Daily Archives: October 14, 2010

(New Vision) Archbishop Orombi lauds the Lango Christians

Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi has lauded the people of Lango for supporting him when he was installed as head the Anglican Church in Uganda.

Speaking at the home of Michael Onapa in Barapwo village in Lira sub-county on Tuesday, Orombi said before he was consecrated, he was a teacher at Ambalal primary school in Lira.

He said Onapa was the chairman of the school management committee at the time.

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

Nigerian Anglican Diocese Wants Government To Overhaul Judiciary

[Bishop] Popoola said that the overhauling became necessary to enable the judiciary perform better while the government should create an enabling environment for judicial officers.

“There is the need for judicial officers to rededicate themselves so that charges of corruption will not be brought against them.

“They must uphold integrity and reject bribes in the course of their duties and those who serve on the tribunals should refuse to be corrupt in the interest of justice and fair-play,” he said.

According to him, although, the media have portrayed the judiciary as irredeemably corrupt, misconducts of judicial officers are not yet out of hand.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Anglican Provinces, Church of Nigeria, Law & Legal Issues, Nigeria, Religion & Culture

Activists gather, form strategies to support non-celibate same sex unions in churches

In a workshop on facing barriers and dealing with conflict, Task Force facilitator Causten Wollerman discussed the dynamics of power, and methods for creating change within congregations, denominations and society .

“You start where you can,” Wollerman said. “If the people won’t change, I’ll go to the top and get the people to follow. If the top isn’t ready , I’ll go to the people.”

While some believe religion and politics should be separate, churches are political entities and you need to acknowledge that to create change, others argued.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, --Civil Unions & Partnerships, Religion & Culture, Sexuality

English and Welsh Catholic Bishops’ Challenge Flock to Make Oct. 31 a Night of Light

Bishop Kieran Conry (Arundel and Brighton), Chair of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, said:

“Halloween is now the biggest commercial festival after Christmas and Easter, and it is time we reminded Christians of what it really is. The celebration of feast days is an important part of our Catholic culture. On the evening of 31 October why not do something to make your faith respectfully seen and heard? Light a candle or display publicly another kind of light, for example, perhaps alongside an image of Christ. This could be a powerful way in which we can show people that we have hope in someone other than ourselves. The light will provoke questions and is a way that people can be signposted to goodness. I encourage everyone to participate.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, * Religion News & Commentary, England / UK, History, Other Churches, Other Faiths, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic

In Andover, Massachusetts, Christ Episcopal Church celebrates 175 years of 'spreading light'

Throughout its 175-year history, members of Christ Church have tried to be true to the Bible’s messages of spreading the light.

Members have been instrumental in the founding of Habitat for Humanity, the Professional Center for Child Development of Andover, the Neighbors in Need food pantries in Lawrence and Methuen, Bread and Roses soup kitchen in Lawrence, and Esperanza Academy, an all-girls middle school in Lawrence.

“When you spread that light out, you get lit within,” said Margot Bixby, who has been attending the church since 1959.

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Update: In order to generate a pictorial chart of this parish, please go [url=http://www.episcopalchurch.org/109378_107383_ENG_HTM.htm]here[/url] and enter “Massachusetts” in the second line down under “Diocese.” Next please wait a moment and then click on “Church” and choose “Christ Church (Andover, MA)”. Then wait another moment and choose “View Church chart” under that line (the middle of the three choices).

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, TEC Parishes

A 46 Photo Slideshow from the WSJ: The Chilean Miners Make Their Way Out

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Chile, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Psychology, Science & Technology, South America

ABC Nightline–The Remarkable Miracle at the Mine in Chile

Watch it all–my favorite moment is when the miner falls to his knees as soon as he emerges and the whole crowd goes silent as he prays–KSH.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Chile, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Marriage & Family, Politics in General, Religion & Culture, Science & Technology, South America, Spirituality/Prayer

(Bloomberg) Americans See Children's Future Dim in Poll as 50% Pessimistic

Americans say they have weathered the worst of the longest recession in seven decades, even as they are pessimistic about prospects for their retirement years, according to a Bloomberg National Poll.

Three in five respondents to the Oct. 7-10 poll say their economic condition has improved recently or they are confident it will get better. One in three say things have gotten worse or aren’t likely to improve anytime soon.

“I see some hope, but not a lot,” says poll respondent Brian Ridlon, 34, an out-of-work resident of Green Mountain, Arkansas, who wants to learn how to become a barber. “There are some avenues to improve yourself, but we need more.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, America/U.S.A., Children, Consumer/consumer spending, Economy, Housing/Real Estate Market, Labor/Labor Unions/Labor Market, Marriage & Family, Personal Finance, Psychology, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

A Letter from Chinese Communist Party Elders: End Censorship

An open letter from Chinese Communist Party elders calling for an end to censorship is fueling speculation among China watchers of a possible showdown between reformers and conservatives over the country’s political future.

Signed by Li Rui, Mao Zedong’s former secretary and a known reformist, and 22 others, the letter offers unusually blunt criticism of Beijing’s efforts to stifle the free flow of information and comes as Party leaders gather in the capital for a major policy meeting later this week.

Read it all and amke sure to follow the link to the English translation of the full letter.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Asia, China, Law & Legal Issues, Politics in General

Baroness Caroline Cox on ABC Late Night Radio Down Under

Here is the introductory blurb–

Caroline Cox was made a peer by Margaret Thatcher back in the 1980s, and since then she has been using her seat in Britain’s House of Lords to speak out against injustices around the world on issues ranging from slavery in Sudan to the persecution of Christian minorities around the world. When she isn’t sitting in the Lords, the ‘battling Baroness’ is traveling the world on behalf of HART – The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, an organsiation she founded several years ago.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Australia / NZ, Charities/Non-Profit Organizations, England / UK, Religion & Culture, Sudan

A Prayer for the Feast Day of Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky

O God, who in thy providence didst call Joseph Schereschewsky from his home in Eastern Europe to the ministry of this Church, and didst send him as a missionary to China, upholding him in his infirmity, that he might translate the holy Scriptures into languages of that land: Lead us, we pray thee, to commit our lives and talents to thee, in the confidence that when thou givest thy servants any work to do, thou dost also supply the strength to do it; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * International News & Commentary, Asia, China, Church History, Episcopal Church (TEC), Missions, Spirituality/Prayer

A Prayer to Begin the Day

We beseech thee, O Lord, to give us more love to thee, more joy in our worship, more peace at all times, more longsuffering, more kindness of heart and manner. Grant us the grace of meekness and the power of self-control. May we know something of what it is to be filled with the Holy Ghost; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, Spirituality/Prayer

From the Morning Scripture Readings

Now it happened that as he was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Eli’jah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.” And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

–Luke 9:18-20

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

Twin Sisters in Tennessee Sharing Love one Meal at a Time

This is a great piece–and I like her five H’s. Watch it all–KSH.

Posted in * Culture-Watch, Charities/Non-Profit Organizations, Dieting/Food/Nutrition, Poverty

Sudan delegation meets with UN Secretary General, 'raises alarm'

An ecumenical delegation of Sudanese religious leaders met with U.N. officials and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Oct. 11 to express its fear of what might happen if the Jan. 9 referendum in which south Sudan is expected to vote for independence from the north is not carried out as planned.

“We told him we came to raise an alarm to the United Nations,” said Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan during a press conference held at the Church Center for the United Nations, following a day of U.N. meetings.

“We are the church, we are in the ground. We are with the people. And we are knowing every thing that is happening in the ground there. So because of that we are here,” Deng said.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Africa, Globalization, Poverty, Sudan, Violence

USA Today–Tight budgets lead to more civilians used for policing

Police agencies across the country are recruiting thousands of civilians for a growing number of duties previously performed by uniformed cops, in an unusual concession to local budget cuts.

The positions ”” some paid and others volunteer ”” are transforming every-day citizens into crime-scene investigators, evidence gatherers and photographers in what some analysts suggest is a striking new trend in American policing.

“It’s all being driven by the economy and we should expect to see more of it,” says University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris, who analyzes law enforcement practices. “As budgets are squeezed, an increasing number of duties are going to be moved off officers’ plates.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, City Government, Economy, Law & Legal Issues, Politics in General, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

Legal Heat On Robo-Signing Stokes Foreclosure Fiasco

Attorneys general from all 50 states have put on a “bi-partisan multistate group” to investigate if faulty procedures were used to sign foreclosures which lead to evictions, as the foreclosure freezes extend with GMAC, one of the largest mortgage providers, deciding to review its procedures at a nationwide level. Bank Of America has already imposed a “freeze” on all of its foreclosures.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy, Housing/Real Estate Market, Law & Legal Issues, The Banking System/Sector, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--