Church Economy – TAC Lawna http://tac-lawna.org/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:46:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://tac-lawna.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-11-150x150.png Church Economy – TAC Lawna http://tac-lawna.org/ 32 32 Grenade found in Sri Lankan church: Cardinal skeptical of police investigation https://tac-lawna.org/grenade-found-in-sri-lankan-church-cardinal-skeptical-of-police-investigation/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:28:30 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/grenade-found-in-sri-lankan-church-cardinal-skeptical-of-police-investigation/ ECONOMYNEXT – The head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, has expressed doubts about the integrity of a police investigation into a hand grenade found in a church in Colombo. The grenade was discovered at All Saints Church in Borella on Tuesday (11), three days before Catholics in Sri Lanka marked […]]]>

ECONOMYNEXT – The head of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, has expressed doubts about the integrity of a police investigation into a hand grenade found in a church in Colombo.

The grenade was discovered at All Saints Church in Borella on Tuesday (11), three days before Catholics in Sri Lanka marked 1,000th Day since the Easter 2019 bombings.

The caretaker of All Saints’ Church was arrested in connection with the incident.

Speaking to reporters Thursday (13th), Cardinal Ranjith claimed that police had been reluctant to review Tuesday’s CCTV footage of church grounds in its entirety.

The Archbishop of Colombo, quoting the vicar, said the police did not request footage until after 3pm that day.

“I asked the parish priest to review the footage from the morning. A new piece of evidence came to light. On the same day at 9.52 a person can be seen entering the church with a plastic bag. We could tell from the way he made the sign of the cross that he was not a Catholic.

“He doesn’t stop to pray but walks to the end of the pews where he does something and leans over a statue in the corner. Then he takes something out of his pants or his pocket. The police did not view this footage. Why did you wait until 3 p.m.?” said the cardinal.

Further describing the CCTV footage, the archbishop said the church’s caretaker, who was on cleaning duty, could be seen handling whatever was there near the statue in the corner

“He bends down and picks something up and puts it on top. We can assume that’s what the other person left on the floor.”

“Certain aspects here indicate to us that the police investigation is without truth. We have reason to believe the bomb was planted there in the morning. Who brought it here? Without investigating, the police arrested the cleaner, who is easily frightened,” the cardinal said.

Cardinal Ranjith increasingly and harshly criticized the government for its alleged lethargy in investigating the Easter bombings, even going so far as to suggest a conspiracy.

The hand grenade incident came days after he again raised the possibility of a politically motivated attack.

He claimed police made no attempt to uncover the truth behind what happened on Tuesday.

“If so, they would have looked at the footage from the morning. We completely reject this police action and demand a proper investigation,” he said.

“I see it as a conspiracy,” he added. (Colombo/January 14, 2022)

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Financial problems are driving more Thais to suicide https://tac-lawna.org/financial-problems-are-driving-more-thais-to-suicide/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 04:25:00 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/financial-problems-are-driving-more-thais-to-suicide/ According to the Thai Ministry of Mental Health, an increasing number of Thais are at risk of suicide in extreme despair over their financial hardship. According to a new statewide poll that polled nearly 2.6 million Thais in a country of 70 million people, nearly 5.5 percent of respondents said they felt suicidal about their […]]]>

According to the Thai Ministry of Mental Health, an increasing number of Thais are at risk of suicide in extreme despair over their financial hardship.

According to a new statewide poll that polled nearly 2.6 million Thais in a country of 70 million people, nearly 5.5 percent of respondents said they felt suicidal about their situation as the ongoing pandemic weighs on the economy and in particular has harmed low wage earners.

Almost one in ten respondents said they felt very stressed or very depressed about their financial situation, which is an alarming trend according to health experts.

If the survey reflects opinion correctly, around 141,000 respondents are considering committing suicide, although the vast majority of them are unlikely to respond to such impulses.

However, the economic prospects of millions of Thais are unlikely to improve significantly in the short term.

Since March 2020, when large-scale overseas travel was virtually halted due to strict entry regulations, Thailand’s tourism-dependent economy has suffered a blow as millions of people became unemployed.

Experts say inadequate mental health services and a lack of social security provided by the government have helped fuel desperation among Thais

Many tourism-related businesses, from restaurants to nightclubs to hotels, have closed permanently, leading to rising unemployment in the industry.

For millions of disadvantaged, low-educated Thais, the pandemic has been financially ruinous, causing suicide rates to rise.

The nationwide suicide rate rose to 7.37 per 100,000 people last year from 6.64 the year before, including an increase in the rate for people between the ages of 10 and 19, although the actual rate as much, according to the Department of Mental Health is assumed to be higher.

Even before the pandemic, Thailand’s suicide rate was the highest in the region at 14.4 per 100,000, down from 11.2 per 100,000 for Singapore in second place and 8.6 per 100,000 for Laos in third place in 2019, according to the World Health Organization ( WHO). .

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The global average that year was 10.4 per 100,000 based on WHO numbers.

Experts say inadequate mental health services and a lack of government social security have helped fuel desperation among Thais in a country where substance abuse, particularly in the form of cheap methamphetamines, is also endemic, especially among the low-paid.

In the last few months the number of homeless people around Bangkok has increased noticeably. Destitute people, especially men, sleep untidily on the street and beg for money with discarded plastic cups.

Even millions of people who have not become homeless are struggling in economically disadvantaged communities such as inner-city slums.

I can make just enough to survive, but I know a lot of people who haven’t had any real income in months

“It’s been very tough for us,” Suwirat Meeboon, a motorcycle taxi driver who works in central Bangkok and lives in a slum-style neighborhood, told UCA News.

“I can earn just enough to survive, but I know a lot of people who haven’t had any real income for months.”

Thailand reopened its door to foreign tourists late last year, but the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has prompted the government to tighten entry regulations again, keeping many tourism businesses in suspense.

“The longer that [pandemic] goes on, the worse it gets for the poor people, ”Suwirat said.

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Outlook of the Ecclesiastical Accounting Software market to 2026 by application, end-users and geography https://tac-lawna.org/outlook-of-the-ecclesiastical-accounting-software-market-to-2026-by-application-end-users-and-geography/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 16:46:08 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/outlook-of-the-ecclesiastical-accounting-software-market-to-2026-by-application-end-users-and-geography/ The current study too Accounting Software Market for Churches carefully analyzes the functioning of this industry and its development in the period 2020-2025. It explains the key trends, key growth indicators, profitable outlook, restraints, risks and challenges that will shape business dynamics in the years to come. In the further course of the research literature […]]]>

The current study too Accounting Software Market for Churches carefully analyzes the functioning of this industry and its development in the period 2020-2025. It explains the key trends, key growth indicators, profitable outlook, restraints, risks and challenges that will shape business dynamics in the years to come.

In the further course of the research literature carries out a country-specific analysis of the prominent regional contributors in order to uncover the lucrative growth paths for the following years. It then examines in depth the competitive landscape in relation to the top companies as well as new and emerging entrants in that business area. Additionally, the report tracks the latest updates on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on this business area and highlights the revenue prospects after this crisis.

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The most important highlights from the Covid-19 impact analysis:

  • Current status of the coronavirus pandemic on the global economy.
  • Changes in the supply-demand chain.
  • Initial and future impact analysis of the pandemic on market growth.

An overview of the regional analysis:

  • Geographically, the Church Accounting Software Market size is segmented into the following categories: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa and South America.
  • The performance evaluation of the listed regions with their respective annual growth rate during the study period is attached to the report.
  • The total sales and net sales of each region are also recorded.

Other Highlights from the Church Accounting Software Market Report:

  • In terms of product landscape, the Church Accounting Software Market is categorized into: Cloud, SaaS, Web, installed – Windows and Mobile – Android Native.
  • Sales and volume forecasts for each product segment based on the latest industry validated data are included.
  • It cites insights into the annual growth rate and total market share of each product category during the forecast duration.
  • Based on the range of applications, the industry is divided into Large Church, Small Church, Other, Geographic, the detailed analysis of the production and trade of the following countries is covered in Chapters 4.2, 5:, United States, Europe, China, Japan and India.
  • The total market share and the annual growth rate of each application segment over the forecast period are outlined.
  • The top tier players in the church accounting software market are CCIS Church Management Software, PowerChurch Software, Aplos, AxessNetwork, Givelify, ExpensePlus, Openpro, Mintrared, Logos Management Software, ACS Technologies, ChurchPro, Jewel, CahabaCreek Software andFixorTech.
  • The study hosts company profiles with service and product portfolios as well as other important aspects such as industry compensation, product offerings and production facilities.
  • Other important business-related attributes such as gross margins, market share, and price patterns are also documented.
  • Important competitive trends and their effects on companies are taken into account.
  • The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the industry’s supply chain in terms of sales channels and downstream and upstream fundamentals.
  • Finally, the Business Intelligence Report interprets the feasibility of a new project using the SWOT analysis and Porter’s five forces assessment tools.

Table of Contents:

  1. Ecclesiastical Accounting Software Market Research Scope
  2. Ecclesiastical Accounting Software Market Research Methodology
  3. Market forces for church accounting software
  1. Churches Accounting Software Market Size – By Geography
  2. Churches Accounting Software Market – By Trade Statistics
  3. Churches Accounting Software Market – By Type
  4. Churches Accounting Software Market – By Application
  5. Church Accounting Software Market Size in North America
  6. Market analysis for church accounting software in Europe
  7. Accounting Software Market Size Analysis for Asia Pacific Region
  8. Church Accounting Software Market Analysis in the Middle East and Africa
  9. Market analysis for South American church accounting software
  10. Company profiles for the Churches Accounting Software Market
  11. Church Accounting Software Market Forecast – By Region
  12. Market forecast – by type and application

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OPINION: The planning commission’s review on January 19th does not give citizens enough time to review | https://tac-lawna.org/opinion-the-planning-commissions-review-on-january-19th-does-not-give-citizens-enough-time-to-review/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 13:42:43 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/opinion-the-planning-commissions-review-on-january-19th-does-not-give-citizens-enough-time-to-review/ From postal workers Archbishop Desmond Tutu, often called “South Africa’s conscience”, died on Sunday morning in Cape Town of complications from prostate cancer. He was 90. His body will lie in St. George’s Anglican Cathedral and the church bells will ring in his honor for ten minutes at noon for five days. Tutu’s funeral mass […]]]>

From postal workers

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, often called “South Africa’s conscience”, died on Sunday morning in Cape Town of complications from prostate cancer. He was 90.

His body will lie in St. George’s Anglican Cathedral and the church bells will ring in his honor for ten minutes at noon for five days. Tutu’s funeral mass will be held on January 1, 2022.

The first black archbishop of South Africa was a prominent leader in the anti-apartheid movement, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was appointed head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1994 by the late Nelson Mandela. He also gave voice to others on human rights issues, support for LGBTQ rights and the independence of Palestine.

He was also known for supporting women and ordained many for service in the Church.

Tutu was born into a poor family in northwestern South Africa and said of his upbringing that they were not wealthy, but “we were not destitute either”. He excelled in high school and got admission to medical school but couldn’t afford it. He became a teacher and minister in the Church for several years and eventually sought ordination in the clergy in 1960.

He studied theology in Great Britain for a few years and then returned to South Africa to teach in a seminary and at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. As the anti-apartheid movement gained momentum in the 1970s and 1980s, Tutu emerged as a gentle but powerful voice that emphasized nonviolent protest and achieved a status only recognized by Nelson Mandela, the incarcerated president of the African National Congress, was competed.

During a three-month sabbatical in New York City in 1984, Tutu spoke against apartheid at the United Nations. During this time he learned that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

At the award ceremony in Oslo, Sweden, his acceptance speech was typically modest: “This award is intended for mothers who sit at train stations to make a living, selling potatoes, selling pastries, selling products. This award is for you, fathers who sit in a same-sex hostel and are separated from their children 11 months of the year … This award is for you, mothers in the KTC occupation camp, whose accommodations are callously destroyed every day and who sit on wet mattresses hold in winter rain, whimpering babies … This award is for you, the 3.5 million of our people who have been uprooted and disposed of like trash. This award is for you, ”he said.

In 1985 Tutu became Bishop of Johannesburg and was promoted to Archbishop of Cape Town the following year.

After Mandela was released from prison in 1990 and negotiated about the dismantling of apartheid, Tutu brokered the rival black factions.

Mandela, who had met Tutu at a debating session just once decades earlier, appointed Tutu in 1996 as head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that investigated human rights abuses.

Tutu’s political positions did not always meet with public approval. Anti-apartheid organizations resisted Tutu’s intention to investigate their actions as well as the apartheid apparatus.

Tutu saw parallels between South Africa’s apartheid and Israel’s treatment of Palestine: his support for Palestinian rights was criticized by some Jewish groups who accused him of anti-Semitism.

Tutu also supported equality for women and demonstrated this through the ordination of a number of women into the Anglican clergy. He was also an advocate for LGBTQ rights and spoke out in favor of tackling the HIV / AIDS epidemic.

He retired as archbishop in 1996 and was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997, which he battled for the rest of his life. He traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, and the United States, speaking in various locations, and even briefly teaching at a college in the early 2000s.

After returning to South Africa, he retired from public life in 2010.

Tutu leaves behind his 66-year-old wife, Nomalizo Leah Shenxane; Son Trevor Thamsanqa Tutu and daughters Mpho Andrea Tutu, Naomi Nontombi Tutu and Theresa Thandeka Tutu.


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Rector – Episcopal Intelligence Service https://tac-lawna.org/rector-episcopal-intelligence-service/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:31:26 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/rector-episcopal-intelligence-service/ St Luke’s Episcopal Church, an established Christian community in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, is looking for our next Rector to lead us into an exciting and new chapter of life and service together. Our roots go back to 1885 when the first episcopal mission was founded in Fort Myers, this mission was called St. Luke’s. We […]]]>
St Luke’s Episcopal Church, an established Christian community in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, is looking for our next Rector to lead us into an exciting and new chapter of life and service together.

Our roots go back to 1885 when the first episcopal mission was founded in Fort Myers, this mission was called St. Luke’s. We are the oldest church in the Fort Myers area – we’ve shared the good news of God’s redeeming love with our congregation for over 135 years.

Luke is called to glorify God in traditional worship and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ through loving fellowship. Luke serves God through:

  • Live and offer the Anglo-Catholic Faith through traditional worship and Orthodox sermons
  • Prepare all members for service by training disciples
  • To turn to our neighbors in word and deed with the good news of God’s truth and love in Jesus Christ
  • Share the peace of Christ with one another.

We seek a committed priest whose theological and liturgical background enables us to strengthen our liturgical tradition as we grow in faith, worship, and service to God.

Dynamic preaching and teaching skills are required to help us grow spiritually and personally and to share this belief with our family, community, and the world. Part of that growth will be strengthening lay community service to better serve our God and our church. We look forward to welcoming a dedicated and devout priest to our parish family as leader, teacher and friend.

St. Luke’s has a long history of traditional choral music. Today the choir continues this tradition by singing weekly for mass and, if planned, taking part in the concert series. In recent years we have played concerts with chamber orchestras, important works by Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, to name but a few. We offer staff appointments to section leaders from the community, often from local high schools.

One of the best things about living and working in the Greater Fort Myers Area is the warm, sunny climate that colors everything in its path with satisfaction! Fort Myers is located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, just a short drive from the white sandy beaches of Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Sanibel and Captiva Islands on the Gulf of Mexico. Cape Coral, one of the fastest growing cities in Florida, lies on the west side of the river, which is spanned by four bridges. Called “The City of Palms” because of the hundreds of stately Royal Palms that line McGregor Boulevard and dozen of residential streets and neighborhoods, Fort Myers is known for lush tropical vegetation and colorful trees in bloom. A strong economy based on tourism, agriculture, finance, retail, medical, real estate development, and service-oriented industries has much to offer an ever-growing population.

Please visit our website (www.stlukesfortmyers.org) – there you can learn a lot about St. Luke’s Church and our rich life and ministry.


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NoVA apartment forecast: Will 2022 bring another seller’s market? https://tac-lawna.org/nova-apartment-forecast-will-2022-bring-another-sellers-market/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 19:06:17 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/nova-apartment-forecast-will-2022-bring-another-sellers-market/ VIRGINIA – Northern Virginia and Washington, DC home prices will continue to rise in 2022, but at a slower pace than they have been in the last 18 months, according to real estate experts. The DC area economy is expected to continue to perform well – although the COVID-19 pandemic is cause for concern well […]]]>

VIRGINIA – Northern Virginia and Washington, DC home prices will continue to rise in 2022, but at a slower pace than they have been in the last 18 months, according to real estate experts.

The DC area economy is expected to continue to perform well – although the COVID-19 pandemic is cause for concern well into 2022 – supported by built-in competitive advantages such as the well-entrenched technology sector and new spending programs of the Federal government Many employees in the region benefit from this.

Since the pandemic started in March 2020, the Northern Virginia residential real estate market has bucked expectations, according to Ryan McLaughlin, CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.

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“Who would have thought that the housing market would not only survive but thrive amid pandemic conditions that nearly paralyzed the economy,” McLaughlin said during an online briefing with reporters on December 16 to announce the release of the market forecast 2022 of the association.

Amazon’s growing presence at its second headquarters in Arlington will also help keep the region’s economy from slipping into a slump. “The influx of new jobs that Amazon offers and is to come has created a ripple effect that is benefiting the region,” he said.

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As there continue to be more job vacancies than employees in high-wage sectors of the economy, many households will gain the confidence to make major purchases such as homes, according to the 2022 market forecast, published by NVAR in partnership with the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason. was published university.

However, upward pressure on mortgage rates in 2022 could make the market too expensive for some potential buyers. And inflationary pressures in the first half of 2022 could make it even more difficult for many to buy a home in the region, according to the forecast.

Rob Traister, a RE / MAX 100 real estate agent and associate broker licensed in Virginia and Maryland, recalls that when the pandemic broke out in March 2020, some real estate agents assumed the housing market would decline.

“Those of us who stood up for our customers had a good year. I made more than twice as much business in 2020 as in 2019, and I made 30 percent more in 2021 than in 2020,” Traister said in an interview with Patch .

Many people did everything – work, school, leisure – from home, and when their house didn’t meet their needs, they went looking for a new place to stay, Traister said.

Get ready for a competitive 2022

For the buyers he worked with in 2020 and 2021, Traister said he prepared them to lose some deals before signing a home.

“With so much competition, it was almost inevitable. The lenders I work with know quick close is key in this market, so my offers usually emphasize a quick close – 21 days or less – with as few contingencies as possible, ”said. “If we can, I encourage buyers to have pre-listing inspections so that the listing doesn’t require home inspections.”

With demand for housing still outpacing supply, it will remain a sellers’ market in 2022, according to Traister, although prices in the region are unlikely to rise as much or as quickly as they have in the past two years.

“Things will level off a bit in 2022 as inventory catches up with demand, but house prices will still rise about 5.5 percent,” he said. “That assumes that nothing unexpected happens over the course of the next year, and if the last two years have taught us anything, it is to be prepared for the unexpected.”

By considering the largest jurisdiction in the area, it is expected that sales prices for single-family homes in Fairfax County will continue to rise in 2022. according to NVAR forecast.

(Northern Virginia Association of Realtors)

In Arlington County, sales are projected to increase slightly despite a lower inventory of homes for sale than in 2020. And sellers are likely to get their asking price unless the home is way overpriced.

Nationwide, the demand for buyers remains high. There were a total of 12,134 home sales in Virginia as of November, 3.7 percent more than at the same time in 2020.

“The Virginia real estate market remains very resilient,” said Lisa Sturtevant, Virginia Realtors chief economist. “There are some headwinds – including the surge in Omicron cases and the potential for rate hikes – but most of the signs point to continued strong demand in the months ahead.”

The statewide average list price ratio in Virginia in November was 100.6 percent. This means that homes that were sold in Virginia closed at an average price that was 0.6 percent above the asking price. Also, the average market time across the state in November was 26 days, five days faster than last year.

Be ready to jump but avoid bad deals

Finding an affordable home will be a challenge for first-time home buyers in many parts of the country in 2022. Limited homes for sale and rising mortgage rates are driving costs up across the country, according to Realtor.com’s “Housing Market Forecast 2022: A Whirlwind Year.”

“Homeowners ready to sell in 2022 are in a good position,” Realtor.com said in its forecast. “Even as the inventory for sale begins to grow … inexpensive homes in good condition will continue to sell quickly in many markets. And for sellers who have owned their homes for a long time, it will likely mean they will walk away the transaction with a healthy amount of money. “

For the metropolitan area of ​​DC, the number of home sales is expected to increase by 5.6 percent compared to 2021 and realtor.com forecasts that property sales prices will increase by 3.8 percent.

“If you want to buy a house, you have to compete for it,” said Dr. Terry Clower, Professor of Public Order at George Mason University and Director of the GMU Center for Regional Analysis, on the Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria residential real estate markets during the NVAR briefing on December 16. “If you want to sell a house, you get everything you ask for it.”

In 2022, first-time home buyers should look as early as possible to avoid the likely rise in interest rates later in the year, Clower said.

“But be patient too,” he warned. “Don’t get into bad business.”

For sellers, when to market their homes depends on their needs.

Traister said he has clients planning to list their homes right after the holidays. “I expect these homes to sell quickly at above list prices,” he said. “Other customers plan to move in the spring and summer, so we will continue to monitor market conditions and list these homes at a time that is convenient for the sellers.”

“If we’re just talking hypothetical, I wouldn’t hesitate to list them in January,” added Traister. “Interest rates can go up a bit at the beginning of the new year, but even then they are still historically low.”


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“No divine protection for the unwary” – CAN advises the churches to adhere to the COVID protocol https://tac-lawna.org/no-divine-protection-for-the-unwary-can-advises-the-churches-to-adhere-to-the-covid-protocol/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 19:25:00 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/no-divine-protection-for-the-unwary-can-advises-the-churches-to-adhere-to-the-covid-protocol/ Joshua Akinyemiju, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Oyo state, has advised churches to follow the COVID safety protocol during special services scheduled for December 31st and January 1st. Akinyemiju said this on Friday in an interview with NAN in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo. He said security precautions, which include maintaining […]]]>

Joshua Akinyemiju, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Oyo state, has advised churches to follow the COVID safety protocol during special services scheduled for December 31st and January 1st.

Akinyemiju said this on Friday in an interview with NAN in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo.

He said security precautions, which include maintaining 50 percent capacity in worship centers, are still in place.

He also urged church leaders to always remind their congregation of the need to obey the rules and stay safe.

“There is no divine protection for the unwary. It is our individual responsibility to stay alive, ”he said.

Akinyemiju advised Christians to remain in prayer and to rely on God in all their needs.

He also urged Christians to be well informed and actively involved in politics, just as he prayed to God to grant citizens ‘hearts’ desires in the coming year.

For his part, Samson Ajetomobi, Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Oyo, urged Nigerians to see the coming year as an opportunity to better serve God and the nation.

“We should pray more than ever, make more sacrifices to defend the Church, engage in matters that affect our lives, our nation and the world at large,” he said.

“2022 will be a better year. The Lord will save us from all challenges and bring us a peaceful year and a stable economy. “


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The Saratoga company brings “writing materials” to Burundian children https://tac-lawna.org/the-saratoga-company-brings-writing-materials-to-burundian-children/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:20:28 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/the-saratoga-company-brings-writing-materials-to-burundian-children/ SARATOGA SPRINGS – When Ashley Campbell sent Maurice Karenzo, a teacher friend of hers in the Republic of Burundi, stationery for his students, she hadn’t expected what would happen next. The founder of Coral and Blue Paper Co. thought it was just a kind gesture to a friend, but later learned from Karenzo – whom […]]]>

SARATOGA SPRINGS – When Ashley Campbell sent Maurice Karenzo, a teacher friend of hers in the Republic of Burundi, stationery for his students, she hadn’t expected what would happen next.

The founder of Coral and Blue Paper Co. thought it was just a kind gesture to a friend, but later learned from Karenzo – whom she met online through a global faith network – that something “really amazing” had grown out of it.

“The children start to write thank you notes, tell stories in their letters and do handicrafts. And we’ve never had that, ”she said, Karenzo told her.

Karenzo’s students in the east-central African country were impressed by the simple, elementary lined stationery because they are hard to find blank paper and painting supplies. They considered it “novelty,” said Campbell, something they were completely unaware of.

The great gratitude and positive feedback from the students motivated Campbell and Karenzo to band together and do more. They started a mission to bring art supplies and paper to all of Burundi through their company.

Today, a year later, the two friends have supplied Burundi villages with plenty of stationery and accessories, including writing implements, clothing and more. Since the initial assignment, Karenzo has been able to hire four more teachers to help distribute materials to areas far from the school.

Every few months, Campbell collects money on site in the capital region for her counterparts in Burundi to buy groceries in the country.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Campbell’s Church, organized efforts in support of the Burundi Mission.

Church mission team leader Brenda Streed works within the ward to promote and fundraise the global work of Coral and Blue. The Church recently raised approximately $ 1,900 to send for Christmas.

“It’s a small way for us to only help those who are less fortunate,” said Streed.

Campbell first bought and shipped the supplies here in the US, but found it was cheaper and more affordable to buy or print what was needed in Burundi to support the economy. And for whatever reason, the virus hasn’t caused serious supply chain disruptions there as it did domestically, Campbell noted, which has helped keep operations running smoothly.

“It was like something I’ve never seen before. It was beautiful and amazing, ”said Campbell.

Karenzo sends Campbell newsletters with photos and notes on how the students are using the goods received.

Children use the stationery to draw pictures and write thank you letters. Some have used the cards to tell their parents how grateful they are for all they have. Others have used the paper as a therapeutic tool to deal with trauma stemming from a number of wars and instability in the region.

Several have written down stories of their experiences and later read them to one another, which Campbell said helped them cope with it. She remembers a few cases where children wrote about their desire to become doctors and help others who were injured in the war.

Without many formal schools and multiple outdoor classrooms, you can see the kids sit on rocks or lean on the floor to draw and write, she noted.


“They don’t take these things for granted there. You appreciate her very much. You use them well; The teachers go out of their way to make sure the children are well looked after, ”said Campbell.

In his latest letter, Karenzo said the effort reached about 116 families and 812 children, and they were given clothes, shoes and sweets in December.

“The students accepted the deliveries with joy because they are in a critical life of poverty caused by the civil war in this country. They love people who help them because they usually do not expect it,” wrote Karenzo in an email to the Times Union. “Supplies show them that there is someone who thinks and cares for them.”

Campbell acknowledged that there are people who are closer to home and need help everywhere. Although she understands this, she said that the hardship in Burundi “fell into her lap”.

“It feels like the world just isn’t that big,” she said. “I realized how small the world actually is and how much we can influence people in another country with something as small as sending a gift and how easy it is then to help people in other countries.”


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Rev. Barber: “Our deadline is victory” https://tac-lawna.org/rev-barber-our-deadline-is-victory/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 23:15:50 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/rev-barber-our-deadline-is-victory/ In a defiant press rally on Christmas Eve, the Poor People’s Campaign and other progressive leaders vowed to continue fighting for the Build Back Better Act despite opposition from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. “Senator Manchin plays a Caesar or at least a King Herod in today’s Christmas story,” said Pastor Dr. Liz Theoharis, a […]]]>

In a defiant press rally on Christmas Eve, the Poor People’s Campaign and other progressive leaders vowed to continue fighting for the Build Back Better Act despite opposition from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.

“Senator Manchin plays a Caesar or at least a King Herod in today’s Christmas story,” said Pastor Dr. Liz Theoharis, a co-chair of the Campaign of the Poor. “He says there is no place in this democracy for the 140 million poor and low-income Americans, including the 700,000 West Virginians trapped in poverty and low wages under his supervision. He wants to restrict the lives of poor children just so he can keep his power and wealth. Doesn’t that actually sound like Herod on Christmas Eve? “

The Poor People’s Campaign has held numerous rallies and civil disobedience actions in support of the Build Back Better Act over the past year, while recognizing that legislation is only a first step towards a moral economy.

The campaign co-chair, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, looked into the press event on Christmas Eve in a church in Charleston, capital of the state of Manchin. He introduced several local affected people and community leaders who beat up their senator and others who stood in the way of the landmark public investment law.

“We are not short of resources,” said Alexandra Gallo, a community activist from Charleston. “We have a lack of will to fight inequality.”

Barber also introduced two members of Congress, Chairwoman of the Progressive Caucus, Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. And Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Who were instrumental in getting the Build Back Better Act through the House. Jayapal has suffered particularly badly in recent months when she used the power of her faction to prevent her own party’s leadership from holding scheduled votes on the bill until the progressives received certain concessions.

With the support of all Senate Democrats needed to get it passed, Manchin’s recent announcement that it will not vote for the bill is a major blow. But Jayapal, who has a history in the immigration rights movement, remains positive.

“If the things we’re fighting for were easy,” she said at the press event, “we would have got them long ago. And because we’re organizers, we don’t give up. It is in these moments that our strength comes. Our job as progressives is to push the boundaries of what others think is possible. “

Barber, who has been relentlessly critical of Manchin for blocking the law, brought up recent news reports that the senator privately told colleagues that parents would spend the child tax credit money on drugs. “Doesn’t he understand that opioid use is linked to poverty?” He asked.

A year-long extension of this tax credit, which has reduced U.S. child poverty by an estimated 40 percent, is a key piece of legislation, along with other major investments in childcare, home elderly care, public housing, -K, Medicare expansion, to cover dental services, clean energy jobs, and more.

Rep. Lee said she finds a lot of hope in Christmas. “It reminds me that Jesus Christ was born homeless, born in a manger. But it also reminds me that his life was about fighting for the weakest, fighting for justice. “

“Senator Manchin’s comments against Build Back Better have been incredibly disappointing,” she continued. “But we will not give up. Because if we fight, we win. “

The poor people’s campaign plans to unleash a flurry of phone calls to Manchin’s office in early January, and without giving details, Barber hinted that the country would leave the country the day after Jan.st Anniversary of the January 6th “uprising”, the campaign will organize a “resurrection”.

“We would have loved to have Build Back Better and the voting rights earlier this year,” said Barber. “But our deadline is victory.”


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Accessible homes drive up energy costs. Maine volunteers use a simple technique to isolate some of them https://tac-lawna.org/accessible-homes-drive-up-energy-costs-maine-volunteers-use-a-simple-technique-to-isolate-some-of-them/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 19:09:00 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/accessible-homes-drive-up-energy-costs-maine-volunteers-use-a-simple-technique-to-isolate-some-of-them/ In an old church cellar in Norway, Sharon Harrison spans a wide, thin polymer sheet over a rectangular wooden frame. She’s one of a few dozen volunteers at the church – she builds the frames and covers them with shrink wrap and foam. The end result: window inserts that will eventually fit into the draughty […]]]>

In an old church cellar in Norway, Sharon Harrison spans a wide, thin polymer sheet over a rectangular wooden frame. She’s one of a few dozen volunteers at the church – she builds the frames and covers them with shrink wrap and foam.

The end result: window inserts that will eventually fit into the draughty windows of your 1798 home in Waterford. She added some inserts a few years ago.

This story is part of our series, Climate Driven: An In-Depth Of Maine’s Response, One County At A Time.

“And I don’t want to replace the windows. I love the old sauce jar,” Harrison said. “So that was a good alternative to keep our house from getting drafty. It really made a difference.”

A big difference. It’s warmer inside, and Harrison said her fuel bill was down a third.

“The first year we moved into the house we only used so much fuel without these. It was ridiculous,” Harrison said. “And there have been a couple of times I’ve taken one out of the window and you can’t believe the cold difference behind it. It really stopped the drafts.”

Harrison creates these inserts through a program called WindowDressers, where residents of northern New England parishes come together in churches and town halls to glue and package the frames. The Norway event was organized by a local group, the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy. By using volunteers, the prices remain relatively cheap – around $ 40 per deployment. And they are free for low-income households.

But while proponents are touting this low-cost solution as a way to cut bills and carbon dioxide as part of government plans to move away from fossil fuels, they say tackling the old, draughty housing stock in Maine will require a lot more investment over the years voucher .

“We saw that about 96% of the units in Maine were built before the state even passed a statewide building energy code in 2008,” said Jeff Marks, a senior policy advocate and director of the Acadia Center in Maine, an advocacy group for the climate organization.

Marks said that while weathering those hundreds of thousands of older homes is a huge challenge, it can make a significant difference – especially for low-income residents who spend nearly a fifth of their income on energy alone.

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A 2019 report by the Maine Office of the Public Advocate shows the average energy load for low-income households compared to all households in the state.

“Really, electrifying homes with energy-efficient heat pumps is really the next step. And the kinds of investments Maine really needs to increase in the years to come,” he said.

Some consider Maine a pioneer as it was here that some of the earliest weathering programs were created in the 1970s.

In the decades since then, MaineHousing has used federal weather support programs to seal cracks, close drafts, and insulate hundreds of homes each year for low-income residents eligible for heating. More recently, Efficiency Maine has also offered weathering discounts: up to $ 3,500 for each resident and up to $ 9,600 for low-to-middle-income residents.

“That’s a third to 90 percent of the typical project cost,” said Michael Stoddard, executive director of Efficiency Maine. “It makes a big difference. And I think that’s a big one – this financial incentive really helps people take these steps. “

In total, the efforts of the two agencies weathered about 2,000 homes in Maine this year.

But for the state to achieve its climate target of weathering 35,000 houses by 2030, this rate has to almost double.

State officials say they are optimistic about two recent investments in getting there. Earlier this year, the Mills Administration Efficiency Maine allocated $ 25 million in stimulus money, which the agency estimates will weather about 3,500 homes.

And the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed last month included $ 3.5 billion in house weathering nationwide – roughly 10 times the program’s annual budget.

“But we have to keep in mind that these are one-time inflows into the state,” said Jeff Marks of the Acadia Center. He notes that while heightened awareness and funding of weathering is a good step on the part of state officials, he would like more sustainable sources of funding in the long term, such as a heating fuel fee.

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Anna Heath, one of the organizers of a recent WindowDressers event in Norway, is shrinking a window insert made by a team of volunteers.

“So the money that comes from the federal government, as well as the state money and the Efficiency Maine programs, are good. They’re solid, ”said Marks. “But doing everything we have to do to meet our energy goals is nowhere near enough.”

And some proponents said that even with funding, doubling the rate of weathering also requires strengthening the state workforce in a tight labor market, which could be challenging even with new vocational training programs.

Back in the church basement in Norway, Fryeburg’s Jim Gibson glues long strips of foam to the sides of a wooden window insert – it’s one small step Gibson can take to reduce CO2 emissions.

“And it doesn’t seem that our politicians are moving too fast in this area,” Gibson said. “As I said, I feel like I’m trying to make a difference window by window.”


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