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Executive Council commits to anti-racism with resolutions and $400K in…

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Program Budget & Finance, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Tags Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET George Floyd, Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel center_img Racial Justice & Reconciliation Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA COVID-19, Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Executive Council commits to anti-racism with resolutions and $400K in grants 2020 budget in ‘good shape’ for now Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Members of Executive Council sing a hymn for Morning Prayer during the final day of council’s virtual meeting on June 11.[Episcopal News Service] At its June 8-11 virtual meeting, The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council doubled down on the church’s anti-racism efforts, acknowledging in light of recent events that the church must do more, both to understand its own complicity in white supremacy and to dismantle it.In order for that to happen in a mostly white church, there needs to be a paradigm shift, said House of Deputies Vice President Byron Rushing. During his meditation for Morning Prayer on the final day of the meeting, Rushing shared his perspective as a black man being acutely aware of racism every day and challenged white members of council to have that mindset.“We can’t be honest about doing this work together until it is as equally important, every day, for you as it is for us, and that each of us know that,” Rushing said.Council passed several resolutions affirming the church’s racial justice work, emphasizing efforts to respond to the recent killings of black Americans by police and white vigilantes and highlighting the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in communities of color.One resolution will send $150,000 to the Episcopal Church in Minnesota and $150,000 to the Diocese of Kentucky to “support their continuing work of dismantling the systemic racism we have created in this country and still permeates our church and society.”George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while being detained by police. Officers pinned him to the ground for nearly nine minutes while one pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck as he repeated, “I can’t breathe.” That killing prompted protests nationwide and around the world denouncing police brutality. Protesters also have drawn attention to the March 13 killing of Breonna Taylor, a black woman fatally shot in her Louisville, Kentucky, home by police who were executing a “no knock” warrant.By providing substantial assistance to the dioceses that are responding to those two high-profile killings, Executive Council shows it is listening to Episcopalians who expect their church to take concrete action in opposing systemic racism, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, said June 10 during a committee discussion.“The church is waiting for us,” she said, adding that this emergency spending is offered to the dioceses with no strings attached. The bishops and diocesan leaders will decide how the money can best support racial justice work on the ground.Rushing also praised the work of the dioceses of Georgia and Atlanta in responding to the Feb. 23 killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black jogger who was attacked and fatally shot by a white father and son in Glynn County, Georgia. Rushing and other church leaders chose not to include those two dioceses in the emergency funding, partly because the dioceses’ continued efforts don’t appear to depend on new spending.“They’ve done a tremendous amount of work, and we know where they are,” Rushing told the Joint Standing Committee on Mission Within The Episcopal Church.Rushing also helped draft two resolutions that reaffirmed The Episcopal Church’s commitment to racial justice work after the killings of Arbery, Taylor, Floyd and other black victims. One of the resolutions singled out Arbery’s killing as a case of “violent racial vigilantism” that brought to mind lynchings and other historic forms of racial terror. Arbery’s attackers, who said they thought he was a suspect in a series of recent break-ins, were not arrested in the killing for more than two months.Executive Council “praises the prompt response of the Episcopal people and churches in the Dioceses of Georgia and Atlanta to publicly call for justice in response to this heinous crime,” the resolution says.A parallel resolution focuses separately on cases of deadly police violence toward African Americans, citing Floyd and Taylor by name and praising the response of Episcopalians in Minnesota and Kentucky. It also calls on all Episcopalians “to organize, advocate, and dismantle systems, policies, and practices that reinforce police violence and brutality.”Executive Council approved another resolution that outlines specific criminal justice reforms that would improve police accountability and help protect people of color from violence. The resolution encourages Episcopalians to advocate for the reforms, including bans on chokeholds, stricter protocols on use of force, creation of community oversight bodies and federal review of killings by police.“Working to enact these policies is not a means to an end but one part in addressing systemic racism and providing long overdue protections to communities of color, ensuring that we live in a society that recognizes, values, and empowers all of God’s children,” the resolution concludes.When it was brought before council, the Rev. Devon Anderson of Minnesota noted that the resolution seemed to preclude any of the various proposals that fall under the umbrella of “defunding the police,” but ultimately offered her support, and the resolution passed easily.Another resolution addresses the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on communities of color, including indigenous communities, often because of barriers to adequate health care caused by poverty. Executive Council urged Episcopalians to “join with their communities in actively removing these barriers and addressing the social determinants of health.”The pandemic and national outrage over police brutality toward people of color also prompted Executive Council to adopt a new program of “rapid response” grants as part of its core racial reconciliation initiative, Becoming Beloved Community. Episcopal and Episcopal-affiliated entities are encouraged to apply this summer for grants of up to $10,000 to back immediate efforts “to address systemic racism and racial violence.” Executive Council approved up to $100,000 for those grants.While anticipating that the coming years will be some of the worst the U.S. economy has seen since the Great Depression, the Rev. Mally Lloyd, chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Finance, assured council that the church is in “solid financial shape.” Short-term reserves are above their targeted amount, with $12 million in unrestricted funds immediately available, and 2020 expenses are below budget so far.However, Lloyd and Treasurer Kurt Barnes warned that, while income in the first quarter was not seriously affected by COVID-19, they do not expect that to continue. Several dioceses have asked to defer their assessment payments, and two have requested emergency hardship assessment waivers. Council passed a resolution granting a full waiver of Colombia’s assessment and a partial waiver of the Dominican Republic’s assessment. That resolution also granted a partial waiver to the Diocese of Dallas as it works toward a full 15% payment in 2021. In addition, the Diocese of Honduras requested financial assistance, as its schools – which are its primary source of income – are now closed, but teachers are still being paid. Council approved a $50,000 grant for two months of payroll and asked the presiding officers to appoint a short-term task force to work with the diocese on financial sustainability.In light of expected income shortfalls from diocesan payments and investments, church staff were asked in April to identify immediate savings that could be implemented without personnel cuts. Staff identified $4.2 million in potential savings, and the finance committee went through the 2020 budget with those recommendations and other circumstances in mind. The committee ultimately put forward a resolution to make about $2 million in immediate budget cuts, much of it “low-hanging fruit” like travel expenses that are now moot. This sets a baseline for deeper cuts to be made as needed, in a “staged reduction” approach depending on how much income might decline.Lloyd praised church staff and the committee for their work on the budget, which she said struck a balance between saving up for an uncertain future and using the church’s resources now to address the immediate crises of racism and COVID-19, with a nod to the Biblical story of Joseph.“Are we in the stage of building and filling the barns against the future famine, or are we in the famine? … We’re in the cusp, I think,” Lloyd said.Council is next scheduled to meet Oct. 9-12, during which further budget discussions – as well as possible changes to the 2020 parochial report – are expected.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] David Paulsen, editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service, contributed to this story. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Albany, NY Executive Council June 2020, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Executive Council, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET By Egan MillardPosted Jun 11, 2020 Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJlast_img read more

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Break-in at publisher and news agency specialising in women’s affairs

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Reports RSF_en MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders condemns a break-in that was discovered yesterday morning at the Mexico City offices of CIMAC, an NGO that publishes reports about women’s issues and runs its own news agency, Cimac Noticias. Most of its computer equipment and much of its archives were stolen. July 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Break-in at publisher and news agency specialising in women’s affairs Receive email alerts to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Mexico News News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas May 5, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns a break-in that was discovered yesterday morning at the Mexico City offices of CIMAC, an NGO that publishes reports about women’s issues and runs its own news agency, Cimac Noticias. Most of its computer equipment and much of its archives were stolen.“We add our voice to the voices of all the organisations that have publicly condemned this act of vandalism and we express our support for CIMAC,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope an investigation will quickly establish who was responsible.”CIMAC editorial coordinator Caroline Velásquez told Reporters Without Borders: “We think this break-in definitely has to do with CIMAC and the work we have been doing for years to defend human rights and free expression.”Cimac Noticias has recently covered many sensitive stories including a case of sexual abuse of young girls by police officers, rapes of indigenous women by soldiers and harassment of Lydia Cacho, a freelance journalist who has written about paedophile rings (see release No. 16013).CIMAC has reported the break-in to the judicial authorities and 10 NGOs representing social workers, journalists and human rights activists have issued a joint appeal for the break-in to be investigated as quickly as possible. Organisation last_img read more

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Durkan says further rail delay will cause ‘consternation and frustration’

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Durkan says further rail delay will cause ‘consternation and frustration’ Twitter Pinterest Pinterest GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Facebook NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Google+ Foyle MP Mark Durkan says there will be ‘consternation and frustration’ in the North West after it emerged today that work on a second major upgrade of the Derry to Coleraine railway line has been delayed by a further four months.Mr Durkan expressed concerned that once again, key months are being lost on a vital infrastructural project for the North West, adding that people should not have to constantly lobby to remedy flaws and aberrations in investment planning and delivery.Mr Durkan says there have been too many delays, both from Stormont and from Translink……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/mdurktrain.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Homepage BannerNews Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleRight2Water protest at reconvened council meeting after tenants details are handed over to Irish WaterNext articleCouncil calls for moratorium on windfarm developments pending new guidelines admin By admin – April 13, 2015 Facebook Twitter Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Google+ WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

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Kiss to take Ulster role

first_imgLes Kiss will leave the Ireland set-up after Rugby World Cup 2015 to become Ulster’s full-time director of rugby. “If you’re applying for other posts there would be an interview process. “That may still be the case, but I suppose when you’re in the day-to-day running of things, that in a sense might be an extended interview as well. “Without officially going through an interview process, Les coming in has given (chief executive) Shane Logan and the board time to assess what the best options are moving forward.” Revealing his excitement over his Ulster future, Kiss admitted he must hone in on Ireland’s upcoming clashes against South Africa, Georgia and Australia. “I am very appreciative of the continued faith the IRFU and Ulster Rugby have demonstrated in me and, while I’m delighted to get the security in the long term, I am very much focused first and foremost on the next 12 months,” said Kiss. “It’s exciting that the Springboks arrive here in just over three weeks and that the Guinness Series is almost upon us. “The national coaching team have remained in close contact and Joe (Schmidt) has been particularly supportive of my dual roles over the last few months, which has made things a lot easier for me.” Ulster and the IRFU announced Neil Doak as the province’s new head coach, while also revealing that Kiss will depart boss Joe Schmidt’s national coaching team after the 2015 tournament. The Australian former rugby league star has held Ulster’s interim rugby director role this term following David Humphreys’ late-summer departure for Gloucester. The 49-year-old will leave Ulster to focus on Ireland duties on October 13, before returning in November 2015, while Doak will remain on hand as head coach. Former dual-sport rugby and cricket international Doak has now been confirmed as Ulster’s permanent replacement for Mark Anscombe, who was released in the summer. Ireland head coach Schmidt tipped Kiss to make a big future at Ulster, while keeping focus on next months’ three-Test Guinness Series. “Les is tremendous value and his integrity, coaching ability and positivity will add definite value to Ulster in the long term,” said Schmidt. “But, like the rest of the National coaching team, we are both very much focused on the upcoming Guinness Series. “Beyond that there are plenty of challenges leading up to Six Nations and Rugby World Cup 2015.” Doak’s confirmation as head coach had been expected, with the 42-year-old himself admitting Kiss’ interim post had helped ease the summer transition in stepping up from his assistant role under Anscombe. “It is a help, yes,” Doak said of Ulster’s board affording him effectively an extended trial. Press Associationlast_img read more

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