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first_img Bill Louis says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group General Convention, Matt Ouellette says: Robert Button says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Same-Sex Marriage Featured Events Matt Ouellette says: Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID July 3, 2018 at 7:44 am Bill Louis – you have spoken well. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Joan Gundersen says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Doug Desper says: July 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm I agree with your support for marriage equality, but as an Anglo-Catholic I do believe that marriage is a sacrament, one that both gay and straight couples should have access to. It being labeled a sacramental rite doesn’t mean it can’t also be a sacrament, just not on par with the Dominical sacraments of baptism and Eucharist. However, I understand that there are more Protestant theological interpretations on marriage in our church, and I respect our differences of opinions on this issue. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Wayne Helmly says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA July 1, 2018 at 8:09 am That statement from Jesus was addressing divorce, not same-sex marriage. It’s disingenuous, in my opinion, to use Jesus’ teaching on divorce, which includes an affirmation of heterosexual marriage, to condemn something Jesus wasn’t addressing. Also, there are plenty of ways to read Scripture in a way that affirms marriage equality. I recommend God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines for starters. It is not true that all affirming Christians deny the authority of Scripture, we just interpret it differently. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR June 29, 2018 at 9:21 pm The bishops’ resolution deals only with the marriage liturgies approved for trial use in 2015, not other revisions proposed by the Task Force on the Study of Marriage. Resolution A085 would also change “Concerning the Service” of Marriage and the Catechism to state that marriage is a solemn and public covenant between two people. This language allows room for broad interpretation: those who understand marriage to be available to same-sex couples as well as different-sex couples, and those who understand that the two people must be a man and a woman. The trial-use liturgies would be added to the Prayer Book, not replacing the current marriage service, and so not requiring anyone to use the gender-neutral versions of the rite. July 3, 2018 at 8:13 am But gay Christians don’t just want their unions recognized by civil courts and secular society. As Christians, we want our relationships blessed by the Church. So unless you have any other ideas on how to have gay relationships blessed and affirmed in the Church, opening the sacrament of marriage to gay couples is the simplest solution. And it’s not a liberal agenda to perform same-sex marriage, as there are plenty of orthodox believers (like myself) who believe gay relationships should be affirmed via marriage in the Church. I know you are a political conservative, and would probably rather the Church be the Republican Party at prayer, but that is not who we are as a Church. Doug Desper says: June 30, 2018 at 9:46 am It pains me that some of my siblings cannot be married in their parish, with their priest officiating. That is a privilege that I had, and I will cherish for the rest of my life. But I also grieve over the fact that this is problematic for some, especially (but not exclusively) those in Province IX. I understand that loving Christians can disagree about theology. I’m am praying that the Spirit moves over GC and that same-sex couples, allies, and our more conservative siblings can find a way forward that is loving and affirming for us all. I’m not suggesting that GC stop or delay the realization of the “full and equal claim,” but I pray a way can be found to be gracious. As for B012, I would also remind us that equality is not selective; it’s everywhere or nowhere. Separate but equal has never been (and never will be) equal. Matt Ouellette says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Doug Desper says: July 3, 2018 at 1:28 am I also posit that marriage in church should be between man and woman but those of the same sex should be through civil means. There is room for each group. It has been proved that divorce among same sex marriage is so high – including the marriage of the Bishop of NH. But we should not forget that whether one is straight or gay they are still children of God and loved by God. House of Bishops, July 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm Matt, a question about divorce was the setting for Jesus’ clarification about marriage as the whole. He didn’t address divorce apart from original design. What stands out was that Jesus returned listeners to “the beginning” in order to understand relationships. In the Lord’s day every kind of pairing up had been tried and was being practiced. In that context He put any question back to the frame of reference of Genesis 2. Gay marriage is a novelty defended by hosts of authors but there is not one successful argument to counter Jesus’ conservative understanding of Genesis 2 as the norm. Rector Shreveport, LA June 29, 2018 at 6:49 pm I believe that God made women and men the way He did for a specific reason. And for that reason, again my belief, marriage should be between opposite sex people in the church or civilly. Conversely, if same sex couples want to be together, then the church should not be involved but let those same sex couples be joined in a civil ceremony. The same sex couples would have all the “legal ” and spiritual protections as heterosexual couples, but the “marriage” remains in the church for opposite sex couples. July 2, 2018 at 3:39 pm Mr. Bogin, re: your comment on June 30th, Since I believe that marriage is something sacred between a woman and man, then I would humbly propose that the “sacred rite” of marriage be fulfilled in a church between opposite sex couples. Same sex couples who desire to be together can certainly have a civil ceremony performed, and they would be welcomed in the EC as a spiritual and legal couple. I think society, the EC, people in general, and civil authorities don’t discriminate against same sex couples. There will ALWAYS be evil people who are ugly toward same sex couples the same as there will always be bigotry. Regrettably, those are human traits. My comments hinge of the belief that marriage , in the church,should be only between opposite sex couples. My guess is that the EC will approve same sex marriage and that conservative people like me will simply leave the EC. I try to treat all people equally [whether I succeed is problematic, I am sure] regardless of their sexual identity or ethnicity. Matt Ouellette says: Larry Waters says: June 30, 2018 at 1:31 pm Mr. Waters, your comment puzzles me. Didn’t the same God who “…..made women and men the way he did for a specific purpose…..” also make homosexual people for some specific purpose which we do not understand. If the same God made some people heterosexual and made others homosexual, why shouldn’t they all be treated alike both by civil authority, churches and society? God doesn’t seem to differentiate or discriminate? Why should we? Rector Albany, NY General Convention 2018, “Liturgical Resources 1: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing” was one of the rites General Convention authorized in 2015 for trial use. Photo: Church Publishing Inc.[Episcopal News Service] Three bishops have proposed a resolution on same-sex marriage that “seeks to ensure that all of God’s people have access to all the marriage liturgies of the church, regardless of diocese, while respecting the pastoral direction and conscience of the local bishop.”Long Island Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, Pittsburgh Bishop Dorsey McConnell and Rhode Island Bishop Nicholas Knisely said in a news release late on June 28 that their Resolution B012 is “an attempt to move the church forward in an atmosphere of mutual respect, reconciliation and the love of Jesus Christ.”The resolution continues to authorize the two trial-use marriage rites first approved by the 2015 meeting of General Convention without time limit and without seeking a revision of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.“Given our particular time in history, this resolution provides a way forward for the whole church without the possible disruption of ministry that might be caused by the proposed revision of the Book of Common Prayer,” the three bishops said.Resolution B012 proposes that access to the liturgies be provided in all dioceses, without requiring the permission of the diocesan bishop. Instead, congregations that want to use the rites but whose bishops have refused permission may request and will receive Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO) from another bishop of the church who would provide access to the liturgies. DEPO is a 14-year-old mechanism devised by the House of Bishops for congregations that disagree with their diocesan bishops on matter of human sexuality and other theological matters.Access to the rites has been a sticking point from the beginning in a small number of dioceses.General Convention in 2015 authorized the two marriage rites for trial use (Resolution A054) by both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. The bishops and deputies also made the canonical definition (via Resolution A036) of marriage gender-neutral.The Task Force on the Study of Marriage said in its Blue Book Report it found widespread acceptance of the rite across the church except that eight diocesan bishops in the 101 domestic dioceses have not authorized their use.The task force is proposing (via Resolution A085) that convention require all bishops in authority to “make provision for all couples asking to be married in this church to have reasonable and convenient access to these trial rites.” It also would have convention say that bishops will “continue the work of leading the church in comprehensive engagement with these materials and continue to provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this church.”Episcopalians who support that effort have been active ahead of convention. Claiming the Blessing, which formed in 2002 to advocate for the “full inclusion of all the baptized in all sacraments of the church,” according to its website, has published an advocacy piece. Some Episcopalians in the Diocese of Dallas have developed a website called “Dear General Convention” that includes videos and written stories about people who cannot be married in that diocese.The task force’s Resolution A085 also calls for adding the trial-use liturgies to the Book of Common Prayer. And, it proposes changes to the prayer book’s other marriage rites, prefaces and sections of the Catechism to make language gender-neutral.When General Convention authorized the trial liturgies for use, not all dioceses’ civil jurisdictions allowed same-sex marriage. Church canons require compliance with both civil and canonical requirements for marriage.Since 2015, Colombia has enacted marriage equality and Taiwan is set do so by May 2019. A ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights this past January in a case brought by Costa Rica effectively requires members states of the American Convention on Human Rights to enact civil marriage-equality laws. The ruling effects the Dioceses of Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Honduras. However, it is not clear when or if those countries’ legislatures or courts will act on the ruling.Moreover, Inter-American court action does not apply to Venezuela. And, the diocese includes Curaçao, a Dutch territory that does not allow same-sex marriage despite the Netherlands’ enactment of marriage equality in 2000. The same is true for the British Virgin Islands, part of the Diocese of the Virgin Islands. Among the countries in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, Italy and Switzerland do not allow same-sex marriage. And, it appears that residents of American Samoa, part of the Episcopal Church, do not have marriage equality. A description of the status of marriage quality worldwide is here.Five Province IX diocesan bishops and one retired bishop representing the dioceses of Ecuador Litoral, Ecuador Central, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Honduras had warned the task force that if convention makes changes about marriage that would force them “to accept social and cultural practices that have no biblical basis or acceptance in Christian worship,” the action would “greatly deepen the breach, the division and the Ninth Province will have to learn to walk alone.” The bishops of Colombia and Puerto Rico did not sign the statement.To address their concerns, Resolution B012 also calls for a Task Force on Communion Across Difference, “tasked with finding a lasting path forward for all Episcopalians in one church, without going back on General Convention’s clear decision to extend marriage to all couples, and its firm commitment to provide access to all couples seeking to be married in this church,” the three bishops’ news release said. The task force would seek a path consistent with the church’s polity and the 2015 “Communion across Difference” statement of the House of Bishops, prompted by bishops who objected to convention’s actions on marriage.Seven bishops, five who refuse to authorize the rites and two of the five bishops who signed the Province IX statement, said on June 28 that they will implement Resolution B012 if it is passed.“Should the proposal before us pass, we would entrust in charity congregations that do not read Holy Scripture in this way to the care of other bishops in the Episcopal Church with whom we remain united in baptism,” they wrote. “While we cannot endorse every aspect of this proposal, we will be grateful should it help us all to continue contending with one another for the truth in love within one body.”Provenzano, McConnell and Knisley praised that pledge. In addition, they said, “since the canons of the church state that General Convention may set terms and conditions for trial-use rites, the terms and conditions specified in this resolution have by extension canonical force. All bishops are obliged to abide by these terms and conditions, as by canon law. We believe that they will hold if challenged.”The proposing bishops contend in their news release that their proposal “allows conservatives to flourish within the structures of the Episcopal Church, but not at the expense of progressive congregations in conservative dioceses. While at first glance it may sound unnecessarily complex, it is a ‘middle way’ that makes room for all in one church.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter.A previous version of this story gave the wrong name for the Diocese of Pittsburgh bishop. This version also clarifies three things: that B012 would require bishops to grant all requests for Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight, the number of bishops signing the June 28 statement and the status of marriage-equality laws across the countries of the Episcopal Church. Enoch Opuka says: July 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm Let’s get something straight. Marriage is NOT a sacrament. It is a sacramental rite. Take a look at the Catechism in the current BCP. Pages 857-58 address what is a sacrament. There are two: Baptism and Eucharist. Pages 860-861 address “Other Sacramental Rites” and read the first two questions and answers. In the BCP the various rites for marriage are included under “Pastoral Offices.” According to the rubrics for marriage, the marriage is a solemn covenant and the only purpose of the priest is really to pronounce the blessing and celebrate communion if it is included. So . . . let’s stop calling marriage a sacrament. Having said that, I support all couples being able to have their unions blessed by making their vows in church. I do not support piecemeal revision of the BCP which is what is being proposed by the Task Force on Marriage. I believe that it would be better to create approved resources in ADDITION to the BCP with equal canonical standing. Is this somehow separate but unequal? Not if they have full canonical status. That is the way the Church of England has handled liturgical revision. What the Bishops are proposing is a step towards that, but does not go far enough. DEPO leaves a number of church members without the ability to say their vows in their own parish. However, my guess is that most of them would be refused by their priest EVEN IF the task force version passes. Also note that according to our TEC canons Title III.9.6.a.2 “gives the Rector or Priest-in-Charge use and control of the Church and Parish buildings, its furnishings and records. Thus bringing in another priest also could be stopped by the rector. Something like what the bishops are proposing may be the only thing that has a chance of passing in the HOB. Thus a question for us all is whether we would accept a half loaf rather than none. July 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm My question to you would be, wouldn’t it be right to bless a union of same-sex couples and not just leave it to the civil courts? Surely something important like two people committing themselves to one another in life-long, covenantial monogamy should be celebrated by the church. Do you think some of Bishop Gunter’s ideas might be feasible?http://anoddworkofgrace.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-i-came-to-change-my-mind-on-ssu.html Youth Minister Lorton, VA Joan Geiszler-Ludlum says: Bill Louis says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel July 2, 2018 at 8:27 am Again, an affirmation of heterosexual marriage is not a condemnation of gay marriage. And no, Jesus did not address any other form of relationship in this scriptural reference; this reference is specific for divorce, so you will need to point to other scriptural arguments to make your case on other issues. It is wrong to use this scriptural reference to make it condemn something that it is not addressing. And asking people in gay relationships to consecrate their relationships in the sacrament of marriage and to remain intimate only within the confines of marriage and only with their partner is not a novel sexual disciple, but is an ancient Christian discipline. The only change is recognizing that these relationships can happen either heterosexually or homosexually, which is needed given the relatively new discovery of sexual orientation as an unchanging component of a person’s identity. It is the fulfillment St. Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 7:9 that it is better to marry than to burn (and no, heterosexual marriage will not satisfy this need to gay people who are not attracted to the opposite sex). June 30, 2018 at 4:18 pm As a 76 year old gay man I write from personal experience. I knew that I was “different” from other boys at an early age. My parents noticed also. When hormones kicked in during my teen years, I discovered what exactly was different. It has been both a blessing (when I was in a loving, committed, exclusive relationship for many years), but also a burden due to the treatment and opinions of those who are what they call “normal”. While gay men and women have long been part of God’s creation, we are now more visible due to changes in laws and attitudes of heterosexual persons. However, perhaps God has increased our numbers? Only God knows, but perhaps it is an answer to the pending overpopulation of our planet. The earth given to us by God can support only a limited number of people and while I am not a scientist and do not know what that number is, I am sure that there must be a limit. This comment is only meant to give people something to think about and not to create discord. We are all of the same faith and Church. Think of all that unites us, not what we may disagree on. Curate Diocese of Nebraska July 5, 2018 at 10:50 pm Bill, if you do not pledge financial support to your parish’s budget for fear the bishop will “pilfer” the parish’s money. I have an observation. You must know that each parish must contribute a set amount each month to the diocese and if you are giving any financial support to your home parish, how do you manage to keep it out of the parish’s checking account from which the diocese “asking’s” are given each month? It seems you must have created a very complicated way to manage to keep what is essentially God’s money, as all we have comes from God, out of the hands of your bishop, all because you disagree with him or the standing committee of your diocese. I fear that you are punishing your parish rather than your diocese with whatever system you have devised to “selectively support” your parish, which you love. Matt Ouellette says: July 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm Do you have any statistics to back up your claim that gay marriages have a divorce rate higher than heterosexual marriages? I am very skeptical of that claim. Bishops propose solution for full access to same-sex marriage rites Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT July 11, 2018 at 8:44 pm All you folks who believe that one man marry one woman is enshrined in the Bible need to think again. Women had no say in choosing a husband. Families arranged marriages and sometimes there was an exchange of animals at the same time. How many goats do I need to buy me a wife? Solomon’s wives and concubines give a good example of traditional marriage, don’t they? My point is that there were many kinds of marriages in Bible times. So tell me what you think is a traditional marriage, please. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem center_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Robert Walker says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Ruth Meyers says: Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL July 3, 2018 at 1:11 pm Again, my question to you is what should LGBTQ+ people in the church do, in your opinion, if they want their relationship affirmed by the church and blessed, if not open the sacrament to marriage to them? Arguing for civil recognition only is not good enough for Christians, in my opinion. We are citizens of the kingdom of God first and foremost. Would some of these ideas from Bishop Gunter be of interest to you?http://anoddworkofgrace.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-i-came-to-change-my-mind-on-ssu.htmlThis isn’t about shoving our views down the throats of conservatives, it’s about making space for LGBTQ+ Christians, which I’m sorry to say the non-affirming side does not adequately do. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Robert Walker says: Bruce Bogin says: June 30, 2018 at 10:16 am God designed marriage perfectly (1 man/1woman). Jesus calls our attention back to that first design (“in the beginning”) by including the Genesis 2 quotes in the Matthew 19 narrative. That word from Christ himself to clarify marriage was left out of the Marriage Study and those who put their name on such a flawed effort should be ashamed for that. I, for one, think that the study was designed to support a pre-determined outcome. The Marriage Study is nothing other than a device to move the Church to accept a conclusion that marriage is “evolving” and that the Church can, therefore, invent new definitions. Odd that Jesus didn’t get that memo when he shut down any debate on what marriage should look like. He told hard-headed religious experts to basically go back and read their Scripture and follow it, in the case of marriage, to go back to Genesis. “Haven’t you read…?” Jesus asked of the experts. Of course they had read Genesis 2, but what the read didn’t fit what they wanted. Promoters of the novelty of same gender marriage like to say that anything less than full equality is treating people as second class members of the Church. They, however, set up that false equivalency to start with by having absolutely no Scriptural warrant to alter marriage. Marriage was designed perfectly. Any human meddling to that design will always be second class. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 June 29, 2018 at 10:28 pm I think there is some genuine well intended effort behind this resolution, but I think it is limited in scope and effectiveness. I wish there had been some conversation with bishops and deputies who served on the Task Force for the Study of Marriage (I was one) in the same way that there appears to have been conversation with some Communion Partner Bishops. I would also add that following the 2015 GC, the Presiding Bishop appointed a “Communion Across Differences” Task Force of bishops, to which the bishop members of the TFSM reached out for conversation. Sadly, those conversations never materialized. Calling for such a Task Force in resolution B012 might be a good thing but would be better proposed (IMO) as a separate resolution. Let the substance of B012 as it relates to A085 be considered by Legislative Committee #13. My first reading and reflection on B012 is that it continues to relegate marriage of same-sex couples to a 2nd class status (not BCP) and the DEPO language used is vague and begs the question of whether every couple desiring to be married in The Episcopal Church, will be able to do so in their home church, by their local priest. I look forward to the thoughts of others and to conversation in Committee #13, of which I am a member. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Matt Ouellette says: Resolution B012, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Enoch Opuka says: Susan Russell says: Rector Washington, DC Matt Ouellette says: Submit a Job Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Matt Ouellette says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service July 3, 2018 at 7:39 am I believe the Sacrament of Marriage is for a man and a woman and should stay that way. I don’t care who sleeps with who be it a man/man or woman/woman. I work with gay people and I respect their decisions an get along with them. If they want a legal bond then I believe a civil ceremony is the way to go not via the EC The convention is a celebration of the liberal’s agenda. Just look at the Article: A Summary Guide….. I think the EC will pass the resolution approving same sex marriages and move ahead with changes or replacement the 1976 Prayer book. There a liberal EC’s all over the US and if they care to perform marriages thats their prerogative . I won’t leave my church because other churches feel they need to accommodate same sex marriages, however, I will leave the EC the first time my church performs one. I don’t really care what the Dioceses do. I’ve dismissed them long ago. I don’t contribute to the part of my church’s budget that the Dioceses pilfer and as long as our rector does not promote the EC’s liberal agenda I will continue to worship there. Tags Comments (29) Thomas Ely says: July 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm Matt: I understand the desires, the wants, and so forth, but the novelty of creating and endorsing gay marriage is untenable based on even the most sincere emotion and demand. There is nothing in Scripture or Apostolic Tradition which permits redefining God’s first institution for humanity. It was already designed perfectly. The Episcopal Church leadership has messed up royally by promoting that respecting the dignity of all equates to the same as demands that must be accommodated. The silence of Jesus on homosexual marriage is mistakenly being seen as being permission. But weigh a certainty against the novelty and the conclusion is the same. Only same gender marriage is Biblically supported in Genesis 2 and by the mouth of our Lord Himself. By using liberal revisionists’ standards of emotions and equating dignity with affirmation the Church in the not so far future will have to bless other kinds of relationships just because they are demanded. Having jettisoned Genesis 2 as authoritative, the Church of the future – whatever is left of it – will have to respect the dignity of 3 or more people wanting to be married, or whatever variations humanity decides to invent (those vibrations are already underway). Anything other than 1 man/1woman is an invented novelty and not part of the catholic and apostolic teachings passed to this generation. American individualism is not doctrine; at least it used not to be. At the rate of our institutional decline none of this will matter in about 40 years. Whatever is left of the Episcopal Church will be very niche, isolated, and a microscopic minority on the Christian landscape. We have only a half-million (maybe) showing up on Sundays now, and in 40 years a once proud and relevant Church will have the vitality of the Shaker movement. All of us obstacles to liberal advancement will be dead and gone. Meanwhile, I affirm the dignity and value of all people but do not have to trade in the Scriptures on demand to do so. Comments are closed. Rector Knoxville, TN June 29, 2018 at 11:48 pm My take: B012 is a well-intentioned but badly framed effort at compromise that creates more problems than it solves. It enshrines a separate and ergo inherently unequal status of second class access to the sacrament of marriage for same-sex couples. And it privileges the theological consciences of some Episcopalians over the 1976 promise of “full and equal claim with all other persons upon the love, acceptance, and pastoral concern and care of the Church” to the LGBTQ baptized. We can do better. As laity, clergy and bishops working together we can craft legislation that guarantees that no one will be compelled to participate in nor to preside at any marriage — and at the same time assures that no one will be denied access to the sacramental rites for marriage offered by this church to its members. I believe A085 gets us a long way toward that goal and look forward to the work of Legislative Committee 13 as we work together to listen to the Holy Spirit as she continues to call the Episcopal Church into God’s future. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET July 3, 2018 at 11:23 am I am not a republican nor would I be happy with a republican prayer service just a traditional Anglican type service. Our congregation is diverse and we respect each other’s opinion. So far, I have not heard much support for same sex marriage from those in my church.Here’s the problem. Those that do believe in same sex marriage in the church are OK with shoving down the throats of those that don’t believe in it and you have the support of the EDUSA which we all financial support. So like it or not the choice for those of us that of us that not happy with going in that direction is to leave the EC or attempt to break away. If the choice is to break away then the EDUSA is free to defrock the rector and confiscate the church’s property and assets. The only choice then is to leave which I believe many will do. So, eventually the EC will be left with only those that will be perfectly happy with a liberal/democratic prayer service. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis July 3, 2018 at 8:20 am Gay Christians don’t just want their relationships recognized by civil courts and secular society. As Christians, we want our relationships blessed and affirmed by the Church, just like heterosexual couples. And unless you have any ideas on other ways to bless and affirm gay relationships in the Church in a way that is on par with heterosexual couples, the simplest solution is to open the Sacrament of Marriage to gay couples. This is not a liberal agenda, as there are plenty of orthodox believers in the Church (like myself) who think this is how the Church should minister to gay Christians. I know you are a political conservative and would probably be much happier if our Church were either the Republican Party at prayer or completely apolitical, but neither of those are who we are as the Church. Our calling as Christians requires us to stand up for social justice, and that means sometimes supporting things that will upset Republicans as well as Democrats. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Marriage Equality, July 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm It’s not mere “desires,” Doug. It’s an orientation directed exclusively towards the same gender, much like heterosexuality is exclusively towards opposite genders. The reason neither Scripture nor Tradition deals with this is because it was not something they were aware of. Sexual orientation was discovered in the late 19th century. Prior to that, homosexuality was assumes to be the result of an excess of sexual desire. Due to the assumption that homosexuality was associated with lust, it made sense that the church in the past condemned it. However, we know now that this assumption is wrong and that homosexuality is no more lustful than heterosexuality. Therefore, in order to fulfill St. Paul’s advice in 1 Corinthians 7:9, gay people should be allowed to marry to avoid burning with passion (and no, heterosexual marriage doesn’t work here). It’s a better, more pastoral response than the novel teaching of mandatory, life-long celibacy taught by non-affirming Christians. Genesis 2 isn’t about gender complementarity, but about companionship (it is not good that the man should be alone), so gay marriage does not undermine its authority but rather reinterprets it. This is not mere liberal feel-good ideology, but well-thought-out theology. Again, I recommend God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines. June 30, 2018 at 1:03 pm I trust and pray that after General Convention the sacrament of marriage will be available in all dioceses, including my own in Dallas. B012 should not be blindly accepted – it is offered at the last minute as an alternative to A085 which resulted from careful, deliberate study over many years by the Task Force. It is time to act and ensure that “separate but equal” no longer applies to The Episcopal Church. June 29, 2018 at 8:39 pm Resolution B012 offers open-ended trial use without any eventual amendment of the Book of Common Prayer. Providing the liturgies for marriage for trial use in this manner relegates the liturgies for marriages of same-sex couples to perpetual second-class status. At some point, preferably sooner rather than later, these liturgies need to stand beside the current Prayer Book marriage liturgy as authorized alternatives. Baptized committed members of this Church and the LGBTQ+ communities have been waiting over 40 years for this Church to value and bless their committed, lifelong relationships on the same footing as the Church values and blesses the committed, lifelong relationships of different-sex couples. How much longer will we make them wait? Daniel Smith says: Larry Waters says: Matthew Ouellette says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jun 29, 2018 last_img read more

first_img Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here TAGSParking Ordinance Previous articleOrange County Public Schools threatened on social mediaNext articleApopka Weekly Arrest Report Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Parking Ordinance Committee making progress – New ordinance to be draftedThe Apopka Parking Ordinance Advisory Committee met for the third time last Monday in the City Council Chambers in City Hall.All six members of the committee were present as was Chief Michael McKinley and Captain Randy Fernandez from the Apopka Police Department. There were seven members of the public observing the proceedings.Each committee member reported on the research they each had conducted regarding the parking laws in several Central Florida cities. Those cities included:Altamonte SpringsClermontDebaryLeesburgLongwoodMaitlandMount DoraOcoeeSanfordWinter GardenWinter ParkThe parking rules in these cities was fairly consistent. All allowed on-street parking in residential areas. All had restrictions regarding proximity to fire hydrants, intersections, curves and so on. Some prohibited parking within a specified distance from a mailbox.Several cities had a requirement that mandated a minimum of 10 to 10.5 feet of clearance for vehicles to pass. It was noted that this requirement effectively prohibited parking on both sides of a street that was less than 22 feet wide. Captain Fernandez stated that the City’s firetrucks were 9 feet wide, but that additional clearance was needed for mirrors.Chief McKinley noted that it appeared that most cities had incorporated the Florida Statues into their ordinances and explained that there were two reasons for this:1. If the parking rules were in the ordinance the officer could issue a ticket and leave it on the vehicle’s windshield. If the rules were not in an ordinance a Uniform Citation could be issued, but that would require the driver to acknowledge the citation with his or her signature.2. If the parking rules were in the ordinance, then the City could keep the entire amount of any fine that may be levied. If the rule were not in the ordinance, then the bulk of the fine would be kept by the State of Florida.At the end of the meeting Chief McKinley asked everyone to email their ideas to him. He planned to begin drafting a new ordinance next week. The draft would be distributed to the Committee before the next meeting which will be on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the City Council Chambers. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

first_imgArchDaily Projects 2003 Canada Houses Text description provided by the architects. This project was designed as a vacation house for an extended family. Three concrete and glass pavilions are linked with a large heavy-timber roof, connecting the volumes with a breezeway and 6′-0″ deep overhangs. The elevation of the house facing the ocean is a continuous wall of full height glass doors, high on a steep bank above the beach. Nestled between a damp forest and a tangle of blackberry-bushes, the house was conceived as a single-level vacation and retirement house, appropriate for aging clients and their young extended family. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40DoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceThe requirement for an extremely robust, durable and quiet house resulted in thick in-situ concrete walls, intentionally left rough and crude. Hovering above, the simple Douglas Fir roof structure was left raw. In-fill materials squeezed between the concrete and timber were chosen for longevity: bleached red cedar, polished concrete, hand-made porcelain tile and smooth Douglas Fir millwork result in a rugged, unpretentious family house.Save this picture!The modest materials are countered with a range of carefully sculpted spaces, inside and out. All designed outdoor spaces are clearly defined with wall or ground plane articulation on at least two sides. The morning deck is aimed to catch morning sun for reading and yoga, the two-level western terrace is for afternoon tanning or watching sunsets beside an open fire. Save this picture!These outdoor spaces are furnished with native plantings and large earth berms. Within a very hot and dry microclimate, the house’s mass, deep overhangs and carefully designed passive ventilation keep the house cool.Save this picture!The house has a heavy and quiet presence, it’s porous edges abutting the surrounding vegetation. Though still quite new, the house is at ease in its setting; its roughness has the appeal of a well-used home with years of patina.Project gallerySee allShow lessAD Futures #6: Paisajes EmergentesArticlesThe crisis paralyzed the construction of the Calatrava skyscraper in ChicagoArticles Share Island House / D’Arcy Jones ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/15920/island-house-darcy-jones Clipboard Island House / D’Arcy JonesSave this projectSaveIsland House / D’Arcy Jones Year: center_img Save this picture!+ 15 Share Architects: D’Arcy Jones Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeD’Arcy JonesOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesCanadaPublished on March 25, 2009Cite: “Island House / D’Arcy Jones” 25 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Area:  288 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Canada ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/15920/island-house-darcy-jones Clipboardlast_img read more

first_img Year:  Spain Architects: DATAAE, HARQUITECTES Area Area of this architecture project Update: Student Housing in Sant Cugat del Vallès / dataAE + HARQUITECTESSave this projectSaveUpdate: Student Housing in Sant Cugat del Vallès / dataAE + HARQUITECTES “COPY” Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaThe project banks on industrialized construction by using just one housing module type made of pre-formed concrete without partition walls. Each unit has just the necessary fixed elements, simplifying finishing and installations. Most of the components are installed and assembled by dry-build systems so every module and its finishing can be dismantled and reused or highly recyclable. The building is layered out over two floors in order to take advantage of the existing topography making accessible entrances without the need of using elevators and to reduce a 50 percent of square meters in corridors and stairs. The central atrium will be covered* in order to create an intermediate bioclimatic space that increases the energy efficiency of the building and, at the same time, economizes the building enclosure.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaThe cycle of life analysis demonstrates that this project saves up to 50 percent the energy associated to construction materials and a 70 percent the energy demand in respect to standard buildings according to CTE regulations.*the atrium is going to be covered with a greenhouse roof next yearProject gallerySee allShow lessTanatorio Sant Joan Despí / Batlle i Roig ArquitectesSelected ProjectsVideo: IKEA Foundation Design a Shelter for RefugeesVideosProject locationAddress:Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, SpainLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamcenter_img Photographs ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/396245/student-housing-in-sant-cugat-del-valles-dataae-harquitectes Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaText description provided by the architects. A few months ago we published Student Housing in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a project by dataAE + HARQUITECTES, originally completed two years ago. The architects have kindly shared updated images of the project, which show how vegetation has become integrated into the façade of the building and in the courtyard. In addition, they sent Polaroid images—taken by the architects themselves—that demonstrate how the spaces have become appropriated and occupied by the students. For more information about the project, see the text from the architect after the break. + 19 Share CopyApartments•Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain 2012 Update: Student Housing in Sant Cugat del Vallès / dataAE + HARQUITECTES photographs:  Adrià GoulaPhotographs:  Adrià Goula, Courtesy of dataAE + HARQUITECTESSave this picture!© Adrià GoulaRecommended ProductsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Glass PrintingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAThe new dwelling house for university students is located in the same block as the Vallès Architecture School. The project proposed intends to keep its balance among the existing buildings, outside areas and the new dwelling house, which is formed from two parallel to street blocks layed out over two floors and separated by a central atrium.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaSince it is a dwelling house for architecture students, we have come up with a program that permits intense connections among the users both individual and group level, owing to the interior flexibility of the apartments and the potential use of the atrium as an event space. Area:  2400 m² Area:  2400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

first_imgTwitter TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Linkedin printOne of the few free attractions in Fort Worth is adding new employee positions as well as significant fee increases for 2019.The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest botanical garden in the state of Texas and has been struggling with funding recently, unlike its counterpart, the Fort Worth Zoo. According to Sandra Baker of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the zoo opened to humble beginnings, but the increasing ticket prices have helped grow the now-nationally ranked top five zoo in the nation.The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is entirely taxpayer-funded, meaning free admission and only requiring a portion of the budget to be paid off.The current total fees add up to over 12 thousand dollars, which include several halls and gardens, now receiving hundred-dollar increases.Graph used from the 2019 Fort Worth budget document.The increases help assess the “proper pricing structure,” according to the Assistant Director of the Budget and Analysis Division, Terry A. Hanson.New job opportunities are being created due to the increasing fees. The budget looks to include five more public attendants and another senior gardener for the garden’s roses. Hanson said the five new part-time attendant positions and senior gardener addition are more negligent concerning the budget, as the attendants tend to not last the whole year. Graph used from the 2019 Fort Worth budget document.Notably, there is a 77 percent decrease in the “other” category of the fund summary for the gardens. Hanson explained that this sharp decrease from 206 thousand dollars to 46 thousand dollars was the establishment of salary savings in the fund. Due to frequent vacancies in this position, there were more savings.Costs to the gardens are to primarily serve for maintenance and upkeep, not for any new additions or expansions, Hanson said.Video Playerhttp://www.tcu360.com/wp-content/uploads/the109/2018/09/Fort-Worth-Botanic-Garden-1.mp400:0000:0000:38Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Linkedin ReddIt Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Previous articleListen: The Podell and Pickell Show with Jamie DixonNext articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie: Episode 18 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/center_img Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallace Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ + posts Twitter Facebook Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

first_imgNews News Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa September 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders outraged over Pentagon’s sham investigation News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” The Pentagon has said the US soldiers who killed Reuters cameraman MazenDana on 17 August in Baghdad “acted within the rules of engagement.”Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the lack of seriousness andtransparency of the US army’s investigations into the actions of its troopsthat have caused the deaths of so many journalists in Iraq. News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage and disappointment today at the US Department of Defence’s announcement that an official investigation has cleared the soldiers who shot and killed Palestinian cameraman Mazen Dana on 17 August in Baghdad. A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. George Krivo, yesterday said the investigation concluded that “although it was a regrettable incident,” the soldiers “acted within the rules of engagement.” Dana’s employers, the British news agency Reuters, were not told prior to the announcement that the investigation had finished or what its findings were.”Whether it’s the shelling of the Palestine Hotel that killed two journalists or Mazen Dana’s death, attributed to a soldier’s mistaking a camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, the Pentagon settles for sham investigations that totally lack transparency and offer no answers,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said.”Only the conclusions – identical in each case – are released and not even those directly concerned are told,” Ménard said. “This casualness, combined with the absence of measures to prevent more tragedies, is an insult to the journalists who have been victims of the US army’s blunders.” Ménard concluded: There are many blunders but investigations are non-existent or ineffective, since they all conclude that the US army is infallible.”Reporters Without Borders also said it was extremely concerned at the likelihood that more tragedies involving journalists and US soldiers could occur, given the high level of violence and the repeated attacks against the coalition forces in Iraq.The organisation wrote to US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on 18 August asking that soldiers in the field be given very clear instructions to act with restraint and care in order to respect the freedom of movement of journalists and not expose them to excessive danger. This request elicited no response and further incidents have occurred since then.Tragedy was only narrowly avoided when American soldiers opened fire on a press vehicle clearly marked with the letters AP – the initials of the US news agency Associated Press – on 18 September in Khaldiya (about 80 km west of Baghdad). Soldiers fired several bursts with automatic weapons as AP reporter Karim Kadim tried to film a military convoy that had just come under attack.The vehicle was hit by a score of bullets which shattered the windscreen and burst the tyres. Under fire, Kadim ran and took shelter behind the corner of a building. He said the letters AP were clearly visible but the soldiers opened fire all the same. According to witness reports, the US forces suffered heaving losses in a series of attacks on the convoy in Khaldiya.Dana, 41, was shot dead by a US soldier while filming outside Abu Ghraib prison in a western suburb of Baghdad on 17 August. US army Capt. Frank Thorp said the same day in Washington. Help by sharing this information RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement WhatsApp Email NewsLocal NewsGunman pleads guilty while shop owner’s bravery commendedBy admin – May 13, 2010 1133 Linkedin A MASKED gunman who attempted to hold up an antique jewellery store has pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery at Limerick Circuit Court. The accused, 37-year-old Mark Connery of Lenihan Avenue, with previous convictions for robbery, firearms offences as well as manslaughter, was identified by CCTV footage leaving the scene after the shop owner disarmed him by grabbing the barrel of the gun during the hold up. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Commending the bravery of the owner of Noonan’s Antique shop on Ellen Street, Judge Carroll Moran said that the Mr Noonan “showed considerable backbone” in disarming his assailant. The court heard that Connery and another man entered the store after they were told that they could get “good money from a tray of rings”.On September 13, 2008, Connery and a second man entered the store owned by Jim Noonan, pointed a gun in the face of the store owner as they attempted to rob the shop. However, Jim Noonan, behind the counter at the time, and believing it to be a real weapon, grabbed the barrel and disarmed Connery who then fled the scene with the second man. Mr Noonan gave chase while his son remained at the shop and alerted the gardai. CCTV footage from a shop across the street identified Connery, who was later arrested, questioned and made admissions to the offences of attempted robbery, possession of a firearm and ammunition on the date in question. Prosecution counsel, John O’Sullivan, outlined the incident and the previous convictions held by Mark Connery, which included a manslaughter conviction when he was aged just 15, but in which mitigating circumstances warranted a suspended sentence be imposed, firearms and larceny convictions from 2001 and 2002, as well as a robbery charge from a Galway Credit Union in 2002, for which a five year sentence was handed down. Brian McInerney, defence counsel, told the court that the firearm used was an Italian made blank pistol which testing showed could not discharge anything more “than a loud bang”. The accused was a drug addict and had run up a debt with some “undesirable and dangerous people”, with Mr McInerney adding that Connery made full admissions to the offence despite the lack of an forensic evidence. He added that his client had a long history of drug addiction and was a chronic heroin user that never had “gainful employment”. However, the court heard that Connery has since taken his own measures to rid his life of drugs and engaged with the Bedford Row project, as well as Slainte. Evidence was given from the leader of the Bedford Row project, Larry deCleir as to Mark Connery and how he knew the accused of late. Mr deCleir noted the difficulty associated with a person giving up drugs on their own and stated that he had never before given evidence in a court case, but that the manner in which Connery had taken on this over the last year was highly unusual and commendable, in his opinion. Evidence was also submitted to the court that testing under the Slainte programme showed Connery to be giving clean samples to the project for the last eight to 10 weeks. Connery was embarking to get off drugs without the use of methadone treatment. Mr deCleir also said that Connery’s physical appearance was considerably better in recent times, given his efforts. Following the submissions of mitigating evidence by the defence,  Brian McInerney canvassed the court for a probation report given the “most unusual set of circumstances that surrounded the case”. Judge Carroll Moran, acceding to the wish of the defence, but noting that it was a “very tall order,” ordered that the Probation services furnish the court with a report relating to Connery. He also ordered that a key HSE witness be brought to court to testify as to Connery’s abstinence from drugs to date. The case was adjourned until June 22 next and Connery was released on the continued  terms of his bail.center_img Previous articleAirports remain open but some difficulties continueNext articleFree-to-air matches will strike at heart of Irish Rugby admin Facebook Print Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgMore than 300 adults are still homeless in Limerick Minister to address chamber on national plans Facebook Linkedin Advertisement NewsHousingCall for rent controls and a ban on economic evictionsBy Alan Jacques – August 28, 2018 1741 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 127 Mid West children homeless Email Printcenter_img Cllr Cian PrendivilleSolidarity councillor Cian Prendiville has called for the introduction of rent controls and a ban on economic evictions following reports that Limerick rents are the fastest rising in Ireland.With the latest Daft.ie report showing that rents in Limerick City have risen by 20 per cent in the last year and more than 80 per cent over the last five years, Cllr Prendiville says Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy needs to take immediate action to prevent more homelessness and misery.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Over recent years, rents have risen by 82.2 per cent in the city, the greatest percentage increase in Munster and higher even than in South County Dublin.“The lack of government intervention has allowed it to turn into a bull-market where landlords and corporations expect ever-increasing returns. It’s working well for landlords but families on the receiving end of hikes are being made homeless or forced into slum conditions,” the City North representative declared.“Eoghan Murphy and Leo Varadkar say they want to deal with the homelessness crisis. The vast majority of people fall into homelessness from the private market. Yesterday’s report shows that for people on HAP or other payments there are very few places they can rent, so they must be kept in the homes they have.”Cllr Prendiville takes the view that there should be a ban on economic evictions due to rent increases, or because the landlord wants to sell. Measures, he said, should be introduced to reduce rents to affordable levels linked to income.“Rents have boomed while increases in workers’ wages have been miserly across the economy. People shouldn’t be spending half their income on housing.“The government’s ‘rent pressure zones’ have proven to be a failure too, with rents in Dublin and other cities continue to increase by double-digit figures. The government need to come back to the Dáil with immediate legislation to introduce proper rent controls.“It is highly unlikely that the government will introduce these measures of their own accord, they will need to be forced to by a campaign of public pressure. Actions like those by the activists in the Summerhill Occupation in Dublin can spread across the country and become a focal point for communities organising. There is also major protest called for October 3. If people across the country mobilise in tens of thousands that will increase the pressure hugely on this government,” he concluded.Click here for more housing news. TAGSCian PrendivilleDaftDaileoghan murphyhomelessLeo VaradkarLimerick Cityrent pressure zonesSolidarity Getting a second chance at life Twitter Limerick Post Show | Focus Ireland launch Shine A Light Night WhatsApp Previous articleThree games down for decision in the Limerick SFCNext articleLimerick campaigner seeks referendum on animal rights Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Radical shift needed with 257 homeless in Limerick last_img read more

first_imgHome Local News Local veterans visiting memorials in D.C. World War II veteran Tex Hooper laughs with Gay Hock, left, during a send-off rally hosted by Permian Basin Honor Flight Wednesday night at the MCM Grande FunDome. Pinterest Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Local News Local veterans visiting memorials in D.C. Twitter WhatsApp Twitter 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Pinterestcenter_img Facebook OC employee of the year always learning By admin – May 17, 2018 WhatsApp ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Previous articleNew NTO teachers find campus challenging, rewardingNext articleMan charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR An honor flight took off Thursday morning carrying 143 Permian Basin veterans to Washington, D.C., providing an opportunity for them to visit memorials erected in their honor. Many will be seeing them for the first time.It’s the sixth flight since Permian Basin Honor Flight began in 2014, providing free flights for World War II, Korea and Vietnam Veterans to Washington, D.C., paid for by donations from Permian Basin residents.The veterans celebrated with a send-off Wednesday night at the MCM Grande FunDome, 6201 Business Interstate 20, where they were provided meals and given pre-flight instructions.“Every veteran of the armed forces deserves to go to Washington, D.C., in honor of the memory of their brothers and sisters that didn’t get that honor,” Permian Basin Honor Flight President Wesley Smith said.One of oldest veterans flying to Washington D.C. for the first time is Tex Hooper, who served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater of World War II.“It’s quite an honor,” Hooper said.Hooper is one of the few World War II veterans on the flight, comprised mainly of Vietnam and Korea veterans. He said at one point, World War II veterans were dying off at a rate of around 600 per day.Rudy “Sarge” Subia is another veteran who flew to D.C. on Thursday.“Some of them have never been there,” Subia said about the veterans in the group. “It’s just a wonderful opportunity for veterans.”Floyd Burks, a 21-year army veteran who served three tours in Vietnam, is one of those veterans who will be seeing the Vietnam memorial for the first time.“It means a lot,” Burks said. “I’ve got some friends and a cousin at that wall.”The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall consists of two walls almost 500 feet in length, listing more than 58,000 names of veterans who died during the Vietnam conflict.Vietnam veteran George Prickett was at the dinner to send the veterans off, but he had already gone on the third honor flight a few years ago. Prickett said it was his first time to see the memorial, which listed names of some men he served with.“To go see a monument that was built for you, it’s just great,” Prickett said. “It’s extraordinary, the massive amount of names.”The veterans will be flying back from D.C. Saturday at 6 p.m. Facebooklast_img read more