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Church jargon jettisoned for better communication Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL July 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm Wow, I’m pleasantly surprised to see so many thinking people find problems with this article. It really IS about what we do, how we live, and how integrated we are with what we profess … it’s not just about the language we use. Don’t get me wrong, as a lifelong teacher I think language is important. But there has to be more to it than that, and simply finding new jargon doesn’t make the issues clearer or our mission more profound. July 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm I have a somewhat different perspective as a Boomer whose life was shaped by the Lutheran and Episcopal Church. Language can be a barrier to understanding and welcoming, which is how I interpret the whole point that Rev. Claassen is making. Here at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle our best-attended service is Compline, with hundreds of Millenials streaming in early to find a seat. They are struck by the beauty and emotional impact of the ancient liturgy, but if our “words of welcome and invitation” sound like some secret society, it’s a barrier to deeper engagement. I personally like the Latin terms that have been integrated into our vocabulary, but what’s so terrible about explaining what an uncommon word means when it’s used? This is “translation,” not dumbing down. So let’s celebrate our rich heritage and simultaneously make it simple for people to understand and engage with it. We’ll all reap the benefits. July 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm A correction to my comment above regarding Rowan Williams’ observation. As paraphrased by Benjamin Myers is: “….. God cannot be relied upon to work through the appropriate channels…” Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing September 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm Discipleship isn’t mentioned in the teaching series I grew up in…not one time is it mentioned in ‘any’ of the texts…kind of like the word Bishop isn’t found once in Elizabeth I’s thrity nine articles go figure…maybe because we’re in the church of Washington, Jay, Hamilton…for me the Scripture is the 1st source for discipleship as it tells all the God stories…2nd is our story (including women) as we now live in the time of the Holy Spirit (she)…in other words our story juxtaposed to Scripture is a very gradual self-formation, where ‘virtues’ are formed contextually within the circle of ones’ friends who share our ‘values’ wisdom and understanding.Some talk also needs to go forth comparing discipleship to cronyism…minus the $’s of course… July 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm Bingo! As a baby boomer, I could not more whole heartedly agree! As a church, we have tried for too long to “be” what we think others want us to be. Changing terminology to fit in, or to be cool to a group of people is just silly. Be who we are and be proud of it! Thank you, John. John McCann says: Timothy Fountain says: Danny L Anderson says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN July 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm Agreed! Agreed! As a baby boomer- and I REALLY dislike the way we use the media’s terminoligy to “typecast us”- I can move easily among age groups. Am fairly new to the Episcopal church (confirmed 3 years ago), but am in deep, deep , deep. My faith journey has taken me to places I didnt expect to go. My church (Trinity Wall Street), has a diverse congregation, many opportunities for the laity to particpate- as a lay liturgical minister, a missionary, a number of service programs, and study classes. We are very lucky to have two historic churches, that offer on Sundays, two services at St. Paul’s Chapel, and two services at Trinity Wall Street. We really reflect the “three legged stool” of Anglicanism: “faith, tradition and reason”. Although my paternal grandfather was a missionary in China from 1895 to 1940, I was a “miltary brat” and had the good fortune to grow up with a father who was born in Beijing, I was born in Tokyo, one brother born in Washington DC, and the other in Paris, France, I experienced a lot of moving, and different mainline churches, When the “Fundamentalists” and “Evangelicals” held sway for the past 30 years or so with their “culture wars” agenda- the Church didnt seem to have anything to do with the teachings of Jesus Christ. I sense that the Anglican churches, and Pope Francis, want to lead us back to the foundatinal teachings of Christ- which are so strongly based on feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, helping the poor and broken, and I think that “Faith in Action” DEFINITELY resonates with the younger generation, I find most kids today raised on ideas of community service- and agree whole heartedly that our traditions and rituals dont need to be changed- its our LIVING OUR FAITH- and yes, I was one, who, on a very cold day in New York, was dispensing Ashes on the Go, These types of ministries take the church outside the walls of the institutiion, straight to peoples lives, Thanks for your thoughtful posts, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS July 7, 2014 at 11:27 am Who says that we don’t mean the same thing today when we say the Nicene Creed? The bishops that wrote it weren’t fundamentalists. July 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm Any time one enters a new career field, or even moves across the country, there is a new vocabulary to master. I think much of our jargon conveys a mysterious beauty to what we do, think, and believe. That said, I personally try to limit the jargon until new converts have been given their decoder ring and secret handshake instructions. Anthony Parker says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Brad Howard says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Lionel Deimel says: Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ July 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm The Episcopal Church in Metro New York would work. But most New Yorkers would probably prefer Diocese. It’s not really that odd or off-putting. July 3, 2014 at 2:08 pm I don’t think the use of “diocese” represented an attempt to emphasize episcopal leadership. When our church was formed, we spoke of “states,” since states were co-terminal with our judicatories. We needed another term when it became clear that some judicatories were only parts of states, with other parts in other judicatories. Perhaps “the Episcopal Church in Connecticut” seems to work fine, but “the Episcopal Church in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island in New York City, and the counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester” seems a bit less euphonious than “the Episcopal Diocese of New York.”Communicating in ways that will be understood by the intended audience is fine. Simplification, however, which is always a temptation, can result in reduced efficiency of communication within our faith community. Episcopalians have many special terms because we have many objects and activities that can be otherwise described only by long phrases. By Pat McCaughanPosted Jul 3, 2014 (The Rev. Canon) Thomas E. Winkler says: July 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm It seems to me that most organizations have a jargon or lingo that is peculiar to the organization. Boy Scouts and the Masons come immediately to mind. One becomes part of the organization, and acquires a sense of belonging, partly by learning the lingo. While the Episcopal Church has, perhaps, more jargon than most – and has my favorite in all the world, “Canon to the Ordinary” I don’t think we should give up any of them. We do need to do a much better job of telling the world who we are and what we do, but let’s keep the jargon. Much of it is charming; all of it is much more poetic and elegant than any of the substitutions I’ve heard. Most of those are pedantic and way too preachy. And, to be honest, our very name – Episcopal – is a word which most outsiders don’t understand and couldn’t spell! Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Drew Downs says: Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI July 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm Couldn’t agree more with Jimmy Bartz. As a business traveler, one of the more depressing discoveries I make is to walk into an Episcopal church in some new town and find that they’re doing it straight by the Book. That tells me nothing — and a lot — about that congregation. They’d just as soon post a sign outside that says, “We don’t take risks.” That said, the Incarnation is, in my un-seminary-educated opinion, a key concept in the life that we call Christian — I believe — and if you can’t find a way to back your congregation into that central concept so that they can use the term “Incarnation” meaningfully, you chose the wrong business or the wrong seminary. July 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm What John Rovell says!To which I would add: obviously, we want to craft the wording of our materials to be appropriate to its intended audience, but that does not mean that we throw away Episcopal terms. We shouldn’t dummy down, there’s enough of that everywhere in our culture. Instead, we should educate; that’s what people are seeking. I really can’t stand linguistic politics for many reasons, but on the most fundamental level I am opposed to fiddling with language because it exhausts energy on changing the words people use rather than addressing the realities those words represent. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 July 4, 2014 at 1:53 pm There’s value in the exercise of trying to put our belief and practice into words that we can express to non-Christians. But as people go deeper in faith, it inevitably involves new fluency in thoughts, terms and practices that were at one time alien to the person. So I suppose I’m saying there’s some “both/and” to this – creating open doors for those who might explore our faith and also digging deeper pools for those who continue in discipleship.Another cultural aspect in play is the increased diversity in which we live. At one time, almost everybody in America spoke some “Christian.” Just look at political speeches up until just a generation or two ago. That’s no longer the case. So it is like we need an out of church language and an in church language, unified, as several are saying in the comments above, but a lifestyle that makes sense of the words we use. July 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm I echo so many of the points made in the comments above, and will add a few more. 1) Beauty (as in “the beauty of holiness”) is a spiritual quality and a theological virtue (though not as classicaly defined). It was part of our founding gift and identity with Cramner’s use of language in the 16th century. It was also very much a part of the mission of the Oxford Movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries – particularly in poor urban areas. We still need true beauty today as a counter-weight to the shallowness and downright tawdriness of much popular culture. And by beauty I do not mean that we should be stuck in any one musical or artistic style or time period. 2) The only reason, I think, that we assume that that people walking into our services should feel immediately “comfortable” (whatever that means) is the holdover from thinking that we are a Christian nation, we we are not. We are a country where the majority of people have historically claimed an affiliation with the Church; those are not the same thing. And why should we feel “comfortable” with God? As C.S. Lewis said (and the vast majority of the Bible makes clear) “Aslan is not a tame lion.” Do we really want to worship a tame, domesticated God? 3) Other faith traditions (some Christian, some not) have no expectation that a visitor or newcomer will have any facility with their beleifs or worship. Instead they say, in effect, “You are welcome here. Watch, learn, try it out, watch what we do, ask questions. Be patient. Eventually you will learn our ways and our life.” 4) Every summer I serve as a chaplain for a summer music course (one of about a dozen each year) where we have 100 kids, plus college students and 20/30s adults come for an intensive week of choral music, worship and fun – full choral Evensong every night. This is the highlight of the year for most of these kids, not just musically, but spiritually. Granted, this is not everyone’s interest, but there are certainly many kids and young adults in parishes throughout the country that find the Anglican tradition of worship to be life-giving. 5) Final thought – a Vestry member said at a recent meeting: “We shouldn’t try to be everything to everyone.” So, be who we are, each in the different neighborhoods and communites where Christ has planted us, and be open to the way the Holy Spirit leads us to serve those around us, as we are fed and inspired in our worship to do. And quit worrying about the outcome. Peter Stuart says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Nick Cuccia says: July 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm I am pleasantly surprised at the overall positions of the respondents. And I support them. John Mack says: July 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm Where’s Arvella Schuller when you need her to further dumb down the hymns. No doubt she could really eviscerate Rite I. I don’t want to be part of a church that’s trendy. It was the beauty of the liturgy that first few me to the Episcopal church 50 years ago and has sustained me, and still inspires and uplifts me. . And fortunately much of it still remains in a few places. Prof. John Switzer says: John Rovell says: Susan Zimmerman says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 July 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm Praying community is OK. But it really should be something like “a community praying as Jesus taught us, and practicing respect for and love of neighbor, as Jesus taught us. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN Dennis Whittington says: Alda Morgan says: Richard A. Bamforth says: Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR July 5, 2014 at 10:35 am With the Episcopal Church, USA shrinking in numbers it would seem that in order to communicate with the Un-churched and Non-Episcopalians a show of Hospitality would be to use terminology that is more likely to be understood . When I speak with my non-Episcopalian friends I refer to our “Senior Pastor”, not Rector, and I would refer “Communion” not the “Eucharist” as an example. There is plenty of time for a new Episcopalian to learn our traditions and terminology , once they decide to try our church, but how many will want to try our church if we overwhelm them with our own “Episcopaleze” language before they have even visited the Episcopal church . My opinion is that in order to even get non-Episcopalians to try the Episcopal Church, we need to speak to them in language that they understand . How newcomer and visitor friendly are our individual congregation websites, literature, worship bulletins , etc ? John B Hills says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Doug Desper says: July 5, 2014 at 11:42 am The Church – (insert denomination here) – has increasingly tried since the 1960s to be relevant to people of the Western consumer, loose loyalties culture. Oddly, the trend in nearly every denomination was and still is one of a nose dive in numbers. Clown Masses, Guitar Masses, Halloween Costume Masses, Plain Clothes Masses, Tent Masses, Change the Communion Element Masses…ad nauseum. Note, that we are dealing mainly with a gratification, short-attention culture who addresses life by asking all the wrong questions of nearly everything; that is, “what’s in it for me?” and “what’s else do you have?”. So, the Church starts to act up to try to maintain the attention of that mind and quite often veils the response as “The Gospel”. Somehow, I don’t think that “being relevant” to that mindset has ever worked, and certainly not in the past 50 years. Gratification and loose loyalty orientaton needs to be challenged and re-shaped. Kinda like Jesus did some time ago. I think his invitation was “come and die”. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Shreveport, LA [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Scott Claassen of thads describes himself as “a Monday through Saturday follower of Jesus who worships on Sunday.”He believes it conveys a clearer understanding of what his faith means to him than “Episcopalian” or even “Christian”.“The main point is, it inverts our sense of discipleship from saying being a disciple means I go to church on Sunday,” Claassen, 35, told ENS recently. “Instead it says being a disciple means I practice this Jesus way throughout all of my life and I happen to get together with a bunch of other people on Sunday who do that, too.”Call it semantics, but Claassen isn’t alone. Increasingly, individuals, congregations and even dioceses across the Episcopal Church are shifting language subtly – and not so subtly – to clarify identity and meaning and to make cultural and contextual connections.Churches and congregations are becoming known as “communities of faith” and “centers of mission” and the word diocese has been dropped in favor of “The Episcopal Church in” places like Minnesota and Connecticut.None of which is meant as “a strategy to get people to come to church, it’s just who we are at the core,” according to the Rev. Jimmy Bartz. He founded thads eight years ago as an “experimental community, or in church-speak, a mission station” of the Diocese of Los Angeles, he said.“We’re about spreading love and making a difference wherever we are because that’s what Jesus was about and we’re committed to doing it together,” Bartz said. “It’s like that old country song, ‘be real baby, be real.’”Becoming tradition ‘translators’Helping the uninitiated navigate insider church-speak, complex liturgies and specific Episcopalianisms often involves becoming “translators, of sorts,” according to Bartz and others.“It comes from this great gift that’s been afforded by learning the language of the Episcopal Church and its liturgy and tradition and wanting the culture to understand those gifts but having some sense that it’s too great of an expectation for me to demand that the culture learn the language that I’ve learned,” Bartz said.The Rev. Becky Zartman, when reaching out to the largely millennial population in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, talks “about networks, about groups of people in relationship with each other who love each other and who are trying to be faithful Christians together.“That’s what I think of when I think of church. But some people think of it as a building or an institution or cathedral or something you only do on Sunday morning,” said Zartman, 29, assistant rector at St. Thomas, Dupont Circle, who blogs as the Vicar of H Street.And when she blogs, “if I ever use a church word I define it or explain what it means. Better yet, I don’t use it. I might write an entire reflection on the Incarnation and never use the word. People either don’t know what it means or think they do and they don’t.”And much of the time, “I’m starting in the negative,” she adds. “Because people have a negative connotation of the church or think that Christians are stupid. The problem is, church is such an umbrella term.“In talking to millennials who have no positive experience with the institutional church, I’m still trying to figure out how do I explain this thing that we’re doing. I’m trying to be accessible, but to go deeper at the same time.”St. Thomas’ vestry member Catherine Manhardt agreed.“We have this really amazing church and liturgy and worship and common prayer and it’s central to who we are, once we get there,” she said. “But when you say I’m Episcopalian because the Eucharist is really important to me, that’s not going to resonate with people, and you want people to understand what you’re talking about.”Rather than telling friends she serves on the vestry, “I say board of directors,” adds Manhardt, 25. Evangelism becomes “community engagement.“For me, the most important part about church is the community … I don’t want to make who we are a barrier to the kind of people who could become part of our community.”‘Communities of faith becoming centers of mission’Through the New Visions Initiative (NVI) which partners thriving historically African American congregations with struggling ones, the Rev. Angela Ifill, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for black ministries, has witnessed language shifts re-energize congregations.“Language plays a huge part in the way parishioners think of themselves,” Ifill said in a recent e-mail to ENS.Her invitation to a New Visions group “to think of themselves as communities of faith becoming centers of mission, brought the question, ‘You mean we have to be doing something?’” she recalled. “It was a break-through in better understanding their purpose for being.”Similarly, “praying communities” and “Episcopal presences” are the way Bishop David Rice describes “who we are, by talking about what we do … because the reality for me is that the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin is a praying community and within that are many praying communities,” he said.“The primary intent is Luke 10, being sent out, hearing the stories of people, responding to needs, and building relationships, but not as a roundabout way of ensuring that we get people into church.”Since his March 2014 election, “the typical question I ask everywhere is, ‘what does an Episcopal presence look like in this context? What do people say about the Episcopal Church where they are” including those who don’t attend church, he said.Bishops Ian Douglas of Connecticut and Brian Prior of Minnesota each recognized a name change was in order when they realized the word “diocese” conveyed images of buildings and bishops rather than a sense of community, inclusion, and corporate identity.A recent shift to “the Episcopal Church in Connecticut” actually reclaims tradition and common identity, Douglas said. “It was the original name of who we were when Samuel Seabury, the first bishop in the Episcopal Church, signed the Concordat with the three nonjuring bishops in the Episcopal Church of Scotland in 1784,” Douglas said.The word “diocese” came along in the late 1830s and became associated with the bishop’s office and staff rather than “the united witness of the 168 parishes and worshiping communities participating in the mission of God together,” he said.A move to a new, flexible shared workspace with an open floor plan accompanied the name change. It’s known as the Commons of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, echoing the New England metaphor of the village green as a center of activity. Initial feedback has been extremely positive, Douglas said.Similarly, “the Episcopal Church in Minnesota” conveys the reality “that our faith communities come in all sizes and shapes and contexts” including churches, senior housing, schools, campus ministries and other agencies who worship corporately, according to Bishop Brian Prior.Yet, “we’re really clear in our language and in the big picture that the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECIM) is a diocese of The Episcopal Church; there’s never been a question about that.”Language shifts prompted structural changes, he said. “I joke that there is no bishop’s staff here,” Prior says. “The only staff I have is the one I carry in procession.”The diocese consists of “mission areas”, invited “to get clear about their identity and context, about what God’s up to in their neighborhood and to find a sustainable model for living into God’s mission in their context.”As a result, Prior said. “More Minnesota Episcopalians know about the world’s needs and how to bring their gifts to meet the world’s needs to engage God’s mission” on local and individual levels, rather than trying “to get everybody into church.”He hopes to revise parochial reports to measure, in addition to budgets and average Sunday attendance (ASA), levels of community impact.For example, “there’s a faith community here with an ASA of 19 who feeds a hundred people every Friday. They have a huge impact on their community. That’s vibrancy. That’s really engaging in God’s mission, and that’s of more interest to us.”‘No one-size-fits-all’Language shifts notwithstanding, no one-size-fits-all; Episcopal identity still encompasses a wide spectrum, from evangelicals to Anglo-Catholics, say Prior and others.Personally, says Bartz, “it drives me crazy that I hear from Episcopalians all the time, that ‘I can go anywhere in the country and get the same thing in church,’” he said.“I think that’s a devastating indictment about how shallow our church has become, that we really don’t expect anything from people other than the execution of a particular liturgy in a particular way on Sunday morning. I understand it, but it drives me crazy.”But for Broderick Greer, 24, a former Missionary Baptist and current Virginia Theological Seminary student, the liturgy’s poetic language was a way into the church. “I had run out of words in my personal prayer life and the church was able to say words it had been saying for centuries that I just couldn’t find for myself.”Consistently asking the questions of faith – as individuals, as churches, as dioceses – is a given, and the challenge of inaccessible language can be overcome by the church “educating its people and those outside it,” he said.“We say the Nicene Creed every week but we know that it doesn’t mean the same thing to us as to the people who wrote it. And so that’s why there is value in saying the same words that people have always said but knowing that those words are not static. They are living and offer life and new meaning for us and part of the task of the church is constantly interpreting what these words mean.”About 40 Twitter followers responded to his recent tweet ‘what first drew you to the Episcopal Church?’ which he compiled into a Storify. For many, liturgy and language were the attractions.“I thought to myself … why are we not tapping into this gift we have and sharing it with the world?” Greer said. “We think it’s so great and yet we don’t tell anyone about it and don’t tell anyone about the Christ we encounter in it.”– The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. Comments navigation Newer comments July 5, 2014 at 10:21 am Being hip is not necessarily good communication. Note the Bible translations that tried to be hip and now read as something that was trendy & has passed its prime. Such translations have their use, but for the long haul, good standard English stands longer. The medical profession uses specific language so they can talk about exact specific conditions, where it is, and what is it’s expected out come. Computer programers use another language, Chiefs another, those who repair cars another. If your serious about a subject, yes even following Jesus, there is a language used. I do not feel the Church needs to dump everything, rather it needs to educate (that was the original purpose of Sunday school). Also, there is nothing wrong in having a short teaching session incorporated into the Sunday service; call it the children’s sermon, but speak loud enough so all can hear. Define “churchy” words in a story context, Or clarify the meaning behind some of the prayers in the BCP, etc. Gee, sounds like something I’d like to do!!! Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Comments (40) Janet M. Diehl says: Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA July 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Greer, and with Mr. Parker. Very, very thoughtful words, and encouraging. Harry w Shipps says: Hughhansen says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT July 3, 2014 at 9:37 am Where to begin? Changing language and replacing traditional names isn’t going to fool millenials like myself. Rachel Held Evans did an entire article about this kind of thing recently. Millenials can sniff out bs and illegitness from miles away. Mr. Greer, the seminarian reflected more truly where our generation is. We have been raised in an age where our faith has been Hillsong-ized. There are plenty of post-modern “worship centers” filled with people “really into the whole Jesus thing”. Many of us are beginning to see that as completely insincere. The Episcopal Church has an amazing gift in it’s ancient liturgy and traditions. Drawing people, especially those in the 18-35 year old range is going to involve SHOWING people who we are and what we offer, not telling them. The Evangelical Movement tried to erase our church’s contributions to Christianity in this country, and it is time we reverse this. However, re-introducing ourselves means being our legit selves. We need to keep our ancient rituals and liturgy but radically insert them into new situations. An excellent example of this is the “Ashes to Go” programs many churches have on Ash Wednesday. Changing our vocabulary won’t fool anyone, they’ll just see us as phonies or as ashamed of our past. We must bring our traditions to the outside world in a tangible way and not be afraid to say “I am Episcopalian” with all that entails. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments navigation Newer comments July 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm I say a devout “AMEN!” to all who have responded. My heart sank as I read the ENS article. Here we go again, was my weary thought, trying to be trendy and “cool” and “in touch” with “today’s world”. I’m immensely grateful that all the responders love and appreciate the richness of the Anglican heritage and are willing to say so. And I’m especially grateful—no, thankful–to those who remind us that we need to do a better job of educating ourselves and inquirers. Bravo! Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest July 3, 2014 at 1:33 pm I hope we’re listening to actual young voices like these! Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm I like the informed discussion, all the comments. They speak not only of maintaining the spiritual sense in our traditions and especially our orthodoxy in doctrine taken from faith tradition and reason, and also of a “doing” religion, like feeding and clothing the needy, which implies compassion, being able to go around policy if necessary to administer services to those who are in need. They do not imply at the church should not move bravely into the future. To accomplish the work of the Church we may have to at times recognize Rowan Williams’ observation that God does not always follow the chain of command. So, change our approach without changing our identity in the Christian faith. As for speaking clearly, the clearest message we can speak is that of love and mercy and reaching out to other people. That can embody modern languages and modern thought without changing the BCP or the essential traditional structures of the church. I too am a recently confirmed Episcopalian. How would I ever do without the biblically-centered liturgy of the Word, the sermon,the music, and especially the Eucharist? Do we not want a distinctive symbol in our communities that does not look like every other structure, and form of worship that does not look like every other meeting in a pluralistic, postmodern society? Are any of those forms of worship that difficult to comprehend? Surely, it is not implied here that we need a more entertaining atmosphere? I feel that I have found a gem in a field, and I have attempted to buy the field, lest I lose the gem. Are attempts underway to abscond with the gem and leave me impoverished? I hope not. I hope we will simply use the tools that God has placed in our hands to exemplify the body of Christ in our diocese. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC July 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm I hope we can learn something from these alternative forms. It will take some time to see what that might be. It’s one of the things I’ve always loved about our church.The concern I find myself with is what appears to be a blindside in the ENS reporting. This form is offered as voice of the millennials when in fact there are probably more people of that generation attending fairly traditional Episcopal Churches, especially those with some sensitivity to the ancient -future approach. Take a look at St. Paul’s Seattle for example — http://www.stpaulseattle.org/ and http://www.congregationaldevelopment.com/means-of-grace-hope-of-glory/2013/4/22/worship-that-swept-us-off-our-feet-saint-pauls-seattle.html Vicki McGrath says: July 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm Scott Claassen has instigated a much needed dialogue in this ENS report. The multiple responses indicate its significance and I am grateful for their diversity. It all takes me back to the best years of Episcopal Life magazine when Nan Cobbey was Features Editor. Provocative articles brought forth numerous responses with very divergent opinions. Some may remember the article I wrote in those days in which I called for translation of some of our beloved liturgical language. I had the presumption of suggesting we replace archaic subjunctive forms that come across as vague and tentative to more declarative and kerygmatic ones that sound more celebratory. Try saying, for example, “The Lord is with you!” and “The peace of the Lord is always with you!” and “Almighty God has mercy on you, forgives all your sins ,etc.” Also, “Thank you, God!’ and “The peace of he Lord is always with you!” and “We praise you, Lord Christ!” If we indeed believe in such Good News, why should we be afraid of proclamation? Responses to my article ranged from grateful Hurrays to scandalized embarrassment. I hope the approaches of Claassen and the thads will continue to make comfortable Episcopalians squirm and open doors to those who can’t comprehend our lingo. July 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm Does the Rev’d Scott Claassen really think Jesus described himself other than as a Jew, or dispensed with his ancient religion’s terminology?? Today, our Orthodox Church friends, who are growing everywhere they are found, laugh at us as we try to make everything immediately accessible and immediately comprehensible to newcomers and inquirers. I have never even seen what we would call a proper service leaflet at an Orthodox service! Many of their theologians compare us to the rocky soil of Matthew’s parable: quick immediate results, but no depth, root, or staying power. One Orthodox laymen told me years ago, when our ring-binder altar service book was published by Church Publishing, that at least now our service book matched our theology. Our obsession with the immediate, so profoundly immature, seems unable to use or appreciate the depth of 2000 years of shared Christian experience and insight. When will we learn that while His yoke may be easy and his burthen light, following Jesus requires the depth and humility of a daily cross? When will we learn that centuries of reflection upon what that means enables us to do it more fully and richly? People like Mr Greer are our Church’s hope, as they discover what distinctive gifts we have to offer out of our wide and ancient English-flavored experience, taking from our store things both new and very old indeed. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Robert Gallagher, OA says: Rector Tampa, FL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Chris Epting says: July 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm A very, very long article to read….especially at 4:00 PM on July 3…..is this “church jargon”?Is Pat McCaughan aware that the Rev. Scott Claassen’s quotation which begins this article…as printed….seems to suggest that Jesus is the one who worships on Sunday, not necessarily the Reverend Mr. Claassen? John McCann says: Dustin Henderson says: Hughhansen says: John Neitzel says: July 3, 2014 at 11:02 pm Despite the title, the article itself is focused on communicating the depth and breadth of our tradition, recognizing how much insider jargon gets in the way, given (my two cents) that we can no longer expect the same common background that we expected a generation ago. The article’s focus is communication, not trend-chasing and teaching, rather than blowing smoke. Also, given the level of commitment the above commentors have to the theology, tradition, and polity of our church, I’d like to point out that virtually nothing I’ve read has actually conflicted with the presented substance of the article. As Phyllis Tickle reminds us, we usually only refer to things as “traditional” which are less than a century old. There are many ancient and historic practices in our own tradition worth reclaiming that transcend the current and previous Prayer Books.The worship I experience in many of our churches has matched the most common word I hear from Episcopalians about worship: comfortable. It feels to me that our attachment to who and what we are now is much less like love and adoration for the ancient patterns of our liturgy and more like idolatry of particular wordings of that liturgy. This is proven every time we try to sing a hymn that is not one of the 30 favorites: more people complain about familiarity than say “oh, what beauty! Thank God we have 700 more like this one!” Pardon my own moment of snark, but my life in our church taught me that most of my elders had their primary (and final) formation in a confirmation class consisting of 12 year-olds memorizing the names of our sacred dishes rather than helping develop a life-long pattern of worshiping, seeking, and serving. And more, preparing our parents to pass on such a tradition to their/our children. I see this as the reason we’re even having this conversation: we have struggled for the last 50 years with passing on both the practices of our tradition and their purpose. We’re left with a faith and tradition we’re struggling to communicate and world less prepared to receive it. Like my Calculus professor who refused to teach the class a different way when none of us could follow him, we seem more inclined to teach the students we don’t have rather than the ones we do. Gerald Pemberton says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 John Mack says: Press Release Service Rich McDonough says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bob Chapman says: July 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm AMEN ! One of the reasons I came to The Episcopal Church at 16 years old , 30 now and still love it . Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET July 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm Dennis, the problem with this is that most young people aren’t really going to have any associations, and certainly not positive associations, with words like “Senior Pastor” or “Communion” either. If you’re going down that road, I’d actually argue that words like “rector” and “Eucharist” have a neutral association since they ARE unfamiliar, and “pastor” and “communion” have a negative association since those words are more familiar from Evangelical and popular depictions of Christians. 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
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/632618/country-house-e2a Clipboard 2007 photographs: Dominique Marc Wehrli, Francesca GiovanelliPhotographs: Dominique Marc Wehrli, Francesca GiovanelliDesign Team:Wim Eckert, Piet Eckert, Samuel Benz, Stefan BernoulliGeneral Contractor:HRS Hauser Rutishauser Suter AG, ZurichConstruction Management:Ruoss & Witzig, ZurichStructural Engineer:STB Schnyder + Tobler Bauingenieure GmbH, ZurichLandscape Architect:Müller Illien Landschaftsarchitekten GmbH, ZurichFaçade Engineering:GKP Fassadentechnik AG, AadorfBuilding Physics:Leuthardt + Mäder, BrüttisellenCity:ZurichCountry:SwitzerlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Dominique Marc WehrliRecommended ProductsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteText description provided by the architects. A house with two components of spaces; chambers and voids. The chambers fulfill precisely identified purposes, the voids can anticipate to all the rest yet to come: the chambers are conceived for individual family members, the void to meet and be together.Save this picture!First Floor PlanThe house is a free standing volume on a long subtle slope, slightly rotated in plan. Its inclined roof, approx. parallel to the ground, puts the building in relation to the existing types of country houses. The fades underline the volumetric appearance of the void, acting as eyes and observing the beauty of the landscape.Save this picture!© Francesca GiovanelliThe entry hall, the garden access, the dining area, and the family den form the key activities within the void. A sculptural staircase and a double height space mark the center and receive natural light through a large skylight.Save this picture!SectionSince the chambers maintain their diverse and personal atmosphere, the voids are kept homogeneously with continuous materials.Save this picture!© Dominique Marc WehrliProject gallerySee allShow lessFraunhofer Research Campus Waischenfeld / Barkow LeibingerSelected ProjectsHouse in Tsudanuma / fuse-atelierSelected Projects Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/632618/country-house-e2a Clipboard Projects Country House / E2A 2007 “COPY” Switzerland “COPY” Save this picture!© Dominique Marc Wehrli+ 12 Share CopyHouses•Zurich, Switzerland Photographs Year: Architects: e2a Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: ArchDaily Country House / E2ASave this projectSaveCountry House / E2A CopyAbout this officeE2AOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesZurichHousesSwitzerlandPublished on May 22, 2015Cite: “Country House / E2A” 22 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Lord Sainsbury said: “Our five ambitious goals for the campaign are focused on strengthening science for the coming century. They build on the Society’s core strength of supporting excellence and establish a new agenda for it in the areas of science education, innovation and public engagement.” Royal Society launches 350th anniversary fundraising campaign Howard Lake | 7 July 2007 | News The Royal Society has launched a £100 million fundraising campaign as it approaches its 350th anniversary in 2010.The £100 million campaign is designed to provide long-term funding for projects such as strengthening science and mathematics education, the expansion of scientific research fellowships in industry/academic exchanges, the development of a Royal Society Science Policy Centre focussing on five critical areas including climate change, and international security, increasing science capacity in sub-Saharan Africa, and a major exhibition in 2010 to highlight the role of science in modern life.The 350th Anniversary Campaign Board consists of Lord Sainsbury of Turville (Chair), Sir Tom McKillop, Sir David Attenborough, Adrian Beecroft, Bill Bryson, Hermann Hauser, Dr Ralph Kohn, Professor Noreen Murray, Sir Peter Ogden, Lord Rees of Ludlow, Sir David Wallace and Sir Peter Williams. Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 16 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Beginning in late December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend several months gathering information about farm economics and production practices from farmers and ranchers across Indiana, as the agency conducts the third and final phase of the 2019 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).“ARMS is the only survey that measures the current financial well-being of Indiana producers and their households as a whole” said Greg Matli, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. “The results of this survey will help inform decisions on local and federal policies and programs that affect Indiana farms and farm families.”In an effort to obtain the most accurate data, NASS will reach out to approximately 37,000 producers nationwide, including nearly 1,500 in Indiana, between February and April. The survey asks producers to provide in-depth information about their operating revenues, production costs, and household characteristics. In February, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) enumerators will begin reaching out to those farmers who have not yet responded to answer any questions they may have and help them fill out their questionnaires.In addition to producing accurate information, NASS has strong safeguards in place to protect the confidentiality of all farmers who respond to its surveys. The agency will only publish data in an aggregate form only, ensuring the confidentiality of all responses and that no individual respondent or operation can be identified.The expense data gathered in ARMS will be published in the annual Farm Production Expenditures report on July 31, 2020. That report and others are available at www.nass.usda.gov. For more information about the 2019 ARMS, visit www.ers.usda.gov/arms, or call the Great Lakes Regional Field Office at (800) 453-7501. Facebook Twitter By USDA Communications – Dec 16, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter USDA Gathers Information to Determine Financial Well-Being of Agriculture Previous articleRecords Broken in 2019 NCGA Corn Yield ContestNext articleIndiana Farm Expo Kicks Off Today at Fairgrounds USDA Communications SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Gathers Information to Determine Financial Well-Being of Agriculture
December 9, 2003 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Reporters Without Borders launches pirate radio to protest exclusion from Summit News Reporters Without Borders is launching a ‘pirate radio’ – Radio Non Grata – which will broadcast from Geneva on the 9-10 December to coincide with the start of the World Summit on the Information Society, which it has been banned from attending. It will use the radio both to decry the ban and broadcast details of press freedom violations by many of the countries taking part in the Summit. “To ban an organisation defending press freedom from a summit focusing on the circulation of news is a decision laden with meaning,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders. “Our organisation defends freedom of expression on the Internet on a daily basis. Our voice should therefore be heard during this event, despite this outrageous ban”, he added.Radio Non Grata will broadcast in Geneva and its environs, on 95.8 FM, in English and French a programme especially tailored for the occasion. It will transmit interviews with Mr Ménard, the former managing director of AFP Claude Moisy, head of the Swiss branch of Reporters Without Borders, Gérald Sapey, Jean-Claude Buhrer and Claude Levenson, co-authors of the book “The United Nations against human rights?”, Patrice Mugny, administrative adviser for cultural affairs for Geneva, Christian Ferrazino, Mayor of Geneva, Stéphane Koch, Chairman of the Internet Society Geneva and Pamela Taylor, US journalist specialising in the media.A team from Reporters Without Borders will be on hand in Geneva to publicise Radio Non Grata. Its members will hand out mini radios on which people can listen to the pirate radio, along with leaflets and posters with the message, “Don’t let them decide the future of the Internet”.Reporters Without Borders points out that some 50 people are in jail for having set up independent on-line news sites that criticise governments or simply for looking at banned pages. Tunisia, China, Vietnam, Cuba and the Maldives are among the “predators” of freedom on the Net, censoring hundreds of sites, intercepting emails, tracking down and jailing cyberdissidents. At the same time the leaders of these countries make a show of appearing at the World Summit on the Information Society. Reporters Without Borders is launching a ‘pirate radio’ – Radio Non Grata – which will broadcast from Geneva on the 9-10 December to coincide with the start of the World Summit on the Information Society, which it has been banned from attending.Radio non grata’s site Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information
Reporters Without Borders condemns the Egyptian government’s decision on 19 February to ban four foreign newspapers that reprinted some of the cartoons that were published by 17 Danish newspapers on 13 February in a show of solidarity on the issue of freedom of expression.“Banning the distribution of newspapers that reproduced the Mohammed cartoons only strengthens those who have taken the most radical positions on this subject,” the press freedom organisation said. “We urge the Egyptian government to reverse this decision and to let civil society decide for itself whether the content of these newspapers was defamatory.”The four newspapers whose issues were banned were Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Welt, the London-based Observer and the New York-based Wall Street Journal. The ban was issued by information minister Anas Al-Feki, who told the Egyptian news agency MENA: “Any newspaper or magazine that publishes something offensive towards the Prophet (….) or the three monotheistic religions will be banned.”Article 20 of Egypt’s press law allows the information minister to ban reports liable to harm national interest. An issue of the French bimonthly Historia Thématique about fundamentalism was banned by Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey in January 2007 on the grounds that it was offensive to religion.Meanwhile, an Arab League agreement to restrict the freedom expression of the region’s satellite TV stations – adopted at Egypt’s initiative – may have secured its first victim. Al-Barakah, a station that had been broadcasting business news for the past seven months, has gone off the air. The reasons are not yet known. February 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information minister bans distribution of four foreign newspapers Help by sharing this information February 6, 2021 Find out more News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Egypt News to go further News Organisation EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 1, 2021 Find out more News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution January 22, 2021 Find out more
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Twitter Two meter rule not feasible for schools in September – INTO WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation feels it’s not physically possible for children to return to schools in September under the two metre social distancing rule.The group says the Department of Education will publish a roadmap for the reopening of schools in two weeks time.It says teachers will have no difficulty returning to their full classes if the public health advice allows it.However John Boyle, General Secretary of the INTO, says the current two metre social distancing guideline will be unworkable at many schools:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/boylghghgfhgfe1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Previous articleClaims misuse of prescription drugs in Strabane is major problemNext articleAir Badminton could be the next summer hit News Highland Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – May 28, 2020 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest