The printing press solves problems — when you can’t understand your priest or the readers….

 

Pope Francis greets the crowd at the end of a weekly general audience at St Peter’s square.

What to do?   You can’t understand a word your  priest says? Or you can’t hear what the Readers of the Bible said?   

These problems matter.   Some people may stop attending your church. Or revenue may drop.

Face the problem directly.   There are simple solutions!

Use the printing press.  Print the Readings — so if the Reader cannot use a microphone properly  people in the pew  can still hear the message.  They can read it.

And print the sermon.  Yes I know that’s not done.  But it’s time to do it.     If your priest speaks a form of English that is hard to understand — put the sermon (or a short version of it) in the bulletin.  That way people can read the sermon then or later on.

Yes there is a growing problem of people in the pew not able to understand what the priest or readers say.

This is adapted from an article in the  Wall Street Journal titled   I Can’t Understand a Word My Priest Says  written by Marty Sherry, Oct. 05, 2017:

Today around a quarter of Catholic diocesan priests were born outside the U.S., and about 30% of priests ordained in America last year were foreign-born. Why and how did they come?  Some came after learning English as the language of commerce in their native land.  Many see opportunities for ministry in the U.S.  Some come as political refugees. Others find salaries are higher here, enabling them to send money home to support their families.  Still others find that life in the U.S. is just more comfortable.  Most see the U.S. as spiritually  needy — so privledged that its people no longer crave sacramental care.

Can’t understand the priest?   The Readers mumble or cannot use a microphone properly?  Solution:    The printing press!   Many Protestant churches routinely  print the Readings  — that way if a person is hard of hearing or the person reading does not speak clearly the congregation can still ‘read along’ and get the message.

Churches typically do not print the Sermon and include it as part of the Bulletin.  Why not do so?

Let people think about what was said on Sunday.  And for those who cannot understand the accent of the male or female  priest —  or just can’t follow along because of  the length  — there’s hope!  Use the copy  machine.  

written by Cameron Jackson    DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

 

 

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Christ Heals Then & Now! Sat. Oct. 14. Come Light a candle & say a prayer .. CA

    Christ Heals Then & Now!  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

9:45 am – 11:45 am

Resurrection Catholic Community

                                                             7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos

 Come light a candle… say a prayer… for all people  harmed in recent fires in California 

Experience healing through   music, prayer,   laughter, sharing and listening

 

Live Music (Secular & Sacred)   with   musician Lulu Manus

  Bring an object or book to share.  Bring food to share. Bring a friend needs healing.

Christ Then and Now ….   Heals All….

www.AptosChurch.info     Cameron Jackson 688-6002    DrCameronJackson@gmail.com 

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Healing Prayer Service 10 am at Aptos episcopal church Sunday Oct 15

   St. Luke the Physician Healing Prayer Service Liturgy

Sunday, October 15, 2017 —  10 am

St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church,

125 Cantebury Drive, Aptos, CA

                                                      www.AptosChurch.info

The Roman Catholic Church and other major denominations remember   Saint Luke the Physician.    His feast day takes place on 18 October.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord…”

During the Oct. 15   liturgy,   some members will   briefly discuss their own healing and prayer stations will be  available to all (an opportunity for all to ask for prayers for healing).

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Jesus Heals All… Yesterday & Now! Come Oct. 14 to Resurrection in Aptos CA

   Jesus Heals All … Yesterday & Now!    Come Oct. 14 to Aptos

October 14, 2017    Live Music 9:45 am  to 11:45 am    —  pot luck sharing.  Come!   

 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

Resurrection Catholic Community  

Experience  healing through  prayer,  song, laughter, sharing and listening.

 All are Welcome!   And yes, you can come for all or part of the Event.   

 Coming from out of town?  Plan to stay in Aptos, CA  for the day. Enjoy a bit of  the Aptos enviorns. The entrance to Seacliff State Beach is 1/2 mile away.   Severino’s Bar & Grill with a tranquil koi pond garden is right next door.  The Hidden Nursery is a lovely quiet spot to visit.   Next door  is Aptos Natural Foods and  Aptos Coffee Roasting Co        

SATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2017 — 

    9:45 am — 11:45 am:   Live Music (Secular & Sacred) with Resurrection musician Lulu Manus on  guitar!   

Like to participate?     bring a book or reading on healing.   Bring an object that matters to you (a ring, bracelet, picture).   Bring some food that you like to eat and some to share with others.   

There may be  discussion of some several of the healing Jesus did with women:  Peter’s mother-in-law;  a woman who had bled for  many years; a young girl who had recently  died.  

Come and enjoy the music!  Share your thoughts and food with others!  Sing!   Bring a friend!   

Bring your (supervised)  children & grandchildren.   Mini-cup cakes & cider   at 9:30 am.

Can’t come for all of it?  Then come for part!  Prefer to read the newspaper?  Fine!  Need to do your work?   Then bring your  laptop or smart phone  as you listen to great music played by   Resurrection musician  Lulu Manus.

 Healing Event is offered  by Licensed  Clinical Psychologist, Cameron Jackson, Ph.D., J,D.   PSY14762     127 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz,CA  95003    831 688 6002

 www.aptoschurch.info  lists Events going on in churches in Aptos, CA. See below:

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Hepatitis outbreak in CA — where do homeless people poop in Aptos & Santa Cruz CA?

Where do homeless people poop in Aptos & Santa Cruz County?  This is a major health hazard beter  managed with  easy access to  portable toilets.

But few portable toilets  exist in Aptos and nearby  Santa Cruz, CA.

Most of the time, the bathroom  doors are  locked at most Aptos churches and in  most public facilities.

Since plastic bags are now outlawed, homeless cannot readily clean up after themselves.  There are a few portable toilets  — but not many.

The California hepatitis A outbreak is on the verge of reaching statewide epidemic status, as cases have spread through homeless tent cities from San Diego north to Sacramento.

California health officials have reported that at least 569 people have been infected with the hepatitis A liver disease and 17 have died since a San Diego County outbreak was first identified in November. Cases have migrated north to homeless populations in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Sacramento over the last 11 months.

Although local and state authorities have tried to underplay the risks and severity of the outbreak, the most recent annual totals for cases of hepatitis A in the United States was 1,390 in 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). California only reported 179 cases during the same year.

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Aptos Psychologist Dr. Jackson writes:     Are portable toilets just one more thing that  taxpayers  have to pay for?  Looks like yes.   Human poop is a  major health hazard in CA.

How might  churches and other community organizations help control disease problems related to human poop?  Let’s get the issues on agendas of various Aptos and Santa Cruz community organizations.Will that really happen?  Mmmmm.

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written by Cameron Jackson   DrCameronJackson@gmail.colm

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Jesus Heals All! Come Oct. 14 to Aptos, Resurrection Catholic Church

 Jesus Heals All!   Come Oct. 14 to Aptos   

October 14, 2017    Live Music 9:45 am  to 11:45 am    —  pot luck sharing. 

Memorial Table for those harmed in recent  fires.  

 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

Resurrection Catholic Community  

Experience  healing through  prayer,  song, laughter, sharing and listening.

 All are Welcome!   

 Coming from out of town?  Plan to stay in Aptos for the day. Enjoy a bit of Aptos  enviorns.  The entrance to Seacliff State Beach  is 1/2 mile away.              

SATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2017 — 

    9:45 am — 11:45 am:   Live Music (Secular & Sacred)  in the Community Hall.  Lulu Manus on  guitar!  

Like to participate?    bring a favorite book on healing — or some reading that helps you heal.  Bring an object that matters to you (a ring, bracelet, picture). Bring some food that you like to eat and some to share.  

There may   be  discussion of some several of the healings Jesus did with women:  Peter’s mother-in-law;  a woman who had bled for  many years; a young girl who had recently  died.  

Come and enjoy the music!  Share  food with others!  Listen!  Laugh!    Bring a friend!   

Bring your (supervised)  children & grandchildren.   Mini-cup cakes, warm cider & tea  at 9:30 am.

Can’t come for all of it?  Then come for part!  Prefer to read the newspaper?  Fine!  Need to do your work?   Then bring your  laptop or smart phone  as you listen to great music played by   Resurrection musician  Lulu Manus.

 Healing Event is offered  by Licensed  Clinical Psychologist, Cameron Jackson, Ph.D., J,D.   PSY14762     127 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz,CA  95003    831 688 6002

For information on various events happening at churches in the Aptos, CA area click on the link below: 

 www.aptoschurch.info 

 

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Free Speech at universities & churches

 

Freedom of speech

Censorship of conservative voices.   Your voice has no merit and we will censor your voice  – that happens more and more  in university settings and other public settings  –including   churches.

Don’t like someone’s opinion?  Make more speech.  That’s the essence of freedom to speak.

Administration at U.C. Berkeley  recently spent  $60o K to protect free speech when Ben Shapiro, a conservative writer,  spoke at U.C. Berkeley. As of 9/23/2017,   is not clear whether the Free Speech Week sponsored by Berkeley Patriot student group  will go forward.

What about  churches?

Are ‘conservative’ voices treated  equally — and  respectfully —  as ‘liberal’ voices in your church?

If some church member raises concerns about an issue  are they  greeted respectfully  with  ‘let’s talk about that…” or are they treated indirectly  with derision, ignoring the person and quick  hostile comments followed by walking away.

An example that happened recently: The church volunteer person  who sends out email regarding events of interest to the  parishioners was asked  more than once  to put a link to a specific  post concerning  an  event.  Response in person was ‘our parishioners are older and don’t do links…’   Oh?  The following week the email sent out by that volunteer contained a link to a newly created church related   blog.  Is that censorship? I think so.

How do churches handle conflict? With listening and prayer we hope.  And respect for the other person’s opinion.   And supportive of freedom to speak.  That takes active steps since the elections in November, 2016.

Increasingly, churches start their church board  meetings with a Covenant  how people will talk to each other.

How might respectful discourse be encouraged in all church related meetings?   At coffee hour?  When two or three church Members gather to make decisions  planning future  events?

Weigh in.  Express your views on this topic and other topics.

Monterey Bay Forum is exactly that  — a Forum  for the expression of different views.   Some people write under a pen name.   One high school youth publishes on Birds.  One ex-policeman now an  R.N. writes about his career changes.  There are many voices expressed on the Forum.  Licensed Psychologist  Cameron Jackson writes under her own name — on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and through other avenues.

Your voice is welcome.

Many of the  most popular posts (most read over time)  on Monterey Bay Forum relate to Freedom.  Wonder why?    Probably because the domain name  is   www.freedomok.net    That’s probably why we see readers  popping up from all over the world and all over the U.S.A.

written by Cameron Jackson    DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Christ Heals Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow! — EVENT CANCELLED

  October 13 & 14, 2017   — EVENT  CANCELLED  —

 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

Resurrection Catholic Community 

Experience healing through  prayer,  song, laughter, sharing and listening.  All are Welcome!  Can you come?

Please —  SIGN UP ahead of time — via email  or phone — DrCameronJackson@gmail.com

831 688 6002

FRIDAY Oct. 13 —  3:00 pm  — Hospitality for Travelers from Afar

    If  you are coming from afar,  please contact Cameron Jackson you  if need information  regarding housing or other issues.

Come early!    Get here when there is plenty of light & enjoy a bit of Aptos enviorns.

   4 to 5 pm:     Doors Open  —  Live Music 

         Pick up Information  Know What’s Happening & Rest and Relax

  5 to 6 pm:   Food & Converstion to Share  —   please bring food to share in the  Community Hall.  One large ham and beans donated to date!

    6 to 7 pm:  Soaking Prayer  (listen)  & Praise Music (singing)  

    7  to 8:30   Program with Rev. Hugh & Monte  Bromiley —  with Praise Music or background  music during any  breaks (to be determined)     8: 30  Exit Music.             

SATURDAY, Oct. 14, 2017 —  $30 for day  suggested donation includes breakfast & lunch — donate as you are able —

 8 to 9 am:   Pancake & Sausage breakfast  in the Hall  — hosted by Boy Scouts #609

8:45 —  in  the church —  Soaking Prayer music (listen) & Praise Music (sing)    

9 to 12 noon:  Morning Program with Rev. Hugh & Monte Bromiley

12 to 1:  Lunch with  Live Music in Hall —

            Opportunities to witness concerning  Healings & Miracles

            Come get acquainted with others!   If you want to walk around Aptos there’s info  concerning places on the Info Table

 1 – 4 pm:  Afternoon Program with  Rev. Hugh  & Monte  Bromiley   — 

 Prayer Stations and Reading of Names people wish to pray for —  to be determined.

4 pm  Music  

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Episcopalian “white privilege” — alive and well at St. John’s in Aptos?

  Episcopalian “white privledge” —  alive and well at St. John’s in Aptos? Are there ways to address it?  Yes to both!

An important  issue to  think about:   how does  the structure of the  church — intentionally or unintentionally — leave out voices that are  not part of the governing structure?   Voices of color for example. And what can the church  do about it?

 One issue is wealth.

Similar   to the city of  Santa Cruz CA,  St. John’s Episcopal in Aptos is  all white   and —  rich.

That  ALL ARE WELCOME  — certainly said often at many churches including St. John’s  —    is  visibly more  apparent  at  some nearby Catholic churches.  Just look at the makeup of who is in the pews and that’s obvious.

Per the new rules passed by St. John’s   episcopal board of directors, there’s numerous  steps (i.e.. 11)  to meet in order to be eligible to  serve on the board of directors (vestry).

All of the persons currently serving on  St. John’s  vestry  are white.

And — per a casual inspection of the church registrar —  all potential vestry persons who could be eligible to serve  — are also white.

Persons who attend services  have a “voice” and may  “speak”.   But, all decisions at St. John’s  concerning the  management of the corporate body of the church are made by white folk.

There are many ways that St. John’s can make ‘All are Welcome’ more of a reality.  Here’s just a few  easy to implement ways:

   1)  Connect on a daily basis with the  numerous youth who come  every afternoon to play basketball and skateboard  on the St. John campus. How?  Cabrillo College is very close.   Hire a Black basketball player  connected with Cabrillo  — a young man age 18 – 22  who wants to spread the Good News of God’s love.    Have him out there 2 hours a day Monday through Friday in the afternoons.  A nice part time job for a up and coming black athlete at Cabrillo.   Hire someone who can  be a  role model for youth.  And, encourage movement from playing  basketball to participating in youth group activities available through  the church. And connect that program with the youth program at nearby Resurrection Catholic Community.

   2) Advertise the ‘basket ball’ program with a large sign next to the Services on Sunday  sign.  Put up something  in bright colors  that says  PIZZA & Basketball from 4 to 5 PM!.   That will draw more youth.

 

   3)  Put a new  picnic table over near the basket ball hoop.  A  table  where a family member could sit and share a bite to eat as they watch the youth play.  That makes it easy for  parents to watch their children.  This will be an easy way for St. John people to connect  and say ‘hello’. Welcome!  Come back on Sunday and other days …

    4)  Take down the scary   blue handicapped parking signs that say $250 fine if you park in a handicapped spot.  Replace with more friendly Reserved for Persons with Limited Mobility signs.   The  mere possibility of a $250 fine is not a friendly act.

 

 

    5)  Directly in front of the ENTRANCE area, put up a 8 foot metal bench.  Put the bench by the back entrance to the Cafe.    Sitting on it one can look out towards the park and the ocean.  A lovely spot for a bench.   People with mobility issues can sit and wait for a ride. There are lots of older people who might need to sit there.    People needing to drop off supplies can put supplies  on the bench.   There are no benches around St. John’s.   Take a look around nearby  churches (Coastlands, Resurrection, Christ Lutheran). They all  have benches.  Benches are  one more way to be more welcoming to the Stranger and to the Newcomer.

    6)  Schedule  various outside music groups to sing during the Coffee hour time.  The Threshold Singers for example. They sing in small groups of three for persons needing healing or at their  bedsides. Deliberately bring in outside singing groups right at the end of Sunday services.  Welcome the Singing Community of Santa Cruz county.

7)  Make the music sung at the beginning  more welcoming.  For example,

A  song to paste  in the back of the hymnal at St. John’s — and sing  — is  ALL ARE WELCOME   by MartyHaugen:

“Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone, to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known.

“Let us build a house where all are named, their songs and visions heard and loved and treasured, taught and claimed as word within the Word.

“Built of tears and cries and laughter, prayers of faith and songs of grace, let this house proclaim from floor to rafter.  All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.”

 And —  perhaps in the front of the hymnal at St. John’s — paste another good song to sing:

THE GOD OF SECOND CHANGES

“Come now, O God of second chances; open our lives to heal.  Remove our hate, and melt our rage. Save us from ourselves.

“Come now, O God of second chances; may we forgive ourselves, may we become your living sign: Children of God’s love.”        [wrjitten by David Haas]

 

Yes — there are lots of ways for churches such as St. John’s to be deliberately more welcoming to all people.  Above are just a few ways.

Akin to  throwing pebbles into still waters and seeing the those ripples go  out  —  small changes in how a church welcomes the Stranger and Newcomer  may over time  change the composition of the Membership and  the Board of Directors.

written by Cameron Jackson

 

 

 

 

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Christ Heals Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow! Aptos CA Faith Building Event Oct. 13 & 14, 2017 at Resurrection church

Faith Building Event —

                           CANCELED !

Christ Heals Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow!

October 13 & 14, 2017

 7600 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

Resurrection Catholic Community 

All are Welcome!  Come & Participate!    On Saturday — only —  a  $30 donation (breakfast & lunch included) is suggested.  Donate as you are able.

Friday, Oct. 13:  4 p.m.   Hospitality & Registration in the Community Hall:   Rest & Relax time;   bring & enjoy  Food to Share;   Soaking Prayer background music.  Dinner with other attendees  —  if you want —  at Severino’s restaurant next door. Warm foods  available to share  in Community Hall.     Rev. Hugh Bromiley speaks on Inner Healing  in  the church   —  roughly   around  7  p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14: —  8:00  – 9:30 a.m.  Pancake & Sausage breakfast hosted by Boy Scouts #609 in Hall.    Soaking Prayer background music in the church.    Some community singing groups may participate either Friday or Saturday  — which groups may participate is  still in process.

Saturday 12:00  Lunch Break: pre-made  lunches (3 choices)   available  in Community Hall, or bring your own  or  enjoy food from  near by eateries.  Background music.  Enjoy getting acquainted with others!

Rev. Hugh Bromily speaks  on Inner Healing   —  Sat.  around 9:30 a.m & around 1:30 p.m Program closes at 4:00 pm.

The Rev. Hugh Bromiley, North American Director of Order of St. Luke

speaks on Inner Healing

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