1959. El gobierno anticomunista, autoritario de Batista, fue sustituido por un estado socialista, que en 1965 se alineó con el partido comunista. En 2008 Raúl Castro reemplazó en la presidencia a su convaleciente hermano.Arzobispo Fred Hiltz, primado de la Iglesia Anglicana de Canadá, el obispo Julio César Holguín de la República Dominicana y el obispo Todd Ousley de la Diócesis del este de Michigan en procesión en la Eucaristía de clausura. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News ServiceLo que sorprendió más al obispo Todd Ousley de la Diócesis del este de Michigan era la forma única de Cuba de ser anglicano.“Lo que fue más sorprendente para mí fue el sentido de como estratégicamente contextualizaron la iglesia honrando con mucho cuidado su cultura cubana y fusionar eso con el anglicanismo,” dijo, y agregó que es claro en el plan estratégico que no sólo el liderazgo del obispo es importante, pero también la de los clérigos y los laicos.También estaba impresionado, dijo, con el enfoque de la iglesia en temas de justicia y ayudar a los “más pequeños de estos”.Obispo Miguel Tamayo Zaldívar, ex obispo interino de Cuba, y el obispo Ulises Aguero, obispo emérito de Cuba, durante la procesión de Eucaristía de clausura. Foto: Lynette Wilson / Episcopal News ServiceLa experiencia de la Iglesia cubana con el socialismo y su entendimiento de que todos deben trabajar juntos en solidaridad sirve como un buen modelo para la iglesia en Norteamérica y América Latina, dijo OusleyLa superposición con el inicio del Sínodo General de la Iglesia, un grupo diverso de la misión Anglicana Episcopal – incluyendo personas de los Estados Unidos, México, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador – visitaron la iglesia de San Francisco de Asís, en Cárdenas, provincia de Matanzas, localizada, en auto, a unas dos horas del este La Habana. El grupo fue dirigido por el Rdo. Canónigo Juan Andrés Quevedo, el rector de la iglesia del Redentor [Church of the Redeemer] en Astoria, Queens, y un arcediano en la Diócesis de Long Island.Fue la primera vez en 13 años que Quevedo, quien nació en la ciudad de Matanzas y que asistió al seminario evangélico local antes de estudiar en el Trinity College, en Toronto, Canadá, ha estado de vuelta en Cuba.En el pasto junto a San Francisco de Asís hay bloques de cemento que se disponen ordenadamente en filas, casi como lápidas en un cementerio, sólo estaban allí para evitar que las bancas recién lijadas y manchadas de la iglesia tocaran la hierba.El grupo de la misión necesitaba un proyecto de servicio que esté terminado dentro de una semana para que, junto con el Rdo. Aurelio de la Paz Cot, ellos decidieran que lo mejor sería repintar las bancas, mientras que para los transeúntes, los bloques de cemento bien ordenados y las bancas secas se veían muy curiosas.“Para nosotros fue un evento de evangelización”, dijo de la Paz, quien fue un compañero de seminario de Quevedo en Matanza, y agregó que las personas cercanas, curiosas por el trabajo y trabajadores, pasaban por aquí y preguntaban: “¿Quiénes son estas personas? ”Y más que eso, para de la Paz, fue una “experiencia maravillosa” y que significó mucho para él y su congregación que la gente utilice su tiempo de vacaciones y sus recursos personales para venir a Cuba, y conocer su cultura, su gente y compartir algo de sí mismos, con otra gente que están un poco aislados.Para los que viajaron a la isla, la experiencia fue tanto de alegría y como de dolor, dijo Quevedo, con muchos de ellos comparando la experiencia de su propio país con los regímenes totalitarios y los altos niveles de pobreza.“Han visto un lado de la pobreza que no está familiarizado con ellos”, dijo, durante una visita a una granja orgánica cerca de Cárdenas dirigido por el Centro Cristiano de Reflexión y Diálogo. “Nuestros pobres son educados y eso los hace estar auto-conscientes de cómo vivir mejor, mientras que en sus países los pobres han sido golpeados hacia la desesperación”.Esa conciencia de sí mismo también se puede ver en la forma en que la iglesia opera en Cuba.“Es una iglesia muy cultural enraizada en la historia de Cuba”, dijo Carlos Austin, un seminarista de segundo año de la iglesia episcopal de Panamá.La iglesia tiene un fuerte liderazgo, dijo, pero una de sus características más definitorias es la presencia  de la juventud.“Los jóvenes realmente participan”, dijo Austin. “No es como en nuestros países, a lo mejor no son tan organizadas pero tienen la mano de obra”.Como seminarista en el Seminario Evangélico de Teología de Matanzas, Austin pasa sus fines de semana sirviendo Cuatro Esquinas, una iglesia en Los Arabos, una comunidad a unos 65 kilómetros de distancia.“Ellos son un ejemplo de lo que una iglesia debe hacer en una comunidad sabia,” dijo Austin, quien agregó que la iglesia sirve como un centro comunitario y dispensa medicinas y agua purificada. “El sacerdote y el liderazgo son vistos como ayuda; de donde yo vengo, nosotros [la iglesia] tenemos que aprender más acerca de la comunidad.“Muchas veces parece que nos centramos en la evangelización hacia el interior, aquí no se centran en la evangelización, se centran en la misión y luego sigue la evangelización”.Fue el Reverendísimo Julio Murray, obispo de Panamá, quien decidió que Austin asistiría al seminario en Cuba, en vez de Brasil, otra alternativa de Austin. Él es uno de los 17 seminaristas residentes, la escuela cuenta con 500 estudiantes de educación a distancia a través de Cuba.El obispo quería que Austin estudiara teología en el contexto latinoamericano, y para Austin, al menos en un principio, le fue difícil porque la vida cotidiana en Cuba requiere fortaleza.El transporte público en Cuba es limitado y puede tomar horas para recorrer distancias cortas, los bienes básicos como papel higiénico, jabón y pasta de dientes pueden ser difíciles de conseguir, independientemente de si se tiene o no el dinero para comprarlos, los salarios son bajos, con médicos que ganan menos de $20 al mes.Si no fuera por la bondad de los miembros de la iglesia, dijo Austin, él ya se habría ido.“Eso es lo que hizo la diferencia para mí aquí, la iglesia y la gente me acogieron”, dijo. – Lynette Wilson es una editora/reportera  para Episcopal News Service. Ella  estuvo en Cuba del 18 al 25 de febrero con una delegación dirigida por el bispo Julio César Holgún de la República Dominicana. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL August 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm Quiero saber que podría hacer para estudiar teología a Cuba soy seminarista de la iglesia episcopal Anglicana de Chile me gustaría estudiar a Cuba? 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first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Tim Safford, rector de la iglesia de Cristo en Filadelfia, saluda el 22 de octubre a los asistentes al foro, auspiciado por la Iglesia Episcopal, El discurso civil en Estados Unidos: encontrar criterios coincidentes para el bien mayor, en tanto Clifton Daniel, obispo provisional de la Diócesis de Pensilvania, lo escucha. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Filadelfia] Los estadounidenses están cada vez más preocupados por la polarización del debate político en el país, y las comunidades religiosas pueden ayudar a fomentar un regreso al diálogo respetuoso, dijeron los panelistas que participaron en el foro sobre el discurso civil auspiciado por la Iglesia Episcopal aquí el 22 de octubre.Las tres religiones abrahámicas —judaísmo, cristianismo e islam— creen que las personas son creadas a imagen de Dios, les recordó a los participantes el Rabí Steve Gutow, presidente y director ejecutivo del Consejo Judío sobre Asuntos Públicos, de manera que las personas de fe deben encontrarse mutuamente como si tuvieran una chispa de la gran sabiduría de Dios en ellos, de la cual otros pueden aprender, incluso cuando no están de acuerdo.Las comunidades religiosas, dijo él, deben actuar a partir de lo que definió como un apasionado compromiso con lo que creen que Dios está llamándoles a hacer, así como un apasionado compromiso con la idea de que cada persona es creada a imagen de Dios y por consiguiente merece respeto.Prince Singh, obispo de la Diócesis de Rochester, resaltando que el foro se había reunido en el festival hindú de las luces que se conoce como Diwali, dijo que constituye una disciplina espiritual resistir el impulso a demonizar al oponente y más bien esforzarse por aportar luz, en lugar de calor, a las conversaciones sobre temas potencialmente divisivos.Organizado por la Iglesia Episcopal, el foro de 90 minutos de duración, titulado El discurso civil en Estados Unidos: encontrar criterios coincidentes para el bien mayor, fue transmitido en directo a través de la Red desde la iglesia de Cristo [Christ Church] en Filadelfia (Diócesis de Pensilvania), el lugar de nacimiento de la Iglesia Episcopal y el templo que figuró significativamente en la fundación de Estados Unidos.Las sesiones pronto podrán verse a solicitud aquí.Los organizadores crearon una guía del moderador para ayudar en los debates del grupo y para una mejor comprensión del foro. La información acerca de la guía se encuentra aquí y se puede descargar aquí.“Nuestras conversaciones están limitadas por la fragilidad humana, pero también pueden participar de las posibilidades divinas y eternas”, dijo la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori en su discurso de apertura, añadiendo que esto último es posible cuando los conservacionistas se acercan mutuamente no como enemigos, sino más bien como “un ser humano dotado y bendecido que podría tener un don que darnos”.“Sigo convencida de que las conversaciones cara a cara tienen más posibilidades de ser vivificadoras que esas incorpóreas en que tanto participamos por mensajes de texto, a través de Twitter o en un blog”, afirmó.“Cuando dejamos de ver la verdadera belleza humana y resaltamos los defectos de nuestros interlocutores, es fácil inyectar veneno en lugar de esperar una transformación”.Antes de que comenzaran los dos paneles del foro, Robert Jones, el director ejecutivo de la oficina del Instituto Público sobre la Investigación Religiosa, resumió brevemente una encuesta de opinión pública que su organización llevó a cabo con la Iglesia Episcopal en conjunto con el foro. El resumen, “¿Es aun posible la civilidad? Lo que los estadounidenses quieren en los líderes públicos y en el discurso público”, llegó a la conclusión de que “pese a estar divididos por generaciones, por religión, por razas y por alianzas políticas partidistas, los estadounidenses expresan una intensa preferencia por el acuerdo” y “el apetito del público por el acuerdo es creciente”.Los medios de información fragmentados y polarizados del país contribuye a la falta de civilidad en el discurso público, concluía el informe, ya que los medios de prensa “recompensan la retórica en el debate político que con frecuencia tiene por objeto crear conflicto y drama a expensas de la moderación”.No obstante, “la inmensa mayoría del público cree que la ausencia de un discurso civil es un problema importante para el funcionamiento de nuestro sistema político”, según el informe.Las instituciones religiosas se han convertido en un obstáculo en sus empeños de fomentar el diálogo porque las congregaciones siguen estando segregadas conforme a criterios raciales e incluso ideológicos, concluía el informe. “Las organizaciones religiosas deben pasar también por los descendentes niveles de confianza en las instituciones cívicas, particularmente entre los jóvenes adultos”, decía el informe. “Cuando los líderes religiosos se concentran en los temas controvertidos, es más probable que los estadounidense nos perciban como parte del problema que como una posible solución”.John J. DeGioia, presidente de la Universidad de Georgetown y panelista del foro sobre el discurso civil, hace un comentario mientras los demás escuchan. De izquierda a derecha, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, director ejecutivo de religión del Huffington Post; el rabino Steve Gutow, presidente y director ejecutivo del Consejo Judío sobre Asuntos Públicos; Elizabeth McCloskey, presidente y directora ejecutiva del Instituto de Fe y Política y el obispo Prince Singh de la Diócesis Episcopal de Rochester. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.Durante el panel sobre discurso civil y fe, John J. DeGioia, presidente de la Universidad de Georgetown, convino con el punto de Jefferts Schori sobre las conversaciones cara a cara. Las conversaciones individuales, afirmó, con frecuencia dan lugar a desacuerdos mucho menores que las discusiones más concurridas durante las cuales los individuos rara vez llegan a relacionarse entre sí.En esas pequeñas conversaciones, los participantes encuentran que son más las coas que los unen que las que los separan, dijo, y añadió que la iglesias deben hacer hincapié en las cosas que comparte la comunidad humana.Elizabeth McCloskey, presidente y directora ejecutiva del Instituto de Fe y Política, invocó lo que llamó la humildad y la convicción del presidente Abraham Lincoln en que cada persona tiene una vocación de intentar alcanzar una unión más perfecta. Instó a los líderes religiosos a predicar tanto esa humildad como el supuesto de una intención honorable.Partiendo del criterio que muchos en el Congreso de EE.UU. quisieran alcanzar un acuerdo, pero creen que sus votantes no quieren tal cosa, McCloskey dijo que a ella le gustaría ver que los líderes religiosos modelan el discurso civil “y entonces que las personas de fe… comiencen a exigirles a los líderes políticos que alcancen acuerdos, que participen en el debate deliberativo”.Hugh Forrest, director del Festival Interactivo del Sur por el Suroeste, habla acerca de la creatividad y la diversidad creativa, mientras lo escuchan, de izquierda a derecha, el moderador Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, director ejecutivo de religión para el Huffington Post; Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, directora ejecutiva del Instituto Nacional para el Discurso Civil, y David Boardman, decano de la Escuela de Medios y Comunicación de la Universidad Temple de Filadelfia. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.Durante el segundo panel, sobre el discurso civil en política y en la normativa, Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, directora ejecutiva del Instituto Nacional para el Discurso Civil, advirtió contra la creencia de que el país está tan dividido como el Congreso federal. En lugar de eso, dijo ella, lo que Alexis de Tocqueville vio en los estadounidenses en 1838 sigue siendo verdad hoy día: frente a un problema, abandonan rápidamente las ideologías y buscan soluciones.“Esa es una ventaja extraordinaria respecto a dónde nos encontramos ahora”, afirmó.Abordando el papel de los medios de información en el discurso civil, David Boardman, decano de la Escuela de Medios y Comunicaciones de la Universidad Temple, dijo: los estadounidenses usan los medios de comunicación de la manera en que un borracho usa un poste de la luz: para sujetarse, no para iluminación”. Si bien los “monopolios mediáticos” estadounidenses se han fragmentado de tal manera que con frecuencia conducen a una pérdida de los recursos que sostienen la información profunda e investigativa, la fractura también ha dado lugar a la creación de unos medios de información muy específicos, tanto de temas como geográficos, que les proporcionan a los consumidores bien dispuestos una información de mayor profundidad y alcance que nunca antes.Hugh Forrest, Director del Festival Interactivo del Sur por el Suroeste, dijo que el festival descubrió que exigir diversidad entre los panelistas del festival había dado lugar a una creatividad de que la reunión había carecido anteriormente.El rabino Gutow y el obispo Singh también participaron en el primer panel.Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, director ejecutivo de religión para el Huffington Post, moderó las discusiones del panel.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Episcopalians in eastern SC name new cathedral at diocesan convention

first_img Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Albany, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Episcopalians in eastern SC name new cathedral at diocesan convention Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Posted Nov 25, 2015 Rector Collierville, TN The Episcopal Church in South Carolina’s annual convention voted overwhelmingly to designate historic Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston as the cathedral of the diocese, to be known as “Grace Church Cathedral.” Photo: Episcopal Church in South Carolina[Episcopal Church in South Carolina press release] Episcopalians from across eastern South Carolina named a new cathedral, celebrated their connections to the wider church and adopted resolutions to work for racial reconciliation as they gathered for the 225th Annual Diocesan Convention of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina Nov. 13-14 at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island.More than 300 delegates and visitors heard addresses from the Rt. Rev. Robert Gilliesthe bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in the Scottish Episcopal Church,  and their own bishop, the Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg. Both talks built on the convention theme, encouraging both lay and clergy to listen for God’s call to ministry. (Video and texts of both addresses can be found here.)The gathering was the annual business meeting for the local diocese of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion in eastern South Carolina.The convention voted overwhelmingly to designate historic Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston as the cathedral of the diocese, to be known as “Grace Church Cathedral.” The revised Canon 17 affirms a role that Grace has been serving since early 2013, when a breakaway group left The Episcopal Church along with the parish that formerly served as the cathedral.Chancellor Thomas S. Tisdale Jr., who worked on the cathedral canon, said that naming a cathedral is a positive move for the unity of the diocese. Grace houses the offices of the Bishop and diocesan staff, and will continue to serve as host for a variety of diocesan events, including the 226th Convention in November 2016.The convention also unanimously adopted two resolutions aimed at racial reconciliation. Resolution 1 calls for continued prayer for those affected by the deaths at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston on June 17, and urges congregations in the diocese to follow Mother Emanuel’s example of love and forgiveness.Resolution 2 calls for a renewed commitment to racial justice and reconciliation, and directs the Diocesan Council to develop plans for training, community dialogue, internal examination, and the development of partnerships with other churches and institutions, reporting regularly to the convention and diocesan leadership.Worship services at the convention also included time for prayer and reflection following the news of the attacks in Paris. The meeting reconvened the next day with prayers for the victims and for peace.As part of the diocesan commitment to outreach, the offering at the Nov. 13 Eucharist, totaling $3,478, was designated for two flood relief efforts for South Carolina: the Black River United Way Flood Relief Fund, and Episcopal Relief & Development.Convention-goers also celebrated a milestone for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Port Royal. After significant growth in membership and resources, this mission church serving the Beaufort area applied for recognition as a parish of the diocese. The Convention approved the change by acclamation on Saturday, welcoming a parade of St. Mark’s members into the church with a standing ovation.The convention also heard a report from Tisdale Jr. on the status of legal action resulting from the actions of a group that broke away from The Episcopal Church in 2012. A decision from the South Carolina Supreme Court on property issues is expected to come in the next several weeks, but Tisdale said that the future of the diocese is bright, no matter which way the decision goes. “Whatever fork the road takes, we will flourish in either direction,” he said. 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Meghan Froehlich named missioner for transition ministry

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Rev. Meghan Froehlich[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has named the Rev. Meghan Froehlich as missioner for transition ministry, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff, following an extensive church-wide search.Froehlich has served as acting missioner for transition ministry for the Episcopal Church since January 2015.“During her time as acting missioner, Meghan has been a great support to the Transition Officers as well as clergy and laity in transition in the Episcopal Church,” said Curry. “She is also a master when it comes to talking to computers – that’s a rare combination and we are blessed and grateful that she is going to continue in this work.”“I am honored to serve on the Presiding Bishop’s staff and to support the work of dioceses, bishops, the board for Transition Ministry, transition ministers, and all those in discernment and transition,” Froehlich said.Froehlich was recommended to the presiding bishop by a search committee: Judy Stark, Diocese of Southwest Florida; Board of Transition Ministry Chair; Michael Spencer, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of East Michigan and Board of Transition Ministry Vice-Chair; Denise Obando, Transition Minister, Diocese of California; Karen Olson, Missioner for Ministry, Diocese of Minnesota; the Rev. Canon James Pritchett Jr., Canon to the Ordinary and Transition Ministry Officer, Diocese of Western North Carolina; John E. Colón, Episcopal Church Human Resources Director (Ex Officio); the Rev. Canon Michael B. Hunn, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministries Within the Episcopal Church (Ex Officio); Bronwyn Clark Skov, Team Leader, Episcopal Church Formation and Congregational Development and Officer, Youth Ministries (Ex Officio, Committee Facilitator);“We’re delighted that Meghan has been chosen as the permanent missioner,” Stark said. “She is an experienced, invaluable resource and friend to the transition community. We look forward to working with her to serve and support that community and to develop creative strategies at a time of interesting challenges and great opportunities in the church today.”As missioner for transition ministry, her duties include overseeing the programmatic, managerial and budgetary responsibilities for the Episcopal Church Office of Transition Ministry, working with clergy, dioceses, transition ministers throughout the church, and laity.  She will also analyze the employment needs and trends in the Episcopal Church in order to plan strategically and offer recommendations for transition ministry programs to enhance the ministry of transition with an emphasis on spiritual health and wellness.Prior to her service as acting missioner, Froehlich was the interim canon to the ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and has served as the rector or assistant rector of churches in the dioceses of Ohio, Dallas and Western North Carolina. She has also been a chaplain, a faculty member of Fresh Start, a consultant and executive leadership coach.She holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Divinity School of Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Old Dominion University in Virginia.  She was ordained a priest in June 2000 in the Diocese of Western North Carolina.Froehlich’s office is based in Ohio. 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United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET By Emily McFarlan MillerPosted Sep 20, 2019 Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Human Sexuality, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH [Religion News Service] The United Methodist Church’s deadline for petitions for its next global meeting passed Sept. 18, setting the terms for a final reckoning with LGBTQ issues that have divided the denomination for more than 40 years.The UMC’s General Conference 2020, to be held in May in Minneapolis, will consider the structure of what church leaders hope can be an amicable, and orderly, breakup of a worldwide church that is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. The various plans come in response to a vote earlier this year by the church’s decision-making body to strengthen language barring LGBTQ United Methodists from ordination and marriage.That decision came in February at a special session of the General Conference that approved the conservative Traditional Plan, which centrists and progressives in the church have rejected and adamantly resisted. The resulting chaos has led some churches to withhold money from the denomination or to call for schism. Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote Tags Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishops in areas that are growing within the denomination and widely seen as conservative, such as the Philippines and African countries, have urged unity in recent statements, even as moderates, most of whom are based in the United States, are optimistic about the prospect of formal separation.“It’s not a divorce. It’s giving life to expressions of the church that are now in conflict,” United Theological Seminary President Kent Millard told Religion News Service last month.Read the full article here. Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector Columbus, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC LGBTQ, 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 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Same-Sex Marriage Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

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New Anglican Communion deputy secretary general and ACO core team…

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Posted Feb 12, 2021 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tags Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 New Anglican Communion deputy secretary general and ACO core team unveiled Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR [Anglican Communion] The secretary general of the Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has announced that the Rev. William Adam has been appointed deputy secretary general. Adam will be one of four directors making up a new core team at the Anglican Communion Office (ACO). He will serve alongside Stephanie Taylor (director of administration and logistics), Michelle Ormesher (director of finance) and Gavin Drake (communications and IT director) in the core team, which has responsibility for leadership of operational matters at the ACO.“This new core team at the ACO will help us to better serve the Instruments of Communion and our family of 41 interdependent national and regional churches,” Idowu-Fearon said. “I am delighted that the four roles have been filled through internal appointments; each of the four directors brings considerable expertise and knowledge and all have a love for the Anglican Communion.”William Adam was appointed to serve in the combined role of the archbishop of Canterbury’s ecumenical adviser and ecumenical officer for the Church of England’s Council for Christian Unity in 2017. In 2019, he relinquished the Church of England part of his role to take up the part-time post of director of unity, faith and order for the Anglican Communion, alongside his role for the archbishop of Canterbury. Now, he will step down from his role at Lambeth Palace in order to take on the now full-time post of director of unity, faith and order and deputy secretary general.“Dr. Adam has a heart for ecumenism and I am delighted that his position at the ACO is to become full time,” Idowu-Fearon said. “Since his arrival at the ACO in 2019, he has become a valued colleague and adviser, not only in the area of unity, faith and order, but also on a much wider agenda. I look forward to continuing to take his counsel in the years ahead.”The appointment was welcomed by the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, who said: “The call for Christian unity is central to our mission as God’s church, echoing Jesus’ final prayer in John 17, ‘that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.’ At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed our global interconnectedness and interdependence, there is no one better than Will to help lead the Anglican Communion’s global work of building relationships, seeking peace and calling for justice.“We will miss him at Lambeth Palace, but we are delighted the entire Anglican Communion will be able to benefit from his wisdom, experience and passion for Christian unity around the world. My prayers are with him as he begins this vital role.”Commenting on his appointment, Adam said: “I am pleased to be taking up this new role in an important time in the life of the Anglican Communion as we prepare for the Lambeth Conference in 2022. I look forward to supporting the secretary general in his work both within the Anglican Communion Office and around the provinces of the Communion and to continue working to support the ecumenical, doctrinal and liturgical work of the Communion.”Stephanie Taylor takes up a new role of director of administration and logistics. She joined the ACO in 2014 after serving The National Autistic Society and Christian Aid and became executive officer to the Instruments of Communion in 2017, playing a central role in the delivery of two plenary meetings of the Anglican Consultative Council and four Primates’ Meetings; as well as serving the Primates’ Task Group, which met from 2016-2020.She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and was the Anglican Communion representative to the Global Theological Library Consortium in Geneva from 2016 to 2018.“Since her arrival at the ACO in 2014, Stephanie has played an increasingly important role in supporting the Instruments of Communion,” Idowu-Fearon said. “Her leadership and planning skills have helped to ensure the smooth running and effectiveness of several important international gatherings. She is well known to the primates and other senior leaders of the Communion around the world and I am sure that they will all celebrate with me on the news of her new role.”Taylor said: “I am honored and delighted to have been appointed director of administration and logistics. It is an immense privilege to serve our beloved Anglican Communion. I look forward to working in koinonia with my sisters and brothers around the world in the mission we are called to; to building the relationships I have had the blessing of making in the last seven years and forming new ones; and to faithfully serving the Instruments of Communion in their vital activity, discernment and relational and missional interdependence.”Michelle Ormesher joined the Anglican Communion in 2019 as head of finance. She has served as interim director of finance last month following the departure of Michaela Southworth, who resigned to take up a post with the Church of England’s Diocese of Chelmsford. With today’s announcement, her interim appointment is now made permanent.Ormesher, a chartered accountant, brings with her a wealth of financial knowledge, particularly in the charity and nonprofit sector, having worked at the U.K.’s National Audit Office with clients such as the V&A Museum, the Home Office and the Pan American Health Organization. She also spent six years living in Mexico, running family businesses.Commenting on the appointment, Idowu-Fearon said: “Michelle joined our team last year, in the middle of the first coronavirus lockdown in the U.K., to serve as head of finance under our then Finance Director Michaela Southworth. While the whole office was sad to have said goodbye to Michaela, we are all delighted that Michelle has accepted the invitation to step up as director of finance. Despite the difficulties of a closed office and remote working, Michelle has become a trusted and efficient member of the team and her promotion is well deserved.”Ormesher added: “I am delighted to have been given the promotion to finance director. It has been wonderful working with Michaela and while I am sad to see her go I am eager to build on what we have already achieved during this time of remote working to modernize our finance function. We have a great team that love to support the office in delivering their vital work and we look forward especially to the build-up and delivery of the Lambeth Conference.”Gavin Drake is the final member of the new core team. His existing director for communications role has been reconfigured and he now serves as communications and IT director.“In some ways, the new role is ‘business as usual’ for Gavin, as he has been our director for communications since May 2019 and has been our IT lead for some time,” Idowu-Fearon said. “Gavin has longstanding connections with the Anglican Communion; his first involvement with the ACO came in 2005 when he was seconded by the Diocese of Lichfield to provide communications support for the ACC-13 meeting in Nottingham. He has since supported the communications team as a consultant and freelancer in various capacities prior to joining the staff team in December 2017. I look forward to his continued advice and support.”Commenting on the change, Drake said: “It is a great privilege to serve the Anglican Communion, its Instruments of Communion and its member churches. I look forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues in this new core team as we work to deliver the Standing Commission’s vision of a secretariat that is better able to serve the whole Anglican Communion.”The new core team of directors is part of an ongoing reorganization of the Anglican Communion Office, which was announced last month. The reorganization affects only those staff employed by the Anglican Consultative Council. Two other charities work alongside the Anglican Consultative Council: the Anglican Alliance and the Lambeth Conference. The new core team will support all three entities.A consultation with staff is ongoing over additional changes to the staffing structure. Further information on the restructuring is available at anglicancommunion.org/renewal2021. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Bath, NC Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Anglican Communion Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET last_img read more

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Orange County Clerk opening Self Help Center in Apopka this month

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSOrange County Clerk of Courts Previous articleApopka Police Department hires its first officer of 2018Next articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 From the Orange County Clerk of CourtsThe Orange County Clerk of Courts will be hosting the grand opening of its Self Help Center in Apopka on Tuesday, January 30th with an official ribbon cutting. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Apopka Service Center, 111 N. Rock Springs Road in Apopka.With the assistance of a partnership with the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), the Clerk’s Office recently expanded Self Help services to the Apopka branch.“The Self Help Center has been one of my biggest priorities because I know that many people in our community need affordable legal assistance which gives them better access to justice,” said Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell.At the Apopka location, Self Help services are available one day a week on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Self Help Center assists with Family Law, Small Claims, and Residential Evictions. Services include attorney consultations, form completion assistance, and notary and copy services.Attorney consultations are available and may be scheduled in 15-minute sessions, for up to 1 hour per day, per person. The cost for an attorney consultation is $1 per minute. To schedule an appointment, go to our website at www.myorangeclerk.com where appointments can be made directly online. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Why Suzanne Kidd has my vote for Seat 1

first_img Apopka City Hall I like From the Suzanne Kidd campaignIn just one short week, on Tuesday, March 13th, we Apopkans will pick a new commissioner for Seat 1 on our City Council. I want to share with you why my friend, Suzanne Kidd, has my vote and the vote of everyone I know.To begin with, Sue has made learning about Apopka a labor of love. During the 17 years, she and her family have lived here, I think she has learned more about Apopka, its history, its issues, its needs, than many lifetime residents.Besides being a loving wife to Don and an amazing, devoted mom to Victoria, Sue has served her homeowners’ association 6 times on its Architectural Review Board and 4 times on its Board of Directors. She has served our City on numerous committees, most recently as the chairperson of the Visioning Project Steering Committee. Sue is known throughout Apopka as the lady who always shows up. Shows up for every meeting of the City Council and Planning Commission. Shows up to all 18 hours of budget workshops every summer. Shows up even to meetings of committees she’s not on, like the Recreation Master Plan Committee. No wonder she’s so well informed. Anytime I want to know about new developments in Apopka, I just ask Sue. I know I’ll get the facts. I like that.But the most important reason I support her is for her embrace of the future for our City. She recognizes Apopka’s long history and deeply respects it, but has her feet planted squarely in the present, yet pointed forward towards the future. A lifetime of living has shown her that growth and change are inevitable in life so we must seize it and shape it to our needs. As a 30 year teacher of interior design and architecture, Sue’s vision for what our City can become flows through her every thought and action. She has helped shape the City’s plans for the Station Street District. She has participated in the design of the soon-to-be-built Alonzo Williams Park Community Center. She even proposed an alternative traffic flow for the congested SR 436/US 441 interchange near Highland Manor. In the words of my Apopka neighbor Barbara Washington, “Suzanne is a visionary, knowledgeable in building construction and city beautification, who will use her expertise to improve our growing community.” I like that.But Sue’s concern for our City’s future doesn’t stop there. She has developed strategies to spur economic growth through expansion of our commercial and industrial sectors, growing our employment base, and nurturing a fledgling eco-tourism industry to become our next economic engine. Her concern for our hard-working but over-burdened City staff means she will press to find the means to help them deliver city services more effectively. And her recognition of how important expanding our quality of life is to our community will lead her to push for greater recreational and cultural offerings for all. I like that.Lastly, Sue has the personal qualities I value in an elected leader. She is honest, straightforward, does her homework, and always comes prepared. She is clear-thinking, analytical, level-headed, and very pragmatic. She digs deep for solutions. She’s proactive and very deliberative, never reactionary. She’s open-minded, inclusive, and considerate of all sides of an issue. Sue is compassionate and feels deeply about the difficulties faced by many in our community. In the words of New Journey Youth Center founder and CEO Danyiel Yarbrough, “Sue listens to the community and will fight to ensure our voices are heard.” I really like that!But don’t just take my word for it. Learn about Suzanne for yourself at her website KiddForApopka.com  and Facebook.com/kiddforapopka. I hope you conclude like I did, that Suzanne Kidd is the most qualified and prepared to represent us in Seat 1.Sincerely,Judy Coleman, Apopka.Note: This is a paid political advertisement from the Suzanne Kidd campaign. Reply Janice Rapp Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Michael Heaton I’ll see you all tomorrow night at the next debate, and it should be fun….!!! It is getting down to the wire now, the race is on! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Reply March 5, 2018 at 10:26 pm March 5, 2018 at 11:00 am March 5, 2018 at 8:57 pm March 5, 2018 at 9:10 pm I agree on some of your point but when she told me to my as a friend. That theirs not enough Black voter in the South Apopka area of the City to affect to out come of an election. That is where I parted ways from her campaign. And during the debate she did not answer the question on annexation of South Apopka. Yes she strategically went to all these meetings and work shops to poster her self for office. Just my opinion. Reply Abosluty not we both were clear in our conversation. And last night during the debate she keep referencing South South Apopka as if it was a 3rd world country. And Nolan did the same. Now the people of S. Apk pay taxes direct or in direct so why should they continue to be ignored matter fact the Her and the Mayor compares Black in S. Apk to GARBAGE Trucks this is disrespectful, demeaning. Point Blank you EDUCATE the people on the Pros and Cons of an annexation. Don’t use misinformation or half truths to scare people like Mayor Land did.Because you don’t RESPECT them enough to honest with them. I have learned a lot from Mrs. K and respect her and her family greatly!! I just don’t like her or RRidge telling what’s best for me and my Family Members in S. Apk when God knows they would not live there or raise a child there.Under the good ole boy system S Apk has been disenfranchised for more than 60 years under J L and 3 1/2 Years under the current Mayor. So either the City moves forward with All inclusion or the City remains racist.You know South Apopka may not be the Pride of the City. But without South Apopka the Pride don’t govern as it should.Just my opinion and NO disrespect to anyone!! I luv APK. Reply Mama Mia Ray A. Shackelford, Ph.D., M.P.H. Please enter your comment! March 5, 2018 at 9:21 pm Oh my gosh, please, please, please, I beg someone to please give Sue a certificate of attendance or a brownie button, or some acknowledgment of her attendance to all the city council meetings, planning commissions, budget hearings, and yes, the recreation master plan committee also, as we will NEVER EVER hear the end of this, if someone doesn’t give her an acknowledgement of attendance to her….oh dear me…LOL…XOXOXOXOs March 5, 2018 at 9:15 pm CANDIDATES for APOPKA CITY COUNCILVOTE:SMITH, SEAT 1; BELL, SEAT 2; and NELSON, MAYOR, city of Apopka, who respect the history of our beloved city while understanding the importance of sustainable economic growth for the future.SMITH has been “RESPECTABLE of and DEDICATED to”  our beloved city of Apopka for decades, and he will do the same for sustainable  economic growth and public safety for ALL communities and people (YOUTH, VETERANS, SENIORS, MILLENNIALS) with fiscal integrity. Moreover, attendance at City Council meetings and budget workshops does not qualify a person to run for City Council. Also, when a person is given the opportunity to “VOLUNTEER” for city committees while other people are not given the same opportunity, does not qualify a person to run for office. Otherwise, I along with others would be well qualified to run. SMITH, SEAT 1!BELL (VETERAN) understands the importance of being a Commissioner,” of, for, and by the people,” NOT “of, for, and by” the Mayor, for sustainable economic growth  and public safety in a caring, fair, and safe environment for ALL PEOPLE (YOUTH, VETERANS, SENIORS, VOLUNTEERS, MILLENNIALS) with fiscal integrity. BELL, SEAT 2!NELSON will be a Mayor that we, the people of Apopka, can TRUST  with words and actions, inclusive of listening and learning from people (YOUTH, VETERANS, SENIORS, MILLENNIALS) for sustainable economic growth, public safety,  and fiscal integrity.REMEMBER, a person can not make a REAL DIFFERENCE by being SILENT on the sidelines, and not excersing her or his RIGHT TO VOTE. Reply March 5, 2018 at 4:35 pm Reply Where is the article about the Seat 2 candidates and the group photo Reggie? Did I miss something somehow? I found Seat 2 candidates very interesting at the Highland Manor event……one said a reference to us having two malls? At least that is what my husband, and I both thought we heard….lol….I wonder where those two malls are, here in Apopka, that Commissioner Velazquez spoke of? I can’t find those malls here in Apopka, and I love to go to malls…lol and I didn’t know we had 3 Apopkas either, but according to Leroy Bell we have North Apopka, South Apopka, and Deep South Apopka….wow, that is something! Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Mama Mia A Suzanne Kidd flyer appeared in my mail today. Among other items, I noticed and endorsement from “The Honorable” Christine Moore. “The Honorable” I thought was reserved for judges when they are introduced into the court room? How does one acquire the title of “The Honorable”? Additionally it describes “The Honorable” Christine Moore as an “Apopka Resident” ??? She lives in unincorporated Orange County and is NOT an Apopka Resident and CANNOT vote in next weeks election. Just a bit of slanted politics approved by Suzanne Kidd. 9 COMMENTS March 7, 2018 at 7:46 am Joseph TAGSSuzanne Kidd Previous articleThe best news of the weekNext articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Reply Joseph LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Joseph, is it possible that she meant she would like to see more voters from south Apopka and therefore get it annexed? I was at the town hall meeting at highland manor. Personally I think she was the best informed and had the best thought out plans. I respect your opinion. March 7, 2018 at 7:47 am Joseph You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Personal Computer Security Expert to Speak

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Public invited to learn from personal computer security expert.Apopka resident, Robert Samson, retired professional business security expert, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, July 21st Northwest Orange Republican Women, Federated, luncheon meeting, which meets at Apopka Golf & Tennis at Errol Estate, 1335 Errol Parkway, from 11:00 a.m.Samson serves on the board of Central Florida Crime Prevention Association. Members of CFCPA help share crime prevention trends and solutions to the law enforcement agencies within local communities.” Hearing Robert Samson speak is a great opportunity to seek direction or advice to protect our own data from such a knowledgeable and informed source,” said Joyce Brocker, NORWF president. “NORWF invites everyone in the Apopka community to attend our meeting since this is such a vital opportunity for those in our community whose information has been hacked.”Samson will bring literature that he has written to help the average computer user learn how to protect their sensitive financial  information found on their personal sites. As a volunteer with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office developing consumer oriented privacy and security brochures and assisting community officers in their efforts to educate the public about personal computer security and data protection.To make a reservation for the luncheon meeting may be made either by emailing Joyce Hayward, NORWF reservation chairman: [email protected] or by phone: 407-463-7266, by July 18th. The cost of the meeting which includes the luncheon is $20. If reservations are made after July 18th, the cost will be $25. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Previous articlePlane crashes at Tangerine AirportNext articleApopka schools dip slightly in A-F testing Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name herelast_img read more

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Two prophetic voices that “prayed with their feet”

first_img Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Rick Sherwin is the Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. He is a graduate of UCLA and was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He energetically fills spiritual services and educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue and humor. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSAbraham Joshua HeschelMartin Luther King Jr.Rabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleAll LYNX buses now have Wi-FiNext article17-year-old boy shot and killed in Plymouth Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR MLK and Heschel unlikely partners in civil rights movementInspirationBy Rick SherwinThis weekend two worlds come together: we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and we observe the birthday of Abraham Joshua Heschel. At first glance we see two men in different worlds: the black spiritualist and the Jewish philosopher. We look more deeply, and we see that the two spoke the same language, viewing the world both as it is and as it ought to be.The fact is that the two men were friends, marching together in Selma, Alabama, and protesting the war in Vietnam. Two spiritual leaders who “prayed with their feet,” giving a physical dimension to the ideas they shared with all who were willing to listen.                “When I was young I admired clever people.Abraham Joshua Heschel                Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”–Abraham Joshua HeschelIn 1968, two weeks before Dr. King was murdered, he spoke before the Rabbinical Assembly – the international gathering of Conservative rabbis – and paid homage to Rabbi Heschel.  Actually, both men praised each other for presenting ideas that would remain vital and dynamic in the world. Little did they know that both would die shortly thereafter. Their teachings continue to inspire us, demanding that we create a world with more cohesion and depth.It was Abraham Joshua Heschel who shared the message that no religion is an island; we are all connected in the task of creating a brighter future for the world. The Sabbath, wrote Heschel, is a reminder that spending time is ultimately more important than spending money. One day a week, we need to give priority of time over space, of relationships over objects. Heschel taught that God is not to be worshipped but lived, that we quest for God and God searches for us: it is, if you will, a sacred partnership, a friendship.                “God’s dream is to have mankind                 as a partner in the drama of continuous creation.”–Abraham Joshua HeschelIt is sometimes difficult to read Heschel, because he writes in poetry, using the letters to create not words, but symbols. He gives deeper meaning not only toMartin Luther Kingevery word and every letter, but to the space between the words and the letters. He breathes both language and life.In honor of two great teachers, try to spend a little time this weekend with friends or family talking not about schedules and things, but about ideas and dreams. Paint a picture with your words of the world as it should be, then honor Heschel and King by “praying with your feet” and making it happen.“[The] future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one!”— Doc Emmett Brown (Back to the Future III) Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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