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Church leaders express grief, call for action after Florida high…

first_img Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC February 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm Just saying there’s a red herring for every argument.“An armed security guard never got the chance to stop the teen gunman who murdered 17 students and staffers at a Florida high school, authorities said Thursday.Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that accused mass murderer Nikolas Cruz managed to shoot up the Parkland high school without ever encountering the school resource deputy.“He was on campus and he was armed,” Israel said. “At this point, the only thing I can tell you definitively is he never encountered Cruz.” The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Jon Spangler says: February 20, 2018 at 3:05 pm With unlimited numbers of guns floating around it should be obvious that additional restrictions on gun ownership will accomplish almost nothing. What is needed is to recognize the enormous damage inflicted on our society by decades of so-called liberal policies which at every level have permeated human relationships to such an extent that virtually anything goes. It’s not gun control that’s needed but self-control and our institutions (including the Episcopal Church) seem unwilling to accept that. The future looks bleak indeed. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Gun Violence Advocacy Peace & Justice, Robert Munro says: Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ February 20, 2018 at 11:52 am May be this country should experiment by removing all gun control laws including restrictions on purchase of type of weapons to see how well the law abiding citizens can defend themselves against the outlaws. No place seems to be safe any more – malls, cinema theatres, schools, universities, churches, airports, etc.If I recall correctly, many years ago, a UK official wondered if there was something wrong in their education system that enabled British Muslims to become a jihadist.Perhaps similar questions need to be asked of this society – the role that media, movies, educational system, religious sermons, conduct of law enforcement and government officials play in making US a violent society. Larry Waters says: [Episcopal News Service] Episcopal bishops are arranging for services of lamentation at churches around the country in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 students and faculty members dead, and the bishops and other church leaders are calling for political action against gun violence to end “these lethal spasms of violence in our country.”“The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school,” Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a coalition of more than 70 Episcopal bishops, said in a statement released Feb. 16 following the Ash Wednesday massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.A former student, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of murder after authorities say he opened fire with an AR-15 rifle in hallways and classrooms before ditching his gun and ammunition and blending in with students to escape. He was found and arrested on a city street later in the day.Fourteen of the fatal victims were students. A football coach, athletic director and geography teacher also were killed.Bishops United offered condolences to the families, singling out by name Carmen Schentrup, a 16-year-old student who was a youth group leader at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs.The Coral Springs church posted news of Schentrup’s death Feb. 15 on Facebook.“Please keep our entire church family in your prayers,” the Facebook post said while asking the public to respect the family’s privacy.The Diocese of Southeast Florida, which includes Parkland and Coral Springs, released a statement Feb. 15 expressing grief at the “horrific massacre of innocents.”“There are no words that can adequately give voice to the madness and the violence done to those gunned down, and to their families and friends so cruelly robbed of those they loved,” the statement says. “There are no words to describe the pain of loss and grief, of shock and horror, of outrage and anger, only the anguished cries that well up from the very depths of our being. There are no words to make sense of what makes no sense, and in the face of such senseless killing we are numbed and rendered speechless.”Bishop Peter Eaton followed up Feb. 16 by saying Christians’ faith will help guide their response to this tragedy, and “we bring more than our prayers.”“We bring our longings and convictions for a different future,” he said in his written statement on the shooting. “What happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is not the world as it ought to be, or as it needs to be, and we who follow Jesus accept the responsibility for being partners with God to bridge that gap between what is and what could and ought to be.”Also Feb. 15, Washington National Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith released a written prayer asking God to comfort those affected by the shooting spree while alluding to the political debates that typically are ignited by such killings.“Forgive us, Lord, when our leaders fail to take action to protect the most vulnerable from the dangers of gun violence,” Hollerith’s prayer says. “Forgive us, Lord, for the times when we lack the courage and political will to work together. Open our eyes and our hearts to work across our divisions to end the plague of gun violence.”Those sentiments were echoed by Bishops United Against Gun Violence.“We must reflect on and acknowledge our own complicity in the unjust systems that facilitate so many deaths, and, in accordance with the keeping of a holy Lent, repent and make reparations,” Bishops United’s statement says before calling for political engagement by Episcopalians.The bishops specifically call for legislation banning the AR-15 and similar weapons, as well as high-capacity magazines and so-called “bump stocks,” the device used by the shooter who killed 58 people at an outdoor music concert in Las Vegas in October.“We understand that mass shootings account for a small percentage of the victims of gun violence; that far more people are killed by handguns than by any kind of rifle; that poverty, misogyny and racism contribute mightily to the violence in our society and that soaring rates of suicide remain a great unaddressed social challenge,” Bishops United’s statement says.“And yet, the problem of gun violence is complex, and we must sometimes address it in small pieces if it is not to overwhelm us. So, please, call your members of Congress and insist that your voice be heard above those of the National Rifle Association’s lobbyists.”The group of bishops also plans to announce a schedule of services of lamentation, with details to be released on its Facebook page.And Bishops United invited Episcopalians to join in a period of discernment, including in July at General Convention in Austin, Texas, when the bishops will gather for prayer outside the convention hall each morning.Bishops United Against Gun Violence was formed as a response to an earlier school shooting, the December 2012 slaughter of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.Since then, Bishops United has released statements with increased frequency responding to deadly mass shootings, including the Oct. 1 massacre of 58 people in Las Vegas and the Nov. 5 shooting that left 26 dead at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH February 26, 2018 at 11:51 am Apologies accepted Cynthia though I should point out that ‘bots’ and ‘trolls’ come from all sides.Ironicly, the Bishops’ statement was incredibly premature. It was as if they were a bot or troll!Like a bot or troll their statement should be dismissed because no thought goes in to cutting and pasting talking points. The Bishops would have better served the Church and their reputation had they been more deliberative before issuing their statement. That’s what effective “leaders” do.A review of the facts that have since come out reveal that law enforcement, or more correctly, incompetent law enforcement, was largely to blame for the tragedy in Parkland. When the laws we already have are not enforced, it’s pointless to call for more laws. That’s called “common sense.”I don’t want to get started on a conversation about the left and law enforcement for that, I fear, will cause my head to explode! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis February 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm We all need to be more aware that, in the age of online social media, and especially when controversial issues such as guns and gun safety laws are discussed, ‘bots’ (automated replies) and troll farms (people paid to lie about their identity in order to sway on online audience) are possible. To those gun rights supporters online here who, without compensation, freely shared their views, I do apologize. To bot commentators, no apology is necessary. And, to trolls working in troll farms…wherever…for whomever…may God have mercy on your souls. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI February 17, 2018 at 7:09 pm Agree with D. Heacock’s comment. It is not the rifle, it’s the person using the rifle. We need security at our schools. In my grammar school 100 years ago, all the doors were locked and every visitor had to come to the principal’s office to get to classrooms. Even if the visitor managed to “escape” the principal’s office, doors to all the classrooms were locked and the entrance to the area where all the classrooms were was locked. Also, volunteer teachers could be trained to handle weapons, in case someone was able to get through a locked door. We need to look at security in Israel and how they handle evil, terrible people. And yes my heart is breaking for the ones affected by this terror. And as the old saying goes, if guns are ever outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. I wish evil could be eradicated; it cannot. If I offended anyone with my comments, I am truly sorry. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cynthia Cravens says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By David PaulsenPosted Feb 16, 2018 February 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm The Bishops uninformed rant against guns and the NRA reflects an unwillingness to develop a solution to gun violence int schools. As reflected in comments above we do have the means to protect our schools. Unfortunately if a proposal doesn’t fit the Bishops anti-gun dogma they refuse to listen to it. Unfortunately this is true about many issues facing the church today. Pity! New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release February 16, 2018 at 8:59 pm There is reasonably fix that is available now. State government needs to secure schools. We have no NYC High rise shootings because the buildings are secure. Every entry is sealed. No one enters without ID.Retired military or police are in the building are in the building dressed with concealed weapons. Waging war on guns is a red herring. There are 100,000,000 guns In America. Semi automatic pistols have never been banned. A person with 2 of them & the right ammo could kill as many with no security in the buildingcenter_img Rector Tampa, FL Comments are closed. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments (10) 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 Martinsville, VA Anthony Oberdorfer says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC william dailey says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing PJ Cabbiness says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Donald Heacock says: BD Howes says: February 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm Thank you, once again, Mr. Oberdorfer for your thoughtful comments. As to the suggestion by Ms. Cravens that the comments here are posted by members of the “gun lobby” or bots, that is simply inaccurate and insulting. Press Release Service Faith & Politics, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Church leaders express grief, call for action after Florida high school mass shooting Bishops United to announce series of services of lamentation Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Joe Prasad says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY February 19, 2018 at 5:12 pm It saddens me greatly to see that advocates of unlimited gun ownership are speaking up here on the church’s news service pages. Are we not supposed to bring peace to the world and to beat our swords into plowshares instead of advocating mass overexposure to lethal weapsons that are not managed or controlled as much as automobiles?It may be true that evil “cannot” be eradicated. But we can and do take action to reduce motor vehicle collisions by making highways and cars safer and by raising DUI standards. There are NO comparable (reasonable) restrictions on gun ownership or use in this country. Why? Would you let typhoid fever or TB or polio go unregulated? I have to meet minimal training and education standards to obtain and keep my California driver’s license. I have to purchase liability insurance for the car that I drive. At the very least, we could require similar (minimal) standards for all gun owners and purchasers. Not to mention lifting the congressional ban on using federal funds to even **study** gun violence in our weapons-addicted society. How many more needless deaths will it take until we, as believing Christians, act on the Bible’s imperatives to make peace and lay down our arms instead of worshipping icons like the Second Amendment? Rector Shreveport, LA Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, ORlast_img read more

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Pollard criticised after no-ball denies Evin Lewis chance of century

first_imgKIERON Pollard has been criticised on social media after bowling a no-ball which denied opposition batsman Evin Lewis the chance of a century in a Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Pollard bowled a big no-ball when Lewis was on 97 off 32 balls, with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots needing one run to beat Barbados Tridents in the Twenty20 competition.The no-ball gave 25-year-old Lewis’ side the win but saw him miss out on the chance of a ton after he and captain Chris Gayle reached 129-0.Cricket statistician and journalist Mazher Arshad said: “So Kieron Pollard bowls a no-ball to deny Evin Lewis a hundred in CPL. Suraj Randiv was suspended for a match when he did that to (Virender) Sehwag in 2010.”Cricket supporter Mainraj Paudel called Pollard’s actions a “shameless act” on Twitter, while another spectator, Abhishek Chaturvedi, accused Pollard of showing “zero sportsmanship”.Lewis, however, was more diplomatic.In a televised post-match interview, he said: “It hurts (missing out on the hundred), but hitting 97 not out off 33 balls? I’ll take that any day.“I’ve been hitting the ball long and hard in the nets. I’m confident now and looking forward to the play-offs.”If Lewis had completed his century in 33 balls, it would have been the second fastest of all-time – just behind Chris Gayle’s 30-ball IPL knock in 2013.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Scandal-hit Kenya Olympic board back to work, agree to polls

first_imgKenya Vice President William Ruto recently had discussions with IOC President Thomas Bach in New York on reforming Kenya’s National Olympic Committee and how to make sport attractive and lucrative. The Kenyan body will have elections soon.Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Officials from Kenya’s scandal-hit national Olympic governing body returned to their offices on Thursday after the government lifted a one-month ban to allow them to organise elections.Kipchoge Keino, the head of the Kenyan board, is facing corruption allegations but said he was grateful that his office had been re-opened after police sealed it to allow investigations into alleged mistreatment of athletes at the Rio Olympic games.“We managed to hold a meeting today to chart the way forward,” Keino said. “We are now planning to call for an all conclusive meeting of our affiliate associations next week to discuss the drafting of a new constitution, which should pave the way for fresh elections before the end of year.”Earlier this month, the International Olympic Committee ordered Kenya to convene an extraordinary general assembly and conduct free and fair elections in accordance with the new constitution, and to address issues over the management of the Kenyan team during the Rio Olympics. Three top officials, including team leader Stephen Soi, are facing criminal investigations relating to the alleged theft of money and uniforms.Soi was charged in court on Wednesday with four counts of stealing more than 25 million shillings ($250,000 dollars) intended for athletes and officials in Brazil.He denied the charges and was released on bail with the next hearing due October 24. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Pledges support drive for more women and girl golfers

first_img12 Aug 2015 Pledges support drive for more women and girl golfers Clubs, counties and golf media have signed pledges to support England Golf’s drive to get more women and girls playing the game.They committed to action at today’s England Golf Women and Girls’ Conference at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire, which showcased inspiring women, success stories and great initiatives.The promises support England Golf’s pledge to continue working closely with national and county partners and to support clubs to increase women and girls’ participation and membership.The conference was part of England Golf’s first Golf Week and it followed the launch of the video campaign #ThisGirlGolfs which aims to challenge perceptions and inspire participation.The video features women and girls from all over the country and from different walks of life and backgrounds who are enjoying golf for many reasons and fitting it into their everyday lives.The conference picked up this theme by debunking myths surrounding golf and showing that:Golf can be fitted into all lifestyles and it doesn’t have to take hours to play. For example, Golf Express, which has been launched in Staffordshire, promotes 9-hole golf and after work roll-ups.Golf isn’t a stuffy game but offers many experiences including traditional, social, recreational and family. Marketing expert Anabel Sexton urged the golf industry to project a positive image of the game and also advocated challenging dress codes, commenting: “Society moves on. Is it still relevant to make young girls wear clothes they wouldn’t be seen dead in anywhere else?”Golf is a game for all, not a game for men. BBC Breakfast presenter, Naga Munchetty was featured, saying: “Girls should get into golf because this is not a man’s sport, this is about being strong, this is about being competitive, this is about being the best you possibly can.”Golf is great for health and wellbeing. Playing 18-holes will burn at least 900 calories and will take more than 10,000 steps.Golf is an affordable game. Over 400 clubs offer Get into golf activities in England, promoting affordable beginners’ activities with equipment provided free of charge.England Golf’s strategy was highlighted to delegates by Lauren Spray, the Women and Girls Participation Manager, who drew attention to support for clubs to recruit and retain women and girl members.This includes the production of a series of factsheets and a pilot project, working with 100 clubs in 13 counties, to grow women’s participation and membership.  A Women’s Advisory Group has also been created, bringing together key and influential people to help shape future plans.Many inspirational success stories and initiatives were showcased, including:• Minchinhampton Golf Club in Gloucestershire which has 232 women members, compared to the national average of 70 women members, and a programme to recruit more.• Norwood Park Golf Centre in Nottinghamshire which runs a Pink Ladies scheme offering beginners coaching, coffee and play.•  Girls Golf Rocks where players from the Essex county girls’ squad were trained as mentors to help inspire new girl players.#ThisGirlGolfs was funded and created by Sports Publications, England Golf and the Scottish Golf Union. It supports England Golf’s ‘Raising our Game’ strategy to get more people playing the game and joining clubs.Click here for more about #ThisGirlGolfsCaption: These girls golf! Conference delegates on the putting green (image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

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