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CricketIndian premier leagueIndian premier league 2020SportSport News DC vs KXIP IPL 2020 Live : Two teams without IPL title, can they break the jinx this time ? By Kunal Dhyani – September 19, 2020 Facebook Twitter YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoHollywood TaleHow Victoria Principal Looks At 71 Is HeartbreakingHollywood Tale|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Cricket That is the spirit, confidence Delhi Capitals will start their journey in IPL 2020. Along with Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals has never won the IPL title in the last twelve seasons. But this time with a tea that has the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw in the top order and bowlers like Rabada in the squad – it will be difficult for any other outfit to beat them. Cricket At 30, Parth Jindal is one of the youngest franchise owners in the IPL. In 2018, Indian business conglomerate Jindal South West (JSW), of which he is a senior director. They bought 50% stake in the Delhi franchise paying Rs 550 crore to hold joint ownership with the GMR Group. DC Vs KXIP Live : Dream11 Prediction – Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab – IPL 2020DC vs KXIP Dream11 Team: Fantasy cricket predictions and tips for Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI PunjabDelhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab: My Dream11 TeamWicketkeeper: Rishabh PantBatsmen: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi ShawAll-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Ravichandran AshwinBowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Krishnappa GowthamDelhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab: Probable Playing 11Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Shimron Hetmyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Harshal PatelKings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (c and wk), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Jordan, Ravi BishnoiDelhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab: Match detailsThe match will be played on September 20, 2020, Sunday. 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KXIP is one of only three teams, along with RCB and Delhi Capitals, who are yet to lay their hands on the IPL trophy.They are a team who the experts don’t really back to go all the way at the beginning of a season, but thanks to the fickle nature of T20 cricket, a string of good performances can turn their fortunes around CLICKING AS ONE UNIT – Their main weakness has been to come together and click as one unit. More often than not there have been standout individual performances. This time they need to change that.INCONSISTENT PERFORMANCES – The team needs to become a consistent performer. The teams who have won IPL titles have done it on the back of consistent performances. Punjab, over the years haven’t managed to string together too many winning runs. They finished seventh in 2018 and sixth last season in 2019. Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020 : Can they buck the trend ? KXIP STRENGTHS NEW CAPTAIN, NEW LUCK? Dashing India opener KL Rahul will lead the KXIP after Ravichandran Ashwin was traded for Delhi Capitals’ Jagadeesha Suchith last year. It will be interesting to see how Rahul goes about his captaincy duties, especially considering he is one of the key batsmen in the teamNEW RECRUITS LOOK GOOD – Punjab bought the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, James Neesham, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan and young pacer Ishan Porel. Maxwell’s inclusion is sure to bolster their middle order. Cotrell and Neesham meanwhile will shore up their pace bowling attack. TAGS2020DC vs KXIPDC vs KXIP 2020DC vs KXIP LiveDC vs KXIP Live in IPL 2020Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI PunjabIndian Premier LeagueIPL 2020Kings XI Punjab SHARE The deal involves JSW and GMR swapping roles to lead the team management every two years. The 2020 IPL is the last of JSW’s first cycle as lead managers. Jindal has declared if he can’t enter the playoffs this time, then I have failed as a chairman. 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Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS July 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm I had the privilege of sitting in the “pews” of the JW Marriott as Bishop Curry preached this amazing sermon. It gave me goose bumps then, and again, as I re-listened to it. Thank you for making it available in both its written and, particularly, its amazing oral version – to tap whenever we need an injection of “craziness.” Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI July 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm Thank you Bishop Curry. Crazy Christians are in our midst; Altar Guild, ECW, and the tireless greeter who week after week welcomes the newcomer. These are all disciples of Jesus willing to stand at the foot of the Cross, and they are all in my parish. July 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm We clip our own wings and hide in our cages when we deny the joy, honor and profound responsibilities of living out our baptismal vows. The vow which has grabbed at me for decades is “will you respect the dignity of every human being?” Crazy Episcopalians are often the only ones who are nutty enough to believe they can soar with the majestic eagles. In time they will discover they can indeed soar with the eagles, instead of flopping around in their cages with clipped wings and hoping for a hug. It does require crazy courage to say enough is enough. Mature eagles leave their nests and bring nourishment back to the young. Within this nourishment is the courage to grow, to mature, to think, to love and to make good decisions. This nourishment also provides encouragement to let go of our fears and actually jump away from our theoretical sources of security; those being our cradles and nests where we can pretend to honor our lack of love and compassion for other eagles whom we have not yet met.This nourishment is of God.We are called by God to help free others from rejection and exclusion due to the ways in which they have been created. Freedom from suppression, bigotry, racism, homophobia and all sorts of other very ugly stuff must be “allowed” by you and me. I finally refuse anyone to clip my wings; and I challenge you to do the same. I am not yet soaring with the Bald Eagles who can see things more clearly, but with God’s help I will continue to try. Yes, we must have a great abundance of Crazy Episcopalians. Those who dare to be crazy are often the ones who truly thrive; as they do all in their power to help release their brothers and sisters in Christ from the sins of suppression and rejection. 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Josefina Beecher says: Comments (19) July 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm I agree with Jane Wolfe. It is difficult to be different, even if for the benefit of the church. In one instance I found outright mistrust, but these are people and I will not leave the church. The incident was somewhat like the Virgins at the marriage gate. Something once refused, is gone. Not with Jesus, however.Re: the above sermon. Great. We can turn no one away. We were forgiven for doing it once, let’s not push the envelope.As Bishop Curry says we need crazy people. They are the ones who believe that it CAN be done and then DO it. A crazy 88 year old who has done many crazy things, within and for the Episcopal Church. Bless all of the crazies within our church. July 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm BTW, Harriet’s mother was an Episcopalian and Harriet was instrumental in founding an Episcopal mission in Florida for freed slaves in her later years. She became an Episcopalian after writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin and after enduring her father’s and brother’s fire and brimstone preaching growing up. Brother Henry also sought a Gospel based in love and not in damnation in his own brand of Congregationalism. Rector Martinsville, VA July 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm We need this craziness in our parishes; more important, we need this craziness in the 116 waking hours a week we are not in the parish. We need it in our work places; we need it in schools; we need it where we play; we need it in our families; we need it driving down the interstate. If we will be truly Christian during the week, imagine what Sunday worship will be like. Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC July 9, 2012 at 12:04 am Whenever Bishop Curry speaks, we know we will be set on fire to do the work we are commended to do as we leave our churches each Sunday. As I read his words on my computer, in Lockport, New York, I’m as inspired as if i would have had the privilege of being at the Celebration with all you lucky delegates. July 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm This was a very inspiring sermon…BUT…Please redub the recording and raise the level of the audio. We had a very hard time hearing parts of the recording.Thank you,Gary GruenebergJerome, Mi Mimi Grant says: Susan Mocsny Thomas says: Submit an Event Listing July 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm If nothing else comes out ofIf nothing else comes from G.C. this message should be it!!! I know this is wishfull thinking but lets hope Jesus will win !!!!! Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT July 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm I want to see multiple civil wars all over this nation and in the world with Episcopalians intimately involved! July 8, 2012 at 1:06 am Thank you, Bishop Curry! Just at the moment one wonders how to call a congregation to action, to new life and new impact on their community, there you were to lead us on.Might we not expect within ten years to have grown, instead of shrunk some more? July 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm I received a youtube copy of his sermon this morning. Perhaps you can open the below site and enjoy Bishop Curry’s delivery at Convention. “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abJMKeyCWoQ” Charles Rountree says: Rector Knoxville, TN General Convention, Director of Music Morristown, NJ North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry preaches at Convention Eucharist liz dodge says: Larry Jelf says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Gary L. Grueneberg says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Norm Morford+ says: Rita Walpole Ague says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Mary Lee Harris says: July 10, 2012 at 10:37 am Bishop Curry, this is one of the most inspiring sermons I’ve read from any Christian hierarch in a long time. I’m not Episcopalian, I’m a United Methodist lay preacher, but you can rest assured I’m saving your sermon to use as a resource for future messages (with proper attribution, of course). God bless you, sir, and may the Gospel seeds you sowed through this sermon take root and bear fruit throughout all of Christianity. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Robert S. Hayden+ says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 James Handsfield says: [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The following sermon was presented today at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Indianapolis IN through July 12.A Sermon Preached at the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal ChurchThe Commemoration of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)Saturday, July 7, 2012We Need Some Crazy Christiansby the Rt. Rev. Michael B. CurryDiocese of North CarolinaThis day we are commemorating the witness of Harriet Beecher Stowe, a woman who used her words to set the captive free. I’ll say more about her later, but right now I want to note that in 1944 her witness was celebrated in a Broadway play titled Harriet. It was Helen Hayes who played the part of Harriet Beecher Stowe. At the end of the play Beecher Stowe’s family stands around Harriet and sings the words of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” affirming the Christian witness of this brave and bold woman. Part of the hymn goes like this:In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,With a glory in his bosom, that transfigured you and me:As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men freeWhile God is marching on.Glory, glory hallelujah,Glory, glory hallelujah,Glory, glory hallelujah,God’s truth is marching on.For a text today, I offer these words from Mark 3:19-2: “Then [Jesus] went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’”The King James Version of the Bible translates the concern of Jesus’ family for him in these words: “He is beside himself.” The old J.B. Phillips New Testament translates it, “People were saying, ‘He must be mad!’” But my favorite is from the 1995 Contemporary English Version which says, “When Jesus’ family heard what he was doing, they thought he was crazy and went to get him under control.”So, forgive me for saying it this way, but Jesus was, and is, crazy! And those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way, are called and summoned and challenged to be just as crazy as Jesus. So I want to speak on the subject, “We Need Some Crazy Christians.”I don’t want to be too quick to judge Jesus’ mother and the whole family. They had good reason to be concerned. We just read from 1 Peter a teaching that reflects what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount: “Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing” (1Peter 3:9). That’s crazy. In the Gospel reading from Matthew, read just a few moments ago, Jesus says, “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Mt. 23:11). That’s crazy.What the world calls wretched Jesus calls blessed. Blessed are the poor and the poor in spirit. Blessed are the merciful, the compassionate. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst that God’s righteous justice might prevail. Blessed are those who work for peace. Blessed are you when you are persecuted just for trying to love and do what is good. Jesus was crazy. He said, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, pray for those who despitefully use you. He was crazy. He prayed while folk were killing him, “Father, forgive them; they know not what they do.” Now that’s crazy.North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry preaching during the July 7 General Convention Eucharist. ENS Photo/Lynette WilsonWe need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God — like Jesus. Crazy enough to dare to change the world from the nightmare it often is into something close to the dream that God dreams for it. And for those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness.Let me suggest one example of such a call from the New Testament: Mary of Magdala, Mary Magdalene. For whatever reason, Mary often gets a bum rap.Think back to the crucifixion of Jesus. Crucifixion was execution by the Empire for crimes against the state. It was public torture. It was an intentionally brutal means of capital punishment, an execution designed to send a message that revolution and revolutionaries would not be tolerated. If you were a supporter or follower of the person being crucified, it was dangerous to stand too close by during the execution. The rational and sensible thing to do was to go into hiding or exile.Having said that, let’s call the roll of those Jesus called to follow him, let’s take the attendance of the apostles at the crucifixion of their Lord. Simon Peter? Absent. James? Absent. Andrew? Absent. Bartholomew? Absent. Thomas? Absent. Judas? Definitely absent. Mary Magdalene? Present and accounted for! That’s a disciple! When the old slaves sang, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” there was a woman named Mary who could answer, “I was there!” Now that’s crazy!Now it may not be obvious at first, but we actually have a day to remember crazy Christians. I think we call it All Saints’ Day. It’s not called “All the Same Day,” it’s All Saints’ Day, because, though they were fallible and mortal, and sinners like the rest of us, when push came to shove the people we honor as saints marched to the beat of a different drummer. In their lifetimes, they made a difference for the Kingdom of God. As you know, we are even working on a book to help us commemorate them. We are calling it Holy Women, Holy Men. But we might as well call it The Chronicles of Crazy Christians.One of the people we celebrate in the book is Harriet Beecher Stowe, a descendant of Mary Magdalene. She was born in 1811 into a devout family committed to the Gospel of Jesus and to helping transform the world from the nightmare it often is into the dream God intends. She is best known for a fictional work titled Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In this fiction, she told the truth. She told the story of how chattel slavery afflicted a family, afflicted real people. She told the truth of the brutality, the injustice, the inhumanity of the institution of chattel slavery. Her book did what YouTube videos of injustices and brutalities do today. It went 19th-century viral. It rallied abolitionists and enraged vested interests. The influence of that book was so powerful that Abraham Lincoln is reputed to have said, upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe for the first time, “So this is the little lady who started this great war!”A woman of her era was supposed to write nice stories, not stories that would disturb the conscience of a nation. She was supposed to marry well, raise well-bred children, participate in a few charitable activities, and be fondly remembered by all who knew her. That was the life she was supposed to have. But she had been raised in a family that believed that following Jesus means changing the world from the nightmare it often is into the dream that God intends. And sometimes that means marching to the beat of a different drummer. Sometimes that means caring when it is tempting to care less, or standing up when others sit down. Sometimes it means speaking up when others shut up. Sometimes it means being different – even being crazy.When Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Inc., died last year, an old Apple commercial from the 90’s went viral on YouTube. It was a commercial that aired in 1997 and that attempted to rebrand Apple products. The tag line for the commercial and the company was, Think different, a phrase that is grammatically incorrect, which is part of the point.In the commercial they showed a collage of photographs and film footage of people who have invented and inspired, created and sacrificed to improve the world, to make a difference. They showed Bob Dylan, Amelia Earhart, Frank Lloyd Wright, Maria Callas, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, Jim Henson, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, Pablo Casals, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, and on and on and on. As the images rolled by, a voice read this poem:Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels.The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules.And they have no respect for the status quo.You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.Because they change things.They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore.They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.Maybe they have to be crazy.How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.Because the people who are crazy enough to thinkthey can change the world,are the ones who do.We need some crazy Christians. Sane, sanitized Christianity is killing us. That may have worked once upon a time, but it won’t carry the Gospel anymore. We need some crazy Christians like Mary Magdalene and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Christians crazy enough to believe that God is real and that Jesus lives. Crazy enough to follow the radical way of the Gospel. Crazy enough to believe that the love of God is greater than all the powers of evil and death. Crazy enough to believe, as Dr. King often said, that though “the moral arc of the universe is long, it bends toward justice.” We need some Christians crazy enough to believe that children don’t have to go to bed hungry; that the world doesn’t have to be the way it often seems to be; that there is a way to lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside; that as the slaves used to sing, “There’s plenty good room in my Father’s kingdom,” because every human being has been created in the image of God, and we are all equally children of God and meant to be treated as such.In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,With a glory in his bosom, that transfigured you and me:As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,While God is marching on.Glory, glory hallelujah,God’s truth is marching on. Susan Belasco, “Harriet Beecher Stowe in Our Time,” www.nationalera.wordpress.com Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (New York: Church Publishing, 2010), p. 448 Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997 Rector Belleville, IL General Convention 2012 July 17, 2012 at 10:40 am What an inspiring message. Rest assured, even though us Presbyterians have a “rep” as being the “frozen chosen”, many of us are NOT frozen!! It is a blessing to be a crazy christian! How else will we be noticed if we are afraid to step out of our comfort zone, and stand up for Jesus Christ? Stand up for what the Word teaches us is right. Stand up for the least of those. Our Bible is our road map if we ever get confused. STAND UP AND BE THE CRAZY CHRISTIAN GOD CALLS YOU TO BE!! The joy you will see, and feelas you step out in faith, AND, thanks to technology we can come back to read/listen to Bishop Curry sermon over & over again! Thank you Bishop Curry for delivering the word to us, God bless you Sir, A crazy christian from Georgia! An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rev Dan Lediard – Diocese of Eastern Oregon says: John D. Andrews says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 10, 2012 at 11:57 am You are absolutely wonderful! I loved your sermon.At the ripe old age of 85, I can finally identify with who I am – a crazy Christian!Blessings+Mary Lee HarrisGalilee Church,Virginia Beach, Virginia Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service July 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm Crazy Christians the whole family were! Thank you for your inspiring words about my great aunt Hattie. Rector Washington, DC Elizabeth L. Phillips says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Posted Jul 7, 2012 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Stacy James says: Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Cynthia Astle says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Josefina Beecher says: martha knight says: Comments are closed. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA July 12, 2012 at 11:39 am Dear Bishop Michael,I am also a former Roman, now Episcopalian Catholic. Raised in the “one, true Church” I found it hard to make the move in one respect, but easy in another. I believe that Rome has strayed from the path of the Spirit.My husband and I are planning a move to North Carolina. We have already purchased a home and had considered South Carolina at one point, only to be led to NC by the welcoming spirit of its people and its church. Your charismatic leadership is part of how the Spirit directed us.I am proud of our church and proud of your ministry.In His peace and love,Susan Mocsny Thomas January 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm I agree with Jane also. Crazy Christians are so often led to the slaughter by vestries, congregations opposed to change, the “we’ve always done it this way” folks. It’s hard but challenging to be Jesus crazy, but to follow Him, we do not take on an option. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET July 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm Thanks so much to Rt. Rev. M. B. Curry. I confess, I’m a Cathepis (Catholic turned Episcopal). And the main reasons for my moving from one ‘catholic church to another (in my mind and heart, same lodge different local, a la Vatican 2) has to do with the Episcopal’s support for women priests, allowing priests to marry (far, far fewer sex abuse scandals resulting), allowing gay priests to ‘come out of the closet’ and even with same sex spouses in tow, be ordained bishops, thereby firmly saying no to hatred and abuse and bullying of LGBT adults and kids (too often resulting in suicides), and no condemnation of birth control and abortion if and when needed, allowing people, especially women, to follow their consciences in such matters, and supporting, both nationally and internationally, justice and peace movements (i.e. Occupy Wall Streeters).And, for the national General Convention Eucharist to feature such a justice and peace promoting priest is a real ray of hope. Pres. Oh Bomb Ah and wannabe Pres. Raw money, please take note.
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Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information ——————————————————————- 27.05.05 – Call to EU foreign ministers and Javier Solana to put pressure on Iran in Akbar Ganji caseReporters Without Borders has called on the 25 EU foreign ministers and on Javier Solana, EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, to do their utmost to press the Iranian authorities to respond to the demands of a hunger-striking prisoner.Journalist Akbar Ganji, imprisoned for five years, is currently on an unlimited fast to claim the right to appropriate medical treatment and his general rights as a prisoner.”The European Union which says it has opened a ‘constructive dialogue’ with Iran since 1998, has the duty to question the authorities to ensure that a major media figure and human rights activist does not die because of their inactivity,” said Reporters Without Borders.Akbar Ganji, detained unfairly for five years and hostage of the Iranian regime is now ill. Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to give immediate guarantees on the journalist’s state of health. “In no case should his life be put at risk, neither on the basis of health nor because of ill-treatment, a commonplace occurrence at Evine Prison as several recent cases showed, including that of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi”, the organisation added. News News Akbar Ganji in intensive careReporters Without Borders calls for an independent mediatorParis, 9 Aug (AFP) The press freedom group Reporters Without Borders would like someone to be able to visit Iranian journalist and political prisoner Akbar Ganji, its secretary-general, Robert Ménard, told AFP Tuesday. “We are asking that one of Akbar Ganji’s lawyers or a member of his family should be allowed to see him at the hospital (where he has been since 17 July) in order to verify his state of health and find out whether or not he has called off his hunger strike,” Ménard said. “There were contradictory statements Tuesday” as to the status of the dissident’s hunger strike, Ménard said. “The justice ministry announced that he had stopped the hunger strike but the hospital spokesperson said he was still refusing to eat,” he said. “Since it began, the Iranian authorities have announced the end of Akbar Ganji’s protest several times,” Ménard said. Reporters Without Borders urged Ganji to call off his hunger strike on Monday and is worried about “the gravity of his state of health,” Ménard said. “None of his lawyers have seen him since 17 July when he arrived at the hospital, and his family has not seen him since 1 August,” he added. Aged 46, Ganji is one of the most emblematic of Iran’s political prisoners. He was sentenced in 2001 to six years in prison over an article implicating several senior regime officials in a series of murders of writers and intellectuals. Ganji began his hunger strike on 11 June in an attempt to obtain an unconditional release. The Iranian judicial authorities said he was transferred from prison to the hospital on 17 July to undergo a knee operation. He is being closely guarded and there has been no indication that any operation has in fact been carried out. ————————————————————————08.08.2005 Press freedom group asks Ganji to call off hunger strike Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard appealed to imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji to call off his hunger strike today, as dozens of plain-clothes agents of the Tehran state prosecutor raided his home, insulted and roughed up his wife and daughter, and threatened to arrest them for “spying.” The raid on Ganji’s Tehran home began at around 9:00 a.m. and lasted an hour. The agents searched the apartment and seized many documents, photo albums, computer diskettes, diaries and personal effects belonging to his daughter. His wife, Massoumeh Shafiie, was handcuffed, hit and threatened with arrest for “transmitting information to foreign media.” His daughter was threatened. ————————————————————————Letter to Akbar Ganji June 9, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out more “We also call on the European Commission to put pressure on the authorities to undertake an inspection of Iranian prisons, where a hunger strike has become the sole resort for journalists trying to obtain their rights as prisoners,” it said.Ganji began an “unlimited hunger strike” on 19 May 2005. He called it off on 24 may after negotiations with three prison officials who promised to give way to his demands the following week. But the following day, an assistant of the Tehran prosecutor accused him of lying and warned “the Ganji family not to continue with these lies”. The journalist then told his family that he had decided to renew his fast “and this time to the end.”His wife, Masoleh Shafii, told Reporters Without Borders: “He is determined to go through to the end. He is sick and weak. As well as the fast, he has stopped taking his medication and his life is really in danger.”Ganji, who worked on the daily paper Sobh-e-Emrooz, was arrested on 22 April 2000 after appearing before the press court accused of writing that leading figures, including former President Hashemi Rafsanjani and former intelligence minister Ali Fallahian, had been involved in the murder of opponents and intellectuals in late 1998. He was also accused of taking part in a conference in Berlin about reform in Iran which the government charged was “anti-Islamic.” He was sentenced on 13 January 2001 to 10 years in prison but the appeal court reduced this to six months on 15 May 2001. However on 15 July 2001, the supreme court quashed the May sentence on technical grounds and imposed a six-year jail sentence. He is being held in solitary confinement and, unlike other political prisoners, is not allowed to phone his wife, and is rarely allowed to leave the prison, although the law permits this. In the course of his five years in prison, he has been allowed only 40 day-passes, most of them for medical appointments. Hospital doctors have recommended that he be hospitalized for back problems and asthma, which has got worse because of his prison conditions, but the judicial authorities continue to block this. His lawyer, Nobel peace laureate Shirin Edabi, has voiced great concern about his state of health.Over 15 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations so that their cases will not be forgotten. Currently, Akbar Ganji is sponsored by Le Devoir, Nice-Matin, La Montagne. News August 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Akbar Ganji in intensive care News Paris, 8 August 2005 Dear friend, I know this message will reach you, even if your hospital bed is under surveillance. I want to talk to you as a friend. We need you, dear Akbar. We need your courage and your combative spirit to continue the fight. I am writing to you to ask you to end your hunger strike. Today, your wife, Massoumeh Shafiie, your lawyer, Shirin Ebadi, and I refuse to let you drift slowly into something from which there is no return. As from today, your body could begin to suffer irreversible harm. We do not want to lose one of the noblest and most powerful voices – the journalist Akbar Ganji. I know that you will agree to listen to your friends and that you will have the courage to accept that they are right. I want to reiterate to you that we are at your side, that we were there yesterday and we want to continue to be there tomorrow. We will not cease to inform public opinion, to put pressure on politicians and to shake often unmoving entities until you are given your freedom, you and the four other journalists in prison in Iran – Hossein Ghazian, Slamak Pourzand, Ejlal Eghvami and Roya Touloui. You have done a great deal to ensure that your contemporaries are aware of the disastrous state of freedoms in Iran. Before, you did it by investigating, writing and exposing the real face of those who hold power in Iran. Now, since 11 June, you have been doing it by not eating, in order to force your tormentors to render you justice. Your hunger strike has clearly shown that “justice” is a word that is unknown to the judges who convicted you. They do not serve fairnessand the law, they are the servile thugs of a despotic regime. Your revolt has echoed around the world. US President George W. Bush, the European Union and France have all publicly called for your release. International human rights organisations are campaigning on your behalf. Ten Nobel laureates including your friend Shirin Ebadi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have together condemned the Iranian government’s behaviour and have asked Tehran-based diplomats to go to your bedside. On Saturday, the British ambassador in Iran, Sir Richard Dalton, whose country currently holds the European Union presidency, tried to see you. The Iranian foreign ministry refused, wrapping itself in nationalist pride of poor taste. By drawing all eyes to your hospital bed, you have forced the world to look at Iran’s suffering in the face. I hope to hear from you as soon as possible. ——————————————————————18.07.2005-Imprisoned journalist rushed to hospital but family denied visiting rightsReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the refusal of the Iranian authorities to let the family and lawyer of imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji visit him in the hospital to which he was rushed yesterday. Ganji has been on hunger strike for 37 days and has lost 22 kilos in weight.”Ganji’s family and lawyer must immediately be granted the right of visit allowed by Iran’s laws, so that they can establish his state of health,” the organisation said. “The attitude of the judicial authorities is unacceptable. They are directly responsible for his fate. A journalist cannot be allowed to slowly die and be denied the treatment he needs. That is a serious human rights violation.”Ganji was sentenced to six years in prison in 2001 for linking senior regime officials to a series of murders of writers and intellectuals. He has been held in Evin prison, where he began his hunger strike on 10 June. He was rushed yesterday to Milad public hospital north of Tehran. His wife told Reporters without borders she was worried and did not trust the Iranian authorities.Calls for his release have been made by US President George Bush, the European Union and many international human rights organisations.——————————————————-30 May 2005 – Detained journalist let out of prison temporarily to receive medical treatmentReporters Without Borders hailed the decision of the Iranian authorities to let detained journalist Akbar Ganji out of prison today for an undetermined period so that he may receive medical treatment.”We are pleased Akbar Ganji’s demands have at last been heeded but we are monitoring developments closely and we will continue to keep up pressure on the Iranian authorities until Ganji has been granted an unconditional and definitive release and until the eight other detained journalists and three detained cyber-dissidents have been freed,” the organization said.Ganji told Reporters Without Borders after being let out today that Evin prison officials proposed to him on 28 May that he should be examined by two doctors chosen by his family to confirm his poor state of health and, on that basis, they would grant him permission to leave the prison.When his wife and the doctors went to the prison yesterday, the guards told them their visit was no longer necessary as a decision had already been taken to let Ganji out for a week. But Ganji reacted by refusing the “offer” because he had been demanding a month-long exit permit. Guards finally came to his cell after midnight and told him he was being allowed out immediately, and they did not specify for how long. Ganji will be hospitalized for a week.Pressure from international organizations, and from bloggers and other Internet users who have been constantly relaying developments about Ganji’s state of health, almost certainly played a key role in this decision by the Iranian authorities.