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Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska July 11, 2012 at 12:06 am Alleluia! Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH July 11, 2012 at 12:06 am I am so grateful for this marvelous church. God is truly at work among his people. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Marilyn Lorenzen says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Liturgy & Music, CJ Ford says: Press Release Service July 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm Thanks Be To God! Amen. CJ Ford says: July 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm Well, 43 1/2 yrs ago I was at Stonewall in Greenwich Village before the raid. So, I’m older than “gay liberation,” as it was once called. Even though single, i am nurtured and renewed by this decision, because it supports my relationship to the church as I continue my life journey. July 11, 2012 at 2:36 am Frank Bergen,I am unsure that you can say this is an example of a sensus fidelium. The conservative voice in TEC has been reduced over the years. In s similar manner, other churches have grown more conservative, losing their progressive members. How can you say there is a sensus fidelium if a church has narrowed? Frank Bergen says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing July 11, 2012 at 8:35 am Alleluia and amen. I just wish my partner of 37 years had lived long enough to see this happen. I’ve been an Episcopalian for almost 50 years, and I never thought I would see this. Lawrence Elliott says: Michael N Isham says: July 11, 2012 at 12:38 am This is one of the many reasons I love the Episcopal Church. How could we have come to such a place without the love and guidance of God and the Holy Spirit? This act of love ought not lead to a house divided.LawrenceSt. Paul’s Memorial Episcopal ChurchCharlottesville, Virginia Blessing rite authorized for provisional use from First Advent Liturgy still ‘work in progress,’ convention calls for continued comment Timothy J. Mannion says: Edgar Wallace says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Vic Mansfield says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest July 12, 2012 at 2:31 am When are you guys going to get it? It’s not about sex….it’s about love…get your mind out of the gutter. July 11, 2012 at 10:38 am Whilst matriculated at Bob Jones University in the late 1960s, I heard sincere Christians preach with equal conviction to Ms. Lyons Gunn’s opinion that mixed marriages and racial integration were also, to quote Ms. Lyons Gunn, “an abomination in the eye’s of God”. And they had the scriptures at hand to prove it! And I believe that the university has since repented of those claims! As fallible human beings supposedly in awe of our Creator, shouldn’t we be mighty careful of “seeing” through the eyes of the Almighty? July 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm To correct the historical record, Rome did not fall when it was a pagan empire tolerant of certain homosexual conduct. It fell after Christianity became the preferred religion. Its fall had more to do with getting over-extended and poor government. And, of course, the Eastern part of the empire survived to the fifteenth century.As for the Bible, the application of its teaching in the specific should not do violence to over-arching principles, and these principles should be applied with the fullness of knowledge and experience the Church has available to it in the twenty first century. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET General Convention 2012, Rector Collierville, TN Michael N Isham says: Jesse Murray says: Comments (64) Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Joann Prinzivalli says: July 11, 2012 at 11:25 am The theology of marriage as it relates to same-sex couples can be based on the marriage found in 1 Sam 18:3 between David and King Saul’s son Jonathan, in which the two made a covenant and knot themselves together as “one soul.” (Later in the chapter, when David also marries King Saul’s daughter Michal, David becomes Saul’s son in law a second time (and go to the Septuagint and not the Vulgate for that, please, or perhaps to Darby or ASV, as opposed to Douay or KJV). There are other references in 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel 1, particularly the meeting in the field.John Boswell uncovered early Church (pre-14th Century) blessings of same-sex unions, the formula for which was derived from the 1 Sam 18:3 marriage, in his work, Same Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe.From a secular POV, marriage should be marriage, and on a gender-neutral basis, fully equal for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. But if one is approaching the idea of marriage equality from a scripture-and-tradition viewpoint, one can find and recognize a separate sacramental blessing for same-sex unions based on the couple becoming “one soul” in much the same way that opposite-sex unions are blessing the couple becoming “one flesh.” The scriptural and tradition references are there — all one has to do is stop ignoring and suppressing them. Gregg Conroy says: July 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm “What would be an appropriate response to that Scripture passage?”I thought that the theological essay preceding the blessing rite (available in the blue book, linked in the article above) did a masterful job of concisely summing up arguments for interpreting Romans and a couple of other particularly challenging Biblical passages in a more positive and less literal light; there’s also footnotes to several theological works that explore the issues in detail. It still probably won’t work in argument (it hasn’t with any of my more conservative family members, and the reaction of David Shepherd to your question mocks, albeit in a fashion that shows a great deal of misunderstanding of the arguments involved, some of these interpretations), but I’ve always found confidence in knowing that there’s a lot of very well considered theology on our side. Br. Mark D’Alessio, SSF says: John Sandeman says: Submit a Press Release Ian McCutcheon says: July 11, 2012 at 6:52 am Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Amen! Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC July 11, 2012 at 7:36 am I notice that the title of the liturgy does not mention same-gender couples. Can this liturgy be used for a marriage ceremony of opposite-gender couples? Can it be used to bless “lifelong covenants” of opposite-gender couples? I’m not trolling here — I’m asking an honest question as a naive layperson. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET July 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm i truly understand the difficulty many have with this move and with the acceptance of LGBT folk. I fought it for 40 years. It became slow-motion suicide of the soul.I would guess that many would not understand when I say that coming out has been (and continues to be) the deepest, most profound Spiritual experience of my life. I never expected that. What I feared may have been the end to my life in the Church has become a new beginning.I would suggest that the Bible IS very clear about sexual exploitation, and abuse. It would seem that many heterosexual folk assume that the lives of homosexual folk revolve around sexual activity. Is that the center and anchor the end-all and be-all for heterosexuality?This is not a “lifestyle.” Martha Stewart does “lifestyles.” This is our lives, and our life.It is not just about lust, but about love.The more faithful, committed LGBT Christians you get to know, the more you will see that God shines through. Please take a look. July 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm Traditional marriage in the bible also has polygamy, concubines, forced marriage between rapists and their victims, prisoner of war wives (similar to Achilles’ Briseis in the Iliad), and forced stoning of brides found to not be virgins. Not to mention that it was perfectly acceptable to beat your wife or sell you daughter into slavery. But I guess you’d prefer to skip those and instead condemn two people in long-term, loving, monogamous relationships that just so happen to be of the same sex.On another note I’m very proud of the Episcopal Church for standing up for what is right while the rest of the christian community is so full of hate. Things like this are the only reasons I am still affiliated with any church. Richard Rhoads says: July 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm This comment is meant as merely food for thought.You stated that David Thurlow said this is a departure from traditional doctrine and theology and was in fact a “new theology”. If Jesus established the church, and from Deuteronomy to Revelation, scripture warns against adding or subtracting from its teachings, is the introduction of “new theology” also an introduction of a new church and a break from Christ’s one holy and catholic church. Couldn’t this be seen as church-wide apostacy? Sandy Poole says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ July 11, 2012 at 11:12 am In having conversations with other Christians (especially those who disagree with ‘practicing homosexuality’, as they label it), they often quote Romans 1:18-27.What would be an appropriate response to that Scripture passage? I would like to be better informed the next time the topic comes up.Thanks Human Sexuality, Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI July 11, 2012 at 11:23 am While I rejoice upon hearing this news, I am also saddened by the knowledge that this will not happen in my diocese. Sort of a moot point for some of us. Michael N Isham says: July 11, 2012 at 8:26 am Au contraire, it will hopefully lead to more open-minded, loving and respectful congregations in our church. McClure Brower says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ July 11, 2012 at 11:18 am Oh, that’s an easy one to answer for Mr. RB Clay: although you may not agree with the stands taken by the Episcopal Church in applying our beliefs, we nonetheless believe first and foremost in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the head of the church catholic. The Unitarian Universalists (note the capitalization of respect) do not believe this! But alas, Mr. Clay, I thought that the word “gospel” meant GOOD NEWS? Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Eric Rodriguez says: July 11, 2012 at 12:13 am I love God and how the Lord continues to surprise me…. Thank you Jesus:) Joann Prinzivalli says: Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ken Richards says: RB Clay says: July 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm In Romans 1, Paul was referencing the practices of the religious competition in the Rome of the 1st century A.D. – At the time, there were mystery religions, and religions that involved “Bacchic” rituals – drinking wine to excess and participation in sacramental orgiastic behavior.To Paul, with his background as a Pharisee, this was certainly scandalous, and the fact that men and women in their “religious” drunken revelry/worship were acting against the natures they were given by God, was something Paul saw as evidence that God was punishing them.The key to the scriptural exegesis here is that these people were acting against their natures – It would be as sinful for a gay person to engage in opposite-sex sex, as it would be for a straight person to engage in same-sex sex (of course, then there are those bisexual folks, whom we would expect from a Christian moral POV to keep themselves within a monogamy, of one or the other type).It’s not that difficult to understand – Nature is not monolithic, we are not each identical paper dolls in our God-given natures – and to place such a man-made limitation on God was surely not Paul’s intention. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET July 11, 2012 at 10:20 am I am currently taking the classes to be confirmed and my husband will be baptized in the Episcopal Church in October. My husband and I have been on a long search to find our church home. We feel the glow of the Spirit in this church. Jesus Christ was all about unconditional love, loving your neighbor as yourself, and embracing with open arms the “outsiders” of our society. I feel the love of Christ within the Episcopal Church and feel that the convention’s decision was one of compassion, love, and inclusion. Alleluia! Joann Prinzivalli says: July 11, 2012 at 11:42 am RB Clay:There is a huge difference between U/U and ECUSA, and between both and the United Way.ECUSA represents a form of mainline Protestantism, even if the division between the Anglican Communion and the RCC occurred over a particular marriage, and the dominion of the papacy, rather than the more radical “reforms” of Luther, Calvin, et al.U/U did involve a merger between two somewhat different sects that grew out of the spiritual revival of the 19th Century among Congregationalists, who had already had a rather stripped-down kind of Christianity. One kind of Unitarian thinking can be illustrated by Thomas Jefferson, who famously clipped out the miracles and Resurrection from his set of Gospels, and came up with a kind of “Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” book that kept the Good News and lost all the added barnacles. (Of course, these days, U/U doesn’t have a theology, but rather involves a covenant among people with many disparate faith backgrounds and formulae).While I can conceive of folks from ECUSA finding common cause with U/Us (and the United Way, for that matter) on all sorts of social justice issues, a suggested merger wouldn’t really work. I’d find it more interesting to find U/U exploring a convergence with Universal Sufism . . .Perhaps as we become more civilized, we will be able to evolve the various mythos in which we find our spiritual homes to keep up with the progress of civilization. One can see the evolution of God in the OT from the pre-monotheistic Elohim, through the angry tribal god of the Hebrew tribes to the majestic and inspirational God found in Isaiah. Our conception of the Unknowable is reflective of our own selves – it’s more likely that we create our Image of God in our own image, and the reflection we see tells more about our inner selves than we might are to admit. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Same-Sex Blessings Rector Albany, NY July 11, 2012 at 1:44 am So sad…..how can a church condone of a lifestyle that is an abomination in the eyes of God? The lifestyle is negatively talked about in the Bible more than once. By condoning such lifestyle is furthering it. Why is the church not taking a stand against it? Feel this will lead to membership loss in a once great church.A cradle Episcopalian who loves her church! July 11, 2012 at 9:16 am How can so many clergy who all took vows hat they believe the Bible to be the Word of God, vote for same gender blessings? There is so much in the Bible that defines traditional marriage and speaks against the gay life style!And – Was the Catechism changed? And the reference to traditional marriage in the Articles of Religion can’t be changed. Todd Parker says: July 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm John, I’m not sure. I think perhaps we need to consider a community gathered together in a common effort to live as followers of Jesus. From time to time fairly fundamental issues arise that are disputed among them. In some instances the community agrees that their divergent viewpoints are not reason for them to part company, to dissolve the relationship. They agree to disagree within a shared life together. In others, the issue comes to seem too important to be left unresolved. That determination of need for a resolution can make it infeasible, even perhaps impossible, for the community to continue undivided. Perhaps the sensus fidelium is at play on both sides. Or perhaps, and we do shy away from saying it, one side is more in tune with the Holy Spirit than the other. Only for myself, for I can speak for no other, I read the Spirit in the lives of my sisters and brothers more clearly than in the Book. And I’m convinced that the direction our little part of the body of Christ is moving is Spirit-led, and the sensus fidelium within our faith community is that we’re all God’s children, meant to accept one another just as God made each of us in unconditional love. And if I’ve misused the term sensus fidelium, I still stick by that last sentence. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls By Sharon SheridanPosted Jul 10, 2012 July 11, 2012 at 10:40 am I wish TEC would be honest and conduct some sort of joint merger with the unitarian universalist faith and the United Way. What need exists for the Christian gospel when there is no bad news, when no sin exists, and everyone stands right before a holy God? An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET July 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm Thank you for the question! There are many who would take advantage of this option. I am not trolling either. July 11, 2012 at 1:09 am Well done, good and faithful servants. July 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm Then perhaps Ms. Gunn should abide by Paulo’s admonition of women keeping silence in the church…. Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 July 11, 2012 at 8:57 am When a church comes together and decides on love and generosity rather than a clinging to the past and the pursuit of a perceived “safe path”, how could one be but proud? When our priests and bishops, in their wisdom, take the road less travelled in order to make real the inclusiveness of the church, when others would rather exclude, a sense of hope swells up within me. And when our fellow congregants have difficulty embracing this new path, I understand their difficulty in facing change. For thousands of years, our homosexual brothers and sisters have faced hatred and the condemnation of the church and society. Their lives have been torn apart. Today, we courageously turn our back on that. Thank God for the Episcopal Church. July 11, 2012 at 8:25 am Jesus would say: “Love one another as I have loved you.” He would not throw stones about as you apparently think he might. I’d like to know what Bible you have a copy of that puts such words in Jesus’ mouth. He is, was, and always will be “all about the love,” in all it’s many forms. July 11, 2012 at 1:18 am So sad to see my church headed this way, but it is a sign of the time in a changing world. From what I see from the Bible, this lifestyle is an abomination unto God. Perhaps we should look at Rome and their lifestyles. Eventually Rome fell. Surely we should be aware where we are in life…..what would Jesus say? This may cause a falling away from our great historic church. July 11, 2012 at 10:28 am It is ironic that Ms. Lyons Gunn used the example of the downfall of the ancient Roman state when chastising the actions of our church. Me thinks Ms. Lyon Gunn is confusing Rev. Pat Robertson’s diatribes on the anticipated downfall of the United States with the pan-national struggles of the Christian Church. For the record, we are not members of a nation-state on this matter but, for better or worse, fellow members of the Body of Christ. And while some erstwhile members of that body have for many centuries been willing to burn dissenters at the stake in the name of Christ, one can hope that all of our current debates are expressed through loving hearts! Tad Richard says: Jeannie Lyons Gunn says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Jerry Thompson says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs July 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm ‘What would be an appropriate response to that Scripture passage? I would like to be better informed the next time the topic comes up.’Er…Episcopalians don’t let the Scripture stand in the way of what they are determined to do.Oh, the other one is ‘Paul wasn’t talking about faithful monogamous same-sex because that would put us in enmity with God.Er…Homosexuality, as it is understood today never existed in biblical times. Although, in the same breath, we can trawl out David and Johnathan to prove it did exist (without clear evidence).Look, just say that any attempt to challenge homosexuality on biblical grounds is homophobic. You might even get an injunction. Anything to silence the condemnation of the apostolic record. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Lauren Smith, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Tallahassee FL says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Karen T. Morgan says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY General Convention, July 11, 2012 at 11:02 am With all due respect, you “gay life style” and “gay agenda” types crack me up. Fr. Waverly-Shank, would that I could allow you in as a casual observer of my daily life as a committed partner in a gay relationship: our “gay lifestyle” would bore the hell out of you! For the record, I do believe that the field is ripe for the evangelism of countess thousands of heart-broken gays and lesbians who have taken on unhealthy habits that include alcoholism, drug abuse, serial sexual partners, and suicide, not because they have been accepted by the church, BUT BECAUSE THEY WERE REJECTED! Might I also add that the “gay lifestyle” seems to apply to millions of straight people in our nation also? Dear Fr. Waverly-Shank, if you would care to leave the security of your office, I would be most honored to accompany you to the streets and bars of Philadelphia on a mission trip to win the souls of those lost without the Good News. I believe that this approach was sanctioned by our Lord Jesus, was it not? Any interest? I await your reply! Comments navigation Newer comments James Vickers says: Frank Bergen says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Joann Prinzivalli says: July 11, 2012 at 9:14 am So, now that a “a service of blessing for same-sex couples who are in lifelong, faithful monogamous, committed relationships” has been approved, where is the service for opposite-sex couples who are in lifelong, faithful monogamous, committed relationship but who are not married and don’t want to be, for whatever reason? How about that senior couple who live together but do not marry because of the financial impact on SS payments, pension plan survivor benefits, etc., etc., etc.? What about my heterosexual couple friends who have been together for over sixteen years, have a child but aren’t married? What if they want their union blessed but still don’t want to marry? Now we’re “discriminating” against them.What would Jesus say? Maybe “Hate the sin but love the sinner.” Loving all people DOES NOT mean loving what they DO. When rearing our children and they DID something we disapproved of we always tried to make the point that we loved THEM but were punishing them for their BEHAVIOR. July 11, 2012 at 6:55 am This action by Convention renews my faith in our Church. I had been holding my breath. All the positive comments above are spot on. Theological understandings have evolved across the centuries in other areas, and so it must be in sexuality and love. I was widowed after 28 years of happy and faithful love. We wanted to marry. In our hearts, we were. But we wanted to share it with friends, family, church,and say our vows to each other. Thank God that will now be possible for others. Maybe even for me. Comments navigation Newer comments Matthew Phillips says: Tags Michael N Isham says: July 16, 2012 at 12:57 am A) Boswell’s scholarship is questioned by both historians and theologians.B). Even IF Boswell’s premises and deductions are true and accurate, it alters nothing in terms of Truth. You don’t have to dig very deep at all in Christian history to find such things as Arianism, Donatism, Jansenism, etc., but theses things have been rejected by the Church Catholic as being error. Even if Boswell “recovered” evidence of such rites, well, the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church has always and will always declare their inherent falseness. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Timothy J. Mannion says: Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Jeannie Lyons Gunn says: David Shepherd says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL July 11, 2012 at 1:15 am South Carolina’s Very Reverend David Thurlow stated: “This resolution marks a clear and significant departure — theological, doctrinal and in worship — from the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this church has received them,” he said. It introduces a “new theology of human sexuality.” And isn’t it about time for a new theology of human sexuality? Hasn’t the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church of Christ outgrown the uninspired and uninspiring theology of human sexuality that so many of us grew up with and have been affected, perhaps even infected by, unless and until the shackles have been smashed by the grace of God? We Anglicans, and perhaps Episcopalians foremost among members of the Communion, do our theology in ways that are sometimes messy, we may reverse the logical order in tackling issues, but we seem often to get to the heart of the matter. We have taken on the blessing of same sex unions without first rewriting our theology of human sexuality, but we’ve accepted a new understanding of sexuality in saying that God’s grace and the church’s blessing are available to couples in lifelong, faithful monogamous, committed relationships. And all the people say Amen! Good Anglican, good Catholic but not always good Roman John Henry Newman would point to today’s ratification of growing consensus in church and society as an excellent example of the sensus fidelium alive and well in Christ’s church. Rector Belleville, IL July 11, 2012 at 11:53 am In having conversations with other Christians (especially those who disagree with ‘practicing homosexuality’, as they label it), they often quote Romans 1:18-27.What would be an appropriate response to that Scripture passage? I would like to be better informed the next time the topic comes up.Thanks Bob Darling says: Father Mike Waverly-Shank says: July 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm John Kirk,Thank you for pointing out that there may be some who have raised issues with Boswell’s scholarship, and that there have been numerous variants in theological understandings.When it comes to the “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic” Church and its interpretation of Truth, I have read and been critical of a speech made by then Archbishop (now Cardinal) Dolan as he was about to take over the Catholic New York Archdiocese, in which he referred to “The Unchanging Church.” Truth within that milieu, over the past two millennia, has been malleable. Examples include the RCC’s teachings on abortion and slavery. Those who claim the Whole Truth find themselves bereft if there is even a single Error – it’s a dangerous position to take. However, I am mindful of the RCC tenet regarding the “binding and loosing” power as passing from Peter to his successors. It is not entirely inconceivable that in a few hundred years, even the RCC might change. I am actually surprised that the RCC has continued to expand the availability of annulments rather than re-interpreting the doctrine on divorce – from a contextual POV, it is entirely possible that Jesus’ disapproval was aimed at the practice by which a husband could unilaterally declare a divorce (“let no man set aside” could well be interpreted as a reference to the husband, and not all men – I doubt that Jesus intended to put the power of divorce in the hands of women, whether the wives in question or a judicial panel composed of women, though *that* would be an interesting outcome). My point is that Truth may well be misunderstood, or that the understanding of Truth may evolve – this is not “moral relativism” by any means – it’s not arbitrary. John Kirk says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Deputies line up to testify about authorizing a rite of same-gender blessing for provisional use July 10 while the Very Rev. David Thurlow, deputy from South Carolina, gives a minority report from convention’s Committee on Prayer Book, Liturgy and Church Music. The committee’s majority recommended adoption of the rite’s enabling resolution. ENS photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service — Indianapolis] Same-gender couples soon can have their lifelong relationships blessed using a rite approved by General Convention July 10.In a vote by orders, the House of Deputies concurred with the House of Bishops to pass Resolution A049, which authorizes provisional use of the rite “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant” starting Dec. 2 (the first Sunday of Advent). Clergy will need the permission of their bishop under the terms of the resolution.The motion in the House of Deputies carried by 78 percent in the clergy order, with the clergy in 85 deputations voting yes, 22 no and four divided; and 76 percent in the lay order, with laity in 86 deputations voting yes, 19 no and five divided. The bishops had approved the resolution on July 9 with a roll call vote of 111 to 41 with three abstentions.The resolution also calls on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music “to conduct a review process over the next triennium, making clear that this is a work in progress,” the Rev. Ruth Meyers, deputy of the Diocese of Chicago, said in introducing the legislation to the deputies. She chaired the convention Prayer Book, Liturgy and Church Music Committee’s subcommittee on blessings and the SCLM.The resolution directs the SCLM to include “diverse theological perspectives in the further development of the theological resource” and to invite responses from throughout the church as well as from the Anglican Communion and the church’s ecumenical partners.The resolution states that, under existing canons, clergy can decline to preside at a blessing liturgy and says that no one “should be coerced or penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities” for objecting to or supporting the 77th General Convention’s action on blessings.The Rev. Ruth Meyers, Chicago deputy, and Diocese of Vermont Bishop Thomas Ely congratulate each other July 10 after the House of Deputies supported Resolution A049 to authorize a rite of same-gender blessing for provisional use. Meyers and Ely were chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, which proposed the rite to convention. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergThe liturgy “is a service of blessing for same-sex couples who are in lifelong, faithful monogamous, committed relationships,” Meyers said in a press briefing after the deputies adjourned. “With that service comes a whole package of resources.”The resources include a theological essay, guidance on canon law, materials to prepare couples for a blessing service and teaching materials inviting all in the church “into some conversation and theological reflection, whether or not they expect their congregations will at any time be prepared to host such services of blessing,” she said.The package currently can be found beginning on page 184 in the Blue Book. (The convention made some slight revisions to the version of the rite included in the report.)Before the house debated the resolution, the Very Rev. David Thurlow, a member of the Prayer Book, Liturgy and Church Music Committee and a deputy of the Diocese of South Carolina, gave the deputies a minority report.“For 2,000 years, the church has had clear teaching regarding marriage,” he said. Noting the committee’s concern about ecumenical relations in other areas, such as maintaining use of the Revised Common Lectionary, Thurlow said, “we haven’t taken heed of the universal voice of the church universal or the Anglican Communion.”“This resolution marks a clear and significant departure — theological, doctrinal and in worship — from the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this church has received them,” he said. It introduces a “new theology of human sexuality.”During the debate, House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson alternately called on proponents and opponents of the resolution.“The signs outside our church say all are welcome,” said Deputy Pete Ross of the Diocese of Michigan, who urged passage. “Do we need an asterisk?”The Rev. Charles Holt, Central Florida, commented on the unanimous house vote on a major structure resolution earlier in the session. “That actually very much moved me in a very powerful way. It was the first time I felt united with this group. But then, just a few minutes later, we’re going to receive … something that deeply divides us on very, very core values.”“Passing this resolution,” said the Ven. David Collum, deputy of the Diocese of Albany, “is just the majority wielding power against those with minority views saying, ‘We don’t care.’”Newark Deputy Caroline Christie explains her support of Resolution A049 to authorize a rite of same-gender blessing for provisional use July 10 during the house’s debate. ENS photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergThe Rev. Jack Zamboni, New Jersey, recalled playing the part of the “groom” in a test run of the liturgy at a Province 2 synod. “My reaction after having participated in that liturgy was that I wished [my wife] and I had had this liturgy when we were married six years ago. It’s a wonderful piece of liturgical work.”He described how a lesbian couple in his parish, together 30 years, cried when he told them convention would consider authorizing a rite that would bless their relationship. “They had never thought it would happen in their lifetime.”Some of the house’s young deputies recounted personal stories as they urged passage.Newark Deputy Caroline Christie, 18, recalled wondering as a child why her two aunts couldn’t marry. “There was no difference in their relationship except that they were both women. As I grew, I began to realize it was an issue of discrimination. … Same-sex couples should be able to be blessed by the church.”Deputy Ian Hallas, 22, of Chicago, likewise spoke about family: his sister and her civil union.“The love that she shares with her partner is unconditional and speaks to the ideal relationships all of us should strive to have,” he said.“I often get asked by churchgoers and non-churchgoers why I am a part of this body,” he said. “The reason I return is for my sister. I seek to assure that she not only has the same rites as myself but also the same privileges.”Before the vote, the house engaged in a complex and lengthy parliamentary discussion following a request to divide the resolution. Ultimately, the resolution was not divided, and deputies voted to approve the whole resolution. Deputies also voted down a request to refer the resolution to the SCLM.— Sharon Sheridan is a member of the Episcopal News Service team at General Convention. Comments are closed. 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UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Sue Grandy Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply September 29, 2016 at 7:42 am Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSBryan NelsonCPS SportsplexKyle Becker Previous articleTS Matthew to strengthen and turn towards FloridaNext articleBlue Darters ranking still unanimous Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Charity Basketball Game turns into a dunk festOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson and City of Apopka Commissioner Kyle Becker hosted the 1st Annual Hoops for Hope charity basketball game last night at The Cooper Sportsplex in Apopka. The Court Kingz defeated a group of Apopka and Wekiva High School basketball players 129-80 in what quickly turned into a slam dunk contest among the Kingz players. However the winners tonight were the non-profit group HSC II Parent Awareness and the Apopka community.Mina Robinson is the Director of Development for HCS II Parent Awareness and Coordinator of the Hoops for Hope event. She explained the chance meeting between her and Nelson that brought this event to fruition.“Commissioner (Bryan) Nelson and I did a similar event in Zellwood,” she said. “Then we reached out to Commissioner (Kyle) Becker at the Task Force event at the (John) Bridges Center. All of us thought we could make this an important and fulfilling event.”Becker confirmed the meeting, and thanked everyone who helped make the event a success.“Mina Robinson with Parent Awareness approached me at one of the task force meetings and asked if I would support the event,” he said “The purpose of Hoops for Hope was to highlight the need for forums that bring the community together with our law enforcement officers, where trust can be built so we don’t get into situations we have seen in other cities nationwide. I hope this is just the start of more events like this. I would like to thank all those who helped sponsor, organize, and participate to make it a success. As a result of our generous sponsorships, Parent Awareness will be providing scholarships to youth from Apopka and Wekiva High Schools.”All proceeds from the event went towards scholarship funds for qualifying senior students at both Apopka and Wekiva High Schools. The scholarships will be given on behalf of the Apopka Community Task Force on Violence. Included in those proceeds were two checks from the Modern Woodmen Chapters #16422 and #16746. Each chapter donated $3,100.00.Task Force Chairman Rod Love was appreciative of the event and the proceeds.“I believe the Hoops for Hope charity basketball game this evening is yet another demonstration that when we work together as a community, we can accomplish much,” Love said. “Parents, politicians, pastors, grandparents, young adults, school age children, blacks, whites, Latino’s, the Apopka Women’s Club, members of the Apopka Rotary Club, and even babies in diapers, along with our law enforcement officers are a tightly woven community. Mina Robinson did a fantastic job of proving, we are One APOPKA Strong!”According to its news release, Hoops For Hope is passionate about people and wants to see youth improve their social skills as well as discover that they are significant in this world. Hoops for Hope believes that everyone has a Purpose, a Plan, a Part and a Place. They plan to touch the lives of children who are most at-risk, and inspire them to become confident, competent and caring individuals in our society.Robinson took the praise humbly and explained her passion for the event.“Hoops for Hope gives the kids of the community a positive outlook on law enforcement. It lets them know there is a way to engage with law enforcement without a negative outcome.”Nelson is already looking ahead at the event’s future.“What started out as a dream turned into a reality tonight. We are hoping to build off of this event and do it for years to come. Bringing the community together with law enforcement in a positive environment is so important.” You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Finally, political and community leadership in Apopka! Nelson and Becker seems to be serving the tax payers for all the right reasons, if only the mayor and yes members of the city council wake up, instead of serving their own personal interest. Finally, this is something I can support, but will it last? Prayer begins the process… Well done…
Howard Lake | 10 May 2005 | News New list of venues for fundraisers launched 32 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Suppliers who have already booked a listing include Alexandra Palace and Wembley, and there are several more, including a race course lined up to join them. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK Fundraising has added a new category to its supplier directory to list venues for fundraising events.The new venues category is designed to help fundraisers locate venues for their events. These can range from the prestigious and unusual, to the large scale.Fundraising events range from dinners up to major concerts in a stadium or the open air. Advertisement Tagged with: Events
Howard Lake | 26 April 2012 | News Guess2Give launches online fundraising sweepstake About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Guess2Give, the online fundraising sweepstake company, launched this month, having received funding from NESTA’s ‘Innovation in Giving’ programme.Guess2Give, featured last June on UK Fundraising, allows people to make a £3 guess on the outcome of an event. Of this sum 50p goes into a prize pool won by the person who guesses closest and up to £2.50 goes to charity.The company invited supporters to guess a runner’s time in last weekend’s Virgin London Marathon. Every runner could create a sweepstake around his or her own time. As well as any sponsorship they have already raised, runners could boost their total with last-minute funds from a wider audience, giving them a different recent to donate to their cause.The company also hopes that the service will appeal to the estimated 20% of runners who run without raising funds at all.Mark Chandler, Founder and CEO of Guess2Give said: “Raising money doesn’t have to be about asking friends to sponsor your hobby, bothering people you don’t know, or having them feel that they are being continually pestered. Guess2Give shows there is another way.”Paul Jackson-Clark, Fundraising Director of Parkinson’s UK, the first of over 50 charities to sign up to the service, added: “Guess2Give… provides a new, fun and slightly competitive element to fundraising and enables supporters not just participants to be really involved in an event.”The site was created by two keen sportsmen, Mark Chandler and Tim Parkman, who had multiple triathlons lined up but felt they could not ask for sponsorship for each one. Instead they asked colleagues, friends and family to guess how long it would take them to complete each triathlon, with the closest guess winning some money back.Participating charities include Cancer Research, Sense, Scope, Age UK, Whizz Kidz, WSPA and Shelter.www.guess2give.com 46 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Events London marathon
By Eric Pfeiffer – May 12, 2019 Facebook Twitter SHARE Patience Wearing Thin, or Gone, in Ag Community Over Trade and Planting Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 13, 2019Next articleAg’s Patience Over Trade and Planting Wearing Thin on the HAT Monday Morning Edition Eric Pfeiffer Home Indiana Agriculture News Patience Wearing Thin, or Gone, in Ag Community Over Trade and Planting Facebook Twitter Patience Wearing Thin, or Gone, in Ag Community Over Trade and PlantingASA Director Kendell CulpWe’ve all heard the expression, “When it rains, it pours.” Rensselaer farmer and Indiana Farm Bureau Vice President Kendell Culp says farmers are being poured on literally and figuratively at the moment, testing their patience.“Because of planting delays, because of rain, and because of lower prices every day, and comments made by the administration which causes an immediate drop in in commodity prices, and really no relief in sight, no deals in sight… It’s just time and, the farmers, I just think they’re out of patience.”Culp said he’d like to see trade issues with Canada and Mexico squared away soon, with steel and aluminum tariffs removed on those countries, especially since the administration has said that USMCA needs to be the first domino to fall to complete trade deals. As for China, he anticipated that this would be a long road.“Even if we did have an agreement that was hammered out and announced in the short-term, the destruction caused in the marketplace and the concern about the US maybe is not such a reliable trading partner, this effect is going to have a long tail and I think it’s going to go along for multiple growing seasons before we get back to anywhere near the position we were at before the trade disruption.”Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue has said repeatedly that trade assistance to farmers would not be repeated after last season’s Market Facilitation Program, but Vice President Mike Pence, speaking in Minnesota last week, said that trade assistance is, in fact, under consideration. Culp agreed that it should be.“Well, it absolutely has to happen. You know, I’m the last person that would look to Washington for support like that. We farmers want to farm for the market, we’re free traders, and we’re for open markets, and we don’t look to the government for support like that. But there’s going to have to be a round two this year. There’s just no question about it.”In addition to all of that, planting delays may be weighing most on farmers right now as planting windows remain elusive.“The farmers I’m talking to are already talking about prevented planting, not switching from corn to beans, just to go right to prevented planting and let those acres lay idle. I don’t know, maybe that’s what needs to happen, but it’s going to take more than one year of under production to take care of the surplus we have. Part of the surplus we have in this country is because of good weather that we’ve had but, honestly, part of it is because we’re not exporting like we used to.”President Trump said on Twitter Friday that the U.S. will use its money from the tariffs to buy American agricultural products “in larger amounts than China ever did” and send it to “poor & starving countries” for humanitarian aid. The president indicated potential purchases of $15 billion from farmers.Hoosier Ag Today will be in Washington DC this week to discuss trade, and other topics, with top USDA officials and lawmakers including Under Secretary for Trade Ted McKinney, Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun, and Congressmen Jim Baird and Jim Banks. Hopefully, the weather will clear up enough where you can hear it in your planter. SHARE
Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme News HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Escalation in petrol prices set to continue Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Previous articleNew special needs classes approved for two Donegal schoolsNext articleHarte says CRO should be allowed pre-approve loan applications News Highland By News Highland – August 23, 2012 The upward trend in petrol prices is set to continue, with a litre of unleaded now costing well over 1.70 euro a litre in many Donegal filling stations.Speculation is rising that the price will hit, and possibly exceed, 1 euro 80 cent in a matter of weeks.David Horgan is the Managing Director of Petrel Resources , he’s been outlining what would be needed for a long term easing of fuel prices……..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/horgan10.mp3[/podcast] Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp WhatsApp Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter
DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Jordan elected after 12th count in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ By News Highland – May 27, 2019 WhatsApp Sinn Féin councillor Noel Jordan has been returned to Lifford on the 12th count in the Donegal Electoral Area, with Fianna Fail’s Michael Naughton now firmly in third place.It’s a battle royale for the third and fourth seats, with Michael McMahon of Sinn Fein very muich in contention, along Fine Gael’s John McNulty and Barry Sweeny, as well as outgoing Independent Cllr Tom Conaghan.Tom Conaghan (Ind) 1373 +24…1397Billy Grimes (Ind) 1067 +8…1075Noel Jordan (SF) 2033 +54…2087Seamus Maguire (Ind) 1163 +13…1176Michael McMahon (SF) 1474 + 14…1478John McNulty (FG) 1393 + 60…1453Micheál Naughton (FF) 1648 +13…1661Barry Sweeny (FG) 1424 + 48…1432 Facebook Homepage BannerNewsx Elections 2019 Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Previous articleLocal Elections 2019 – Elected CouncillorsNext articleMan seriously injured after being hit by van in Derry News Highland Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Pinterest
narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO, IVAN PEREIRA and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.29 million people worldwide.Over 52.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica. The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 10.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 242,622 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Nov 13, 12:24 pmEmergency Nurses Association asks Biden to include nurses in COVID task forceA letter from the Emergency Nurses Association on behalf of its 52,000 members to President-elect Joe Biden, urged him to include nurses in his COVID-19 task force.On Nov. 9, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris rolled out their transition COVID-19 advisory board.“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a press release announcing the board.“We were surprised that although the group contains ten medical doctors of varying specialties, there were no nurses — and especially those nurses who are providing care on the front lines during this pandemic or have clinical expertise in infectious disease management — named to the task force,” the ENA’s letter read.“Nurses, including emergency nurses, have been on the frontlines of the pandemic since day one, performing critical triage, testing and bedside care functions for their patients,” it continued. “Once a vaccine is approved, nurses will play a critical role in its administration to the public.”The ENA asked Biden to “expand the membership of your COVID-19 Task Force to include the unique perspective and clinical expertise of America’s nurses.”ABC News’ Alexandra Svokos and Molly Nagle contributed to this report.Nov 13, 11:46 amParents should ‘get ready’ for school closings: NYC mayorAs coronavirus cases increase in New York City with a current 3.09% daily positivity rate and a 2.83% seven-day rolling average, Mayor Bill deBlasio said that parents should prepare for possible school closings.“[The positive rate] is still below 3%, so schools remain open. But that number has gotten quite close to 3% and we are making preparations as a result in case that number does exceed 3% and we have to temporarily close our schools,” the mayor told WNYC on Friday.“People should get ready … this is not something any parent wants to deal with. We should get ready. And parents should have a plan for the rest of the month of November, that’s a safe way to think about it. Have an alternative plan for beginning as early as Monday for whatever will help them get through this month if school is not open,” he said.In New York City, there have been 916 new reported cases over a seven-day average and 121 hospitalizations.ABC News’ Aaron Katersky contributed to this report.Nov 13, 11:37 am‘World cannot put all its eggs in one basket’: WHO chief on relying only on vaccineAs he has repeatedly stressed throughout the pandemic, on Friday, the World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, once again urged countries to use all tools available to combat the virus, not just wait for a vaccine.“There is no doubt that a vaccine will be a vital tool for controlling the pandemic, and we’re encouraged by the preliminary results of clinical trials released this week,” Tedros said at the closing of the WHO’s World Health Assembly.“But we have a long way to go. The world cannot put all its eggs in one basket, and neglect the many other tools at our disposal that countries like Thailand have shown are effective for bringing this virus under control,” he said. “The virus itself has not changed significantly, and nor have the measures needed to stop it. We know what works. First, know your epidemic and do the basics well. Find, isolate, test and care for cases. Trace and quarantine their contacts. And second, engage and empower communities to protect themselves and others with the full range of measures: physical distance, avoiding crowds, ventilation, hand hygiene, and masks,” he said.ABC News’ Kirit M. Radia contributed to this report.Nov 13, 11:30 amWest Coast states issue travel advisory for nonessential travelFor the first time since the pandemic, official travel advisories have been issued for the West Coast.Nov 13, 11:00 amCOVID-19 cases tied to Halloween gatheringsAs the leftover candy stash runs low in American households across the country, several state officials and school authorities have begun citing coronavirus outbreaks related to Halloween, less than two weeks after the fall holiday.Throughout the pandemic, social gatherings and crowded venues, juxtaposed to the highly infectious virus, have resulted in a widespread escalation of COVID-19 cases across the country. Prior to Halloween, the CDC and other health experts had repeatedly warned Americans about the risk of contracting COVID-19 during the holiday, and in particular, at indoor costume gatherings.Despite these warnings, some people still flouted recommendations.Although several large events made headlines, such as a gathering in Utah, which reportedly attracted thousands of costumed attendees, other smaller events in private homes and dorm rooms seemingly slipped under the radar.And now, officials say those events may be contributing to the surging COVID-19 case numbers seen in communities across the country.As Oregon recorded its highest daily case figure on record on Thursday, health officials said that this week’s rising case numbers could be traced to Halloween-related events; specifically, several small social gatherings, as well as a party with more than 100 people in attendance.During a press conference earlier this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom also said officials believe the state’s recent increase in cases may be tied to Halloween celebrations. And as cases rise in Vermont, which has maintained relatively low COVID-19 case numbers throughout the pandemic, some COVID-19 clusters and outbreaks have been traced back to Halloween parties.In Missouri’s St. Louis County, a Halloween party has led to at least five positive COVID-19 cases, with possibly 200 high school students exposed to COVID-19, according to local officials, and following an increase in cases, the city of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson announced new restrictions Thursday on private gatherings.In New York, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone tied his community’s “disturbing” rise in coronavirus cases to Halloween gatherings. Another county official in Onondaga County, New York called the recent COVID-19 uptick “the Halloween surge.”Colleges have also found themselves facing the consequences of students’ desire to celebrate the holiday, as COVID-19 clusters pop up on campuses. In the last week, Tulane has reported over 300 new coronavirus cases, which the college president said were the result of “poor decisions” over the Halloween weekend.The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has also identified a COVID-19 cluster connected to an off-campus gathering on Halloween.Although it is ultimately difficult to measure how much these gatherings are actually contributing to the exponential surge the U.S. is currently experiencing, it is clear that when mitigation efforts are not followed at celebrations, COVID-19 cases may likely follow — a worrisome trend heading into the winter holidays.ABC News’ Arielle Mitropolous and Ali Dukakis contributed to this report.Nov 13, 7:50 amBiden COVID advisor: US needs targeted restrictions, not nationwide lockdownDr. Vivek Murthy, the co-chair of President-elect Joe Biden’s new coronavirus advisory board and former surgeon general, told ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday that targeted restrictions in specific areas, not a nationwide lockdown, would be the best path forward to combatting the virus.“I think that’s how we thought about it in the spring, but I think we’ve learned a lot since then about how this virus spreads and what we can do to reduce risk,” he said. “And right now, the way we should be thinking about this is more like a series of restrictions that we dial up or down depending on how bad spread is taking place in a specific region.”He pointed to the success New York City has had in targeting areas down to the zip code. That approach, he said, also helps lessen the blow on the economy and COVID fatigue.“We’re not in a place where we’re saying shut the whole country down. We got to be more targeted,” Murthy said. “If we don’t do that, what you’re going to find is that people will become even more fatigued. Schools won’t be open to children and the economy will be hit harder, so we’ve got to follow science, but we’ve also got to be more precise.”He said to combat the virus, the U.S. will focus on stopping the spread of COVID-19 by zeroing in on the hardest-hit communities and increasing testing.“We still don’t have adequate testing so anyone who wants a test can get one and get results quickly,” Murthy told GMA. “We still don’t have enough testing to be able to do surveillance testing in universities and workplaces and in other places that are higher risk like prisons and nursing homes so that is an area where you’ll see President-Elect Biden focusing expanding capacity.”States reported 151,000 cases in the U.S. on Thursday, with 67,000 people hospitalized with the virus, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Both figures are records.Nov 13, 4:41 amCalifornia surpasses one million COVID casesCalifornia has now passed a grim milestone of over one million confirmed cases of coronavirus.According to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the state has at least 1,006,099 diagnosed cases.California becomes only the second state, behind Texas, to reach this threshold.The total number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is now more than 10.55 million, with at least 242,430 deaths.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The MoU was signed by Petrobras CEO Roberto Castello Branco and Equinor CEO Eldar Saetre in Rio de Janeiro Image: Petrobras has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Equinor. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel/Pixabay. Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Equinor to jointly develop natural gas business projects.The MoU was signed by Petrobras CEO Roberto Castello Branco and Equinor CEO Eldar Saetre in Rio de Janeiro.The main objective of the companies is to maximise value in the downstream segment through natural gas thermoelectric generation projects in addition to feasibility studies related to gas processing assets and pipelines.Petrobras owns a terminal named TECAB in Macae and the petrochemical complex COMPERJ, which has a gas processing unit presently under construction.According to the Brazilian oil company, these locations have the potential to become significant natural gas hubs in the country in the years to come.Petrobras and Equinor intend to combine efforts in investment in natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and power generation segments.Presently, Petrobras and Equinor are working together in the Roncador oilfield and in several exploratory blocks, including BM-C-33, Dois Irmãos, and C-M-709.Equinor acquired 25% stake in Brazilian oil field from PetrobrasIn June 2018, Norwegian energy company Equinor had completed the acquisition of 25% interest in the Roncador oil field located in the Campos Basin in Brazil, from Petróleo Brasileiro Petrobras (Petrobras).As per the deal signed in December 2017, Equinor agreed to acquire the stake in the Roncador field, which is said to be the third largest producing field in Brazil, from Petrobras for $2.9bn. The deal was subject to conditions including government and regulatory approvals.Under the deal, Equinor paid an adjusted cash consideration of $2bn to Petrobras and will make contingent payments of up to $550m related to investments in projects to increase the recovery factor of this field.Equinor had said that the acquisition of a stake in the Roncador field boosts its equity production in Brazil by around 150% to around 100,000 boe per day from around 40,000 boe per day.