Campus celebrates Christian Unity Week

first_imgChristian Unity Week, a series of events hosted by Campus Ministry and the Department of Theology, works to help students and staff embark on a communal journey to come together in the Body of Christ through conversation and prayer. “About 2.1 billion people claim the name Christian, but these followers of Christ are divided into a wide variety of denominations,” Karen Kirner, associate director of the Folk and Celebration Choirs, said. “Different ways we can work towards unity include prayer, common work, witness and open dialogue.” Events for the week begin tonight with an Ecumenical Lecture concerning Eastern Catholics and their relationship with the Orthodox Church at 7 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse Lounge. A talk sponsored by Four:7 Catholic Fellowship about unification of all Christians through the Body of Christ will take place Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Cavanaugh Hall Chapel. History professors Mark Noll and Brad Gregory will lecture on the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall. Though there will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friday in the Keenan-Stanford Chapel, the pinnacle of the week will be the Christian Unity Prayer Service Thursday night at 10 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Kirner said. Kirner has helped organize several choirs for the Prayer Service. Five choirs from across campus will be leading the music, including the Celebration Choir, Voices of Faith Gospel Choir, Totus Tuus Band of Four: 7 Catholic Fellowship, musicians from Iron Sharpens Iron Interdenominational Fellowship and Coro Primavera. “Each group will be highlighted individually, and we’ll also sing several joint pieces together,” she said. It’s important that members of the Notre Dame community share in all the similarities of Christian faith, have a chance to dialogue about differences with others and appreciate the nuances that each has to offer, Kirner said. An easy way to participate is to attend the Thursday night prayer service in the Basilica, she said. The organizers of Christian Unity Week hope, that with the time spent examining beliefs, all Christians can unite as one people. “We want students to realize that Christian Unity is something worth celebrating and working toward, even though we probably won’t see it brought completely to fruition in our lifetimes,” Kirner said. “We want students to appreciate the validity of a wide variety of Christian expression, to be inspired by fellow students of different Christian expressions, to learn from each other, and primarily to realize that we are all one in Christ.”last_img read more

I volunteer to teach city officials

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEven 14 members of Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s office got in on the altruism-at-taxpayers’-expense act, “volunteering” full- and half-days on salaried time to help build houses. Has volunteerism ever been more profitable … for the volunteer? According to my American Heritage Dictionary, the No. 1 definition of volunteer is “a person who performs or offers to perform a service of his or her own free will without pay.” That definition is followed by a dozen more, none of which mentions being paid for services rendered. Not one. A volunteer who gets paid is not a volunteer, no matter what kind of spin city officials put on it. Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Housing Department, justifies all this faux volunteerism by saying her employees’ work on the project was relevant to their regular duties and, thus, an appropriate use of staff time. Wrong! We, the taxpayers pay city workers to stay in the office and push papers, not to be on the Habitat job site pulling electrical wiring. There’s a time-tested Army saying: Never volunteer; it usually means doing an extremely hazardous or dirty job. Then there’s Tennessee, which is known as the Volunteer State. Maybe we should send our “volunteering” city workers there. The city doesn’t have a clear policy on employees’ volunteering their services for charitable work. Nor does it have any way of keeping track of which employees actually volunteered for the Habitat for Humanity project, how many hours they worked, or if they even showed up to work, opting instead to go to a movie or spend the day in bed. If I could afford it – which I can’t, because of all my tax money city officials have wasted – I’d race to the nearest book store and buy every one in City Hall an unabridged Oxford English dictionary along with a Roget’s Thesaurus. The politicians’ assignment would be to memorize five new words and their definition every day. They must start with “legal” and “volunteer.” Sand Sandy Sand is a resident of West Hills, a freelance writer and former editor of the Tolucan. Write to her by e-mail sandscripts222@yahoo.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What part of “volunteer” don’t our city officials understand? While rationally understanding anything doesn’t seem to be part of their job description, frankly I don’t understand how they cannot understand what “volunteering” means. Pay me to volunteer, and I’ll volunteer all day long, and so will every member of my family. Hell, I’ll even “volunteer” the dog’s services to be hitched to a supply wagon and follow me while we’re being “paid volunteers.” As the result of former President Jimmy Carter’s visit to Los Angeles in October for a weeklong Habitat for Humanity project in South Los Angeles, the city’s Housing Department encouraged employees to volunteer. And they did – on the taxpayers’ dime. last_img read more

QPR ‘discussing £4.5m bid’ for Barcelona defender

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes is planning an ambitious bid for Barcelona centre-back Andreu Fontas, according to The People.It is claimed talks have begun ahead of a possible £4.5m move for the 22-year-old, who has a year of his Barca contract left to run.Meanwhile, The Sun on Sunday pick up on Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran’s imminent loan move.Related West London Sport stories:McEachran poised to complete Boro moveMcEachran expects six-month loan moveAnd Chelsea are tracking Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, the Sunday Mirror say.It is claimed that Magpies boss Alan Pardew believes he may get offers for Toite and Yohan Cabaye before the transfer deadline, with Manchester United also said to be interested.The Sunday Mirror also suggest Luka Modric will snub a fresh approach from Chelsea to join Real Madrid from Tottenham, who apparently plan to table another bid for Fulham’s Moussa Dembele.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

National Geographic Waffles on Gospel of Judas

first_imgLast year, National Geographic published, in its magazine and on a TV special, a translation of the Gnostic “Gospel of Judas” that suggested Judas was a noble character who was only obeying orders from Jesus (see 04/09/2006).  The interpretation hinged on certain words and phrases in the text: for example, whether the Greek word daimon should be translated “demon” or “spirit.”  Recently, April DeConick (professor of Biblical studies at Rice University) re-translated the Coptic text and criticized National Geographic for botching the interpretation.  Her translation suggests a completely different interpretation – that Judas was, as most accounts of him allege, a villain.  “He emerged as a much more negative Judas,” she found, “a demon Judas as evil as ever.”    National Geographic News has acknowledged the criticisms and offered some points in defense of its translation.  The verdict is not clear.  Some scholars view words and phrases one way, some another.    Two points in the article seem salient to the question of whether it was expedient for NG to rush the Judas-as-hero interpretation to the public: (1) The producers took a risk to get the story before the public without a sufficient analysis by multiple scholars: “Our only agenda was to interpret the text, make sense of it, and get it out as quickly as possible.”  (2) The article undermines the usefulness of the Gospel of Judas as historical evidence by admitting, “No scholar of early Christianity seems to believe that the Gospel of Judas provides a historically reliable account of the relationship between Jesus and Judas,” it states.  “Instead, it is seen as the Gnostic interpretation of that relationship.”    An article in Christian Century gives an inside look at a meeting last month of the Society of Biblical Literature.  “Emotions were taut” as scholars debated the meaning of parts of the Gospel of Judas.  It appears that Elaine Pagels, who had supported the National Geographic interpretation, was on the defensive against colleagues who argued Judas was presented as a negative figure in the apocryphal gospel.  Penned by Sethian Gnostics, The Gospel of Judas probably dates from the 2nd century, long after the canonical gospels were in circulation.Update  The May-June 2008 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review has an article about the Gospel of Judas.  It alleges that the translators for the show, some of them reputable, did a shoddy job – and they admit it.  National Geographic has announced the publication of a revised translation in response to the scholarly criticism of their 2006 translation.NG claims they acknowledged many of the alternate readings in the footnotes of their published edition.  How many in the public saw those, compared to the millions who watched the TV special?  The fine-print excuse is no excuse.  They dramatized their Judas-hero fictional drama with seductive ads to make people think they were watching a historical documentary instead of a Gnostic sermon.  Remember?  It was presented as big news that could undermine historic Christianity.  As is so often the case, the truth comes out in the back pages later, long after the headlines have done their damage.    In short, the article reveals that NG abandoned academic integrity in their rush to get a lurid anti-Christian message to the public, as if the late document had some historical credibility.  Hope you weren’t fooled.  Watch instead the 2007 documentary featuring former atheist skeptic Lee Strobel: The Case for Christ.  In this film, Bible scholars explain why the Gnostic gospels are much later than the canonical gospels.  Because of their late dates and roots in Gnostic cults, they cannot be trusted as reliable historical sources.    The canonical gospels, by contrast, were written within the generation of the events described, by eyewitnesses or companions of eyewitnesses.  John was written by one of the three “inner circle” disciples of Jesus Christ; it contains lengthy discourses by Jesus, and an eyewitness account of Judas’s betrayal.  Mark, a companion of Peter, wrote the shortest, most action-packed account; it is also the earliest gospel, and apparently was used as a source by Matthew and Luke.  Matthew was written by another of the 12 disciples who traveled with Jesus for three years and knew Judas personally.  Luke, written by a companion of Paul, is highly regarded as a reliable account by a careful researcher, who continued his work in the Acts of the Apostles.  Have you read them?  What better time than right now, between the holidays?  They’re right there online, a click away.  Find out why the word gospel means good news.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Global search for new Sydney Airport CEO

first_imgA global search is on for a new chief executive at Australia’s biggest airport after incumbent Kerrie Mather announced she is stepping down after 15 years with the company.Mather’s surprise announcement comes as Sydney Airport is grappling with whether it should be involved in the construction of a controversial second airport at Badgerys Creek, south-west of Sydney.The company was given first refusal on any airport project within 100kms of Sydney as part of a 2002  privatisation deal and will need to make a decision by early May.But Australia’s competition watchdog has argued separate owners would benefit passengers and airlines while some analysts are sceptical the company will take on the huge cost of the new project.Mather has been chief executive of the listed company controlling Sydney Airport since 2002 and chief executive of the airport since 2011. She will remain in place until the new chief executive arrives.“Under Kerrie’s leadership, Sydney Airport has developed strong and enduring relationships across the aviation industry, with all levels of government in Australia and internationally, and with our local communities,’’ Sydney Airport chairman Trevor Gerber said in a statement. “The partnership approach has delivered growth in aviation which in turn has stimulated economic activity across our local, NSW and national economies.’’Mather said it was the right time for a leadership change and she had enjoyed working in the aviation industry for the past 15 years.“Aviation is one of the most dynamic and exciting industries in the world,’’ she said. “It’s changing rapidly, led by constantly evolving advancement and customer needs. Sydney Airport has responded those changes and opportunities with a focus not only on our airline partnerships and their customers but also the wider community.’’Tourism Australia chief executive John O’Sullivan described Mather’s tenure at the airport as “nothing short of transformational”. “Increased international services, an unprecedented development pipeline plus an increased community presence have all been hallmarks of her time in charge,’’ he said. “Kerrie has also been a great friend of Tourism Australia and contributed greatly to our efforts to grow international aviation to Australia.”last_img read more

Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming

Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming

first_img Baha Mar deal should not be secret Related Items:beaches, tourism, visitor survey Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches reconstruction delayed, delivery mix up at airport Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI July 18, 2017 — A recent visitor survey conducted by the Tourist Board and the TCIG Department of Statistics found that beautiful beaches and ease of travel access accounted for more than 90 per cent of deciding factors for tourists when visiting TCI. Many tourists expressed dissatisfaction with souvenir shopping, taxi and rental car services and the lack of nightlife, however. The survey also found that 33 percent of tourists use recommendations from family and friends as their main source for information on the TCI. The percentage of tourists who relied solely on the Internet for travel info was 27.6 per cent. The survey was conducted in March and another survey is scheduled for August. A  Government press office release said the data serves as a resource for key players in the tourism industry to develop marketing strategies, revise services and remain competitive.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIGVisitorSurvey Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCIlast_img read more

Three systems under watch in Atlantic Basin still in busy season

Three systems under watch in Atlantic Basin still in busy season

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 14, 2017 – Nassau – In the #AtlanticBasin, we are watching three systems, #HurricaneJose which is frighteningly close to the islands but not forecast to come our way.  Jose will weaken, then regain strength and is said to be several hundred miles east of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.Tropical Wave 1 is about 700 miles off the Cabo Verde Islands, with showers and thunderstorms and over the next five days there is a 40% chance that this system will become stronger.  Tropical wave 2 is just off shore at the west African coast; it is described as having disorganized showers and thunderstorm activity.    Over the next five days, there is a 30% chance this system will become stronger.#MagneticMediaNews Hurricane Irma destroys Barbuda Recommended for you Related Items:#AtlanticBasin, #HurricaneJose, #magneticmedianews Hurricane Jose strengthens to a Category 4 Hurricane Jose not a threat, still being monitored says Bahamaslast_img read more

Supporting foster youth beyond the holidays

Supporting foster youth beyond the holidays

first_imgSupporting foster youth beyond the holidays KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – During the holiday season the community came together to support the lives of hundreds of foster youth. Now that the holidays are over Promises2Kids is encouraging people to conture their support thought the year.CEO of Promises2kids, Tonya Torosian visited Good Morning San Diego to discuss the upcoming campaign “Champions for Youth.”Champions for Youth is the primary charitable program of San Diego’s PGA Tour event, The Farmers Insurance Open. Promises2Kids will not only receive 100% of the donation, but The Century Club will also match a portion of the generous gift to the children.To learn more about the campaign, or to donate, people visit https://charity.centuryclubsd.org/Promises2Kids Posted: January 7, 2019 January 7, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Romeo the worlds loneliest frog finally gets a crack at love

first_img Sci-Tech Share your voice 35 remarkable new animal and insect species that will freak you out (pictures) Venomous toads hitch ride on a massive snake to escape storm Cussing parrot, dolphins that love TV: The wildest animal news of 2018 Apple squid emoji error has Monterey aquarium up in tentacles More animal news Post a comment Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Technically Literate: Original works of short fiction with unique perspectives on tech, exclusively on CNET. Enlarge ImageRomeo might finally have a new mate thanks to discoveries from a successful expedition.  Global Wildlife Conservation When looking for the perfect mate, one has to kiss a lot of frogs. But what happens when an actual frog needs to find its soulmate?A rare Sehuencas water frog nicknamed Romeo has being living alone inside an aquarium at Cochabamba Natural History Museum in Bolivia for 10 years. It was thought Romeo might be the last Sehuencas water frog in existence, so last year Global Wildlife Conservation created an amusing dating profile for the frog hoping to raise awareness about his plight.Luckily, Romeo’s Juliet may have been found. During an expedition in a Bolivian cloud forest, scientists located and captured five Sehuencas water frogs, a mix of male and female, in a stream hoping to breed them and reintroduce the frogs back into their natural habitat.  Tags 35 Photos Teresa Camacho Badani — chief of herpetology at the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny in Cochabamba City — headed up the expedition and seems optimistic for an opposites-attract kind of match between Romeo and one of the newly discovered water frogs. Her nickname? Juliet, naturally.   juliet3Enlarge ImageThe lovely Juliet awaits her Romeo.  Robin Moore/Global Wildlife Conservation “While Romeo is very shy, Juliet is not at all,” Badani said in a Q&A on the Global Wildlife Conservation site. “So we think she will make an excellent match for Romeo. She’s “very strong, and swims very fast. She looks great and is healthy.” Luckily, there’s a backup plan if the pair doesn’t make a love connection. “If the two don’t click, we have some additional pairs who can breed and help save their species from extinction,” Badani said.  0 But before any matchmaking can begin, the recently captured frogs are in quarantine at the museum’s conservation center to be treated preventatively against a deadly infectious disease called chytridiomycosis that’s threatening the lives of amphibians around the world.Then finally, Romeo and Juliet will meet in hopes they will bond and produce offspring that can be placed in the wild. last_img read more

Rice University Expert Trumps Border Wall Could Endanger Wildlife

Rice University Expert Trumps Border Wall Could Endanger Wildlife

first_imgAnd Assistant Professor Scott Egan says the wall can change the balance of nature along the U.S-Mexico border… affecting animals like the Mexican gray wolf and pronghorn antelope. Some environmental laws are also being waived, for construction. Egan also says the barrier could cut off natural migration routes. He says the wall causes a rift in the population, affecting the ability to breed… even causing more in-breeding… which can lead to genetic mutations.center_img A Rice University biology expert says President Trump’s border wall could put 100 endangered species at risk.   Sharelast_img read more