Transitions for Episcopal Church, DFMS staff

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing August 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm Believing that the Church, parishes and church entities should not be run like “businesses” at some level is folly. If the Church had been run more efficiently like effective businesses we wouldn’t have some of the financial issues that we have. We are in the “business” of spreading God’s word and serving in His name. Like any effective secular business we must account for what we have for mission and use it wisely. Having efficient and effective structures in place can allow for very productive ministry and mission. I think that Jesus did have a very effective “Senior Management Team” in His apostles and followers who would go on to spread His teachings. It’s about time that our Church learns to more effectively navigate in today’s business enviornment so as to have the greatest impact. Tags Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA August 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm Don’t re locate to Washington DC….the TEC is politicised enoughBUT DO MOVE! Some have been asking of thios for years Rector Washington, DC Rev.Thomas C. Jackson says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events 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 People Catherine Cummings says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rhonda Muir says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC August 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm I hope the irony is not lost on our decision makers that our church has laid off our Officer for Environmental and Economic Justice in the middle of the greatest environmental and economic crisis that our nation has ever faced. I mentioned this in my homily on Sunday and there were gasps from the congregation. Foolish? Short-sighted? Fiscally responsible? Woe be it to us who consent to running a church like a business: we will get what we pay for. Rector Bath, NC Alan M. Shaver says: August 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm I am struck by the “business tone” describing the changes, particularly “redefining positions”. If you have not had that happen to you, you have no idea of how painful it is. The Church marches on, but suddenly you are dropped off the planet! One week you know where you belong and the next week, you don’t really belong anywhere.I realize there is a need for the Church to operate with business principles but we are also called to be different from the business world as usual. “Business has a profit motive. Church has a prophet motive.” Good to know the difference. I don’t think Jesus had a Senior Management Team. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Leslie Jordan says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET August 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm There are many cities throughout the US that are capable of supporting a move by the Church Center. Besides the ones mentioned, there is Nashville (home to the UMC and SBC), Louisville (PCUSA), Cincinnati / Northern KY, among a few. While politics is in every location, my suggestion would be to find a home in the heart of the country. And yes, unfortunately these are “business decisions”. That’s the job of the COO. Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA September 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm Whatever the realities behind these changes the language of this document is appalling. It’s dishonest on every level. Rector Albany, NY Transitions for Episcopal Church, DFMS staff Doug Desper says: Rich McDonough says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET August 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm The press release says: “Four departmental areas have been affected by the staffing reorientation: communication, human resources, legal and mission. These positions have been affected either by staff realignment, RIF, or a reduction in hours in the areas of congregational development, environment, Episcopal News Service, human resources, and legal.”One of the things I heard clearly at General Convention was a desire for a robust communication function. Is that being translated into staff cuts in that area? We cannot survive any more losses in the communications area! Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Carole Wageman says: Terence Kelshaw says: Rector Belleville, IL Lisa Fox says: Posted Aug 15, 2012 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 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments are closed. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest August 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm I’m thrilled to hear about the prospect of sharing staff and space with the ELCA – we are truly “Called to Common Mission.” It would be great to see the church on a national level “live into” that call and provide additional inspiration for collaboration on the local level. Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ken Ritter says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY August 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm (oops) those who know Jesus only through the media? Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing August 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm Many years ago back in the late 1960s moving the Episcopal HQ from NY City to Indianapolis, Indiana was considered. Costs were (and still are) lower in Indianapolis than NY City. Indianapolis is in the middle of country. I believe the Eli Lilly family offered to bear some of the costs. Of course, this idea was rejected. Since then Indianapolis has experienced a transformation, building a modern convention center and renovating the downtown area. It has transformed itself into a vibrant city. May be it’s time to take another look?Now everything is going more and more to online media it is no longer necessary to be in a huge commercial city like NY to be effective in communications. Teleconferencing is also a lot cheaper and easier than traveling to another city with all the inherent expenses and travel delays. Let’s move into the 21st century.Another thought: those so-called “mega auditorium, God-of-prosperity churches” are losing members and falling apart; for example, Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral has been sold, and Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church has been racked by money problems and scandals. Press Release Service Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC August 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm Well that sure doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for a church that is supposed to be trying to reverse a downward trend in attendance:* less resources for congregational development,* less work to protect God’s creation (environment),* less communications from the Episcopal News Service, and (my favorite mistake)* fewer legal resources (because we are so not going to ever be sued by anyone again, especially not anyone in South Carolina).There’s a mistake here: we are not losing members because we can’t afford to do “mission” at the parish of diocesan level. If it were a matter of money, Trinity Wall Street would have been a megachurch decades ago. Once again we are mistaking structural change for significant change. And once again we will look back on this move and call it a mistake. John McCann says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel August 16, 2012 at 9:08 am A couple of comments responding to some of the comments already posted:1) If you have ever been to the Trinity Church, Wall Street retreat center in Cornwall, CT you will know how far away this is from any place. Savings in rental cost would be more than lost with the expense of transportation to and from the center.2) Locating in Washington, DC is not a good idea. First of all, the Washington area is among the most expensive for living costs anywhere in the country; for another, it will be really healthy for the Church Staff to be located away from the East Coast where a very limited view of the world exists. Better to be exposed to others whose lives do not revolve around government. Joslyn Ogden Schaefer says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments (15) Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS August 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm Singo your “outplaced” staffers are going to be 99%ers like most of the rest of us. You wont know what its like until you have walked in our shoes.If you are looking for space, Trinity Wall Street is trying to get rid of their retreat site. Neighbors in Cornwall are afraid its going to become subdivisions, why not talkto Trinity, and see if you could locate your staff there. Check it oout through Trinity Real Estate,they have tons of money. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Reverend Dr. Brent Was says: [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The Episcopal Church and the church-wide Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) staff are undergoing transitions to re-orient not only the work of the church-wide staff but also where that work will be conducted.The transitions are primarily, but not completely, a result of actions approved at General Convention 2012 in July. Many are budget-based and most are intended to be responsive to the priorities established at General Convention.“The decisions on the re-orientation and transitions were made by senior management, particularly in affected departments, working as a team,” noted Chief Operating Officer Bishop Stacy Sauls. “The overriding concern has been to make decisions that serve the church as a whole as it engages God’s mission at the most local levels.”Sauls emphasized that the predominant focus is on a redesign. “We have been reviewing and talking about seriously redesigning what we, as a staff, do and how we do it in order to meet the needs of the church in different circumstances than what our current structures were designed to address,” he said. “The whole church is being called to restructure for mission. We as the DFMS staff must engage this work faithfully.”Among the areas scrutinized by the senior management team, Sauls continued, are work responsibilities, parameters of the ministry offerings of a denominational headquarters, staff locations, and implementation of priorities of General Convention particularly around the Five Marks of Mission. The areas of focus at present are office locations, current staffing, and re-visioning the worked done by the church-wide staff.In addition, Sauls is continuing talks with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on various mutual innovations, particularly in sharing staff and space. While staffing and office locations are being addressed first, there will be a further examination into other options, Sauls stressed, including joint mission efforts and initiatives.Physical surroundingsThe Office of Federal Ministries, located in Washington, D.C., already has moved to quarters on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral. This July move has resulted in rent reduction and decreases in other facility costs.Sauls is working with the international real estate group Cushman & Wakefield to investigate office space for church-wide staff, as announced by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in June and subsequently endorsed by General Convention in July.A lease arrangement is expected to be completed shortly for unused space on the sixth floor of the Church Center in New York City, thereby generating revenue for DFMS.StaffingIn the staffing areas, the senior management team is analyzing the reorientation of staff for optimum results and to more effectively address the church’s needs and priorities in mission.“It is also imperative to fulfill the commitments made by the presiding bishop’s budget proposal to General Convention, which became the basis for the Five Marks of Mission budget which was approved, to reduce the size of the staff to keep as many resources as possible available at local levels,” Sauls said.As such, the reduction in force (RIF) translates to the cutting of 10.25 full-time equivalent positions, five of which are unfilled. The remaining 5.25 full-time equivalent positions are located in the Los Angeles, New York City and Seattle offices. There also has been a redefining of some existing positions to better meet evolving needs and priorities. In a few cases, redefined jobs will no longer be held by existing staff members and a search process will begin for those positions with some jobs posted by Labor Day.• Four departmental areas have been affected by the staffing reorientation: communication, human resources, legal and mission. These positions have been affected either by staff realignment, RIF, or a reduction in hours in the areas of congregational development, environment, Episcopal News Service, human resources, and legal.• A creative arrangement with The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS) provides for the DFMS officer for stewardship to transition to TENS as a staff member.• The budget and resolutions adopted by General Convention have prompted a refocusing and rebuilding in domestic poverty work and the Development Office.“This is an understandably difficult time for the members of the staff,” Sauls said.“It is hard for us to say goodbye to people we care about and people who have served the church self-sacrificially over the years, something for which all of us in the church should be very grateful.”Severance packages, marked both by responsibility and compassion, have been provided to departing staff including the offer of professional outplacement services. All staff affected by the transition were notified in person by their supervisors. All staff transitions will be completed by Aug. 29. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rhonda Muir says: Rector Shreveport, LA August 23, 2012 at 9:07 am It will do our leadership and resource officers some good to get away from that small island called Manhattan. The unfortunate reality is that there is often a parochial and somewhat elitist cosmopolitan tone that is generated there wherein the rest of the country is looked upon as mere flyover country. Perhaps rubbing elbows with the real mainstream of America will help change the unfortunate realities that have dragged our Church down for the last decades. August 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm I’d like to read something about evangilism from the DMS……isn’t that what Jesus would have us do, share about him to people who do not know him? We have other bodies to be his hands in the world through kind help to people in need. How will this reorganization and downsizing better prepare the church to reach out tolast_img read more

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Strong Seller’s Market

first_img  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Weighs in on Housing Sentiment Next: The Week Ahead: Eye on U.S. Mortgage Performance Trends Tagged with: Housing Market Inventory Minneapolis Minnesota Pro Teck Sevices Housing Market Inventory Minneapolis Minnesota Pro Teck Sevices 2018-12-07 Donna Joseph Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save December 7, 2018 985 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Strong Seller’s Market Strong Seller’s Marketcenter_img About Author: Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Servicing Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington, Wisconsin featured in the top 10 list of hottest markets in Pro Teck Sevices’ Housing Market Report for the first time. In its monthly housing value forecast, Pro Teck took a closer look at some of the activities in the single-family home markets in the top 200 metropolitan areas in the U.S.Quoting other sources, the report stated that Minnesota was ranked at 3 and 5 best state to live in by CNBC and 24/7 Wall Street, respectively. The rankings are based on key indicators such as poverty rates, life expectancy, population growth, unemployment rates, education, crime rates and quality of life. Factoring in these indicators, the report revealed that Minnesota recorded the highest high school graduation rate at 93.1 percent. The state also reflected the largest share of the population with post-secondary education at 74.4 percent.According to the report, Minnesota has added 37,000 jobs over the last year and recorded employment rates at 2.8 percent. It also pointed out a steady growth in the state’s population at 7.3 percent. The reports noted significant improvements in the Twin Cities’ markets over the past two years. The home prices in Minneapolis/St. Paul is up by 16 percent from pre-recession levels, the report found. Minneapolis metro is a strong seller’s market with more and more people looking to put down roots in such a favorable location. The month’s remaining inventory is at a mere 2.47. The active days on market for the metro is at just 50 days—the lowest number recorded by Pro Teck in its top 10 rankings. The number of listings saw a decline by 16 percent this month and is projected to continue, the report said.  Read the full report here. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

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China Targets Christian Weddings and Funerals

first_imgBy Share America October 29, 2019 In early 2019, Chinese authorities have broken up Christian funerals and weddings in Henan province, says Bitter Winter, an online magazine that documents human rights abuses in China. Worshipers are threatened with jail and investigation. Some are arrested.The U.S. Department of State has designated China as a “Country of Particular Concern” since 1999 for severe violations of religious freedom.According to the 2018 International Religious Freedom Report from the U.S. Department of State, the Chinese government requires Christian churches to install surveillance cameras, so that the police can monitor activities daily, and compels Christians to sign documents renouncing their Christian faith. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described China’s actions as “heinous.”Restrictions on religion growing worseChina also wants informers. The South China Morning Post reported in March 2019 that Guangzhou city officials have began offering $1,500 cash rewards for information on religious gatherings.China is among the top 10 countries with the most restrictive laws and policies toward religious freedom, a 2019 Pew Research Center report finds. In the Communist Party of China’s ongoing campaign to Sinicize religion (make it more Han Chinese), Christians, Uighur and Hui Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falun Gong are particular targets of harassment.“Religious persecution is a defining challenge of the 21st century, and the United States will proudly lead the charge to protect religious freedom wherever it is under attack,” U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said in written testimony in June.last_img read more

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In Memoriam

first_img In Memoriam David Edgar Bembry, Jasper Admitted 1973; Died March 28, 2004 Richard Antonio Bianco, Tampa Admitted 1951; Died August 10, 2003 Francis J. Christie, Coral Gables Admitted 1950; Died May 3, 2004 Robert Earl Collins, Wauchula Admitted 1963; Died November 9, 2003 Robert J. Compton, Ft. Pierce Admitted 1975; Died May 2, 2004 Daniel M. Dwyer, Daytona Beach Admitted 1973; Died May 3, 2004 Lloyd B. Fortner, Deland Admitted 1949; Died December 1, 2002 Monroe Gelb, Gainesville Admitted 1946; Died May 13, 2004 George Spencer Gray, Jacksonville Admitted 1987; Died May 12, 2004 Richard J. Hays, Plantation Admitted 1950; Died May 2, 2004 Mallory H. Horton, Miami Admitted 1936; Died February 20, 2004 Brooks Pettingill Hoyt, Tampa Admitted 1955; Died March 20, 2004 Ned Kirsch, South Orange, NJ Admitted 1975; Died January 13, 2004 Prentice Henry Marshall, Sr., Daytona Beach Admitted 1992; Died May 24, 2004 John Michael Mischel, Miami Admitted 1998; Died March 4, 2004 Charles M. Moon, Atlanta, GA Admitted 1950; Died November 19, 2003 Jay Mueller, Orlando Admitted 1972; Died April 2, 2004 James Norman O’Connor, Ocala Admitted 1984; Died April 26, 2004 Donald S. Reisman, Palm City Admitted 1960; Died January 27, 2003 Paul Jules Robinson, North Miami Beach Admitted 1987; Died October 11, 2003 In Memoriam July 1, 2004 In Memoriamlast_img read more

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