Pope Francis & world wide Catholic child abuse: It is I to Whom the Word Speaks
September 2, 2018
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
Easter Resurrection in Aptos CA? What’s politically correct in churches these days?
April 1, 2018
April 1, 2018 Easter Resurrection of Jesus Christ in Aptos CA means … Oh Lord what does it mean?
What’s politically correct spoken from the pulpit?
Try the Wall Street Journal’s story titled The Easter Effect and How it Changed the World for a good read ….
What about that supernatural stuff? Did Jesus Christ –crucified, tortured and hung from a cross — really rise from the dead?
Or is Easter just about sharing eggs and going to the beach? Sharing time with people? Beer and bongo drums?
What’s politically correct for Aptos CA churches to talk about?
Here’s what persons heard from the pulpit attending Resurrection Catholic Community 3/31/18 and Christ Lutheran Church 4/1/18 in Aptos, CA:
A 3/31/2018 8 PM Catholic service in Aptos, CA: Two people were “first time visitors” at the Easter service at the church. The large church of 400-600 was three quarters filled. The service was a familiar one. Candles lit by a fire with procession. The Word spoken including a homily by the priest.
The priest told his Easter story of a resurrection moment. As a young priest ( he had been two years a priest) in order to meet families in the Diocese he walked about 2 hours across the Philippine Islands in 100 degree humidity. He was sent out ‘two by two’ without taking food, clothing or provisions. That was back in 2004.
It was very hot and the priest was quite tired from the two hour journey when he arrived. When he arrived he was graciously welcomed to a small home by a husband and wife in their late 70’s.
The woman welcoming him — with a hug which is rarely done in the Philippine culture (they shake hands) — and she said it was the most important moment in her life; this was the first time a priest had entered her home.
This was was a ‘resurrection’ moment for the priest. The woman’s words inspired him. He was no longer tired and exhausted. He experienced God’s love through other people. Walking two hours home afterwards he was not tired.
Take away from the sermon at Resurrection Catholic Community: When you get discouraged or depressed, think of ‘resurrection’ moments in your own life said the priest. Think of moments of great joy, peace and love that come through the connections and experiences you share with other people. You have your stories of resurrection to share.
What people heard at Christ Lutheran Church April 1, 2018 could be titled The Power of Assumptions.
You can hear the sermon via YouTube. When it’s available a link will be included to it here.
Can people make changes from the bottom up instead of top down? The sermon mentioned Rosa Parks ( 1960s black civil rights) and the Florida students ( 17 students killed by a former student) as examples of people who make change from the bottom up….
Refugee Resettlement is front and center in the Easter bulletin for Christ Lutheran April 1, 2018:
Per the bulletin, this year’s Easter offering at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos CA goes to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) which “has helped over 500,000 refugees”.
Given that the news April 1, 2018 1 is that 1,200 refugees from Honduras are currently walking through Mexico to claim refugee status in the USA, the church bulletin’s info on Lutheran Immigration and Regufee Service (LIRS) is interesting.
Refugee Resettlement Watch (RRW) follows closely the 9 main agencies that resettle people, one of which is LIRS. In 2006 the American taxpayers paid 97% of all the costs incurred by LIRS [18.6 million of the 20.9 million]. Taxpayers also paid roughly 97% of all costs encourage by agencies that do resettlement for the Catholic church and the Episcopal church.
The former CEO for LIRS Linda Hartke was paid a $300,000. package until she was fired by the LIRS board for a variety of reasons.
A wrong assumption?
Maybe the Take Away is that an assumption that non-profits such as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) need your money may not be true.
LIRS is more a quasi-governmental agency and only gets a pittance from individuals and churches for its support.
That’s according to Refugee Resettlement Watch.
Aptos Psychologist thoughts:
By the year 300 or so roughly a quarter of the Roman Empire became Christian.
As portrayed in the gospels, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. No one saw ‘this private act’ done by God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Later, Jesus appeared to multiple people in many situations yet those people initially did not recognize Christ. Mary Magdalene did not recognize him until he called her by name. Christ told her not to touch him as he was not yet raised. Doors and windows were locked and Christ showed up.
So what is the Easter Resurrection? Simple but not simple.
Read the gospels for yourself. Read those stories and let God speak to you directly. The Wall Street Journal article mentioned above [The Easter Effect…] is a good start for thinking about the Christian faith.
written by DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
Move the booze & cut 24/7 Safeway hours of operation at Safeway in Aptos, Felton & Santa Cruz? One way to reduce crime….
March 28, 2018
The highest crime in Santa Cruz County — from Felton to Aptos — occurs near the three Safeway stores that are open 24 hours 7 days a week.
What to do? Change Safeway hours of operation to 6 AM – midnight. Safeway in Redding CA reduced hours and saw crime go down. Most crimes occur after midnight at the Redding Safeway store.
And move the booze back near the milk and eggs. That will reduce petty theft of alcohol. Make it as time consuming to get alcohol as getting milk and eggs.
The Safeway store in Aptos, CA places alcohol front and center near the entrance to the Safeway store. Talk to the managers. Ask Safeway to move the alcohol to the back wall across from the milk.
Aptos Psychologist: The local paper is filled with simple ways how to eat more vegetables at breakfast. How about simple ways to reduce crime — like move the booze to the far end of the Safeway store in Aptos? Close Safeway stores after midnight?
written by drCameronJackson@gmail.com
A rainbow in Aptos Community Garden, taken in Aptos, CA in March 2018
March 6, 2018
Where does a rainbow start and end? This rainbow hovers over Aptos Communtiy Garden!
The rainbow was taken by one of our Gardeners JoAnn, in March, 2018. Wow!
Some Aptos Community Garden plots are available! Call 831 688-5727 x 2.
Since 2010, the Garden, located at the end of Soquel Avenue in Aptos, CA, offers small plots for people to grow organic with the opportunity to meet other Gardeners.
You can see the white steeple of Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA in the background.
Lots of things going on at Christ Lutheran. Services are at 10 AM on Sunday.
written by Cameron Jackson
asylum seekers from Central America flee “gang violence” says CA attorney John Allured
February 12, 2018
An advocate for persons seeking asylum from Central America, attorney John W. Allured (CA bar license #84770) spoke on Immigration and the Law at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
Attorney Allured was introduced by Pastor Dale Sollom-Brotherton. See information on the church website about the speaker.
Mr. Allured is a member of First Lutheran church in Palo Alto, CA.
Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA supports the AMMPARO program. The church currently provides housing and other support for a family from El Salvador. The church may assist persons seeking refugee status via advocacy in the legal process as Guardian Angels.
AMMPARO was envisioned to accompany children today and in the future who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Some of attorney John Allured’s remarks and some questions that were asked:
“Most persons seeking asylum from the Triangle countries (San Salvador, Guatamala & Honduras) seek asylum due to “gang violence”.
“The rate of those seeking asylum from Mexico has gone down and the rate from Central America has gone up.
Asylum seekers must show “credible fear”. What is that?
“Migrants do not have right to legal representation.
If “credible fear” is found the case moves forward to “removal status”, the juvenille is then “placed” and the case goes before a judge.
“In 2016, 50% of mothers with children lacked counsel; of these, 90% were removed.
“The chances of defeating removal increased 5 times when migrant had counsel. So says Attorney Allured.
“How does ‘gang violence” fit into all this? If only “gang violence” you have to do your homework to establish that your case fits within one of five categories.
“Asylum is discretionary. You must show “good character” via employment, church membership, credible witnesses and that you are a deserving person.
There are two Hearings — The first one which is on the Master Calendar is open to the public.
Asylum applicants have no “right” to due process. San Francisco judges (the one he observed) bend over backwards so applicants can establish their case. In San Francisco (his experience),c ases are typically continued 5-6 times before moving on to”removal” status. Which judge hears the case — in what part of the US — matters significantly.
Church congregations can serve as “guardian angels”. There’s nothing to fear. It’s an informal process. Judges do not wear robes. The federal rules of evidence serve as a guide.
Questions asked during and after Mr. Allured’s presentation at Christ Lutheran church in Aptos, CA included:
- What about economics? If a woman’s kids are starving is that a reason to establish asylum? Answer: No. You have to establish more than economic hardship. You have to show harm, that you were threatened, a family member killed.
- What about domestic violence? Terrorizing woman is very frightening one attendee asked. Answer: There are avenues for women …
- A man who lived 15 years in the Netherlands asked, Where do most persons seeking asylum here come from? Answer: Attorney Allurd said that he did not know. [There are 9 federal resettlement contractors one of the largest is the Lutheran church.] The man then asked a followup question, What would likely happen to those seeking asylum in Mexico? Mr. Allurd replied that he did not know. [Currently there is a backlog at the Mexico-US border.]
- There are reports that persons who enter illegally do not show up for their first court appearance. Know anything about that? Attorney Allurd replied that he did not know about no shows for court appearances. [One report states that 135,000 go missing and do not show up.]
After the presentation persons attending were encouraged to meet each other.
Information concerning various resources was available including Tell Me How it Ends, an essay in Forty Questions by Laleria Luiselli.
Aptos Psychologist: “I was a stranger and you offered me welcome … ” That’s the message of Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA
Take Away message: Per this presentation, you better get an attorney if you are from Central America seeking asylum. Persons seeking asylum in the U.S. have no legal right to representation.
Concerning gang violence, Monterey County (Salinas, CA is the county seat) is ranked as the youth homicide capital of California for four out of the past five years. Gang violence is continually in the news. California has its own gang related problems.
People are not fleeing California for Central America because of ‘gang violence’. That there is economic opportunity, freedom and rule by law here in the U.S. draws people here. Legally and illegally. People who come need to follow the U.S.A. immigration laws that are in place.
written by Cameron Jackson email@example.com
Free Speech! Know something about Aptos, CA or enviorns?
October 9, 2017
Free Speech! Know something about Aptos CA or enviorns?
Your VOICE is welcome here on Monterey Bay Forum — a ‘forum’ for all views.
Licensed Psychologist PSY 14762 Dr. Cameron Jackson writes under her own name on issues including autism and psychology.
Other people chose to write under ‘pen names’ — and you can too. So long as you have some expertise on a subject and will be polite — you are welcome!
Speak up! Free speech is precious. And yes there are ‘consequences’ to free speech — people may disagree with you. And that, too, is a precious gift of our Constitution.
Location: The Aptos CA and Santa Cruz CA area are located about 75 miles south of San Francisco, CA.
Housing: The medium price for a home in Santa Cruz just surpassed $850 K — up considerably in the last 3-4 years.
Traffic: Traffic in this area has become …. impossible …. people now plan their day around traffic conditions.
Sanctuary Cities: Santa Cruz as well as San Francisco are ‘Sanctuary Cities’ …. which have legal consequences for all.
written by Cameron Jackson
Jesus Heals All! Come Oct. 14 to Aptos, Resurrection Catholic Church
September 29, 2017
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:
Christ Heals Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow! Aptos CA Faith Building Event Oct. 13 & 14, 2017 at Resurrection church
September 9, 2017
Faith Building Event —
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
Cleanup Paths for Aptos Community Garden April 22 & 29
April 18, 2017
Aptos Community Gardeners!
Our PATHS — connecting the plots — need Cleanup on Saturday morinings April 22 & 29. Come say ‘hello’ to fellow gardeners.
Together everyone makes wonderful, beautiful vegetables and flowers every year. For the last SEVEN years! Wow!
Want a plot? Like more information? Come on Saturdays April 22 & 29 in the am and say hello. Gardening is fun!
Call 831 688 5727 extension 2 and leave a message for more information.
grandparents alienated/ estranged from grandkids, Aptos CA resources
January 9, 2017
Grandparents are bullied? Some relationships between grandchildren and grandparents become alienated and estranged for a variety of reasons.
Come to the meetings of the Invisible/ Alienated Grandparent Support Group. Next meeting:
Feb. 13, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos, CA 10707 Soquel Drive. Call Pat Hanson 831 601-9195. More info below. www.invisiblechildren.com
Whereas grandparents frequently stabilize, give hope, and show grandchildren the way they have lived — sometimes those relationships break down.
Now there’s resources.
In the Santa Cruz CA area, the Alienated Grandparents Anonymous offers a support group.
The support group meets each month — 2nd Mondays — from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm at Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA. Take the Freedom exit off highway #1 or take Soquel Drive and go all the way to the end, just past the CHP office.
Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 8 — 2016
For general contact info@AGA-Fl.org
Pat Hanson is the local person in Santa Cruz County to contact. To contact Pat Hanson: 831 601-9195
P.O.Box 253 Aromas, CA 95004
Monerey Bay Forum
Fax: 831 688 7717