Daily Archives: April 11, 2011

Gas Prices Climbing Toward $5 Per Gallon

Ugh–check it out.

Posted in * Economics, Politics, Consumer/consumer spending, Economy, Energy, Natural Resources

(USA Today) Girls are maturing faster than ever, and doctors are not sure why

A week-long series on the changing face of childhood.

Claudia and Joe’s baby girl has been racing to grow up, almost from the moment she was born. Laila sat up on her own at 5 months old and began talking at 7 months and walking by 8½ months.

“All of our friends told us to cherish every moment,” Claudia says. “When I started planning her first birthday party, I remember crying and wondering where the time had gone.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, Children, Health & Medicine, Psychology, Sexuality, Women

(BBC) Europe's future lies under Africa, scientists suggest

Europe may be starting to burrow its way under Africa, geologists suggest.

The continents are converging; and for many millions of years, the northern edge of the African tectonic plate has descended under Europe.

But this process has stalled; and at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) meeting last week, scientists said we may be seeing Europe taking a turn.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Energy, Natural Resources, Europe, History, Science & Technology

(NPR) 150 Years Later, America's Civil War Still Divides

On April 12, 1861, the first shots of the Civil War rang out in South Carolina.

Confederate forces, firing on the Union garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, helped launch a four-year war that would kill more than 620,000 soldiers.

It’s been nearly 150 years since the war began. But even now, the city of Charleston is still figuring out how to talk about the war and commemorate the anniversary.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * South Carolina, America/U.S.A., History, Military / Armed Forces, Race/Race Relations

New church to become community hub in Acton

… it has been quite a long time coming. Oaktree started in 1993, as Church of England project to explore a new way of being a church. It has been meeting in a café at Twyford School for the last 5 years. “At last” says the Church’s minister Mark Aldridge, “Oaktree now has the base it needs to pursue the projects closest to its heart.”

Those include projects addressing some of Acton’s core social needs, like the Oaktree-based branch of CAP (Christians Against Poverty), a free debt-advice service which can negotiate with creditors, work out realistic budgets and sets itself the ambitious target to get even those in deep debt trouble out of debt within five years.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Parish Ministry

Fleming Rutledge–The twelve-minute sermon, challenged

Read it all. Indeed. To this I would only add John Stott’s memorable “sermonettes produce Christianettes” (if in fact it originated with him)–KSH.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, Preaching / Homiletics, Religion & Culture

(WSJ) French Veil Ban Takes Effect

France’s new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance Monday, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained for taking part in an unauthorized protest.

France on Monday became the world’s first country to ban the veils anywhere in public, from outdoor marketplaces to the sidewalks and boutiques of the Champs-Elysées.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy set the wheels in motion for the ban nearly two years ago, saying the veils imprison women and contradict this secular nation’s values of dignity and equality. The ban enjoyed wide public support when it was approved by parliament last year.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, Europe, France, Islam, Law & Legal Issues, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, Women

Half of Yorkshire’s charities and voluntary groups set to shed staff

Nearly half the charities and voluntary groups in Yorkshire are expecting to reduce staff numbers over the coming weeks as funding cuts bite, a new study suggests.

Almost 50 per cent of the “third sector” organisations which responded to a survey by Involve Yorkshire and Humber ”“ an umbrella group representing charities across the region ”“ said they were planning to reduce their workforce over the next three months to help to cut their costs.

The study represents yet another blow to David Cameron’s Big Society project, with critics having warned for months that cuts to local authority budgets would have a fatal knock-on effect for many charities which rely on councils for much of their fnding.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Charities/Non-Profit Organizations, Economy, England / UK, Politics in General

Church in Wales running out of space to bury its dead

Wales is running out of space to bury its dead and needs a co-ordinated policy to tackle the issue seriously.

That’s one of the stark facts the Church in Wales is highlighting in a series of briefing notes about its work to candidates standing for the Welsh Assembly election.

It estimates that two-thirds of the Church’s 1,000 burial grounds will be full in 10 years’ time and calls for a Government Commission to look into provision across Wales.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Provinces, Church of Wales, Death / Burial / Funerals, Parish Ministry

Archbishop Okoh's Opening Address to the Anglican Church of Nigeria Standing Committee

The delegation was well received by the Nigerian High Commission in London. There was a brief meeting and an interactive section. The group also visited the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace. Our message:

The need to allow Nigerians to worship “the Nigeria way” in abandoned Church buildings or allow them a scheduled time in parish Churches where they could express themselves unreservedly in worship, to save us from the unceasing and intense bleeding of our young executive Anglicans moving over to the New Generation Churches due to what they describe as “cold” worship style. Our request was viewed positively by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England. We also visited the Lord Bishop of London and the Bishop of Southwark. Other places visited include Manchester and Birmingham. In summary the Archbishop requested us to put our proposal into writing. He assured us that it is a practical proposal. We addressed a group of Nigerians of different age brackets in London, Manchester and Birmingham and had a special session with representatives of Nigerian Clergy in the UK. Our visit was said to be timely. But a few had their reservations.

Another issue which has emerged in this visit is the status, sponsorship and future of the Nigerian Chaplaincy in the UK. At the moment they are enjoying the last part of the generosity of the CMS, and the grace and benevolence of St. Marylebone. These are issues requiring urgent attention.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Provinces, Church of Nigeria

A Prayer for the Feast Day of George Augustus Selwyn

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank thee for thy servant George Augustus Selwyn, whom thou didst call to preach the Gospel to the peoples of New Zealand and Melanesia, and to lay a firm foundation for the growth of thy Church in many nations. Raise up, we beseech thee, in this and every land evangelists and heralds of thy kingdom, that thy Church may proclaim the unsearchable riches of our Savior Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Anglican Provinces, Church History, Spirituality/Prayer

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Thanks be to thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which thou hast given us, for all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may we know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, now and for evermore.

–Saint Richard of Chichester

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Church Year / Liturgical Seasons, Lent, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Bible Readings

Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as in a besieged city. I had said in my alarm, “I am driven far from thy sight.” But thou didst hear my supplications, when I cried to thee for help. Love the LORD, all you his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but abundantly requites him who acts haughtily. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!

–Psalm 31:21-24

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Charles Schwartzel wins the Masters

Four birdies in a row to close it. Wow.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Africa, South Africa, Sports

(Daily Nation) Kenyan politicians warned against hate speech

Leaders have been told to stop politicising the Ocampo Six trials and warned against public utterances likely to rekindle violence in the country.

Anglican Church Archbishop Eliud Wabukala on Sunday told a congregation at the All Saints Cathedral that inflammatory statements could lead to anarchy as Education minister Sam Ongeri warned against hate speech.

“The Ocampo Six and ICC trials should not be politicised. This is a foundation for chaos in the General Election,” Dr Wabukala warned.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Anglican Church of Kenya, Anglican Provinces, Kenya, Politics in General, Religion & Culture