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What would happen if Episcopalians and their church put Jesus…

first_img Wendy Sulewski says: October 19, 2017 at 12:26 pm It kind of sounds like they are doubling down on a strategy that hasn’t been working. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 October 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm I am grateful that this is showcased and sad that, as usual, the time frame for action and movement likely promises to follow an all too familiar pattern: groaningly glacial and lost in committte. Michael is right, if TEC continues doing things the same ol same ol, it is probably best it dismantle. Sad. Those in power, AKA purse string holders, are all too often sadly and maddeningly stuck. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Judy Hedin says: October 18, 2017 at 8:31 pm I for one glad for the Jewish Revolt of 70 AD. They set out to kill Paul when he brought alms for the church poor. You can read the story in Acts 21: 26 following. This Jewish Church while Paul was in his gentile church constantly sent people to attack Paul over eating with unclean people & becoming Jews. Only the distruction of this branch of The Church. The ethics of the early church was deeply personal. The Romans were horrified because it had not interest in public ethics. I pray this Jesus Movement will also die. The Episcopal Church deserves to shrink as long as it makes the man who died on the Cross for our salvation into a left wing agitator. The most radical thing he did was over turn tables in the Temple. He never attacked Rome in any way. You have heard a prosecutors can convict a ham sandwiche. We Jesus was there ham sandwich Terry Francis says: Angustia Hamasaki says: Alan McKeeman says: Jack Cummings says: Tom Sramek, Jr. says: The Rev. Fred Fenton says: October 18, 2017 at 9:08 pm What happened to God? Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Denise Unger says: Pamela Payne says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ October 19, 2017 at 10:46 am What does “awaiting moderation” mean? October 18, 2017 at 6:25 pm I believe we need to leave politics out of this – we are called to be a caring, loving and helping community of faith. We need to show love to all – to feed the hungry and cloth the naked, console the grieving and minister to the ill. If you really look, the work of Jesus is happening – sometimes its not being tweeted or on the internet. But some of us are remembering that we must be a loving people of Christ and reaching out to those in need. October 22, 2017 at 2:17 am St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Fullerton, CA is my church. I feel that our church preaches love and Jesus with out being political. I think there is a left leaning, which I agree with, so its tough. I feel like I finally found my people in this church.There may be 40% who are more conservative, but I do not know everyone’s politics – not an issue. I do not feel any animosity among diverse members at all. We pray together for disaster victims, and of terrorism – fires… we do pray for our leaders to make wise choices, but none are political. All are respected and loved. Diversity is respected. Both right and left wing. Love and really trying to live with Christ and serve others is the ideal.I feel so blessed to have found such a beautiful church and congregation. This is what Episcopal should mean in my opinion. Paula Pavanis says: John Martin says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Sarah Rachel says: October 19, 2017 at 10:38 am I have seen members of my own family leave the church because of the liberal view and political activism. Susan makes an excellent point. Bishop Curry continually makes his political stance known. Based on the election result, I would say that better than half of all Episcopalians don’t agree with his stance. Donald Heacock says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Woolley Steven says: John Miller says: October 19, 2017 at 8:41 pm I have read the “10 Chapter of Mathew” hundreds of times. What is your point? October 18, 2017 at 7:04 pm Susan, it is certainly not clear to me how or where your judgment about being welcome in the Episcopal Church relates in any way to the article. There is no talk of Republican or Femocrat but rather of those whose Christian love is lived every day. I pray the scales on your eyes will bewashed away and you can see the message as a call to live as Jesus did. Blessings to all Annette Smith says: October 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm As an Episcopalian who has left the Church, my reaction to the article is colored by my angst over the church of my birth. Feel free to reject or disagree—I am not infallible—but my comments may provide a window into why I think the Church is shrinking.Mixing politics and religion, and then adding in the actuarial tables, is a lethal recipe for the Episcopal Church. Expect the numbers to be worse in 2017—the referenced Parochial Report was compiled before the effects of the November 2016 election. The TEC is 80% percent white, 60% over age 55, and an estimated 40% of the ASA members regularly attending church are conservatives, many of whom probably voted for Trump, or alternatively, voted against Clinton. Gay marriage has been passé after the revolt several years ago, so the next great exodus can best be attributed to deaths in an aging membership, failure to attract young families, and divisive politicking that has alienated many members.No doubt Bishop Curry and Rev. Gay Clark Jennings are compassionate and faithful followers of Christ. I think the Bishop is right when he said: “If the church concentrates on making and forming disciples who truly live the way of Jesus, ‘we won’t have time to worry about Average Sunday Attendance; that will take care of itself.’” The problem is that the Leadership believes that to “truly live the way of Jesus,” clergy and members must be political activists. “Disciples” means troops that the Church can “mobilize” in a culture war against anything Trump or conservative. There is nothing nonpartisan or hopeful in Rev. Jennings’ quoted battle plan.I am no fan of Trump, but the the Leadership has been decidedly Alt-Left, confrontational and deeply divisive. Jesus made disciples by changing hearts and minds, but he did not do so by denouncing the Emperor, by calling for economic boycotts over bathroom rights, by hiring attorneys to advocate gender neutral locker rooms and showers, or by leading “resistance” marches falsely claiming to speak for all Episcopalians. Uncompromising religious beliefs give rise to uncompromising political beliefs, which quickly degenerates into hateful name calling and empty pews.The Leadership has no monopoly on deciding what politicians, churches and laws are, and are not, truly Christian. It is not an “impoverished and vindictive interpretation of our faith” to support enforcement of our immigration laws or to advocate for health care that is fiscally sustainable. We are not anti-stewards of the earth if we acknowledge climate change but oppose the Paris Accord as a bad deal when it requires Americans to pay billions in ransom to China and India. The charge of “white privilege”—a term which is inherently “racist”—is not the cause of every societal injustice, and it is deeply insulting to those who have succeeded in life through ambition, personal hard work and the blessings bestowed by God.I expected the politics of my pastor to be more liberal than mine—she is more compassionate. I’ve always appreciated the fact that members of my church have represented a cross-section of society and political parties. I left the Church because I recoil when Christianity is used as a political weapon. My experience with ardent supporters of social justice politics is that they are simply intolerant of any opinion but their own. When the Church only adopts and advocates leftists causes followed by the chant, “we are the Jesus Movement,” then the chant becomes nothing more than a partisan political slogan.My new church is mostly millennial’s, is growing, and the Pastor is careful to leave politics at the door and to teach the Gospel on a personal level. I conclude from his success that young people yearning for personal guidance on how they should live their lives will not spend one hour of their time on Sunday to hear a pastor trying to indoctrinate them with a particular political agenda. Teach the Word, and then let them decide for themselves who and what to vote for. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC October 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm Oh WOW! There you have it. Presiding Bishop Curry calls for following Jesus, andPresident Jennings calls for specific nationwide social actions. This apparentconflict between calling for political sounding social actions and following Jesus.continues in our congregations. It’s the means and motives which are in conflict,not the actions called for. And as Curry clearly says the motive should not be ASAor number of churches, or even the survival of ECUSA, but whether or not we areliving up to the Christ part of our Christian name. I believe, personally haveseen, and history proves (Luther, Wilberforce, Wesley, Bonhoefer, King), thatchange really comes when we apply Jesus’s teaching one on one to each other andeveryone we meet. The one on one starts when we go to the Word, share, and startto ask one another what does this really mean. When we stop saying to ourselves;“Surely God couldn’t mean that.” and instead say “What if God really means that.”,and then act accordingly. Amazing things can happen when this occurs, becauseGod’s methods, IMHO, are always paradoxial to the World’s classroom. So instead oflarge political social action groups, we start with very small Jesus led groups,following His call. Thereby we can change the World and Nation. Wesley called itthe “Method”, and for it we kicked him out of the pulpit. And remember Jesus didn’t go to the Sandhedrin, the Pharisees, or the Romans, he went to the lowly fishermen, local terrorist, and hated tax collectors. The ECUSA perhaps because of it’s typical makeup of local leaders, businessmen, politicos, military Officers(me), etc., has a proclivity toward plans, programs, consultants, budgets, executive councils, and management schemes. I think it is hard for us to believe the Holy Spirit will move from small ways, like from the original 12 minus one. Maybe it is almost sinful when we in our pride think we have answers, rather than, in faith, turn it over to Him. It’s not the Church or Nation God wants us to maintain, but it’s our fellow man, through Jesus type Love. Keep on preaching Bishop!!!– – – and sorry, but this, to you, may mean in the next coffee hour, you mustwelcome that smelly, homeless, bedraggled person that comes to get a free donut,rather than arrange a luncheon date with the Chair of the newest highly thought ofnon-profit in town. WWJD?? Rector Albany, NY Elizabeth Kaeton says: October 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm Yes to everything Susan Salisbury said! I agree. Episcopal Church is driving many out because they put guilt on those who aren’t P.C. and have no tolerance for voting for our POTUS. Mike Giebel – I would love to find a non-denominational Church where there is no focus on having to be a Dem or you are “evil”. Attendance is down with all mainline churches in the US, but non-denomn. up UP!!! Featured Jobs & Calls Diana Bickford says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ October 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm We can put Jesus in the center by recommitting ourselves to the sacred observance and deep theological understanding of the Sacraments with emphasis on our Baptismal Covenant and the Holy Eucharist. If we correct our denominational error and become B.C.P. people again, Christ will be at the center. The progressive drift we are currently suffering from must be corrected. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 18, 2017 Comments (47) Submit a Press Release October 18, 2017 at 6:10 pm This piece says to me that anyone who does not think that Jesus was First and foremost @ progressive politician is not welcome in the Episcopal church. It says I& you voted forTrump you are a bigot and a hater and are not welcome unless you promise to vote for and contribute to Democrats. This isn’t Jesus. This is literally using the Lords name to promote a powerful central state that has the ability to crush individuals like the cockroaches the progressives think we are. It allows no debate at all on what policies are actually most beneficial for poor people and ignores , for example, the tens if millions who cannot afford Obamacare, and the rising tide of euthanasia in European countries that provide. Universal health care. It frankly says I am not welcome in the Episcopal church The Rev’d Canon Dr. Samir J. Haniby says: Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY October 21, 2017 at 10:40 am I was fortunate to have belonged to a couple of wonderful Episcopal congregations in my journey. But the ECUSA lost me forever because of its lack of transparency and consistency in how it selects candidates for ordained ministry. As a one-time aspirant to the priesthood, I will never forgive how the institutional church abused its power with me and many others in my seminary cohort. Nor will I forgive the institutional church for selectively applying its own Constitution and Canons when it comes to “selecting” potential candidates for the priesthood. Add to that the church’s countless misguided and uninformed “ministries” to he poor in a time when clear-eyed and thoughtfulresponse is so desperately needed, and you have an institution with dubious intention and rapidly growing irrelevance. Rector Belleville, IL Executive Council, 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 October 19, 2017 at 1:14 pm Not sure? Read the words.“difficult season for Christians in the United States who are committed to doing justice, protecting God’s creation and safeguarding the dignity of every human being.” – Apparently it wasn’t a difficult season before.“The situation feels unstable, and to many Americans, it is downright frightening,” – What about the Americans that don’t feel it’s unstable and aren’t afraid?“I am encouraged that many Christians, and many of you here this morning, are mobilizing to resist the onslaught of policies and pronouncements – and tweets – that run counter to ‘our’ gospel values and ‘our vision’ of the kingdom of God,” she said. I doubt she is talking to Episcopalian that are Republicans here….. “People of faith have played important roles in opposing several unsuccessful attempts to take health care away from millions of Americans, and we are also committed to defeating the current attempt to deport hundreds of thousands of young ‘dreamers’ who were brought to this country without documentation as children.” – Sounds like a Democratic Party position here….Politically in polling or voting 60 – 40 would be a huge landslide. So let’s assume the average congregation fits that model. So when the church as a whole, or its leadership, right down to the parish priest takes a policy position, at best you are telling 40% of the congregation, diocese, national church they are wrong… “counter to ‘our’ gospel values and ‘our vision’ of the kingdom of God. ” Would you go to that church?The PB says… “However, those voices (“voices in our culture that masquerade as Christians”) “do not even show basic humanitarian concern and care,” much less echoing Jesus’s message of love and forgiveness.” Why take a shot at other Christians? Is he saying the 40% or whatever are “masquerading as Christians.” How does he know what’s in their hearts?Here’s an idea. How about concentrating on connecting people to God and Jesus. Let’s concentrate on making them good Christians. Good Christians will be good citizens. Good citizens will do right by our country and their neighbors, etc. When I see the church pushing policies and advocating, it tells me we don’t really trust God and Jesus. Jesus can change hearts. Trust him. Then the 40% or more will come back. Jesus is for everyone. mike geibel says: October 18, 2017 at 10:37 pm The Presiding Bishop is right. Christianity is not a spectator sport. Brian D. McLaren, a recovering Evangelical, has written an important book I recommend to all, “The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian.” McLaren writes: “What would it mean for Christians to rediscover their faith not as a problematic system of beliefs, but as a just and generous way of life, rooted in contemplation and expressed in compassion, that makes amends for its mistakes and is dedicated to beloved community for all?” Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR October 18, 2017 at 6:22 pm Not sure how you came up with that take. Can you explain? Kenneth Knapp says: Joshua Hill says: Donald Heacock says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Bud Sherwood says: What would happen if Episcopalians and their church put Jesus at the center – really? Curry and Jennings challenge Executive Council as it opens four-day meeting Rector Martinsville, VA October 19, 2017 at 8:25 am Would someone be good enough to enlighten me as to what the deficiencies were in TEC in the 1950’s and why they feel we are in a better place today? As a product of a low New England Church during those days, I fail to see how the ‘modern’ broad Church has been an improvement. Attendance and general participation would seem to belie this ‘progress”. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group October 20, 2017 at 2:01 am I live in Europe and do not see the “rising tide of Euthanasia” of which you speak. Instead, I experience governments by the people and for the people, providing such things as low-cost or free healthcare AND education, paid-for maternal leave, and decent vacation time. This is what is important, not hand-outs to already rich and bloated corporations and billionaires. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Charles B. Allen II says: October 20, 2017 at 9:41 am Mike: I, too am a “Render unto Caesar” Episcopalian. I am interested to know what denomination your “new” Church is. [email protected] Susan salisbury says: center_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI October 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm It means that the comment is the first one posted by that person and, per our guidelines here https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/comment-policy/, that comment must be approved. After that, the person’s comment publishes automatically. October 20, 2017 at 1:07 am very well expressed Diocese of Honduras Bishop Lloyd Allen presides at Holy Eucharist on Oct. 18 as the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council opens its Oct. 18-21 meeting. The Rev. Deacon Geof Smith, the Episcopal Church’s chief operating officer, assisted during the service. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] It would seem obvious that Episcopalians have Jesus at the center of their lives and that the Episcopal Church centers on Jesus. Yet, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry challenged the church’s Executive Council Oct. 18 to reflect deeply on whether the church and its members are truly answering the call of Christ during these times of challenges from outside and inside the church.Curry’s remarks came during the opening session of council’s Oct. 18-21 meeting. The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies and Executive Council vice chair, joined him in that challenge. Council spent nearly 90 minutes listening to and discussing Curry’s challenge. The members and staff will continue that work Oct. 19, albeit from a different angle, in a session Jennings will lead on council committee reorganization.Curry acknowledged that recently released data from the 2016 parochial reports from each congregation and diocese show that membership in the Episcopal Church continues to decline. The pace has slowed some, he said, but the trajectory remains downward. There were 6,473 domestic parishes and missions in 2016 compared with 6,510 in 2015. The number of baptized members who were active in 2016 was 1,745,156, compared with 1,779,335 in 2015.While it may be tempting to despair and search for ways to return to a church that Episcopalians believe existed in the past, Curry said, he believes that if the church concentrates on making and forming disciples who truly live the way of Jesus, “we won’t have time to worry about average Sunday attendance; that will take care of itself.”“If we continue to navel gaze, then we won’t survive, and probably shouldn’t,” he said. “If our concern is being the church of the 1950s, maintaining an institutional reality for the sake of the institution, maybe we don’t need to continue.”But, if Episcopalians are concerned about keeping Jesus at the center of their lives, then “that’s church that has a reason to exist and will have a future.”The presiding bishop asked council to consider the story told in Acts 16:6-10, known as the Macedonian Call. Paul, “having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia,” according to the passage, has a vision one night of a man pleading with him to come help him and his friends in Macedonia. Once there, Paul meets and converts Lydia, her household and many others, and plants many churches on what is now known as his second missionary journey.Curry insisted that the Episcopal Church might be experiencing its own Macedonian Call. The attendance data he cited is “either a cause for despair or a call to go to Macedonia.” The despair comes from feeling as if the church is blocked from resuscitating “the church we thought we once were.”“Macedonia” needs Episcopalians, he said, in a time when “there are voices in our culture that masquerade as Christians.” However, those voices “do not even show basic humanitarian concern and care,” much less echoing Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness.House of Deputies Vice President Byron Rushing, center, makes a point Oct. 18 as council members and others discuss ways to ensure that Jesus is always at the center of their lives and of the church. Council member Russ Randle, right, and Barbara Miles, chairwoman of the Joint Standing Commission on Program, Budget and Finance are among those listening. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“I really believe that the way of Jesus, the way that is gracious, kind, loving, just, good – that way and that Jesus – is what the world is hungry for and God help us, we’re getting a Macedonian Call,” Curry said.When Episcopalians answer that call, they will be a church reoriented around the gospel in the way, as in most congregations, the gospel is processed into the midst of the people and they turn to face the person who proclaims it, the presiding bishop said.Curry acknowledged that his description of the world in need of authentic Christianity was an echo of what Jennings evoked for council in her remarks earlier in the session. Jennings reviewed a litany of what she has said is a “difficult season for Christians in the United States who are committed to doing justice, protecting God’s creation and safeguarding the dignity of every human being.”“The situation feels unstable, and to many Americans, it is downright frightening,” Jennings said.“I am encouraged that many Christians, and many of you here this morning, are mobilizing to resist the onslaught of policies and pronouncements – and tweets – that run counter to our gospel values and our vision of the kingdom of God,” she said. “People of faith have played important roles in opposing several unsuccessful attempts to take health care away from millions of Americans, and we are also committed to defeating the current attempt to deport hundreds of thousands of young ‘dreamers’ who were brought to this country without documentation as children.”Jennings anchored that advocacy in the public policy actions taken by the General Convention, and she praised the support of the Office of Government Relations in Washington D.C., for helping mobilize the Episcopal Church, especially when legislative remedies are sought.“We are working hard; the issues come at us fast these days. But we are organized, we are mobilizing more quickly than in the past, and we are resisting for the sake of the most vulnerable people in our communities and our congregations,” she said.Episcopalians must “counter an impoverished and vindictive interpretation of our faith with what my friend here calls the loving, liberating and life-giving message of the Jesus Movement,” Jennings said, referring to Curry.Given the gravity of what Jennings described, she admitted that council might think it odd when, on Oct. 19, she leads a session on the group’s committee structure.“Now, I realize that the kingdom of God is not like a committee meeting, or at least I hope not,” she said. “But the work we do here to fulfill our canonical responsibility – which is to provide board-level oversight and direction to the work of the DFMS as defined by General Convention – makes it possible for the rest of the church to do its work. In our tradition, governance does not stand in opposition to mission or even detract from mission. Governance, done efficiently, transparently and collaboratively, makes mission and witness, prophetic witness, possible.”The rest of the meetingAfter the opening plenary on Oct. 18, council spent the rest of the day and the morning of Oct. 19 meeting in its five committees. Later on Oct. 19, council members will get an update on the recent work of Episcopal Relief & Development, and they will have the Jennings-led discussion on possible ways to reorganize their work on council. Committee meetings will also take up most of Oct. 20 and, on Oct. 21, the committees will each report to the full body, proposing resolutions for the full body to consider.The Oct. 18-21 meeting is taking place at the Maritime Institute Conference Center.Some council members are tweeting from the meeting using #ExCoun.The Executive Council carries out the programs and policies adopted by the General Convention, according to Canon I.4 (1). The council comprises 38 members – 20 of whom (four bishops, four priests or deacons, and 12 laypeople) are elected by General Convention and 18 (one clergy and one layperson) by the nine provincial synods for six-year terms – plus the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies. In addition, the vice president of the House of Deputies, secretary, chief operating officer, treasurer and chief financial officer have seats and voice but no vote.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN October 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm Yes Please explain. Your comment seems like a total non-sequitur, Susan. 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 October 25, 2017 at 12:32 pm Jumping on the bandwagon of every left-wing cause is not putting Jesus at the center, and treating conservative members of this church like second class citizens is certainly not putting Jesus at the center. mike geibel says: October 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm Finally, someone gets it! There is always a price to pay for following Jesus. Btw Jesus was socially a pretty liberal guy in his day. Can’t escape that reality no matter what party you’re in. Suzanne J Wright says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT October 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm I am excited about Presiding Bishop Curry’s leading in changing the ECUSA into a “Jesus Movement,” and where the particulars of this tendency are addressed by Canon Spellers. I take this to mean creating formational/transformational pedagogy in each parish that gets a core of parish members learning to more and more “have the mind of Christ.” Out of such emerging Jesus communities, the Holy Spirit will direct the reflection and action out into the world. Not everyone will buy into this calling, which, by the way, comes from the mission found in the back of our BCP. So be it. Behold, God, makes all things new.Second, our Jesus Movement will certainly be active in the world — but remember: we are NOT a social service agency, duplicating the Red Cross, or taking overt political stances — especially in a polarized country like the US. We are called to be the loci of the Kingdom of God, changing minds, hearts, and purifying our souls — together. This will commence the reconciliation of our broken world. And on a lesser and closing note, in the political realm, I am a registered Democrat, but my primary calling is to be a disciple of the suffering and risen Jesus, the Messiah, Jan Rowe says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Brian Huskey says: 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 Alice Sawyer says: Comments are closed. Rector Tampa, FL Paula Pavanis says: October 18, 2017 at 6:51 pm Always will there be individuals, maybe even discreet parishes, who do. Problem is: the corporate and historical politics and what TEC as a whole supports. My personal experience has always been that Episcopalians are handshakers who either make a big fuss about any philanthropy they engage or feign humility falsely from their (oft invisible to them) privileged positions. Good at writing checks: perhaps: hands on not forthcoming. Try volunteering or showing interest in being trained for Episcopal Relief and Development versus say The American Red Cross to be a hands on boots on the ground disaster volunteer. The larger systemic zytgeist becomes crystal clear. I was asked to write. check instead. October 18, 2017 at 7:08 pm Regardless of who one supported with one’s vote in the last election, I think that there is universal agreement that we live in a very unstable and fearful age. It is also the case that we can find ourselves captivated by (and in captivity to) a political position, a theological assertion, or a liturgical form rather than being captivated by Jesus. Yes, there are things that follow from that–even political positions that follow from that–but the center is and must be Jesus. All Jesus followers are and should be welcome in the Episcopal Church. All those not interested in following Jesus, whether liberal or conservative, have plenty of other options available to them. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 October 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm JudyAs you know nothing is Free. Those people are willing to be taxed 40-50% toReceive those benefits. Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books October 19, 2017 at 10:54 pm Thank you, Gerald. Well said. Mary Frances Schjonberg says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 October 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm All I wish to say is that I am proud and thankful to belong to a Church willing to address the issues of our modern life from the pespective of standing up for justice and care for people in need of help and support, even when such a stance is not popular. Isn’t that what “love your neighbor as yourself” means? Jesus never shied away from using words, or taking action, in opposition to what he considered unjust authority, so I can’t imagine that he would want his followers to follow that pathnon-partitipation. We, as Christians, are commissioned to be Jesus’ hands and feet and voice in the world, with not only responsibility owed to God, but also to our brothers and sisters. Bucking the system is never easy. Just ask Jesus. Martha Richards says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem October 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm New in my use of the smallish typing pad ON my new phone, do accept my heartfelt and “red faced” apology for the several typos in my above all too lengthy commentary. In retrospect I should have used my Lap top PC with its rigorous Spellchecker. I am not sure whether I or the ENS editor can make typo corrections to the text, or withdraw it once posted!Respectfully,Samir+ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments navigation Newer comments Submit a Job Listing Comments navigation Newer comments October 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm We Episcopalians following , maintaining, the Christian values, continuing Jesus works. We are not bystanders or watchers of the church but workers or servants of the Lord, heirs of God’s kingdom, as we study and work for it, we need to have also a prayer time to input, building up our faith in Christian growth. It has no given free gifts from the Holy Spirit unless we follow God’s will and do Jesus works faithfully. If we all do the works of Jesus that would be in God’s kingdom Spirit. All in God’s help as He is the God of yesterday, today and forevermore. Jesus is the Firm Foundation, we need to help straighten up the path, continue to grow in truth as Christian. We may reach the destiny of God’s kingdom with prosperity. Everyone is welcome to all willing to help, grow and to know the Lord Jesus with humility. God bless us all always. In Jesus loving name we pray. Amen. Sarah M. Fox says: October 19, 2017 at 10:09 am Jack Cummings , ever able to speak with clarity. Love you and love listening to your Christian strength. God bless you! Charles B. Allen II says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Gloria Hopewell says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID October 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm Those who think this is a political call to action, should be reading the OT prophets and the description of the anti-Christ in the NT. These are times of change. We have an angry president who seems to have no concept of bringing us together, particularly when he received a minority of the votes and thrives on chaos of his own making. I see nothing in this president that speaks of the fruits of the spirit John Martin says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME October 20, 2017 at 10:39 pm Non denominational, and a non liturgical service. I discovered this church quite by accident after leaving the Episcopal Church last year following political resolutions and denouncements by the local Diocese–not because of my Pastor, whom I love and respect dearly.We average 80 or more participants every Sunday, mostly young families and college students, with a smattering of grey heads like myself. I cannot explain how uplifting it is to see the next generation who will be running this country, listening and reacting to the Word and receptive to values of self integrity, respect for others, compassion for the less fortunate and love for our savior Jesus Christ. Neither liberal nor conservative, we are just Christians gathering together to worship and to thank God for our blessings. October 18, 2017 at 10:19 pm While I’m a political liberal I am disturbed by the tendency in the Episcopal Church to expect members to walk lock-stop in a liberal political direction. Christian reality as it pertains to politics is far more nuanced than that. Far better that the church morally inform our consciences in a general way and allow us to translate that information politically. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL October 18, 2017 at 6:13 pm More than membership statistics, I’m more interested in average Sunday attendance. I think that’s probably a better indicator to watch each year. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rev. Steve Bailey says: October 19, 2017 at 9:17 am If anyone thinks the “Good News” will lead the institutional church to “success” I have some bad news for you. It won’t. The Good News is not transactional. If you “do it” it is not guaranteed to increase either your ASA or your plate and pledge. The Good News is not transactional but it IS transformative. It WILL change your life. More importantly, it will transform The Episcopal Church into something none of us will recognize. And, my friends, therein lies the rub.I am reminded that Jesus did not have a “church”; neither did he have an “office”. People did not go to him for great liturgy and music, much less a magnificent building with amazing art. He went to where they were to bring healing and hope in preaching the Good News of the Realm of God. In so doing, he said some hard things, made people – especially the governmental and religious leaders of his day – very uncomfortable and angry, and challenged every dearly loved and closely held religious and cultural teaching and tradition. That is not a recipe for increased ASA, much less plate, and pledge – especially in TEC where we often worship our worship. That is, however, a recipe for faithful Christian life and the raising up of leaders for Christ.I don’t know – I’d love to be proved wrong but I don’t know – if being faithful to the life, teachings, and the power and spirit of the mystery of the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is even compatible with the goal of the “success” of the institutional church. That said, if our beloved institutional church is, in fact, dying, then being more faithful to Jesus is a wonderful way to go. Jerry Emerson says: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry P.J. Cabbiness says: President of the House of Deputies, October 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm If they are using the Parochial Report, they may well be using ASA because that is reported. ASA, though, is losing its usefulness as well in this time when the trend is attending church less than every Sunday. New metrics are needed. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel October 18, 2017 at 9:47 pm Here’s where we are: Our PB has to remind us that Jesus is the reason we exist. What Had we thought it was? Why? Does Pizza Hut need its CEO to remind employees to sell pizza? Sad. October 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm John, I am reading that more people were removed from the voting roll in Wisconsin than the number the president won by. Also, with Kris Kobach of Kansas and the ill-named Voter Integrity commission, if two people have the same first and last name, their names are to be removed as fraudulent. The person might be send a card checking their identity and this must be returned. My sister was given a provisional ballot in Ohio. Unless a person returns with proof, the provisional ballot is not counted. This past presidential election had a record number of provisional ballots; moreover, in the future the provisional ballots will not even be tallied. October 19, 2017 at 7:28 pm I suggest you read the 10 chapter of Matthew. He does not sound very liberal. V5 Do not go into the way of gentiles nor inter the city of Smaritans. We are Christian today because of Paul. I am a Christian because Jesus did not fully grasp God call tell after his Resurrection. Matthew 28 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations… Of course John writing around 100 AD paints a very different view of what Jesus knew. Curt Zimmerman says: gordon fuglie says: Executive Council October 2017, Featured Events Kenneth Knapp says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OHlast_img read more

NCGA Membership Now Tops 40,000

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 5, 2013 Johnson credits the rise to the importance of some seriously debated issues in Washington, especially the delayed farm bill and attacks on the Renewable Fuel Standard for ethanol, which represents an important market for corn farmers. At the same time it fights for ethanol, with programs like American Ethanol Racing and Fuels America, NCGA involvement in other ag programs, such as the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, CommonGround and the new GMO Answers, help drive home how important feed-and-food issues are to its grower membership. Home Indiana Agriculture News NCGA Membership Now Tops 40,000 Facebook Twitter Founded in 1957, NCGA represents not only dues-paying farmer-members nationwide, but also the interests of more than 300,000 growers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for their members and their industry.center_img Previous articleCountryMark Fuels Power the Indiana State FairNext articleIndiana Corn Moving Rapidly Through Pollination Gary Truitt NCGA Membership Now Tops 40,000 SHARE  Membership in the National Corn Growers Association now surpasses the 40,000 mark, the organization announced today, signaling deep and continued support for the 56-year-old national agriculture association. As of July 31, membership in NCGA stands at 40,157. “We’re thrilled at what this new milestone means and we salute the hard work of our membership recruiters, state and national staff, and all who have helped build this into such a respected and strong grassroots association,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson, a farmer in Floyd, Iowa. “At a time when many associations struggle to maintain strong member numbers and there are so many pressing issues on the table, our growing membership means a louder voice in our nation’s capital, standing up for corn farmers throughout our nation.” “Our members see what we’re doing and recognize the importance of our work, while at the same time enjoying a wide array of benefits that make membership really worthwhile,” Johnson said. “Just one example: Our National Corn Yield Contest continues to grow in popularity after nearly a half-century of existence. And new programs we’ve helped start and run, like the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, will help ensure we’re growing markets as well as membership interest.”last_img read more

Mexican president urged to rein in violence against journalists

first_img July 13, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mexican president urged to rein in violence against journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our appeal.Sincerely, News Paris, 10 July 2015 Follow the news on Mexico Reports News As your four-day visit to France gets under way today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international NGO that defends freedom of information, would like to refer you to the disturbing situation of the media in your country and, in particular, the violence that journalists constantly face.On 5 May, you publicly reaffirmed your “complete commitment to Mexicans’ freedom of expression and right to information” and you added that “the free expression of ideas and the right to be correctly informed are fundamental for consolidating our democracy and accelerating our progress.”We think it is important to contrast these commendable comments with the reality on the ground for Mexican journalists. What with murders, kidnappings, physical attacks, a failure to punish these crimes of violence, widespread self-censorship and a concentration of media ownership in too few hands – much needs to be done. Solutions must urgently be found to the grave problems affecting freedom of information in Mexico.Since 2000, RSF has registered a total of 86 murders of journalists and media workers in definite or probable connection with their work, of which 15 have taken place since you became president. These figures make Mexico the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for the media and have resulted in its being ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the 2015 RSF press freedom index.Since the start of the year, RSF has had to alert public opinion to several grave acts of violence against journalists in Mexico:- Six journalists and media workers have been murdered in the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Guanajuato. Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento was the latest victim. After receiving death threats during elections in early June, he was gunned down on 2 July as he left the radio station where he worked. The police have yet to identify the perpetrators of any of these murders.- Radio presenter Bernardo Javier Cano Torres was kidnapped in the state of Guerrero in May and was held for 20 days. He was freed because his family paid a ransom. The police have not identified its kidnappers.- There were many physical attacks against journalists during Mexico’s election campaign in early June. RSF is aware of at least ten attacks against journalists whose only crime was to have been covering events.- Journalist Pedro Canché spent nine months in prison in the state of Quintana Roo before a court finally recognized that his rights had been violated and ordered his immediate release on the night of 28 May. He had been accused of “sabotage” after posting photos of local protests and a video critical of Quintana Roo’s administration. Several NGOs blamed his prolonged detention on interference by Quintana Roo’s governor. Impunity is unfortunately the rule in Mexico, partly because of collusion between organized crime and certain politicians and government officials. Some politicians do not hesitate to attack journalists in public statements, instead of supporting them, which just compounds the harassment to which they are exposed. A few days ago (on 1 July), the governor of Veracruz accused some journalists of being in constant contact with organized crime – the last straw in what is one of the deadliest states for journalists.The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos contra la Libertad de Expresión), created in 2006, and the federal mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists, created in 2012, constitute positive judicial advances but they have not been equal to the needs, partly because of bureaucratic red tape.RSF does not doubt that this disturbing state of affairs spurs you to do everything possible to improve the situation of journalists in Mexico. As you said in an address on 15 April when a new president of the Communication Council took office: “The traditional media and new information technologies strengthen our democracy by creating dialogue, debate and understanding. Out of personal and democratic conviction as President of the Republic, I will continue to work to guarantee the full application of the freedoms recognized by our Constitution.”We therefore ask you to consider our recommendations to: MexicoAmericas Read the letter: here – Carry out a complete overhaul of Mexico’s justice system in order to combat impunity while providing journalists with real protection.- Increase the resources of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos contra la Libertad de Expresión).- Strengthen the federal mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists, establishing effective protective measures with a requirement that all local and federal authorities implement them. This mechanism must be given the capacity to act preventively and to intervene as soon as threats are received.- Implement the recommendations on combatting impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, reinforcing the existing mechanisms and reinforcing the protection of journalists that were accepted during the Universal Periodic Review in October 2013.- Pay special attention to the most dangerous states for journalists and press their administrations to combat impunity effectively. Christophe DeloireSecretary-General Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News (Logo: AFP) 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more President Enrique Peña NietoResidencia Oficial de Los PinosManuel Acuña 144, San Pedro Iztacalco08220 Ciudad de México, D.F. Mexico Organisation Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more Dear President Peña Nieto, MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders has written to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who begins a four-day visit to France today, about the violence against journalists and news media in his country. The letter calls for urgent measures to protect media personnel and to combat impunity for crimes of violence against them. Related documents letter_to_enrique_pen_a_nieto.pdfPDF – 79.34 KB to go furtherlast_img read more

Pasadena’s First Black Councilman Dies

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s first black councilman, Henry “Hank” Wilfong Jr., died Sunday in Savannah, Ga. He was 81.Wilfong was the first black elected to the Pasadena City Council – then called the Board of City Directors – in 1973 and served as a city director until 1977, the Pasadena Star-News reported.“Mr. Wilfong was an icon in this community,” former NAACP President Joe Brown told the Star-News. “He really educated so many of us on how to go about being a better advocate, but being professional and ethical in that approach.”He was also the first African American to graduate with an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Business in 1960, earning an undergraduate degree at the top of his class in 1958. Last year, Wilfong was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame in 2012 in a ceremony at UCLA, the newspaper reported.State Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, told the Star-News that Wilfong’s service paved the way for himself and Loretta Glickman, the city’s first black mayor.The newspaper reported that most recently Wilfong served as the president of the National Association of Small Disadvantaged Businesses. Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Community News Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday News Feature Stories Pasadena’s First Black Councilman Dies From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 6:33 pm Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Commentary: Making it as a Female Mortgage Servicer

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago September 30, 2020 1,231 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Commentary: Making it as a Female Mortgage Servicer Related Articles Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily 2020-09-30 Christina Hughes Babb Jane Mason is the Founder and CEO of Clarifire and the creator of the CLARIFIRE, a sophisticated, automated workflow engine that streamlines and integrates all of an organization’s business operations. Under Mason’s leadership, CLARIFIRE has won numerous awards over the years including one of Cloud’s Top 500 Applications Vendors for the past two consecutive years. She can be reached at [email protected] or on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/clarifire. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Jane MasonMeg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay and Hewlett Packard, once said that “passion is the fuel behind a successful career,” and I’ve certainly found that to be true. My earlier career objectives were not even remotely close to mortgage, let alone servicing technology. Yet this is where my passion led me, and it’s fueled a tremendously fulfilling career.  By staying committed to my original vision, bringing in the most talented people I could find and learning from my missteps, I’ve been able to build a company that I feel is making a real difference. I’m at the point now in my career where my mission involves giving back and supporting other women entrepreneurs. But the journey was anything but easy.  Starting Out as a Woman Leader I started in business with a local law firm that delivered best-in-breed default legal services. However, we were missing what I felt was a key element to achieving success: true business process automation. I believed that early automation efforts in the mortgage servicing industry only partially removed operational disorder and lacked the flexibility and dynamic fortitude needed for the long haul. Over time, I felt compelled to follow my instincts and my vision of creating a new, broader form of process automation—one that included third party coordination and removed the operational chaos that existed in almost every industry.  After putting together a team of talent that shared my vision, I set out to create technology that redefined process automation. While we were incorporated as eMASON in 2000, the CLARIFIRE application and our subsequent name shift to Clarifire did not materialize until 2007. Clarifire is a play on words, exemplifying how our product can clarify corporate vision and move an organization out of the fire of chaos. Entering the new century with a clear vision for an entirely new approach to doing business was exciting but challenging. I discovered then that women entrepreneurs are often met with opposition amid what was then and is still a male-dominated culture. Over time, I learned to meet this culture head on with grace, perseverance, and honest diligence to be the best we could be. But the early going was difficult. Many times, I found myself as the only woman at the table.  Instead of letting this be a deterrent, I used it to motivate myself further. I learned to take risks, expect setbacks, and pick myself back up quickly. In addition to capitalizing on this energy for myself, I poured this passion into our product. Although there was a real need for our technology, however, it was not necessarily an easy sale.  For one, servicing was late to the technology front. Secondly, among large, publicly traded competitors, I represented a small woman-owned vendor. To break through the unintentional bias toward women in leadership and minority owned businesses, I had to rely on my persistence, passion, and belief in our product. I learned that recognizing an opportunity and seizing it the moment it happens are two different things. Frankly, it can be really scary, particularly when you’re a woman running a business in a male-dominated field.  One year before our rebranding, I received a phone call from the president of consumer lending for Bank of America, who had heard about what I was doing and wanted to see it. My heart was racing because our software wasn’t ready—certainly not ready to share with one of the largest financial institutions in the country. But I knew that my vision was the right one, and that I had assembled a team that could deliver. This fortitude paid off, as Bank of America became our very first customer. Another early challenge came when I was pitching my company’s software to one of the industry’s largest organizations — a true giant. I was asked directly, “You’re a small company with less than 30 people. Why should we give you our business? How could you possibly implement your software in our organization?” I looked them in the eye and explained that Bill Gates started his company in a garage and he was able to deliver, and so would I. The contract was signed right there.  Rising above historic business challenges  Not unlike the current COVID-19 outbreak, the 2007-2008 financial crisis came out of nowhere, yielding both wreckage, opportunity, and a critical need for homeowner relief. This was a great opportunity, as my focus has always been to find a simpler, more direct approach to solve complex problems. I believed the financial crisis would help me take my earlier efforts to automate complex manual processes and deliver what evolved into sophisticated workflow for loss mitigation in struggling back offices.  This is where my commitment to my original vision really paid off. The financial crisis brought about a whole new world for mortgage servicers. Historically, servicers worked in the background with minimal resources and were often considered a cost burden. Suddenly, servicers found themselves under intense regulatory scrutiny and caustic criticism of their antiquated systems. I felt our technology was uniquely positioned to help servicers push beyond their constraints.   When the crisis hit, we evaluated our offering and our competition, which mostly included big box solutions that took significant time to integrate and implement. More importantly, our competitors weren’t ready to deliver immediate relief from the influx of delinquencies and regulatory changes. Our timing was perfect. My company had the rare opportunity to ride the forthcoming wave of delinquencies, while I was able to tap my previous expertise from the legal side of defaults. This combination of driving forces would ultimately help my company cement its value in the mortgage industry and our specialization in default servicing and loss mitigation.  Later on, the lessons and best practices I learned during the financial crisis would help us successfully support servicers as they dealt with historical levels of natural disasters. As wildfires, floods, tropical storms, hurricanes and tornados began ravaging the U.S. starting around 2015, mortgage servicers were again in need of responsive systems to support new issues, processes and distressed homeowners. The onset of some of the most deadly and costly natural disasters created the need for superior responsiveness, as well as more complexity in terms of relief options and eligibility. One of the lessons I learned from the previous crisis was the importance of constant innovation. This is important for all business leaders, regardless of gender. To help servicers improve borrower access to disaster relief, we created a unique online community that let borrowers interact with their services and access self-service tools to apply for and receive automated approvals for relief. It turned out to be another game changer for our company.  Finding Ways to Give Back As I see it, the future for women leaders in our industry is wide open. But over the course of my career, I learned that success is never accomplished alone. Over time, I started looking for ways to give back to other women leaders and help them follow their entrepreneurial dreams. I felt it was important to promote and mentor other women professionals, both inside and outside of my industry.  I began volunteering my time to mentor women in the business world by joining the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Women in Housing and Finance (WHF) and the C200, a global organization of women in business leadership. All three of these organizations exist to support the professional development of women leaders and expand leadership opportunities for women.  These experiences have taught me the value of helping other women achieve their goals and aspirations by sharing my own experiences. I understood what it was like to be a woman in the business of technological innovation. I also knew what it was like to overcome obstacles tied to self-confidence and fears of not succeeding. Over time, I learned that strength comes from listening and trusting one’s inner voice to push and persevere through these obstacles. I also learned how valuable it was as women to learn from one another and support each other as we follow our passions.  Today, my passion is the same as it was when I began. I believe technology in our industry must continue to evolve toward full automation and bulk processing. These capabilities were key differentiators in the success of our company. This is where servicers need to be, and we’re ready to deliver. While I’m proud of my success as a woman leader, I’m more proud that my company has built a reputation for helping our industry, our servicer customers and their borrowers survive amidst volumes of relief requests, new regulations and unrelenting change. Our focus and passion have not changed, nor has our commitment as a small woman-owned industry player. Just as the Clarifire team was prepared for the financial crisis, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re prepared for the next crisis, too—whatever it turns out to be.  It may not have been the journey I envisioned at the start of my career, but it has been more rewarding than I could have ever dreamed.   Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: States That Stand to Lead Home-Equity Origination Next: California Law Determines Who Has ‘First Dibs’ on Foreclosures The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Commentary: Making it as a Female Mortgage Servicer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Jane Masonlast_img read more

Charge Of False Accusation U/S 211 IPC Can Be Made Against De Facto Complainant & Not Against Investigating Officer: Madras High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesCharge Of False Accusation U/S 211 IPC Can Be Made Against De Facto Complainant & Not Against Investigating Officer: Madras High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Feb 2021 7:04 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court has held that an officer who conducted investigation or filed a final report pursuant to filing of a criminal complaint cannot be prosecuted under Section 211 of IPC for making false accusations, in case of acquittal of the accused. A Single Bench of Justice N. Anand Venkatesh observed that if investigating officers are exposed to such proceedings in all…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court has held that an officer who conducted investigation or filed a final report pursuant to filing of a criminal complaint cannot be prosecuted under Section 211 of IPC for making false accusations, in case of acquittal of the accused. A Single Bench of Justice N. Anand Venkatesh observed that if investigating officers are exposed to such proceedings in all cases where the accused persons are acquitted, it will directly interfere with their independence in conducting an investigation. The Court further made it clear that the language used under Section 211 regarding false charge can only relate to the defacto complainant who set the criminal law in motion, and not the investigating officer. The observation was made in a criminal petition filed by an ex-DSP of CBCID, challenging the summons issued by a Trial Court based on the complaint given by the Respondent under Section 340 of CrPC. [Section 340 stipulates the procedure to be observed by a Court in cases mentioned in section 195 of CrPC which prescribes prosecution for contempt of lawful authority of public servants, for offences against public justice and for offences relating to documents given in evidence] Background The Petitioner who was then the Deputy Superintendent of Police, CBCID was assigned the task of investigating a case against the Respondent herein. After acquittal from all charges, the Respondent filed a complaint before the court below under Section 340 CrPC against the defacto complainant and the Petitioner herein, on the ground that they have committed an offence under Section 211 IPC, and the entire case was a malicious prosecution against the Respondent. Challenging the summons before the High Court, the Petitioner submitted that he had only investigated the FIR after it was transferred to CBCID and the mere fact that the Respondent was acquitted by the court will not attract an offence under Section 211 IPC. He contended that if Respondent’s claim of malicious prosecution is taken to be true, the Respondent can only file a suit claiming for damages for malicious prosecution before the competent court, and it cannot be a ground to file a complaint under Section 340, CrPC. The Respondent on the other hand submitted that the findings given by the trial court clearly show that the entire case is false and he was intentionally roped in as an accused for having filed a Habeas Corpus Petition questioning an illegal arrest made by the police. He further argued that the court below has only called the Petitioner for a preliminary enquiry and whatever grounds are raised by the Petitioner in the present petition, can be raised before the court below. Findings Firstly, the Court dealt with maintainability of the instant petition in view of the Respondent’s submission. The Court was of the opinion that if the allegations made in the Respondent’s complaint, even if taken as it is, do not make out an offence under Section 211, IPC, then the Petitioner shall not be required to go through the ordeal of even a preliminary enquiry before the court below. Thus, it was held that it is essential to hear this petition and test the complaint to satisfy as to whether an offence under Section 211 IPC has been made out against the Petitioner. The Court concurred with the Petitioner that the complaint filed by the Respondent at the best makes out a case for malicious prosecution. It held, “In a case of malicious prosecution, which gives rise to a tortious liability, only a suit for damages can be filed by establishing the ingredients to maintain such a suit. The grounds for maintaining a suit for malicious prosecution cannot form the basis for filing a petition under Section 340, Cr.P.C. since it has to independently satisfy the requirements of Section 195(1)(b), Cr.P.C.” Reliance was placed on Santokh Singh &Ors. v. Izhar Hussan & Anr., (1973) 2 SCC 406, whereby the Supreme Court had held that the words “false charges” must be read along with the expression “institution of criminal proceedings”, which relates back to the initiation of criminal proceedings and it can never be related to an alleged false charge framed after the filing of the final report. The Court further held that an investigation officer cannot be charged for false accusation under Section 211 IPC on acquittal of the accused. “If investigating officers are going to be exposed to such proceedings in all cases where the accused persons are acquitted from all charges, it will directly interfere with the independence of the authority in conducting an investigation,” it observed. In context of the present case, the Bench noted, that the on a complaint given by one Mr. Rajamani, the FIR was registered and the arrest was made. The Petitioner came into the scene only at a later point of time when the case was transferred to the file of the CBCID. Thus, admittedly, it was not the Petitioner who had set the criminal law in motion. Case Title: A. Radhika v. Wilson Sundararaj Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Tributes paid following death of Derry born writer Seamus Deane

first_img WhatsApp Tributes paid following death of Derry born writer Seamus Deane Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – May 13, 2021 Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The Arts Council has expressed its sadness at the passing of writer and Aosdána member Seamus Deane.Arts Council Chair Prof. Kevin Rafter said: “A gifted writer and a profound intellect, Seamus Deane was a master of every writing form. As a critic, an editor, a poet and a novelist, Deane brought concentrated rigour and empathy to his work. An inspiring teacher and continual advocate for Irish writing, Seamus Deane leaves behind a powerful literary and cultural legacy. “Born in Derry in 1940, Seamus Deane was educated at Queen’s University and Cambridge University. He was professor of Modern English and American Literature in University College Dublin, and had lectured extensively across Europe and the United States.His collections of poetry included Gradual Wars (1972), which won the AE Memorial Prize, Rumours (1977), History Lessons (1983) and Selected Poems (1988). He had written numerous works of criticism on Irish literature, and a history of the French Enlightenment.His first novel, Reading in the Dark, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1996 and won the Irish Times Literary Award in 1997.He was a director of the Field Day theatre company, and was general editor of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing.He is survived by his partner, Emer Nolan, their daughter Iseult, his first wife Marion and their children Conor, Ciarán, Cormac and Éimear. Twitter Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Previous articleIrate Horgan says he is entitled to question referee’s decisionNext articleLetterkenny one of five Maternity Units with restrictions News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Distinguished Young Women begin week-long journey

first_img Distinguished Young Women begin week-long journey Pike County’s Distinguished Young Women participants will spend this week involved in a variety of activities leading up the Pike County DYW Program Saturday at the Claudia Crosby.On Monday, the DYW participants, Sarah Elizabeth Calhoun, Hannah Huner, Quarissa Caffie, Isabel Robledo, Sydney Watson and Porter Lankford hit the ground running. Book Nook to reopen Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door. Children under the age of five are admitted free. Ticket proceeds benefit the scholarship program.“We encourage our community to come out in support of these young women as they seek the opportunity to represent Pike County as it DTW at the Alabama DYW Program in 2020. By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author You Might Like Local mental health bill awaits governor’s signature A bill that would allow Pike County law enforcement officers to transport individuals possibly suffering from mental health issues for… read more Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip The 2002 Distinguished Young Woman of Pike County Program will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Published 9:07 pm Monday, June 3, 2019 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories “On Monday morning, the Pike County DYW participants checked out children’s books from the Troy Public Library and read to the children at the Heaven Sent and First United Methodist Church daycares,” said Candice Howard Shaughnessy, Pike County DYW advisor. “The DYW participants have several community activities scheduled in addition to dress rehearsals for Saturday’s DYW program.”On Wednesday, the participants will participate in mock interviews in preparation for the interviews with the program judges. On Thursday, they will visit the Pioneer Museum of Alabama where they will learn more about their community and the role it played in the shaping of Alabama. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

A model study of ocean circulation beneath Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Implications for bottom water formation

first_img[1] An isopycnic coordinate ocean circulation model has been applied to the southern Weddell Sea, including the cavity beneath Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, with the aim of investigating the buoyancy-forced circulation on the continental shelf. Buoyancy forcing is associated with both the annual growth and decay of sea ice and the interaction between ice shelf and ocean. In the model a generally anti-cyclonic circulation develops beneath the ice shelf, so that new shelf waters entering the cavity in the west emerge colder and fresher in the east. The outflow contributes to a dense current that spills off the continental shelf and descends the slope. Oceanographic observations from the region are consistent with this picture and highlight the overflow as a major source of Weddell Sea Bottom Water.last_img read more