Presiding Bishop’s meeting with Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem ‘historic’

first_img 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 Middle East, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 February 7, 2013 at 11:07 pm While I was deeply moved by the account of the meeting of Bishop Katharine with the Greek Patriarch, I remember being in the presence of a previous Greek Patriarch on the morning of April 25, 1990 as a group of thirty including Samir Kafity, the Episcopal Bishop in Jerusalem, five other bishops and clergy and lay persons who were attending the week of celebration for the completion and dedication of the renovated Saint George’s College, processed from the College down to the Damascus Gate and through the Old City to the offices of the Greek Patriarch who received us. The purpose of the visit as Bishop Kafity said to the Greek Partriarch was to declare our support for the Greek Patriarch’s stand against the occupation of Saint John’s Hospice by Jewish settlers. I believe working for ‘peace’ and ‘justice’ in the Holy Land must not only name the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but also name the ever growing settler movement and at the very least express even in a small way as did that group of Anglicans twenty-two years ago our solidarity with the Palestinian Christians as they stand in opposition to the settlers.Newland F. 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ENS Photo/Lynette Wilson[Episcopal News Service] During a recent visit to the Holy Land, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was received by the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Theophilos III, in what was a historic meeting.“It was the first time I’d been invited into that conversation. I meet with the Greeks in the U.S., but I think it was a profound act of hospitality on his part,” said Jefferts Schori. “The Orthodox don’t think that women should be ordained.“He was enormously gracious and gave us quite a long time in conversation. I think because he understands that the Episcopal Church is a very significant partner, and a church that is in solidarity with his colleagues here. And that we have a very important role to play in terms of motivating our own government and people in the United States. I think we also have a role to play in motivating Episcopalians in other parts of the world, particularly in Europe. I think we could have a larger voice there that might have an impact.”The Greek Patriarch is traditionally referred to as the bishop of Jerusalem in recognition of the leadership role his office plays in ecumenical, interfaith and political responsibilities on behalf of the members of the indigenous Christian churches.  Bishop Suheil Dawani, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, is also referred to as the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem as he is the Anglican Communion representative among the ecumenical leaders in the Holy City, said said Alexander Baumgarten, director of the Episcopal Church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations“This is the first time I am aware of that a patriarch of Jerusalem has officially and ceremonially received the head of a Christian church who is also an ordained woman. I think it stands as a testament to the great bonds of affection between the Greek Orthodox community in Jerusalem and the Anglican tradition of Christianity, including Bishop Suheil and Bishop Katharine.”In the United States, the Orthodox churches, along with the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church, “share with the Episcopal Church an official intuitional tie to the historic Christian communities of the Holy Land.  Together, those churches represent some of the Episcopal Church’s closest partners in working toward a just, peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Baumgarten.“I hope the presiding bishop’s meeting with the patriarch might be seen by many in the United States as an invitation to stand in unity, across Christian traditions, with the historic churches of the Holy Land and their leaders in working toward a just and peaceful two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he said.— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Israel-Palestine, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Presiding Bishop’s meeting with Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem ‘historic’ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Anglican Communion, last_img read more

Harvard encourages community to shop local this season

first_imgHarvard University and the Harvard Square Business Association (HSBA) are teaming up again this holiday season to encourage the Harvard community to “think Harvard Square” and shop locally.Harvard President Drew Faust, members of the Harvard community, and the Harvard Square Business Association will kick off the annual Crimson Shops Local effort on Thursday, Dec. 2 , from 5 to 7 p.m. at Forbes Plaza outside the Holyoke Center.“The heart of Harvard Square is its unique, local stores and restaurants,” said Faust. “By shopping locally this holiday season we can support neighboring businesses and do our part to ensure our community remains vibrant.”The event will feature information and discounts to Harvard Square businesses, live music performed by Harvard students, hot cider, free Oggi’s pizza, and more.The Crimson Shops Local effort is supported by Harvard Public Affairs and Communications and Campus Services groups, in collaboration with the Harvard Square Business Association.The kick-off event, ads promoting local vendors in local and campus publications, and outreach across the University are all designed to encourage the Harvard community to shop locally. Harvard Square merchants rely on people who work and study in the area for approximately 40 percent of their business. Through the combined purchasing power of thousands of staff, students, and faculty members in the area, the Harvard community can have an important local impact.In addition to the Crimson Shops Local event, other holiday events will take place in Harvard Square during the month of December. For more information, go to read more

Lula to decide on fighter jet deal after October elections

first_imgBy Dialogo September 09, 2010 We in Latin America continue behaving stupidly by spending fundamental human resources for the development of weapons. How long are the irresponsible politicians going to use the people’s resources in order to continue the absurd arms race that lead to nothing and with the passage of time will be seen as absurd. Brazil is a “developed” country on the outside, but inwardly it is poor. History and the people should charge the politicians for their irresponsible attitude and for their complete absence of love for the people and humanity. Enough is enough! It must be an honor, to be the host of a program of this importance of which the whole world is interested. A wise and intelligent sale of the 2×1 airplanes – handing it over in my country neither one is possible at any time. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will decide who gets Brazil’s multi-billion dollar contract to build jet fighters, after the October elections but before he leaves office on January 1, his defense minister said Tuesday. The finalists now battling it out in the final stages of the tender are France’s Rafale made by Dassault, Sweden’s Gripen NG by Saab, and the F/A-18 Super Hornet manufactured by US giant Boeing. “After the (October 3) elections, the president will study the issue. He’ll make a decision this year, during this administration,” Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said after presiding an Independence Day parade, as quoted by Agencia Brasil news agency. The deal is estimated to be worth between four and seven billion dollars, depending on details of armaments, maintenance and peripheral industrial involvement. Brazil could also end up buying up to another 100 fighter jets from the supplier over the long term. Brazil has made technology transfer the main priority in the tender, so it can produce fighter aircraft itself and boost its aviation industry. To that end, Lula has already stated his preference to purchase 36 French-made, semi-stealth Rafale jets. Lula will call a meeting of his national defense council, and announce his decision after hearing its advice. Throughout the bidding process, however, the president has made it clear the final decision involved politics and was his alone to make. Brazil’s Air Force has stated that from a defensive point of view all three bids meet the requirements of the national defense strategy that was approved last year. Lula’s candidate to succeed him in October, Dilma Rousseff, has taken a commanding lead over her nearest challenger Jose Serra, Sao Paulo’s former governor.last_img read more

20,000 Pennsylvania Voters Sign Up Online for Mail-In Ballot in First Two Weeks

first_img Press Release,  Voting & Elections Governor Tom Wolf announced today that more than 20,000 Pennsylvania voters have already used the commonwealth’s new online application to sign up to use a mail-in or absentee ballot for the April 28 primary election.The Department of State launched the online application Feb. 11. The deadline for county election offices to receive applications is 5 p.m. April 21.“The immediate popularity of the application site shows that Pennsylvania voters have welcomed the new bipartisan voting reforms and the convenience of mail-in voting,” Gov. Wolf said. “Pennsylvania has joined many other states in giving voters options in how they cast their ballots, making voting easier and more accessible than ever before.”The primary is the first election for which Pennsylvania voters have the option of voting by mail-in ballot, without having to provide a reason for choosing it, thanks to historic legislation signed into law by Gov. Wolf last fall.Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said the online site, where voters can apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot, is expected to see even more growth as the primary election approaches.“Voters are already making great use of the opportunity to vote by mail for any reason or no reason at all,” Secretary Boockvar said. “We expect that in the weeks to come many more voters will discover the convenience of applying online and voting by mail-in ballot.”Act 77 makes the most significant improvements to the Pennsylvania Election Code in more than 80 years, including longer voter registration periods — up to 15 days before an election — and permanent mail-in and absentee ballot voter lists. The voter registration deadline for the April 28 primary is April 13.Pennsylvanians who are registered to vote now have several ways to vote if they choose not to go to the polls or are unable to get to the polls on election day: mail-in ballot or absentee ballot, both of which they can vote via the mail or in person at their county election office:Mail-in ballots are for registered voters who simply wish to vote by mail instead of going to their polling place on election day. They do not have to give a reason or excuse. They can apply online for a mail-in ballot, or download and print the application and mail it to their county election office. Voters can also apply for and vote the ballot in person at their county election office during business hours.Absentee ballots are for registered voters who will be away from their home municipality on election day or who have a disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polls. Absentee voters must give a reason when they apply. Examples of absentee ballot voters include college students away at school, members of the military, people absent from their home municipality because of work or a vacation and people who cannot go to the polls because they are observing a religious holiday.Both mail-in and absentee voters will receive a ballot in the mail to complete and return to their county election office by 8 p.m. on election day. The online application allows mail-in voters to request that their county election office add them to an annual mail-in voter ballot request list. Their ballot application will then be automatically mailed to them each year. ID requirements for mail-in and absentee ballots can be found at must begin processing mail-in and absentee ballot applications 50 days before the election. For the April primary, that will be March 9. As soon as the ballot is finalized, the counties will mail ballots to voters or provide them in-person at the county election office.For more information on voting in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of State’s website at 20,000 Pennsylvania Voters Sign Up Online for Mail-In Ballot in First Two Weeks February 27, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more