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Ed Adcock says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Comments (12) Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC General Convention 2012, July 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm Maybe I’m crazy but I don’t see anything in this story about “lobbying” at all. Is there something in this budget document you know but we don’t? Submit a Job Listing 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 Curt Zimmerman says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Program Budget & Finance Rev. Angel Andres Solis says: June 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm This certainly does not seem to be a radical change in how things are done; it is more akin to reordering the deck chairs on the Titanic. Rather than seeking to solve problems, it looks to lobby to get some government agency to implement its vision. Don’t recall reading anywhere that we should go forth and lobby. Featured Events An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET June 26, 2012 at 9:07 am For a Presiding Bishop and Primate, this is true leadership… a document that appears to be less about us and more about the world. Thank you Bishop Katherine and thanks be to God! Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags (Rev.) Charles W. V. Daily, Jr. says: Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Presiding Bishop proposes alternative 2013-2015 budget Proposal ‘beginning of reforming effort’ to ‘reorient’ church towards mission June 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm to our Presiding Bishop: Good on ‘ya. June 25, 2012 at 2:31 am We have found that with charity ATTENDING the poor people, our church is growing most people have,Please, view FaceBook “Catedral Anglicna Mexico” because we have grown from a few members in our church to grow with new members.I agree that our ministry and the Church in general should be centered in the Mission.Nosotros hemos encontrado que volcando nuestra atención en caridad hacia los que menos tienen, nuestra Iglesia esta creciendo con los que mas tienen,Ver FaceBook “Catedral Anglicana Mexico” pues hemos pasado de ser pocos miembros a crecer en nuestra Iglesia con miembros nuevos.Estoy de acuerdo que nuestra labor y la de la Iglesia en general debe estar centrada en la MISION. Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Charles Smith says: Gerard F. Beritela says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group June 21, 2012 at 10:45 pm From the PB’s introduction:“Budgets are moral documents. Our investment of time and energy in preparing a budget is a kind of liturgical work, giving shape to the “public work of the people.” Budgets reflect our hopes and dreams as a community.”(I apologize to my environmentalist self, but I’m going to have print out the budget itself so that I can read it. I will recycle the paper.)I believe the PB has expressed herself very succinctly and GC ’12 gets to sort it all out.BTW: Does PB&F read like Peanut Butter & Figs to anybody else? Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 General Convention, Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT June 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm When we are holding hands at the “Our Father,” sometimes one or another of us has no one on the left or right to hold hands with and we raise our empty hand as if waiting for someone to take it! To me that is symbolic of our mission always to leave room for another to join us.Good for our presiding bishop to follow the Lord’s command to share the faith, not just keep it! We should not be afraid of those who take the initiative if it comes from the Lord. JAE Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Johnnie E. Ross 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jun 21, 2012 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Charles Smith says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA June 22, 2012 at 11:19 am There appears to be a disconnect between the Presiding Bishop and the other vested folks trying to run the Church on a planned and orderly basis. The ethos and polity that flow from the independent behavior(s) may mean more than the differences in the proposals. Are we seeing a consolidation of power and authority that is more Roman Catholic than that which is based on the mutual affections that were heretofore the dominant model? Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Jeff Parker says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release June 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm I’m curious as to why the lead of this story characterizes a move that, according to the Secretary of General Convention, has not been done before in the history of TEC (and the article cites no evidence to the contrary), as “somewhat unusual” rather than, for example, “unique,” or “unprecedented.”I say this not as a reflection of any point in the PB’s proposed budget, which I have not had time to review in detail. I do wish the PB and COO had chosen to share their mission-based vision for the budget while they were meeting with the Executive Committee of Executive Council, with the Executive Committee and/or the Finances for Mission Committee of Council, and/or with the full Council in session. It would have been most helpful to Council as well if the PB and/or COO had shared appropriate staff input with Executive Council as well.Again, I think I might find the PB’s proposal much to my liking; I won’t know until I study it. It just seems a terrible waste of time and resources not to have shared the information and ideas upon which the PB based her proposals when she was presiding over the Executive Committee and in her or the COO’s report to Executive Council instead of months afterward. The PB is the President of Executive Council, after all, and the Chief Operating Officer has seat and voice in Executive Council just for this kind of purpose.I do hope to have time soon to read the PB’s proposal carefully. I’m for the best ideas regardless of the source. I might have voted for the PB’s proposal had she given Council opportunity to vote on it. Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH June 22, 2012 at 9:58 am I’m with Charles Smith. I am often troubled by the lobbying activities of the Episcopal Church. This could be a lengthy subject, but, suffice it to say, I don’t believe the Church should discharge its responsibilities by trying to turn them over to government. There is often a big difference between a GC resolution, and its execution. The course of the interpretation leading to action is not transparent, and in some cases not legitimate. Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Editors’ note: Story updated June 22, 2012, to include comments from budget committee chair.[Episcopal News Service] In a somewhat unusual step, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on June 21 proposed an alternative budget for consideration by the upcoming meeting of the Episcopal Church’s General Convention.The proposal is “more clearly based on missional strategy than the current draft proposed budget” approved in January by the church’s Executive Council, Jefferts Schori said in an eight-page message that accompanied the proposed budget.She said that “the heart” of the Episcopal Church is mission “in partnership with anyone who shares that passion” and her proposed budget “is intended to help us reorient ourselves to that passion.”“The strategic and spiritual principle of this budget proposal is that the church is most truly itself, the Body of Christ, when it lives and breathes mission,” she said.When asked by Episcopal News Service, the Rev. Canon Gregory Straub, General Convention secretary and the church’s executive officer, said that to his knowledge this was the first time a presiding bishop had proposed a budget after Executive Council had sent its draft budget to the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance.“I didn’t know that Bishop Katharine was preparing her own budget,” House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson said via email June 21.Anderson was attending an afternoon baseball game at Detroit’s Tigers Stadium and said she would “study what she has come up with when I get home.”Diane Pollard, PB&F chair, told ENS that committee members have interviewed a number of people, including church center staff and people served by programs funded in the current budget. They also have attended provincial synod meetings and received a “wide variety of comments and ideas about the various items that we should include” in the budget the committee will propose to the General Convention.“The document that was submitted by the presiding bishop today is another piece of information and we welcome that,” she said.Pollard also posted a statement on PB&F’s blog here.Diocese of Maine Bishop Steve Lane, who is PB&F vice chair, told ENS in a telephone interview that he too welcomed Jefferts Schori’s proposal.“I believe that budgets are leadership documents and I had been hoping that the presiding bishop, as our leader, would make a statement about budget priorities and strategy,” he said. “I am very pleased to see that she has done that. I think that is an important offering to the church.”While her decision to propose an alternative budget might seem “unusual,” Lane said, “I don’t see that it’s any kind of violation of canon or other things for the presiding bishop to make her own statement about direction and purpose.”Lane said PB&F will make “the appropriate adjustments” to council’s proposed draft budget based on all the input it has received and what it will hear at General Convention. He called Jefferts Schori’s proposal “important data” that lays out some clear priorities and said that “Program, Budget and Finance will have to consider that along with the rest.”He and other committee members are aware of “lots of proposals in the blogosphere, some of them quite specific,” and have been interviewing members of the church center staff and other church leaders “in order to be as prepared as possible when we gather” in Indianapolis July 4.A zero-based beginningJefferts Schori said her proposal began as zero-based budget, to allow for “a more theologically based and strategic process” that is “spiritually enriching rather than depleting” and made for a forward-looking document.She also noted that the proposal is more detailed in the areas of mission and administration because that is where she has oversight. It suggests an overall five percent reduction in governance costs and anticipates “allocating those costs collaboratively, in consultation with other elected leaders including the President of the House of Deputies, the Executive Officer of General Convention, and the Executive Council.”The proposal is based on asking the church’s dioceses and regional mission areas to pay 19 percent of their annual income from two years previous (minus $120,000) during each year of the triennium. That percentage is the same as the asking for 2012 after having decreased from 21 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011.Council crafted its final draft version of the 2013-2015 budget by assuming the 19 percent asking and the spending outlined in a 15-percent version. To that spending scenario, council members then ranked their priorities for restoring parts of the budget to the 19 percent levels. Those priorities include investing in emerging networks and supporting existing ones, empowering local ministry and communications.Among the staff of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, 12.75 positions would be cut under the presiding bishop’s proposal, although as many as five of those positions are currently empty.Jefferts Schori centered her proposed budget around the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission, which the General Convention endorsed in 2009 (via Resolution D027) and said the church’s 2013-2015 budget ought to center on the marks as “strategic priorities.”Her message highlights six initiatives focused on the five marks and amounting to $8 million.A change in budget organizationThe presiding bishop also anchored her proposal in the continuing call by herself and others to restructure and reform the church. “As it is in every age, our church is in need of reform, in order to engage the mission God has set before us,” Jefferts Schori said. “This budget proposal is intended as the beginning of that reforming effort.”The budget is organized by “spiritual priority” with mission being followed by governance and administration, she said, with the second and third being “servants” of the first.The presiding bishop also noted that her proposal represents a change from the triennial budget’s usual canonical (Canon I.4.6(b) and (c)) budget model of lining out canonical, corporate, and program expenses. Such a model “no longer adequately serves the Church in responding to a world very much in need of our partnership,” she said.Each line item in the proposal is designated as belonging to one of those three areas “in order to satisfy the canons,” Jefferts Schori said, “but the existing canonical categories do not seem strategically useful and the budget proposal is not organized accordingly.”Jefferts Schori said this proposal is needed because while the Executive Council was “faithful” in its effort to prepare and approve a draft budget in a different way from previous convention years, “a coherent strategy did not emerge” from those efforts.Jefferts Schori cited a portion of Canon I.2.4(a)(1) as her authority in making the proposal. The portion says the presiding bishop is “charged with responsibility for leadership in initiating and developing the policy and strategy in the Church.”The presiding bishop, with the help of certain members of the church center staff, traditionally presents Council with a proposed draft budget in the months leading up to each General Convention. The council then may alter that proposal.General Convention’s joint rules (in II.10 10 (a)) require council to give Program, Budget and Finance a proposed budget no less than four months before the start of convention. Neither council nor PB&F is allowed to change the budget document between the time it is sent by council to PB&F and the beginning of General Convention. Once convention begins it is up to PB&F to craft a budget for the convention’s approval.However, there have been questions about and a certain amount of frustration with the budget process and the documents it has produced. At the end of its April meeting in Salt Lake City Executive Council issued a memo saying that the proposed draft budget released to the church “is not exactly” the one it passed.On June 1, Jefferts Schori, Chief Operating Officer Bishop Stacy Sauls and Treasurer to General Convention Kurt Barnes released an annotated version of council’s draft budget.Program, Budget and Finance began to study the 2013-2015 draft in early February. At General Convention it will hold three hearings:July 4 at 12:30 p.m. on the framework of the budget and the budget process,July 6 at 7:30 p.m. on funding, andJuly 7 at 7:30 p.m. on spending.PB&F will present its proposed budget to a joint session of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops on July 10 at 2:15 p.m. A final vote on the budget is expected on July 12, the last day of convention.“Program, Budget and Finance is facing a daunting task,” Lane said, noting that its work on the budget must be done by July 9 in order for the budget to be presented the next day.Lane promised, “We will present to General Convention as clear a budget as we can manage to pull together in the time that we have.”— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Jerry Rankin says: June 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm To paraphrase from Star Wars, “The more they tighten their grip, the more that will slip through their fingers.”The lack of transparency over the Ellen Cook affair had a major impact on where my charitable giving went (in significantly away from ECUSA) and the current focus on lobbying in both budgets merely strengthens my moral belief that putting any funds under my control within the hands of the national church would be a profoundly immoral act as long as there’s a line item for a Washington DC based lobbying office. June 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm I believe this is leadership on the part of our PB! This shouldn’t be seen as radical (which it is); this should be our norm at the national, diocesan, and local levels. Sarah Dylan Breuer says: Joyce Ann Edmondson says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI
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Photo: Art Babych, Anglican Journal[Anglican Journal] Members of Joint Assembly heard news from Canada’s north in their July 5 gathering and celebrated the first Inuktitut translation of the Bible, published last year.Terry Audla, president of the national Inuit organization Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said he is surprised how little most of his fellow Canadians in the south know about the north.The Inuit are taking control of their land through new comprehensive land claim agreements, he said. “It protects our way of life in the sense that we can still hunt and conserve the wildlife that we rely on in partnership with government and also that we can be partners in major projects, which means that we are employees as well as the employers.”In spite of those developments, Audla also spoke of continuing struggles with overcrowded housing, contamination of wildlife and their habitat, and high rates of suicide. He recommended that Canadians wanting to be more engaged with Inuit communities become better informed about the Arctic and the Inuit way of life.Canon Jonas Allooloo, dean of the cathedral in Iqaluit, then came to the stage to tell the assembly members about the first translation of the Bible into Inuktitut, an immense task that began in 1978.Allooloo was one of a team of four translators, including Bishop Benjamin Arreak, Bishop Andrew Atagotaak and the Rev. Joshua Arreak, who worked with translators at the Canadian Bible Society. Allooloo said they were chosen in part because Inuktitut is their mother tongue. The translators at the Bible Society recognized, he said, that while outsiders may learn the language, “It is very hard for them to think like Inuit.”Even with the team’s combined efforts, “It was a long hard road, finishing the Bible,” said Allooloo. “Thirty-four years is a long time.” The New Testament was published in 1991, and the complete Bible with the Old Testament in 2012. He noted that a downloadable digital edition is also available.Inuit Christians received the Bible with great joy. Allooloo said one woman wept, saying she had always longed for a Bible in her own language. He noted that 2,000 Bibles with leather covers sold out in one day.“It has been a privilege for me to do this for my people,” he said. Allooloo added that this is an important way to keep aboriginal languages alive and urged other indigenous people in the assembly to translate the Bible into their languages. 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Organisation Related documents How the index was compiledPDF – 107.33 KBQuestionnaire for compiling the 2009 Press Freedom IndexPDF – 57.45 KBIndex 2009PDF – 203.52 KB читать на русском—–“Press freedom must be defended everywhere in the world with the same energy and the same insistence,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said today as his organisation issued its eighth annual world press freedom index.“It is disturbing to see European democracies such as France, Italy and Slovakia fall steadily in the rankings year after year,” Julliard said. “Europe should be setting an example as regards civil liberties. How can you condemn human rights violations abroad if you do not behave irreproachably at home? The Obama effect, which has enabled the United States to recover 16 places in the index, is not enough to reassure us.”Reporters Without Borders compiles the index every year on the basis of questionnaires that are completed by hundreds of journalists and media experts around the world. This year’s index reflects press freedom violations that took place between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009.Europea no longer an example?Europe long set an example in press freedom but several European nations have fallen significantly in this year’s index. Even if the first 13 places are still held by European countries, others such as France (43rd), Slovakia (44th) and Italy (49th) continue their descent, falling eight, 37 and five places respectively. In so doing, they have given way to young democracies in Africa (Mali, South Africa and Ghana) and the western hemisphere (Uruguay and Trinidad and Tobago).Journalists are still physically threatened in Italy and Spain (44th), but also in the Balkans, especially Croatia (78th), where the owner and marketing director of the weekly Nacional were killed by a bomb on 23 October 2008.But the main threat, a more serious one in the long term, comes from new legislation. Many laws adopted since September 2008 have compromised the work of journalists. One adopted by Slovakia (44th) has introduced the dangerous concept of an automatic right of response and has given the culture minister considerable influence over publications.Israel: operation media crackdownOperation Cast Lead, Israel’s military offensive against the Gaza Strip, had an impact on the press. As regards its internal situation, Israel sank 47 places in the index to 93rd position. This nose-dive means it has lost its place at the head of the Middle Eastern countries, falling behind Kuwait (60th), United Arab Emirates (86th) and Lebanon (61st).Israel has begun to use the same methods internally as it does outside its own territory. Reporters Without Borders registered five arrests of journalists, some of them completely illegal, and three cases of imprisonment. The military censorship applied to all the media is also posing a threat to journalists.As regards its extraterritorial actions, Israel was ranked 150th. The toll of the war was very heavy. Around 20 journalists in the Gaza Strip were injured by the Israeli military forces and three were killed while covering the offensive.Iran at gates of infernal trioJournalists have suffered more than ever this year in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran. The president’s disputed reelection plunged the country into a major crisis and fostered regime paranoia about journalists and bloggers.Automatic prior censorship, state surveillance of journalists, mistreatment, journalists forced to flee the country, illegal arrests and imprisonment – such is the state of press freedom this year in Iran.Already at the lower end of the rankings in previous years, Iran has now reached the gates of the infernal trio at the very bottom – Turkmenistan (173rd), North Korea (174th) and Eritrea (175th) – where the media are so suppressed they are non-existent.Obama effect brings US back into top 20The United States has climbed 16 places in the rankings, from 36th to 20th, in just one year. Barack Obama’s election as president and the fact that he has a less hawkish approach than his predecessor have had a lot to do with this.But this sharp rise concerns only the state of press freedom within the United States. President Obama may have been awarded the Nobel peace prize, but his country is still fighting two wars. Despite a slight improvement, the attitude of the United States towards the media in Iraq and Afghanistan is worrying. Several journalists were injured or arrested by the US military. One, Ibrahim Jassam, is still being held in Iraq. RSF_en News October 20, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Obama effect in US, while Europe continues to recedeIsrael in free fall, Iran at gates of infernal trio Help by sharing this information
STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Public hearings on the budget kicked into high gear as several departments made presentations to the City Council in a joint meeting on Monday.“As we get into the department budgets, I have asked the director to focus on key accomplishments and major workplace efforts for the coming year,” said City Manager Steve Mermell. “Without the budget, none of the services the city provides would be possible.”The council annually hears budget presentations in special meetings before City Council meetings.Police, parks, recreation and community services, the city’s libraries, transportation, the Pasadena Center Operating Co. and the city’s Community Access Corp. were scheduled to make budget presentations on Monday.However, only the police, library and parks and recreation and community presentations were made due to time constraints.The other departments were scheduled to make presentations at the City Council meeting which began immediately after the special meeting.“We continue with our youth engagement and increasing our number of officers for patrol,” said Police Chief John Perez.Although local residents called on the city to cut police funding for more social services, council members did not broach the topic when discussing the department’s budget with Perez.On Monday, Pasadena Now reported the department is recommending city officials reallocate $225,000 from its normal operating budget to fund a second full-time PORT team to provide unarmed responses to service calls involving mental health issues or problems related to homelessness.The team would be made up of a firefighter or emergency medical technician, a social worker and a housing worker.The team would be able to respond to calls received by the Police Department that don’t involve an apparent threat of violence or danger.Under the proposed 2022 FY Operating Budget, the Police Department will receive over $84 million from the General Fund.The proposed operating budget — including city-affiliated agencies and the city’s capital improvement projects — came in at $897.8 million, exactly $20 million more than the last fiscal year’s adopted budget.The recommended Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget includes $286.7 million in appropriations from the general fund.The city’s charter, Section 902 requires that the annual operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year be submitted to the City Council on or before the third Monday in May, according to a staff report.The city’s operating budget was put together before the city’s library was shut down in May due to seismic issues.The library’s budget for 2021 will be significantly lower to unfilled positions and no live programs due to the closure.“We’ve been focusing on continuity of operations ever since,” said Library Director Michele Perera.“We have been looking for alternate locations and have toured a few in the last few weeks. The library has considered moving some of its services to a closed elementary school and a warehouse,” Perera said.The location will house 350,000 books.“We know we are not going to find another Central Library,” Perera said.About 80 percent of the library’s $15 million budget comes from the city’s General Fund. The rest comes from a library tax. 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