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first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska July 15, 2012 at 6:40 am Mr. Granger — No, I’m sorry, but your fame as a theologian has escaped me.You assert that your position is sophisticated and unbigoted. But you won’t try to explain it?At the same time you complain that the conversation is a one-way exchange?Most persuasive. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs July 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm Mr Bates, I haven’t the faintest idea what the snide comment about my “fame as a theologian” means. I didn’t write, nor did I imply, that I am a theologian. I rather suspect your bias – why else the implicit charge of bigotry? – has gotten the better of your carefulness in reading.As to not explaining my position – which is to say, the traditional (now considered conservative) Christian position regarding marriage as being between one man and one woman – has been frequently defended in print and electronic media much more capably that I could do in this space or at all.Tolle lege, Mr Bates. Tolle lege.Though I suspect that you’re already familiar with the arguments, and judging by the tone of your responses, have already decided that the position, and more to the point, anyone espousing it, is irredeemably bigoted and unsophisticated. Jeremy Bates says: Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release South Carolina Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Bob Van Keuren says: July 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm Time marches onSlowly we are honoring God’s creationAmazingly– women–blacks-gays are people tooSlowly and reluctantly the Church is starting to wake upGays are god’s gift to the rest of us July 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm Gays are God’s gift to the rest of us? Given the current sexuality debate I don’t feel like one. And this from a refugee from an expression of the Christian faith, Southern Baptist, that at least to me perceptually when it comes to homosexuality at the time I left was all too ready to condemn both sin and sinner. July 20, 2012 at 10:24 am I want to thank you for giving me every reason to not believe in your version of God. Unfortunately for you, between the 1st century and today science has discovered more about human sexuality. When religion and science collide, reason has usually dictated that religion reevaluate its stance. The earth is not the center of the universe, gen. is not about a 7 day creation, slavery is wrong, it is really ok to wear clothing made from blended material, and we can eat pork safely. We know that one’e orientation is not something someone chooses. And if it is an innate part of a person, one can only assume that God has created us in that way. Christ taught us that God is a loving father, not a tyrannical monster who creates people in such a way that they should suffer. Associate Rector Columbus, GA July 16, 2012 at 11:20 am I am not immersed in this debate as others are, but isn’t it the case that Bishop Lawrence will have the authority to allow or not allow the new same-sex liturgy to be used in South Carolina? If he chooses not to allow its use in his own diocese, so be it. But I fail to see why he thinks his opinion of doctrine and discipline should have any influence whatsoever over whether the liturgy would be permitted in, say, Massachusetts or Connecticut. He obviously wouldn’t be equally comfortable with a situation in which Ian Douglas could dictate policy in South Carolina.This is an issue that has the potential to continue to rip the church apart for decades. The wise course is to let individual bishops determine the best course for their own diocese. The church has many other problems that it desperately needs to address. July 17, 2012 at 8:52 am Of all the things to have “grevious concern” over in this world. . . . July 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm If one believes that the Bible is the word of the Lord, then one must also conclude that to bless a same sex union is an affront to God himself.While it is right to ask God to bless an individual; it is wrong to ask God to bless what he has clearly called a sin. Donald Jack Newsom says: Rector Smithfield, NC Jeremy Bates says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY July 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm 2 Timothy 4:1 (NIV) In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: {2} Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. {3} For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. {4} They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. {5} But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. {6} For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. {7} I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET R. Davis says: July 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm Even better, Mr. Granger–you refuse to justify your position with even one sentence in English; and then you tell me in Latin that I should read more!Once again, most persuasive. I mean really, five stars. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 July 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm What about Romans 1: 24 -27 don’t you understand? Your assertion on the early history of the church is ABSURD. Fritz Miller says: Jeremy Bates says: Todd Granger says: July 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm John D. Andrews, are you not aware that John Boswell’s claims, condemned in my hearing as “tendentious” by a same-sex blessing supporting priest of the Church twenty years ago, have been largely debunked and dismissed by most liturgical and cultural (Byzantine) historians who took the time to pay attention to his work? July 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm I guess everyone has the right to give up their place at the table. Some people leave the dinner table early. Todd Granger says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI July 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm Some still believe that the earth is flat; and there are analogues to that. There is something, however, in the American south that resists inclusion, it is still the place where minorities are the most excluded, most suspected of being “un-American” (whatever being American is), most vulnerable to hate-mongering and violent repression. There is also a saying that one hears from time to time: “South Carolina is too small to be its own country, and too large to be its own insane asylum.” Here it seems to fit. Comments (31) Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC John Abdenour says: Featured Events Marlene Talbott-Green PhD says: South Carolinians have ‘grievous concern,’ but have not left church July 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm It’s better than getting food poisoning AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Denise L. Unger says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Todd Granger says: July 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm John D. Andrews I would suggest you pay heed to what I have written in the following paragraph to John Snedeker about taking scripture out of context if you are truly interested in ascertaining its meaning.John Snedeker I would suggest that you review Romans 1:18 – 32 in order to place Romans 1: 24 -27 in proper context. Additionally Gen 3: 1-5 is also pulled out of the context of Gen 2:7 to Gen 3:24. A similar problem exists with Luke 4: 1-13. In context must be added Luke 3:21- 22 and Luke 4:14 – 30. If you and Todd Granger want to point to something that speaks at least to what two men might consider doing after obtaining a same sex blessing and not be out of context or have to resort to writers in theology and ethics or weblog comments then consider Lev. 18:22.In his book 20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid To Touch evangelist and ordained Baptist minister Tony Campolo, while aware of the Levitical prohibition sited above, back in the late 1980’s wrote that we should be able to do something more for our Christian homosexual brethren than just simply bid them to be celibate. His proposed solution was a covenantal relationship in which the life partners would provide mutual support to each other in abstaining from sexual activity. He didn’t mention separate sleeping arrangements. That, if I were to agree to a covenantal relationship with a life partner, I would have to insist on. Campolo also mentioned groups of homosexual Christians living in community also with the goal of supporting abstention in sexual activity. In that case, its either Factory Bunk Beds dot com for twin/twin bunk beds or Iron Mikes’ Military Exchange for military and or institutional bunk beds.It is because of this “cherry picking” of the scripture and that there is so much heat in the current rhetoric over human sexuality that, as I have written before and will write yet again, it is entirely possible that none of the parties currently involved in this dispute will live to see its resolution. It is also possible that prayers for a resolution will not be answered until time ceases to have meaning and we are gathered unto God as He answers prayer on His schedule, not ours.Finally, in mentioning Campolo and God’s schedule, Campolo also wrote in the same text that he did not argue that God could do anything, God was after all God. However he also wrote that there is a considerable difference between what God can do and what He will do. In retrospect as I look over my own ups and downs in my Christian walk I have no reason to doubt this statement. Sarah Ridgway says: July 14, 2012 at 12:04 am Denise L. Unger, the suggestion you make in your comment – that opposition to the blessing of homosexual relationships is motivated by a cold uncharitableness that would reject a child of homosexual orientation, and that this moral defect must be prayed out of the offender – is frankly offensive, and as much without substantiating evidence as an unthinking conservative claim that support for blessing homosexual relationships is motivated by nothing other than a desire to baptize concupiscence and to kowtow to the culture. Love is manifested by an acceptance of the person, not by an uncritical validation of everything about the person.As for “hard” answers – whose witness was hardest to bear in the midst of General Convention: South Carolina and the few deputies who stood during the reading of the conservative bishops’ statement in the HoD, or those deputies in the super-majority who voted for the same-sex blessing resolution and the large majority who voted for the transgender resolutions? Why do you for a moment think that those of us who continue to hold up traditional biblical and catholic teaching on human sexuality haven’t done any hard work in arriving at that position? Why do you think that position is so easy to maintain? It isn’t, if for no other reason than the fact that thinking hard about sexuality and sexual sin has the effect of turning a bright light on the dark corners of my own soul, to my own significant discomfort (which, Deo gratias, puts me on my knees). In the introduction to his book, _The Bible and Homosexual Practice_, Professor Robert Gagnon lists a number of risks taken by those who publicly espouse a critical position against blessing homosexual relationships: being labeled homophobic; being labeled intolerant; being labeled exclusive and resistant to diversity; being labeled uncritical (or, as you put it, “simple-minded”); being charged with promoting violence against homosexual persons. A public position of critique is not pleasant for most of us, leaving us vulnerable to the host of stereotypes listed (which you have yourself indulged) and positioning us squarely against cultural norms prevailing in most of the media and the academy – and The Episcopal Church. The public position of critique also carries with it regrets, not least that, in Gagnon’s words, “a rigorous critique of same-sex intercourse can have the unintended effect of brings personal pain to homosexuals”. Theological conservatives – myself included – deplore attempts to demean the humanity of homosexuals persons, though in a culture in which acceptance of one’s humanity means an uncritical validation of everything about the person – or at least, everything about the person considered important and admirable by the culture – simply opposing the blessing of homosexual unions is apt to be understood as precisely that.The reason that theological conservatives leave the table (whether by walking out of General Convention or by walking out of The Episcopal Church, as hundreds of thousands have done in the last decade) is that we are tired of being asked to stay at the table and engage in conversation – or as you more piously put it, to keep going to Church and to keep praying – when the “conversation” seems to be an entirely one-way exchange. Submit a Job Listing July 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm The South Carolina delegation, including Bishop Lawrence, should study church history (tradition). The church in its early years not only married same-sex couples, but had liturgies in order to do so. For a group that stands so firmly on tradition, they apparently don’t know the traditions of the church, or would rather ignore those traditions that do not conform to their modern biases. As for the Bible, no where in the Bible is same-sex marriage, or homosexuality, demonized. Of course, one would have to actually apply biblical criticism to the Bible to know what the Bible does say about those issues. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ John D. Andrews says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Todd Granger says: July 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm I totally agree the importance of understanding scripture. Before labeling anything as absurd, do you not think it is wise to research and discern the facts first? Rector Bath, NC July 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm While I am respectful of the work done by the many, many theologians who have weighed in on one topic or another over the history of the Church, I still can’t help but note that there have been seriously divisive issues over and over again, and for every five theologians on one side, there are also five on the other. There have been schisms and all sorts of reformations (including the “capital R” one), and an ever-widening number of new denominations and traditions, but whatever the conflagration, Christianity has risen from the ashes.Speaking totally personally, I am uncomfortable with any one contingent within the large Christian umbrella saying that they, and they alone, know the mind of God. I just don’t believe we are able to do that, regardless of how many years of “tradition” might support one opinion or another. I also don’t believe in worshipping the Bible; I worship God and his Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I see the Bible as the story of an eternal dialogue between God and human creation, and our constant wrestling with our sin and repentance and God’s endless love and willingness to forgive, and not as a Rule Book.The more I study, the more I’m drawn to tolerance, despite my deep differences with certain faith traditions and practices — and I don’t find that to be inconsistent with Jesus’ teachings. And I’m OK with the evolution of belief and faith and how science and the mystery of life intertwine. To me it IS important that slavery was not just tolerated but expected in Biblical times but we now see it as a practice that does not honor God’s love for every individual person. It IS important that though Jesus spoke out against divorce, we generally now understand that forcing someone to remain in a loveless, lifeless marriage is wrong, and so is denying them the right to remarry with the blessing of the Church.I have concluded from my (limited) understanding (up to now) that the few references to homosexual behavior in Scripture refer more to clearly wanton, uncommitted sexual behavior, no different from heterosexual fornication, rather than an outright condemnation of homosexuality itself. And I cannot, for the life of me, believe that God would have created this whole class of people, solid and decent and hard-working and loving as anybody, but denied them the right to express their love to whom they want. (And from a scientific, evolutionary standpoint, if homosexuality was a useless aberration, surely it would have vanished by now through natural selection.)If the Diocese of SC feels that they must remain committed to their historical conservative viewpoint, then OK. But there is an evolution of mindset going on around them, like it or not. And eventually, they will have to decide whether their priority is sticking to their rules about human sexuality or remaining members of TEC. July 14, 2012 at 9:46 am Mr Bates, these arguments – as you undoubtedly already know – are readily available in print and electronic form, from such sophisticated and unbigoted writers on theology and ethics as Robert Gagnon, Ephraim Radner, Philip Turner, Christopher Seitz, Oliver O’Donovan, and Wolfhart Pannenberg. Weblog comments sections are rarely, if ever, a setting for profitable discussions of a complex and emotionally-charged topic.Of course, if you are predisposed to dismiss any arguments against same-sex blessings as unsophisticated and bigoted ipso facto, then there really isn’t any conversation to be had, is there? Thus the departure of theological conservatives from the conversation, precisely because there isn’t one. December 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm Thanks to Sarah Ridgway for a cogent “personal” statement, which nevertheless is in tune with progressive theology as well as a compassionate heart.To Angela H. – who is sure that the word of God condemns the “sin” of homosexuality.I wonder if it has escaped your attention that the church and scripture has a very long history of condemning women’s sexuality and valorizing the state of virginity. In other words, traditional Christianity has had a perverted way of reducing women to mere sexual objects to satisfy the domination needs of men, to shore up for men the power of women’s sexuality and to make sure that all women are in subjection to the male idea that only men are made in the image of God.In kind, the sexual objectification of homosexual persons defines them in terms of their sexual nature alone, much as traditionally the church has constructed women. Therefore, some members of the church also think that same-sex couples seek nothing more valued from the church than a “blessing for concupiscence.” The arguments from S. Carolinians who seek to separate themselves from T EC in America continue to define God as male, Jesus as sexless, Mary as a perpetual virgin and all other women as an occasion to sin. One of the most objectionable ideas, defined as a vile practice and abomination, is men who allow themselves to be used as women are used. There is no analogous or complementary assignation for women lying with women, only a condemnation of women lying with beasts. They all shall die, including the beast. At least that is what my Bible says. So, homophobia is multi-layered, including the fear and distrust of women along with the acceptance that such “unnatural lusts” of men toward men are an abomination to the Lord. Most often these students of scripture leave out the part that almost any sinners, say, described in Leviticus, must be put to death (which is what the government of Uganda is trying to do today).The most telling example of ethics and morality differentially applied to men and women is found early on in Genesis – The destruction of Sodom – which is often held up as a justification for persecuting homosexual men. Lot gave the sanctuary of his hospitality to two men, who were being besieged by the men of Sodom, commanding Lot to give up his guests to the crowd, so that they might “know” them. But Lot resisted their “wicked demands.” Lot bargained, ” I have two virgin daughters, let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please, but do nothing to these men for they have come under the shelter of my roof . . . . (Genesis 19:1-9. One thing we learn from this Biblical story, is that the daughters had no sanctuary under the roof of their father, Lot. And from there we learn that Lot went on to commit incest with his daughters so that the family line would go on. This story is often “taken out of context,” as a warning to homosexuals, whereas it ought to be a warning also to women of their religious standing in the house of God, and the need perhaps to investigate the ethical development of a living God. July 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm John D. Andrews—as has been stated by Todd Granger—most of Boswell’s work has been proven incorrect in regards to same sax unions.center_img PJMuldoon says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel John D. Andrews says: Rector Knoxville, TN General Convention, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem July 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm John Snedeker, here is a link to an article that proves my assertion is not “absurd.”http://anthropologist.livejournal.com/1314574.htmlAs for scripture, if you are only reading it, you aren’t doing enough to ascertain its meaning. Simply reading is great for spiritual comfort, but not nearly enough to proclaim doctrinal meaning. General Convention 2012, An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Peter Hebert says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 July 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm I am from the albany diocese and not all people in the albany diocese agree with Bishop Love. He does not speak for everyone in the diocese, gay people have children,they are members of families,they have brothers ,sisters, parents. they love jesus very much and need to have a church they can go to where they can have brothers and sisters in christ who love them. We are all members of one body with different gifts. We have many gay people in our parish family. Bishop Love was upset that people didn’t listen to him at the general convention, He embarrassed and upset mother Ann and other people he didn;t agree with at the albany convention in june. priest in the diocese of all can’t even attend a gay blessing in another diocese, even as a member of the congregation. It hurts me that people are being excluded. I don’t think this is what god wants. love your sister in christ michele wilkins-hallmark John Poynter says: Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR David Yarbrough says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET John Snedeker says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Lewis Martin says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Donald Jack Newsom says: July 14, 2012 at 8:29 am And so, Mr. Granger, your sophisticated, unbigoted reason for opposing same-sex blessings would be . . . ? Michael Hubbard says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jul 12, 2012 John Snedeker says: Richard Rhoads says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service John Snedeker says: Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK July 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm Really? THIS is your “proof”? My man, you should be more bold in your assertions. As an example I would refer you to Gen 3: 1-5 or Luke 4: 1-13. … that’s it for my visit to the fever swamps of KJS’s TEC. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY July 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm I hope that all of the South Carolina delegates were present for Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori’s closing sermon. I was born and raised in a small northern California conservative parish (Emmaunel Episcopal, Grass Valley,CA) My parents were from the depression era and very strict…I am not one “of those Californians,” in fact, I now live in Alabama.Ladies and Gentlemen from South Carolina it is all about love. Period! I pray for you that no child or grand child or nephew or niece of yours ever has an issue of sexuality. You don’t wake up one morning and think “I think I am going to be heterosexual.” or ” Hmmmm maybe I’ll be homosexual”. It is simply not as simple minded as many of you would like it to be. But love is. Please keep going to church. Please keep praying. Please keep seeking the answers they are hard. Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA [Episcopal News Service –Indianapolis] When most of the Diocese of South Carolina’s deputies left General Convention July 11 along with Bishop Mark Lawrence, their departure was meant to “differentiate” themselves from resolutions convention had passed the day before.Lawrence said in a statement posted on the diocese’s website July 12 that the departure of the deputies should not be understood as a departure from the Episcopal Church.“Frankly, a deputation to General Convention has no authority to make such a decision,” he said.In his statement, Lawrence described what he said during a July 11 private session of the House of Bishops. He said that he was grateful for the “intentional engagement in honesty and collegiality with fellow bishops.”Lawrence expressed his “grievous concern” with changes to the church’s canons through A049, which allows for optional and provisional use of a rite to bless same-gender relationships, and D019 and D002, which affirm the full inclusion of transgender persons in the life of the church (including the ordination process).“These resolutions in my opinion,” Lawrence said he told the bishops, “are disconcerting changes to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church – to which every bishop, priest and deacon is asked to conform. More importantly they mark a departure from the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this church has received them, therein making it necessary for me to strongly differentiate myself from such actions.”Lawrence said he left the House of Bishops after private conversation and would not be continuing in the remainder of the convention.“I concur with the assessment of our canon theologian, the Rev. Kendall Harmon, when he described the actions of this General Convention as ‘unbiblical, unchristian, unAnglican and unseemly,’” said Lawrence.He said in the diocesan statement that he knows “some did not think we should attend the 77th General Convention, but I believe our presence and witness was important and even respected by many on both sides of the theological divide. As St. Paul states regarding his ministry, ‘…we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.’”Lawrence said he would be sending a statement to diocesan clergy, which is to be read in parishes on July 15.The deputies that left were the Rev. Canon Jim Lewis, the Very Rev. David Thurlow, Elizabeth “Boo” Pennewill, Lydia Evans and Reid Boylston, while the Very Rev. John B. Burwell and Deputy Lonnie Hamilton stayed in Indianapolis.Burwell spoke to ENS July 11 about the deputies’ decision. That story is here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Angela Harness says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA michele wilkins-hallmark says: Marlene Talbott-Green PhD says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags July 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm The Episcopal Church is sliding at an increasingly rapid rate down the slippery slope toward apostasy. Mark Lawrence and DSC are the voice in the wilderness crying for repentance. Unfortunately, those who listen are increasingly without influence in TEC – which is why such organizations as ACNA are growing rapidly.May God’s blessing continue to rest on Mark Lawrence and DSC, and may hearts be turned within TEC. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME July 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm I don’t recall reading anything in regard to same-sex marriagein the early Church Fathers or any ecclesiatical history. Exactly where does this information come from? What century? What area of the world? And why is it that our Roman Catholic and Orthodox brethren don’t seem to be privy to this knowledge? Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments are closed. July 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm Or causing it in others.last_img read more

first_img September 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm Blessings on all churches involved in this ministry. Very proud to see two churches from the Diocese of Lexington in this article.How can The Episcopal Church use its advocacy networks to lobby for policy to provide funding to such programs? Over 90% of the children served by the Reading Camp ministry in Kentucky qualify for free or reduced lunches. There are sites throughout the country that offer the NSLP (National School Lunch Program) meals to children throughout the summer, but I wonder if they reach every hungry child that benefits during the year? Every year, at least five of our campers comment that they only eat once per day at home.How do we ensure hungry children are fed on weekends and throughout the summer?Allison DuvallExecutive DirectorReading Camp, Episcopal Diocese of Lexington Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Janet Hale says: Rector Smithfield, NC 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Poverty & Hunger Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Events September 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm This program is spreading, but I encourage to think about what happens int he summer to kids who then do not even have school lunches. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Children, Fr. Michael Neal says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rich Chappell says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Allison Duvall says: Rector Martinsville, VA The Rev’d. Steven L. McCarty says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Moputo Jones says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Comments are closed. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Rev. Dr. Fran Toy says: September 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm Blessings in a Backpack is a wonderful program. Last April, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, Illinois began partnerning with Oakton Elementary School in Evanston – a school that already had a Blessings in a Backpack program. We now provide weekly support in preparing the backpacks for students and will soon begin assisting with shopping as well. So wonderful to see this making ENS news! And so wonderful to hear of the many congregations taking part around the Church. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Melissa Peter says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal News Service] When the community kitchen moved out of Calvary Episcopal Church in Ashland, Kentucky, after 30 years, parishioners wondered what to do next. “We have no idea what we should be doing to help our neighbors in need. We’ve got to find something to replace this,” they told the Rev. Ron Pogue when he arrived as interim rector in February.Pogue suggested Calvary join the Louisville-based Blessings in a Backpack program, which provides weekend food packages during the school year for children who receive free or reduced lunches. “I said, ‘Let’s see if we can feed 100 kids.’”“There were a few skeptics,” he said.The Blessings in a Backpack program involves parishioners of all ages at Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, Kentucky. Here, Kathy Gross, left, Ken Miller and Karen Furlow help prepare food packages for delivery to a local elementary school. Photo/Joyce RothBut seven months later, Calvary members have pledged to feed 112 children at Crabbe Elementary School – where 94 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunches – at $80 per child for the entire year. They are poised to start buying, repackaging and delivering the nonperishable food as soon as the school identifies the recipients. And they hope additional pledges and grants will let them feed even more children, said Jeannie Broughton, who coordinates the program with Deacon Diane Zwick.Through various “backpack” programs, Episcopal churches such as Calvary are providing food for needy schoolchildren who otherwise might go hungry during weekends. More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, according to Feeding America, but that only feeds youngsters on school days. Through Feeding America’s BackPack Program, nearly 230,000 children receive weekend bags of food assembled at more than 150 local food banks.At Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas, where Pogue previously served as interim, parishioners fed 180 students a week in eight schools last year and are adding a ninth school this year through the Harvesters Community Food Network BackSnack program, said co-coordinator Greg Hazen.Every two weeks, Harvesters in Kansas City deliver pallets of free food to the church. About 30 parishioners pack the food into plastic bags in the backpacks – usually adding some donated fresh fruit – and deliver them to the participating schools each week.Trinity became aware of the program and got involved thanks to Hazen’s sister, Jeanne Fridell, a local school principal. The individual schools choose which students receive food assistance.“We initially targeted the schools that had the higher percentage of children that were eligible for free or reduced lunch,” Hazen said.Blessings in a Backpack, which feeds nearly 62,000 children in 437 schools in 42 states and three countries, uses a different model. Blessings provides nutritious menus, and participating partners such as Calvary meet with local grocers to see which will meet the “price points” to deliver the food for $80 per child for 38 weeks, Pogue explained. Calvary reached an agreement with a local Wal-Mart, which will provide the food at a cost of less than $2.10 per child per weekend.“The national Blessings in a Backpack program has a nutritionist who works with them to set up menus so that we’re sending good-quality food home with the kids, not junk,” Broughton said.Parishioners will pick up the nonperishable items, package them in Ziploc bags and deliver them to the schools for discrete distribution to students, Pogue said.“It’s a beautifully set up program that has a minimum of administration to it and a maximum of helping the kids,” said Zwick, who has seen the need for food assistance for children first-hand at the Ashland Child Development Center, where she is board of trustees president.“Some children just aren’t fed the way they should be at home, and they come in Monday mornings and they want four or five bowls of cereal,” she said. “It happens in public schools also.”Getting the food to the children can be easier than convincing a family to receive aid.“Last year, I got a call from the principal of one school, and the child was caught stealing food in the cafeteria on Monday morning. And that was because the child hadn’t eaten all weekend,” recounted Diane Wilson, parish administrator at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Summerville, South Carolina. Through its Backpack Buddies program, the church fed about 20 children in two schools last year and anticipates feeding about 45 in five schools this year.“I put out an e-mail to everybody I could find. Everybody brought me food,” she said. But they hit a roadblock. “That’s where the pride came in. The parents wouldn’t take the food. They didn’t want the school intervention.”She sees hungry children as part of a larger problem. “My thought is, if the child isn’t getting food, that means that the whole family isn’t getting food,” she said. The church’s next step, she said, is to work with schools to create a pantry “and supply food for the whole family, not just the children in their backpacks.” They’ve also discussed opening a thrift store.St. George’s funds the program – which costs about $240 per child for 10 months – through parishioners’ donations. “It’s all on faith that we’re doing this every month,” she said. “We’re just thankful that we can get them the food.”Besides helping hungry children, the backpack programs provide a way for church members to get involved in outreach and build community.Virginia Valentin chairs the Blessings in a Backpack program at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, Kentucky. The program is in its second year at the church. Photo/Joyce Roth“We got involved in this ministry last year, and it involves a large number of our folks every week helping to fill 60 backpacks for kids,” said the Rev. Brian Cole, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, a Blessings in a Backpack participant in Lexington, Kentucky. “It’s a very hands-on, active outreach program around food and getting food to kids who are in need. … It ends up gathering all of our generations here.”To Broughton, the gospel imperative for such ministries is obvious. “We’ve been given very clear instructions that we need to go out … and do as Jesus would have done and take care of others,” she said. “Our faith isn’t very substantial if we keep it inside of four walls.”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. The Rev. Debra Bullock says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Dottie Harrelson says: Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 September 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm God bless Fr. Ron Pogue! How does he have time to do all that he does? Tags Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest September 13, 2012 at 8:05 am Maryfran: That’s a very good point. FYI there is a federally-mandated (and financed) program to provide lunches (and in some locations breakfasts or a late afternoon snack) to all children through age 18 in the summertime. Much depends upon local organizations (including, but not limited to, schools) and how much they are able to contribute in the way of personnel (administration, food preparation, serving, cleaning up, etc.) and venues (many church kitchens and parish halls are well-suited for this ministry). Schools often tie the meal program to their summer school schedule, but as funds for summer school have dried up in many communities, sometimes they only serve meals for 3 or 4 weeks of the summer, thus it’s important to find other sites. Some communities even have a mobile program, where a truck goes around to various parks and playgrounds and delivers the food to the children there (by pre-arrangement and registration of course). The meals can be as simple as sandwiches and fresh fruit, or as complex as complete hot meals. If your community doesn’t yet participate in this program, you might want to explore the possibility for next summer. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA September 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm Wouldn’t it be a better use of funds by political candidates vying for office if they would support programs such as Blessings in a backpack instead of using multiple millions of dollars for negative ads ? Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA September 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm This sounds like an awesome idea and program! Comments (11) September 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm We do the backpack program at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Clear Spring, Maryland. Every Friday during the school year, we supply 15 selected elementary school children with food for the weekend. The school counselor selects the children to receive the backpacks. We work under the guidelines of the Micah Backpack program; but at St. Andrew’s we call the backpacks, “Compassion Packs”. But, we do more than just supply food. The backpacks are packed by the local high school students who are in the Life Skills program, those students with various developmental handicaps come by the Church on Thursdays and pack the backpacks.. We also help students who need Student Service Learning hours for graduation obtain their hours by helping organize & clean the room where we store the food at the Church. September 13, 2012 at 9:26 am There seems to be a significant movement in the Episcopal Church through Blessings in a Backpack beginning with Kentucky, Illinois and Texas! In Houston, Texas, the Holy Spirit Episcopal Community (church and school) is feeding 60 kids in attendance of Blackshear Elementary. Blackshear Elementary is located in Houston’s Third Ward, which also happens to be a food desert, where groceries are difficult to obtain due to lack of supermarkets, lack of transportation and lack of resources. Our program grows everyday with plans in place to reach 200 by school year’s end. Our local implementation is named “Shear Blessings” with John 21:15 being our cornerstone…”Feed My Lambs”. Thanks for sharing this wonderful news at Calvary. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET September 17, 2012 at 10:31 am Count Epiphany Episcopal in Newport New Hampshire as one who feeds twenty kids a week with our own packpack program. Feeding America and The NH Foodbank will help this year but didn’t have the funds when we started 2 years ago. 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 Backpack ministries keep kids fed so they can learn By Sharon SheridanPosted Sep 12, 2012 Featured Jobs & Calls September 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm That is a great program, we do it at our school here in KY also,and it is a great sucess………..GOD bless The Blessings in a Backpack……………….. Maryfran Crist says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ last_img read more

first_imgThursday Apr 17, 2014 Courtney Lawes smashes Owen Farrell with trademark hit Courtney Lawes made another of his trademark crash tackles at the weekend, this time on England team mate, Owen Farrell. The Saracens flyhalf didn’t return from the tunnel at halftime but has since been cleared as not having a foot injury, and will resume training this week.Lawes flew out the line and smashed Farrell just as he passed the ball, resulting in a tough landing on the artificial pitch of Allianz Park for the smaller, but tough as nails flyhalf.This is from the same match as the Marcelo Bosch big penalty kick (and Kelly Brown try), and it was Brown himself that was on the wrong end of another big tackle, that time by Samu Manoa. You can view that on page two, and see more big Lawes (and Manoa!) hits in the Related Posts below. Samu Manoa’s solid tackle on Kelly BrownADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

first_img Howard Lake | 19 September 2006 | News Fundraising Ireland 2006, the first one-day conference for the fundraising community in Ireland from Back Page Books has sold out.The innovative event brings a full day of seminars taking delegates through the steps towards successful individual fundraising campaigns and includes a session by UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake on what works and what doesn’t online.Director of Back Page Books Penny Stephens said: We are absolutely thrilled that the response to the conference has been so great and it has shown that there is a need for such an event in the Republic of Ireland. Thanks to our principal sponsor, Fundraising Initiatives we have been able to keep the price at a level that means people from all sizes of organisation can attend. Advertisement We hope to be able to run a similar event next year and will be looking for the brightest and best presenters to contribute to an exciting programme.The event is being held at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin on Thursday 28 September. 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.  15 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Tagged with: Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fundraising Ireland 2006 sold outlast_img read more

first_imgAs if further proof was needed that Trump and many administration officials  are pro-white supremacy, White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly, helped seal the deal on this issue with his comments during a Fox TV News interview on Oct. 30.When host Laura Ingraham asked Kelly about the recent struggle to bring down Confederate statues which honor slavery, Kelly defended them: “I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which, 150 years ago, was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today. But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War. And men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had to make their stand.”When Kelly’s views were widely criticized, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, defended Kelly: “[A]ll of our leaders have flaws,” mentioning presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy. (Huff Post, Oct. 31)Sanders went on to say: “That doesn’t diminish their contributions to our country, and it certainly can’t erase them from our history.  And General Kelly was simply making the point that just because history isn’t perfect doesn’t mean that it’s not our history.”Lee, Jefferson and Washington were slave owners.  Lee was a commander of the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.Kelly is the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and is a retired four-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps.To put Kelly’s views into political context, it was Trump who stated that “both sides” were to blame for what happened in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, when armed neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other alt-right forces  viciously attacked anti-racist activists. Their actions resulted in the murder of anti-fascist Heather Heyer by a neo-Nazi who drove his car into a crowd.  Neo-Nazis at the same rally nearly beat to death DeAndre Harris, an African-American youth.Bring them down!These white supremacists had gathered in Charlottesville to defend a statue of Lee and prevent it from being taken down. Courageous actions by anti-racist protesters have removed Confederate monuments around the country in Durham, N.C., New Orleans and other cities.The U.S. Civil War was a struggle between two social systems — chattel slavery and wage slavery (capitalism), which could no longer co-exist side by side. Although the Union army defeated the Confederate army on the battlefield, surviving members of the slavocracy were allowed to regroup into extra-legal terrorist organizations like the KKK — thanks to pro-slavery sympathizers in the White House, led by President Andrew Johnson.Because Lee and other Confederate leaders called for Southern states to secede from the Union — which was deemed treasonous — shouldn’t Kelly’s and other Trump officials’ defense of the Confederacy also be viewed as treasonous?Some members of the Black Congressional Caucus state that Kelly needs a “history lesson” on what the Civil War was about.  However, in reality,  Kelly, Trump and their ilk are more than aware of whose side they are on.  And it is not the side of the workers and oppressed peoples.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today called for the case to be dropped against journalist Yosef Azizi Banitruf, sentenced to five years in jail after he exposed excessive use of force against demonstrators from the Arab community. “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is systematically exploiting the judicial system to crack down on journalists from the minority communities,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en News March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called for the case to be dropped against journalist Yosef Azizi Banitruf, sentenced to five years in jail after he exposed excessive use of force against demonstrators from the Arab community who clashed with security forces in Khuzestan in south-west Iran. The trial of Azizi Banitrouf, a member of Iran’s Arab minority, was held over almost two years. The Tehran revolutionary court handed down its verdict against him on 20 August for “acting against national security”, “incitement to rebellion” and “relations with foreign officials”. He is free while awaiting an appeal.The freelance journalist was arrested on 25 April 2005. His home was searched and working papers seized. He was released on bail to await trial on 28 June 2005.“President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is systematically exploiting the judicial system to crack down on journalists from the minority communities, for whom they often act as spokesperson,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Six of the seven journalists currently in prison in the country are of Kurdish or Arab origin. This outrageous gagging policy should be condemned by all those committed to free expression for Iranians,” it added.Interviews given by Aziz Banitruf to foreign media and interviews he carried out himself with officials in the Arab world were produced in court as evidence against him. He worked for 12 years for the daily Hamshari, owned by the mayor of Tehran, but was sacked when Ahmadinejad was elected the capital’s mayor in 2003 and conservatives were put in charge of the paper. He now works for several national publications and continues to contribute to foreign media. He is also a member of the board of the Iranian Writers’ Association.The Tehran revolutionary court in June 2008 imposed an 11-year jail sentence on Iranian journalist of Kurdish origin, Mohammad Sadegh Kabovand, for “acting against national security” after he founded an organisation to defend human rights in Kurdistan. He was arrested in July 2007 and has since been imprisoned in Evin jail, Tehran.Said Matinpour of the weekly Yarpagh, one of the leading Azeri community newspapers, was in June 2008 given an eight-year suspended sentence, also by a revolutionary court in the capital, for “having dealings with foreigners” and for “publicity against the regime”.In yet another case, a journalist working for the official news agency ISNA, Mahboubeh Karami, was released on 26 August 2008 after paying bail of one hundred million toumens (80,000 euros) following her arrest on 13 June this year after criticising police brutality against demonstrators on a bus in Tehran. She is facing charges of “damaging national security” and “publicity against the regime”. June 9, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information News News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Organisation News IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran August 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist from the Arab minority sentenced to five years in prison Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Help by sharing this information ColombiaAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further RSF_en Reports RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on Colombiacenter_img News News May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders condemns the death threats that a paramilitary group has been making against journalists with various Colombian news media in the past two days and, at the same time, points out that it has no link to one of the targeted media, called ‘Agencia de Reporteros Sin Fronteras’.As well as ‘Agencia de Reporteros Sin Fronteras’, the targets of the threats made by the paramilitary group “Bloque Capital – Águilas Negras” yesterday and the day before were the TV stations Canal Capital and Telesur, and Nelson Arnesto, the creator of the news programme Patio Bonito Al Día.A Paris-based NGO that defends freedom of information, Reporters Without Borders is known as Reporteros Sin Fronteras in Spanish but it has no relation with the Colombian news analysis website named in the threats.Reporters Without Borders condemns the fact that Colombia’s criminal paramilitary groups are still able to sow terror with complete impunity. Their continuing existence – a result of the failure of the demobilization process – is a bane on Colombian society.We urge the authorities to investigate the threats, and guarantee the security of the threatened media and journalists. Even though this was not a direct threat against Reporters Without Borders, we urge the authorities to provide protection to our correspondent Colombia, Fabiola León Posada.With 56 journalists killed since 2000, Colombia is the Western Hemisphere’s second deadliest country for media personnel, while the Águilas Negras continue to be one of Colombia’s leading “Predators of Press Freedom.”Colombia is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. ColombiaAmericas Receive email alerts December 2, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB has no relation to target of paramilitary death threats October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more