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
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Phone: 831 688 6002
Fax: 831 688 7717
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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
Email: jaj48@aol.com

Give people “free fish” or a fishing pole? Free fish first! per COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc speaking at St. John’s in Aptos CA

Give people in need a “free fish” or fishing pole?

Give people in need a  “free fish” or a fishing pole?  Free fish first! per  COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc.

Community organizer Tim McManus of COPA / Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc.,  a non-profit organization  located in Watsonville, CA,    spoke 9/16/2018  to 15- 20 parishioners  at  St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Aptos, Calif.

So, does your church/ synagogue / mosque “welcome the stranger”? Seek “social justice”?

How about lots of  cheap  housing,   free health care/ free  specialist MD referrals for  illegal alien  immigrants, & expanded  free mental health?  Those are COPA’s 2018  goals for Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties in California.

So what  methods really  work to effect “social justice” according to COPA?

Just show up  when told to  —  says   McManus of COPA /  Central Coast Interfaith Sponsors Inc.  The power politics of sheer body count  with government officials effects COPA specified change  according to  Mr.  McManus.

Here’s what COPA Tim McManus says:

 

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Aptos Psychologist:  COPA is not my cup of tea.  What was the original tea party that lead to the American revolution all about?  Not about “body count” muscling local government officials to achieve socialist progressive goals. About COPA — be wary. Give a fishing pole not free fish.

 

Pope Francis & world wide Catholic child abuse: It is I to Whom the Word Speaks

Pope Francis

Catholic child abuse – what & when  did Pope Francis & prior Pope Benedict know about USA child abuse?  How will there be accountability?  By independent verification?

Who protects the  children?

What are Catholic parish priests saying from pulpit?  The following sermon was preached 9/1/2018  by Fr. Larry at Resurrection Catholic in Aptos, CA.  Elaborating on the Lutheran theologian Kierkegard  — “It is I to whom the Word speaks.”      published by Cameron Jackson, licensed CA psychologist

 

Catholic Church cover up of sexual abuse & how change church culture?

Catholic  church clericalism cover up of sexual abuse — what laity can do?

“As Christians our faith is  in a person, Jesus Christ, not in an institution.” says Fr. Larry at Resurrection Catholic Community on 8/26/2018.

As a response to the recent information  of cover up of abuse by the Catholic Church [of 1,000 children by 300 Catholic priests over 70 years]   the  laity/ people in the congregation  may simply  walk away.

Fr. Larry suggests that every parish start a conversation to purify the Church.

The Church must be accountable to the People he says.   Fr. Larry suggests ways how to confront clericalism and  “demand a place at the Table of Authority…”

Lately, Pope Francis has gotten criticism concerning the church’s handling of sexual abuse.

written  8/26/2018 by Cameron Jackson   drcameronjackson@gmail.com

 

 

Sexual abuse of 1 million US catholic children & what you can do?

protect the children from sexual abuse

Where is God?  Where was God during the 70 years that 1,000+  catholic children were abused by 300 priests in Pennsylvania?  No one protected those  children.

What can you do? What can all of us do? Let’s do more than just acknowledge the problem.  That is a start however.

August 14 2018 this was published

Pope Francis  August 20 2018 speaks   strongly:   we must acknowledge the truth and take on the pain. … and fight all forms of corruption he said.     Pope Francis calls for prayer and fasting.   And he calls that we  all fight clericalism.  What ever that means.     Read Pope Francis’s words.

What;s the response?  So what did the  local  catholic priest have to say  last Sunday?

In Aptos, CA  the the homily Sunday August 19 2018   was on the meaning of the Eucharist.   What was said in that homily  8/19/18:

Come to church to receive the true Body and Blood of Christ.  God is truly present in the  Body and Blood of the Eucharist — those  words summarize  the sermon preached Sunday, August 19, 2018   at Resurrection Catholic community.

The priest  emphasized, You need to come once a week to receive the true Body and Blood of Christ.

What was the response? About   1/3 took  the Cup.  Almost all  present came up and received the Bread.  About 5-7 children were present at this 6 pm Sunday  service. About 200 + persons were present (a guess).

Not taking the Cup more often than not — that is the norm in this catholic church.

Aptos Psychologist:  Yes priests prepare sermons ahead of time.  OK  so this evening  the priest spends the entire 10 minutes on the Catholic understanding of the Eucharist  — that God is truly present in Body and Blood.

Take Away

And the TakeAway from the sermon is that only the “real” stuff — the actual presence of God — is there during the Mass.  So do get to church at least once a week.

A church service – whether catholic or episcopal or other — has numerous opportunities for prayers for forgiveness and recognition of issues the church needs to face.

The issue of abuse of 1000 children by 300 priests in Pennsylvania  has been in the news all week.

Not to say anything  — during Prayers of the People, during Announcements and other times — is to fail to recognize the truth and fail to take on the pain that those children and their families experienced.

Yes — acknowledge the problem.  That’s a start.

FAKE News published about your business on YELP — squelch it!

How remove FAKE news from Yelp

Someone publishes FAKE news about your business. What can you do?   Get that review removed! Get the FACTS straight.

Use Yelp rules  how to get fake, misleading and biased  news removed.    IF someone violates  the Content Guideline & Terms of Service —  those reviews can be removed.
yelp-flagging
Can you remove a review from Yelp?  Yes.
To delete, they can go to ABOUT ME -> REVIEWS and then click on the little garbagecan icon on the bottom right next to the review for your business. Deleting reviews can work on Ripoff Report, Google+, Yelp!, Facebook, Yellow Pages, YMLP and other review and map sites.

Remove Negative and Fake Reviews from Yelp, Google and Other Sites

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You must pay union fees to get & keep a govt job? Your money supports political views you disagree with. That’s question Supreme Court will answer

You must pay union fees to get & keep a govt job? Your money  spent to  support political views you  fundamentally disagree with? That’s wrong.  This violates your freedom of speech rights.

For example, the SEIU  supported Obama in 2008 & 2012   and supported Hillary Clinton in 2016.   The SEIU pours millions of dollars into the Democrat Party each election cycle.   Why should  union dues you must  pay to keep your job be spent  for  politics you disagree with?

The Supreme Court hears a case on this issue starting Monday, February 26.  This is from the Wall Street Journal:

“Across the U.S., more than 500,000 state and local workers have objected to funding union advocacy but are nonetheless required by law to pay “fair share” fees to labor unions they have refused to join. The Supreme Court upheld the practice in a 1977 case, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, reasoning that otherwise workers could “free ride” on the union’s collective bargaining. Prohibiting unions from charging nonmembers directly for political speech, it believed, would protect their First Amendment rights.

“On Monday the justices will hear oral arguments in a challenge to that 1977 decision brought by Mr. Janus. They should heed Justice Felix Frankfurter’s observation, in an earlier case on mandatory union fees, that it is “rather naive” to assume “that economic and political concerns are separable.” As Mr. Janus argues, bargaining over wages, pensions and benefits in the public sector involves issues of intense public concern and thus core First Amendment-protected speech. A state law that forces public employees to fund that speech violates their rights, no less than compelling them to speak. ( Janus v. Afscme doesn’t consider these questions for unions in the private sector.)

 “Other unions that held pro-Clinton rallies include the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union, which represents about one million public workers. The SEIU convention passed a resolution that the union will “elect Hillary Clinton” as president “by mobilizing millions of voters.” Unions and state governments maintain that nonmembers can be charged for these conventions because they are where the unions adopt bargaining strategies and representational policies.
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Aptos Psychologist: Stop taking money from government workers’ paychecks.  People are smart and can decide for themselves what politics they want to support.