Oando Plc (OANDO.ng) 2011 Annual Report

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Sunu Assurances Nigeria Plc (SUNU.ng) Q12017 Interim Report

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Episcopalians dive into local voter mobilization efforts leading up to…

first_img The Rev. Dr. Linda M. Maloney says: Yaniris Urbaez says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bill Louis says: August 10, 2018 at 9:07 am A little dramatic this morning, huh? August 13, 2018 at 8:22 am I believe that the First Amendment of our Constitution allows people to express themselves however they want during the National Anthem (although some expressions are not prudent). Also, the majority of Americans don’t seem to support Trump’s obsession over this issue:https://nypost.com/2018/06/07/most-voters-are-fine-with-nfl-players-anthem-kneeling-poll/ Jordan Sakal says: August 10, 2018 at 10:59 am No, William, those districts were redrawn to undo Republican gerrymandering so that the districts were more fair. Undoing the gerrymandering will move congressional representation towards the Democrats, but only because it was rigged in favor of Republicans in the first place. I also don’t know why you felt the need to bring up Hillary Clinton when my points had nothing to do with her. Do I need to remind you that she is not the President, and thus has no political power right now? Why keep going after her? August 9, 2018 at 4:48 pm Vote for the Republican of your choice Robin Garr says: August 9, 2018 at 9:15 pm Without regard to party, read the Beatitudes, read Matthew 25 (“When I was hungry, you gave me something to drink”), and read the parables of the rich young man and the Good Samaritan. Then pray for help in discerning the candidates who best approximate Jesus’ way. August 10, 2018 at 9:33 am The current PB of our church and the most progressive corners of our church, in my personal observation, are very evangelical. So I think the political thing may be related more to evangelism than faith, as if the psychological state of an evangelical is such that they think they must imprint their faith and politics on EVERYONE. I think that’s sort of an interesting angle. I do not have an issue with the LGBTQ+ community being active in the church, or women, or people of color. Excluding anyone based on identity is sacrilegious and anathema to the true mission of the Church. That being said, TEC has done everything conceivable in its power to make conservative membership feel unwanted. Parishioners and clergy alike have taken to trying to make their political stance “God’s Stance”, and that is very gravely immoral. It’s sickening when right wing crazies claim to know the will of God, and it’s sickening when left wing crazies do the same thing. I’m a 29 year old who grew up in this Church. My mother feels unwelcome, my sisters don’t want to deal with it. I feel totally unwelcome, unwanted, prejudged, and disliked as a result of the political opportunism that the church has been conducting. I’m not a hardcore conservative or whack-o right winger, and you are losing people like me daily.So let’s can the innocent routine. The writing is on the wall, let’s just be honest about it. Bill Louis says: Matt Ouellette says: August 12, 2018 at 2:54 pm I’m fine with disagreements up to a point, but there are certain issues that we should not compromise on, and I don’t care if it offends secular American conservative or liberal factions. Sure, slavery was solved without TEC, but it is an indictment on its moral judgement that it did not speak out in one voice on the issue, and we should avoid making that mistake again. I’m sorry, but advocating that the Church should be removed from worldly affairs sounds a lot like the gnostic position of abandoning the world as doomed and wicked. Director of Music Morristown, NJ August 11, 2018 at 11:03 am Matt – basic research, beyond what a left leaning newspaper states, shows that Reagan’s economy was an overwhelming success; how the left continues to deny this is delusional.https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/stevemoore/2016/05/04/obamanomics/amp/ Jim Cutshall says: John Hobart says: Jim Cutshall says: Andrew Poland says: Matt Ouellette says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books August 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm Trump is a entrepreneur turned politician. An “he’s uglier” is not the kind of comparison that’s works for the Church. Trump brings the criticism on himself, but there is so much over-the-top bashing by the national media and church that people have stopped listening and many members are turned off and leaving. As stated by a Bishop in Tennessee, be “humble and smart. Simply labeling everything he does as immoral and resorting to name-calling is polarizing and counterproductive. Legitimate challenge does not have to rely upon insults. August 9, 2018 at 6:03 pm The greatest fear I have is an electoral public who blindly vote how they are told to vote. If a person has no interest in voting and you have to convince them to vote then you will get an uneducated vote that mirror someone else’s desire. On gerrymandering, where was your voice when Republicans were complaining? Why can’t we have outrage regardless of the party. When will we learn to teach a man to fish rather than putting him on a lifetime of government handouts that keep him dependent on the powers to be?Are you not encouraged by the lowest unemployment rate in decades?Don’t drink the kool aid! David A salmon says: August 10, 2018 at 8:04 pm Jordan, Look at this page. Check out the “Action Alerts”. If you still can;t see it then you never will.https://www.episcopalchurch.org/office-government-relations Rector Tampa, FL The Rev. Dr. Linda M. Maloney says: Elizabeth Kaeton says: Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events August 9, 2018 at 10:22 pm I am confused. Nothing in the article indicated a party choice? I think it is great to have voter registration drives; after all, people decide for whom to vote when they get in that booth. I think registration and voting should be made easier: on line voting, early voting, easy absentee voting.When I was a young whippersnapper my parents took me to the voting location (an Episcopal Church, by the way). Irt made a big impression on me. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Andrew Poland says: Richard H Frost says: August 12, 2018 at 8:22 am But that historical instance is an example of why Christianity should not be completely apolitical as you argued it should. Also, as I’ve been trying to say elsewhere on this comment section, I think many of the positions of TEC should not be seen as “progressive democratic” stances, but moral ones that should be agreed upon by both sides. It’s not the fault of TEC that secular American conservatism opposes action on climate change, ignores the suffering of immigrants, opposes common sense gun laws, etc. like mainstream conservatism in the rest of the world. TEC supporting moral positions like those are not idolatry. August 11, 2018 at 11:26 am Jordan,That was my answer. Read it and draw your own conclusions. Of course you won’t see a public advertisement. The church would put their tax exempt status in jeopardy. Hopefully this answers your question Comments (100) David A Salmon says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group August 10, 2018 at 6:53 am Vote as if your life depends on it. It does. Lary Youngsteadt says: mike geibel says: Jordan Sakal says: Tags August 9, 2018 at 10:26 pm Robbie,Did I ever say it was okay for the LGBTQ+ community to be in control of the Democratic Party (not that we are)? No, I did not. My comment was that the dissolution of the idea of antidisestablishmentarianism lies at its roots with the Republicans in the 1980s, not the Democrats now. August 10, 2018 at 1:03 am This could work against their radical far left liberal agenda. I know last November when a liberal bishop sent a letter encouraging everyone to vote at least ten people decided to vote for Donald Trump. They said they just couldn’t vote for a candidate who supported late term abortions and abortions for sexual preference, etc. Ron Davin says: Matt Ouellette says: August 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm Yet it is ok for the Liberals and the LGBTQ is contol the Democratic Party! It is not ok for the Mpral Majority and other conservative groups to put pressure on the Republican Party. According to Liberals, they must be able to speak their views. Conservatives must keep the mouths shut! Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI August 10, 2018 at 8:35 am As I indicated in a previous comment, I don’t think the issues TEC supports should be considered as leftist, but moral. They should be things that both the left and right agree on. The fact that many conservatives in this country oppose them is an indictment of secular, American conservative culture, not the Episcopal Church. Also, I’d say any political activism by left-leaning people of faith has nothing on the “Moral Majority” and religious right, which has totally sold its soul to a political party and given away it’s values to support a President who represents the exact opposite of them. The “religious left” in this country is much more limited in its power compared to the religious right, as described in this article:https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/dont-bet-on-the-emergence-of-a-religious-left/Also, can you point out where any progressive here has told a conservative not to vote? I’m sorry but that’s not true. I’m sorry that you feel left out of this church, but being uncomfortable with certain church positions doesn’t mean the church is attacking you. The church is not going to back away from moral positions it has taken just because it challenges secular conservatism in this country (and I would also hope the same would be true for secular liberalism). Norman Hutchinson says: August 10, 2018 at 9:38 am Agree Jim Cutshall! August 11, 2018 at 10:30 pm I personally think Trump’s immoral policies and behaviors are uglier than the criticism he receives from members of this church and others in society. August 12, 2018 at 6:12 am During the last election cycle, the Episcopal Church produced a document that ran to nearly 50 pages (that is considerably more than “sometimes”) of political opinions that all aligned with progressive democratic political ideology. You will never convince me that the one instance, over 150 years ago, in which the church should have (but didn’t) endorse the Republican position is an adequate defense against the charge of idolatry. https://cqrcengage.com/episcopal/file/PocEWf9Lpbg/OGR%20Policy%20for%20Action%202016.pdf August 9, 2018 at 7:33 pm This is all fine and good, however, I cannot believe these vote drives are nonpartisan. How about encourage more people to WORK at the polls. Volunteers are desperately needed. What happen to ‘separation of church and state’? This all seems to me the churches are getting close to losing their tax shelter by participating so much as stated above. Calling banks? Really? From a church? Again, separation of church and state. again, nonpartisan? Really? I don’t mind getting people to register to vote, however, it is wrong to tell them HOW to vote. I worked at the polls over 10 years. I saw everything right and wrong about the voting system. Again, encourage people to work at the polls. That is their patriotic duty! August 11, 2018 at 10:35 pm An completely apolitical Christianity was what gave us an Episcopal Church in the Civil War period that was too timid to take a definitive stance on slavery. Unfortunately, sometimes the church needs to speak out against injustice committed by those in power in society. That doesn’t mean we need to endorse a political party or ideology over others, but that we stand up for our moral principles. August 11, 2018 at 6:43 pm David, as I’ve kept trying to articulate, my support for the moral positions of TEC has nothing to do with endorsing the liberal “side,” but because I think those positions should be supported regardless of which side one falls on the political spectrum. In fact, many of the positions supported by TEC are also supported by mainstream conservative groups around the world. Action on climate change is supported by virtually all conservative parties in the developed world, defending immigrants is supported by conservative organizations like the Roman Catholic Church, virtually all conservative parties support common sense gun control in developed nations, etc. It is not an endorsement of secular American liberalism for TEC to support these moral positions. Rather, it is an indictment of secular American conservatism, which is out of step with the rest of global conservatism on many of these issues.On another topic, could you give examples of how liberal policies have failed Chicago and other cities? I hear this talking point from conservatives a lot, but usually with no data to support it. Jordan Sakal says: charles b. allen says: Jordan Sakal says: August 10, 2018 at 11:17 am I don’t think TEC is going nearly far enough. I might suggest they start something like EpiscoPAC to further their leftist, progressive programs. Non-partisan? What do you suppose the ratio of Democrat to Republican registrations will be? TEC political agenda seems to be overshadowing its primary core evangelical mission. Time to take a reflective objective look at your priorities and re-assess. You might also consider allowing conservative Republican views in your thought processes every now and then. Rector Albany, NY John Hobart says: August 10, 2018 at 9:37 am Agree with you Ron Davin !! August 9, 2018 at 9:53 pm It is no secret that the Liberal/LGBTQ contolled Episcopal Church is seeking the ouster of all Conservatives. If you are consevative and you want to remain in The Episcopal Church, keep your mouth shut! M.S. McDonald says: Jordan Sakal says: Bill Louis says: Andrew Poland says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY John Hobart says: August 10, 2018 at 1:00 am This could work against their far left radically liberal agenda. I know last November when a liberal bishop sent out a letter encouraging people to vote in the presidential election at least ten people decided to go ahead and vote. They voted for Donald Trump because they could not vote for a candidate who supported late term abortions on demand for gender preference, etc. August 10, 2018 at 10:49 am According to Democrats, and Matt, there is nothing more moral that the Pa Court gerrymandering districts to favor Democrats. Also, Hillary had the Dept of Justice, the FBI, the State Dept, do her dirty work. Anyone who has followed her career since law school has to conclude that she has been a nickel phone call from jail the entire time. One has to admit, however, that she has become very, very rich in the process. 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 Press Release Service william dailey says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Matt Ouellette says: Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bill Louis says: August 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm Matt, I suppose you don’t consider bit bleaching her personal email server and smashing her several cellphones to render them unable to extract any data when under subpoena dirt. Then there’s the Russia uranium deal after which Bill got an ehorbanant speaking fee. But that’s not dirt either. The problem is the limp wristed establishment GOP and and a nearly non-existent DOJ that doesn’t want to disturb the status quo otherwise she would have been indicted long ago. But laws against corruption are only for us peons. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Jordan Sakal says: August 10, 2018 at 2:31 pm Sorry Matt but didn’t you go off topic? I guess you mean the Comey FBI. LOL Interesting though how now you want to get back on topic or attack Trump when Hillary’s crimes are mentioned. But I’m sure there is a MSM rag with an article somewhere that “proves’ she is innocent. Matt Ouellette says: August 12, 2018 at 7:17 pm Maybe you should focus on understanding and loving others rather than insisting that after “a point” they need to agree with you and insisting that the Church endorse your opinions. Your lack of concern for who you offend comes off as simply lack of concern for those with whom you disagree. August 10, 2018 at 9:38 am Agree Jim Cutshall! Charlene R Cook says: August 10, 2018 at 1:48 pm It’s more likely that they don’t have the dirt on her you claim they have on her (like those pointless Benghazi hearings that foun no criminal wrongdoing). [Episcopal News Service] The election in November will catch no one by surprise at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dozens of church members are participating in voter education drives, and the congregation’s goal is 100 percent parishioner turnout on election day.Civic engagement is running just as high at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Decatur, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb. The congregation is sending parishioners to canvass the neighborhood around the church in support of statewide efforts to register up to 1.2 million new voters.And in Indiana, the Diocese of Indianapolis has hosted voter outreach events where church volunteers are part of an interfaith initiative seeking to reach more than 100,000 Indianans who haven’t voted before.“We often talk about how Jesus’ life shows us to be politically active. … We need to care about the most vulnerable members of our community,” said the Rev. Carol Duncan, a deacon who is coordinating St. Martin-in-the-Fields’ participation in election-related efforts. Episcopalians like Duncan have been outspoken in their call to “vote faithfully” because the church alone cannot change unjust systems. “You can’t do that unless you vote,” Duncan said.The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations is based in Washington, D.C., near the Capitol and offers resources to help Episcopalians mobilize for elections in nonpartisan ways. Photo: David PaulsenAlthough Episcopalians may be motivated by personal political beliefs, their church-based election efforts are necessarily nonpartisan. Those efforts also are grounded in church policies established by General Convention, which just last month passed additional resolutions calling Episcopalians to greater political engagement. That engagement has the continued support of the church’s Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C.“Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life, and that is a Christian obligation,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a video statement before the 2016 presidential election. The Office of Government Relations’ Episcopal Public Policy Network referenced Curry’s comments again this week in an updated message about the upcoming elections.How does someone “vote faithfully”? The message issued Aug. 7 provides resources, including links to voter registration information, states’ voting policies and polling locations. It also links to the Episcopal Church’s voter “toolkit,” which provides further guidance on individual action and community mobilization in ways guided by faith.“We encourage Episcopalians to engage in the democratic process this fall by promoting voter registration, learning about candidates on the ballot in your area, making a plan for yourself to vote on Election Day, and helping others to do the same,” Office of Government Relations Director Rebecca Linder Blachly told Episcopal News Service. “Our Vote Faithfully Toolkit provides resources for parishes and individuals to get involved and to participate in our civic duty.”We’re aware folks want physical stickers of this graphic! Working on some troubleshooting with a recommended printer and will get back with folks for recommendations on ordering. #VoteFaithfully pic.twitter.com/sISJrbQUp7— The EPPN (@TheEPPN) August 8, 2018The Rev. Fatima Yakubu-Madus, missioner for community engagement for the Diocese of Indianapolis, saw the emailed message this week and thought it was perfect material to adapt for an upcoming diocesan newsletter. Not everyone in her diocese has time to volunteer with the ongoing voter engagement drives.Yakubu-Madus took on the missioner role just this year, after serving since 2010 as a deacon at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Speedway, Indiana. While at St. John’s, she regularly participated in neighborhood canvassing – knocking on doors, encouraging people to vote and helping them register if they weren’t yet registered.She now is active in the collective of congregations known as Faith in Indiana, which is leading the effort to reach more than 100,000 unregistered voters and persuade them to go to the polls on Nov. 6. Church volunteers have called some of those residents during phone banks the diocese has hosted at Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis and at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church north of the capital in Carmel. The Episcopal volunteers are specifically focused on reaching residents in a legislative district with historically low voter turnout.Why is that a church function? Civic action is rightly influenced by faith, Yakubu-Madus argued, taking her cue from the presiding bishop’s comments on the subject.“We have to participate in voting,” she said. Government agencies have unparalleled capacity to fulfill the Christian mission of serving people living on the economic margins of society, and “nobody’s going to if we don’t vote.”General Convention regularly affirms the church’s commitment to political engagement.“Our church has policy that urges all of us to advocate for the right to vote, including eliminating barriers to voting,” Blachly said. “Voter registration issues are addressed at the state level, so we encourage you to get involved.”Two resolutions approved at General Convention in Austin last month address voting rights issues. Resolution C047 commits the church to advocating in support of the principle of “one person, one vote” – that all citizens’ votes should have equal impact on electoral outcomes.Although the resolution doesn’t elaborate, its supporting explanation lists some examples of areas of concern: “Some impediments are as old as our nation and are embedded within the U.S. Constitution, such as the electoral college and the manner in which U.S. senators are elected,” the explanation says. “Other impediments are newer or have become increasingly problematic over recent decades, such as gerrymandering, variations in ballot access and in how votes are cast and counted across the country, certain aspects of campaign financing, and the increasingly sophisticated technology used in micro-targeting voters.”Resolution D003 condemns measures that result in voter suppression and supports steps to increase voter participation, such as “policies that will increase early voting, extend registration periods, guarantee an adequate number of voting locations, allow absentee balloting without the necessity of having an excuse, and prohibit forms of identification that restrict voter participation.”The resolution also singles out partisan gerrymandering for criticism and urges the National Conference of State Legislators to develop a fair process for establishing legislative and congressional districts.Gerrymandering is the tactic of drawing districts that will favor one party over the other in elections, usually by packing similar voters into just a few districts or diluting them across several districts where they will remain in the minority. The U.S. Supreme Court chose not to rule on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering in a decision issued earlier this year, leaving open the door to further legal challenges.The debate over gerrymandering is complicated further by gerrymandering’s use, under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to ensure greater minority representation in Congress by drawing district lines to create what are known as “majority-minority” districts. Critics have argued, however, that this has had the long-term partisan effect of pooling more Democratic voters together and ceding more districts to Republicans.So why should churches and Christians get involved?“For the follower of Jesus, gerrymandering undercuts our fundamental vow to respect the dignity of every human being,” the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, rector of Philadelphia’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields, wrote in an October 2017 article. “Participation in shaping our common life is a Christian duty and something Christians regard, respect and protect for all people regardless of affiliation, belief or nonbelief.”Pennsylvania was then grappling with its own gerrymandering controversy, and in January, the state Supreme Court ruled the congressional district boundaries were unconstitutional. The court followed up with a map establishing new district lines that will take effect when the next term of Congress begins in 2019.The reform group Fair Districts PA held a presentation in October 2017 at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia about redistricting. The event featured the map of Pennsylvania in the form of a puzzle that attendees could piece together. Photo courtesy of St. Martin-in-the-FieldsSt. Martin-in-the-Fields, meanwhile, has turned its focus to voter education and voter registration.“We know how important voting is, particularly this year,” said Duncan, St. Martin’s deacon. Her church has partnered with a group called POWER, an interfaith coalition of more than 50 congregations focused on community organizing in southeastern and central Pennsylvania.POWER organizers led a forum in July at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and about 40 parishioners attended to learn more about voter mobilization efforts, Duncan said. A training is scheduled Aug. 26 to coincide with the kickoff event for a voter education drive.Other examples of Episcopal engagement can be found across the country. Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in San Diego, California, will host the League of Women Voters on Sept. 29 for a presentation about state propositions. The Diocese of Texas’ Episcopal Health Foundation partnered in 2016 with Mi Familia Vota to register Latino voters, and similar efforts in metropolitan Houston and Atlanta are in the works for this election cycle.“People’s votes really do matter,” said Soyini Coke, a member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Decatur, who is coordinating the congregation’s voter registration efforts in the metro Atlanta area.Soyini Coke, right, arranged for a voter mobilization training at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Decatur, Georgia, led Aug. 4 by the New Georgia Project organizers, including Carey C.J. Jenkins. Photo: Dennis Patterson Jr.Coke admitted she was one of the citizens who never voted in elections and had been disinterested in the political process – until the November 2016 presidential election. She was disheartened by the outcome but committed herself to turning her anger into action.“It is not sufficient to just complain,” she said, so she and about 20 parishioners met at Holy Cross on Aug. 4 for voter registration training followed by making direct contact with voters. Some broke into teams of two to knock on doors, guiding unregistered voters through the process of signing up. Others remained at the church to call potential voters on lists provided by the New Georgia Project.The nonpartisan New Georgia Project has been registering Georgians to vote for several years with a goal of full participation of all eligible voters. It was able to identify 400 unregistered residents within a two-mile radius of Holy Cross, Coke said. The Aug. 4 registration drive generated 396 phone calls, 97 contacts with voters and seven new voter registrations.That’s just the beginning. Holy Cross hopes to organize similar drives in the months leading up to the November election, Coke said. It is a majority black church, and such activism has deep roots in the black church tradition, she said.“It’s very natural there,” she said. “If you’re going to talk about activism in the black community, the church is at the center of that and always has been.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Matt Ouellette says: August 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm Mr. Hobart, As shown in Mr. Ouellette’s previous comments, he has been nothing but kind, patient and considerate with regards to the commenters here on this board. He is correct in saying that the Church shares many of the same positions which he endorses. He is not demanding that the church do such, the fact of the matter is that the church and the leadership is enlightened to the issues of the day and has responded to them in a Christian way. Bill Louis says: August 11, 2018 at 10:47 am Mr. Louis,I appreciate it ever so much that you were able to completely ignore my point. I asked you specifically whether or not the Episcopal Church in any way shape or form advocated specifically for any political candidates. I did not ask if the church advocates for moral positions because again as I mentioned previously the Mormons do it the Catholics do it all churches tend to advocate for their opinions politically based in roots of faith. Instead of actually addressing my question you chose to just post a quick link which did not prove your point and it leaves mine still waiting to be answered.Thank you Rector Hopkinsville, KY mike geibel says: August 10, 2018 at 6:12 pm In about twenty years there will be no conservatives in The Episcopal Church. The logo of The Episcopal Church will be the Rainbow flag. Jordan Sakal says: william dailey says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK August 10, 2018 at 8:24 am I see, so we are now resorting to ad hominem attacks on political opponents on this comment section now. How very Christian of you. Please show me where Hillary Clinton told conservatives she would go after them if they didn’t change their views. That’s quite the extraordinary claim, but then again, you’ve made a lot of those on this site. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA August 10, 2018 at 9:00 am The de-Christianization of Europe is widely recognized–most historical cathedrals survive as tourist attractions. Tax rates are above 50% with caps on income. If that is “centrist” then i want no part of it.I reside in the People’s Republic of California where 66% of the population are Democrats and Republican’s are disenfranchised by the “winner take all” electoral college in national elections–yet there are more Republicans here than in some states. Every aspect of our lives is subject to state regulations. The tax exempt status of Church property is being re-examined as a needed source of revenue. After governor-elect Gavin Newsome pushes through his doubling of state income taxes, there will be no “tithe” left for the Church. The recession predicted for 2019-2020 will probably start here and on the East Coast. Matt Ouellette says: Bill Louis says: August 11, 2018 at 6:53 pm I was specifically referring to European countries, which do typically have higher quality of life ratings than the United States:https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/quality-of-life-rankingsAlso, the statistics on California’s economy are more complicated than you make it out to be by just citing the poverty rate:https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/01/california-is-doing-fine-thank-you-very-much/ Featured Jobs & Calls Charlene R Cook says: Matt Ouellette says: Andrew Poland says: John Hobart says: Jordan Sakal says: August 10, 2018 at 8:45 am Thank you, Matthew. This is not about politics. It’s about the moral issues which Jesus named in the Beatitudes. Americans of all religious denominations but especially those who profess to follow The Way are bound – morally and ethically – to participate in our government. Voting is a sacred right. Could we please drop the venom – save it for the call in political talk shows – and stay focused on the importance of having your voice heard by exercising your right to vote and making sure others do as well? Thank you. Bill Louis says: August 10, 2018 at 9:51 pm There seems to be a disconnect on the “conservative” side about the faith statements and policies of the Episcopal Church. How do you think those happen? Our triennial General Convention has just completed its task of prayerfully considering and voting on a variety of issues. Deputies to General Convention are democratically elected in their dioceses (and the House of Bishops is also made up of persons elected to office). It’s a very American system, originally modeled on the new Constitution. If you are unhappy with the church’s positions, how do you suggest we should act? If we are to do as St. Augustine recommends, then there’s no way we can avoid taking positions on public issues. We never got around to it regarding slavery, and I don’t think we want to behave that way in future. Matt Ouellette says: Karen Birr says: August 10, 2018 at 5:12 am Can we cut to the chase? The left owns the Episcopal Church. Let me repeat that: The left OWNS this denomination lock stock and barrel! On this there should be no debate, no arguement. I mean my God it’s so blatantly obvious. For anyone to say with a straight face that this church is nonpartisan is beyond delusional. It is a denomination that eagerly jumps on the bandwagon of virtually every leftward-leaning cause. Its political activities make the old Moral Majority look tame by comparison! And sadly these activities make conservative members like myself feel more and more like outsiders. Even worse, it seems that many if not most progressives in TEC don’t particularly care. Their message seems to be get out and vote this November, unless of course you’re one of those ignorant intolerant hate-filled conservatives. In your case do us all a favor and please stay home! August 10, 2018 at 9:32 am Jordan: Saying that TEC is just practicing civics is a bit disingenuous. It’s also disingenuous to act like churches stayed out of political theater until the crazy evangelicals started pushing for Republicans. For one, churches have been political agents since the founding of this country. TEC has just been wrong on either side of the spectrum so long that they should have learned a lesson by now. That OGR office is a den of progressive, socialistic, millennial pandering, identity politiking social justice warriors as are certain other prominent corners of the church. To act as if this is all innocent and sweet, like a child’s lemonade stand, is either naive or insulting. Take your pick. August 9, 2018 at 9:22 pm I am probably a few years older than you so I remember when it was the other way around as to gerrymandering. Not good either way. Both do it.I guess you would say the same about Carter and Ronald Reagan? August 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm Bill Louis – I could not agree with you more in your response. So true………… Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT August 9, 2018 at 10:20 pm Absolutely, everyone does it but that doesn’t make it right. Gerrymandering is a stain on our democracy John Hobart says: David A salmon says: August 9, 2018 at 9:56 pm I don’t see most of those as Democratic positions, but moral ones. Combating climate change, protecting immigrants, supporting common sense gun limits, a more compassionate criminal justice system, and opposing illegal settlements in Palestine should be things both sides support. The fact that secular conservative culture has decided to ignore or outright oppose those things is an indictment of modern secular conservatism, not the Episcopal Church. Faith & Politics David A Salmon says: August 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm Robin Garr, You have exactly the correct context for filtering the positions that various candidates espouse. Citing Matthew 25, and the good Samaritan parable are but two examples from the Gospels that can assist us in making appropriate decisions about candidates. Jordan Sakal says: August 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm Vote. Just, VOTE Matt Ouellette says: August 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm My comment on Hillary is in response to a later comment you made that there is no proof that Hillary committed nefarious acts. Actually the proof is there but the DOJ and Republicans don’t have the fortitude to deal directly with the numerous felonies committed. August 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm Jordan,I don’t know what you want me to say. Would “Yes I agree with you,” do? I would be lying because I don’t agree with your view of the churches position on political issues or how they go about getting their members to vote as the church leadership would like them to vote. Apparently there are others that feel the same way I do. Just because you think the church’s stand is moral doesn’t mean everyone else sees it that way. I know you will never be convinced to see it the way I do so I’m done here. Believe whatever you want. August 12, 2018 at 12:37 pm Mr. Louis,Once again you choose to ignore my point and instead attempt to construct a straw man out of another set of arguments that are not pertinent to the main thrust of my initial point. I asked specifically if the Episcopal Church in any way shape or form endorsed or forced voters or parishioners to vote for certain candidates or positions and the answer is of course as you noted no because that way they would not lose their tax-exempt status.Once again, the idea that the Episcopal Church takes up moral positions that are in opposition to yours does not make those church held positions invalid (Just because you don’t like them) Andrew Poland says: Matt Ouellette says: August 10, 2018 at 8:00 am I am of the opinion that Christians should stay out of politics. mike geibel says: August 10, 2018 at 8:39 am Right. Just like Jesus did. Jordan Sakal says: August 9, 2018 at 7:19 pm The Liberals control The Episcopal Church. They, along with the church leadership, do not want conservatives to vote. August 11, 2018 at 10:49 am Matt – California has the highest poverty rate in the US; who would want to emulate that? And that is after spending a trillion dollars on anti-poverty measures.. another progressive failed policy https://www.google.com/amp/www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-jackson-california-poverty-20180114-story.html%3foutputType=amp August 10, 2018 at 9:30 pm Andrew Poland, an early and very conservative authority (namely, St. Augustine) wrote that in deciding how to act (or vote), one need only ask: does this action express love of God and neighbor? (If you’re in doubt about the meaning of “neighbor,” see the parable of the Good Samaritan and/or the Sermon on the Mount.) How do zoning regulations, net neutrality, etc. affect the neediest among us? It is absurd to ask in specifics how Jesus would have reacted to things that did not exist in his time. Our obligation is to apply the principles he emphasized to the questions of our own day, and act (vote) accordingly. Matt Ouellette says: Elizabeth Kaeton says: Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL August 10, 2018 at 11:39 pm Jim, There have always been inadequately informed votes. People often vote for their party of affiliation, out of habit , ethnicity, or general values. But there is little point in encouraging people to get informed unless they do vote. That’s an important starting point. August 10, 2018 at 9:33 am Yes, there are higher taxes in those countries, but there are also higher standards of living for citizens. What’s wrong with want to emulate that? Jordan Sakal says: Robbie Johnson says: August 12, 2018 at 12:49 pm No, I don’t think everyone has to agree with me. I’m not perfect. What I am saying is that there are certain moral issues that we should not compromise on as a church, even if it makes conservatives or liberals uncomfortable. This is not intolerance, but is rather standing by one’s principles. So where do you draw the line? Would you not agree, for example, that child separation is wrong, given that almost all churches (including conservative ones like the Catholic Church and Southern Baptist) have condemned that policy? What about actions on climate change, which the Catholic Church also supports? I personally do not agree with drawing the line at rare cases. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 August 9, 2018 at 7:58 pm When we’re Republicans complaining about gerrymandering? It seems to me they are more interested in gerrymandering themselves, not stopping it. Both parties do it, but one has done it far more than the other. And while a low unemployment rate is good, it is just the continuation of good economic numbers from the Obama administration, not anything Trump has done. Those tax cuts on the rich have had little effect on the economy, and wages are still stagnant. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Matt Ouellette says: August 12, 2018 at 12:34 pm I’m sorry, but I don’t see how the media is being over the top with its criticism of Trump’s policies and behavior. Just because the mainstream press does not treat Trump with kid gloves like Fox News doesn’t mean they are being unfair in their criticisms. As you yourself just said, he brings his criticisms onto himself. August 11, 2018 at 5:02 pm I would suggest that we stay out of politics. Secular government depends on force for its power. Christianity rejects the use of force. Authentic Christianity relies on conversion rather than coercion and is incompatible with politics. August 11, 2018 at 8:59 pm Dear Rev. Maloney: I don’t think the Convention represented the political makeup of the membership as a whole. Few if any conservative clergy were present, and the House of Deputies is 100% liberal progressive. I didn’t vote for Trump, but the Trump-bashing, Republican-hating, name-calling, negative dooms-day predictors within the TEC leadership is ugly. The recent “Reclaiming Jesus” proclamation stated that the Tax Reform Bill was immoral and that ‘America First’ is heresy. The TEC had previously adopted a similar proclamation stating that immigration laws are “reprehensibly racist.” There are many members who rightfully believe that the proper role of the federal government is to protect the needs of American citizens first. There are many members who honestly believe that we need more taxpayers than we need more taxes, and that tax reform can stimulate jobs—in the short term that seems to be working. There are many members who agree that separating children from parents was wrong, but who believe that “compassion for the sojourner” is not a rational or survivable basis for a nation’s immigration policy. It is not “racist” to expect the executive branch to enforce our immigration laws and to demand that Congress works together to fix what is unfair. The “Reclaiming Jesus” proclamation labeled such political beliefs as immoral, heresy and racist, which is the same thing as calling the members who support these policies as immoral heretics and racists. Bishop Curry found a non-political, winning message—the power of Love. But the “hot topics” were all about trying to demonize Israel and to fix the world and our pronoun choices. Sadly, the message is already being adulterated by changing it into a political slogan: “Love—and justice.” Claiming that the most of the Resolutions were not political does not mean they were not politically motivated. Painting a crocodile purple does not mean it’s not a crocodile. Jordan Sakal says: Matt Ouellette says: Matt Ouellette says: Robbie Johnson says: August 13, 2018 at 8:47 am Matt: even the left leaning, Trump hating Washington Post poll has more than 50% in favor of absolutely standing. As an aside Francis Scott Key was a devout Episcopalian. August 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm Quoting the article”“Although Episcopalians may be motivated by personal political beliefs, their church-based election efforts are necessarily nonpartisan. Those efforts also are grounded in church policies established by General Convention, which just last month passed additional resolutions calling Episcopalians to greater political engagement. That engagement has the continued support of the church’s Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C.”The quote from the article is almost believable until it cites the Office of Government Relations. Anyone who has been to the OGR page can clearly see the positions of the Episcopal Church are far from non-partisan and clearly progressive left supporting. For example from the OGR page:Support climate change and the Paris climate agreement, immigration defend TPS, support Dreamers, immigrant resettlement efforts (subsidized by the federal government), increase foreign aid, ban “assault weapons”, common sense gun reform, more gun laws. criminal justice reform, support for Palestine and support just about every other left leaning policy can be found on the OGR page.Clearly the “get out the vote effort” is an appeal for democratic votes. mike geibel says: Terry Francis says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA August 10, 2018 at 2:25 pm Matt, One person’s moral issue is another’s oppression so a moral issue can also be political. No one is going to be able point out where TEC is telling conservatives not to vote even though most conservatives believe TEC wishes they don’t. That belief comes from the subtle inferences in this and other articles like the lines I pointed out in an earlier post. To claim TEC is not encouraging it members to vote for candidates that support its policies is naive. Just about every policy on the Office of Government Relations page is in support of Democratic or Socialist platform and the article specifically refers it readers to that page. However, if you read the article and don’t dig into where they are referring their readers one would believe the ENS is innocently encouraging members to vote when in reality they are hoping to fuel the “blue wave” August 10, 2018 at 6:30 am CO 47 is unacceptable. Let’s get all out to vote. The electoral college is needed unless you live in New York City and San Fran. Apparently, our Church wants open boarders along with enforcingonly some of the laws. Freedom in the US is not free. Our church has quickly become a hard left PAC. When did actions like abortion and the death penalty become Christian??Church Office of Government Relations?Really? I thought we were apolitical? Wrong again.. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem By David PaulsenPosted Aug 9, 2018 Matt Ouellette says: August 11, 2018 at 9:15 pm At the end of the day, political Christianity is simply idolatry. I don’t think it matters much whether you worship a golden donkey or a golden elephant; those are both idols. We need to give it a rest. August 10, 2018 at 9:41 am Do you have any substantive criticism to the points I made? Jim Cutshall says: John Hobart says: Hamilton Jones says: Episcopalians dive into local voter mobilization efforts leading up to November elections Cathedral Dean Boise, ID charles b. allen II says: Charlene R Cook says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN August 9, 2018 at 4:52 pm I’m glad to see churches working to get people out to vote. It’s important that every citizen who is able participates in the voting process. Every voice needs to be heard, regardless of which political party or cause we might support. That’s what makes a representative democracy like ours function properly. Matt Ouellette says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Elizabeth Kaeton says: Holly LeCraw says: August 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm Andrew,Genuinely I’m curious, and I do not mean to pick a fight here or cause any discord. I want to reach out to you and ask why do you feel unwelcome or unwanted in the church? I know you mentioned not being a hardcore conservative or a whack-o right winger just as you are likely not a “leftist” in the same token. What is it that you are having difficulty adjusting to regarding church leadership? What political opportunism are you seeing that displeases you? Do you feel afraid that just because you disagree with a church position you will be shunned? (I am trying to understand so help me here.)How can I genuinely help you feel more welcome in the church? I want to help. August 10, 2018 at 9:41 pm In 2006 our Deanery asked for and received diocesan and parish funding to hold a series of public forums on the issues in the then-current election campaign. We held four sessions, one at each of four parishes in our Deanery. The topics depended in part on the speakers we were able to secure; “below the belt” issues were off the table. The subjects included poverty and disease (foreign and domestic) and environmental issues. We (I, as the Dean) sent letters to all candidates of all parties, national, state, and local, inviting them to attend the forums. Those who attended were given five minutes each after the talk and question period to say how they would use the office they were seeking to address the issue of the evening. (Example: one state senator pledged to work on raising minimum wages for tipped employees — and he did.) Twelve years later people are still talking about how great those forums were. (One candidate enthused to my senior warden about how much she had enjoyed participating — although in fact, she didn’t!) I hope we may be able to repeat the experience this fall, because I think they modeled very well how churches can combat voter ignorance and encourage participation while remaining entirely nonpartisan. August 13, 2018 at 8:12 am Matt: how do you and the TEC feel about our Presidents stance on taking a knee during our National Anthem? I’ll bet you are in the minority of public opinion on this issue as well as others. Bill Louis says: August 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm Mr. Louis,Why is this so hard for you? Legitimately, I must question sir, why is this so hard for you? The Episcopal Church does something good in this case in the form of a “Get Out The Vote” type drive where they are encouraging people to register to vote, to engage in the very American act of voting and civil responsibility and you object, you raise objections from atop your mountain most high claiming that “TEC is telling us HOW to vote, by God and I won’t stand for it.” The thing is Mr. Louis, as Mr. Ouellette has told you quite plainly: The Episcopal Church is not advocating for political causes or particular candidates (for that would be a violation of their status as a tax-exempt organisation.) Mind you, there is a history of churches violating their non-profit status and advocating for political agendas or have you forgotten the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints doing so regarding Proposition 8 in California? Now because it is a “liberal” church doing so you object and beat your chest and whinge most pitifully. The Episcopal Church is advocating for Christians to follow the words of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the policies being advocated for by the Church are not political ones, not “socialist” or “commie” or “liberal” rather they are positions of faith, of righteousness and morality. August 13, 2018 at 7:23 am His arguments are not burnished by your endorsement. Comments are closed. John Hobart says: John Hobart says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 John Miller says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release August 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm I never said we shouldn’t love others we disagree with. I believe in Jesus’ command to love our enemies (and I don’t necessarily think those I disagree with are my enemies). However, that doesn’t mean we should compromise our moral principles. Standing up for our beliefs isn’t unloving. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Matt Ouellette says: August 10, 2018 at 8:47 am As a practicing Christian, my decision on how to vote will be solely informed by Jesus’ teaching. August 11, 2018 at 10:41 am I see, so anything secular liberals disagree with now are all the result of Republicans Nazis, conservative racists, misogynists and all the other left-wing bogeymen. It can’t possibly be that there are moral issues that secular liberalism in America are on the wrong side of…FIFYMatt, you try to say every issue is a moral one and that, of course, your “side” is the only ethical one, the only caring one, the only Christian one. Yes, there are conservatives that feel the same as you, that only conservative beliefs are correct, but that is not solving any problems. We have seen the failures of liberal political solutions as reflected in Chicago, D.C. , every large city, our schools with the solutions always the same: more money thrown at a failed policy, more government control (i.e. more Democrat Party control) and punish for certain segments of society Democrats do not like.Both sides need to listen to the other and have committed the sin of ideological purity. But do not make the mistake of thinking the holier than thou, only our side is Christian progressive thinkers are any different than the Moral Majority; they are not, cut from the same cloth, just on the opposite side The Rev. Dr. Linda M. Maloney says: August 9, 2018 at 10:20 pm I’m glad we can agree on gerrymandering. We need to do something to put an end to it on both sides. How about having an independent commission draw congressional district lines instead of partisan officials?Not sure what you are referring to regarding Carter and Reagan. If you are implying that Reagan’s tax cuts for the rich were sound policy, I’d suggest reading this article by a former Reagan policy advisor for some perspective:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/09/28/i-helped-create-the-gop-tax-myth-trump-is-wrong-tax-cuts-dont-equal-growth/?utm_term=.4ce482a1a685 Rector Bath, NC August 10, 2018 at 9:36 am I see, so anything secular conservatives disagree with now are all the result of socialists, political correctness, SJWs, and all the other right-wing bogeymen. It can’t possibly be that there are moral issues that secular conservatism in America are on the wrong side of. 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 charles b. allen II says: August 10, 2018 at 9:10 am So what do you think Jesus’ views were concerning zoning regulations, internet regulations, administration of communications infrastructure, specific changes to congressional rules of order, and daylight savings/ time zones? August 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm All you have said is that you think everybody should agree with you. Everyone else thinks that everybody should agree with them. The fact is they don’t because different people see things differently and they are entitled to their own opinions. You are not morally superior to other people because they don’t share your opinions. In fact, the intolerance of the opinions of others is the definition of bigotry. If you have a political opinion, write to your congressman. If I have a political opinion, I will write to mine. If the Episcopal Church only took a position in rare cases like slavery (when they didn’t take a position) I might agree that their behavior is appropriate. But the document to which I posted the link demonstrates that the Episcopal Church largely aspires to be the drunk at the end of the bar who won’t shut up about his politics. And when people become so consumed with their political opinions that they think they “should” be my religion, I think they have crossed the line into idolatry. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC August 10, 2018 at 12:26 am I think one important thing to remember is that the American idea of a “centrist” would be someone on the right anywhere else in the Western world. And the positions we think of as “leftist” are quite mainstream everywhere else–for instance, Medicate for All, whose equivalents in European countries have led to longer life expectancy, lower infant mortality rate, and less expensive healthcare over all than what we have here. I’d note too there are no actual socialists running in 2018. (Democratic socialists are a different animal.)All that said, it’s interesting that in deep-blue New England, where I live, the tradition of the fiscally conservative socially liberal old-fashioned Republican is alive and well! Submit a Job Listing August 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm Jordan,Its not hard for me, you just don’t get it! Believe what ever you want. I’ve spent a lot of time looking and studying the ECUSA and I believe the leadership of TEC has become a politically motivated organization under the guise of the Christian church. Is there good done by TEC, of course. Does TEC worship God and believe Jesus Christ is our Savior, yes. But the church has managed to intertwine religion with politics. This article specifically references the Office of Government Relations and speaks of a Voters Toolkit. Did you ever ask yourself “why is TEC so interested in government relations and why is it pushing a get out the vote. Its more than civic duty. The church wants members to vote for candidates that will further its political beliefs but can’t say that outright or risk losing its tax status just like you mentioned. When TEC decides to abolish the Office of Government Relations perhaps I’ll change my opinion and stop beating my chest. Hamilton Jones says: Matt Ouellette says: August 10, 2018 at 12:17 pm You are correct although I suspect you are trying to be sarcastic. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Robbie Johnson says: August 10, 2018 at 3:06 pm Mr. Louis,Mr. Ouellette originally made comments to Mr. William Dailey. It was they who were having a discussion about Ms. Clinton and her political career and any misdeeds (real or imaginary.) The entire focus of their conversation was precisely that. The reason Mr. Ouellette stated that this topic had gone off-topic was that his original message was that the positions currently being taken up by TEC are not political ones rather ones of morality and judgement. It was Mr. Dailey and then you Mr. Louis who decided to inject ignoble attacks against Secretary Clinton involving baseless and disproved attacks upon her character. Please note also that Mr. Ouellette is using many forms of source media in order to back up his claims both “liberal” ones and “conservative” ones. He has been nothing but agreeable when working with you and others discussing these issues, perhaps you should show him more Christian kindness and practise your understanding of your fellow human being. Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA August 12, 2018 at 10:27 am Matt – okay, so you say these are moral positions. What you seem not to understand is that most conservatives are opposed to the “solutions” offered by progressives. You use raise climate change as an example. The United States actually did better than Europe in lowering emissions. The progressives want to follow the Paris Accord which is not a treaty, has no enforce for not achieving any targets and has the sole purpose of being a massive wealth transfer from the developed countries to the undeveloped countries (most of which will wind up in Swiss bank accounts of third world leaders). It will do nothing to help the climate but will make progressives feel good about themselves. Conservatives are opposed to this type of nonsense and are willing to look at market based solutions that will help the third world raise itself out of poverty while protecting the environment.https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2017/10/24/yes-the-u-s-leads-all-countries-in-reducing-carbon-emissions/amp/As far as failed liberal policies, what stats do you want? Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, for example, have been ruled by Democrats for decades. You think these are successful places? Detroit looks like a third world city, Chicago’s gun violence is an abomination (and trying to blame that on Indiana’s gun laws is absurd, it is against the law for non-citizens of a state to transport guns across borders). San Francisco has human waste, drug needle and homeless problems beyond compare and don’t get me started on our schools. If these were conservative, Republican run cities, progressives would be screaming. What proof do you need? August 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm Mr. Louis,All churches have managed to entwine politics and religion. Again, look at the LDS with Prop 8, or the Catholics and abortion (or gay marriage or whole hosts of things) Let me ask this, and I welcome your research proving one way or another. Does TEC in any way shape or form advocate on any advertisement, banner, web ad, pop up, leaflet, newsletter, bulletin, skywriting, town crier using, or magazine publishing for ANY political candidate? Do we publish any literature saying “VOTE FOR CANDIDATE X, they’re a liberal who believes in XYZ and if you’re a good Christian you’ll believe that too and vote as we tell you to!” I would love to see proof of that if true. But I bet you won’t be able to find proof of such literature because it does not exist. The OGR exists as an interface between government and the Church (churches of all nature likely have one) the purpose of the OGR is to make it so the church can be aware of the action of the government. There is no nefarious political influencing going on here, I hope you know that. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA August 9, 2018 at 8:08 pm To answer your question about what happened to the separation of church and state, look no further than the “Christian Right” and the “Moral Majority” which infested the Republican Party in the 1980s (and has continued to do so today) They use the party as nothing more than a platform for their agenda. This is just TEC engaging in civics. August 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm All you are really saying is that you think the church should stand by your principles and to heck with anyone who doesn’t agree with your opinions. What if the conservatives gained a narrow majority and the Episcopal Church began to stand by principles with which you disagreed and the progressives were marginalized? I know next to nothing about the SBC, but I know a lot of Catholics and many of them disagree with the Pope. I do not want any religious leader pretending to speak on my behalf. Fortunately, we live in a representative democracy and we can all express our opinions to our elected representatives (except for the Pope who isn’t an American citizen so his opinion doesn’t count). That is why I draw the line at the Episcopal Church staying out of politics. Even with your celebrated example of slavery, the institution was abolished without any input from the Episcopal Church. Matt Ouellette says: August 10, 2018 at 9:40 am I feel the same way Robbie Johnson. Matt Ouellette says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ August 9, 2018 at 10:25 pm I will stop now. the party line gets old.have a great day. August 10, 2018 at 9:04 am Give me a break. How you don’t choke spewing such hogwash is a mystery to me. August 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm Mr. Salmon, The problem with your assertion that “liberal” policies are unpopular to conservative elements is not true especially given the evidence Mr. Ouellette has provided which indicate that for topics such as climate change or immigration or poverty and wages and so many other things. Governments are unified both conservative factions and liberal factions in their beliefs in certain policies are needed. For example, they believe that climate change is a thing that is happening that is destroying the Earth. The Paris Climate Accord is signed by such nations as Iran, Syria (which is in the middle of a civil war, and ywt still upholding the agreement) Canada, Mexico, etc, etc. All of these nations across a very diverse dichotomy of political beliefs and systems believe that climate change is a very serious world issue. What makes the conservative faction of the United States in their pseudoscience fueled opposition to reality so special? You blame liberal policies and democrats for the state of Detroit as an example. Do you even bother to consider the fact that Detroit is a city which was responsible for so much manufacturing and other forms of industry and that the removal of such industries has obviously caused a decline. Conservative businessmen and CEOs who wanted to make a quick buck by profiteering off the cheap labor in third world countries chose to do so to enrich themselves instead of the American working class. The resulting economic decline when these factories and other institutions were shut down and moved overseas caused a very real decline in tax revenues resulting in city decline.As for Chicago and its gun laws there is much misinformation that abounds which is explained by the following: https://www.politifact.com/illinois/statements/2017/oct/03/sarah-huckabee-sanders/chicago-toughest-gun-control-claim-shot-full-holes/ August 13, 2018 at 9:31 am Mr. Hobart, Come now, surely you can make a better argument than that. Surely, you can refute what I’m saying and not just plug your ears and pretend that my point does not stand true. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Charlene R Cook says: 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 Charlene R Cook says: August 10, 2018 at 2:16 pm The FBI investigated her emails and found nothing worth indicting over. I trust their judgment over the ill-will of those on the right who will hate Clinton no matter what she does. Also, there was no Uranium One “scandal,” as the conservative Weekly Standard noted:https://www.weeklystandard.com/holmes-lybrand/fact-check-did-hillary-clinton-personally-approve-the-uranium-one-dealHowever, this discussion has gone off-topic. I’m not interested in getting into a tit-for-tat over Hillary Clinton, unless you would also like me to bring up the wrong-doing and corruption committed by Trump and other Republican politicians. Matt Ouellette says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Robbie Johnson says: John Hobart says: August 9, 2018 at 10:00 pm Voting is not the problem–the problem is that extremists control both parties. I scan the political horizon searching for that fiscally conservative, respect for the rule of law, socially liberal, state legislature or federal congress-person who knows when not to say something stupid, but I find slim pickings. I’m registered Republican, but please send me a moderate/centrist candidate from either party that I can be excited to vote for, rather than just having to choose between a socialist vs. a reactionary. Maybe we need a “none of the above-please restart” button.last_img read more

Research on Main Street: Using the Web to Find Local Business and Market Information

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Research on Main Street: Using the Web to Find Local Business and Market Information Advertisement [amzn_product_post]US-focused, but could also be useful to UK prospect researchers needing to research US alumni or prospects.There’s a review on FUMSI.  6 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | Newslast_img read more

Immaculate Heart Students Stage Summer School Justice Fair

first_imgHerbeauty8 Simple Steps To Catch Your Crush’s Eye On InstagramHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Education Immaculate Heart Students Stage Summer School Justice Fair From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, July 18, 2016 | 1:52 pm Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News center_img Immaculate Heart High School’s Justice Fair recently created awareness and raised hundreds of dollars for organizations that support justice for people, animals, and the environment.Immaculate Heart students recently completed their Contemporary Moral Issues class by organizing a Justice Fair on campus that raised funds and awareness for numerous organizations that advocate human, animal, and environmental rights. Students raised several hundred dollars by selling baked goods and ice cream shakes in support of groups as diverse as Oxfam America, Habitat for Humanity, Heal the Bay, and Farm Sanctuary, among others. They also collected bags of used clothing for Homeboy Industries of Los Angeles.According to theology teacher Christine Knudsen, the fair has grown each year since its introduction four years ago as a summer school class project. Students initially read about justice issues in class and then research various organizations that contribute to positive changes both locally and around the world. “The point is for students to become informed about an issue or a cause, and then do something positive and concrete to support it,” the instructor explained.Along with raising funds, students created awareness at the event for nearly 30 organizations. Some students brought laptops so that others could sign online petitions, while other students encouraged classmates to phone local representatives about social justice issues.About Immaculate HeartFounded in 1906, Immaculate Heart educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country. For more information, visit http://www.immaculateheart.org/. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Business News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

MyHeritage lanserer en banebrytende funksjon for å animere ansiktene i stillbilder

first_img Previous articleBaker Tilly US CEO Alan Whitman appointed Chair-Elect of global network Baker Tilly InternationalNext articleEx-US Olympics gymnastics coach John Geddert charged in Michigan in investigation tied to Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal Digital AIM Web Support MyHeritage lanserer en banebrytende funksjon for å animere ansiktene i stillbilder Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness TAGS  Pinterestcenter_img Introducing Deep Nostalgia™ Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 25, 2021 last_img read more

Plea for firms

first_imgThe Welsh Assembly’s draft economic plan will be ineffective unlessemployers become more involved, says CBI Wales. The assembly wants to create up to 150,000 jobs and raise the gross domesticproduct of Wales by up to 10 per cent within 15 years. It believes that raisingskill levels is the answer. But CBI Wales has criticised the plans for failing to involve employers.Amanda Wilkinson, senior policy adviser for CBI Wales, said, “One of theaims of the draft plan is to raise GDP. This can be achieved by attractinghigher-level skilled jobs into the country. “But we need to look at attracting growth companies into the countryand meeting the business needs of our members.” She believes that employers should be encouraged to develop links witheducation and contribute to the curriculum. CBI Wales also criticised the Welsh Assembly for failing to put a majoremployer on the new council for post-16 education.  www.cbi.org.uk/wales Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Plea for firmsOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/4

first_imgJanuary 4, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/4 Written by Tags: Roundup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 20TROPIC, Utah-Sergio Vasquez netted 19 points and the Bryce Valley Mustangs edged Panguitch 49-46 Saturday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Ryker Hatch’s 14 points led the Bobcats in the loss.HURRICANE, Utah-Braden Heaton and Gavin Hoyt posted 14 points apiece and the Valley Buffaloes clobbered Diamond Ranch 67-24 in Region 20 boys basketball action Saturday. Clarence Jackson had 6 points in defeat for the Diamondbacks.BICKNELL, Utah-Devin Barlow netted 18 points and the Water Canyon Wildcats got past Wayne 62-56 Saturday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Bridger Brian’s 23 points led the Badgers in defeat.Non-RegionDUCHESNE, Utah-Kason Grant led the way with 23 points and the Duchesne Eagles stymied Beaver 66-49 in non-region boys basketball action Saturday. Crayton Hollingshead had 15 points in defeat for the Beavers.GUNNISON, Utah-Brax Jensen posted 21 points and the Emery Spartans humbled Gunnison Valley 63-49 Saturday in non-region boys basketball action. Janzen Keisel’s game-high 22 points led the Bulldogs in defeat.GRANTSVILLE, Utah-Jackson Sandberg posted 14 points and 11 rebounds and the Grantsville Cowboys edged Juab 56-52 in non-region boys basketball action Saturday.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Caleb Lohner netted 16 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Paul VI Panthers downed Wasatch Academy 57-53 Saturday in non-region boys basketball action.Girls BasketballNon-RegionDUCHESNE, Utah-Heidi Jensen led the way with 17 points and the Piute Thunderbirds mowed over Duchesne 45-32 in non-region girls basketball action Saturday. Kelsey Grant had 10 points in the loss for the Eagles.GUNNISON, Utah-Raven Pickett stepped up with 10 points and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs routed Grand 52-23 Saturday in non-region girls basketball action. Josalyn Murphy had 13 points for the Red Devils in defeat.SALINA, Utah-Brinley Mason amassed 23 points and the North Sevier Wolves clobbered Grand 77-34 in non-region girls basketball action Saturday. Megan Zunich’s 12 points led the Red Devils in the loss.ORDERVILLE, Utah-Monument Valley edged Valley 51-50 Saturday in non-region girls basketball action. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Repsol acquires 40% stake in United Oil Company

first_imgThe deal represents a third regional manufacturing hub to the ones Repsol already has in Spain and Mexico Image: Repsol boosts its Asian expansion with the acquisition of 40% stake in United Oil Company. Photo: courtesy of Repsol. Repsol signed the purchase agreement for a 40% stake in the Singapore-based lubricants manufacturer United Oil Company, which will manufacture and supply Repsol’s brand of products in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.The agreement will allow Repsol to increase its presence in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing lubricants markets with sales of 3 million metric tons per year and an annual growth rate of 4%.Southeast Asia, and particularly Indonesia, are key target markets for growth, fitting in with the Strategic Plan 2018–2020 goals to increase the international expansion of the Downstream Unit. Repsol aims to be a top-five player in Indonesia thorough the capabilities incorporated in this partnership.The deal represents a third regional manufacturing hub to the ones Repsol already has in Spain and Mexico. United Oil Company has two lubricants plants, in Singapore and Indonesia, with total capacity of 140,000 metric tonnes.The joint venture unveiled today plans to upgrade United Oil Company’s existing manufacturing plant in Indonesia and expand the network of dealers and distributors though a targeted sales and marketing drive. The alliance with United Global Limited will provide immediate access to new customer segments due to the complementary nature of both companies’ brands and product lines.The partnership in Asia adds to the joint venture created last year with Bardahl of Mexico, completing the foundations for the company’s immediate strategic growth goals. Repsol aims to double its lubricants sales volumes to 300,000 metric tonnes, with 70% sourced from international business units.Repsol has allocated 1.5 billion euros in investments for the period 2018–2020 for the growth of its Downstream unit, specifically its service stations, petrochemicals and lubricants businesses.The agreement signed today is subject to the fulfillment of standard authorizations for this type of transaction. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Indo-Pacific Endeavour ships wrap up final port visits

first_img View post tag: IPE18 View post tag: HMAS Toowoomba View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HMAS Adelaide Ships deployed as part of the Royal Australian Navy’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour tour have concluded their final port visits before returning home later this week.HMA Ships Adelaide and Toowoomba visited the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara, while HMAS Success visited Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, working with Pacific Island partners in support of regional prosperity and security.ADF personnel worked alongside partner security forces and local communities to conduct women in leadership and medical workshops, as well as carrying out repair and maintenance work to local schools, health and community facilities, and historic sites.The crews also conducted commemoration services for the loss of HMAS AE1, Australia’s first submarine, which sank off the coast of Rabaul in 1914, and the sinking of HMAS Canberra during the WWII Pacific campaign.IPE Joint Task Group Commander, Captain Jim Hutton, said the visits reinforced our regional security partnerships.“We were honored by the welcome we received in both countries,” Captain Hutton said.“Over the last few days, we have forged stronger people-to-people links and joint capacities in both countries that can be utilized in times of crisis.“At the end of the day we are all committed to supporting regional security, and IPE has enhanced our ability to operate more seamlessly with our Pacific partners.”In the Solomon Islands, the ADF focussed on maritime security training with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Maritime Division.The IPE Joint Task Group was also able to assist the RSIPF conduct a short notice medical evacuation of four people, including a teenager who had been critically injured in a remote part of the country.“We were able to support the RSIPF’s request for assistance by utilizing two of the ADF’s embarked MRH-90 helicopters to send five police officers and medical teams to Bellona Island to retrieve the wounded individuals back to Honiara for emergency treatment,” Captain Hutton said.“This highlights not only the capability of the ADF to work with partners to rapidly plan and conduct joint force operations in a complex security environment, but also our enduring commitment to our friends and neighbors in the region.”These port visits follow successful capacity building and community engagement activities conducted during visits to Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in Phase One of IPE in June.The IPE Joint Task Group will return to Australia later this week. Photo: HMA Ships Adelaide and Toowoomba sail in company in the Pacific Ocean during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018. Photo: Royal Australian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more