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first_img The coronavirus pandemic. The economy in recession. The stock market crashed. It’s not easy figuring out the best shares to buy to grow your wealth and help you retire early. However, there are some brilliant FTSE 250 stocks I’d invest in right now.The three I’m looking at today are Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). In my view, these three companies operate in particularly attractive sub-sectors of the market. And are also very well-managed businesses. With property-backed balance sheets, and recently-raised war chests to fund future growth, I think now could be a great time to invest.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The three FTSE 250 stocks I’d buyMy first pick, Assura (LSE: AGR), owns healthcare properties. Namely, 576 GP surgery, primary care, diagnostic and treatment centre buildings around the country. At a share price of 73p, its market capitalisation is £1.94bn. Its current annual rent roll is £109m, and its running dividend yield is 3.8%.Pick two is Big Yellow Group (LSE: BYG), the UK brand leader in self storage. With its 100 facilities, and distinctive yellow livery, you’ll no doubt be familiar with it. At a share price of 920p, its market cap is £1.62bn. Its annual revenue is running at £129m, and its dividend yield at 3.7%My third pick is LondonMetric Property (LSE: LMP). This company owns 16m square feet of UK distribution and long-income real estate. At a share price of 186p, its market cap is £1.69bn. Its contracted annual income is currently £123m, and its running dividend yield is 4.5%.Assured performerIn a trading update last month, Assura said its March quarter rents were “being received in line with normal patterns.” This is in marked contrast to what we’ve heard from many REITs, with exposure to office, retail, leisure and so on.Assura’s specialisation in healthcare properties is paying dividends, both metaphorically (in the security of its rental income), and literally (in continuing distributions to shareholders).It recently raised £185m in a placing at 77p a share. This is to fund its development and acquisition pipeline, as it’s “experienced substantial growth momentum in the volume of its near-term development and investment opportunities.” This bodes well for the future growth of Assura’s assets and rent roll.The other two FTSE 250 stocksAssura’s defensive qualities mean it commands a higher valuation than my other two FTSE 250 stocks. The healthcare specialist’s market cap of £1.94bn is 17.8 times its current £109m rent roll. For Big Yellow, the numbers are £1.62bn/£129m and 12.6x. And for LondonMetric, £1.69bn/£123m and 13.7x.Big Yellow and LondonMetric are not immune to the challenging environment caused by Covid-19. However, the self-storage group said last month it believes its business model will provide it with “a good deal of resilience.”Similarly, LondonMetric said earlier this month its portfolio, which is “aligned to structurally supported sectors” (such as urban logistics), “continues to demonstrate good resilience.”Like Assura, both Big Yellow and LondonMetric have recently raised funds for their development and acquisition pipelines. The former raised £82m at 983p a share, and the latter £120m at 180p a share. Again, this bodes well for the future growth of the businesses, and shareholder returns.In summary, I think these three FTSE 250 stocks are well positioned to increase your wealth, and help you retire early. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Given its position as a leading energy provider, BP is joining the movement and trying to go green as well. BP recently decided to further invest in this practically limitless energy sector. Here’s more on the oil giant’s move and what I think it could mean for BP share price.Nearly limitless energyBP recently participated in a $40m investment round for a startup named Eavor Technologies. Eavor has an ambitious plan to generate enough power to meet the needs of around 10m homes by 2030 using geothermal technology.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Geothermal takes heat from under Earth’s surface and converts it into electricity. Given that the heat under the Earth is so huge, it’s practically limitless and thus considered ‘renewable’. If done correctly, geothermal generation emits very little to no greenhouse gases as well. Unlike wind turbines or solar, which don’t produce energy if there is no wind or sun respectively, geothermal can also always be on if done correctly.Many analysts think geothermal energy has a lot of growth potential given the right tech improvements, which could make the process of finding, accessing, and managing geothermal resources more economical. In an optimistic case scenario, for example, the US Department of Energy estimated that US geothermal power generation could increase almost 26-fold from 2019 levels to 60 gigawatts-electric capacity by 2050. Under a ‘business as usual’ scenario, US geothermal power generation could increase to around 6 GW of capacity by 2050.By investing in Eavor through its venture arm, BP is in effect giving the company more resources to potentially make technological breakthroughs that could promote more geothermal adoption in the future.BP Share price: what I’d doGiven that it isn’t investing very much into Eavor, I don’t think the investment will matter much for the BP share price in the near term. But given how much geothermal energy can grow in the future, there is the chance that BP can make a substantial profit from its investment if the right tech breakthroughs occur.I think it could be a good thing that management is investing in other energy companies with potentially promising technology. Although it has a world-class R&D operation and immense financial resources, BP doesn’t have a monopoly on energy innovation. Sometimes startups and smaller companies make meaningful innovations that BP or other supermajors have missed. By investing in promising energy startups, BP can in effect diversify its exposure to energy technology more. (Although it may or may not happen, I’d personally like to see the oil giant invest more into fusion startups as well).As a whole, I am optimistic about BP’s potential in the green sector. I think there are many opportunities to create value and I reckon the company will successfully transition into a greener future. Given the current BP share price, I’d buy and hold the company’s shares.With this said, BP shares also have risk. Many believe oil production will decline over time, making BP’s green transition more urgent. If BP management were to invest in the wrong green areas or not deliver the results the market expects, the stock could decline. 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first_imgTREC issues letter to the Episcopal Church Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA January 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm Are the teachings of The Episcopal Church these days determined by biblical teachings and doctrine and enlightening and strengthening spiritually those who are members of it, or secularism and a perception of contemporary cultural shifts, forces and movement plus the lust and greed for power and money? December 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm I agree with the comment that describes the TREC letter as “verbiage”. Much of it seems very vague, but I read serious hints at what amounts to a misguided desire to implement the deconstruction of traditional worship and belief, to make the Episcopal Church more appealing to an evangelical, charismatic crowd. There seems to be a sense of urgency, recognizing the crisis of loss of membership, and implied financial health, which could be cured by “dumbing down” our theology, liturgy, and music, to attract a “21st Century” crowd. This would be a terribly mistaken policy, in my opinion. I’ve seen churches in which 90% of the congregation don’t kneel, where supplementary hymnals with more “homey, campfire style” music supplant the glorious traditions of our Anglican hymnography, where some clergy call the Nicene Creed “exclusionary” and mention that some congregations have abandoned saying the Creeds altogether! What is going on?? Don’t throw the Infant Jesus out with the bathwater! Don’t destroy our Episcopalian/Anglican identity to improve financial statements! Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Mary Morrison says: John M Stevenson says: Susan Speir says: Joseph F Foster says: December 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm Nothing. We have more than they have. See the comment above. Pople Francis is exhorting the RC to do what Episcopalians have been doing for decades. [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Taskforce for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has issued a letter to the Episcopal Church.TREC Letter to the Church: December 10, 2013In the last several months, the members of the Taskforce for Reimagining The Episcopal Church have been on a listening tour – in person and virtually. We have spoken with youth groups and bishops, the Executive Council and councils of local leaders; at provinces, at dioceses, parishes, and religious communities. We have asked people what their hopes and dreams are for our Church; what aspects of the Church they hope we cherish and strengthen; and what they wish we could be brave enough to let go of in order to make our Church more vibrant and mission-focused.Our listening to the Church is an ongoing process. What we have heard is a deep, abiding love for our Church and its unique way of creating Christ-centered community and mission. The Book of Common Prayer and the beauty and mystery of our liturgy bind us together across ages, geographies and politics. We deeply love the intellectual as well as the spiritual life that is cultivated in our members (“you don’t need to leave your mind at the door”).On many other issues, we disagree. We heard calls for the Church to be “less reactive to social issues,” and also calls to make the Church’s voice on social issues even louder. We heard calls for more diversity in our liturgy and music, and equally urgent calls for less. We would have expected nothing different! Many of us cherish the diversity of our community as much as we cherish the common beliefs and traditions that bring us together.But there were several loud and urgent themes that consistently ran through our discussions: the Church is calling for us to reduce the bureaucracy and resource-intensity of our Church wide processes. The Church wants the work of General Convention and other Church structures to be more relevant and more life-giving to our local parish communities. And, the Church wants us to face and grapple with the tough issues and the “elephants in the room” that suck up our resources, time and energy and that block our growth.As a taskforce, we have been reflecting on what we have heard, and the vision of a reinvigorated Episcopal Church is emerging.A New VisionImagine a world where all of our Episcopal parishes are spiritually vibrant and mission-focused. A recent survey suggests that less than 30% would pass this test today. [1] Imagine a world where our parishes consistently are good at inspiring their traditional members and also are energized and effective in reaching out to new generations and new populations. Imagine a world where the shape of our Church frequently adapts, as new parish communities emerge in non-traditional places and non-traditional ways, and as existing parishes merge and reinvent as local conditions change. Imagine a world where Episcopal clergy and lay leaders are renowned for being highly effective leaders, skilled at Christian formation and community building, at new church planting, at church transformation, and at organizing communities for mission. Imagine that Episcopalians easily collaborate with each other across the Church: forming communities of interest, working together to share learnings from local initiatives, and collaborating to pool resources and ideas. Imagine that the Church wide structure of The Episcopal Church primarily serves to enable and magnify local mission through networked collaboration, as well as to lend its prophetic voice. Imagine that each triennium we come together in a “General Mission Convocation” where participants from all over the Church immerse themselves in mission learning, sharing, decision making and celebration.Realizing this visionIt will take far more than structural changes in order to realize this new world. It will take resolved and capable leadership at all levels of the Church, and it will take broad and deep cultural change within the Church. We will have to work through a grieving process as we individually and collectively lose structures that have been critical parts of our lives and even of our identities. At the same time, we will also have to find a way of adopting a new and more hopeful mindset: we will need to believe—truly believe—that The Episcopal Church can, should and must GROW!In our work, we will call out some of the non-structural changes that we believe will be critical to living into a new vision of a vibrant, growing and adaptive Church. We will give some suggestions for how we might go beyond structural reform to achieve these changes in leadership behaviors, culture and organizational capability.We will focus most of our time as a taskforce on developing a set of recommendations for structural or “technical” changes that we think will be a critical part of reinvigorating the Church. These changes will play three important roles in the revitalization of our Church:They will “clear the way” for innovation and adaptation, freeing up our time and energy, and speeding up decision making.They will give the leadership of the Church a bold and holistic agenda of change which, if adopted, will role model the kind of similar bold changes that must occur at every other level of the Church.They will reinvent the role of Church wide organizations and structures: away from “doing” mission and towards enabling mission; away from setting agendas and assigning resources and towards connecting local communities and individuals for mutual learning, support and collaboration.What to expect from usWe have identified a number of key issues that we believe must be tackled through structural reform. We are working to develop proposals that address each of these issues. Some of these proposals will feel incremental, and many have been debated before. Some will feel bold and risky. Some of them will go beyond the scope of a narrow interpretation of the resolution that created our Taskforce (C095). Some of them go even beyond the scope of the authority of General Convention, and thus will take the form of “recommendations” or “prophetic proclamations” rather than legislative proposals. Taken together, however, alongside the many exciting, vibrant, and hopeful things already emerging around the Church, we believe that our proposals will be part of the ongoing work of setting the Church on a new path towards health and vitality.Some of the areas in which we are developing recommendations include:The role and mechanics of General Convention: Narrowing the legislative agenda and reducing the size of its legislative bodies, while expanding the scope of our get-togethers so that they serve not only as places where key legislation is debated and adopted but also as vibrant, open and inclusive celebratory Mission Convocations—bringing together passionate and active practitioners of every kind of mission going on around the Church.Roles and accountability of the Presiding Officers and of the Executive Council–particularly as related to Church wide staff: Establishing simple and clear lines of accountability and responsibility, reducing redundancy, clarifying confusions which can inhibit clear decision-making processes, and resizing the Council to function more effectively as a governance board.Breadth of CCABs (Committees, Commissions, Agencies and Boards) and the creation of alternative, fresh and creative models for Church wide collaboration: Recasting most of our CCABs into a new model of distributive and accountable collaboration. Creating on-line collaboration models that connect local mission leaders across our Church so that our collective “agenda” can dynamically adapt to local needs, and so that we tap into the greatest asset of our Church—all of us, sitting in the pews, doing great work locally but mostly disconnected from each other and from The Episcopal Church.Number of dioceses: Considering a one-time, objective process for establishing norms for a healthy and viable diocesan size and structure in order to enable mission and reduce the complexity of our organization.Capacity and leadership development: Establishing effective leadership formation and development approaches for all orders of ministry, grounded in our vows of baptism and ordination, as well as in the particular needs of the 21st century. Calling out the implications for clergy career paths and deployment, as well as the implications and opportunities for seminaries and other current leadership development programs. Encouraging the creation of new “centers of excellence” or other mechanisms for fostering ongoing learning and large-scale capability building, encouraging networking around existing nodes of great work.It is also clear that there is a deeply felt need to develop some common understandings of how individual dioceses can best make decisions about, and provide the best support for, parish vitality and viability. Given how vastly different the cultural and demographic landscape has become since most of our congregations were founded and buildings constructed, how do we make the most faithful and strategic use of our resources as we make decisions about the number of parishes, locations, consolidations, new plants, etc.? This work is largely in the hands of local dioceses rather than the General Convention, but we hope that our work will contain some reflections and recommendations that may be taken up by the whole church around these pressing and critical issues as well.What we need from youWe have a huge and complex scope of work, and we need your help! Please keep talking with us and giving us feedback and ideas. If you have not convened a discussion with our Engagement Kit, or completed our on-line questionnaire, please do so! If you have reactions to our Episcopal Identity and Vision paper posted on our website, please send us your feedback and ideas. We are revising it with the feedback we have already received and will continue to revise it as we gather additional input.  Please send us your feedback and ideas regarding this letter.Going forward, please watch for drafts of recommendations around the areas of reform that we have highlighted in this note. We will post installments around our ideas as quickly as we can, beginning in late January 2014, to enable as much discussion, debate and feedback as possible. We will continue to post updates to our evolving proposals through the course of the year, as we work towards finalizing our work in late 2014. In addition, we are in the process of planning a special gathering of the Church in the fall of 2014 to further discuss our proposals and to receive feedback. In line with our vision to live into new ways to “do Church” in the 21st century, this meeting will be virtual, so that we can involve as broad and diverse a group as possible, without restricting access to those who don’t have the financial resources to join an in-person gathering.Finally, please pray for us and for all who are engaging with us, as we try our best to discern the right path for our Church. You might use the prayer that members of our Taskforce have written for us:Holy Spirit, who broods over the world, fill the hearts and minds of your servants on Taskforce for Reimagining The Episcopal Church with wisdom, clarity and courage. Work in them as they examine and recommend reforms for the structure, governance and administration of this branch of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church. Help them propose reforms to more effectively proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to challenge the world to seek and serve Christ in all persons—loving our neighbors as ourselves and to be a blazing light for the kind of justice and peace that leads to all people respecting the dignity of every human being. Be with The Episcopal Church that we all may be open to the challenges that this Taskforce will bring to us—and help the whole church to discern your will for our future. In the name of Jesus Christ our Mediator, on whose life this Church was founded. AMENThank you for the trust you have placed in us, and in the input you have already provided. Thank you in advance for the input and vigorous debate that we hope will mark the next phase of our work with you.For more info, questions or comments, contact TREC members at [email protected][1] David Roozen, “A Decade of Change in American Congregations: 2000-2010,” Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 2011.TREC Engagement Kit: the information in Spanish will be available shortly. Larry E Collins says: Gail Grange says: Steven Colburn says: Ceil Fruchter says: December 12, 2013 at 1:34 pm Thank you for this process and the opportunity to contribute $.02 in the comments. Not sure if this is helpful but I’ll put it out there. If churches need to grow, and I think that they do, and this letter seems to acknowledge that, then it seems like attention needs to also be place outward, toward the people who are *not* part of the church, and ask, why not? How can we serve you, spiritually and otherwise? What is needed to build new bridges and community out into our neighborhoods and towns where they have been lost? What I’m reading here, seems very inwardly turned and self-focused, which may also be necessary, but seems to only consider half of the equation for how growth happens. Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC December 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm Why do you feel that TREC will not bring the desired changes to our Episcopal Church ? What do the Romans have that we Episcopalians do not have ? Rector Hopkinsville, KY Joyce Ann Edmondson says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI December 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm Amen to that. A lot of what we have read in TREC sounds like verbiage. They need to simplify their language and get to the roots of what we need to do in a practical sense. …”commitment to simplicity of life and service to the poor. His (Our) personal example is all important …That radical Christian life is what is missing in our bishops, priests, and lay leaders.” Catherine Cummings says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID December 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm I agree with Mary…but the disconnect seems to be in how people “see” us and maybe how we “see” one another. What is the missing piece? Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC December 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm I work for an extremely large corporation (150,000+ employees). Reading through the letter, I recognized the same language, assumptions and approaches that have been part of the corporate (secular) world for decades. By editing a few words here and there, the letter could pass for another ‘communication’ from a high-level task force addressing an audience in a large business.TEC must understand that we have are entrusted with a life-changing, life-affirming, and life-saving gospel to preach to fallen humanity. Anything else and we continue in the slow death-spiral of the past 40 years. Roger Brown says: December 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm Words, words, words. Action speaks louder and does more real good in the world. Our millenials along with others show up when there is something to help with, not for more information or regular church. I’ve been an Episcopalian all of my life and as a priest and rector, I can tell you that what people want to do is be guided into helping others. When we put out a call for the soup kitchen or food bank, we have lots of volunteers. Let’s stop thinking we are part of an elect that has to have a new system and answers to every scenario before we begin. Copy Pope Francis! Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church Liz Haltom says: Bob Partlow says: December 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm I agree with Joseph Foster my comment is that most of these churches preach the “God of prosperity”. Or else “we are the “good” Christians we are opposed to single mothers, divorced people, gays, people on welfare or the unemployed”. They distort the Gospels and quote only very judgmental parts of the Old Testament. They often preach that the Second Coming is close at hand and only “they” will be “saved”. Unfortunately, this is the only version of Christianity that many people know about and they reject it.I don’t see why some people point to Pope Francis, the Episcopal Church has been saying and practicing this for years and our bishops have spoken out against demonizing he poor, single mothers, gays etc. It seems the RCC is catching up to us and not the other way around. I think we need to get our message out there somehow. Structure, Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT December 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm Also my biggest fear!! Bob Woodson says: Comments are closed. Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Press Release December 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm I am slowly digesting Pope Francis document on revovering the joy of evangelism. I think we would be wise to start with a similar document for ECUSA. We need to articulate a theology of the church that will enable us to share the joy. If we do not recover that joy, we are simply rearranging the deck cairs on a sinking shp. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Carla Aldridge says: December 12, 2013 at 12:25 am :…nondenominational places of worship.” = highly localized protestant denominations with one or at most a few congregations. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bob Partlow says: December 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm In Alabama our diocesan camp and conference center,Camp McDowell, has for decades been an enormous source for inspiring, teaching, and forming the diocese into “family.” This is also shared with a large number of non-Episcopalians. The committee should take a close look at what is going on here.Our bishop, Kee Sloan, and the director of McDowell, Mark Johnston, should be carefully listened to.I can’t think of anyone others who could be more helpful in this process. – Doug Carpenter Press Release Service Featured Events December 13, 2013 at 11:10 am I agree completely with Weston Cook. We just do not have a plan to sustain small congregation ministry. I also encourage a thorough reading and reflection on Pope Francis exhortation on restoring the joy of th eGospel December 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm This letter is emblematic of the problem in the first place. I am envisioning committees of individuals spending months “listening” when any experienced observer could have sat down at their laptop and knocked out a cleaner version of this in a couple of hours. Maybe it is the perceived need of consensus that makes these documents so tortuous. How many hands were involved in this?The mammoth length and vagueness of the letter make this a most unrewarding effort. Make your recommendations! Make them simple, clear, easily understandable! I get a general thrust towards the idea of a stripped-down and more accountable church management, but even within the very generalized statements at the end of this there is huge fuzziness. This is not helpful. Get clear, get specific, present it simply, or no one will read it. Or is that simply not the Episcopal committee way? December 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm As a cynical old New Hampshire Yankee, I confess to sharing much of the weariness expressed by some of the respondents here. The phrases, the images, the cliches, I’ve heard it all before so very many times. But as an lay Episcopalian and a TSSF Franciscan, I want so much to join the TREC and other “people of hope” in our church. And I don’t want to be a boor or a jerk. So, here, in one sentence is what I have learned in my four decades in this church is the primary desire of the majority of Episcopal. They want a priest. Rector, Vicar, Cluster Missioner, “Canon Nine”, resident Deacon – they don’t care. They want someone among them to share community and icon the Lord while they’re doing ministry. They want sacraments, liturgy, and that perspective that comes from being more wired into the higher levels of Church and having a degree of detachment. So, TREC, what can you do to create pastoral models of priesting that more of our congregations can afford? [Oh, and I wouldn’t mind a little less derision directed at those of us who are called to minister to animals as comrades in God’s Creation but that’s my personal calling.] Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET David Waller says: Weston F. Cook, Jr. says: Ann Tucker says: Bob Partlow says: James Graham says: john Neir says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Denny Allman says: December 13, 2013 at 12:57 pm Hear, hear, David Waller. I have made note of this for many years in many meetings. After all the newsprint has been shared and analyzed it could just have been written for the Rotarians or Lions. I realize that I seem to be in the minority but for me the First Purpose of the Church is to worship almighty God. If we do this we will want to do the things that He would have us do. Unfortunately , I detect little desire for this in most of the comments in the link that is in the letter. If any haven’t been there, I commend it to you. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK December 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm Is there now something wrong with being different from the other congregations in the community? (I came to the Episcopal Church in a VERY small community BUT the new young priest right out of seminary was the REAL pastor in town – wore his collar, visited businesses in town as well as his congregation.) We have the finest “script” for the finest ” drama”/worship in town.What happened to obedience? Congregations can’t adhere to the basic BCP worship. Priests ignore diocesan standards (when they are existent!) as well as the bishop as he expresses expectations.Priest are largely unseen in the community (Too busy) and avoid wearing the uniform while out in the community (while policemen and other who have a uniform wear them in public).What happened to instruction of any significance? People are baptized and confirmed with “conveniently-designed” brief instruction.Should not congregations have a standard expectation of their members and have it readily available?But, then, I am probably “blowing in the wind”. After all, 60 years since ordination, I am just a “retired old fool.” 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Neal Michell, Dean, St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Dallas says: The Revd (Canon) Kale Francis King says: December 12, 2013 at 1:37 am I would just like some of the people who are out there listening to parishioners and clergy to also collect concrete ideas we could do now. These ideas do not even need convention approval but would make our faith more visible in our communities. Starting a preschool/daycare in our church neighborhood would not only fill a huge need but also let neighbors learn about us. We say we want young families but do not currently do much to facilitate that. I would also like to get more of our community college to visit and know us. Many of these students are gifted musicians and with a stipend could add to our worship. Currently our choir director is bringing in local young musicians and talented parishioners for special services. Would not a musician in residence program be great? I do not think the stipend would have to be so big to attract interest. I think young college kids might then also draw in their peers besides enriching our community. Music has a way of connecting people with faith in a non threatening way. Just a humble thought. I would love to hear other ideas that a parish could do on their own initiative rather than waiting for a top down approach through a lot of hierarchy. Rector Albany, NY December 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm As a retiree member of our church, where the average age is 65, we are continualy challenged to reach out to the young people attending the liberal arts college across the street. Several attempts to establish a Canterbury Club have been unsuccessful. . However we have a new younger rector (39) who seems to be making some success in drawing younger families into our church family which is encouraging. We’ll continue to welcome the students who may enjoy our 5:00 PM Saturday Contemporary service. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME December 12, 2013 at 8:42 am Pope Francis has modelled church and clergy in new ways already. Has seldom relied on transcontinental meetings, travel or listening. We know why church is not relevant to young people today. Changing the music is not the answer. As a therapist I am aware that young people today, as always, want something bigger than themselves and want to make a difference.Leadership, committment, old but ever new values are needed today, as always. Our Episcopal identity is valuable and can be valuable to the world today. December 13, 2013 at 9:22 am Help us please. What has happened to Adult Confirmation for new people that show interest in our church. I am a convert myself and I remember being approached by the priest and some of the congregation. The Service and my Commitment was a deeply moving experience. I believe that confirmation should be offered to all ages. As blessings received. What is happening to our traditions as we strive to change. Do we want to be like our neighbor churches. Our priest seems reluctant to offer Confirmation to our new adult people. We have so much to offer even as we are. Comments (34) December 12, 2013 at 3:31 am Item number 4 could produce some interesting and helpful results, although I’m sure that it will turn out to be among the more contentious issues. No one ever said that the process of change will be easy, or trouble-free, although it may be necessary. Thank you TREC for your work!4. Number of dioceses: Considering a one-time, objective process for establishing norms for a healthy and viable diocesan size and structure in order to enable mission and reduce the complexity of our organization. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Course Director Jerusalem, Israel December 13, 2013 at 11:13 am I share your appreciation of Pope Francis. In ECUSA I think we continue to confuse Tradition and Tranitionalism Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 December 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm I understand all of the needs and concerns expressed about reducing and refining certain structures of the church. I fully support the need for re-visioning and restructuring. What does concern me is the potential for “re-disenfranchising” people when we reduce the sizes of CCAB’s, GC Deputations, etc. Invariably and historically, the marginalized and disenfranchised are the “last and least” with voice and recognition in our various structures. So reductions literally reduce them out of that voice and recognition. Similarly, some of the non-budgetary resolutions often involve creating and maintaining the diversity of our church. They are not so “popular” at the local level, often because they force us to look at our shortcomings about race, gender issues and sexual orientation. Many at the local level choose to avoid looking and many would also vote against resolutions intended to maintain our diversity. I look at Province IV in particular. We have not yet raised awareness and sensitivity enough in our province on these “hot button” issues. In what is often true Southern fashion, we choose not to discuss un-pleasantries. So I find that I must be ever aware and vigilant when I look at what impact any proposed revisions to our structures might have….whether unintended or intended. Just my thoughts at this point. Bruce Garner, L3, Atlanta The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Dec 11, 2013 Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Vikki Nordeen says: Rector Belleville, IL Bruce Garner says: December 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm I recommend the “Time Magazine” Man of the Year issue, which highlights the revolution Pope Francis is beginning in the Roman Church. Of first importance is his commitment to simplicity of life and service to the poor. His personal example is all important and has won praise from people throughout the world. That radical Christian life is what is missing in our bishops, priests, and lay leaders. Without holy lives to inspire and commend us the institutional changes proposed by TREC will not bring about the desired changes in the life and mission of the Episcopal Church. Put simply, we must be more Christian, following the example of Pope Francis. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Jane Greene says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN John C. Kimbrough says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Sally Rooney says: The Rev. Fred Fenton says: January 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm One thing the pope has is a public relations genius, Greg Burke. Just google pope pr and you’ll see what I mean. Rector Collierville, TN 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 December 20, 2013 at 1:43 am What the RCC has that Episcopalians do not have is consistency of belief. Their doctrines, teachings, and worldview have not changed. Pope Francis has added humility and civility, and refocused the church on actions and not just theology, but he has not changed any fundamental doctrines on abortion, homosexuality, divorce, women in the church, or any of the things that now divide us. Episcopalians seem to want to abandon long-held but now unpopular beliefs and become ‘of the world,’ not just ‘in the world.’ And THAT is the elephant in the room. We’ve become the religious social club of the 21st century. You taught me over decades to believe one thing, and then you change that belief and I’m supposed to follow you into the new doctrines? So if the old doctrines were wrong, what makes the new ones right? Moral relativism is a death knell. We look askance at the RCC and equally askance at the Southern Baptists, the charismatics, and the Mormons. But they are all consistent and solid in what they believe and are growing. We can’t seem to figure out WHAT we believe anymore, and we are suffering for it. Joyce Ann Edmondson says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rev. Dr. Jim Shumard says: December 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm Anecdotally, Billy Sunday, evangelist of the early 20th century, said that the Episcopal Church was a sleeping giant. Hopefuly, these are waking moments to assist others in seeking a spirituality which has been, in part, reflected in the rise of nondenominational places of worship. December 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm I disagree that the letter is verbiage. It is very directional. If they were to start with actual policy and program suggestions, the letter would have been picked apart. They are beginning with big picture directions. I applaud this committee and its work. It is, I believe, hearing what I have heard.The directions are all moving in a helpful direction. What I read in this letter is a call for a reduction in bureaucracy, shifting the denominational apparatus from “doing ministry” to enabling ministry, reducing the legislative busyness of our denomination, and, putting resources into leadership development, and most interesting of all, tackling the issue of effectiveness of dioceses according to size and resources.The great challenge is how to use the resources of the larger church without overstepping the prerogatives and greater effectiveness of the work at the local diocesan level. Local mission and oversight is much more effective than centralized oversight and accountability. Those with long memories will remember the brouhaha over the General Fund Special Program in the 1960s that allowed for funds to be spent in dioceses without the permission of the local bishop. It caused a furor in the church at large. At a time when all sorts of institutions are (rightly) moving away from centralization and moving ministry to the lowest level possible, now is not the time to shift power to the central denominational hierarchy for what could become a well-intended but anger producing centralized control of new ministry endeavors. Let us not repeat that history, please. December 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm I don’t believe the average Roman Catholic or Episcopalian is a radical, everyday Christian. We often see or read about “others” within both denominations that do these extraordinary services for the poor, but the average church member doesn’t do this every day. I do believe the Episcopal church has gone farther than the RCC to be merciful to the divorced and remarried, the gay and lesbian community, the women priests, bishops, etc. and have introduced many changes. The RCC is reluctant to do any of this, but the Pope is leading the way to a more merciful approach to people in general. Unfortunately, many in both denominations are having problems with changes that have taken place since the beginning of the church and is part and parcel of their church practices, if not their doctrine. I further believe it is the Holy Spirit leading this movement in both. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL December 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm Suggestion: in terms of connecting with parishes and dioceses at a local level. If we limit scope of CCAB’s then have Diocesan Councils and Standing Committees around the country vote electronically on passed perfected resolutions other than the budget. If a majority of these Diocesan committees vote yes, the resolution passes. If not it is defeated. This is one way to be accountable to local people. That guarantees buy in locally and it guarantees that those who make resolutions will keep that in mind. This also gives more participants in the process since it appears you will suggest cutting back on the number of on site participants at GC. December 16, 2013 at 11:19 pm My daughter left our Episcopal church. Shortly after her 16th birthday she visited a friends non-denominational church. She left for a couple of reasons. 1)The non-denominational church offered a more vibrant program for teenagers. For example, on Wednesday nights they have a loud band that plays the “new contemporary Christian music” that appeals to young people. And even though I am 53-years-old, it also appeals to me. 2)She also told me she was not hearing enough about Jesus. I had a meeting with the rector we had at the time. I told him I was concerned why my daughter left our Episcopal church. His only response was, “well, my three daughters do not even attend church. I am still bothered about his lack of concern. And people wonder why the Episcopal church is not doing better in regards to growth. If it can not attract young people, it will wither away. The Rev. Douglas M. 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first_img Houses Projects Pakkret House / Archimontage Design Fields SophisticatedSave this projectSavePakkret House / Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated Manufacturers: American Standard, COTTO, Daikin, Hafele, Lamitak, M&T, Ayothaya, Guardion, HACO, PS Lamp, TOAArchitect In Charge:Cherngchai Riawruangsangkul, Thanakit Wiriyasathit, Tanakul ChookornDesign Team:Archimontage Design Fields SophisticatedContractor:Channarong PrangsornStructural Engineer:Chaianuchit SrihardCity:NonthaburiCountry:ThailandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© DOF Sky|GroundRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedEducational ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsWater Facade Panels in UneatlanticoEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. A gigantic wall of 7.5 meter height at the front facing west is divided into several strips, various in sizes and thickness levels, parting and overlapping freely from different angles and directions. Covered by brownish-orange terracotta tiles, the wall stands high to support a translucent roofing panel where many small lights strung in rows like waves. These decorative elements on the front of the two-story house in Pak Kret, Nonthaburi not only shade the house from direct sunlight but also intentionally create an interplay between natural sunlight and the light after dark: a lively area of a conversation with light.Save this picture!© DOF Sky|GroundSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© DOF Sky|GroundThe 96 sq.w plot is located behind the Sahakon 3 Market in Pak Kret, Nonthaburi. From the desire to expand the residence to somewhere not far from the original address, the house owner chose this adjoining plot to build a two-story house of 420 sq.m. The new house consists of four bedrooms scatted around the ground floor and the upper floor, a living room, a dining room, a pantry on the ground floor underneath a high ceiling, a kitchen at the back adjoining a storage, a laundry and a washing area. The parking space for two cars is arranged under a large front balcony, on a side adjoining the old house.Save this picture!© DOF Sky|GroundThe house and the main entrance faces west as they are placed paralleling to the length of the land, confronting the market. The physical conditions of this plot of land force the house to get most hours of sunlight during the day, disturbing the using of the common areas. The solution is, then, to build a gigantic wall shading which rises to the roof level and almost covers the width of the entire house. All strips on the wall overlap each other as they allow the sunlight from outside to shine through. The living area becomes as if a buffer zone where the sunlight creates different patterns and motifs on the floor and the ground. Following the passage of time based on the position of the sun in the sky, this is a dance of the sun where the house serves as a backdrop and the terracotta-tile wall illuminates the story of time passing.Save this picture!© DOF Sky|GroundSave this picture!Second Floor PlanSave this picture!© DOF Sky|GroundThe features of the house are embraced by a sense of raw materials. From an abundance of terracotta tiles that cover the shading façade to the raw concrete surface found all over the place, the gravel aggregate area between the inside and the outside where circular patterns respond to the lights hanging above and the metal and wooden beams, these elements enhance the sensibility of the house to its peak as it always arouses admiration among those who live in the neighborhood.Save this picture!© DOF Sky|GroundProject gallerySee allShow lessRegina House / OABSelected ProjectsAnne House / Econs ArchitectureSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© DOF Sky|Ground+ 64Curated by Hana Abdel Share Year:  ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs Architects: Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Area:  420 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Pakkret House / Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated CopyHouses•Nonthaburi, Thailand Photographs:  DOF Sky|Ground Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Thailand ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” 2020 CopyAbout this officeArchimontage Design Fields SophisticatedOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNonthaburiOn FacebookBrick HousesThailandPublished on July 29, 2020Cite: “Pakkret House / Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated” 29 Jul 2020. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity in Islam: A Comprehensive Guide to Zakat (Islam in Practice)  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 14 January 2008 | Newslast_img read more

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first_imgAn Alabama lesbian mother has been denied joint custody or any visitation rights as the adoptive parent of three children she has co-parented from their birth. Assisted by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, she is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse that ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court.The children, now 13 and 11, are not permitted any contact with their co-mother.V.L, as she is named in court papers, had a 16-year relationship with E.L., during which time they decided to have children through artificial insemination. With E.L. as the biological mother, they had one child in 2002 and twins in 2004. Not able to marry to protect V.L.’s parental rights, the couple moved briefly from Alabama to Georgia, where there was some possibility of a second-parent adoption. There, in 2007, V.L. and E.L. were both legally acknowledged as the children’s parents. The couple returned to Alabama but split up in 2011. V.L. attempted to gain joint custody after the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationally. Same-sex marriage has been explicitly illegal in Alabama, beginning with a 1996 gubernatorial executive order. That ban was reinforced by a 1998 legislative bill and a 2006 “anti-gay marriage” state constitutional amendment. Alabama did not recognize same-sex marriages from other states. None of these orders or laws have been repealed by Alabama.The NCLR petition to the U.S. Supreme Court pointed to the agony of V.L.’s separation from her children as showing limitations in what federal same-sex marriage could accomplish.The petition also stated, “There was reason for concern about the [Alabama] court’s motivations.” (Washington Post, Nov. 16)Undoubtedly true, given that this Alabama Supreme Court ordered all county judges in the state to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Alabama’s chief justice, Roy Moore, has close ties to a virulently right-wing national movement hell-bent on instituting a Christians-only theocratic legal standard in the U.S. This movement is advancing a new tactic of so-called “religious liberty” for public officials — actually an attempt to abolish secular law and the separation of church and state. In 2004, Moore authored the Constitution Restoration Act, introduced as a bill into the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, which aimed “to take out of federal court jurisdiction cases that involved public officials that acknowledged God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government, and provided for the impeachment of federal judges who disregarded the act.” ( by superrich donors like the Wilks brothers, who made their billions selling fracking technology, the “Christian-dominion” movement paid for the legal team that backed up Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. Davis continues to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples and yet retains her job, with the blessing of newly elected Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin. (ChristianToday, Nov. 6)The Christian-nation movement is rabidly racist, anti-Muslim and anti-woman in addition to being violently anti-lesbian, anti-gay, anti-bisexual and anti-trans*. (Trans* is a word currently used with an asterisk to indicate the spectrum of all the different sexes and genders of people who do not conform to the either/or of male/female or masculine/feminine.)In a 2002 decision against another Alabama lesbian mother, Moore essentially authorized imprisonment and the death penalty against LGBTQ people. He organized a successful campaign to keep the requirement for segregated schools in the Alabama state constitution, where it remains to this day. Moore attempted to bar the first Muslim elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from taking office. (WorldNetDaily, Dec. 13, 2006)These vicious positions cannot be minimized by stereotypical explanations of “backwater judge” or “backward state.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgTCU 360 Staff TCU 360 Staff Twitter TCU 360 Staff Linkedin Facebook Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Previous articleTribe to trade: Native American jewelry artisans share their craftNext articlePantone: Color of the year 2020 TCU 360 Staff Pantone: Color of the year 2020 Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Image magazineOscar’s Girls: Tales of a summer spent with a fashion iconBy TCU 360 Staff – February 1, 2021 670 + posts Twitter Cowgirl: A look at the most glamorous women in rodeocenter_img Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s TCU 360 Staff printLoading 50%Written by: Chloe McAuliffePhotography by: Mckenna WeilThink Charlie’s Angels but make it fashion… For those of you who are unaware of Oscar De La Renta, he is a world renowned Doinican fashion designer. De La Renta has boutiques all around the world and a very prominent fan base. Every summer Oscar De La Renta hires several interns in various departments and three of TCU’s very own students Emily Anwar, Brooke Debaise and Caroline May received the opportunity during the Summer of 2019. All three took on jobs they thought they would never tackle, faced the busy city of New York and made memories that will last a lifetime. So how’d they do? Let’s find out! Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.Meet the GirlsOn the Job:How did you get your job at Oscar De La Renta?EA – I had a contact from a friend of mine who worked at Oscar de la Renta the summer before, so I emailed the contact a brief introduction of who I was and why I wanted to work for them as an intern for summer 2019. After a few emails back and forth and a Skype interview, I got the job!BD – I contacted the company directly after hearing what their internship program involved from a friend who had worked there the previous summer and because I knew how iconic and well respected the Oscar de la Renta brand is in the fashion industry. After interest in my education and experiences, I did several Skype interviews with the wholesale department and the sales team while I was studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I was extended an offer in March of 2019.CM – There is a class called career development that is required for fashion merchandising majors to take before we do our summer internship. In this course, there was a day where a panel of students who had completed their internships the summer before came to talk to us about their experiences. One of the students had completed the Oscar de la Renta Wholesale Internship, and it sounded like something I would enjoy. I got the contact information from that student and set up an interview with her supervisor. I was offered the job a week later.What was it about the job that interested you?EA – I have always loved the connection between fashion and business, so working for a luxury brand in New York City has always been a dream of mine. I was so fascinated to see how a successful company, like Oscar de la Renta, balanced the business entities alongside the creative work with the designers.BD – The brand itself and being able to work in the wholesale area specifically were what attracted me the most to this opportunity. However, I was very interested in spending a summer in New York City since it is the heart of the fashion industry because I knew I would have the chance to learn more about fashion as a whole. I also really appreciated how those in charge of hiring me gave me a full understanding of what the position would entail and how I could apply what I have learned here at TCU.CM – I have always known I wanted to pursue a career on the business side of fashion postgraduate, so I thought this would be a great way to get experience in the luxury sector in the industry. Was it as glamorous as it sounds?EA – Yes, and no. Some days were glamorous, like when we got to go to Bergdorf Goodman and help administrate a private viewing for top clients. Other days, the hours were long, and the work was hard, but that’s also what made it such a great learning experience. I feel like most girls, myself included before I did this internship, believe that working in fashion in New York City is one big fairy tale, but at the end of the day, you are there to work, grow and learn from hands-on experience!BD – Truthfully, yes and no! The clothes are very glamorous, as is the majority of the clientele who visit the corporate office. However, in terms of the actual job duties, it was a lot of administrative responsibilities, which cannot really be defined as glamorous.CM – Yes and no. The office and dresses were stunning, and it was absolutely breathtaking to see the garments being made and the final products. I also got to work on photoshoots and see some of the wedding appointments, which were very exciting. However, most of my time was spent on the computer instead of watching dresses be constructed. Although it wasn’t as glamorous as design or styling internships may have been, the business side of fashion is what really interests me, so staying on the computer doing wholesale projects was actually my favorite part.What did a typical day at the office look like?EA – There was never a routine “typical” day in the office because every day was different. Most days, everyone would promptly file into the office with their coffees in hand, ready to take on the day. We would continue to work on projects that were assigned to us throughout the week. Some days were dedicated to creating quick-books on the computer and others we would spend all day upstairs in the showroom organizing, tagging and tracking down various sample pieces. There was never a set schedule, and we were always ready for anything they needed us to do.BD – While no day was typical, I mostly found myself doing a variety of tasks like updating spreadsheets, creating selling reports, assisting in bridal fittings, identifying and sending out samples and packing trunks to be delivered to various clients.CM – Days at the office varied depending on what tasks were most urgent or if a different department needed extra help. When I got to the office every day, I would check in with my supervisor and see if there were any urgent tasks that needed to be done. If not, I would work on the computer making buy collages, evaluating best and worst sellers for different accounts, etc. Often, I would help the merchandise coordinator find samples to send to retailers or to give to the Public Relations department. Over the summer, I was able to work with several different departments within the office, so I got to figure out if I had any other interests for the future other than wholesale.What was your biggest fear going in?EA – My biggest fear was not being able to do something that they needed me to do, but I think this is everyone’s fear when starting something new. I soon realized that everyone has been in this position at some point in their career, and it was a significant learning experience. BD – My biggest fear was that I would not enjoy the actual internship and that I would be working with people that weren’t very kind or interested in mentoring.CM – My biggest fear going in was that I would be underprepared. Luckily, that was not the case, and if I didn’t know how to do something, my supervisor was extremely helpful. However, I think most people would fear that they might not meet expectations, especially when entering a job with such a highly respected company.What were your expectations going in? Did it live up to that?EA – My expectations were all over the place because I didn’t know what to expect. I expected to be surrounded by really successful and “high up” people daily, and that’s exactly how it was. It was so surreal to pass by Fernando and Laura, the designers, almost every day when we were in the showroom. Everyone in the office is very hands-on. So, you would be working with people from every department quite often, and I enjoyed that because we got to learn about so many other departments within the company.BD – Upon accepting the Oscar internship, I was expecting a very high paced/high stress environment. I found it to live up to the expectation and I often was exhausted at the end of the workday. However, I also found it to be a very rewarding and fun experience, as I was able to learn a tremendous amount about wholesaling and the fashion industry in general.CM – I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into the internship because I had never had a job remotely similar to this. However, I expected to learn a lot about the luxury fashion industry and the ins and outs of the daily tasks of a wholesale employee. I also expected the workplace to be very strict, organized and fast-paced. Many of my expectations were met, but many of them weren’t foreseen. For example, the workplace was not as strict and organized as I expected. Because we work with so many other companies and many tasks are dependent on other departments’ time schedules, sometimes the workplace could get very hectic due to unexpected circumstances. I also didn’t expect to be able to work with other departments so closely, which was very exciting and allowed me to expand my knowledge and skills.Do you have any advice for someone wanting the same position?EA – My only piece of advice is to understand that it’s not a “fairy tale” job. As an employee, you are there to contribute to the growth of that company, and that was the most rewarding part for me. If this opportunity sounds like something you are interested in, you should definitely go for it. I learned so much throughout my internship there. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity that I had to work at such a fantastic company.BD – My biggest piece of advice is to fully research any company that you have interest in applying to. I found that interviewers expect you to have a good understanding of the overall position and also love it when you are passionate about their company.CM – Be yourself during the interview and be upfront about your goals for the internship. Be prepared to do any tasks that are needed for the company, even if they are unrelated to wholesale. Flexibility and willingness to learn [are] key.What was your biggest takeaway?EA – My biggest takeaway is that anything worth doing in life is going to take time and effort! If you want to be successful you have to work hard and put in the time, and I think being in New York gave me that insight.BD – The fashion industry like all industries is very competitive, and I found that as an intern it is important to be receptive to every assigned task and to do it to the best of your ability, even if it isn’t the most enjoyable. The internship role tends to be at the bottom of the hierarchy and can sometimes involve less than desirable duties, but it all teaches you something, helps shape your career and shows your true character.CM – My biggest takeaway from working at Oscar de la Renta is that in order to be successful in the workplace, you must be able to communicate with other departments and other companies. Just because wholesale employees spend most of their time on the computer doesn’t mean communication skills aren’t important. Making relationships and being transparent with everyone in the workplace makes everything more efficient and is important to overall success.Is there anything you would do differently?EA – No! I had the best time ever this summer and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.BD – The only thing I would do differently would be to try and branch out into the other departments to get a better understanding of the roles within the company. There are so many different opportunities within the fashion industry and I would have enjoyed getting to explore some of these more directly.CM – Looking back, the one thing I would have done differently is being more open about my learning expectations for the internship. While I loved getting to experience many different jobs at the office, I hoped to gain a little more knowledge specifically in the wholesale department. I think if I was more transparent with my supervisor about these expectations I would have gotten more out of the internship.Did it impact your career aspirations?EA – Yes, it definitely showed me that there are so many possibilities when trying to enter the fashion industry with a business background. I always thought my options were limited, but I now have the confidence that I will be able to find the perfect fit for my career aspirations.BD – Yes, my internship solidified my desire to work in high fashion and live in a big, exciting city during the early part of my career.CM – The internship just confirmed that I want to work on the business side of fashion in the luxury sector of the industry.On NYC:Was picking up and moving to NYC for the summer difficult?EA – For me, it was difficult because I had just spent the semester abroad in Rome, and I had three days at home in Dallas before I had to pack up and fly to New York to start working. The turnaround was so fast. I was so overwhelmed at first, but once I got into a daily routine, it became much easier to manage my time and get the most out of my days in the city.BD – No, I didn’t find it to be difficult at all. Having just returned from spending five months abroad in Florence, Italy, I found NYC very manageable. It is best to take advantage of student housing in the college dorms for the summer.CM – Yes, picking up and moving to NYC was definitely a challenge for me because I have never lived anywhere other than Texas. I learned a lot about being independent, time management, budgeting, etc. Ten weeks doesn’t sound like such a long time when you think about it, but when you’re in the moment, it felt like I was there for a while.Did you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the NYC lifestyle?EA – I enjoyed the energy that circulates throughout the city. The lifestyle that embodies New York was a “work hard play hard” mentality, and this made it exciting to go to work every day and then have fun on the weekends. There is so much to do in New York, so you will never be bored. My favorite part was exploring the different neighborhoods from uptown to Soho, down to the lower east side.BD – Yes, New York City is a special place. There’s always something going on no matter what day or time. I believe that it is a great place to live when you are young and have a ton of energy to take advantage of all the things that the city has to offer.CM – NYC is such an incredible city with so much to do and so much opportunity. However, I learned from this experience that the NYC lifestyle isn’t really for me. It is SO expensive to live in the city, it’s very loud all of the time and everywhere is crowded. There were times that I absolutely loved being in the city because I never ran out of things to do, but near the end of my stay, I really missed being in Texas. With that being said, I’ll definitely be going back to NYC to visit, but for now, I don’t think I would want to live there for an extended period of time.Any advice for someone spending their summer working in the city?EA – My advice would be to do your research before moving there for the summer, especially when it comes to locations for living. Other than that, the best way to discover the city is just by walking around and stumbling upon hidden gems everywhere.BD – Be aware of your surroundings at all times, make smart choices and enjoy every minute that you are there. When else will you have the chance to temporarily live in such an iconic city during some of the best months of the year?! Make sure you take advantage of all the city has to offer, like attending sporting events and concerts, indulging in some of the best food in the country and of course shopping. You will never be bored, I promise!CM – Make the most of your visit. See all of the sights, explore the city and surrounding areas, make lots of connections and have fun!On the PastWhat did you want to be when you were younger?BD – I never really focused on any specific career choices while growing up, but I’ve always had an interest in business and fashion. CM – I honestly can’t remember exactly what I wanted to be when I was younger. Probably a vet or something that every kid wants to be. But as I got older, I realized my strengths lie in numbers and analytics, and I’m in love with fashion. So, this career path just made perfect sense.On the FutureWhat’s your dream job?EA – My dream job is to start a company on my own someday. I’m not entirely sure what it is that I want to do, but I know it will have something to do with fashion and bringing people together in a positive light. I’ll let you know when I get there!BD – Ideally, I would love to be an executive of an iconic fashion brand.CM – My dream job is to be a merchandise buyer for a luxury fashion retailer.Chloe McAuliffe is the Creative Director and Design Editor for Image Magazine. She is a junior at Texas Christian University, double majoring in strategic communication and design studies. 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