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

 

Easter Resurrection in Aptos CA? What’s politically correct in churches these days?

Easter in Aptos CA

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….

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

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

 

seeking  asylum

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.

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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    drcameronjackson@gmail.com

Free Speech! Know something about Aptos, CA or enviorns?

 

What do you know? Speak up about Aptos CA and enviorns

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

 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 

 

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

Cleanup Paths for Aptos Community Garden April 22 & 29

 

Saturdays April 22 & 29
Saturdays April 22 & 29 in AM

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

grandparents-bulliedGrandparents 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

Pathansonphd@gmail.com   —

Pat Hanson is the  local person  in Santa Cruz County  to contact.   To contact Pat Hanson:   831 601-9195

www.invisiblegrandchildren.com  

P.O.Box 253  Aromas, CA 95004

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