Diocese of Maryland’s reparations fund gains $100,000 in community donations

first_imgDiocese of Maryland’s reparations fund gains $100,000 in community donations Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Tags Rector Bath, NC 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 Racial Justice & Reconciliation Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Maryland Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton speaks during the National Council of Churches’ virtual Christian Unity Gathering on Oct. 13, 2020. Video screengrab via RNS[Religion News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has already received more than $100,000 in donations for its fund, announced last month, for reparations for the historic mistreatment of African Americans.Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton, the diocese’s leader, revealed the amount during a panel discussion on reparations held Oct. 13 as part of the National Council of Churches’ virtual Christian Unity Gathering.“The community said, ‘Oh, a church group is doing something. I want to get behind that,’” he said, describing reaction to the $1 million fund that was approved in September.“Checks are coming and we’re not even in a fundraising mode. But people want to say, ‘I want to do something. I want to put some dollars to something that’s going to make a difference in the impoverished Black community.’”The NCC panel highlighted the growing interest in church circles in reparations more than 50 years after civil rights activist James Forman issued “the Black Manifesto,” demanding that white churches and synagogues pay $500 million for the mistreatment of African Americans.The NCC panel featured religious leaders, from the Moravian Church to the United Church of Christ, who urged cross-racial, national and global efforts to continue to study and seek reparations.“Slavery is theft,” said NCC President Jim Winkler. “Reparations for enslavement is biblical,” he said, citing the Book of Deuteronomy, which states, “And when you send a male slave out from you a free person, you shall not send him out empty-handed.”Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat from Texas, who has worked since 1989 to pass H.R. 40, legislation to create a U.S. commission on reparations, urged religious leaders to join that cause in a prerecorded video message.Several leaders said church officials need to be more courageous and more willing to partner with people of different races and groups outside the church.The Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, co-chair of the NCC’s ACT Now! to End Racism Initiative, said churches should “look at where our dollars are going” and consider partnerships with Black and other minority businesses.“I think we’re moving in the right direction and this time last year I wouldn’t even have imagined that this conversation could take place,” she said.Sutton, who is Black, said his diocese’s new reparations fund is the result of years of work in his diocese, which has a 90% white membership. It voted last year, with no dissents, to study reparations. In September the reparations fund was created with 82.5% approval.“My plea is, let the church take the lead on this, not be followers,” he said. “You can do a bold thing and you won’t fall apart. You will thrive.”This story is republished with permission from Religion News Service. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 By Adelle M. 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South Main Street To Be Closed For Paving

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN — South Main Street will be closed for paving work this coming Wednesday.The Jamestown Department of Public Works has announced starting 5 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, South Main Street will be closed to traffic for most of the day. South Main Street is anticipated to open by late Wednesday afternoon.Motorists should use alternate routes and expect delays. On Thursday, Sept. 17, motorists should expect delays while the Traffic Department puts striping down. For additional information, contact the DPW Office at (716) 483-7545. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Palace chides Drilon: ‘IATF not a failure’

first_imgDrilon said in a separate television interview earlier in the day that IATF-EID did not properly handle the public health crisis as infections in the country continue to climb. DRILON. RAPPLER Based on the latest data from the Department of Health, the Philippines has recorded 70,764 COVID-19 cases with 23,281 recoveries and 1,837 fatalities./PN “I don’t think we failed; for as long as we did not meet the 3.5 [million cases] projection of [the] UP [University of the Philippines]. And UP has been very good [in] their forecast,” Roque told CNN Philippines. “[Department of Health] Secretary (Francisco) Duque today lacks credibility to be able to command people to do things and he cannot influence decisions,” Drilon said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel. “We will always have different points of view, particularly those coming from the opposition, and I think they’re resorting to politicking stories. The appeal of the President is to concentrate on the COVID-19, set aside politicking for the time being which I think is a very wise policy,” he further said.center_img Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a television interview yesterday that the opposition senator should stop politicizing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. “For as long as we’re minimizing death rates, I think we have succeeded. And there’s no way I can change that position because one life loss is too much,” added Roque, who also serves as IATF-EID spokesperson. “On the other hand, I don’t see any of the economic team in the IATF deliberations, maybe they are somewhere there in the background but given the effect of the pandemic in our economy, they should be in the forefront together with our health sector,” he further said. MANILA –Malacañang slammed Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon for calling the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) as a failure.last_img read more

Campaigns Fueled by Army of Volunteers

first_imgBy John BurtonThey are the ones who carry the water, figuratively speaking, and do much of the heavy lifting – often quite literally – during the autumn political season. Whether Republican or Democrat, volunteers are the true believers, giving of their time and effort for party and politician, hopefully putting them on the path to office.“We could not run countywide campaigns without them,” Vin Gopal, the Monmouth County Democratic Committee chairman, acknowledged about the efforts provided by the group of people who provide support for the candidates and party.“You can just feel their passion,” said Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman, as he surveyed the work they were doing at his county headquarters in Colts Neck this week. “The volunteers, they’re the heartbeat of the organization,” said Golden, who is also the incumbent Monmouth County sheriff and seeking re-election this year.“As someone who started as a volunteer,” said Vincent Solomeno, the Democrat running for county surrogate this year, “I know volunteers are the engine that drives the campaign.”Solomeno said his grandmother volunteers daily at Democratic headquarters in Hazlet working for his campaign and the slate of candidates in this year’s election.Ellen Ramey, a retired Belmar resident, said during campaign season she spends her days – all day – at the Democratic campaign headquarters on Belmar’s 10th Avenue. “I come at 8:30 in the morning and I don’t go home until 8 o’clock,” she said. Recently her days have been taken up working the phone banks, calling prospective voters, encouraging them to consider the Democrats.Ramey conceded working the phones can be tough. “Some folks are just plain nasty,” she said.But she continues to do what is needed, in part because “it’s fun,” and more importantly, “I know it’s all for the better,” of her community and county, she said.“It is kind of weird when you call someone and they tell you they don’t like you or worse,” said Lauren Albrecht, Wall, who was offering her time and energy for Democrats, too. “But I get over that pretty quickly.”“They can make a huge difference in a campaign, especially on the county and local level,” said Thomas Szymanski, the county Republicans’ executive director. Szymanski told of how volunteers last year provided support in the Red Bank Borough Council election, putting out the candidates’ message to residents. The Republican candidate won by literally a couple of votes, securing the first GOP victory in Red Bank in more than a generation.“Suffice it to say,” Szymanski said, without those volunteers we wouldn’t have had a Republican majority in Red Bank this year.”The county GOP organization has more than 250 volunteers this campaign season, with the presidential election responsible for an “uptick” in the number this year, he said.They range in age from 16 – many are students from nearby Colts Neck High School and part of an internship program – to “well into their 80s” Szymanski said.“Some just want to learn about the process,” and others are here to support individual candidates or the party, he said. Many of them return year after year. “The key is building an environment that they want to be part of,” he said, “and feel they want to make some kind of difference.”Jill Zakerowski, whose husband is the local GOP municipal chair, was on hand this Tuesday evening preparing mailers to be delivered to voters’ homes. She was here, she said, to support the GOP slate of candidates in her hometown of Neptune City Borough. “I know these people a long time,” she said, “and I’m here to keep them in our government, to keep it a great town.”Gopal said the county Democrats get “hundreds” of volunteers, without being able to get more specific, from “diverse” age groups. There are also usually 20 to 30 college student interns who get class credit for participating in the organization’s activities. “It’s great to see the enthusiasm that’s out there,” from all of those offering their support, regardless of age or background, Gopal added.These people who give up their evenings and weekends usually find themselves among others working a bank of phones, working from a brief script and hoping not to alienate any who pick up the call. Barbara Shafer, a Neptune City borough councilwoman, explained “You have to know when not to go to the door, when not to call. Don’t knock on the door during football games; don’t call during dinner hour.”Others will go out and knock on doors in neighborhoods around the county, offering campaign literature and maybe working directly with candidates as they look to engage voters. Still others, Szymanski explained, work on data collection for the professionals to analyze. Gopal said volunteers also help with social media postings, getting the message out.“It really does go back to that old saying, ‘All politics is local,’ ” observed Golden.And for their efforts they may get a T-shirt, lukewarm Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and doughnuts and maybe pizza and soda. But the reward is more than that, many of the volunteers stressed.“With the exception of my family and work, this is by far the most rewarding thing I can do with my time,” said Albrecht. She serves as the Monmouth County chair of the LGBTQ Caucus and offered a full-throated support for Hillary Clinton. “I’m willing to do whatever needs to be done,” to advance the party’s success on Nov. 8. “Fundraising, phone calls, whatever.”Gopal was joined Sunday by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Murphy, Middletown, and the party’s candidates for freeholder, sheriff and surrogate for a pep rally-style event at the Belmar location, pumping everybody up before canvassing in Belmar for the candidates.“We don’t take anything that they do for granted,” Murphy said of the group. “These are people who help make a difference, who bleed the same issues as we do. These are people who make a difference,” he said.Elijah Nishiura, Red Bank, while only a gentle 17, is already a three-year veteran of campaigning, working locally and on the county level. “This is about directly affecting public policy for a lot of people,” Nishiura said of his work. “I want to do what I can.”Besides, he acknowledged, it’s a good training ground when he pursues elected office himself in the future. “I definitely want to continue to be involved.”At Republican headquarters, just after work as it was getting dark on Tuesday, about 25 people, many from Neptune City, rolled up their sleeves and stuffed envelopes and made phone calls. “It’s a busy place,” observed Golden.“They are supportive not only in the physical tasks but the mental tasks. They bring moral support,” said Neptune City Mayor Robert Brown about those doing yeoman’s work. “They really do care.”Neptune City’s Tamara Tallman was working to get her son Alex Tallman elected to borough council and because “I’ve always been a huge supporter of the Republican party.”Interestingly, she’s found people have been more inclined to talk about local elections. “People are mum on the presidential election,” she’s noticed.She plans on continuing working through Election Day. “I’m happy to give what I can.”Matt Filosa, Old Bridge, on the Monmouth/Middlesex county border, has worked for the county GOP for nine years as a volunteer. “I think it’s important that people who have the right values and common sense ideas get elected,” he explained.Now it’s down to the wire. “This weekend we’ll be rocking,” at headquarters and in the communities, Golden maintained.On the Democratic side, volunteer Prasad Atluri, Marlboro, promised “We’ll do as much as we can.”last_img read more

As week two of election beings voter sentiment polls at odds

first_imgTORONTO – Day eight of the federal election campaign is underway, but it appears the results of two polls done on voter sentiment are at odds with one another.The two polls appear to show voters are conflicted about whether a change is needed in Ottawa.On the one hand, a poll conducted by Ipsos finds that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is still the top pick among voters for prime minister with 37 per cent support. The best choice for the job, according to about 30 per cent of voters, is Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May saw 14 per cent support, while the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh saw 10.On the other hand and according to another poll for DART Insight and Communications, 51 per cent of Canadians say it’s time for change in government.The DART survey finds just 27 per cent of voters believe the Liberals should be re-elected.Week two beginsThe survey results come as leaders embark on week two of the federal election campaign.Trudeau is spending the day in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, having made marquee promises of a massive expansion of child care and parental benefit programs.He’s promising to more for seniors of he’s made Prime Minister again.“A re-elected Liberal government will increase old age security by an extra ten per cent once folks turn 75,” he said.Scheer spent the last week announcing a range of tax credits targeted at helping families, but today he is in and around Toronto, speaking on what he calls wasteful business subsidies.“We can save Canadian taxpayers at least 1.5 billion dollars every year, ” he says.The day began with a promise from the New Democrat leader, who said an NDP government would extend full public dental coverage to households making less than $70,000 a year.“There’s 4.3 million Canadians that don’t have access to dental services,” Singh said. “Have no coverage, public or private. We know that one-in-three Canadians have no coverage at all. This is a serious concern. Cost of living is going up, it’s harder and harder to make ends meet.”Promises on the campaign trail today…NDP: Full dental coverage for low income CdnsLiberals: Increase Old age Security by 10% for those 75 & older. Boost CPP survivor’s benefit by 25%Conservatives: cut $1.5-billion in ‘corporate welfare’ #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 18, 2019Singh said on Wednesday morning that his plan would be a first step toward including dentistry in public health care for all Canadians.Meantime, May will be in Vancouver, after her party released its national platform earlier this week. It’s a document she said seeks to show that all national policy must now be considered as a means to respond to the current climate emergency.People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, who’s in New Brunswick today, saw new life given to his campaign with word that he’ll have a spot at the officially sanctioned leaders’ debates scheduled for early October.– With files from Peter Wagner and Lauren Boothbylast_img read more