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Photo: Diocese of Kentucky[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of Kentucky’s ongoing efforts to rectify racial injustice, which have earned praise and support from the leadership of The Episcopal Church, now include a new initiative to repair mission churches in Louisville, where recent killings by police of African Americans have shined a spotlight on the systemic injustices they face.The goal of West Louisville Now, a diocesan-led fundraising campaign launched on June 10, is to renovate two largely Black mission churches in Louisville’s West End, where for decades residents have struggled with unemployment, inadequate access to health care and social services, underfunded public schools and high levels of violence.The two mission churches in the city’s West End are heavily engaged in mission outreach in the neighborhood. St. George’s Episcopal Church and the Church of Our Merciful Saviour “have always been in the forefront of providing community services,” Kentucky Bishop Terry White told Episcopal News Service.Being mission churches means “the diocese is a part of these congregations,” White said.“We played a role in these congregations’ buildings being in the shape that they are. … We are all one, and therefore we all have a responsibility to get these buildings in good shape.”Kentucky Bishop Terry White, left, administers Communion at a service celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Church of Our Merciful Saviour. Photo: Diocese of KentuckyAs part of its racial justice work, the diocese has since 2015 supported an urban partnership in which wealthier parishes partner with mission churches to develop relationships and work on community service projects together.The West Louisville Now initiative was sparked by the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT who was killed in her Louisville apartment by police. Just after midnight on March 13, three officers executing a “no-knock” search warrant broke into Taylor’s apartment, exchanged gunfire with her boyfriend and shot her eight times.More recently, on June 1, the city’s anger and grief were compounded when David McAtee – a 53-year-old Black restaurateur – was killed by police and National Guardsmen in west Louisville. McAtee was at his barbecue stand when police and the National Guard fired pepper balls into a group of people who had gathered on the street outside; police say McAtee then fired at them before they shot him. Both Taylor’s and McAtee’s deaths are under investigation by local, state and federal authorities.The killings have drawn attention to Louisville’s West End, an area subjected to decades of redlining and destructive urban renewal projects that exemplify systemic racism, meaning the systems and structures designed to disadvantage African Americans. This led to a significant racial disparity in wealth, with many Black families unable to own homes and pass that wealth on to their children. A vicious cycle has taken root in the area; its drastically higher levels of poverty and unemployment (compared to the rest of the city) coincide with worse health outcomes and more violent crime.With a renewed focus on systemic racism and police brutality after the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the deaths of Taylor, McAtee and others, White and his diocese considered how racial injustice might affect their own churches. Just as the people of the West End struggled with a persistent lack of resources, the diocese’s churches there were struggling to maintain their buildings, having far less pledge-and-plate income than churches in other parts of the city. The killings “refocused our attention on west Louisville, and the need for the church to be there” in a more active way, White told ENS.Children take a martial arts class at St. George’s Episcopal Church. Courtesy photoFounded in 1894, St. George’s is known for its feeding ministry, after-school program that offers kids activities like judo classes and basketball, and food pantry that serves over 2,000 people per year, said senior bishop’s warden Mary Jones Carter. Now 72, Carter has been worshipping at St. George’s since she was 16.“It’s like being at home,” Carter told ENS. “I’ll put it this way – if you came to our church, you would want to come back. … We are small in stature, but we are larger than life when it comes to what matters.”Carter has lived in west Louisville almost her whole life, and she says St. George’s is a much-needed beacon of hope – and help – in the area. She takes pride in the many services the church offers: making Christmas meal deliveries, giving out free clothing and distributing coats and blankets to homeless people on the streets.Many of those offerings have been hampered or shut down by COVID-19, but even if the pandemic hadn’t struck, they would have had trouble operating because of the state of the building. St. George’s gymnasium, which houses much of its ministry work, desperately needs a new roof. Without it, the ministries that many in the neighborhood rely on won’t be able to continue, Carter said.St. George’s Episcopal Church. Courtesy photo“There’s just no way,” she said. “We think of all the people that are going to lose out, because it’s really a food desert in that area, and our center and the other food pantries are really needed.”Replacing the roof at St. George’s is one of the objectives of the West Louisville Now campaign, which aims to raise $200,000 for repairs at St. George’s and Our Merciful Saviour. The repairs will allow the churches to not only continue their mission work, but potentially expand it. Carter said that a program to teach young people home repair and other maintenance skills is in the works, but it can’t start until the building is repaired.“We’re really excited,” Carter said. “We want that building to continue to stand because we are doing good works on that corner, and without the repairs, the good work will stop.”Mary Jones Carter reads a lesson at St. George’s Episcopal Church on March 7. Photo: Diocese of KentuckyOur Merciful Saviour began as a Black congregation in 1865 and made history in 1916 by sponsoring the first Boy Scouts of America troop for Black boys. In recent years, it has received diocesan assistance and was made a mission church at the most recent diocesan convention. Its brick Gothic Revival building, a national historic landmark constructed in 1912, is now the only building standing on its block, said bishop’s warden John Harris. It was surrounded on three sides by a public housing project that is currently being demolished and rebuilt.Before the demolition and COVID-19, the church offered vacation Bible school, a food pantry and financial assistance for those who needed help paying bills, said the Rev. Tom Miller-Price, the church’s priest-in-charge. The church has also hosted 12-step meetings and, through the urban partnership, has helped low-income people wash their clothes for free. But the parish hall needs a new roof and the sanctuary needs new heating and air conditioning systems, Miller-Price told ENS, and the West Louisville Now initiative aims to get that done. Harris hopes that by the time the housing complex is rebuilt, Our Merciful Saviour will reflect the new energy in the area.“We’re just looking forward to a new beginning,” Harris said. “We want to be a beacon of light to others once the community starts coming back up again.”The tragedies of Taylor’s and McAtee’s deaths exposed much injustice and suffering that had been ignored for too long, but also highlighted the need for ministries like St. George’s and Our Merciful Saviour’s, White told ENS.“It helps us understand west Louisville, which is underserved by any measure that one would want to use in terms of community services. So for the church to be present there is vital. And now we’ve got even more mission work to do about racial reconciliation, dismantling [racist] structures and helping to bring justice and equality for all God’s children in that part of the city. So it’s been the most amazing connection amidst tragedy, the most amazing couple of weeks of my entire priesthood in terms of how these things come together,” White said.The diocese’s racial reconciliation work had already been ramping up before the killings and protests. Over the past year, White has been working to set up a part-time urban missioner position to build on the work of the Louisville urban partnership program. For that role, he recently hired Valerie Mayo, currently a candidate for holy orders who will also serve as priest-in-charge at St. George’s when she is ordained.“Her excitement about being a part of the work here is palpable,” White said.And in early June, The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council voted to grant $150,000 each to the dioceses of Kentucky and Minnesota to continue their racial justice efforts. White said the diocese feels “supported and recognized and celebrated by the wider church through the Executive Council. … This really is a case where the wider church is also a partner with this.”The diocese hasn’t decided exactly how the money will be spent, but it is separate from the West Louisville Now campaign, which is being allocated as the leaders of the two congregations see fit. Of the $200,000 target, $60,000 was given or pledged in the campaign’s first two weeks.“It’s really important that these two congregations are the ones who will help set the agenda, so that it’s not the predominantly white diocese telling these two congregations what’s going to happen. They’re full partners, and actually they run the show,” White said.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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Irish charities promote free wills month Tagged with: Ireland legacies An Irish charity consortium in Ireland has launched a month-long initiative offering free wills to the over-55s.This charity-sponsored initiative offers the opportunity to have a will written – or updated –free of charge by participating solicitors’ firms. The thinking behind the initiative is that participants may choose to leave a gift for their charity of choice when writing their will, although there is no pressure to do so.The solicitors taking part are based in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Waterford and Wexford.Wills normally rank right up there with pension planning and tax returns when it comes to nasty financial tasks that tend to languish indefinitely on people’s to-do lists. However, thanks to Free Wills Month Ireland, procrastinators now have a strong incentive to put their affairs in order.Anyone who wishes to take up the offer must contact one of the participating solicitors by next Thursday, April 30th, to make an appointment. The appointment itself can take place after April 30th.Free Wills Month is sponsored by seven charities: Age Action Ireland; the Children’s Medical Research Foundation; the Irish Heart Foundation; the Irish Hospice Foundation; the MS Society Ireland; Oxfam Ireland; and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).www.freewillsireland.com 62 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 24 April 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis134 Melanie May | 5 April 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. £3m available for village hall improvements Tagged with: Funding The government has launched a £3 million fund to improve village halls and help better connect rural communities across the UK.Village hall committees can apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms.The new funding will cover 20% of the total costs of a project with a minimum grant of £10,000 and a maximum grant of £75,000 payable, and the remainder expected to come from a combination of charity reserves, fundraising, local authority funding and other grants such as the National Lottery Community Fund.The application must be a village hall or similar rural community building and a registered charity. New build projects will not be eligible to apply to the fund due to their high costs and long timescales.The new scheme is expected to help around 100 community building projects and was opened by Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick at the Oxton Village Hall in Nottinghamshire on 5 April.Speaking at the launch, hosted by the Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire, Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Gardiner said:“Village halls are the cornerstone of our rural communities. They provide vital spaces and facilities for people across the country – from fitness and social activity through to healthcare and education. I am delighted to launch officially this £3 million grant scheme for village halls, supporting these important hubs for our local communities.”Applications to the fund will be assessed by a panel including Defra officials and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) staff with experience of halls and grant schemes. The grant funding will be managed by ACRE on behalf of Defra and advice and support to potential applicants will be provided through the ACRE network.More information on how to apply is available on the ACRE site. Advertisement 710 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis134 709 total views, 1 views today
Photo: Denis Grigoryuk/AntiMaidanThe town of Kostyantynivka in northeastern Donetsk exploded in rebellion March 16 after Ukrainian occupation troops driving a tank veered into oncoming traffic, smashed a traffic light and hit pedestrians on the sidewalk.Polina, 8 years old, was killed instantly. Her mother was hospitalized in critical condition, while her younger sister escaped serious injury, shielded by the stroller she was riding in.Witnesses at the scene said the Ukrainian troops — those loyal to the coup government in Kiev — were drunk.As news of the tragedy spread, hundreds of residents poured into the streets, demanding the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the city.Kostyantynivka is part of the independent Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and participated in the May 11, 2014, independence referendum. It has been occupied by forces loyal to the far-right junta in Kiev since last summer.The DNR and neighboring Lugansk People’s Republic encompass the Donbass mining region, formerly part of southeastern Ukraine, and are often referred to as Novorossiya.Thirty people overturned a police car at the scene. Then residents marched to a hostel where the occupation troops are barracked. They threw stones, smashed windows and set fire to tires in front of the building. (TASS, March 17)Meanwhile, dozens of protesters seized a local administration building, where they raised the black, blue and red flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic. “The people of Kostyantynivka want Novorossiya to send troops,” a local man named Alexander told the Russia Today news agency.The U.S.-backed junta of oligarchs, neoliberal politicians and neo-Nazis moved quickly to suppress the revolt. The four soldiers from the tank were spirited out of town. The Ministry of Internal Affairs gave police authority to use deadly force against the protesters. A squadron of the fascist Right Sector was dispatched to the city to mete out punishment. (Sputnik, March 17)By the morning of March 17, the spontaneous uprising was quashed. An unknown number of people were arrested. Locals reported that sporadic gunfire continued throughout the day.“Police identified and detained a number of persons who actively participated in massive unrest and set fire to motor vehicles in the town of Kostiantynivka on March 16. Restrictive measures against them are still being taken,” reported Olga Yurasova, press secretary for the Ukrainian-controlled regional police force. (Tass, March 18)One of those “disappeared” was Denis Chubaka, a local journalist and Communist Party leader. Chubaka was one of the first people on the scene after the crash, and his photos of the aftermath circulated on social media and news reports worldwide. He was “abducted by unknown persons in military uniforms” on his way to work March 18. (Fort Russ, March 19)Despite the repression, and despite being denounced by Kiev as “terrorist collaborators,” more than 100 people came out again May 18 to the site of Polina’s death, creating a makeshift memorial of flowers and toys.The police chief announced the arrest of two more men on March 20, Novorosinform reports. Those detained face up to eight years in prison.‘Interrupted Flight’: Donbass children rememberedOn March 17, hundreds of people gathered in Lenin Square in Donetsk, the capital of the DNR, for a rally entitled “Interrupted Flight” to remember Polina and other children killed in Kiev-Washington’s war against the people of the Donbass mining region.People lit memorial candles at the base of the monument to Soviet leader V.I. Lenin and held signs denouncing NATO and the European Union for backing fascism in Ukraine. A giant screen over the square showed photos of children killed in the war.As of Feb. 6, according to the United Nations, at least 59 children had been killed and more than 150 injured since the Ukrainian regime began its so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation. The U.N. records nearly 6,000 total deaths, but admits this number is unrealistically low.German intelligence services estimated the real number of deaths at nearly 50,000. (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Feb. 8)DNR officials, denouncing the behavior of the Ukrainian occupation troops as a violation of the latest ceasefire agreement that took effect Feb. 15, said that an offensive to retake Kostyantynivka would be considered if the repression continues.Col. Cassad, a respected commentator on military matters in Novorossiya, explained: “The epicenter of the unrest was located in an area full of junta forces. … So without outside help, the unrest couldn’t lead to the deposing of the junta’s power in Kostyantynivka and to the spreading of resistance to the neighboring cities.“The Right Sector militants and highly motivated military forces were brought into the city, after which the sweep and arrests followed. …“Nevertheless, these protests showed that the occupation regime is based on naked violence, and if the junta suffers a military defeat, then our soldiers will be met as liberators in the settlements where the junta regime is removed.” (Colonel Cassad Blog in English, March 18)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Left to-right: Gloria Verdieu, Brenda DeFlanders, Apollo Olango, Carmen Miner, Ilyasah Shabazz, Rev. Shane Harris, Joan Conliffe, and Johnnierene’ Nelson.Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, visited the Malcolm X Library and Performing Arts Center in San Diego for the first time on Sept. 14. Shabazz came to the city for a speaking engagement at the Aztec Student Union Center at San Diego State University. The Rev. Shane Harris, local chapter president of the National Action Network, arranged for her to meet with the Friends of the Malcolm X Library and to tour the only public library in the U.S. named after her father.The Friends of the Malcolm X Library, including this writer, its staff, members of the community and some of the local media were there to greet Shabazz as she entered the library. Cell-phone cameras were flashing as she began the tour, led by library branch manager Lavonda Shaw. First was a viewing of the bust of Malcolm X and portraits of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz mounted near one of the library’s entrances.Cameras flashed as Shabazz observed the indoor fountain, which contains a quote by Malcolm X that reads: ”I have often reflected on the new vistas that reading opened to me. As I see it today the ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” The group moved to the children’s section, where Shabazz knelt and gave a high-five to a youngster using a computer. The tour ended in the Teen Center.After the tour, Shabazz returned to the bust of her father, and took pictures with individuals and groups for nearly 30 minutes. The group then headed to the performance annex, where she spoke. One of the first issues that Shabazz addressed was about homeless people sleeping on the streets: “It is really surprising to me. If I lived here that would be something I would work on because I can’t bear to see someone homeless.”Dr. Betty Shabazz spoke at library openingShabazz said she had not known what to expect. She added: “It’s definitely heartwarming. It’s beautiful. It’s wonderful. I feel empowered. … I am sure my mother was very happy about this library being named after her husband. I love my people, and I understand that you are a reflection of me and I am a reflection of you.”It has been over 21 years since Dr. Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s spouse, toured this library and was the keynote speaker at its opening in the Valencia Park community on Jan. 6, 1996. She commented then on the fountain, the children’s reading tower and the computer stations that were wired for internet connections.During an interview at that time, Dr. Betty Shabazz said that she was tremendously pleased that a library had been named after her husband nearly 31 years after his slaying in New York and that she was wondering why someone else hadn’t thought of a library since so much of Malcolm X’s transitional phase could be traced back to the library.Present during the daughter’s visit was Apollo Olango, brother of Alfred Olango, an unarmed Ugandan immigrant who was killed by El Cajon, Calif., police on Sept. 27, 2016. El Cajon is a suburb of San Diego. The Olango family has launched the Alfred Olango Justice and Unity Foundation to honor their beloved relative. As it continues to expand, the foundation’s goal is to bring justice and unity to the world.Ilyasah Al-Shabazz is a community organizer, social activist, motivational speaker, and author based in New York City. Her official website is www.ilyasahshabazz.comFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE By Gary Truitt – Dec 13, 2015 This week the new Star Wars movie hits theatres; and, just as the original movie, it is going to be a blockbuster. Reports indicate that tickets for the first two weeks of the film’s release have already been sold out. Yes, when it comes to science, action, and technology, we love a great adventure. Yet, if I were to suggest there was just as much science, technology, mystery, and a strange force taking place on farms today, I would have few believers. However, it is true, and at stake is something far more important than saving the galaxy from the dark side.At a recent meeting in Indianapolis, leaders from agriculture, life sciences, and technology gathered to talk about innovation. What made this meeting unique is that these groups rarely get together or communicate in any meaningful way. “We in agriculture spent most of our time talking to ourselves,” said Julie Borlaug, the keynote speaker at the meeting and granddaughter of Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug. She pointed out that the solution to solving world hunger and increasing food production to feed a growing world population would not come from agriculture alone, but only as a collaborative effort between many sectors including biological and chemical engineers, robotic experts, and computer scientists. In other words, we need some farm nerds.While some of these folks may come from within our ag community, many will not. Frankly, that is a good thing. I would postulate that those from outside ag would have the most innovative ideas because they are going to look at food production and distribution in a totally different way.The problem is: how do we attract this talent to the field of agriculture? One way is to make food production as exciting as Star Wars. Preposterous you say? We already have prototypes of R2D2-type droids that can run through a field zapping insects they detect. Drones fly overhead watching for invading insects or scanning crops for disease. All kinds of amazing activity is taking place at the molecular level in both plants and animals. Then, there is control of the weather, and that mysterious force known as nature. Perhaps the next mission for Luke, Han, and Leia should be saving the galactic food supply.Of course, every good adventure story needs a quest. The quest for agriculture is to fight hunger and poverty. Young people often are looking for a cause and a way to make a difference in the world. Agriculture could provide both.The key, however, is for those of us in agriculture to communicate all this to those outside of agriculture. Our colleges of ag must connect with other schools on campus to share the opportunities that exist in agriculture. This does not mean they need to become ag majors, but simply to collaborate with those in ag on projects and programs that require their technical skills and point of view.So, power up your light sword and head into the world of nerds to find some technological and scientific minds who want to partner with some aggies to feed the world — and may the force be with you.By Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Commentary Time to Get Your Nerd On SHARE Time to Get Your Nerd On Previous articleBiodiesel Board Applauds Ore. Clean Fuel ProgramNext articlePinching Pennies and Boosting Yields, Focus of Annual Farm Show Seminars This Week Gary Truitt
SHARE The National Pork Board announced Wednesday that William J. Even will serve as the organization’s CEO starting next week. Currently based in South Dakota, Even is Global Industry Relations Lead with DuPont Pioneer and previously served as South Dakota’s Secretary of Agriculture. National Pork Board President Derek Sleezer says he feels confident in Even’s experience to “build and lead teams to meet the growing demand for protein in the U.S. and abroad.” Even and his family own and operate a fifth-generation diversified crop and livestock operation near Humbolt, South Dakota. Even will begin on June 6, and his first week as CEO will include attending the National Pork Board’s June Board of Directors meeting and World Pork Expo.Source: NAFB News Service By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 1, 2016 Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News National Pork Board Names New CEO National Pork Board Names New CEO Previous articleGlobal Grain Glut to Continue with Second-Biggest Crop on RecordNext articleFarmers Pleased with Court Ruling Against EPA Hoosier Ag Today