Daily Archives: June 15, 2012

Jeremy Pietrocini–What the Best Organizations Do Differently

Here is what these award-winning companies do differently to create great workplaces:

They hold managers and individuals accountable for making engagement a part of everyday work, rather than just conducting a survey once a year.
Their leaders set a positive example for the rest of the organization by helping their teams thrive.
The have unique coaching and training opportunities for both top- and bottom-performing managers. They address the needs of both groups and offer steps to help each group improve.

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Posted in * Economics, Politics, Corporations/Corporate Life, Economy

(NY Times Op-Ed) David Mason–I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian

This is the so-called Mormon Moment: a strange convergence of developments offering Mormons hope that the Christian nation that persecuted, banished or killed them in the 19th century will finally love them as fellow Christians.

I want to be on record about this. I’m about as genuine a Mormon as you’ll find ”” a templegoer with a Utah pedigree and an administrative position in a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am also emphatically not a Christian.

For the curious, the dispute can be reduced to Jesus….

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Mormons, Other Faiths, Religion & Culture, The Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Theology

(CEN) Arctic election for Irish rector

A former Crosslink’s missionary and British Army chaplain has been elected Suffragan Bishop of the Arctic. The Rev. Darren McCartney, rector of Knocknamuckley in the Church of Ireland’s Diocese of Down and Dromore will be consecrated…at the “igloo cathedral” in Iqualit on Baffin Island.

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

Peter Saunders–British Medical Journal adopts campaigning stance on euthanasia

The British Medical Journal this week contains three articles aimed at neutralising medical opposition to euthanasia.

The BMJ, which remains editorially independent from the British Medical Association, but is sent to all members, has a long track record of backing liberal causes, amongst them the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia….

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Death / Burial / Funerals, England / UK, Ethics / Moral Theology, Health & Medicine, Law & Legal Issues, Life Ethics, Parish Ministry, Theology

Trinity Anglican Church in Colborne, Ontario, closed after deconsecration

If she knows anything, Canadian author Jane Urquhart knows the influence of history and the power of place.

Her celebrated novels are shot through with it. She even lives now with her artist husband, Tony, in the 200-year-old house her parents once owned in this Lake Ontario town, between Cobourg and Belleville.

It’s little wonder then that Urquhart became a leading voice of a local group fighting against the controversial deconsecration of Colborne’s historic Trinity Anglican Church….

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * International News & Commentary, Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Provinces, Canada, Parish Ministry

(CNN) Analysts: 'Soft coup' court ruling could reignite Egyptian revolution

Confusion reigns in Egypt after stunning court rulings threw the country’s awkward transition toward democratic rule into turmoil.

The decision sparked cries that Egypt’s military leaders have engineered a “soft coup” to thwart their longtime foes — Islamists who just weeks ago captured a majority of seats in the Egyptian parliament in the first election in Egypt in generations. The court’s decision dissolves parliament, and the military was quick to say it now controls legislative affairs in Egypt, actions that raised the prospect of renewed mass street protests.

The dizzying developments sent shock waves across Egypt just 16 months after a popular uprising toppled former President Hosni Mubarak and two days before Egyptians go to the polls to elect a new president.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Egypt, History, Law & Legal Issues, Middle East, Politics in General

(Church Times) Women-bishops supporters might send Measure back

There are growing signs that a procedural motion will be tabled to delay the women-bishops legislation when it goes to the General Synod for final approval next month.

Under Section 94 of the Standing Orders, a motion can be moved from the floor of the Synod to send the draft Measure back to the House of Bishops for further considera­tion. Supporters of women bishops have expressed their reluctance to vote for the Measure since the Bishops added two amendments

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Culture-Watch, Anglican Provinces, Church of England (CoE), CoE Bishops, Women

(SMH) Kevin Donnelly–Greater autonomy for schools leads to better academic results

The NSW Teachers Federation and public school advocates such as Trevor Cobbold argue that there is little, if any, evidence to support the benefits of increased school autonomy.

If true, their claims undermine the argument that choice and diversity in education, represented by autonomous government and non-government schools, is a good thing and suggest that moves around Australia to empower schools at the local level are misdirected.

But there is increasing international evidence that freeing schools from centralised and bureaucratic control is beneficial.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * International News & Commentary, Australia / NZ, Education

The New Zealand commission begins its work on Same Gender Relationships

The church has taken a step which it hopes will lead it out of the impasse over questions about the ordination and blessing of folk who are in same gender relationships.

A commission of eminent people, led by former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, met for the first time on Saturday to begin the task of clarifying the choices the church faces over these issues ”“ and identifying the implications of those choices.

The commission’s task is to summarise the Biblical and theological work done by the church over 30 years on these matters ”“ and to present a final report to the 2014 General Synod which outlines the various options, and suggests the implications of each of those options.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Anglican Provinces, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)

In New Zealand, the Archbishops welcome a new commission on same gender relationships

Archbishop David Moxon, Archbishop Brown Turei and Archbishop Winston Halapua, on behalf of the General Synod Standing Committee, welcome the appointment of Ms Mele Tuilotolava, Professor Paul Trebilco, Justice Judith Potter and Sir Tamati Reedy, under the chairmanship of Sir Anand Satyanand to the ”˜Ma Whea? Mei Fe Ki Fe? Where To?’ Commission established to address issues related to the ordination and blessing of people in same gender relationships.

We welcome the work of the Commission: in drawing together the biblical and theological work in this area; in looking at the canons of our Church; what shape the Church might have to enable us to continue together respecting our differences; and to take into account our relationships within the wider Anglican Communion….

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Anglican Provinces, Same-sex blessings, Sexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)

John Bingham–The Government's marriage document makes no reference to children, husbands or wives

The Government’s consultation document on same-sex marriage does not mention the word “children”, “husband” or “wife”.

The words “father” and “mother” and “families” receive only a passing technical reference in the 25-page document published by the Coalition in March.

The Roman Catholic Church said the absence of any reference to children illustrated how the “meaning” of marriage would be altered by the proposals.

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Children, England / UK, Law & Legal Issues, Marriage & Family, Politics in General, Religion & Culture

For New York Archdiocese’s One New Priest, a Lonely Distinction

On June 3, the Rev. Patric F. D’Arcy’s first Sunday officiating at his new parish as a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in the Bronx, he offered Mass in crystal-clear Spanish in a packed sanctuary. Later, at a lunch celebration, his new parishioners welcomed him with trays of rice, beans and roasted chicken, and a white cake adorned with golden icing.

It was a festive event ”” a thanksgiving for the blessing of a new priest ”” that would normally take place in early June in at least several of the 370 parishes in the Archdiocese of New York. But this year the New York Archdiocese has ordained only one new priest, Father D’Arcy. It is the first year that has happened since the archdiocese opened its seminary more than 110 years ago.

Being the archdiocese’s sole member of the Class of 2012 is a slightly uncomfortable distinction for Father D’Arcy, 33, a soft-spoken man who prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He is not a native New Yorker, nor even an American citizen. Father D’Arcy comes from a small suburb of Toronto, about 80 miles northwest of Niagara Falls, and transferred to the seminary here three years ago, he said, because he had a special interest in working with Latin American immigrants, and had heard that New York needed such priests.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Ministry of the Ordained, Other Churches, Parish Ministry, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, Urban/City Life and Issues

A Prayer for the Feast Day of Evelyn Underhill

O God, Origin, Sustainer, and End of all creatures: Grant that thy Church, taught by thy servant Evelyn Underhill, guarded evermore by thy power, and guided by thy Spirit into the light of truth, may continually offer to thee all glory and thanksgiving, and attain with thy saints to the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast promised us by our Savior Jesus Christ; who with thee and the same Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever.

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

A Prayer to Begin the Day

Almightie and merciful God, of thy bountiful goodnes, kepe us from all thynges that maye hurte us; that we, beyng ready bothe in body and soule, maye with free heartes accomplishe those thynges that thou wouldest have doen; Through Jesus Christ our Lorde.

–Book of Common Prayer, 1549

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

From the Morning Scripture Readings

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.

–Matthew 16:24-27

Posted in Theology, Theology: Scripture

(First Things On the Square Blog) Joshua Gonnerman–Dan Savage Was Right

….in the rush to (rightly) condemn [his arguments], conservative responses have often overlooked the fact that Savage was on to something….

Savage’s original point….was not “the Bible is wrong;” his incendiary remarks were meant to build up the over-arching concern of Christian non-response to the gay community. He recounts a hypothetical Christian who claims, “I’m sorry, we can’t do anything about bullying, because it says right there in Leviticus, in Timothy, in Romans that being gay is wrong.” Christians have appealed far too quickly to their traditional moral views to avoid offering support to gay people. Here, if nowhere else, Dan Savage has a point.

In my own Roman Catholic Church, the teaching is clear that homosexual acts are immoral, but the presence of homosexual inclinations is not. Most (though not all) Christians of other traditions would agree. But if we make the distinction in theory, its practical application is far too rare. The all-encompassing rhetorical tool of the “lifestyle” is used to reduce the entire identity of gay people to sexual activity, and thus our response to all concerns of gay people becomes an automatic “no.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Religion News & Commentary, Anthropology, Marriage & Family, Other Churches, Pastoral Theology, Psychology, Religion & Culture, Roman Catholic, Sexuality, Theology, Theology: Scripture

(Washington Post) In Greece, the money flowed freely, until it didn’t

The hundreds of billions of dollars that banks, insurance companies and other international investors poured into this country after the advent of the euro financed roads and houses, raised wages and helped Constantine Choutlas sustain a 1,000-person construction firm with projects such as building the athletes’ village for the 2004 Olympics.

What it did not do was build a competitive economy, and when the rest of the world woke up to that fact and the money rushed away, so did Choutlas’s business.

“You could see it wouldn’t last. The country was just borrowing money,” Choutlas, whose Proodeftiki Technical has been scaled back to a handful of employees, said as he jabbed a finger in the air for emphasis. “Nobody, nobody, nobody, said lets take a look at where we are going.”

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Posted in * Culture-Watch, * Economics, Politics, * International News & Commentary, Consumer/consumer spending, Corporations/Corporate Life, Credit Markets, Currency Markets, Economy, Euro, Europe, European Central Bank, Greece, History, Politics in General, Psychology, The Banking System/Sector, The Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--