Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison told the diocese Oct. 9 that he would retire from office at the end of the year.Bennison said in a letter to the diocese that the Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin, president of the diocesan Standing Committee, told him that the committee wanted to elect a provisional bishop rather than either have Bennison call for the election of a coadjutor or have the diocese elect a diocesan who would be consecrated on the day of his retirement.Bennison, 68, could have continued to serve until November 2015, when he turns 72, the church’s mandatory retirement age for all clergy.“I believe that the interests of the diocese are best served if the process envisioned by the Standing Committee begins sooner rather than later, and therefore I have informed the committee that I will retire on December 31, 2012,” Bennison wrote. “I will do so in the confidence that my work is done.”The Pennsylvania Standing Committee has been at odds with Bennison since the mid-2000s over concerns about how he managed the diocese’s assets and other issues.Laughlin, who is the rector St. Peter’s Church in Philadelphia, wrote in a second letter to the diocese that the Standing Committee had decided in consultation with Bishop Clayton Matthews, head of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Pastoral Development, that “the best interests of our diocese will be served by the prompt election of a provisional bishop.” A provisional bishop exercises the full authority of a diocesan bishop but is elected to serve for a set period of time, generally as an interim between bishops, Laughlin explained in his letter.Matthews, a member of the presiding bishop’s staff, assists dioceses through pastoral transitions and the election of bishops. He already is working with the diocesan committee to identify possible candidates for provisional bishop, said Laughlin, who predicted that a special electing convention would be held in early 2013.“Looking ahead, please be assured that the Standing Committee intends to engage other diocesan leaders in decision making, work in close consultation with the office of the presiding bishop and provide timely communication to the entire diocese so all of us may be fully engaged in this vital next chapter of our common life,” he wrote.Bennison summarized the state of the diocese in the letter, saying that its congregations had attracted “outstanding clergy” and that the cathedral dean and chapter had made “remarkable progress” with a cathedral development project.“The members of the diocesan staff are outstanding in their skill and dedication. Wise, visionary and committed leaders – clergy and lay – serve our diocesan ministries and governance bodies,” he wrote. “Our diocesan financial house is in the best order ever. The bonds of unity within the diocese and with the Episcopal Church are strong. Our witness to Christ’s love and to social justice remains undiminished.”He told the diocese that he would “always be profoundly grateful” for what he called “the privilege and joy of serving as your bishop.”“I have loved my work, and I have loved each of you” Bennison concluded. “Please pray for me, and know of my prayers for you. May the love of Christ hold sway in all our hearts now and always.”During Bennison’s tenure, the Standing Committee called for his resignation more than once, including on the day he returned to work in August 2010 after the church’s Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop overturned a lower church court’s finding that he should be removed from ordained ministry because he had engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy. The review court agreed with one of the lower court’s two findings of misconduct, but it said that Bennison could not be deposed because the charge was barred by the church’s statute of limitations.The review court said that Bennison failed to respond properly in the mid-1970s when he was rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Upland, California, and learned that his brother, John, who worked initially as a lay youth minister in the parish, had been having a sexual relationship with a member of the youth group that began when she was 14. John Bennison later was ordained a priest but deposed in 1977 for an unrelated offense. He was restored to the priesthood in 1980, but he was forced to renounce his orders again in 2006 when accusations of his abuse became public.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori inhibited Charles Bennison in October 2007 from exercising his ordained ministry when the church’s Title IV Review Committee formally accused him of the inaction. The inhibition expired with the review court’s decision.In September 2010, the diocesan Standing Committee asked the House of Bishops for its “support and assistance” in securing Bennison’s retirement or resignation. The bishops later that month called for Bennison’s “immediate and unconditional resignation.” The next day, Bennison refused to resign and has remained the diocesan bishop.The bishops and deputies who gathered in Indianapolis in July for the 77th meeting of General Convention made a historic statement about the relationship between bishops and dioceses, acknowledging that, on rare occasions, that relationship becomes severely strained, sometimes to the point of breaking.The convention, by way of Resolution B021, set up a canonical process for reconciling or dissolving an episcopal relationship.Resolution B021 was the result of a call (via Resolution B014) from the 2009 meeting of General Convention about how to help dioceses and bishops resolve their differences.The process convention agreed to is akin to the mechanism for a parish that finds itself in serious conflict with its rector (Title III.9.12-13). It was be added to the “Of the Life and Work of a Bishop” canon of Title III, the church’s policies regarding ordained ministry, and became effective Sept. 1.According to what is now Section 9 of that canon, it is intended for use when the relationship between a diocese and its bishop, bishop coadjutor or suffragan is “imperiled by disagreement or dissension” to the point where the bishop, two-thirds of the standing committee or a two-thirds majority vote of the diocesan convention deem the issues to be serious enough to invoke the process.The Pennsylvania diocese is scheduled to gather Nov. 10 for its 229th annual convention. As of the day of Bennison’s announcement, no formal resolution had been filed concerning activating the new canon. The Standing Committee had met monthly, as is typical, since General Convention. While the members discussed the new canon, there had been no announcement about whether the committee would vote to begin the mediation-dissolution process.Laughlin said in his letter that the standing committee was making plans to honor Bennison’s tenure at the convention.The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH House of Bishops, Doug Desper says: 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 Comments (2) October 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm Good news ! Long overdue. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 9, 2012 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison says he will retire at year’s end Diocese plans to elect provisional bishop in early 2013 Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA People Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments are closed. 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Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Previous articleFrom seeking asylum to culinary gold for Limerick Institute of Technology studentNext articleBon Secours Hospital named as new sponsor of Limerick SHC Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge NewsBusinessMeet the buyers at Limerick food eventBy Staff Reporter – April 1, 2019 1022 Email Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Print Limerick food producers Joe O’Connor, Truely Irish, Newcastlewest and Caroline Rigney, Rigney’s Farm Curraghchase.Photo: Liam BurkeLocal Enterprise Offices from around the country have joined forces to create a brand new ‘Meet the Buyer’ event.The event, which is intended to raise the profile of the country’s finest food producers, will take place at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) on Thursday, May 23.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is estimated that up to 90 food producers will have the chance to pitch their businesses to the top buyers from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK who are expected to attend.The trade only event is open to buyers from across the food industry such as supermarket groups, food wholesalers, retailers, independent fine food shops, food service, development and restaurant chefs, and many more.The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) network is providing training to the participating producers in branding, layout and presenting their products in advance of the event. There will also be break-out sessions during the day, focusing on a variety of topics such as the different purchasing strategies, major issues facing the food industry, and the preparation for the impact of Brexit.Attendees at the LIT event will also have to opportunity for free entry into this year’s Irish Quality Food Awards 2019.Eamon Ryan, Head of LEO Limerick: said “that this event provides an opportunity for producers to meet influential buyers. The event will assist food and drink start-ups to secure orders as well as learning from buyers about what products are likely to be successful in the marketplace of the future”.LIT Vice-President Dr Liam Brown said the event is a valuable extension of the colleges work in helping to develop a robust and sustainable food industry into the future.”The Meet the Buyer event follows the success of last year’s Local Producer Showcase, which brought together the best of the Mid-West Irish food and drink.Buyers who are interested in attending this event should register at qualityfoodawards.comby Miranda [email protected] Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp Twitter TAGSawardbusinessLimerick City and CountyNews Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!
During a news conference on Tuesday Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that Florida is currently seeing some of its lowest percentage of positive coronavirus test results since the pandemic started.“I wonder whether people will say, as Florida launches into Phase One, percentage positive tests plunge to record low?” DeSantis said. “The fact of the matter is, Florida has met all the gating criteria to be into Phase One.The governor said the state received its highest number of coronavirus test results on Monday with 23,884, and only 589 patients were positive for COVID-19, which is less than three percent.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 37,439 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 1,471 deaths.
JCP&L’s petition to construct the powerlines on the NJ Transit right-of-way was filed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Aug. 9. From there it was forwarded to the Office of Administrative Law, where the main fight to stop the project will be forged.“We needed to prepare for a legal fight,” said Kanapka. “As soon as the BPU got JCP&L’s petition, and kicked it over to the Office of Administrative Law, we knew that a legal fight was coming.”With that battle pending, the group went out to find their own legal representation for hearings on the petition at the Office of Administrative Law, which are set to begin in April 2017.“I don’t know if the BPU could send a better message to JCP&L – along the lines of ‘Cut it out, grow up and get out of the sandbox and to come out here and operate a utility the way you should’ – than to terminate this project,” Dickson said in an address to his new clients.￼Attorney Peter Dickson will represent RAGE, a group of Monmouth residents who oppose JCP&L’s powerline proposal.In the 26 years that Dickson has been with his current firm, he has fought and won numerous cases in a plethora of different fields, consisting of energy law and regulation, property tax revaluations and rail transportation regulations.Taking the fight against the MCRP to court has become a hot topic of late. A “Municipal Consortium,” which is a joint defensive effort against the project, is comprised of a partnership from the five affected municipalities.Dickson announced to the crowd that only three of the five towns in the area – Middletown, Hazlet and Holmdel – had signed on to provide funds in opposition to the project.Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna and Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini say their towns have pledged support.Menna said, “When the attorney says that only three towns have joined in, that is incorrect.”The governing bodies of Red Bank and Aberdeen passed resolutions last month affirming the towns desire to join a “Shared Services Defense Agreement” against the MCRP. Their financial support is limited to no more than $10,000. The other three towns’ resolutions do not specify a cap on funding they may provide.“Aberdeen and Red Bank are on the peripheral,” Menna said. “We’ve agreed to the support, but obviously it can’t be open-ended support.”Dickson said during the meeting that he hoped his team can work together with the legal team of Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, P.C. of Basking Ridge – which the municipalities have retained to represent them.“There should not be any overlap, there shouldn’t be any wasted motion,” he said.While RAGE has a long way to go in raising enough funds to support this fight – they estimate roughly $350,000 will be needed – they are already on the road to that figure. In the five months that RAGE has been active, they have raised $50,000.“It hasn’t been easy – it’s frustrating to have to spend time fighting for what seems to be common sense,” Kanapka said.“JCP&L’s project has taken over our lives for five months now.”Going forward, RAGE plans to stay on course and continue to inform their supporters of the next steps.One worry amongst RAGE leadership was that local elections would change the makeup of township committees whom have been on the groups side.“Elections may change the composition of the town, and the governing bodies may change,” said RAGE vice president Terri Vilardi. “New governing bodies may decide to not expend funds to follow through with the vigorous legal fight against JCP&L.”Of the four municipalities whom had committee members up for reelection – Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and Red Bank – only two had changes.Mayor Aagre of Hazlet was reelected, but with him now comes in Michael Glackin, the Republican that ran with Aagre.In Red Bank, Independent Cindy Burnham was not reelected, though incumbent Kathy Horgan was voted back into office along with her running mate Eric Yngstrom gaining a seat on the council.RAGE leadership already have their next meeting circled on calendars. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, at Vonage headquarters in Holmdel, the RAGE’ers are hosting a community meeting for residents within 500 feet of the proposed line. Members from the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club will also speak to attendees about possible harmful risks that the MCRP would have on the environment. Seating to the event is limited, and an online RSVP must be filled out to attend. Information is at RAGE2016.com. Story and photos by Jay CookHAZLET – A local grassroots organization has hired its own attorney in an effort to halt a powerline project it deems detrimental to Monmouth County.Residents Against Giant Electric, other wise known as RAGE to its thousands of supporters, has selected Peter Dickson, of Potter & Dickson, a Princeton, NJ-based law firm, following a month-long vetting process.RAGE members are vigorously opposing a proposal by Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) titled the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP), that calls for the construction of a 230-kV transmission line to be built from Aberdeen to Red Bank along a 10-mile stretch of the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail line right-of-way.The proposed project, which currently has a price-tag of $111 million, would also cut through Hazlet, Holmdel, and Middletown.On Nov. 2, over 300 supporters packed the auditorium at Raritan High School in Hazlet for an information session to hear the latest on fundraising efforts, current status and legal footing going forward.“Our momentum is tremendous,” said RAGE president Rachael Kanapka. “We are powerful, and we are in a good place for what comes next.”Present at the meeting was Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini, Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds, Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre, Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley, Middletown Committeeman Kevin Settembrino and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.
By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Vikings appear poised to win West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League for the fourth straight time.The Vikings head into Sunday’s playoffs as the top seed after claiming the regular season title with a 4-1 record.The Vikings were idle during the weekend and now meet Nelson Impact in one semi final. In the other semi the struggling Hume Brewers match up against the red-hot Dam Inn Mates.The Brewers and Mates finished in a tie for second, each with 3-3 records.The Impact, which forfeited its final game Sunday, edged out Our Glass for the final playoff spot using the plus-minus tiebreaker.In the other contest Sunday, Hume Brewers forfeited the final game against Our Glass.The WKMFFL final is set for November 21 at the Mount Sentinel Field in South [email protected]
Lizards have spongy hearts. Birds and humans have advanced electrical hearts. Just stretch out the sponge, and voila!Advancing a theory vaguely resembling Haeckel’s biogenetic law, some Danes have deigned to relegate our hearts’ design to the reptiles. Cold-blooded reptiles get by with spongy tissue. Warm-blooded birds and humans, by contrast, need electrically-conducting tissue to keep the pulse in sync across the blood-pumping organ. Is there an evolutionary connection somewhere? If so, it’s been a mystery for a long time:An elaborate system of leads spreads across our hearts. These leads — the heart’s electrical system — control our pulse and coordinate contraction of the heart chambers. While the structure of the human heart has been known for a long time, the evolutionary origin of our conduction system has nevertheless remained a mystery.According to Science Daily, researchers have found “Our Inner Reptilian Hearts.” They looked into the hearts of lizards, frogs and fish, hunting for a gene that forms conductive properties. They “discovered a common molecular structure that’s hidden by the anatomical differences,” they claimed.Buried within the article is the Darwinian connection: “The studies show that it is simply the spongy inner tissue in the fetal heart that gets stretched out to become a fine network of conductive tissue in adult birds and mammals.” This is cause for celebration:Researchers have finally succeeded in showing that the spongy tissue in reptile hearts is the forerunner of the complex hearts of both birds and mammals. The new knowledge provides a deeper understanding of the complex conductive tissue of the human heart, which is of key importance in many heart conditions.Oddly, the main Dane immediately reined the discussion into how this Darwinian light could help grieving mothers: “Our knowledge about the reptilian heart and the evolutionary background to our conductive tissue can provide us with a better understanding of how the heart works in the early months of fetal life in humans, when many women miscarry, and where heart disorders are thought to be the leading cause of spontaneous abortion.” It’s not clear how a doctor could use this “knowledge” in practice.He never elaborated on how the reptilian sponge tissue stretched into a bird heart or human heart. Was it ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny? And why did two unrelated branches on Darwin’s tree converge on similar pumping designs? The closest statement was only a puzzle: “Since the early 1900s, scientists have been wondering how birds and mammals could have developed almost identical conduction systems independently of each other when their common ancestor was a cold-blooded reptile with a sponge-like inner heart that has virtually no conduction bundles.”Those questions were lost in the hoopla over “Our Inner Reptile Heart.”This is what passes for science these days. Darwin gets a pass from the media for the lamest excuses at explanation. Why don’t they state the obvious from the observations? Reptiles, birds, and humans have intelligently designed hearts, made by One Designer into forms that are perfectly adapted for each animal’s needs, allowing a lizard to race across a sand dune or even a pond, a bird to dive into the water to catch a fish, and a human to run a marathon or do a back walkover on a balance beam. Whom did Gabriel Douglas thank for that – God or a serpent? The only “inner reptile” she and other Christians have learned to resist is the father of lies, one of the worst of which is mindless, guideless, Godless evolution. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life (Prov. 4:23). (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday claimed that incidents of crime against women are on the wane in the State. He said the accused were now hardly acquitted and the punishment ratio increased. Mr. Deb was speaking at a capacity building programme for police officers on investigation of crime against women. The Tripura police organised the event in collaboration with the National Commission for Women.“We now have an improved situation with lesser incidents of crime against women. 2018 saw 8% reduction [in crimes against women] and situation is well again this year so far,” Mr. Deb asserted.The BJP-led coalition government came to power in Tripura in March last year.Mr. Deb said the accused were caught in 99% cases. For this reason, the punishment ratio also increased. Top police officials including Director General of Police A.K. Mathur spoke.
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The former Head Girl of Irwin High School in St. James, who was presented with the award during a ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 27, tells JIS News that her father, Randall Huie, who was ailing, succumbed during her preparations to sit 10 subjects in the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. “In order for me to overcome that and get good grades in those subjects, I had to tell myself that ‘God will give me the strength’. I believed those words and somehow found the strength to carry on,” Britney says. Story Highlights Top student for the National Child Month Committee’s (NCMC) 2018 Youth Academic Achievement Awards, Britney Huie, says copping the award was not an easy feat. Top student for the National Child Month Committee’s (NCMC) 2018 Youth Academic Achievement Awards, Britney Huie, says copping the award was not an easy feat.The former Head Girl of Irwin High School in St. James, who was presented with the award during a ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on June 27, tells JIS News that her father, Randall Huie, who was ailing, succumbed during her preparations to sit 10 subjects in the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.“In order for me to overcome that and get good grades in those subjects, I had to tell myself that ‘God will give me the strength’. I believed those words and somehow found the strength to carry on,” Britney says.She points out that her mother, Jenny Taylor-Huie, also motivated her, even as she struggled to come to terms with the loss of her husband.“With mom working through that time and still not having enough cash to send me to school, sometimes I would stand at the gate (at home) and pray for someone to just give me money to go to school. I would sometimes wonder if I would get my education… but I stuck to my faith and said ‘I’m going to make it. No matter what, I am going to make it. This will not be the end. I will make it’,” she reflects.In August 2017, Britney, a native of St. James, got her results which saw her gaining grade one in Biology, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics, Principles of Accounts, Information Technology and Principles of Business, and grade two in Geography, Social Studies and Physics.The 18-year-old subsequently enrolled at the Montego Bay Community College, where she is pursuing science subjects at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level, in her quest to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.“I am intrigued with the brain. I have a drive to help people who feel outcast… people with disabilities… to feel accepted in society and to feel like they are whole again and even children with brain tumors… to help them to get back on track,” she said.Once successful in her CAPE subjects, Britney intends to apply to the University of the West Indies, Mona, to pursue a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree to become a doctor, which will lay the foundation for her career goal in pediatric neurosurgery.Britney tells JIS News that she is motivated by the passage of Bible scripture which states: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, adding that her experiences in the aftermath of her father’s passing have made her stronger.The NCMC’s Chairperson, Dr. Pauline Mullings, says Britney is one of 16 students who have faced or are still facing challenges, who were awarded this year.She tells JIS News that since the initiative’s inception five years ago, “we just wanted to keep going at it because we are finding young people who have challenging situations, but are doing well academically and are involved in community service.”Dr. Mullings says key among the Committee’s mission is seeking out and helping students in difficult situations, who are doing well academically.