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Virginia congregation deeply divided over church’s name honoring Robert E….

first_img 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 By David PaulsenPosted Aug 23, 2017 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Dexter Cantelou says: Dan Shockley says: Comments navigation Newer comments James D. Saunders says: Comments (65) August 23, 2017 at 10:25 pm The name needs to change……. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 23, 2017 at 7:58 pm Well said. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group August 24, 2017 at 9:05 am Friends: How about this idea — the R.E. Lee Church might endeavor to be come a companion church of the Prince of Peace Memorial Church, Gettysburg, Pa. ( Perhaps together they could learn from their separate, yet oddly and historically joint, histories. Circumstances at one time or another overwhelmed each parish, and yet it became possible for Prince of Peace Memorial to serve out both a mission proclaiming Jesus Christ and acknowledging history, duty and sacrifice. Take a tour of the Gettysburg parish, if you can. You will see Episcopalians accepting their history, teaching and witnessing. Janet Diehl says: Racial Justice & Reconciliation Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls James D. Saunders says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY August 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm Give me a break! Enough is enough. Teach history. Don’t erase it. Martin Luther King once marched against Gays. Do you want to destroy all statues of him. I hope not. Think not simply of the present moment and the current conflicts. Think of the future and the result of knee jerk actions today. As C.K. Chesterton said, ” Let us not be so Heavenly minded (politically correct) that we are no earthly good. Amen Rector Smithfield, NC Advocacy Peace & Justice, August 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm The Episcopal Church need not worry about changing the name of any of its floundering churches because their actions against what the Word of God teaches. For the Church to disavow anyone is hypocritical based on the fact that the Episcopal Church has disavowed the teachings of the Son of God. Geanna Cutbirth says: Press Release Service Cynthia Katsarelis says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments navigation Newer comments August 23, 2017 at 11:42 pm Just to make it clear, since the threading is confusing. My post was in response to Doug. August 23, 2017 at 7:11 pm I love it when bishops speak with such clarity and common sense. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Doug Desper says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ken Thomas says: Shirley E. Viall says: Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 24, 2017 at 11:28 pm But, ahhh, can we consider the horror of being a slave? Daniel Anderson Toler says: Preston Montgomery says: August 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm Doug, I’m from Virginia, I’ve got a lot of education about General Lee. We simply don’t name churches after any individuals. The political overtones of this one is horrible. There are no Episcopal Churches named after FDR, MLK, JFK, or Lincoln, so I’m not getting your comparison. And who was Lee to decide that slavery was better than “poorly conceived emancipation?” Did anyone ask the slaves? After emancipation, there was a Freedman’s Bureau and African Americans were getting a foothold in Congress and education. Who stopped that progress? The Jim Crow/KKK folks who decided to put up monuments and name a church after leaders in the effort to maintain “sacred” white supremacy.As for this “Few in the North or South had any viable plan for ending slavery.” This is a statement that requires real education. In the Dred Scott decision, SCOTUS eliminated any solution from the judicial branch. With the Kansas Nebraska Act, Congress eliminated any opportunity for federal solution – as it repealed the Missouri Compromise limiting slavery to the South. All of this was engineered by slave holders who held excessive power in Congress, since slaves, with no rights, counted as 3/5ths of a person for setting up Congressional districts.There is no way around the fact that the Civil War was about maintaining white supremacy and the institution of slavery that was enriching so many. The Confederate founders said as much and that is what Lee and the others fought for. He was a slave owner. There’s no wiggle room.Lee did not fight to “resist military dictatorship!” That is a white supremacist revision. One needs simply to look at the Confederate founding documents. The incredible need to rewrite history that contradicts primary documents is part of the great tragedy. August 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm I can’t think of another church that’s named after a person who wasn’t a saint, apostle, or one of those very early church “fathers” (Aquinas). Can anyone come up with one? The name was changed from Grace during the rise of Jim Crow, 33 years after REL’s death. Did he have family still attending in 1903? Are any attending now?If I pay my rector’s salary, can they change the name of my church to Cynthia Katsarelis Memorial Chapel? I’m a fairly good Christian. Sure, I’m a sinner too, but I’ve never owned other human beings or had them whipped, or used brilliant strategy to kill hundreds of thousands of people who would take the slaves away, if I had any.Slavery was a crime against humanity. We sing Amazing Grace because it is by a slave trader who repented. Is there any evidence that Robert E. Lee was repentant? If he committed massive acts of reconciliation, that would be something to celebrate. It’d have to be massive. Did he start schools for African Americans? Provide as many as possible with those 40 acres and a mule?This is a really tough decision. I wonder if the members of the parish would respect the vote of African American Episcopalians? If not, why not? What is the theology that guides all this? Louise McPhillips says: August 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm Thank you Frank, I doubt I would ever choose to attend a church named after a war heroe. The naming of our churches has followed that formula for generations unlike the Methodist Church which often uses donor’s or founders names (other than Jesus). I wonder what prayers are used on this parish’s Feast of a Title. Doug Desper says: August 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm Cynthia, since you state so many questions and a few assumptions you’ll likely want to become more educated about R E Lee. I cite a book just published in April, written by the former rector (see below). We do not live in Lee’s day nor are we faced with the great national upheaval and crisis that he was thrust in. President Lincoln admired Lee and as the representative of the Washington family it was thought that it naturally should fall on Lee to lead the Union Army. That army was to swell from 16,000 to 91,000 with the addition of 75,000 volunteers that Lee was to lead to occupy communities in the South. Lee could not lead such a disaster and resigned the Army and went home to resist military dictatorship. We haven’t faced or lived with such martial law from Washington. Few in the North or South had any viable plan for ending slavery. Setting millions of undereducated former slaves free was not practical and not many in the Northern states cared to be part of the solution and fewer in the South could afford to. Millions of white and black lives were interdependent on servile misery. People like Lee called slavery a great moral evil but knew that it was far worse to have a poorly conceived emancipation. Lee was not perfect. Few that we admire are. Lincoln used racially insulting language and slurs about blacks. FDR and JFK were scandal-ridden. MLK was an adulterer. Yet, the greater good that came from these people outshined their human flaws. August 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm I celebrate that the parishioners of RE Lee Memorial Church have elected to not change the name of their church. As well meaning as Bishop Bourlakes seeks to appear; leave them alone. Lee was not a perfect man but who of us is without sin. He embraced his defeat and went on to accomplish great things. He was pardoned by the government and was instrumental in bringing about reconciliation when an element wanted to initiate guerrilla warfare. Once again, the church embraces identity politics rather than have the courage to respect the beliefs of a congregation that seeks merely to celebrate a man that deserves celebration. In light if this, it is no wonder that so many congregants are leaving the church. Bishop Boulakes … you should defend these good people, not descend upon them with the obvious intent of pressuring them to do what they believe is wrong. Maybe it is a matter of your beliefs and the need to be politically right rather than what they believe is just? Interesting… Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Theodore G. Fletcher, Esq. says: The Rev. D F Lindstrom says: 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 August 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm Wow. You used the word “knew” when you spoke of slavery being better than “a poorly conceived emancipation.” You didn’t say that Lee “believed” that, you treated it as fact.In other words, you are indicating that you believe slavery was better than “a poorly conceived emancipation,” whatever that means.You also claim that being “undereducated” means that it is “impractical” to be free. That’s a disturbing opinion.As someone else pointed out in these comments, the church was renamed during the time of the Jim Crow backlash against the significant gains in political power, property ownership, and public participation advances made by former slaves. The emancipation was going well until bigots violently fought against it through campaigns of terror. Tags Cynthia Katsarelis says: ELIZABETH D DELLOW says: 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ August 24, 2017 at 7:10 am There is an Otey Memorial Parish in Sewanee, Tennessee, named after James Otey, first bishop of Tennessee (19th century). Thomas Aquinas lived in the 13th century. He is a “doctor of the church,” but not an early church father. There are plenty of RC churches named after Aquinas, but I have never heard of an Episcopal/Anglican one. Rector Shreveport, LA August 23, 2017 at 10:31 pm Grace Lee, or more fully, A. Grace Lee Mims, is a radio personality at the local classical music station in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the hostess for the syndicated weekly program “The Black Arts,” which highlights the achievements of African-Americans in the fine arts, particularly in the realm of classical music. If there are many in this parish who know her show, there might be some objections to naming the church Grace Lee–notwithstanding that A. Grace Lee Mims is a delightful person and a great radio personality, and her show is very good. All the same, it would seem too odd to those parishioners who know her. Nick Stieglitz says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon Flagler says: August 23, 2017 at 9:04 pm Excellent. James Snyder says: August 24, 2017 at 2:24 am This church should do nothing for 3 years. If it wants to have an informal name, OK. Then make a decision.When the Pension Fund divests of money and gives it for Reparations for slavery, then I will take notice! Rector Collierville, TN Cynthia Katsarelis says: Richard Basta says: Suzanne Rogers says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 August 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm I don’t understand why the congregation waited 33 years until 1903 to celebrate the man, if that was their intent, Jim Newman. But I am not from the south and may not understand these things. But I am sure the issue is very difficult and painful. I pray that we can all find respectful ways forward. August 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm “Saint (or Blessed) Jonathan Daniels Episcopal Church” (Seminarian and Martyr, Feast Day: August 14th) Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA August 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm Let the Church members and Vestry work this out on their own. They don’t need pressure – for or against – from outsiders. Those outsiders will disappear once this controversy is long forgotten – and most will never step foot in the building. August 23, 2017 at 10:19 pm With all due respect to Bishop Bourlakas, I don’t think he is the right person to try to reconcile this congregation’s disagreement. Although the article focusses extensively on the reasoning and opinions of those parishioners who want to change the name of the parish from that which it has had for most of its existence, obviously there are some parishioners who feel strongly that the name should not be changed, otherwise there would not be the need for reconciliation that the Bishop perceives to be necessary. But his assertion that reconciliation cannot occur while the church has its current name demonstrates that he is prejudiced before he begins to mediate this reconciliation.If I were a member of this parish who wanted to retain the name that honors its most famous member, the vestryman who was also an important steward in a troubled time, and if I were upset because that person’s honor had somehow been sullied through some kind of revisionism, and now found that my fellow parishioners wanted to rename my church because they want to disavow our association with this famous person, and that there is now a sore division inside the congregation, I do not think it would be someone who has said that reconciliation cannot happen until the name changes whom I would find competent to bind the wounds in the parish. Even if that person were my bishop. Jeffrey Cox says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH August 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm That a church would be named for a person is an absolute mockery of the gospel you claim to profess. Could you please focus your energy toward ending homelessness, and working on behalf of three disenfranchised? August 23, 2017 at 8:59 pm perhaps they should segue in the new-old name. Drop the R. E. and make it Lee Grace church for now – there are many Lees. (or even Grace Lee Church). Over time keep the name officially that but refer to it more and more as simply Grace Church until that’s how everyone thinks of it and the final change is easy to do.center_img Submit a Job Listing August 23, 2017 at 11:39 pm The times we are in have made the name “Robert E Lee” a lightening rod…the mention of his name suggests any number of things to any number of people. Some think of him as a great soldier and important historical figure. Some think of him as a slave owner who wanted to perpetuate a horrible society of discrimination. As a Southerner I can see both sides. However time marches on. Our children and grandchildren will not look at this man the way we do. The church needs to be a place of peace and comfort and love and spiritual growth. No one has mentioned any of these words in describing the current state of Robert E Lee Episcopal Church. Removing his name would be a huge first step in returning this church to a place of peace. If General Lee was the kind of person that some have described him to be…I can’t help but think he would want the same. August 23, 2017 at 8:27 pm When I was a student there between 1965 until 1969 and volunteered at RELee Memorial Church, some would answer the office phone, “St. Bob’s.” In those days consciousness of the pain the image of the General and use of his name sadly never crossed my mind. How things have and are changing. I will keep that parish of faithful souls in my prayers for “an Happy issue out of this affliction.” Rev. Jacqueline Steubbel says: Father Mike Waverly-Shank says: August 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm Thank you or your reply. You are the only person brave enough to relate historical dates with the current context. Those who defend this name are really blind and unwilling to own that. I cannot thank you enough for this reply. My sadness come from those who will refuse to listen and take your words to heart. Bless you. The sign in front of R.E. Lee Memorial Church bears the name of the church and, therefore, also the Confederate general who was a parishioner there. Photo: Lee Memorial Church via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] Was Robert E. Lee an American hero or a traitorous defender of slavery? The Confederate general has been called both in the ongoing debate over whether statues, monuments and plaques in his honor should be remain on display in public places, from parks to churches.At least one aspect of Lee’s biography is undisputed: He was a prominent parishioner at the Episcopal church that now bears his name, R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia.And that name now threatens to tear the congregation apart.“Change is hard, and this is about change that goes right down to our identity,” vestry member Doug Cumming told Episcopal News Service. He supports removing Lee from the name of the church.Turmoil has grown since 2015, when the vestry first considered but failed to approve a proposal to remove Lee’s name from the church. Members began leaving the congregation in protest, and such exits continued this year after the vestry in April chose not to act on a consultant’s recommendation for a name change.Then violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, a city barely an hour northeast of Lexington, accelerated a national re-examination of the Confederacy’s legacy. Defense of a statue of Lee became a rallying point for white supremacist groups, who descended on Charlottesville this month and clashed with anti-racism counterprotesters, leaving dozens wounded and one counterprotester dead.On Monday, the Lee Memorial Church vestry held its first monthly meeting since the melee in Charlottesville. Again, it decided against taking steps toward a name change, instead unanimously approving a statement that began by condemning white supremacism, racism and violence in Lee’s name.The vestry members said they “object strenuously to the misuse of Robert E. Lee’s name and memory in connection with white supremacy, anti-Semitism and similar movements that he would abhor. Lee was widely admired in both the North and the South as a man of virtue and honor and as among the leading reconcilers of our fractured land.”The statement defended Lee’s reputation as a Christian, though not as a Confederate.“We do not honor Lee as a Confederate,” the statement reads. “Nor do we subscribe to neo-Confederate ideas in honoring him. We honor Lee as one of our own parishioners, a devout man who led our parish through difficult years in post-Civil-War Virginia.”Anne Hansen, who helped craft the statement Monday, resigned from the vestry afterward because church leaders would not commit more definitively to discussing a name change.“My hope had been that if we could make a unified statement, say something unanimously … that we would be able to move from there into further action in a consensual way [regarding] the implications of our association with Lee,” Hansen said in an interview with ENS. “At the vestry meeting, that became apparent to me that was not going to happen.” She added that she blamed herself for getting upset and not articulating her views clearly enough.The vestry’s inaction on the issue is fueling tension inside and outside the congregation, creating an unnecessary distraction for the church, Southwestern Virginia Bishop Mark Bourlakas told Episcopal News Service. He favors the name change.“The name has become not only a distraction to their Gospel mission, but … it’s dividing parishioners and causing all kinds of rancor,” said Bourlakas, who plans to visit the congregation this month to assist in reconciliation efforts. “My priority is to heal the congregation, and I don’t believe that that healing can occur while the name stays the same.”Church renamed for Lee in 1903The church’s history dates to 1840, when it was known as Latimer Parish but didn’t have a permanent worship space. Parish records cited by Cumming show the first church building was dedicated in 1844 as Grace Church. It bore that name when when Lee joined the congregation in 1865 after the Civil War, according to a 2015 church news release. The sign in front of R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia. Photo: Doug CummingWhile serving in Lexington as president of Washington College, later renamed Washington and Lee University, the former Confederate general spent the last five years of his life, until his death in 1870, helping the struggling congregation survive.He served as senior warden and at one point agreed to pay the pastor’s salary from his own pocket, according to a report this week by the Washington Post.There is no record, however, of why the congregation chose to rename the church for Lee in 1903. It may, as some suggest, have been part of the “Lost Cause,” a campaign across the South to rehabilitate the image of the Confederacy and its leaders at a time when racism and segregation also were on the rise. Or, changing the name may simply have been a way to honor the congregation’s most famous parishioner.Those who favor changing the name back to Grace note that few Episcopal churches are named after deceased parishioners. They also worry the church is failing to send a welcoming message by hanging a sign out front featuring the name of a slaveholder who was willing to go to war against the Union to preserve slavery.The debate over the church’s name came to a head in 2015 after a white supremacist with a fondness for the Confederate flag shot and killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. That massacre prompted a nationwide re-examination of how the Confederate flag had come to represent racist ideologies.Members of Lee Memorial Church spent several months discussing the church name in light of the Charleston shooting. After surveying the congregation and hearing a range of opinions for and against, the vestry voted, 9-5, in November 2015 in favor of removing Lee’s name, but because it chose to require a supermajority for passage, the measure failed by one vote.Then in 2016, the church hired a reconciliation consultant, ultimately spending $16,000, and formed the Discovery and Discernment Committee of vestry members and parishioners to more carefully pursue reconciliation among the congregation and decide what actions to take.The committee and consultant issued a 15-page report in April 2017 that summarized the various perspectives on the church’s name. “The committee discerned from its work in discovery that a significant number of parishioners remain quite uneasy with the name of the church,” the report said.It warned that those parishioners felt marginalized, and they may withdraw from the congregation, or conflict over the name could continue to escalate.The report contained several recommendations, including the creation of a committee to seek new ways to honor Lee’s historic ties to the parish. It also recommended this: “That the name of the church be officially restored to its former name of Grace Episcopal Church.”The vestry met the same month to review the report. It accepted all the recommendations, except the one urging a name change.‘A different moment since Charlottesville’ENS left messages seeking comment from senior warden Woody Sadler, as well as a vestry member, A.W. “Buster” Lewis, who has been a vocal opponent of changing the name. Neither had responded at the time of publication, though Lewis told ENS in a March story that he felt he and his parish were being “attacked.”After the April vestry meeting, “there’s certain members of the vestry that felt with relief that the discussion was over,” vestry member Cumming said. “But I really think on some level they weren’t paying attention.”The discussion didn’t resume in a significant way until the violence in Charlottesville raised concerns again about how Lee had come to be a symbol of white supremacist ideology.“We’re in a different moment since Charlottesville,” Bourlakas said. “These symbols have become too toxic. We’re a church that cares deeply about sacraments and symbols, and this symbol, whatever you might think of it or what it represented, has been co-opted and has become toxic.”Hansen, though, fears it may be too late. “We had already missed our opportunity to change the name of the church in a deliberative, proactive way on our own terms,” she said.Although he doesn’t intend to impose his preference on the congregation, Bourlakas said it is important for him to help guide the two sides to reconcile. He thinks that the statement the vestry issued Monday alluded to the path forward, with its concluding reference to the church’s commitment “not to Lee, but to that gospel which is his hope and ours.“We invite all to share in it, and we aim to let nothing stand in the way of our proclaiming it with integrity,” the statement ends.To let nothing stand in the way, Bourlakas said, would seem to include a name.“For me this is an easy fix, because the original name of the church was Grace Church. That’s the name of the church when Lee was a parishioner,” the bishop said. “If it’s about honoring Lee, that’s the church he worshiped in. If it’s about history, that’s the historical name.“But most important, it’s a fine name of a church. And Lexington and our country could use a lot more grace.”— David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Cynthia Katsarelis says: Dan Shockley says: Jim Newman says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR August 24, 2017 at 1:44 am I cannot imagine Robert E. Lee approving the 1903 decision to rename a church in his honor. Nor can I imagine him feeling dishonored should the church reclaim its original name. If anything, I can imagine him feeling relieved. This, of course, is a fanciful notion that carries no argumentative weight. People who go back to God, who are now fully with God, probably do not have wishes or opinions anymore, nor are they subject to being pleased or displeased by what goes on ‘back here’. [Note: I say ‘probably; I don’t really know this, yet]. Apart from a written will, I’m skeptical of invoking the deceased’s wishes as the trump card in posthumous decisions, especially when those wishes are presumed, inferred or ‘imagined’. Yet in this case I find this simple exercise in imagination to be quite helpful: What, do you think, would Robert E. Lee advise if he could somehow speak to us? Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Mark Lindsay says: August 23, 2017 at 8:25 pm In our tradition we tend to name our churches for saints, or members of the Trinity (e.g. Christ Church or Holy Comforter), or for the Trinity itself. Sometimes we name churches for basic Christian doctrines, such as Incarnation, Atonement, or Nativity. Our loyalty to Christ must always transcend nation and culture. Naming churches for political figures is not appropriate. August 23, 2017 at 11:58 pm I’ll simply repeat, what is the theology here? Christ commands us to do onto others and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We have a Baptismal Covenant that calls on us to see Christ in all people, to love our neighbors, to seek justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. How hard can it be? Slavery certainly didn’t respect the dignity of the slaves, and it doesn’t respect the descendants of slaves. In 2017, how can any Episcopalian believe that their beloved, but flawed and tragic history is more important than the racial reconciliation that we need in the world today? There are no twists of logic or favorite tidbits from history that justifies this. Name a church after St. Whomever who fixes climate change, makes peace, cures cancer, or is martyred for the love of her/his neighbor. Or maybe Grace, as we need it so desperately right now. J. Morrell says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Angustia Hamasaki says: August 24, 2017 at 12:01 am Yes, well said Jim Newman. We learn from our history. We do not revise our history to suit contemporary times and so-called political correctness and identity politics. August 23, 2017 at 8:19 pm is worth reading to help in the discernment process. It is very hard to look at the church’s complicity in the slave trade by not challenging its members who were active in the slave trade. Peace to all of you as you continue seeking the will of God. Janis Hansen says: Comments are closed. Frank Bergen says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books August 24, 2017 at 10:19 am In the 1980’s the sign out front still said Grace Episcopal. When did the Lee sign go in, and do they still have the old one? And, Lee Chapel is only about 100 yards away, so the General would probably think it’s a bit much to have two of them so close like that. The old metal Grace sign is probably still there, just switch them back. August 24, 2017 at 11:16 am For some church some day, probably never this one. Also a Blessed Frances Perkins church. And if I were starting a congregation I’d be inclined to name it for Eleanor and Franklin, active Episcopaliand and loyal Americans. Margaret Faulkner says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Frank Bergen says: Rector Martinsville, VA D F Lindstrom says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET August 23, 2017 at 8:08 pm To slander him is horrible. Submit a Press Release Frank Bergen says: August 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm I think the church should not succumb to mob hysteria. Use this as a teaching moment that we are all sinners in need of a saviour. It is the height of hubris and arrogance to assume our own failings in this age are more noble than those of prior generations. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rev. Mia C. McDowell says: August 24, 2017 at 1:15 pm My understanding is that Robert E. Lee helped in the mending & rebuilding of society after the civil war. That and his churchmanship ought to be studied by the parish. What about the new book listed in The Anglican Digest? If all the statues & monuments & buildings of slave owners were torn down – we would need to rebuild the White House and many, many other buildings & monuments. Why not post a marker giving thanks for the the workmanship of the builders. And post a sign stating why it is named after Robert E. Lee.For the record I am very much a Northerner, but history is history. We can not back track, but we can honor the work & positive efforts of individuals. Do you have a real Bell? Maybe you could name it Robert, after Robert E. Lee – who was a faithful churchman. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virginia congregation deeply divided over church’s name honoring Robert E. Lee August 26, 2017 at 1:53 am This article in the Atlantic Monthly brings compelling evidence that Lee was not so honorable, and was not helping bring reconciliation. I don’t understand why people need to invent and hold onto a myth. Lee was a slave holder, a particularly brutal one. On his campaigns he would enslave free blacks. He countenanced massacres and abuse of black Union soldiers. He countenanced students at his college forming a KKK chapter and attacking and raping black school girls, while maintaining firm discipline in other areas. Read it.’m from Virginia. On my father’s side we were Greek immigrants who came over in the early 20th Century. On my mother’s side, we go back to Jamestown. Thanks to, I was able to track a lot of ancestors, and read their wills, bequeathing human beings to the next generation. It made me sick. And processing it as a person of faith I can only say that those of us who are up to our eyeballs in family culpability need to “come to Jesus.” NOW. Right now. Now is a time for prayer warriors, and s/heros to step up and love our neighbors rigorously and without compromise. Heroic honesty demands that we realize that that name is exceedingly hurtful for many people and for our nation, that needs racial reconciliation. The best way to honor the heroes of the past is to stand up, suck it up, and sacrifice. Besides, some memorial can remain, as others have suggested. August 24, 2017 at 5:08 am I appreciate the works of R.E. Lee, but remember we gather and worship for our Lord. Our God deserves our worshipsA (honoring Lee probably a one feast day for him), it may become an idolatry, if we can’t resolve. A Good Shepherd Church of Jesus Christ is a best name for our Christian journey and is best to worship the living God of yesterday, today and forevermore. God will continue to bless us if we keep pleasing the Holy Trinity. God bless and loves us all Episcopalian! That we may live in God’s love to this journey of life to Unity, Peace and Harmony. The. Rev. D F Lindstrom says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Frank J. Corbishley says: Rector Knoxville, TN Helen Bell says: Stephen Jay Waller says: Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Raymond Harold Clark says: Featured Events August 24, 2017 at 11:12 am Amen! August 23, 2017 at 5:40 pm Robert E. Lee was an honorable man, a distinguished military leader, an important historical figure and a thoughtful, dedicated Episcopalian. The church should be named after him. This does not endorse or promote racism in any way. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Paul Bell says: August 23, 2017 at 8:57 pm Lee was opposed to public square monuments to the Civil War or to any figure such as himself. It is because Lee was so admired for his character (in both the North and South) that he came to be so widely praised. President Lincoln admired him, many Union politicians and military men admired him, and his later students and fellow churchgoers found great quality. People allergic to facts will have either villainized him or made him overly lofty. There seems to be something wrong, though, about the reactionary and iconoclastic howling going on about Lee and all things Confederate. It is though all the weight of ignorance, intolerance, racial hatred, and plain stupidity must be placed on Lee’s shoulders for him to bear. While he wanted little public attention and likely wouldn’t want the church named for him, it befalls to we moderns to get a grip and not drag him through our own lack of tolerance and lack of education about the complexities of living with the untenable choices which faced Lee. I would highly recommend reading “The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee” written by the former rector of that parish, R. David Cox. It was published in April and is available on Amazon. August 24, 2017 at 8:43 am Our son attended RE Lee Memorial Episcopal Church while a student at VMI. He found a wonderful, loving parish family that welcomed VMI and W&L students. When we attended, we experienced a church that celebrated God’s love for all and through its outreach ministries was committed to being God’s hands and feet in serving Lexington, Rockbridge County, and surrounding communities. We pray for healing and reconciliation for this parish and our country during these challenging times. August 24, 2017 at 1:25 pm I agree. Who among us is perfect? We are imbeded in our time and situation. I hope history will point at the USA in our failure to accept Jewish refugee boats, or many more present day refugees and immagrents. Oh, and don’t forget the Japanese Americans we put in concentration camps, or the Native Americans we marched to death and deserts. In some ways we are a stingy, arrogant country. Most of us do not know our own history. August 24, 2017 at 11:43 am I worshipped at Lee Church while attended W&L from 1959-63. It seems to me that it would be appropriate to change the name back to Grace Church and on a plaque acknowledge that General Lee was a member as was Blessed Jonathan Myrick Daniels. Yes, I am a Yankee. And am part of an interracial famiiy. P.J. Cabbiness says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Janet Diehl says: August 23, 2017 at 11:38 pm I’ll put my foot tentatively into these roiled waters to suggest that I’m unaware of any Episcopal churches being named for Reformation era or post-Reformation holy women or holy men enshrined in our calendar of saints. Naming a church for a secular hero or heroine is just not part of our tradition. Given our church’s history and traditions, why should Robert E. Lee be the exception? brett donham says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA August 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm Very well said. Thank you. August 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm Mr. Desper, as a graduate of Washington & Lee and one who entered the Episcopal Church in the early 1980’s in Lexington, Virginia at RE Lee Memorial, I can state the Cynthia Katsarelis has her history right. Your selective historical “facts” miss the point entirely and do you no credit. Indeed, the Church was renamed in 1903 during Jim Crow and for the same reasons statues were put up honoring defeated Confederate soldiers. More to the point, I believe that Gen. Lee would have been scandalized and appalled at the renaming of the church after him, and for reasons that Ms. Katsarelis points out. Even during my time in Lexington, there was an effort to make Robert E. Lee into a “saint,” something I am sure he would have disavowed and strongly opposed. Curate Diocese of Nebraska August 24, 2017 at 3:20 am Thank you. Mr. Newman. If our church buckles to the radical, politically correct whims that are striking our culture we will truly find ourselves once again in the dark ages. Those who have studied the Civil War cannot erase the pages of suffering that was visited on the South following the secession–on all of its people, even long after the war ended. We owe it to those who were there, on both sides, who lived the horror of a war so terrible most of us cannot imagine, to honor their sacrifices. If anyone doubts the sadness of “civil war” and an example of forgiveness, let them visit Arlington National Cemetery where North and South soldiers are buried with solemn remembrance. It should break all of our hearts to see the rage and mob mentality attempt to rewrite history with no understanding of the consequences. The window of the past is also the mirror of the present. Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

Apopka Burglary Report

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: Week Ending April 13thThe Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending April 13th shows 13 burglaries reported in the city of Apopka.Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:1 – Business4 – Residential8 – VehicleHere is a list of the burglaries, along with their date, time, type, and location: Please enter your comment! 4/7/2019 4:13 PMRESIDENTIALJETT LOOP  Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 4/9/2019 10:02 AMVEHICLE400 BLOCK LAKE BRIDGE LN  4/8/2019 6:37 AMBUSINESS1700 BLOCK ROCK SPRINGS RD  Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 4/13/2019 8:55 PMRESIDENTIAL500 BLOCK S WASHINGTON AVE  4/11/2019 6:04 PMRESIDENTIAL4000 BLOCK SHADY ROCK CT  4/9/2019 4:49 PMVEHICLE1900 BLOCK NICOLE LEE CIR  DATE/TIMETYPELOCATION 4/12/2019 8:22 AMVEHICLE1900 BLOCK HILL DR  4/13/2019 10:23 AMVEHICLE2000 BLOCK BLACKBIRD DR  4/13/2019 3:31 PMVEHICLE1900 BLOCK BEARDSLEY DR  Please enter your name here 4/11/2019 8:19 PMRESIDENTIAL10 BLOCK N MCGEE AVE  4/10/2019 6:36 AMVEHICLE2600 BLOCK LAKE JACKSON CIR  4/9/2019 11:37 AMVEHICLE400 BLOCK LAKE BRIDGE LN  Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleCommissioner Smith passionate about affordable housing and recreational facilities for childrenNext articleRumors continue to swirl about Carnesale’s future as Apopka Fire Chief Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 4/10/2019 3:01 PMVEHICLE900 BLOCK W ORANGE BLOSSOM TRL  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

ArtsForward business support programme open for applications

first_img ArtsForward, which offers business support for arts and cultural organisations in London and Birmingham, is seeking applicants with a deadline of 7th October.This is the second round of the programme, which is delivered by Arts and Culture at Business in the Community with its founding partner, Deutsche Bank.ArtsForward is currently supporting over 20 arts and cultural organisations, and over the next three years, will commit to working with business to help 100 arts and cultural organisations in Birmingham and London. It works by partnering arts and cultural organisations with a business volunteer who provides one of the following services: one-to-one business mentoring, board level support, or commercial expertise. Projects are measured for impact against the growth criteria of earned income, engagement and job creation.Applicants must:Be able to commit to the programme and its evaluation frameworkBe based in Birmingham or LondonBe established for three years or moreHave a turnover of £50k plusHave at least two or more members of paid staffHave the support of the board for the applicationThe deadline for the online applications is Friday 7th October.  139 total views,  3 views today Advertisement Melanie May | 22 September 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 ArtsForward business support programme open for applications Tagged with: arts charity business mentoring  140 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Bomb attack and car bomb hit media as violence escalates in election run-up

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en Legal victory Reporters Without Borders is pleased at the acquittal by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation yesterday of two journalists prosecuted for “psychological distress”.Proceedings were brought against Eduardo Huchim, of the magazine emeequis, and Rubén Lara, of the newspaper Rumbo de México, in October 2008 by magistrate Consuelo Villalobos, after they published official documents relating to the construction of new premises for the Federal Tax and Administrative Court.The journalists were twice ordered to pay huge damages and banned from mentioning the subject or quoting from official documents. “This is a victory for freedom of expression after three years and five months of civil proceedings,” Huchim told Reporters Without Borders. He is awaiting a second ruling in the case by the Supreme Court on whether a legal precedent can be set.“It will be another precedent restricting the protection of a public figure’s reputation where the public interest is at stake, “ said the journalists’ lawyer, Perla Gómez Gallardo. MexicoAmericas A bomb attack on the offices of the national TV network Televisa in Matamoros in Tamaulipas state on 25 March has raised fears of a resumption of the threats that were aimed against the organization in the same place in 2010.The latest attack caused only damage and no injuries. However, it occurred in the wake of two other attacks in the same part of northern Mexico, which has a history of violence.“Violence against the media appears likely to escalate as the July 1 federal election approaches,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Strangling or sabotaging the means of information plays into the hands of the drug cartels and their accomplices among the authorities, while violent crime will once again be a major issue in the election campaign. “After a six-year federal offensive against drug trafficking during which more than 50,000 people have been killed and human rights and basic freedoms seriously undermined, how do the presidential candidates propose to restore the rule of law? What will be the consequences of making attacks on journalists a federal crime?”. to go further Reports The latest attack on Televisa occurred on the heels of a car bomb explosion on 19 March at the offices of the daily Expreso in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state. That attack also caused only material damage, but its aim appeared to have been achieved, namely that Expreso removed a statement on the attack from its website, which was taken off line briefly, according to the newspaper Vanguardia. Equally worrying was a shooting attack on the home of Víctor Montenegro, editor of the weekly El Contralor and a contributor to the magazines Contralineas and Lobo Times, during the night of 24 March in Durango, capital of Durango state. Only the journalist’s mother, who shares the home with her son, was on the premises at the time. Fortunately she was uninjured. News May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas March 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bomb attack and car bomb hit media as violence escalates in election run-up Mexico is ranked 149th of 179 countries in the latest world press freedom index published by Reporters Without Borders. In the past 10 years, 80 journalists have been killed and 14 have disappeared in the country.center_img Follow the news on Mexico Montenegro, who reported the attack to the local office of the federal justice ministry, has no ideas as to the motive for the attack.“I don’t write about drug issues and don’t do any investigative work in that area,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “However, I am a critical journalist who tackles social concerns.” Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts Organisation Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 5, 2021 Find out more News News April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Protesters rename Ouagadougou avenue after slain journalist on 10th anniversary of murder

first_img to go further Reporters Without Borders marked the 10th anniversary of journalist Norbert Zongo’s murder today by organising a protest in which stickers were used to rename one of the capital’s avenues after Zongo. The editor of the weekly L’Indépendant, Zongo and three companions were murdered in the southern town of Sapouy on 13 December 1998.In the course of a march through the streets of Ouagadougou organised by the Collective againt Impunity in Burkina Faso, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard and head of information Léonard Vincent put up large stickers with the words “Avenue Norbert Zongo” in the form a Ouagadougou street-name sign.They distributed stickers to demonstrators and urged them to affix them everywhere in the capital as a tribute to the slain journalist and his three fellow victims.“Ten years after the multiple murder in Sapouy, the people of Burkina Faso are still in the dark although suspicion and evidence have pointed to the president’s brother and the presidential guard,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Not only have the authorities done everything to prevent justice being done in this case but – compounding scandal with contempt – they have done nothing to ensure that Burkina Faso honours one of its finest sons,” the press freedom organisation add. “At least that injustice has been partially redressed today.” Zongo (picture) was an investigative journalist and editor of the weekly L’Indépendant. His charred body was found along with the charred bodies of his three companions in their car in the southern town of Sapouy on 13 December 1998. At the time of his death he had been looking into how David Ouédraogo, the chauffeur of President Blaise Compaoré’s brother François, died at the hands of presidential guard members after being arrested on suspicion of stealing from his employer.Following street protests, President Compaoré created an Independent Commission of Enquiry (CEI) to look into the multiple murder of Zongo and his companions. A few months later, the commission named “six leading suspects.”Sgt. Marcel Kafando and two other presidential guard members were convicted in August 2000 of kidnapping Ouédraogo and torturing him to death. In February 2001, the public prosecutor went on to charge Kafando with murder and arson in connection Zongo’s death. But despite the gravity of the charges, Kafando was allowed to continue living at his home in Ouagadougou all these years.Investigating judge Wenceslas Ilboudo finally ruled on 19 July 2006 that the investigation against “Marcel Kafando and any other unidentified person” for the murder of Zongo should be abandoned on the grounds that a prosecution witness had withdrawn a statement he had made eight years before. The ruling was confirmed on appeal, meaning that no further attempt would be made to find out who murdered Zongo.At that stage, the investigation could only be reopened if “new evidence” was produced. This is what Reporters Without Borders did on 20 October 2006, when it gave the Burkina Faso state prosecutor a copy of the original draft of the CEI’s report, before it was toned down on the insistence of two of the commission’s members, who represented the government.Passages about the contradictions in François Compaoré’s statement and the attempts by businessman Oumarou Kanazoé to silence Zongo prior to his murder were completely eliminated from the final version of the report. The conclusions of the original report were also much more positive and detailed, and much more specific when identifying the “six leading suspects,” all members of the presidential guard. Burkina FasoAfrica Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Organisation Burkina FasoAfrica News In the course of a march through the streets of Ouagadougou organised by the Collective againt Impunity in Burkina Faso, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard and head of information Léonard Vincent put up large stickers with the words “Avenue Norbert Zongo” in the form a Ouagadougou street-name sign. They also distributed stickers to demonstrators and urged them to affix them as a tribute to the slain journalist. December 13, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Protesters rename Ouagadougou avenue after slain journalist on 10th anniversary of murder Receive email alerts News News May 5, 2021 Find out more Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Burkina Faso French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Celebration of the Arts

first_imgLocal News WhatsApp Celebration of the Arts Twitter Facebook By admin – May 18, 2018 Previous articleGUEST VIEW: Time to rein in rogue government agenciesNext articleHays teacher heading to NASA next month admin Pinterestcenter_img The Arts Council of MidlandThe Arts Council of Midland has scheduled the 35th annual Celebration of the Arts: A Total Eclipse of the Arts today through Sunday at Colorado Street and Wall Street in downtown Midland.Today: 7 p.m. Premier Party for sponsors and ticketed guests at Midland Tower, 223 W. Wall St., Midland. Enjoy food, drinks, music, and a sneak peak of all the visual artists. The theme is the 80s, and 80s attire is recommended.Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Celebration of the ArtsSunday: Noon to 5 p.m., Celebration of the Arts.There will be more than 30 visual artists, activities for children and fun for the whole family.Admission is free.For more information or tickets, call 687-1149. Odessa High’s Skylar Herrera (left) gets around Midland High’s Kobe Powell (right) in the second quarter of the Lady Bronchos’ 41-32 win over the Midland High Lady Bulldogs, Friday night at Odessa High Fieldhouse. Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Forecasters Predict GDP Growth Will Slow Down in 2016 and 2017

first_img Previous: Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz Demands More Transparency from the Fed Next: FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund Capital Ratio Soars Past Required 2 Percent Level in Daily Dose, Featured, News Forecasters Predict GDP Growth Will Slow Down in 2016 and 2017 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily November 15, 2015 1,376 Views BLS GDP Growth Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary Phladelphia Fed U.S. Economy 2015-11-15 Brian Honea Home / Daily Dose / Forecasters Predict GDP Growth Will Slow Down in 2016 and 2017 About Author: Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articles Tagged with: BLS GDP Growth Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary Phladelphia Fed U.S. Economycenter_img Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The outlook for the annual growth rate of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) for the next two years looks somewhat softer compared to what it was three months ago, according to a survey of 45 forecasters conducted by the Philadelphia Fed.The forecasters’ current estimates for average annual GDP growth are 2.6 percent for 2016 and 2.5 percent for 2017. Both of these figures represent downward revisions from their forecasts in August, when they predicted an annual growth rate of 2.8 percent for 2016 and 2.6 percent for 2017.The prediction has been upwardly revised for 2018, however. Whereas the forecasters originally thought GDP growth for 2018 would be only 2.4 percent, they now believe it will be 2.8 percent. GDP growth has not averaged above 2.8 percent for an entire year since before the recession—in 2006, when it was 3.3 percent. In 2014, the GDP grew at an average annual rate of 2.4 percent.The numbers for job gains during the first three quarters of 2016 have also been upwardly revised, according to the Philadelphia Fed. The forecasters are predicting nonfarm payroll employment to increase at an average monthly rate of 201,500 for Q3 and 188,200 jobs for Q4. Overall for 2015, the forecasters are predicting monthly job gains to average 241,800 for 2015 and 197,000 for 2016; following weak employment reports for August and September this year, there were 270,000 jobs added in October, beating expectations by about 50 percent.The outlook for the unemployment rate is slightly improved, according to the survey. For the full year of 2015, forecasters are predicting an average rate of 5.3 percent, but they believe that number will fall to 4.8 percent in 2016, and down to 4.7 percent for both 2017 and 2018, both downward revisions from the last survey conducted in August. The more comprehensive U6 unemployment rate, which includes those marginally attached to the workforce, discouraged workers, and people employed part-time for economic reasons, was 9.8 percent in October 2015, the first time that number has been below 10 percent since before the recession. The labor participation rate remained at its lowest level since the late 1970s, however.The survey of forecasters conducted by the Philadelphia Fed, released Friday, came one day after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) for September 2015. The BLS reported approximately 5.5 million job openings (a rate of 3.7 percent) as of the end of September 2015, little changed from August; there were 5.0 million hires and 4.8 million separations during September, both numbers little changed from August.While the all-important monthly employment summary has been highly touted as the primary source to which to look in order to determine if economic growth is sufficient for the Fed to raise rates in December, the JOLTS should not be discounted, and has in fact been cited by Fed Chairman Janet Yellen as a source for better understanding the labor market beyond traditional metrics.“While it would seem good that the number of openings is increasing, demand for labor is rising, the fact that hiring and voluntary job separation remains low is an indication that there is a growing mismatch between the skills employers want and the skills employees have,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “In other words, the labor supply isn’t aligning with labor demand. Anecdotal comments by employers that they can’t ‘find’ the right people for their jobs supports this. Interestingly this may be an indication of a tight labor market but not for the reasons we originally expected.”  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

2G Case : CBI’s Appeal Not Maintainable; Did Not Follow Filing Procedure, Accused Argue In Delhi HC

first_imgNews Updates2G Case : CBI’s Appeal Not Maintainable; Did Not Follow Filing Procedure, Accused Argue In Delhi HC Karan Tripathi5 Oct 2020 4:42 AMShare This – xAccused in the 2G spectrum case have argued that the leave to appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against the acquittals of A Raja and others is not maintainable as the agency did not follow the procedure prescribed for filing such an appeal. While addressing the Single Bench of Justice Brijesh Sethi, the counsel appearing for the accused argued that the appeal…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAccused in the 2G spectrum case have argued that the leave to appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against the acquittals of A Raja and others is not maintainable as the agency did not follow the procedure prescribed for filing such an appeal. While addressing the Single Bench of Justice Brijesh Sethi, the counsel appearing for the accused argued that the appeal has been moved by the CBI without following the procedure requiring the sanction of the central government under the CBI Manual. The arguments were made in the leave to appeal moved by the CBI and the ED against the acquittal of A Raja and others in the 2G spectrum case. The court had earlier allowed an early hearing in this matter, agreeing to take it up on a daily basis from October 05. Appearing for one of the accused, Mr Vijay Aggarwal argued that the CBI did not follow clause 23.20 of the CBI Manual which requires a reference to be made to the Attorney General for deciding whether a case is fit for appeal or not if there has been an acquittal in an ‘important case.’ An ‘important case’ is categorised on the basis of the amount involved, status of the accused, the sensitive nature of the investigation involving elected representatives, etc. Mr Aggarwal further argued the agency has shown nothing to prove that other rules which require prior approval of the Department of Prosecutions and the concerned Union Ministry before filing of appeal against an acquittal has been complied with. Responding to these arguments, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain argued that the court should not waste its valuable judicial time in entertaining such frivolous applications. Mr Jain further submitted that the decision to move an appeal is an internal matter of the agency and the central government, and if required, the deliberations can be shared with the court in a sealed cover. ‘Accused are moving applications on housekeeping matters to defeat the purpose of the court’s order granting early hearing on appeal’, Mr Jain argued. While asking Mr Jain to clarify this controversy around maintainability, the court adjourned the matter till tomorrow Next Storylast_img read more

‘We Do Not See Any Reason For Further Extension’: Calcutta High Court Decides Not To Extend Life Of Interim Orders Beyond March 31

first_imgNews Updates’We Do Not See Any Reason For Further Extension’: Calcutta High Court Decides Not To Extend Life Of Interim Orders Beyond March 31 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 March 2021 9:00 AMShare This – xA Full Bench of the Calcutta High Court has decided that it will not extend the life of interim orders, that were earlier extended in view of the lockdown induced by Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, the extensions granted will expire on March 31, 2021. The Bench comprising of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justices Rajesh Bindal, IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon and Subrata…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Full Bench of the Calcutta High Court has decided that it will not extend the life of interim orders, that were earlier extended in view of the lockdown induced by Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, the extensions granted will expire on March 31, 2021. The Bench comprising of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justices Rajesh Bindal, IP Mukerji, Harish Tandon and Subrata Talukdar therefore closed the suo moto PIL registered by the Court in March 2020. The order stated, “We do not see any reason to extend the original order any further beyond March 31st, 2021, except as regards the matters which we specifically order hereinbelow.” These exceptions are as follows: Conditional orders of Courts including relating to occupation of any premises subject to payment of rent or occupational charges will continue, notwithstanding the non-deposit of the rent or occupation charges during the period 15th March, 2020 till 20th April, 2021.Rent or occupation charges not deposited in terms of the rent control legislations will not immediately make the tenant or occupant liable for eviction till 20th April, 2021 or earlier orders of Court. This order is also applicable to orders pertaining to Original Side of the Court, the Bench said. Background By way of this suo moto PIL, the Full bench had granted several extensions of interim orders, as the judicial functioning was disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first such extension was made until April 30, 2020, vide order dated March 24, 2020. Subsequently, the extension orders were extended on various occasions, viz. orders dated April 23, 2020, June 24, 2020, August 7 and November 24, 2020. The last such order was passed on February 23, for extension till March 31, 2021. On Friday, the Full said that there is no need to further extend the original. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more