Presiding Bishop visits refugee resettlement agency to learn process

first_img Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Migration Ministries, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Catherine Cheek says: February 25, 2016 at 12:16 pm I am so glad to be an Episcopalian. We really do follow the teachings of our Savior, and this article confirms it. Our parish is going to help a refugee family. Being that I lived in Jordan, speak broken Arabic, know the culture, and cook many Arabic dishes, I may be an asset. Jesus reached out to refugees and the downtrodden, and our church is doing the same. The Episcopal and Lutheran churches are very awesome. Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ March 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm Jesus and his parents were refugees fleeing from Herod. How were they welcomed in Egypt? Did Joseph’s trade as a carpenter allow the little family to make their way in a strange land? Did they find neighbors who helped? Who spoke to them on the street, in the shops? Did that experience lead to the sentiments in Matthew 25: 34-40. “For I was hungry and you…” I believe we are called directly to this ministry. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL March 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm Ma’am I completely agree with you. While I have never lived outside the United States I understand the need for action and help to others, despite any differences we may have with them. We live in a world were what matters is what status you are, how much money you make, what race you are, or if you simply “toe the line with the rest of us”. God came to earth and walked with us to heal and save everyone, regardless of race, creed, color, gender…whatever. While some of the great leaders of our Anglican denomination scream and yell in the news over trivial issues, others around the Communion following what Our Lord commanded. That we all love each other as He has loved us. 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Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Denver, Colorado] In 2012, Ahmed and his family abandoned their lives in Homs, Syria, and fled across the border to Jordan where, without the ability to work and dependent on international aid for food, they struggled to survive.Today, Ahmed, his wife, his parents and five additional family members, including a 2-year-old boy, are rebuilding their lives here with the help of the refugee and asylee programs offered by Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, one of 30 refugee resettlement affiliates partnered with Episcopal Migration Ministries in 26 dioceses nationwide.On Feb. 24, Ahmed (not his real name) and other family members met with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, members of his staff, Colorado Bishop Robert O’Neill, and Bishop Jim Gonia of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America-Rocky Mountain Synod. The family arrived in Colorado in December 2015.Curry, who was scheduled to speak later in the day at the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes annual conference underway here, spent the morning at the Lutheran Family Services’ offices learning about the resettlement process and the current political climate affecting the process. It was his first visit to a resettlement affiliate since becoming presiding bishop.“Those we call refugees are people who have lost their home and they’ve had to come to a country where the culture is different, the language is different and everything is different,” said Curry to Episcopal News Service at the close of the visit. “Through Episcopal Migration Ministries and other organizations like it, the church reaches out and welcomes them and makes sure that they can find a home here, and that is God’s work.”Episcopal Migration Ministries, the Episcopal Church’s refugee resettlement agency, is one of nine agencies working in partnership with the U.S. Department of State to welcome and resettle refugees to the United States.“We’re very excited that Bishop Curry was able to join us today to learn more about the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries and to hear firsthand from refugee families who are being resettled here, including the Syrian family who just arrived just a few months ago,” said Deborah Stein, executive director of Episcopal Migration Ministries in an interview with ENS. “To hear not only their stories of struggle in being resettled to the U.S., but also what their dreams for the future are now that they have a place to live in safety.”Located in western Syria about 100 miles north of Damascus, Homs served as a base for some of the early uprisings against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the start of the country’s civil war, which has killed 250,000 people and forcibly displaced more than 11 million more. Ahmed and his family members preferred their real names be withheld for the safety of family members still living in the region.The family lived in Jordan for three-and-a-half years before being resettled in the United States.One thing they feared coming to the United States for resettlement is how they’d be perceived based on their religion by Americans, given the violence in Syria and the atrocities that are being committed by radical Islamists in the name of Islam, Ahmed explained. In fact, the reality of life in Denver has proved the opposite.Since they arrived, they’ve felt safe and they’ve found Coloradans to be friendly, he said in Arabic through an interpreter.The family’s fear also was grounded in the anti-immigrant, anti-refugee rhetoric sweeping across the United States.Since last November, following the terrorist attacks in Paris, at least 30 U.S. governors have spoken against resettling Syrian refugees in their states, citing a concern for public safety, and city councils have proposed measures aimed at keeping Syrian and other refugees from resettling in their communities, explained Stein.That’s not the situation in Colorado, however, where Gov. John Hickenlooper, has opened the state’s doors to Syrians. The Colorado Council of Churches commended Hickenlooper for his stance.Lutheran Family Services, too, experienced some upset in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, when its offices received “angry, hateful” calls from citizens reacting out of fear. But by Thanksgiving the calls “took a turn” and people began wanting to know more about the plight of refugees and how they could become engaged, said James Horan, vice president for refugee services.In fact, since early December 2015 the number of people interested in volunteering increased to the point that there is now a waiting list.Part of that has to do with the news coverage of Syrian refugees risking their lives to make it to Europe, and the increase in awareness. Even though the majority of refugees remain in the region, many more have attempted the dangerous journey by boat to Greece trying to reach other parts of Europe, where the crisis is becoming increasingly politicized.In addition, Germany, which has received the most refugees, Canada and the United States have pledged to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted.Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the United States has received 2,800 Syrian refugees, explained Jim Barclay, president and CEO of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains.Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains became an affiliate of Episcopal Migration Ministries last October. For the fiscal year ending Oct. 1, 2015, LFSRM resettled 627 refugees, from places as diverse as Iraq, Eritrea, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bhutan, and Cuba. This fiscal year, it plans to resettle some 850 refugees.“We’re very excited now to be affiliated with Episcopal Migration Ministries and for the opportunity to engage their congregations with access to the refugees and to this welcoming ministry,” said Barclay. “And it really cannot be ministry without the people from the churches stepping up and acting on their faith to embrace newcomers.”The resettlement agencies provide refugees with assistance, including cultural orientation, English as a second language and job readiness courses, as well as individual case management.The resettlement agency provides services and referrals to other agencies, “from the day the refugees arrive at the airport until they are self-sufficient,” said Damir Basic, Lutheran Family Services’ division director who oversees the refugee and asylee programs, adding that the majority of refugees, many of whom arrive at the airport with limited skills and unable to speak English, have jobs within 90 to 120 days. “To take them from point A to point B is a tremendous amount of work.”What refugees want is to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient, and partnerships are needed to help them in that process, he said.From the start, the United State’s refugee resettlement program has been a public-private partnership.“There’s a lot of voluntary support,” said Barclay. He said some of that comes from congregations “that wrap around refugee families in the first four months that they are here from their arrival and assist them with acclimating and integrating into the community … (they) supply all manner of household furnishings and equipment, financial support and mentoring – and neighboring.” All of which, said Barclay, “is essential to successful transitions for refugees.”– Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. Comments are closed. Sean Storm says: Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more

Chill wind across the property market

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Chill wind across the property market previous nextHousing MarketChill wind across the property marketCountrywide, Zoopla, Crest Nicholson, Persimmon and Berkeley all hit by falling share prices.The Negotiator26th July 20160660 Views Pessimism about house prices is blowing a chill wind through the stock market as UK’s leading builders – as well as Countrywide and Zoopla (ZPG) – saw their share prices dip.Monday’s FTSE 250 opened with Countrywide shares falling by 7.2 per cent to 233.7pence; ZPG fell by 2.2 per cent and Crest Nicholson fell by 1.3 per cent.The falls are not desperate, but they are an indication of the concerns about the stability of the housing market since the EU Referendum result. Richard Donnell (left) at Hometrack said, “It is still early days, and seasonal factors also need to be considered but the growth in new listings and slower sales points to slower price growth in the months ahead. This growth in supply reflects a mix of new homes filtering through from London’s expanded development pipeline, investors looking to take capital gains, or selling to de-leverage their investments following the reduction in tax relief on mortgage payments for buy-to let investors.”house prices stock market property market share prices July 26, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Stage and Screen Legend Ruby Dee Dies at 91

first_img View Comments Born on October 27, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dee was known best for her searing portrayal of Ruth Younger both in the original Broadway production of the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun in 1959 and the subsequent film version in 1961. Her other notable stage credits include the central role in Athol Fugard’s 1970 play Boesman and Lena as well as roles (often opposite her late husband Ossie Davis) on Broadway in Checkmates, Purlie Victorious, The Smile of the World, A Long Way from Home, Anna Lucasta and South Pacific. Though she had a long and illustrious stage and screen career, Dee was also known as a poet, playwright, screenwriter and activist. As a civil rights activist, Dee was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, the NAACP and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Both she and Davis were friends of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. In 2005, Dee and her late husband were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. On June 8, Audra McDonald paid tribute to Dee in her Tony Awards acceptance speech by thanking her as one of the courageous women who have helped pave the way for her. Her many accolades include a Grammy (in 2007 for With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together), Emmy (in 1991 for Decoration Day), Academy Award nomination (in 2008 for American Gangster), the National Medal of Arts in 1995 (with Davis) and the Kennedy Center Honors (with Davis) in 2004. She received an Honorary Degree from Princeton University in 2009. Dee is survived by three children: Nora, Hasna and Guy, and seven grandchildren. Stage and screen icon and civil rights stalwart, Ruby Dee has died. The actress died of natural causes in her home in New Rochelle, New York on June 11, according to CNN. She was 91.last_img read more

Southern Tier officials, families call for seat at the table for special education

first_img“By the constitution, we have to give all of our children an attempt at an equal education, and we’ve gone to great lengths to be inclusive,” Crouch said. A former special education aide in schools and mother to a child with Down Syndrome, Maryann Horton says not only does in person interaction help students like her daughter, it helps everyone. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reimagine Education Advisory Council is set to chart the course forward for schools across the state. However, Southern Tier officials and families are calling for special education to be represented on the council. “They learn so much better in a setting with typical kids,” Horton told 12 News Thursday. “They learn how to do, and I believe the best thing is they teach typical children as much as our special kids get.” State Rep. Cliff Crouch (R-122nd) says including a special education representative on the council is an important part of fighting for equal rights for all.center_img “Maybe the parents are just as stressed as the kids are, and that’s something else too. You and I are having a hard time being stressed about this; it’s a terrible hard time to try and explain it to her.” Horton says besides needing the in-person interaction, children like her daughter Juice struggle with the current distance learning model. (WBNG) — The future of education across New York is now under special consideration.last_img read more

Where does Alfonzo McKinnie rank among Warriors’ greatest finds?

first_imgEleven games does not an NBA career make. And no one believes the crazy launch angle on Alfonzo McKinnie’s career path is sustainable.But if he becomes nothing more than what he is today, a trusted part of coach Steve Kerr’s rotation, the Warriors have struck gold. Again.We are tempted to believe the 6-foot-8 McKinnie could some day find himself high among a long list of under-the-radar discoveries in Warriors history (list below). How did we get here?Three years ago, he was …last_img

How to (Not) Clean Your Camera

first_imgLearn how to destroy a camera in less than 3 minutes in this helpful video tutorial.Regular maintenance and cleaning is incredibly important for your camera’s longevity. While there are many ways you can do it, there are generally a few common cleaning techniques that tutorials will feature. These techniques include:Using Microfiber ClothUsing a Rubber BulbNot Putting Water on the LensNot Touching the SensorThe following tutorial uses none of these techniques. In fact, it is probably one of the most painful videos you will watch this week. The video, created by Ioannis Pavlis is a satirical video tutorial that shows you how to “clean” a Canon 5D Mark ii and a Canon 24-105 Lens.This tutorial is clearly satirical so PLEASE do not put your camera in a bowl of water! If you want to learn how to correctly clean your camera check out our post on ‘How to Clean Your Camera the Right Way‘.Just heartbreaking!last_img read more

Match fixing: Ex-Lankan skipper refuses to name cricketers after threat

first_imgFormer Sri Lankan skipper Hashan Tillekaratne on Tuesday said he had received death threats following his revelations about match fixing in the national cricket team. Tillekaratne, now a politician in Sri Lanka’s opposition party, told media that on the advice of his lawyers he has decided against revealing specific names at this time. “I have made a statement today but I have taken advice from my lawyers and I did not expose those involved after I came out with these allegations. I have been receiving lots of nuisance calls and death threats and all these things. But I will definitely expose those involved in the time to come,” Tillekaratne said adding he has been reluctant to voice his allegations previously for fear of his safety. He also said he will tell the International Cricket Council (ICC) that cricket matches were fixed during his career. Last week Tillekaratne had said that match fixing has been prevalent in Sri Lanka since 1992 and now he reaffirmed his statement saying he would not reveal specific names. His allegations have created waves within Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) and have been dismissed by the board as well as the current cricketers. The SLC expressed concern over the allegations and called for “concrete evidence” to substantiate them.last_img read more

Two US athletes used cocaine before Rio Olympics: Report

first_imgTwo US athletes allegedly used cocaine before Rio Olympics, a cyber-espionage group Fancy Bears has revealed.The group leaked the information by hacking into senior World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officials’ confidential emails, reports Sputnik.WADA emails include conversations with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) about two US athletes taking cocaine to lose weight before the Rio Games, held in August.The group also leaked details of a non-US sportsman, who avoided a ban despite having a blood transfusion before a major race, The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.Previously Fancy Bears published WADA documents, which confirmed many prominent athletes including Rafael Nadal, Simone Biles, Serena and Venus Williams using banned drugs.WADA’s Medical Director Alan Vernec said on November 20 the hackers had released fake documents.last_img read more