Black clergy encouraged to reclaim Jesus and his movement

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At the Conference, I heard a message that calls the entire church to revitalization.All people of good will, go to the place of conflict. Do what Jesus would do… Share the Good News in our life and in the world! Witness with gladness and singleness of heart. Be a conflict manager in Jesus’ Name. November 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm I think it’s a wonderful idea, but it seems to suggest that churches without black clergy are not involved. Please, can we make this churchwide? The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector Martinsville, VA [Episcopal News Service – Houston, Texas] Black clergy from across the Episcopal Church and parts of the Anglican Communion are spending more than four days here exploring how to reclaim the Episcopal Church’s membership in the Jesus Movement.The International Black Clergy Conference, titled “The Jesus Movement: Embracing Our Call,” is doing so through plenary presentations, including a Nov. 16 keynote address by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; indaba-style conversations and affinity group meetings.In his keynote address, titled “The Jesus Movement: Embracing the Call,” Curry repeatedly told participants that the Jesus Movement is not a “Michael Curry concoction” that will have a limited shelf life.“It is a solemn call to reclaim our deepest origins – the deepest roots of who we are – and to thereby know how to be oriented in a time of profound disorientation,” he said. “We’re taking the long perspective and we’re going deep.”The Jesus Movement, Curry said, is about evangelism and reconciliation, and more.“It’s the work of redeeming this creation. It’s the work of helping justice to roll down like a mighty stream,” he said. “This Jesus Movement – following the word of Jesus – will set this world free; set us all free. I didn’t make that up; it’s in the Bible. And, for the Episcopal Church to reclaim that is to reclaim who we are. That, my friends, is a game changer.”But, he said, the basic technique of the movement is simple and he is living proof. “I’m here because somebody showed me Jesus,” Curry said, telling the story of how he came to understand Jesus anew during college when a friend’s overdose caused him to recall how his grandmother faith had sustained her through grief and loss.The Rev. Benjamin Twinamaani, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, a 23-year-old parish in Tampa, Florida, would agree about being shown Jesus. He met Jesus through a Christian group of high school students in his native Uganda.Twinamaani, whose name means “together we have strength,” said in an interview with Episcopal News Service that in Uganda “evangelism is a given” and it is mainly lay-led. The role of clergy is that of trainer. “You equip the people and they go out and do it,” he said.At Grace, lay people who work within their own demographic segment of the community but who look outside of their group, as well, lead evangelism. For instance, the Episcopal Church Women group decided on its own to start feeding homeless people in the neighborhood. “I didn’t tell them to,” he said.In fact, Twinamaani said, clergy can get in the way sometimes and be a bottleneck. The Episcopal Church is a very clerical institution, he said, but “I have seen the other side where lay people drive the church and it’s much more vibrant.”For many years Ugandan Anglicans equipped their evangelists with materials created by the Episcopal Church during the 1990s Decade of Evangelism. Twinamaani still uses some of the concepts he learned from those materials and he thinks the Episcopal Church ought to revive their use.Twinamaani said people also have to realize that, as Curry told the conference, working for the Jesus Movement means being in it for the long haul and not expecting things to change overnight. He cited other efforts such as Cursillo that work slowly but last long.And, for the Rev. Lewis Powell, a deacon in the Diocese of Northern California, getting ready for the long haul is about building relationships because, he said, that is how the Jesus Movement must begin. “You have to enter into a relationship in order to serve someone,” he told ENS in an interview.The Rev. Lewis Powell, a deacon in the Diocese of Northern California, reads the gospel Nov. 16 during the International Black Clergy Conference’s opening Eucharist at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston, Texas. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServicePowell said he thinks of his diaconal ministry as being the person who fills in the potholes along the path that runs back and forth between the church and the world, “trying to make life smoother” and fostering relationships along the way.“Once that relationship has been established, we can move on to fill another pothole together,” said Powell, who serves as the indigenous ministries missioner for Northern California.During his visits with the water protectors on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Powell said he learned that people must be in relationship with the past and the future, as well as to be in peaceful relationships with people in the present.The rest of the conferenceThe conference runs Nov. 16-19 at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston,The Nov. 17 session, whose theme is “The Jesus Movement: Embracing the Word, will center on the New Visions movement models of ministry for congregational renewal and vitality, clergy/lay mutual ministry and clergy leadership. The Nov. 18 sessions focused on “The Jesus Movement: Beyond conversations on race, violence, repentance and reconciliation.”During that evening’s banquet the church’s black bishops will be honored. Those present will be given 11×17 framed copies of a newly revised black bishops poster, and an accompanying book. Those items will be mailed to bishops not in Houston. The conference will also pay tribute to the ministry the Rev. Angela Ifill, who retires this month as Episcopal Church missioner for the office of black ministries, a position she has held since 2000.Curry praised Ifill’s work during his Nov. 16 keynote address, saying that she has served “faithfully, nobly and well.”On Nov. 19, participants will finalize and share their action plans for going forward. The conference plans to issue a statement to the wider church.In addition to priests and deacons from across the Episcopal Church, conference participants came from elsewhere in the Anglican Communion, including the Province of the West Indies and the Church of England, as well as Sudanese clergy.A pre-conference gathering on Nov. 15 included meetings of affinity groups such as seminarians, clergy ordained five years or less; deacons; retired clergy; diocesan leadership staff; New Visions teams; and clergy serving in multicultural and/or white congregations.Previous ENS coverage of the conference is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Coding and creativity

first_imgIt seems that these days everyone knows at least a little about computers, from the 3-year-old who can confidently maneuver through his parents’ iPad to the 93-year-old grandmother who has a presence on Facebook. We are constant consumers of media. We are — whether we like it or not — surrounded by computational media.But what about creating media? Most of us don’t have nearly as much experience creating it as we do consuming it. So are we selling ourselves short? The late Steve Jobs of Apple was known for, among other things, saying, “Everybody in the country should learn how to program a computer … because it teaches you how to think.”Harvard’s Karen Brennan couldn’t agree more. “I believe that learning how to code — learning how to program a computer — essentially how to create, should be for all kids and not just for some kids,” said the assistant professor of education at the Graduate School of Education.Brennan recently spoke to a gathering of nearly 50 at the Harvard Allston Education Portal as part of its Faculty Speaker Series, which aims to bring Harvard faculty members to the community to discuss topics that are timely and interesting, and to provide exposure to things that are relevant and visual.Brennan is one of the developers of Scratch, a free online computer programming language that allows users to create stories, games, and animations. She, together with her colleagues, developed the program while working on her Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab.Scratch is a powerful, integrative, and collaborative way of learning. Created in 2007, it has more than 4.3 million users worldwide, mainly between the ages of 8 and 18. It is translated into more than 60 different languages and houses more than 6.7 million projects.Scratch lets children not only create, but share ideas, passions, and learning. Some users make tutorial projects for each other. Others work together, oftentimes cross-country, to create their own “production companies,” sharing their work with other users.At the Ed Portal talk, nearly a dozen kids were scattered among the audience. Their parents, some of whom are currently learning Scratch as part of the Ed Portal’s Mentoring Program, said they attended because they wanted to be able to understand and support their children’s growing excitement and interest in programming.“I really like the freedom of actually being able to do what you want, when you want, and I like being able to share what I create with other kids who use Scratch as well,” said 10-year-old Cora Cloherty of Brighton.“This is learning in a very different way,” said Brennan. “Kids were used to being told how to think, how to memorize. This allows them to be in control. It takes some time, but once kids have a little taste of being creative, many of them don’t want to look back.”Another benefit is the growing diversity of those involved.Girls Who Code, a group that provides computer science education and exposure to young women, recently found that just 0.3 percent of high school girls select computer science as a college major. Scratch hopes to help bump up those numbers. And according to Brennan, it’s heading in the right direction. Approximately 40 percent of Scratch users today are female.“This is not about wanting everyone to become a computer scientist,” said Brennan. “Just like the ability to read, it’s about computational fluency for everyone and the ability to think and create.”last_img read more

Q&A with Gophers beat writer Jack Satzinger of Minnesota Daily

first_imgSyracuse (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) faces Minnesota (8-4, 4-4 Big 10) in the Texas Bowl at 6 p.m. in Reliant Stadium on Friday night. The Daily Orange spoke with Jack Satzinger, a Minnesota football beat writer from the Minnesota Daily, about the game.The Daily Orange: What can you tell us about the Minnesota offense? What kind of stuff do they like to run?Jack Satzinger: Definitely it’s run-heavy. David Cobb’s the catalyst for the running game and the offense as a whole taking off this season. They like to run a lot of jets, particularly with Donovahn Jones, who’s a true freshman wide receiver. He actually was recruited as a quarterback, and can kind of be used in the wildcat or the read option, because he’s really athletic. He’s been playing a lot in the slot, and he’s now moved out wide after Derrick Engel, who is the team’s leading receiver, tore his ACL about a month ago. They’ll likely put out Drew Wolitarsky and Jones at wide receiver. They’re both true freshman. I’m guessing you’ll see a much-improved passing attack since they’ve had a full month to practice.The D.O.: What about the quarterback situation? J.S.: It’s definitely mostly (Philip) Nelson. (Mitch) Leidner got a lot of playing time earlier on in the year because Nelson had a lingering hamstring issue. Now it seems like the strategy with the coaching staff is they like to run the read option a lot, and they want bigger quarterbacks that can take a beating a little bit. Minnesota’s head coach used to be at Northern Illinois and he recruited Jordan Lynch, and that was kind of the blueprint for what he’s trying to do at Minnesota. Basically they have two quarterbacks. Nelson’s the starter, but he wants another guy with the same skill set, because if you’re running a lot you’re obviously going to get hurt a lot, too. Nelson will play 90 percent of the snaps, if not all of them. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: Do you think Minnesota’s disappointed in the draw and the fact that it’s playing Syracuse? Do you think the team wanted a more challenging opponent?J.S.: I would definitely say that they were hoping for better. I think that they probably thought that they deserved a little more. Brock Vereen – who’s a senior statesman on the team and the younger brother of Patriots’ running back Shane Vereen – said about an hour after they found out they were going to the Texas Bowl that they were really looking to blow Syracuse out so that they can show the committee that they were wrong and that this team is a team to be reckoned with going forward. They weren’t particularly outspoken about it, but Vereen definitely touched on that a bit. The D.O.: With that in mind, how do you think they’ve kept the mindset of preparing for it like they would any other game? J.S.: They’ve pretty much embraced the role of underdog the whole year. Last year they had the word underdog painted on their compression shirts that they wore under their jerseys. They’ll always say that they want to be the underdog and surprise teams a little bit. I would guess they’re focusing on Syracuse like they’re Michigan State, and that they’re just going up against another really talented team. I don’t think that the focus is really a problem. The D.O.: It’s their best year since 2003. How do you think that’s happened? J.S.: I think they’ve really learned how to play within themselves. They don’t make mistakes and rarely turn the ball over. They hardly ever have any penalties. They just play a simple, tough-nosed brand of football, where, obviously their defense is very tough; it’s incredibly deep as well. They had a lot of injuries early on in the year, particularly in the secondary, but they haven’t really missed a beat there. On offense the passing attack hasn’t really been very prolific, but when you have an offensive line where you didn’t graduate anyone the previous year they’re not going to make mistakes. It’s going to be much easier to establish a running game as well. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 26, 2013 at 11:36 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

How sweet it is: No. 6 Wisconsin volleyball team advances to third-straight Sweet 16

first_imgOn the second night of back-to-back matches to open up the NCAA Tournament, No. 6 Wisconsin (26-6) blew by Iowa State (19-11) in what should be their last “easy” match of the post season.After a hard fought Round One win over Oregon, the Badgers returned to the Field House Friday night and swept the visiting Cyclones to continue their 14-match winning streak.The Badgers used a balanced attack that caused problems for the Iowa State defense and saw five different players tally seven or more kills. Freshman Tionna Williams led the team with nine kills, with only one attack error, and outside hitters Kelli Bates and Romana Kriskova had eight kills a piece.Williams noted that the electric atmosphere inside the Field House propelled her to play harder throughout the match.“The last two matches have been insane,” Williams said. “The intensity in the gym and coming from our crowd and the team itself has been crazy. Just being able to play for this school in this kind of environment is a blessing every time we step out into the court. We make the most of it every single time.”Wisconsin also had a solid night defensively as five different players recorded blocks and senior Taylor Morey led both teams with 17 digs.Morey, Wisconsin’s lone senior, spoke about the emotion she had in playing her last home match.“Honestly our crowd is amazing,” Morey said. “The last two nights it has been roaring in there. It’s almost like when we come out into the NCAA tournament it’s a new time. It’s postseason, we amp up our energy and our crowd came with us. It’s awesome to be on a team where we step on the court and our crowd is 100 percent behind us.”After finishing the weekend winning six of seven sets, Wisconsin advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season.Head coach Kelly Sheffield was able to reflect on how this team compares to his other Badger squads heading into the second weekend of the tournament.“I think all three teams when we’ve gotten to post season have been playing their best volleyball this [time of the] season,” Sheffield said. “I think that’s something they’ve all got in coming. They’ve all taken their own separate paths to get to this point, but I think that we got a team that emblazoned themselves, that’s approaching practices the right way … I think it’s going to take an effort, somebody playing well to beat us and that’s where you want to be. ”Wisconsin must now leave the friendly confines of the Field House and travel to Austin, Texas, for its Sweet 16 matchup against No. 11 Florida.last_img read more