AME Zion Church Joins ‘Bring Our Girls Back’ Campaign

first_imgThe Board of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Zion Church worldwide has petitioned all communities of faith, who call upon the Sovereign God, to join the Church in a day of fasting and praying on May 30, 2014 for the release of 276 school girls abducted recently by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.The Church wants all people to use the day to petition God to visit the world with His amazing power and grace to effect the resolution of the grave insult to the humanity of the Nigerian school girls and the wretched grief of their families, and to give the world a witness that will urge upon the hearts of humankind the cessation of exploitation, abuse, and other wickedness toward disenfranchised people all over the world. In a declaration signed earlier this week by the president of the Board of Bishops of the AME Zion Church, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey and all of the bishops of the Church both active and retired, the Church condemned the terrorist act by Boko Haram and decreed Friday, May 30, 2014, a day of fasting and prayer in the name of the one God “who is in us all and above us all” in order to invite the intervention of the Almighty for the release of the Nigerian school girls.In release of the girls, the militants have demanded the release of their members detained by the Nigerian government.Boko Haram terrorist group has been raging terror against Christians and the government in Africa’s largest economy for a long period. Boko Haram, which name in the Hausa language means “Western education is bad,” is terrorizing to make northern Nigeria or the entire nation an Islamic nation.  But the recent abduction of the school girls and the bombing of churches and public institutions by the terrorist group have triggered global condemnation with the United Sates at the center.The “Bring Our Girls Back” campaign has dominated the social media including facbook and twitter, but the Boko Haram has remained adamant despite threats by the US and other western governments to join in the war to defeat the group.In their proclamation, the AME Zion Church applauded the efforts of the Obama Administration and other world leaders to lend support to the Nigerian government in their attempt to rescue the girls; but noted “our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ taught us that to dispel some evils requires more than power and might, but are not affected “except by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21).” The Church, however, called upon authorized governments and other authorities throughout the world to engage in sustained, meaningful endeavor to affect justice for the disenfranchised and to end economic exploitation of the weak and poor. The proclamation stated: “whereas, after three weeks, 276 of the girls are still missing and are reported to be suffering unconscionable abuse and denigration of body and spirit; and whereas, we feel the anguish of the parents, siblings, and friends whose loved ones have been captured; whereas, this horrific action takes place during this period of history when exploitation of women, children, the poor, and the otherwise vulnerable is accepted by many astound perspective, the justifiable use of strength, and even aligned with Christian principles.”Active bishops of the A.M.E. Zion Church who signed the proclamation are: the president of the Board of Bishops- Rt. Rev. Dr. Seth O. Lartey, senior Bishop- Rt. Rev. George E. Battle, Jr., Bishop Richard K. Thompson, and Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr., Bishop Kenneth Monroe, Bishop Darryl B. Starnes, Sr., Bishop Dennis V. Proctor, Bishop Mildred B. Hines, Bishop W. Darin Moore and Bishop Michael Angelo Frencher. The retired bishops are: Bishop Joseph Johnson, Bishop Marshall H. Strickland and Bishop Nathaniel Jarret, Bishop George W.C. Walker, Sr., Bishop S. Chucka Ekemam, Sr. and Bishop Warren M. Brown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Letterkenny to welcome 51 visitors from twinned town Rudolstadt

first_imgA large delegation from the German town of Rudolstadt will visit Letterkenny this weekend marking one year since the official signing of the Twinning Agreement between both towns.Fifty-one visitors will be welcomed by Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr. John O’Donnell when they arrive at a special reception on Friday night in the Radisson Hotel.Cllr O’Donnell said he believes that “great progress has been made over the last 12 months in building strong connections with our partners in Rudostadt and I am looking forward to welcoming them back to Letterkenny and indeed Donegal on Friday evening. “From the outset we were keen to see young people from both towns involved in the initiative and I am delighted with the progress that has been made on this front.  We have a number of young people visiting as part of this delegation and there will be an event for students and young people on Monday morning in the Co-Lab where they will get an opportunity to build friendships and learn about each other’s community and I hope that this will lay the pathway for a more extensive youth exchange programme in the near future.”Rudolstadt, GermanyThe delegation will have an opportunity to participate in some of the planned Donegal Connect initiatives this weekend including the Donegal Bay Drive Tour where delegates will have an opportunity to visit Hanna Hats and Magees of Donegal Town before experiencing the highest seacliffs in Europe at Sliabh Liag along with a visit to Glencolmcille Folk Village.On Sunday the group will travel north visiting Creeslough and Dunfanaghy before travelling to Ramelton to enjoy a jazz music session.A delegation from Letterkenny visited Rudolstadt in March this year and Chief Executive of Donegal County Council Seamus Neely hopes that this return visit will be an enjoyable experience for the delegates and that they will get a sense of the scale and diversity of County Donegal while continuing to build strong meaningful linkages with Letterkenny. Mary Daly, Donegal County Council, Karol Kerrane, Cllr. Ian McGarvey, Mayor of Letterkenny MD and Jorg Reichl, Rudolstadt Mayor at the official signing of Twinning Agreement between Letterkenny and Rudolstadt in Letterkenny Public Service Centre on October 2nd, 2018. Photo Clive WassonAn important part of the visit will be exploring opportunities to further develop commercial linkages and with that in mind the delegation will be visiting a number of businesses including Kinnegar Brewing at K2 in Letterkenny on Monday morning and will visit Donegal County Museum on Monday afternoon.The visit will conclude on Tuesday morning with a formal meeting between the delegates and members of Donegal County Council and businesses represented by the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce.Letterkenny to welcome 51 visitors from twinned town Rudolstadt was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GermanyRudolstadtlast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: Dhoni ready for the big clash with Lankans

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni feels the Indian team has peaked at the right time and the fact that there wasn’t much gap in between the semi-final and final would help the team’s cause.Not known to wear his heart on his sleeves, Dhoni was once again the composed self as he said that the short gap between the two games ensured that the players didn’t get much opportunity to think and wonder about their performance in Mohali.Click here to Enlarge”We played the match on Wednesday, travelled on Thursday, practiced today and will play the final tomorrow (Saturday). The short break has helped us. At times a long break can make the players wonder what went wrong and what went right in the last game and that isn’t such a good thing.”I believe in living the moment. What has been done – good or bad – can’t be undone or repeated. So there is no point pondering over the past. Being in the present is very important,” he told the media on the eve of the final clash.”Maintaining the level of intensity will also be crucial. Every game has been a challenge ever since we reached the knock-out stages and we have looked at preparing ourselves for every possible situation. Hopefully, we can keep the tempo going.”The preparations have remained the same right through and that won’t change in the final. Having played each other a lot over the last few years, we know their strengths and weaknesses and will look to end the tournament on a high.”advertisementYoung cricket fans extend their wishes to Team India for the World Cup final.Dhoni feels the team hasn’t played to its full potential as of yet and the fans can expect plenty more from the Men in Blue.”We have not reached 100 per cent of our potential. Despite reaching the finals, we can do plenty more as a team and hopefully we will play to the best of our ability tomorrow (Saturday). But irrespective of the result, I am proud of the team. We have stayed united and the individuals want to enjoy each other’s success. The result has shown on the field,” he said.With Ashish Nehra being ruled out due to multiple fractures on a finger in his right hand, Dhoni feels rotating the bowlers will hold the key come Saturday. “Using variations is very important to surprise the batsmen. With Nehra out, we have a tricky situation in hand. Although we would like playing R Ashwin, playing just two pacers could be too predictable. Rather having three pacers and two spinners – Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh – would be a better option,” he said.Dhoni’s attempt to bring in variation, could set the stage for a return of the mercurial S Sreesanth.”Playing Sreesanth is an option. Although only Sreesanth can control his aggression, there is no doubting that he can really swing the ball. We would have liked to play him a bit more after the first match. He is in a good frame and whoever plays, am sure he will do a good job,” he said.Dhoni also thanked coach Gary Kirsten for his contribution to the team’s success.”Although we aren’t thinking too much about tomorrow’s (Saturday) match being his last with us – as it will obviously shift the focus – we all know what his contributions have been. He has changed the environment in the dressing room and we have gelled as a team under him,” he said.Commenting on the change in circumstances from when he lifted the World T20 trophy in South Africa, Dhoni said: “Although am very bad at recalling the past, all I can say is that I have matured as a player and captain and I have played a few more big games since 2007.”last_img read more