Church Fund – TAC Lawna http://tac-lawna.org/ Tue, 31 Aug 2021 23:39:36 +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 Fund – TAC Lawna http://tac-lawna.org/ 32 32 The Inevitability of Change – Riverside Brookfield Landmark https://tac-lawna.org/the-inevitability-of-change-riverside-brookfield-landmark/ https://tac-lawna.org/the-inevitability-of-change-riverside-brookfield-landmark/#respond Tue, 31 Aug 2021 23:39:36 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/the-inevitability-of-change-riverside-brookfield-landmark/ It’s hard to let go of traditions. Especially when it comes to institutions that shape our lives, it can be painful to lose the tangible presence of buildings that have played such an important role in our lives. There is no doubt about that. The reaction to news released last week that the St. Nikola […]]]>

It’s hard to let go of traditions. Especially when it comes to institutions that shape our lives, it can be painful to lose the tangible presence of buildings that have played such an important role in our lives. There is no doubt about that.

The reaction to news released last week that the St. Nikola Serbian Orthodox Church in Brookfield had made a request to buy the St. Barbara’s Church campus a few blocks north has been painful for some.

Since the people in St. Nikola Church had already learned of their parish leadership’s interest in St. Barbara – they started an online petition against it a week before the story was published – most of the concerns seem to have emanated from parishioners in the parish the Holy Guardian Angel, which the St. Barbara Church counts as one of its two places of worship.

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Even as a Christian, I refused to use the state fund to finance the construction of CAN – Obasanjo https://tac-lawna.org/even-as-a-christian-i-refused-to-use-the-state-fund-to-finance-the-construction-of-can-obasanjo/ https://tac-lawna.org/even-as-a-christian-i-refused-to-use-the-state-fund-to-finance-the-construction-of-can-obasanjo/#respond Sat, 28 Aug 2021 01:00:20 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/even-as-a-christian-i-refused-to-use-the-state-fund-to-finance-the-construction-of-can-obasanjo/ Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said Friday that he once refused to use government funds to complete the CAN building in Abuja. Obasanjo spoke during the book launch and Eminence Prelate’s 85th Birthday Sunday Mbang of the Nigerian Methodist Church at the Admiralty Center, Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos State. The former president who set up […]]]>

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said Friday that he once refused to use government funds to complete the CAN building in Abuja.

Obasanjo spoke during the book launch and Eminence Prelate’s 85th Birthday Sunday Mbang of the Nigerian Methodist Church at the Admiralty Center, Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

The former president who set up the program in honor of Mbang called the former president of the Christian Association of Nigeria a lover of Nigeria. The book, a memoir that records the eighty-year-old’s journey, is entitled “My Life and Times”.

Obasanjo, 84, was Nigeria’s President from May 1999 to May 2007. From February 1976 to October 1979 he was also the military head of state.

The former president recalled: “He (Mbang) asked me, in his capacity as the leader of the Christian Association in Nigeria, to bring money to promote the Ecumenical Center, as it was then called, now as the National Christian Center. I said, ‘No, I haven’t; I’m not going to put government money into something like this because if I do it for Christians, I have to do it for Muslims, I have to do it for babalawo (traditionalists), I have to do it for Sango worshipers. No.

“But he insisted. Endurance again. I had no choice but to take on a fundraiser to complete the National Christian Center now, and I did. I brought people together – the rich, the not-so-rich, the poor, the not-so-poor, and we raised money to complete the National Christian Center. I don’t think that this work was ascribed to him because if he hadn’t gone like this, this center might remain unfinished to this day. ”

Obasanjo remembered meeting the cleric before his election in 1999 and saying, “I got out of prison and was pressured to run for the presidential election. At first I resisted and said how many presidents you wanted me to be, but the pressure continued to build.

“Then I gave in. When I gave in, I decided to come over and one of those I visited was the Methodist Church prelate in Nigeria, Sunday Mbang. I’ve never met him before but I made a courtesy call and said, ‘Sir, I came to see you’ but before I was done he said, ‘I won’t vote you and I don’t know what She? come here for ‘. ”

He said the cleric might not have voted him, but he won the election.

“As President of CAN and I, a Christian, he became my boss religiously and I his boss politically, and we inevitably had to work together. Somehow the interest developed. This man who is going to say it is a man to be around so that you can say it for what it is, ”he said.

The ex-president spoke directly to the celebrant and assured the Christian leader that Nigeria’s enemies will not win.

Obasanjo said, “We are here to honor someone we should honor and to learn from him (Mbang) to show that we really love and appreciate him for his service to the Christian community in this country and has done around the world. And to assure him that we will definitely continue to work for the unity, peace, security and progress of this country.

“I know these are things that are important to him. We want to assure you that Nigeria will continue to exist because the cost of Nigeria’s non-existence is much higher than the cost of us to keep Nigeria going.

“There are many people – high and low – who can be called enemies of Nigeria, but they will not win over those who are friends of Nigeria.”

Despite the resounding secessionist movements and many local and international predictions that Nigeria is on the verge of becoming a failed state and will soon disintegrate, Obasanjo said Nigeria will continue to exist no matter what.

The former president stated that the enemies of the West African nation of over 200 million people will not win in their agenda for the dissolution of the country.

He also said the cost of staying together as a nation is cheaper than the cost of dividing Nigeria.

On the program, he recalled how “pressure” was put on him to run for president in 1999 after his release from prison.

Obasanjo said he would continue to work for the peace and progress of a united Nigeria, adding that the “many enemies” who do not want to see the country continue to live together will fail.

The former head of state made the statement at a time when secessionist agitation, fueled by perceived injustice and deteriorating security situation, has increased across the country, particularly in southern Nigeria.

The regime of the President, Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari ret., Is fighting with secession groups, including the banned indigenous peoples of Biafra, led by the imprisoned Nnamdi Kanu; including the separatist group Yoruba Nation under the leadership of Prof. Banji Akintoye and the embattled Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho.

The event was also attended by the governor and chairman of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, as well as dignitaries from all walks of life.

Mbang talked about how he befriended Obasanjo, adding that “since then” we have become brothers, but from different mothers. He thanked the former head of state and other dignitaries who were present for the honor.

Emmanuel thanked Obasanjo and Mbang for sticking together over the years and assuring them that they would remain his fathers.

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Jeanette R. Minge | Backroads messages https://tac-lawna.org/jeanette-r-minge-backroads-messages/ https://tac-lawna.org/jeanette-r-minge-backroads-messages/#respond Wed, 25 Aug 2021 12:47:31 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/jeanette-r-minge-backroads-messages/

Jeanette R. Minge, 69, from Hanover, died on August 19, 2021 in Cambridge Place in Marysville.

She was born on December 13, 1951 in Columbus, Neb., To Cyril and Marie (Hruska) Reznicek. She was baptized into the Christian faith on December 30, 1951 in the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Ulysses, Neb. On January 27, 1974, she completed adult confirmation classes at Trinity Lutheran Church and became a communicative member of the ward.

She graduated from David City High School in David City, Neb.

On June 16, 1973, she married Lawrence Minge.

She worked as a ward secretary at the Community Memorial Hospital in Marysville and as a laboratory technician and X-ray technician at the Hanover Hospital.

Her parents preceded her in death; Brother Joe Reznicek; two little brothers, Donald and Larry Reznicek; Brother-in-law, Don Foster; and two grandchildren, Gaven Lee Behrends and Sawyer Annell Polson.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence; three daughters, Stacy (Russ) Behrends, Hanover, Sarah (Tyler) Page, Lincoln, NE, and Shelly (Jeff) Polson, Beattie; two sisters, Betty Foster, David City, NE, and Patricia (Bernie) Kobza, Omaha, NE; Sister-in-law, Carol Reznicek, Surprise, NE; and eight grandchildren, Avery and Hayden Behrends, Maddox and Tripp Page, and Noah, Isabella, Otto and Dylan Polson.

A memorial service took place on August 24th in the Lutheran Trinity Church north of Hanover. Rev. Rodney Fritz officiated. Music included “I Know My Redeemer Lives”, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “On Eagles Wings”.

The pallbearers were Doug Reznicek, Dave Reznicek, Dan Reznicek, Scot Bauer, Todd Minge, and Doug Minge.

The funeral took place in the church cemetery.

A memorial fund was set up and will be named later. Contributions can be sent to the morgue in Hanover.

Washington County news • August 26, 2021

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St. Meinrad Announces $ 10 Million Campaign to Renovate Buildings and Create New Programs https://tac-lawna.org/st-meinrad-announces-10-million-campaign-to-renovate-buildings-and-create-new-programs/ https://tac-lawna.org/st-meinrad-announces-10-million-campaign-to-renovate-buildings-and-create-new-programs/#respond Tue, 24 Aug 2021 06:43:44 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/st-meinrad-announces-10-million-campaign-to-renovate-buildings-and-create-new-programs/ The Archabbey of St. Meinrad has announced a $ 10 million campaign to renovate two buildings and establish two new programs. The campaign “Forward together: For the life of the Church” was publicly announced on August 22nd at a special event in St. Meinrad. Vice President Development Duane Schaefer said the campaign has already received […]]]>

The Archabbey of St. Meinrad has announced a $ 10 million campaign to renovate two buildings and establish two new programs.

The campaign “Forward together: For the life of the Church” was publicly announced on August 22nd at a special event in St. Meinrad.

Vice President Development Duane Schaefer said the campaign has already received gifts and pledges totaling just over $ 9 million. He commended the Campaign Cabinet and its leadership for their work in initiating the quiet phase of the campaign just before the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic made face-to-face meetings and visits impossible just as the campaign began.

The campaign co-chairs are Mike and Pam Schwenk from Jasper, IN, and Tom and Linda Weintraut from Zionsville, IN. Honorary Coordinators are Carl and Mary Kay Wolford from New Albany, IN, and Beeb and Bonnie Graham from Washington, IN.

New programs

The campaign will finance renovations to the Archabbey Library and St. Anselm Hall, as well as two new initiatives. The first is the Youth and Youth Evangelization Center. The centre’s mission will be to attract young men and women of the Catholic Church to opportunities to grow in discipleship at all levels.

Second, building on its tradition of excellence in singing and other sacred music, Saint Meinrad will expand its current offering to create an institute for sacred music.

Center for youth and youth evangelism

The Center for the Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults will focus on excellence in the formation of youth and young adults.

Throughout its history, Saint Meinrad has focused much of his work on building the Church, first through his basic priesthood formation and later through developing programs for lay ministers and permanent deacons.

Since the early 1990s, Saint Meinrad has also focused on high school youth with its “One Bread, One Mug” program for liturgical leadership. Over the past 25 years, more than 7,000 youth and their adult leaders have benefited from the program.

In 2017, Saint Meinrad then implemented its Young Adult Initiative, funded by The Lilly Endowment, which works directly with parishes and researches the needs of young adults in the Catholic Church.

The centre’s new plans include:

  • A youth welfare office course with a residential component as well as online courses.
  • A program called At the Table that brings young people (ages 21 to 40) from congregations across the United States to Saint Meinrad to speak with bishops and priests about problems young adults face in today’s church .
  • A certificate program for further education through the St. Meinrad parish internship program for people in youth welfare. The program will also help dioceses support and retain pastors for youth and young adults.
  • The House Church Center, which provides resources to parishes and dioceses to strengthen the religious and spiritual practices of families within the house, especially among young people.
  • The Saint Meinrad Hispanic Youth Program, an opportunity for Spanish-speaking youth and youth ministers to develop resources for continuous faith development.

The center for youth and youth evangelism will be housed in the St. Anselmhalle.

Institute for Church Music

The Institute for Church Music will encompass many aspects of church music – research, theory, performance, and composition. Building on the reputation of Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, and his expertise and productive compositions in English singing, as well as the workshops currently offered in this area, the institute’s programs will appeal to a wide audience.

The following are planned for the institute:

  • Offers courses and workshops on the history, theory and theology of church music.
  • Facilitate research among singing scholars.
  • Expanding the accessibility of the song by publishing a newsletter or blog, disseminating the work through social and other media, and creating an open access platform.
  • Develop relationships with local youth choir leaders, parishes, and youth and youth groups to promote the appreciation of liturgical music among younger audiences.
  • Offers sacred music study tours in the United States and abroad.
  • Develop resources for use by campus ministries and other groups to gather in parishes and homes for Vespers and Completion prayer services.
  • Promote singing and other sacred music through live performances and recordings to improve access to these experiences.

The Institute for Church Music will be located in the Archabbey Library.

Building renovations

The renovation work is scheduled to begin next May. For the Archabbey Library, the work includes updating the electrical systems and elevator controls. In addition, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be modernized and energy-efficient lighting will be installed. Work is underway on the roof to fix leaks and the outside is being repainted.

The campaign will fund these improvements to St. Anselm Hall: a new water pipe, an improved HVAC system, new electrical panels, energy efficient lighting, improved elevator controls and an improved fire extinguishing system.

To learn more about the campaign and to make a gift, visit www.saintmeinrad.edu/campaign.

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Ebonyi indigenous people reject the transfer of the Uburu University to the Catholic Church by Gov Umahi https://tac-lawna.org/ebonyi-indigenous-people-reject-the-transfer-of-the-uburu-university-to-the-catholic-church-by-gov-umahi/ https://tac-lawna.org/ebonyi-indigenous-people-reject-the-transfer-of-the-uburu-university-to-the-catholic-church-by-gov-umahi/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 15:00:13 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/ebonyi-indigenous-people-reject-the-transfer-of-the-uburu-university-to-the-catholic-church-by-gov-umahi/ The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) frowned at the donation of the King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu by the Ebonyi State government to the Catholic Church. AESID President Amb Paschal Oluchukwu described the gesture by Governor Dave Umahi as a Greek gift in a statement over the weekend. Checks revealed […]]]>

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) frowned at the donation of the King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu by the Ebonyi State government to the Catholic Church.

AESID President Amb Paschal Oluchukwu described the gesture by Governor Dave Umahi as a Greek gift in a statement over the weekend.

Checks revealed that during the episcopal ordination and the installation of Rt. Reverend Peter Nworie Chukwu as 3rd Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki, Governor of Ebonyi State, announced last Thursday that the King David University of Medical Sciences Uburu was handed over to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference .

However, the Ebonyi Indigenes Forum in Abuja raised concerns that the state governor’s statements could lead to hostility between the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, which claimed ownership of the new university, and the Catholic Church.

Ambassador Oluchukwu said in the statement that Governor Umahi’s statement “is able to condemn the Mother Church not only against her sister Presbyterian Church, which has challenged the forcible takeover of said property in court, but also the provisions of our existing laws continue to negate, create ”. Chaos and confusion and deepen the hostility between the Christian faith, even if we still see Ebonyi as a secular state that is only dominated by the Christian religion. “

According to AESID, no law allows a governor to build such a massive building with millions of public funds and hand it over to a people of a particular faith in a multi-religious society.

“Aside from the serious violations of the law, characterized by the failure to pass a law allowing the donation of the institution in question, which was built with public funds, Governor Umahi has shown through this statement that he is just a desperate trader trying to cover up. his supposedly dirty tracks by seeking the favor of the largest and most populous Catholic Church.

“No one, we repeat, no church or organization on this matter should therefore accept compromised business dealings by a governor like Umahi. Because we are sure that his motives for this particular offer are as subtle as most of his dealings with Ebonyi people in his last six years on the saddle as Ebonyi governor. “

“We are aware that Umahi had sent a letter to the State House of Assembly asking for the takeover and purchase of the oldest hospital that had been due diligence or investigation from a missionary, Dr the Head of Information and Public Relations Presbyterian Church, Rt Rev Nnoke Ibe, in a detailed press release accused the state governor of forcibly taking over the hospital for which he was still paying rents to the family and the village on which it is located on the land on which it is located.

“Released in July 2020, the Umahi-led government claimed, without counterclaim, that ‘the Church is also aware that government power over significant domains gives authority to take land it needs for public purposes; but this power is constitutionally made dependent on procedures that guarantee the rights, privileges and claims of the occupiers and owners. “

While the statement condemned the governor’s actions, it also criticized the recent increase in school fees from N1 to N3M as annual school fees for the institution after its courses were approved by the National University Commission.

“Then where and how can the Catholic community finance, maintain and sustain such an academic institution that could become a monumental waste if not properly funded?

“If Umahi really loves and wants academic excellence, why did he propose the above monumental fee system in a poor state like ours? Why has he also completely neglected the public education sector in Ebonyi without receiving adequate subsidies for the existing state primary, secondary and especially tertiary institutions of the state?

“Finally, AESID joins the rest of the sane Ebonyians to kindly decline the offer and focus on fulfilling their spiritual and religious goals for the Church as we wish the newly ordained bishop a prosperous episcopal rule full of wisdom, the affairs of the Church to regulate mother church. “

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Budding writers wanted for church workshop https://tac-lawna.org/budding-writers-wanted-for-church-workshop/ https://tac-lawna.org/budding-writers-wanted-for-church-workshop/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 08:22:28 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/budding-writers-wanted-for-church-workshop/ Join Matthew Tett at All Saints’ Church in Westbury for the final session of their Saints Alive! Creative workshop program. It will take place on Tuesday, August 24th, from 1pm to 4pm. All that is required is a desire to write – no matter how experienced you are or have never written before – this […]]]>

Join Matthew Tett at All Saints’ Church in Westbury for the final session of their Saints Alive! Creative workshop program.

It will take place on Tuesday, August 24th, from 1pm to 4pm.

All that is required is a desire to write – no matter how experienced you are or have never written before – this session is for everyone and all materials are provided.

Beth Thomas, Churchwarden, said, “We were delighted to have over 30 people this summer who have been inspired, met and welcomed by the beautiful building.

“We are happy about the response and will see how we can continue the workshops in the future.”

The first two half day ceramics and art workshops were a huge success and people said, “It was a really nice day, everyone was very friendly”.

“Great experience, including a coffee break with cake! Met new people. I enjoyed the day to the full. I noticed things in church that I hadn’t seen before. ”

“It was awesome, but would have loved to stay longer! This is of great benefit to our church. ”

The saints live! Workshops aim to share the beautiful church building with the Westbury community and beyond and are supported by a Community Area Scholarship from Wiltshire Council.

The All Saints Church is now open to visitors every day. If you haven’t been there in a long time, why not stop by and rediscover it?

Recently installed informational banners were funded by a Cultural Recovery Fund grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department of Digital, Culture, Music and Sport to support Westbury’s visitor economy.

These explain important parts of the church building and help visitors learn more.

Places for the creative writing workshop are limited and booking on Eventbrite or www.whtministry.org.uk is essential.

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From startup funding to supporting nonprofits, local knowledge is key https://tac-lawna.org/from-startup-funding-to-supporting-nonprofits-local-knowledge-is-key/ https://tac-lawna.org/from-startup-funding-to-supporting-nonprofits-local-knowledge-is-key/#respond Tue, 10 Aug 2021 19:20:26 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/from-startup-funding-to-supporting-nonprofits-local-knowledge-is-key/ When the time comes to set up a startup or a nonprofit, the first thing the founder needs to do is secure funding. While donors and investors can play an important role in this, founders often need a bank loan – and this can be a challenge, especially when starting a small local business. Large […]]]>

When the time comes to set up a startup or a nonprofit, the first thing the founder needs to do is secure funding. While donors and investors can play an important role in this, founders often need a bank loan – and this can be a challenge, especially when starting a small local business.

Large banks often struggle to offer flexible credit options, and this is where community banks can fill the void in more than one way. Community bankers, along with other local decision-makers, have one crucial factor in the success of a local business: first-hand knowledge of the community, its socio-cultural climate and its current needs.

Build links

A loan alone is not enough to start a successful business or nonprofit organization. John Hill, SVP and Director of Community & Business Banking at 1st Security Bank, sees his role as a “link” within the community, connecting clients to opportunities such as alternative non-bank lenders and microfinance options when needed. For example, Hill says there are nonprofits out there that specialize in helping startups or small businesses set up, so he matches clients with the nonprofits that are the best fit.

The connections don’t stop there. Hill also refers startups and nonprofits to other local businesses who can provide assistance in several areas necessary to get started successfully. For example, these companies often need to work with the local U.S. Small Business Administration, and it is also best to work with local insurance companies, local accountants (CPAs), and local legal advisors who are experienced in setting up businesses. By leveraging these local resources, founders have the advantage of working with a team that has a clear understanding of the community and its needs. You can get to work right away instead of trying to keep your team updated on what’s going on in the community.

“As a community banker, you can offer all of these connections to help this startup or small business make sure they are starting the business the right way,” says Hill.

As part of the community, someone like Hill knows resources that others don’t. “One example in Seattle is Ventures,” he says. “They have a business setup loan program of up to $ 35,000 to support startups and small businesses.” He also cites the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund as an agency that supports businesses in their local community. “They are not banks, so their lending is not the same risk as we look at it,” explains Hill. He adds that there are also local grants and government-sponsored options like the Linked Deposit Loan Program through the Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises. “There are a lot of options,” he says, and locals like Hill who helped found the startup or a nonprofit have extensive knowledge of these resources because they live and work in the area where the company is founded .


Common goals for the community

Marc Cote is Executive Director of Parkview Services, a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cote, who works with 1st Security Bank, says it’s critical to work with people who understand and support what the nonprofit is trying to achieve. And with the massive changes in the Seattle area housing market over the past decade, it’s critical to have locals who have seen this firsthand.

“We live in these communities and we invest in these communities,” Hill says. “We live our core values ​​and try to reconcile these core values ​​with the companies and non-profit organizations we work with.”

For example, Hill works as a volunteer on a local committee that supports inclusive housing solutions and offers advice on home ownership. This correspondence in core values, along with Hill’s knowledge of inclusive living and the connections he has made through his volunteer work, is an asset when providing advice and assistance to Parkview Services.


solve problems

Effective problem solving skills are critical to running a successful business. Cote says Parkview got into a rough patch a decade ago and didn’t develop many homes between 2009 and 2012. One of his goals was to create more living space for the population that the non-profit organization supplies due to the large (and rapidly increasing) demand.

“The board suggested we wait for public funding to develop, but it was a very slow process,” explains Cote. “So I finally got permission from the board of directors to take out loans to buy.” Under this new model, Parkview can purchase land and then apply for public funding after some preliminary development. “By buying the property in advance, I can now accommodate the population immediately, although I will have to go through rehab if I get the public funding,” explains Cote.

The first house Parkview bought after this new model was in 2018 and was created through community connections. “A church has reached us. They were already home to people with developmental disabilities, but they weren’t interested in keeping this house, ”says Cote. “But they wanted to sell it to an organization that works to provide shelter for people with disabilities, so they sold it to me for $ 250,000 below market value.”

The assistance of a local lender helped Cote and his team identify the challenges, sift through possible solutions, and find the one that best suited the local conditions.

at 1. Safety bench, we know your money is more than a number. It is the path to a better life, business, and community. We call your neighborhood home and we strive to make it a better place.

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In Moscow, Idaho, conservative “Christian Reconstructionists” thrive amid evangelical unrest https://tac-lawna.org/in-moscow-idaho-conservative-christian-reconstructionists-thrive-amid-evangelical-unrest/ https://tac-lawna.org/in-moscow-idaho-conservative-christian-reconstructionists-thrive-amid-evangelical-unrest/#respond Mon, 09 Aug 2021 13:13:34 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/in-moscow-idaho-conservative-christian-reconstructionists-thrive-amid-evangelical-unrest/ Eds: This story was provided by The Conversation for AP customers. The Associated Press is not responsible for the content. (THE CONVERSATION) Evangelical groups in the US have been facing dwindling numbers for years. And a chaotic cultural battle over the direction of movement could serve to drive more defectors. But while some of the […]]]>

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(THE CONVERSATION) Evangelical groups in the US have been facing dwindling numbers for years. And a chaotic cultural battle over the direction of movement could serve to drive more defectors.

But while some of the largest Protestant denominations in America, like the Southern Baptists, continue to bleed members, a small group of conservative evangelicals seem to be bucking the trend – despite only numbering around 1,300.

For the past 30 years, believers from all over the United States and beyond have gathered in Moscow, a city in northern Idaho of about 25,000 people. Here, as part of the Christ Church congregation, they stood up against the cultures of American modernism. Guided by a controversial social theory called “Christian Reconstruction,” which says that biblical law should apply in today’s environment, they look to the Bible to understand how they think American institutions should be reformed. Followers believe that abortion rights and same-sex marriages, along with other evidence of what they would view as moral decline, will eventually be overturned. Their goal is simple – converting Muscovites to their way of thinking as the first step in converting the world.

That hope may seem unrealistic. But as a scholar who described the rise of the movement in my book, Survival and Resistance in Evangelical America, I know that these believers have already taken steps toward that goal.

Growing influence


In Moscow, the congregation has founded churches, a classical Christian school, a college for the humanities, a music conservatory, a publishing house and what it takes to become a media empire. With books published by major specialist and academic media and a talk show on Amazon Prime, the community sets the agenda for a theologically powerful and politically reactionary evangelical revival.

These believers are led by the conservative pastor Douglas Wilson, whose views on gender, marriage, and many other issues are controversial among even the most conservative of Christians. Wilson has fought against the influence of atheism to feminism for over 30 years.

In doing so, he has attracted considerable critical attention – not least from the late journalist and prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, with whom he debated in a series of conversations that were later written in a book about whether Christianity is good for the world.

The community that Wilson leads in Moscow is still small. Numbers on the growth of the Christ Church are hard to come by, but my research and discussions with members of the ward suggests that it is expanding. What is clear is that in just over three decades, Christ Church has grown from a little-known congregation to one that has garnered media attention and the attention of high-ranking politicians.

The community has established a K-12 school that is a member of an association of hundreds of classic Christian schools heavily influenced by Wilson’s educational beliefs. As proof of the group’s political reach, Republican Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska was one of the speakers at the association’s annual meeting in 2019.

As I note in my book, the community’s Liberal Arts College sends students on doctoral programs in various disciplines at the Ivy League and leading European universities – it is not an isolated educational world. His small and close-knit group of authors has worked with publishers such as Random House and Oxford University Press.

And then there’s the talk show on Amazon Prime.

This talk show “Man Rampant” gives a clue as to why this community is growing in influence despite the evangelical decline. Wilson, as the host, uses the platform to present the ideas on which his vision of Christian renewal is based – and develops an agenda explicitly based on the Bible on the revival of traditional masculinity.

As the title suggests, “Man Rampant” promotes an extremely muscular Christianity. Forget Jesus as benevolent, meek, and mild; the first episode condemned the “sin of empathy”. Empathy, says Wilson, “is not a good thing”.

The “Man Rampant” agenda is reinforced on Wilson’s website, which relies on the creative people of the Moscow community to turn his arguments into powerful visual metaphors, and where, while rejecting racism, he argues that “it really is in Order is to be white ”. . “

Go Local to Convert America

In America’s crowded religious marketplace, Wilson’s message is clear.

One of Wilson’s major influences is the late RJ Rushdoony, an Armenian-American Presbyterian theologian who was driven by protecting Protestants in the United States from the genocide his parents escaped. Frustrated by the foreignness of many American Christian denominations, whose adherents he feared, preaching more about heaven than about earth, and their complacency in what he believed to be a hostile liberal culture, Rushdoony set out to develop biblical principles for the organization of society .

The Ten Commandments are no longer an artifact in the history of morality, argued Rushdoony. Rather, they are to be understood as the basic principles for governing the modern state. “You shall not steal” ruled out the possibility of inflation, which Rushdoony described as devalued financial assets and was therefore a form of theft. And “You shall not have any other gods except me” excluded any possibility of religious pluralism.

Rushdoony promoted these ideals in titles such as the 1973 Institutes of Biblical Law – a 1,000-page account of the Ten Commandments that advocated both the abolition of the prison system and a massive expansion of the death penalty.

Christians are only safe in American society if it is shaped by its religious values, he argued. But the Christian America that he awaited would not be secured by revolution or any form of political change from above – only by transforming individual life, families, cities and states.

This strategy of promoting faith at the local level explains why Christian reconstructionists like those led by Wilson prefer to concentrate their energies in small towns. The Reconstructionists in Moscow believe that if they can ensure significant demographic change, either by converting existing residents or by encouraging others to move to the area, they can have a much greater cultural impact.

Avoid the existential crisis

The stated goal of Wilson’s congregation is to make Moscow a Christian city; Currently, according to a 2019 report, only about a third of Muscovites describe themselves as “religious”.

But it is Wilson’s stance on public health action during the pandemic that has most recently brought him and his church back to the attention of political leaders. Throughout the pandemic, he has argued that the mask requirement reveals the government’s hypocrisy. In September 2020, Wilson led his congregation in the illegal hymns singing outside City Hall that resulted in the arrest of several church members – footage of which was retweeted by President Trump, who pointed out that the Moscow congregation’s arrests were symbolic of what would happen to evangelicals when the Democrats take control. “THAT’S WANT TO CLOSE YOUR CHURCHES PERMANENTLY,” tweeted the former president in capital letters.

Yet Wilson’s congregation is growing despite the former president’s fears. As major denominations like the Southern Baptists split in the debate over critical racial theory, Wilson’s Church shows how some congregations could respond – and potentially thrive – to the existential crisis of evangelicalism.

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Briefs – Portland Press Herald https://tac-lawna.org/briefs-portland-press-herald/ https://tac-lawna.org/briefs-portland-press-herald/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 20:23:25 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/briefs-portland-press-herald/ BIDDEFORDReopening of the daily program for adults with limited membershipSouthern Maine Agency on Aging’s Sam L. Cohen Adult Day program will resume operations at 30 Barra Road Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a limited membership capacity from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.The program serves members from communities across southern Maine to provide a home away […]]]>

BIDDEFORD
Reopening of the daily program for adults with limited membership
Southern Maine Agency on Aging’s Sam L. Cohen Adult Day program will resume operations at 30 Barra Road Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a limited membership capacity from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The program serves members from communities across southern Maine to provide a home away from home for people with memory disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. The program incorporates the latest therapeutic approaches in person-centered care, provides members with a safe environment while promoting socialization, cognitive and physical activity, and maximum independence.
To protect the health of its members, their families, and employees, SMAA’s safety protocols and procedures follow the latest COVID-19-related guidelines from the Maine CDC.
“The reopening of the adult daily program is important not only for its members, but also for their caregivers,” said Marilyn Durgin, the program coordinator. “The socialization that members receive through the program will mitigate the effects of social isolation many have experienced over the past few months while caregivers get a little break, return to their normal routines, and know they can are. “to keep loved ones at home longer.”
To learn more, visit www.smaaa.org/adultdaycenters or contact Marilyn Durgin at [email protected]

SACO
Box that accepts donations from mobility devices
A large collection box for crutches, canes and wheelchairs has been set up in the lobby of Most Holy Trinity Church at 271 Main Street. This is all part of the Good Shepherd Parish’s support for “Crutches 4 Africa”, an organization that collects ships and distributes the mobility devices in more than 20 African countries.
“Once our boxes are full, we can call Saco Rotary and empty them so that new donations can be put in,” said Bonnie Buechs, social justice chairperson for the Good Shepherd Congregation, which includes Most Holy Trinity Church.
This year’s collection runs until the end of September.
Mobility aid donations can be made in the lobby of the Holy Trinity Church in Saco. For more information, call the Good Shepherd Parish at 282-3321.

SCARBOROUGH
Life jackets can be borrowed until October 11th
The Scarborough Kiwanis Club announced the installation of a life jacket station near the public boat launch at Ferry Beach in Scarborough.
Life jackets in sizes for toddlers, children and adults can be borrowed from now until October 11th.
Ron Forest & Sons Fence Co. and Portland Yacht Services sponsored the station, which was developed by club members Ava Adams and Ron Forest.
For more information on Scarborough Kiwanis, contact the club at [email protected] or visit the club’s website at www.scarboroughkiwanis.org.

PORTLAND
Kiwanis, Staples collecting school supplies
Portland-based Kiwanis is partnering with Falmouth and South Portland’s Staples Connect for a “Fill the Bus” event on Saturday to collect school supplies and deliver to the neediest children in schools and their teachers.
Supplies are also collected from Hannaford stores on West Falmouth and Forest Avenue on certain days and off-hours.
The school supplies ‘Fill the Bus’ campaign encourages donors buying their own supplies to purchase a few extra items and leave them with volunteers in front of the shops. Staples Connect offers school supplies boxes for $ 5. Each box contains 19 items necessary to help students start the school year.
All boxes donated during the week will be forwarded to the Portland Kiwanis. Donations of money are also welcome. A van drives to each of the participating Staples Connect and Hannaford locations during the week and is parked from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, visit www.Portlandkiwanis.com or contact Bob Pineau, President of Kiwanis at [email protected]

NORDBERWICK
Buchermobil receives $ 3,000 grant
The Tri-Town Bookmobile was selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association initiative that helps library workers better serve their rural and small communities.
The competition winners received a $ 3,000 scholarship. The Tri-Town Bookmobile has chosen to offer a “One Book One Community” program to work with community members to build rapport and resilience.
As part of the scholarship, TTB employees took part in an online conversation management course. Staff then hosted an online conversation about the book “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” with school-age members of the community to share ideas, build empathy, empathize, and build resilience. Additional talks were held in person while the TTB was stopped in the community.
Students who participated in the online conversation can build on what they discussed in the Tri-Town Bookmobile – One Book One Community program by sharing their thoughts with classmates, teachers, family, and the community .
Visit sites.google.com/msad60.org/tritownbookmobile for more information.

SOUTH PORTLAND
Rotary club donates US $ 60,000 to SMCC in scholarships
The Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth donated $ 60,000 to the Southern Maine Community College Foundation to fund annual scholarships for SMCC students.
The club wrote a check to the SMCC Foundation on July 30th for the establishment of the Rotary Professional Scholarship Fund South Portland-Cape Elizabeth. The goal is to award at least two scholarships of $ 1,500 per year.
The club has provided scholarships to SMCC students for many years, but wanted to formalize its relationship with the college by creating a foundation that would fund scholarships on an ongoing basis. These scholarships are designed to help students achieve their educational goals, enable the club to support education at community colleges, and improve relationships with the SMCC.

ROCKPORT
Deadline for photo competition extended
Maine Media Workshops + College has extended the deadline for accepting new submissions for the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture 2021 to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
A US $ 20,000 award is presented annually to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in photographic portraiture. In addition to the winner, the jury each year selects three finalists who are invited to an exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography. The award is funded by the Arnold & Augusta Newman Foundation and administered by Maine Media Workshops + College. The Griffin Museum of Photography hosts the annual exhibition of the winning and three finalists’ work every October.
Photographers interested in submitting work should visit www.mainemedia.edu/ANP for more information.
There is a fee of $ 55 per entry.

MILBRIDGE
Wyman’s Announces Bee Wild Mobile August Schedule
All events include free Just Fruit Cups, freebies and prizes.
Earlier this year, Wyman’s launched its new Bee Wild Mobile, an experiential marketing tool that travels across the state to help the world eat more fruit. The Maine-based company announced that the Bee Wild Mobile will perform this month in the following locations:

Aug 12 – Thompsons Point Sunset Series, 4-8pm Thompsons Point, Portland
August 14 – Fifth Annual Gray Blueberry Festival, 9:30 am-11:30am, Henry Pennell Municipal Complex, Gray, and 1:00 pm-4:00pm at the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Program, LLBean Campus, Freeport.
Aug 21 – Maine Bicentennial Parade, 10 am-12pm Lewiston City Hall and 4-6pm at the American Legion BBQ Fundraiser, 25 Industrial Park Drive, Boothbay
August 22nd – Sea of ​​Blue Culinary School, 11 am-1pm Stonewall Kitchen, York
August 27 – Wild Blueberry Day at Union Fair, 9 am-2pm, Fairgrounds Lane, Union.
For the full Bee Wild Mobile event schedule, visit Wymans.com/events.

MACHIAS
Bank Announces Recipients of $ 50,000 in Funding
Machias Savings Bank has granted over $ 50,000 in community development grants to 14 organizations across the state.
Action program of the district of Aroostook; Adopt-A-Block of Aroostook, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor, Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Downeast Community Partners, and The Opportunity Alliance each received $ 5,000.
Apex Youth Connection received $ 2,666 in funding.
And the City of Danforth, the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, the Locker Project, New Ventures Maine, UMA / UMS, MaineStream Finance, Boots2Roots, and the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project each received $ 2,500 to support projects that create or create jobs communities within the country are revitalizing the bank’s service arm and helping provide affordable housing or other programs to support individuals and families with low to middle incomes.

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Uranium cleansing could benefit New Mexico and tribes https://tac-lawna.org/uranium-cleansing-could-benefit-new-mexico-and-tribes/ https://tac-lawna.org/uranium-cleansing-could-benefit-new-mexico-and-tribes/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 14:07:18 +0000 https://tac-lawna.org/uranium-cleansing-could-benefit-new-mexico-and-tribes/ SANTA FE, NM (AP) – For Democratic State MP Wonda Johnson, Church Rock’s catastrophic uranium leak in 1979 is deeply personal. She remembers standing on a porch with her grandmother as a small child watching radioactive waste flow down the Rio Puerco from a broken mill pond. The heavy pollution would kill their horses and […]]]>

SANTA FE, NM (AP) – For Democratic State MP Wonda Johnson, Church Rock’s catastrophic uranium leak in 1979 is deeply personal.

She remembers standing on a porch with her grandmother as a small child watching radioactive waste flow down the Rio Puerco from a broken mill pond.

The heavy pollution would kill their horses and cattle and poison the soil in their cornfield – one of the largest in the area – so it would no longer be able to grow anything, Johnson said.

“My grandma was standing on the porch wiping her tears with her apron,” Johnson told two legislative bodies on Wednesday. “And she said, ‘What am I going to leave my grandchildren now? What livelihood will we have? ‘ ”


The Church Rock eruption is just part of the huge waste uranium left by the Indian Country mining industry, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. Now, some tribal advocates, state officials, and lawmakers believe that disposing of the waste would not only eliminate an environmental and health hazard, but also create well-paying jobs in the affected communities.

A report on the economic benefits of creating an industry to control uranium mining waste was presented to the State Committee on Indian Affairs and the Task Force on Rural Economic Opportunities at a hearing on Wednesday.

Jobs created by waste disposal would help replace jobs that have been lost due to changes in the global energy market, including lower demand for uranium, the report said.

McKinley, San Juan and Cibola counties – all with high indigenous populations – are among the hardest hit, with unemployment rates all above the state average, it said.

The University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research produced the report.

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