What’s “church” all about at St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Aptos, CA ? It’changing …

 

‘Transform lives’ —  bit  the dust as part of  a proposed Mission Statement for St. John’s episcopal in Aptos, CA

So what’s “church” all about at St. John’s episcopal church  in Aptos, CA?  It’s changing.    What we do know:  ‘transform lives’ bit the dust and won’t  be included in the new Mission Statement.

Soon  — or very soon —   this small episcopal church  of typically  75-100 persons  attending   an average   Sunday  10:30 AM  service — will collectively  agree on a new Mission Statement.

Assuming that  Mission Statement words become  connected to   new church  behaviors — there will be a host of new objectives and goals monitored by the church vestry/ board.

Initially proposed as the  new Mission Statement:    ‘Love like Jesus, respect the dignity of all people and  and transform lives.’  This  was proposed by the new  Rector,  Mother Tracy.

One member  wrote in,   ‘What does it mean to respect the dignity of all people?’   That it appears  was a  hard one  to define.    At a general meeting concerning ‘transform  lives’ as part of  the Mission Statement one  member strongly objected,  “I don’t like it” without saying why.    That thought prevailed.

So,  where is  St. John the Baptist  Episcopal  Church going  concerning  finalizing a new Mission Statement?

What’s  most recently  proposed:   ‘to love God and love our neighbors by doing justice,  loving mercy and walking humbly with God – together.’

Anyone out there  recognize the biblical  basis for the above?   The Great Commandment  has been squished together with  the old testament  question,  ‘What doth God require of thee, O man?’

Anyone willing and able to write a basic Mission Statement for a small Christian church?  Here’s one try:

‘We,   as part of the Body of Christ, love God & neighbor, seek to forgive others and also ourselves,  pray as He teaches us to pray,   and  do  such acts  as Jesus’s life,    teachings, death and resurrection suggest.’

Go for it —   suggest a basic Mission Statement for a small, episcopal church.

written by Cameron Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

“Respect every person” includes living space & clean needles? More social justice focus for St. John’s episcopal in Aptos, CA

 Will  social justice become central to overall mission at  St. John’s episcopal in Aptos, CA? 

Stay ALERT

  Highly likely.  Mother Tracy brings her perspective and changes are happening.   This  inference is based on reading  the  lengthy  email sent out  by the Mother Tracy (aka Mother  T)  concerning the proposed Mission Statement.

What we do  know:

  One:   Mother T chose the  well known social justice verse  from the old testament  — what  doth god requires of thee?  written by  the   prophet  Micah.

New International Version
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Mother T quotes Micah as “Do justice”  not     “do justly…”  There are numerous translations.  Few translations  use the words “do justice”.   Most  translations say  “do justly”. There’s a large difference between “justice” and “do justly”.

We do know that Mother T — who has numerous, excellent   skills — has not parented her own  small children.  Children  often say or demonstrate ‘that’s not fair’ concerning sibling antics and parents step in on a daily basis to deal justly with them.   As most  parents who have raised  small children know, handing out  justice is  a far cry from dealing justly with  their children.

  The prophet Micah is better translated as ‘do justly’ or ‘act justly’ rather than ‘do justice’.

Courts of law, judges and juries “do justice”.  As individuals  we  can  choose to ‘act justly’ and ‘do justly’.

 Two:  the words  of the proposed Mission Statement for St. John’s are  vague —  sufficiently so   that most anything can be plugged in as a Goal / Objective tied to an  underlying  ‘do justice’ theme (Micah 6:8).

The guts of the proposed Mission Statement:

Love like Jesus. Respect all persons.  Transform lives.

All three prongs — love, respect and transform —  easily morph into  social justice goals which focus on equality  —   which for many includes providing free needles  for persons  addicted to heroin / opiates  and  provide free living space for all homeless persons residing  in Santa Cruz county.

ALERT!  A simple  logo & mission statement  for St. John’s Episcopal, Aptos, CA   Based on Love, Respect and Transform.

Here’s a suggestion for a far more  simple  Mission Statement for St. John’s  which is based on the  core words Love, Respect and Transform.  The word Alert.  Be alert. Stay alert.

And ALERT   means  stay off  heroin/  opiates. Stop using needles.  Stop pushing free needles for addicts.   Support free detox via methadone tablets and mobile detox facilities.  There’s a truck that provides free showers which goes to St. John’s episcopal  and other Aptos area churches.  Let’s have a truck that goes to those addicted and  supports persons who choose to get free of drugs and be ALERT!

  And, no more nodding off while alive.  The apostle St. Paul told  people to stay alert.

The word ALERT readily connects to the core words of Love, Respect and Transform which form the basis of St. John’s proposed mission statement.Just add a couple vowels to L R T   —  add a and e — and ah,ha — the word  ALERT.

Yes – stay alert!  That a decent,  basic, solid  stance towards life — to  Love, Respect and Transform.

And for non-believers and non-Christians and atheists — of whom there are quite a few at St. John’s —   the word ALERT  contains   no mention of  Jesus Christ, of Him as the Son of God, of  Logos or of anything explicitly Christian.  There’s little liklihood of offending anyone with a  logo of ALERT.

Note however that in the above image for ALERT  that there is a triangle.    The triangle could symbolize Father, Son and Holy Spirit for those  who do  believe Jesus Christ lives yesterday, today and forever.

Back to the beginning ….

Social Justice is largely all about  equality – and not about freedom.  Social justice advocates seek equality at the expense of freedom.

Like  a say in the direction  St. John’s  takes?    Then come on Sundays at 9:15 – 10:15 for the next couple week or so.  Come, listen  and participate.    Stay ALERT!

Written by Cameron Jackson

Monerey Bay Forum

127 Jewell Street
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Homeless in Santa Cruz CA – why?

Slipped on a banana peel  why homeless in Santa Cruz CA says  Jon Showalter, President of AFC & member of St. John’s Episcopal in Aptos, CA

Homeless in Santa Cruz CA — Why?  Largely just economic,   a slip on a banana peel?  Or are people homeless due to  lots of inter-related issues with use of  illegal drugs interwoven?  Your experience?

From government statistics:   Roughly 40% surveyed report at least one or more  serious health conditions:   drugs/alcohol;  psychotic/emotional;  post traumatic stress disorder,  physically disabled and  chronic health conditions. Such are the statistics.

It’s one thing to report and another thing as to what the real problems are.   Surveys are simply what people choose to report.

Per government  survey, roughly the same percentage  of homeless persons  look for work (43%)  compared with those who report they are  unable to work (43%).  These figures are from Santa Cruz County data.

A different   viewpoint  expressed recently  by   homeless advocate Jon  Showalter:  He  said in a talk  that 60% of local homeless  are “economic refugees” who “slipped on a banana peel” and  lost their social network. We need to know them human to human  Showalter emphasized.

It’s 60% economic  to 40%  other  (mental illness/ drug and alcohol)   states  homeless advocate Jon Showalter who spoke to 50+ women in Aptos,CA at Resurrection Catholic Community  3/18/19.

Showwalter is President of the Board for the Association of Faith Communities (AFC) and member of St. John’s Episcopal church   in Aptos, CA. The AFC meets monthly at Calvary Episcopal church  in Santa Cruz, CA   and  has 11 representatives of largely north Santa Cruz  faith organizations including Buddhist, Hindu and Christian.

Following Showalter’s presentation,  Pat Lorenzo of Resurrection Catholic Community  updated  attendees concerning other  programs currently in place through mid-county churches  which assist homeless persons  with meals, shelter, showers, socks  and other services.  The collect Socks program will continue says  Pat Lorenzo who applied for ,and received, three or four thousand  pairs of socks in December, 2018. Those socks have been dispersed throughout Santa Cruz County Lorenzo said.

New long term sheltering program:  Showalter states that a new sheltering program starts 3/18/19 at St. John’s Episcopal in Aptos, CA. Occupants of 3 cars will shelter long term in the parking lot of the church.  One car/person has been doing so for several months.  Persons  in the new sheltering  program will be  vetted through the Association of Faith Communities states Showalter.

Not in my backyard issues:

Whether or   how the nearby   housing project  — located adjacent on two sides  to St. John’s Episcopal   church in Aptos, CA  —  was contacted  concerning the long term sheltering program  was not discussed by Showalter  at the Guild meeting nor in  recent  email sent by the Rector, Mtr Tracy,   to St. John’s Episcopal  congregation.   At the Guild meeting an attendee discussed how  a successful   Catholic church sheltering program — located next to a school — managed the “not in my backyard issues”. Ongoing communication,  sharing  meals with  the parish  and a 6 am leave the premises each day  were central rules  she said.

Comment by Aptos Psychologist:

Are people homeless in Santa Cruz mainly   due to  “a slip on a banana peel”?  Mostly an economic issue and only somewhat a mental health/ drug issue?    Nope.  Why the multitude of  needles on the beaches? Why the feces and urine smells in downtown Santa Cruz?  Why the encampment of 100+  unauthorized tents at the entrance to Santa Cruz, CA.   Why do young mothers not take small children to Santa Cruz parks?

Reality:   It’s probably the reverse — 80+ percent drug/ alcohol/ mental illness and  20 percent economic.

What do statistics say?

Take Away :  The numbers show an overall decrease in homeless persons comparing  numbers   first collected (2005)  to the  latest numbers (2017).   There were about 3,400 homeless  in 2005 — and 12 years later — about   2,200 in 2017.

For communities to receive federal grant money for homeless issues those communities must count homeless persons every two years.   Communities   use  the Point in Time method of counting.

Statistics  collected by Applied Survey Research show that in 2005 there were 3,371 homeless and 8 years later in 2013  — the high point —  there were 3,536.  In 2015 the number was 1,964 and in 2017  it was 2,249.The statistics listed above  can be found via  United Way and from Santa Cruz County.

One size shoe  does not fit all:

There’s a fairly  new federal law that cities cannot displace homeless unless they provide a bed/ place for them.  New York City shelters almost all of their homeless.   California provides services to 1/3 of all the homeless in the U.S.   — must be the weather and beaches? — and roughly 70% of the homeless  are not sheltered.  Thus we see encampments of homeless tents at the entrance to Santa Cruz, CA.

What say you?  The government — and religious faith organizations  — should provide long term  house / housing space for all?

written by Cameron Jackson

Monerey Bay Forum

127 Jewell Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
United States (US)
Phone: 831 688 6002
Fax: 831 688 7717
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FAX Sen. Heidi Heitkamp YES on Kavanaugh! Her mail boxes full!

 

FAX Sen. Heidi Heitkamp YES on Kavanaugh

Fax Sen. Heidi Heitkamp re YES  Kavanaugh!   Vote on Saturday Oct 6, 2018.  See FAX numbers for North Dakota below:  FAX does get to her. Her email boxes are full.  So — FAX !!

701 258 1254  Bismark

701 232 6449  Fargo

701 225 3287  Dickinson

701 746 1990 Grand Forks

701 838 8196  Monot

202 234 7776 Washington D.C.

 

Dr. Ford not “Psychologist”, flies when testifies cannot fly & remodeled home before 2012 My! My!

 

Dr. Ford flies around the world for fun and work

Dr. Ford is not a CA  Psychologist as she claims. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology.  There’s the difference of  several thousand hours  of supervised training and  various exams one takes in California in order  to become  a Psychologist. She recently scrubbed literature describing herself as a Psychologist.  My! My!

Dr. Ford claims she could not fly to Washington D.C.  She actually flies world wide for vacation, see family on the east coast and work related. She has traveled to Costa Rica, Hawaii and other places for water sports.  She visits her parents yearly. This summer Dr. Ford spent one month on the east coast and attended the funeral of her grandmother the day of or before she took a lie detector test.  Mmmmm. Attend a family funeral and them take a exam that measures ones’s emotional state?

written by Cameron Jackson    jaj48@aol.com

Kavanaugh, Ford & Sen. Graham what FBI questions?

 

FBI asks questions about Ford & Kavanaugh

FBI, Ford, Kavanaugh & what Sen. Graham says.

Who in CA Democrat Feinstein’s office released Dr. Ford’s letter?  E-mail Feinstein and ask.  

Require that Dr.Ford release her 2012 therapy notes. She continues after the hearing to refuse.  What does that say?

Want the truth about Dr. Ford & Judge Kavanaugh? The FBI  could —

Examine   Christine Ford’s  2012  therapy notes. Ford continues to refuse to turn over the notes. Can the FBI get them?

Read the article published in the Washington Post about Ford  by Emma Brown the reporter who interviewed Dr. Ford.  Ford was vague under oath as to what evidence – the therapy notes – she showed the Washington Post.

Look at other events from 2012.  Consider   Ford’s political activism from ’12 onward.  Reportedly, Ford strongly opposes Trump and his policies.

Christine Ford’s 2012 therapy notes  are crucial evidence.

Reportedly,  no names are   listed in Blasey Ford’s 2012  therapy notes.   Reportedly,  her therapist writes that  4 boys were  involved.      Ford testified that she viewed the therapy notes  “online” in her  therapist office.

Next — find out precise  date  presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012  first stated   he might  nominate  Judge Kavanaugh  to Supreme Court.

2012 is important to the overall truth of the Ford / Kavanaugh timeline.   For three years Democrats held up Kavanaugh’s appointment to the federal appeals court.

Then, inquire of  Ford her view of President Trump and his policies on border.

About the alleged  summer 2072 event Ford testifies:

Ask Christina Blasey Ford and her  parents how — since she  did not drive — she   got to their country club summer ’72 – ’74. Whoever drove Blasey Ford the   20+  minutes from home to their country  club is a  likely person who drove her other places.

Exactly how many and  who was at the alleged party has changed a number of   times per Dr. Ford.

So,  exactly Who, Where and When remain unknown.

What Senator Graham has to say:

written by Aptos Psychologist 9/29

FBI investigates Kavanaugh & Ford

 

FBI, Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh.

Get those 2012 therapy notes.

Find out who in  CA Democrat Feinstein’s office  leaked Ford’s letter. Investigate the circus put on by Democrats during confirmation process of Kavanaugh.

Want the truth about Dr. Ford & Judge Kavanaugh? The FBI  could —

Examine   Christine Ford’s  2012  therapy notes. Ford continues to refuse to turn over the notes. Can the FBI get them?

Look at other events from 2012.  Consider   Ford’s political activism from ’12 onward.  Reportedly, Ford strongly opposes Trump and his policies.

Christine Ford’s 2012 therapy notes  are crucial evidence.

Reportedly,  no names are   listed in Blasey Ford’s 2012  therapy notes.   Reportedly,  her therapist writes that  4 boys were  involved.      Ford testified that she viewed the therapy notes  “online” in her  therapist office.

Next — find out precise  date  presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012  first stated   he might  nominate  Judge Kavanaugh  to Supreme Court.

2012 is important to the overall truth of the Ford / Kavanaugh timeline.   For three years Democrats held up Kavanaugh’s appointment to the federal appeals court.

Then, inquire of  Ford her view of President Trump and his policies on border.

About the alleged  summer 2072 event Ford testifies:

Ask Christina Blasey Ford and her  parents how — since she  did not drive — she   got to their country club summer ’72 – ’74. Whoever drove Blasey Ford the   20+  minutes from home to their country  club is a  likely person who drove her other places.

Exactly how many and  who was at the alleged party has changed a number of   times per Dr. Ford.

So,  exactly Who, Where and When remain unknown.

written by Aptos Psychologist 9/29/2018     jaj48@aol.com

Victims of Democrats delay & destroy tactics — Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh? Yes!

Victims  of Democrat tactics?
Are both Dr. Ford  and Judge Kavanaugh victims of Democrat tactics  to delay and destroy?

Victims?  Are both Dr. Ford  and  Judge Kavanaugh   victims  of  Democratic  strategies to   delay and destroy ? Yes!

In her actions,  was Dr. Ford complicit with the Democrats   delay and destroy  tactics?  Possibly.   See below why.

Both witnesses  9/27/18 are compelling.  Which  testimony has more credibility?

Largely  it appears that Dr. Ford  was  used by the Democrats for their purpose to  destroy Kavanaugh any  way possible.

Democrats sought to destroy  Kavanaugh’s  public and private life based  largely on a  page from his high school yearbook  which concerned remarks about  drinking.  Committee Democrats  repeated called  for another FBI investigation.  Six  FBI  investigations have been done of Kavanaugh.  The Committee has investigated all allegations brought to them and they are the determiner of  fact.  Not the FBI which makes no recommendations or conclusions

What we know  now from the hearing about   a)  the   leak of Dr. Ford’s Letter; and b) the delay and obstruct tactics by Democrats including Ford’s attorneys;  c) inconsistencies in  Dr. Ford’s statements.  d) what the public now knows

  1. leak of Dr. Ford’s letter:      Ford  testifies that she sought complete confidentiality & expected  it.  Dr. Ford first contacted   her Rep. Ossho and  later spoke with Feinstein by phone.  Dr. Ford requested confidentiality of her letter.  Under oath, she states that she never released confidentiality.

If we believe her, then Dr. Ford’s letter was leaked to the press.  By whom?  Only four  sources  had Dr. Ford’s letter which  detailed alleged sexual abuse by Judge Kavanaugh:    Dr. Ford & her attorney  and CA Anna  Ossho  and  CA Senator Diane  Feinstein.

Either  representative, their   staff or someone they gave it to leaked Dr. Ford’s letter to the press.  Best guess for leak:   Ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Senator Diane  Feinstein.

Why  probably Feinstein?   Because of Feinstein’s misleading actions of delay and cover up of information during the Committee’s hearing.  She sat on information and asked no questions.

Feinstein denies leaking the letter.  However, her  actions show a strategy of deny and obstruct.  She sat on the letter for 45 days and asked no questions of Kavanaugh concerning abuse during the judiciary hearing which went on for days.

There is  substantial support that there was a  coordinated effort by Democrats in conjunction with Dr. Ford’s attorneys   to use delay tactics to put off the vote until after the mid-term elections, and keep the seat open   until the 2020 elections.

Abuse by Democrats of Dr. Ford:  Dr.  Ford testifies that she only went public via an interview with the Washington Post  after reporters appeared at her house  peering in her window talking to her dogs and showing up posing as a student in class.   Thus, she  went public due to the leak of her letter by the Democrats.  This is how the Democrats abused Dr. Ford.

Curiously, asked   under oath whether she contacted   President Trump  she testified that she did not know how to contact the President.  That’s odd because  this is a woman with four degrees including a Ph.D.  Dr. Ford  uses a computer for work and can readily  Google the President’s contact information .

Feinstein had the letter alleging sexual assault for   45 days yet asked no questions of Kavanaugh during the entire Judiciary Hearing.  Feinstein stalled and delayed.

  1. Delay and obstruct tactics of Democrats  CA Sen. Diane Feinstein & Democrats

Over 150 nominations by the Trump administration have been delayed by the Democrats.  So delay and obstruct is the pattern the Democrats use.

Dr. Ford testified that she did know know/ understand that the Judicial Committee would come to her in CA or anywhere.  Did Dr. Ford really not know or did she Dr. Ford  prevaricate  saying  that she did not understand what the committee’s offer meant?  Perhaps her lawyers did not inform Dr. Ford.

Take Away:  Both witnesses make powerful, compelling statements.

Dr. Ford ‘s three fact witnesses deny her story and do not corroborate any facts she alleges.   One key witness,  Leland, is the only other female teenager at the small party and a longtime friend of Dr. Ford. She two denies it via her lawyers and sent an email.

Concerning her basic Who,  What, When, Where  facts  — No new  information came out when Dr. Ford testified under oath.

Judge Kavanaugh:  Under oath, he walked through using his 1982 calendar  stating how he was out of town and what  his activities d were during the summer of 1982.  He has contemporaneous evidence that supports his position.  His evidence  is strong and consistent.  In contrast, Dr. Ford’s evidence is not corroborated and her story is denied by all  three key witnesses.

  1. Inconsistency / not  believable testimony by   Ford

Flying:  Dr. Ford said her fear of flying prevented her from readily going to Washington D.C.  She testified that she travels widely by plane  for vacation and work. This summer she spent a month back east, attended her grandmother’s funeral. She vacations in various parts of the world (Costa Rica, visits each year to her parents, Hawaii)

Alcohol:  Only 1  beer drunk  by Ford and  others  at the party except Judge and Kavanaugh.  How did Ford  know?  Was she counting the beers?  Could someone downstairs have consume a beer   during the alleged ab use going on upstairs in the bedroom?  Teenagers typically don’t count the beers which  others drink.

Date of event:   Ford first  said it was the mid-80s, then early 80s and then summer of ’82. She testified that her recollection of when she got her driving permit made the date more fixed.   Question: how did  Ford  on a daily basis in the summer of ’82  get to  her Country Club  by car which was 20 minutes away  from her home?   More than likely, someone drove her.  Was that someone who also drove her to the party and home?  She testifies she did not drive in ’82.

Contact with abusers:  Encounter with Judge at Safeway six weeks later:  Most people avoid persons and situations that have caused  them high anxiety.  Ford went up to Judge in Safeway and said ‘Hi.”  Dr. Ford testified that she had numerous periphery contacts both before and after the event with Kavanaugh.  Nothing sexual or of note happened.  One would think she would avoid all contact afterwards.

What to conclude:  

The Democrats violated  Dr. Ford’s  privacy and confidentiality  by leaking her letter to the press.

Dr. Ford clearly  did not tell the truth about not being able to fly to Washington D.C.   She actually flies everywhere for vacation and work purposes.

Perhaps Dr. Ford’s attorneys  did not inform  Dr. Ford  that the Senate  Judiciary Committee  would go anywhere including CA.  She testifies that — had she understood — she would have welcomed them.  Perhaps she  simply went with the flow and agreed to “delay and destroy” tactics.

Dr. Ford comes across as  vulnerable, and much  younger than her age of fifty-one. Her speech patterns are those of a much younger  person.  Tentative.

She testified that she did not know how to contact President Trump.  Wow!

She  testifies that she did not make any attempts to contact any member of  Congress except two Democrats.  Why only two Democrats?    She testified that she did not know  what “exculpatory” means.  She  testifies that did not know who pays for her lie detector test,  She  testified she was unsure whether the lie detector test was both audo and visual.   Anyone looking around the conference room  or asking basic questions would know.

Further, she testifies that she does not know “best practices” for interviewing victims of abuse. That is not believable.

Dr. Ford is a published  research psychologist having published in the area of abuse,  When asked under oath,,  Dr. Ford did not know “best practices” for how to interview victims of sexual abuse.   Best practices include  a forensic interview using verified interview techniques.  Such an interview was  possible had the Judiciary Committee flown to CA or Dr. Ford   consented.

Yes, both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are victims.   Yes, the Democrats  “search and destroy” tactics towards  Kavanaugh  are  far worse than the McCarthy era of the 1950’s. Yes, Kavanaugh’ has credibility.

Dr.  Ford does not have corroboration from any of her three key witness.  All three deny her story. Unlike Kavanaugh (who has detailed calendars)  she has no contemporary evidence.   Her presentation is believable — that she experienced sexual abuse by someone. But by whom?  When?  Where?

 What to do?   Vote!  Contact your representatives!   Talk to Democrats about these terribly harmful tactics.  Stop the abuse by Democrats in our public arena.

written by Aptos Psychologist Cameron Jackson    jaj48@aol.com