During March 2017 different dynamic duos — Christian saints linked in ministry — will be remembered and discussed at St. John’s in Aptos, CA during the Friday 5:30- 6:00 evening prayer service.
Methodist preachers John and Charles Wesley are linked together in ministry.
Charles Wesley wrote over 6,000 hymns including Hark the Harold Angel Sing.
Charles Wesley is remembered March 2 in the Calendar of Saints for Evangelical Lutherans, March 3 in the Episcopal Calendar of Saints and March 29 in the Order of Saint Luke calendar.
Controlling “exactly what people think” is the job of the media, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski boldly declared Wednesday morning.
While discussing President Trump’s entreaties to the American people to remain skeptical of the press, Bzezinski worried that if the economy turns south, Americans may end up trusting him over the media.
“And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he [Trump] could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think,” Brzezinski said. “And that, that is our job.”
SCARBOROUGH: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters.
They [Trump supporters] go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'”
BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he [Trump] can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”
Firenze Sage; These totalitarians think this is what freedom of the press is all about. Journalism school or indoctrination camps?
Sanctuary city Watsonville CA school district PVUSD lost $410 K school revenue in one day — because 7,600 students failed to attend school on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
Thursday PM there was a Day without Immigrants protest calling on all immigrants to abstain from work, school or shopping.
A six-week encounter with Jesus in the Gospel of John will begin Wednesday, January 11, 7:00 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Aptos. Address: 125 Cantebury Drive
Join Joanne Peterson, Doug and Hannah Crocker, Alliee and Michael DeArmond, and Andrea Seitz in exploring the scripture.
Each evening will be led by different people and will focus on a particular chapter in John.
Participants should bring a Bible and some kind of notebook / journal.
The hour and a half evenings will include reading the chapter, a short introduction, time for personal reflection and discussion.
Dinner won’t be included, but there might be snacks.
For more information, email Alliee: email@example.com
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Elections have consequences — nationally and locally in Aptos, CA. Likewise, changing the laws have consequences.
And some un-intended consequences from changing the laws should be carefully considered.
Is freedom of assembly useful to redress grievances? Yes.
At the national level, President-Elect Trump plans for the Pentagon to have much greater say in how to manage combat against Islamic jehad terrorism. No longer will the battle field be managed, as it was before, per President Obama’s direct decisions. (WSJ, Sat. Dec. 10, 2016 Pentagon to Show Trump Tougher Options).
One un-intended consequence of President Obama’s military policies was his decision to trade five (5) jehad Islamic terrorists (Taliban) for one (1) American soldier who was subsequently court marshalled.
At the local level in Aptos, CA, an episcopal church — St John the Baptist Episcopal in Aptos, CA — recently changed its church Bylaws as to A) who is a Member and B) who can be elected to the board of directors.
And — probably — there will be some un-intended consequences at the church level because of the 2016 Showalter Bylaw revisions:
* a reduction in the number of members on the church rolls;
* an increase in unilateral power exercised by the priest;
* less overall participation/ connection by those who attend.
The revised Bylaws take effect Jan 1 2017. The Bylaws affected who was nominated in the Dec. 4, 2016 elections.
Per the “old” 2014 Bylaws: The simple, basic standard used to be that any baptized adult is a member of the Parish. There are 4 categories. You only have to meet one category to be a Member. If you are in category A or B or C or D then you are a member of the Parish. No if’s or buts about it!
How the changes in Bylaws came to be: The interim priest thought revisions were in order and he created a committee of three (3) including himself (aka Showalter 2016 Bylaw revisions).
An aside: It appears that the Showalter 2016 Bylaw revisions break a rule of thumb: don’t set a difficult to meet, new standard. The Showalter 2016 revisions are difficult to meet because — more than likely — some current Vestry members don’t or cannot meet the new standard and many long time pew sitters cannot. Seriously, when was the last time that the Vestry was polled — and the records provided — to determine whether each Vestry member is listed on the Parish Registrar? That’s probably never happened.
Another major dificulty: Imagine the sheer dificulty of rustling through folks’ giving records to figure out who is giving what to where over what period of time.
Per the 2016 Showalter Bylaw revisions, to be a member one must be “registered on the Parish Registrar as a baptized Communicant of the Parish …” and …. and. …. and…. and…
Meet all the “ands” in the Showalter 2016 revisons and then you’re a Member. That is a substantive change. Supposedly, no substantive changes were to be part of the 2106 Revisions.
That’s not cool! Don’t say no substantive changes in the revisons and then make them. But, per the Nov. 2016 Vestry meeting, the church agreed to substantive changes.
What to do about all this? Try the following: Why not walk up to someone on the church Vestry and inquire:
Do you know whether you actually are on the Parish Registrar?
Have you opened the Parish Registrar and checked?
Do you support a Parish church law that all voting Members must be on the Parish Registrar?
And what do you think about the following scenario: Next year at election time, we shall we all stand in line ( just like national elections) and “someone” will determine whether we meet the “standard” so that we can vote? To vote in a national election you go to a place, you say who you are, someone looks up your address and you sign on the line that you are you.
So — before voting in 2017 the St. John the Baptist Episcopal church election committee will check to ensure:
A) that the name is on Parish Register?
B) that name is on Treasurers books as contributed to the un-designated general fund for the last six months?
C) that the person is known to have taken Communion 3 times this past year? Only the Priest can verify this, right? More power will wielded by the priest with this requirement.
D) that this person is baptized and over the age 18? Maybe best for potential voting Members to bring a picture ID?
So. what can you do? The usual: Petition your government!
Freedom of assembly is a right Americans have to petition their government. To petition a church government there needs to be a determination of how many members there are and therefore what constitutes a quorum. Thus, changing the meaning of Member has significant consequences.
So who is a “member”? There’s about 227 families listed on the church directory. How many of those 227 families are listed on the Parish Registrar? That informaton should be publicly available. How many give to the Building Fund but do not give to the Un-designatged Fund? Many people put Cash in the Plate as their way of giving.
Just discussing the above issues suggests why it’s best to simply keep the 2014 “old” Bylaws which have four (4) categories whereby persons from all those categories are all Members. The “old” 2014 Bylaws per Member is an inclusive standard which has worked. Why ‘fix’ what’s not broke.
Basic questions to answer: Who is a member of the Body of Christ?
Must members of the Body of Christ have to pay to pray?
Written by Cameron Jackson DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Blasphemy. Ah, what’s that? Quote the Quaran and go to jail? It may be 5 years jail time for Christian politician Ahok in Indonesia, which is 90% Muslim.
If sharia law becomes acceptable in the USA — could USA citizens be charged with blasphemy? Geeze!
What did Ahok do? Ahok, a Christian, quoted the Quaran in public. That’d be OK if he was Muslim — but he is a Christian. All non-believers are “kafirs” includiig Ahok. Everyone except Muslims are un-believers.
So what’s “blasphemy’? For Islamics in Indonesia, “blasphemy” is profane talk. Irreverence. Which includes the actions of a nonbeliever or “kafir” quoting the Quaran.
In Indonesia, the maximum punishment for ‘blasphemy’ is five years imprisonment.
Let people know what’s going on as it’s going on. People want to know. And they should be able to know.
What is needed — but not happening — to select the next Episcopalian priest for St. John’s n Aptos, CA?
Need transparency. Provide accurate information. Get real involvement of the congregation in an on-going basis.
So far that’s not happening at St. John’s in Aptos, CA.
What the head of the Search Committee told the Vestry [Board of Directors] of an Episcopal church in Aptos, CA 10/26/2016:
“You, Vestry, will get three names. Shortly before Thanksgiving or a little after. You will get the complete files. You will be trained how to evaluate these three applicants. No vestry person is allowed to talk one on one with any applicant and there must always be a Search committee person present. No private conversations. allowed. It’s too toxic”
Is this how the Holy Spirit works? Give the Holy Trinity more room! More transparency might help. Also really accurate information. And more involvement by the congregation.
The Vestry recently went on a Retreat to improve the process of communication between members of the Vestry. And it has worked. Communication has improved. The Vestry learned about “compassionate communication”.
What about “compassionate communication” with the congregation? Or will all the issues that have been swirling around be swept under the rug? Hope not.
Suggestions/ Comments for selecting the next Rector/ Priest for St. John’s:
- Get paid background checks — don’t just rely on telephone calls made by church search committee members. Pay for professional and reliable background checks. Know who this person is!
- Provide the Vestry [Board of Directors] with more than 3 names to choose — why only provide 3 out of total pool? Will it be 2 men or 2 women and why not provide 5 or 7?
- Get more involvement by the church members — members travel, hear and know about possible applicants. Episcopalians tend to be a well traveled group of people. Get names from the congregation. Listen to the congregation. Provide regular updates. So far that is not happening.
written by Cameron Jackson
Monerey Bay Forum
Fax: 831 688 7717
Prof Put on Leave for Comparing Black Lives Matter to KKK in Facebook comment. Free speech?
The University of Virginia announced Friday that a professor has agreed to take leave after posting a Facebook comment that called Black Lives Matter racist and compared it to the Klu Klux Klan.
In a Friday statement to the campus, Provost Tom Katsouleas slammed business professor Douglas Muir’s Facebook post, emphasizing the university’s commitment to fighting racism and social injustice.
Katsouleas seemed to say that Muir’s opinion, in and of itself, threatened free speech on campus.
The university’s commitment to social justice “in no way squelches academic freedom, which welcomes dissent and encourages the voices of others whose perspectives may differ from ours—thereby adding new insights to our own,” Katsouleas wrote. “But statements such as Mr. Muir’s do not foster intellectual exploration, nor do they encourage the voices of others. … We can engage in healthy debate and respectful disagreement without offering insults that suppress the free expression of ideas.”
Firenze Sage: We encourage free speech that we feel fosters intellectual exploration and encourage voices of others. And we decide if it does!! Do these academics even read what they write?
Two parades in One: Muslim segregation for a parade in London – wrong?
Central London was brought to a complete standstill on Wednesday after Shia Muslims held a segregated religious march down London’s main shopping street.
The event was segregated by gender, with men leading the way down Oxford Street with a sea of veiled women following behind.
It was held to mark Ashura day, part of the month of Muharram – the second holiest time in the Islamic calendar when the violent death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad is remembered.
According to the Evening Standard, placards read, “Terrorism has no religion” and “men and women are equal in Islam”.
Firenze Sage: I remember when an order to go to the back of the bus(parade) was unconstitutional and wrong.
Clinton chairman John Podesta takes on those old fashioned Catholic beliefs — Clinton’s chairman hits them hard. For those totally unaware of Catholicism — try a Dummies book!
The following is from http://www.onepeterfive.com/
“For the most part, 1P5 is a politics-free zone. Our mission lies elsewhere — in the restoration of the Catholic Church and its proper place within the world. Sometimes, though, the two areas overlap, and never in recent memory has this been so apparent as in the revelation of an actual leftist conspiracy against the Catholic Church in America.
“The ongoing dump of emails from Wikileaks has laid bare a campaign to infiltrate the Catholic Church here in the United States and to undermine her teachings. A campaign that would make Saul Alinsky (with whom Hillary Clinton had a well-documented relationship) incredibly proud.
From the Wikileaks website, we see this 2012 email exchange between Sandy Newman, President of “Voices for Progress” to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s current campaign chairman (click the image to enlarge):
From the Wikileaks website, we see this 2012 email exchange between Sandy Newman, President of “Voices for Progress” to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s current campaign chairman ….
Aptos Psychologist: Hilary wants women re-made in her image of women. Hilary’s ideas spring from progressive, leftist ideas. For Hilary, Christianity, Catholicism and the importance of Mary are old fashioned, dumb ideas. Hilary’s chairman, John Podesta, is simply one of Hilary’s many political operatives.