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Former Bethlehem dean shepherded Delaware cathedral in final days Featured Events By Sharon SheridanPosted May 24, 2013 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service The Very. Rev. William “Bill” Lane shepherded the Diocese of Delaware’s Cathedral Church of St. John through its closing in 2012. Previously, he served as dean of the Diocese of Bethlehem’s Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Pennsylvania. Photo:Danny N. Schweers/www.photoprayer.com[Episcopal News Service] As the Very Rev. William Lane describes it, the typical Episcopal cathedral is a parish-plus: plus hospitality to the diocese, plus prophetic ministry to the community, plus a showcase for best practices in worship and programs.“Cathedrals are a strange bird in the Episcopal Church,” said Lane, who served as dean of the Diocese of Bethlehem’s Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Pennsylvania and later as interim dean of the Diocese of Delaware’s Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington, shepherding its closing in July 2012.Most Episcopal cathedrals, he said, are like those he served: “a combination of parish church with an add-on, and it varies how big that add-on is, I guess, from diocese to diocese … Quite often it’s a focal point for diocesan functions and major functions in the life of the diocese.”But for those who serve as cathedral rector and dean, as for any other parish priest, “a good chunk of our ministry” focuses on meeting pastoral needs, running the parish and overseeing parish life, education, worship and liturgy, he said. “That pretty much was true in Bethlehem and true here in Delaware.”Ordained a priest in the Diocese of Maryland in 1964, Lane served both parish and diocesan ministries in Delaware from 1975 until his call to Bethlehem in 1997. He retired in January 2006 and returned to Delaware, becoming cathedral interim dean in June of that year. “I was there as one of the longest interims in the history of the church, I think!”Nativity was “an active growing parish and not looking over its shoulder at the possibilities of closing,” he recalled. Beyond running a full contingent of parish programs, it hosted most diocesan convocations and renewals of clergy vows and many ordinations.“Many of those things, of course, involved both diocesan personnel as well as the cathedral personnel,” Lane said. “It was at times demanding, but it was the kind of thing you enjoy doing, and we had good lay leadership at the cathedral to pitch in. … I never felt it as a burden.”To an extent, St. John mirrored that, he said. “We had good leadership here at St. John. We had a great music program. … Again, it was a joy to be kind of the host for many of the diocesan activities, and the diocese provided a lot of assistance … a lot of the people power.”The trouble was, there were fewer people. Lane arrived as interim knowing the cathedral might close in two years. Average Sunday attendance was 70 to 90, including the choir, compared to 180 in Bethlehem.“It was in an at-risk community,” he said. “Over the years, the congregation had dwindled partly because of demographics and location, and then the congregation was aging, and then the financial stuff began to hit. Things just began to multiply with dwindling numbers, dwindling pledges.”An endowment helped, but the income from it wasn’t enough when the markets dipped, he said.Dean William Lane leads a Bible study during a 2010 summer camp at the Cathedral Church of St. John, Wilmington, Delaware. Photo/Danny N. Schweers/www.photoprayer.comDuring his six-year tenure, they explored different options for keeping the cathedral open. They spent nearly a year talking with a charter school interested in locating there, “and then at the last minute … the charter school pulled out and found a different location.”The cathedral’s biggest “outreach and mission ministry” was the choir school, which served at-risk children and included services such as homework help and mentoring as well as musical training. It served, “any given season, anywhere from 25 to 40 children, most of them from the at-risk communities of the city,” Lane said. “We had talked about the possibilities of building out the choir school into a day school.”But that, too, didn’t pan out.“We gave it a shot and really worked hard, but in the end, we just couldn’t make it,” Lane said. “Finally, it just became clear that it wasn’t for lack of ministry and a lack of good worship and a lack of all the things you want, it was just a lack of funds, and there wasn’t enough people power there to generate the funds.” And, he said, “The diocese didn’t feel it had the major dollars to put into keeping the cathedral afloat.”“There was no choice” but to close, he said. “As you can well imagine, it was a time of sorrow.”In the cathedral’s last months, it held a celebration called “30 and Over” marking the longevity of some parishioners’ time there. When Lane polled those attending on how long they had been at the cathedral, “we had folks who had been there 70 years.”“For all of them,” he said, the cathedral’s closing “was heart-wrenching.”“Part of my task, my ministry, was to help folks live through it, not to be in denial about the grief … and to recognize that there’s not only death but resurrection, and we find resurrection sometimes in different places.“I will never be able to say too strongly how much I admire the people of St. John’s, how they lived through that grieving, but on the whole not letting that grief control their lives and their spiritual lives,” he said. “They could have let bitterness really take hold and control them, and they didn’t.”Some cathedral members began worshiping at the Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in Wilmington, where he now is an associate priest. “That’s one of the reasons I came over here, to be with them through a time of transition. Some of them went other places, to other parishes.”The choir school relocated to Andrew and Matthew and is “still alive and well,” he said.Offering exemplary programs such as that is part of a cathedral’s role, he said. “I think the cathedral should exercise ministries that set an example and provide a teaching for parishes.”“On the other hand, it depends on the resources available to the cathedral,” he added, noting that in the Diocese of Delaware “parishes had far more resources in people and finances and clergy staff.”“In my mind, it doesn’t necessarily mean that because it’s a cathedral church it’s going to always be the prime example of urban ministry or teaching ministry or education, but that is certainly a function that it should strive to,” he said. And whatever it does, it should do everything possible to ensure that “whatever it does, do it very well.”“A cathedral dean,” he added, “needs to have his or her eye or hand on the pulse of the community.” And the dean must be willing to allow things to take place in a cathedral that a parish might not want, he said. “You need to provide opportunities for controversy to be expressed.”In Bethlehem, for example, they brought Palestinian and Israeli Jewish activists to preach and teach about issues of Israel and Palestine.“With a cathedral church, the dean also has to have a pastoral sense,” he said, concluding, “I’m not so sure that a dean is any different than a parish rector. But you definitely have to be open to the ministry of hospitality to the diocese and the ministry of prophetic ministry to the community.”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA May 25, 2013 at 9:21 am Thank you for such a great article–about what it means to be serving as the interim when a church is closing. I have served in that situation, also–although it was NOT a cathedral, but a church in a small town in southeastern Nebraska–but some of the same dynamics were present! Side note–Bethlehem is close to my birthplace–Allentown–plus where I spent my early years–Bath. Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Deans Series 2013 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments (1) New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments are closed. Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Pittsburgh, PA Pr. 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Charlotte, N.C. — Over 300 Southern workers, trade unionists and community allies gathered for the Southern Workers Assembly on Sept. 3, Labor Day, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. The Wedgewood Baptist Church was packed and supporters had to stand beside the pews. There was a feeling in the air that Southern labor was uniting to forge a historic new direction, towards rank-and-file-led social justice trade unionism, particularly to challenge right-to-work (for less) laws and combat racism.“Southern workers cannot wait for the Democratic Party and certainly not the Republican Party, to enact some progressive labor laws before we can begin a serious effort to organize ourselves into a labor movement,” stated Saladin Muhammad, director of the United Electrical Workers Union’s Southern International Worker Justice Campaign, in his opening remarks. “Unfortunately, this has been a serious error on the part of the U.S. labor movement for too many years.”Donna Dewitt, retired former president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, also helped co-host the meeting and added some remarks.The Democratic National Convention was being held in North Carolina, the least unionized state in the country, and one of only two states that outright denies public workers the right to collectively bargain. Many in the union movement, particularly those from northern and more unionized states, have been saying that the convention should have never been held in a right-to-work state. In return, labor did not invest the millions of dollars of funds that they typically make available for the DNC. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the AFL-CIO organized a major counter rally in Philadelphia in August, yet there was little to no discussion about a strategy to unionize the vastly unorganized Southern region.Ashaki Binta, who organizes public workers with the United Electrical Workers union in North Carolina, and Justin Flores, organizer with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, gave opening presentations. They focused on four main obstacles that work to impede the struggle against racism, sexism and working-class exploitation in the South and that also severely inhibit the growth of unions: 1) the Taft-Hartley Act, which directly undermines the growth and consolidation of unions, 2) the fact of the U.S. South being the number one region in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), 3) the prohibition of collective bargaining rights for public sector workers and 4) the unjust Immigration policies targeting undocumented workers.They pointed out that 32 million workers in the U.S. do not have collective bargaining rights. Additionally, they noted that the Southern states incentive packages offer companies, domestic and foreign, a nonunion environment. The Southeast has received the highest dollar amount of foreign investment of any region. The Southern states’ tax policies have changed within recent years to impact FDI decisions.A clarion call for solidarityThe powerful lineup of speakers included three panels. The panel of workers who represent labor formations excluded by the National Labor Relations Act included Baldemar Velazquez, president of FLOC; Victor Alvarez, with the National Day Labor Organizing Network currently on a cross-country tour with the Undocubus; and a formerly incarcerated man from All of Us or None, speaking on ex-felons having the right to a job.The panel addressing private sector workers included Lisa Cline, a food service worker and president of UNITE-HERE Local 23 at the Charlotte airport; Jim Wrenn, an autoworker and president of Carolina Auto and Aerospace Workers Union, UE Local 150, from Rocky Mount, N.C.; Leonard Riley, a longshore worker and member of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422, Charleston, S.C.; Harry Whitaker Sr., a meatpacking worker at a Smithfield plant and shop steward, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1208, Tar Heel, N.C.During the open discussion following this panel, Clarence Thomas, an executive board member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Union Local 10 from Oakland, Calif., made very stirring comments referencing Harry Bridges, an Australian-born leader of the ILWU and notable as a leader in the fight against racism on the docks.Thomas also asked panel member Riley about the ILA’s East Coastwide contract negotiations, which are currently taking place. It appears that the negotiations may be reaching a standstill around the technology questions relating to automation that could eliminate thousands of jobs on the ports. Thomas called for support for the ILA brothers and sisters. Saladin Muhammad then stood up and addressed the crowd, calling for a resolution to be passed to support the ILA. The assembly adopted the proposal unanimously.The final panel, which addressed conditions faced by public sector workers, included Angaza Laughinghouse, a state government worker and president of UE Local 150, N.C. Public Service Workers Union; Tom Anderson, a university worker and president of Campus Workers United — Communication Workers of America, from Tennessee; Nathanette Mayo, a city waste water treatment worker and recording secretary of the Durham City Workers Union, UE150; Donna Morgan, UE Local 170, West Virginia Public Service Workers Union; and Eleanor Bailey, retired American Postal Workers Union member and a leader of the 1970’s postal workers strike that resulted in collective bargaining for postal workers.During the intermission and during dinner, cultural performances by Jaribu Hill from the Mississippi Workers Center; the Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble; the band from the Undocubus; and Sergio Sanchez, son of a farmworker, helped keep energy high.The UFCW brought a powerful delegation of between 20 and 30 workers from the Smithfield plant, who brightened the room with their yellow shirts. UE also brought about 20 workers from North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.Earlier in the day before the assembly, a few dozen FLOC supporters went as a delegation to a Kangaroo gas station that sells RJ Reynolds-produced cigarettes. This action was to continue to keep public pressure on the company. FLOC is currently engaged in organizing a major campaign to win collective bargaining for migrant farmworkers who pick tobacco for the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company across North Carolina.After the panels, workers convened breakout sessions to discuss how to concretely build towards a Southern Labor Alliance. One of the tactics discussed was using a Rank-and-File Workers’ Bill of Rights to help unite certain sectors and win better working conditions. UE150 has done this in North Carolina and was able to unite state mental health workers into a major campaign that drew in many allies over the last three years and got a bill introduced to the state Legislature.“The Mental Health Workers Bill of Rights gives a core of standards to provide us a safe working condition, benefits and all things that impact us as workers,” stated Larsene Taylor, a healthcare technician at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, N.C. and Vice President of UE local 150. “It is like a binding contract without collective bargaining.”UE150 is also fighting for the passage of a Municipal Workers’ Bill of Rights for city workers across the state. This most recently has helped tie together Charlotte city workers that have struggled for union recognition for the past six years and have been leading a weekly picket, the last four weeks, in the buildup to the DNC.The United Campus Workers-CWA have also recently followed suit and created a Campus Workers’ Bill of Rights that has helped them to establish a political fightback program for their members, even without a union contract.Workers vowed to meet again at the Southern Human Rights Organizing Conference at the ILA union hall in Charleston, S.C. on Dec. 7-9 to continue to develop the Southern Labor Alliance. Additionally, workers have vowed to publish a quarterly newsletter to help report on campaigns and struggles of Southern workers to help develop consciousness and tie struggles together. To learn more, visit http://southernworker.orgThese states were represented at the Assembly: Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia.The writer is a UE150 organizer and facilitator of the Southern Workers in the Private Sector panel.WW photos by Bryan G. Pfeifer and Monica MooreheadFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Tom Smith and Eleanor Bailey Donna Dewitt and Justin Flores Undocubus musicians. Southern Workers Assembly, Sept. 3. Ashaki Binta Jaribu Hill
IWWP Che Brigadistas from New York City at Nov. 11 reportback.The following was adapted from a Workers World Party talk given Nov. 11 after the “In the Footsteps of Che International Brigade” returned from Cuba. Over 200 people from over 20 countries traveled with the brigade to show solidarity with the Cuban Revolution and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Che Guevara’s death.So far this year, three Category 4 or 5 hurricanes have made landfall in the Caribbean or southern United States: Harvey, Irma and Maria. It’s commonplace to speak of these storms as natural disasters. After all, they are natural events, albeit abetted by human-made climate change.But there is nothing natural about the destruction that follows in a hurricane’s wake. Not in these times, when the dangers of hurricanes can be observed, predicted and communicated days in advance of landfall.Nowadays, hurricanes are a human-made disaster, because the extent of their damage is determined based on the principles by which the societies they affect are organized.Hundreds of people, perhaps more, have died in Puerto Rico in Maria’s aftermath. Harvey and Irma killed at least 160 people in the continental U.S., including 12 left to die in a Florida nursing home across the street from a functioning hospital. Why did more people die in that nursing home than in all of Cuba during Hurricane Irma?Cuba safely and efficiently evacuated over a million people before Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis in 2004 and 2005, while over 100 people died during the 2005 Houston evacuation ahead of Hurricane Rita.The Puerto Rican and Cuban electrical grids were both completely shut down by recent hurricanes. The vast majority of the Puerto Rican people are still without electricity at this moment. Yet the Cuban electrical grid was 70 percent restored within a week and fully restored within three.Why is the U.S., the wealthiest country in the world, with all its infrastructure, industry and communications technology, unable to deal with hurricanes, while Cuba, a small island with a fraction of the wealth, a fraction of the infrastructure, a fraction of the industrialization, is able to respond so well?The answer is in one word: Socialism!Cuba is a country organized under socialist principles for the benefit of its people and led by a Communist, Leninist Party. The U.S. is a capitalist, imperialist country, run by and for the bourgeoisie, their banks and their profits, with Puerto Rico, held as a U.S. colony, run by the banks through a Fiscal Control Board.It’s all well and good to say socialist principles are why Cuba responds so well to hurricanes. But what I had the opportunity to learn in Cuba is how socialism enables Cuba to respond so effectively.Cuba’s socialist defense against disastersAn hour’s drive from the north-central Cuban coast, where the impact of Irma was greatest, our delegation visited the University of Sancti Spiritus. There we met officials from Cuban National Civil Defense and representatives of the students and administration to learn about their response to hurricanes.National Civil Defense is an integrated system, mobilizing all of Cuba’s response to protect its people, economy, social institutions and natural resources from both climate change and war.That’s right, Cuba explicitly frames hurricane response as defense against climate change — a dramatic difference between Cuban and U.S. approaches.In the revolution’s early years, Civil Defense concentrated on preparing the Cuban people to defend themselves against foreign military intervention. But Hurricane Flora, striking Cuba in 1963 and killing more than 1,200 people, showed painfully the need for disaster preparation, now the Civil Defense’s main focus.Every Cuban adult goes through a civil defense training program preparing them to assist during evacuations. Since 1986, National Civil Defense has organized a yearly, nationwide, two-day hurricane preparedness drill. In every part of Cuba, evacuation and shelter plans are in place. When a hurricane arrives, people carry out what they have already practiced.Stores of building materials, medications, tents and other supplies are strategically maintained across the island. Before Hurricane Harvey, Houston officials said it was impossible to organize an evacuation with just a few days notice. Exactly! You have to plan beforehand.When hurricanes are imminent, a four-phase Cuban plan is set in motion:Inform: Media begin broadcasting warnings. Students and members of mass organizations go door-to-door so everyone knows about the danger.Alert: Evacuations begin. Those living in sturdy homes take in neighbors. Large buildings like churches and universities serve as shelters. Unions, the University Students Federation, the Young Communist League and the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution are mobilized under the leadership of the National Civil Defense.Civil defense relies on pre-existing communication and coordination plans within the mass organizations and does not have to create an ad-hoc communication network with every emergency.Cubans are evacuated along with their belongings, pets and whatever tools and equipment they need for work. Elderly and sick people are looked after. Everyone is accounted for and no one abandoned. Evacuation plans include contingencies to protect farm animals, machinery and other means of production to minimize economic losses. All these measures require extensive planning, and everyone is encouraged to participate.The U.S. approach could not be more different: No mechanism is in place to mobilize people in a coordinated fashion, there are no large-scale hurricane response drills, and people are abandoned, left to organize their own evacuation, so that poor, infirm and elderly people are often unable to leave.Alarm: The hurricane arrives. Civil Defense works to maintain communication, and national media broadcast information about the storm. The Federation of Amateur Radio Enthusiasts provides communication if phone lines are lost.Recover: Damage is assessed and rebuilding begins. Unions mobilize skilled workers from across the island to travel to affected areas. Cuba’s system of reservoirs traps rainfall for use during drier times. Neighborhood committees are set up to distribute building materials directly to the people. Depending on a family’s financial means, people receive free materials, a subsidy, a loan, or they purchase materials at price.Disaster capitalism and socialist planningThe day after Irma hit, the price of all construction materials in Cuba was halved. This is the difference between disaster socialism and disaster capitalism. Under capitalism, needed products become fabulously more expensive, and the capitalists make super-profits off people’s suffering.But in Cuba the prices fall, because that’s what the people need. This happens despite the fact that building materials are one of the most difficult products for Cuba to purchase because of the U.S. blockade.At the meeting we brigadistas attended, university students and administration representatives described their personal experiences with hurricane response.In addition to the school providing civil defense courses, students regularly visit coastal fishing villages to develop relationships essential in an emergency. As Irma approached, students traveled to Yaguajay, a nearby town, to inform people of the need to evacuate. At least 1,000 Cubans from the coast were sheltered at the University of Sancti Spiritus ahead of Irma.University staff lived on site and provided beds, food and also cultural activities, which are viewed as an essential need. Medical care, as always in Cuba, was available and free.After the hurricane, students returned daily to Yaguajay and the surrounding areas to help with repairs, provide information about the rest of the country and eventually redecorate the community. Again, the arts are not seen as a luxury or bourgeois decadence: The community’s cultural decoration is seen as a basic material need.Under long-term planning that is characteristic of socialism, Cuba acknowledges the tragic reality that many coastal villages will eventually be lost to rising sea levels because of climate change. Rather than abandoning these communities, the university helps them gradually relocate their homes to higher ground. The U.S. could not be more different: Consider the recent boom in high-priced high-rise construction along the Miami waterfront.The speed of repairs in Yaguajay, and in Havana where the storm surged 6 meters, was incredible. Some damage was still visible when we were there, but daily life, both economic and social, had resumed. Contrast that with the U.S., where New York City is still repairing subway damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and Puerto Rico is a massive humanitarian disaster.One of the tragedies of hurricanes is their predictability. Year after year they come, and each time Cuba admirably provides for its people, while the capitalist world abandons its masses to their fate.Lives are saved under socialism in Cuba, while people are left to die in the U.S. Why is capitalism utterly unwilling to respond to hurricanes?Because under capitalism, the lives of the working and the oppressed are worth only the surplus value, otherwise known as profit, that can be extracted from them. In the era of capitalism at a dead end, when the crisis of overproduction is a continuous state of affairs, when the reserve army of labor is large and always growing, workers are easily replaced.The death of hundreds and the displacement of millions isn’t seen as much of a problem for the capitalist class. Just the opposite! Disasters are a fantastic investment opportunity for capitalists, stimulating demand and increasing prices.But what is the lot of our class, the lot of the working and the oppressed, under disaster capitalism? Exploitation, poverty, displacement, death.If I can bring back one lesson from Cuba to you, it is that revolution IS possible. We can and must win.Let us today, 50 years after Che’s death, and 100 years after the October Bolshevik Revolution, consider and draw strength from what Che said to us in the United States in 1964, borrowing from Cuban hero Jose Marti: “You North Americans are very lucky. You are fighting the most important fight of all — you live in the heart of the beast.”Let us consider the awesome responsibility with which his words charge us.Let us not shirk from the task before us, but go forward, confident in ourselves and our class. Vinceremos! Hasta la Victoria Siempre!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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TAGSphotos TCU hangout closes its doors, college ministry considers buying property printFreshman Tess Clausen holds a purple flower in memory of her Grandpa Pete who she and her family lost to Alzheimer’s (Photo courtesy: Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter).TCU’s Sigma Kappa was this year’s top fundraiser in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.The Kappa Eta chapter of Sigma Kappa raised $33,594.54 on Oct. 22 for the Alzheimer’s Association’s North Central Texas chapter during the 2016 walk.Sigma Kappa’s runner-up raised $9,000.“It was a pretty significant lead, which we were grateful for everything,” said Elizabeth Sehon-Harris, Alzheimer’s Association public affairs coordinator. “But [Sigma Kappa] really came in large.”The Kappa Eta chapter was also the fourth biggest fundraising chapter in the national sorority, whose national philanthropic efforts have been focused on the Alzheimer’s Association since 1984.Nationally, Sigma Kappa has raised over $4.1 million to the Alzheimer’s Association since 1989. Last year, TCU’s chapter placed third for top fundraising efforts.This year, there were 3,000 participants in the annual fundraising walk, including 200 sisters from Sigma Kappa, both participating and volunteering.“They helped volunteer,” Sehon-Harris said. “So not only did they raise an incredible amount of money, but they actually came out with boots on the ground.”Volunteers were asked to write and sign 600 advocacy cards to local government officials to help raise awareness and to have the Alzheimer’s Association voice heard by Congress.“They were just a vital part of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and we hope to continue that relationship each year with [Sigma Kappa],” Sehon-Harris said.Seniors Christa Martin and Christina DeMarois along with sophomore Charlee Bisch stand under the Sigma Kappa tent, getting ready to ask walk participants to sign advocacy cards (Photo courtesy: Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter).Sigma Kappa’s fundraising efforts started in the spring with their second annual Sigma Kappa Carnival, where every fraternity and sorority participated in games and donations toward the Alzheimer’s Association.Sigma Kappa’s vice president of philanthropic service, Clare Wilson, said that the sorority was really excited about the news and their fundraising efforts.“I know it made all of us very excited at chapter meetings to hear about it, and seeing at the walk all of us being recognized as a top fundraiser there that day,” Wilson said.Wilson said many of the women in the chapter have family members who have Alzheimer’s, which drove her to become the chapter’s philanthropy chair.“I think having some of my closest friends have family members who are affected by it that I have met definitely drives me to be a leader for the cause,” Wilson said, “and motivate the women to fundraise and understand the meaning and importance of our philanthropy.”According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 350,000 Texans that are 65 and older have the disease. It’s estimated that there will be 500,000 Texans with Alzheimer’s by 2025 because of the large population of baby boomers.Sehon-Harris had a grandmother who passed away from the disease. She said she was close to her grandmother, who inspired her to study journalism in college.“She was incredibly intelligent, bright, witty, clever and she basically stopped forgetting, and it really changed who she was completely,” Sehon-Harris said. “And then toward the end, she didn’t really know who I was. It was pretty devastating; it’s hard to see someone who you love to go through that.”Christina DeMarois, Alzheimer’s Association intern and Sigma Kappa member, also had a close relative who passed from the disease: her uncle’s mother.“I don’t remember a lot of it,” DeMarois said. “I just remember her starting to forget who we were, who all my cousins were and everything, so that was kind of hard to understand, especially when you’re young.”DeMarois said new research suggesting that Alzheimer’s could be genetic motivated her to get involved.“Knowing that they are finding that it could be genetic, thinking to my cousins or my uncle and how it could affect them with something, that really sparked me to want to get involved,” DeMarois said.The Alzheimer’s Association’s goal was to raise $355,000 this year, but they’re not there yet as December draws near.“Our goal was $355,000, and so far, we’ve only reached about $280,000,” Sehon-Harris said. “So we’re really still in need of more funding toward the walk, which is really crucial. We’re pretty much asking everyone, everywhere if they can please donate toward the walk.”There is still time to act. People have until Dec. 31 to go to act.alz.org/fortworth to donate and help the Alzheimer’s Association achieve its goal.Both Sehon-Harris and Wilson said they hope to continue their organizations’ relationship to help further the awareness and support for Alzheimer’s research and treatment.Sigma Kappa sophomore Alexis Hood holds an orange flower, which represents her support for the Alzheimer’s cause as she stands next to her sorority sister, sophomore Haley Decker (Photo courtesy: Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter).“Every year, Sigma Kappa has surpassed the last year’s goal,” Wilson said. “So, I hope that next year we possibly could get above $35,000, and maybe in the future we could get above $40,000, and gradually work our way up to really committing ourselves to the Alzheimer’s Association.” Linkedin Linkedin Students react to statewide texting and driving ban Twitter Facebook ReddIt
Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders expressed relief today at the release on 19 February of the editor of the independent weekly La Lance, Mohamed Lamine Diallo (also known as Benn Pépito), who was secretly detained for three days in connection with his reporting about an opposition leader wanted by the authorities. “Even when state security is involved, political coverage can never justify secretly detaining a journalist,” the press freedom organization said. Follow the news on Guinea Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says GuineaAfrica News April 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation News February 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor freed after being secretly held for three days News GuineaAfrica Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists April 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders expressed relief today at the release on 19 February of the editor of the independent weekly La Lance, Mohamed Lamine Diallo (also known as Benn Pépito), who was secretly detained for three days in connection with his reporting about an opposition leader wanted by the authorities.”We welcome Benn Pépito’s release but we continue to be concerned about violations of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources in Guinea,” the press freedom organization said. “Even when state security is involved, political coverage can never justify secretly detaining a journalist.”The news agency Agence France-Presse quoted Pépito as saying after his release that all the questions put to him while he was detained concerned opposition politician Antoine Soromou, who has apparently been sought by the authorities since an abortive attack last month on President Lansana Conté’s motorcade.The release of Pépito was reportedly decided at a meeting between the president and Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo. The prime minister immediately afterwards met with the ministers of territorial administration, justice and security.The director of security and the state prosecutor told a delegation of journalists on 19 February that they were “giving” them Pépito and they would have done so long before if “he had agreed to cooperate.”Prior to his release, local press associations had decided to launch a campaign against security minister Moussa Sampil, with all the weekly newspapers this week planning to display a full-page photo of the minister with the legend, “enemy of journalists.” Reporters Without Borders backed the initiative. Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months News Help by sharing this information to go further May 19, 2021 Find out more RSF_en
Facebook Previous article“Filling up with drugs and Jesus” – New Music from John SteeleNext articleWarning for users of debit cards in Limerick Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin WhatsApp Print NewsBusinessHeritageCrunch time talks for Shannon Heritage jobsBy Bernie English – August 13, 2020 544 King John’s CastleINTENSIVE talks are to go ahead over the next few days to try to secure a continued opening for Shannon Heritage tourism sites, King John’s Castle and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.The site provides more than 300 jobs in peak season and are worth €20 million per annum in spin-offs to the local economy, but while they were able to re-open after lockdown restrictions were lifted, they are due to close again on August 31.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell has welcomed the continued commitment from Government to look at maintaining the opening of Shannon Heritage sites beyond August 31, describing the plan to close them early as “very short sighted.”“These are a vital component of the tourism offering in the mid west. The Shannon Group have indicated in a submission to Government that the total funding cost of keeping the sites open from August 31 to year end is €3.9 million. However, I believe that we should also be looking at the incremental cost of keeping the sites open beyond August.“The €3.9 million gross cost is before taking account of the availability of the state Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme, and the fixed costs that would still be incurred by the group if the sites were closed which should clearly reduce the direct incremental funding cost requirements,” he said.“I am advised that discussions are intensifying this week between the Department of Transport and Shannon Group Management on keeping the heritage sites open beyond August. I have made repeated representations to government, Department of Transport and Shannon Group to ensure that action is now taken to protect these jobs and our tourism offering in the region.“These high-level discussions between the Department and Shannon Group follow on from the commitment made to me by Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to examine funding proposals.“I have also raised this matter in the Dáil and held regular meetings with Shannon Heritage staff, and I appreciate the worry this uncertainty is causing to them and their families,” Deputy O’Donnell concluded.A meeting is also due to take place on Monday (August 17) between the union and workers’ representatives, and Shannon Group.Deputy O’Donnell said the Minister has also agreed to his proposal to undertake a thorough examination for the future viability and sustainability of Shannon Airport, including restructuring, financial supports and any other measures that may be necessary as part of a wider review of Shannon Group including Shannon Heritage.Meanwhile, Sinn Féin TD for Clare, Violet Anne Wynne has said the minister must speed things up.Speaking on the recent announcement that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Eamon Ryan has ordered a review into the operations at the Shannon Group, Deputy Wynne said, “The minister confirmed to me in July that he ‘proposed to undertake a thorough examination of the future viability and sustainability of the group’.” Twitter Email Advertisement “It took a further three weeks for this review to be announced, this simply is not good enough. We have workers in Shannon Heritage that are just 20 days away from, possibly, being laid-off, and staff in the airport that are unsure of their future,” she said.
Home / Daily Dose / FHFA Adjusts Deadline for Purchase of Qualified Loans Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2020-09-24 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save About Author: Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Thursday announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will extend the purchases of qualified loans in forbearance, as well as other previously introduced loan-origination flexibilities related to the national pandemic crisis, until October 31. The special accommodations, which the agency says are aimed at “ensuring continued support for borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency,” were formerly set to expire at the end of this month.A recap of the originally published “flexibilities”:The FHFA has temporarily approved the buying of “certain single-family mortgages in forbearance that meet specific eligibility criteria set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” according to the original announcement. At the time, FHFA Director Calabria said, ““Extending [the GSEs]’ ability to purchase these previously ineligible loans will help provide liquidity to mortgage markets. That said, to make homeownership sustainable, lenders have a responsibility to ensure that borrowers can make their monthly mortgage payment.” The full explanation of this provision was updated at the end of August.The FHFA on March 23 instructed the GSEs to ease standards for property appraisals. Changes included more-flexible underwriting guidelines, which allow exterior-only inspection appraisals or desktop appraisals. The FHFA at the time said the measures mean to support the secondary mortgage market’s immediate liquidity needs.The FHFA instructed Fannie and Freddie to loosen verification of employment requirements.Back in March, a representative from the Mortgage Bankers Association spoke with Arkansas news outlet TalkBusiness.net about the appraisal and employment-verification flexibilities.Finally, the FHFA will expand the use of power of attorney to assist with loan closings. Fannie answers FAQs related to power of attorney on its website.”We have expanded the transaction types that are eligible for a party with a connection to the transaction to serve as attorney-in-fact, including an employee of the title insurance company providing the title insurance policy,” Fannie Mae noted. “In addition to limited cash-out refinances, which are currently permitted in the Selling Guide, this exception now also applies to purchase transactions.”The agency noted in each statement that it will continue to monitor development and update its policies when necessary. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Serious Mortgage Delinquency Rates on the Rise Next: Where Each Presidential Candidate Stands on Housing September 24, 2020 1,392 Views FHFA Adjusts Deadline for Purchase of Qualified Loans Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago
WhatsApp The new Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen Municipal District says he wants to see the North West City Region made a central part of policy in both Dublin and Stormont.Speaking after his election last evening, Cllr Albert Doherty said many pressing issues await the community as the Covid 19 lockdown eases.He says it’s a time of challenge, but also a time of opportunity to ensure that the right areas are prioritised.Cllr Doherty says one thing he wants to see prioritised is the All Ireland Pollinator Plan:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/alchgdfgdfgdfair1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCOVID 19 Donegal Community Response Forum contacted over 700 timesNext articleFace-coverings set to be mandatory on public transport News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Doherty sets out priorities as Inishowen Cathaoirleach Google+ Twitter Twitter By News Highland – June 25, 2020 WhatsApp Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
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