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¿Quieres orar?”. Innovadores evangelistas laicos llevan la Iglesia a la…

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first_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Por Pat McCaughanPosted Sep 5, 2012 Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Adrian Dannhauser y Matthew Lukens, innovadores evangelistas laicos con su cartel de “¿Quieres orar?”[Episcopal News Service] A Adrian Dannhauser, una innovadora evangelista laica, se le conoce por pararse a la hora del almuerzo en una concurrida calle de Stamford, Connecticut, con un cartel que dice: “¿Quieres orar?”.A veces ella agrega una invitación verbal a los que se le acercan. Otros pasan a veces por su lado, lentamente, se vuelven y regresan.“Te enterarías de la pérdida de un ser querido ocurrida el día antes”,  recuerda ella durante una reciente entrevista telefónica. “O [el que te dice], ‘mi esposa está teniendo dificultades en salir embarazada’.“Es una bella forma de evangelización”, afirmó con la voz conmovida. “Dar testimonio a las almas es un gran privilegio. Intentas compartir una experiencia. Intentas facilitar un encuentro con Dios.“La evangelización innovadora consiste en conectar mi historia [y] tu historia con la gran historia”.La ex abogada de Wall Street especializada en quiebras y restructuración, asiste ahora a la Escuela de Teología Berkeley en [la Universidad] de Yale. Junto con sus “compañeros en evangelización” Otis Gaddis III y Matthew Lukens, se encuentra entre un número creciente de evangelistas innovadores de la Iglesia Episcopal que está llevando la Iglesia a las calles y a la gente.“Uno no pretende cambiar la mente o el sistema de creencias de nadie”, dijo Dannhausser, de 34 años. “Oraré con cualquiera de cualquier fe y de cualquier manera que le resulte cómodo”.La evangelización innovadora, dice Gaddis, —en la actualidad diácono transicional y capellán de la Universidad de Maryland en College Park—  significa primero y ante todo, vivir de manera visceral la promesa bautismal de “buscar y servir a Cristo en todas las personas y amar a tu prójimo como a ti mismo”.“Se supone que Cristo ya está presente”, dijo Gaddis durante una reciente entrevista telefónica. “El objetivo no es llevar a la gente a la iglesia, sino revelar la presencia de la Iglesia entre tú y la personas con quien hablas”.Puede ser tan sencillo como iniciar una conversación con la persona que está al lado en la cola, o en un avión o en un café —algo que él ha hecho muchas veces.“Ser un evangelista innovador significa que estoy en disposición y puedo y deseo escuchar el relato espiritual de alguien y a su auténtico ser a través de esa historia y responder con un relato propio que pruebe que yo estaba realmente presente.“La mayoría de las personas no tienen con quien hablar”, dijo Gaddis, ex abogado de 32 años que fundó la Red de Evangelización Episcopal (EEN, por su sigla en inglés) en 2009 mientras era seminarista en Berkeley.Al principio, la organización creció a partir de la propia costumbre de los estudiantes de reunirse y crear un lugar discreto para compartir sus  experiencias de Dios y sus historias personales.“Adquirimos un montón de destrezas de cuidado pastoral de muchísimas formas, comenzamos oyéndonos unos a otros de una manera que nunca habíamos imaginado. Nos convertimos en una comunidad, descubrimos que el problema es que no hablamos de los temas que realmente importan, entre ellos nuestros asuntos espirituales”, apuntó.Para mayo de 2010, la EEN se había extendido hasta el Seminario de Teología del Pacífico en Berkeley, California. En la actualidad, hay capítulos en el Seminario del Suroeste en Austin, Texas, en el Seminario Teológico General de Nueva York, y en el Seminario Teológico de Virginia, en Alexandria. Gaddis espera que la EEN llegue a tener una presencia en todos los seminarios episcopales y que también incluya al laicado y al clero en la creación de nuevas comunidades espirituales episcopales.La EEN convoca a una conferencia sobre desarrollo misional, del 20 al 22 de septiembre, en el Seminario Teológico General, destinada a preparar a líderes de la Iglesia en el desarrollo de comunidades espirituales, y a dar testimonio y compartir mutuamente la imagen de Dios, confraternizar con personas y comunidades salvando las diferencias, y formar líderes misionales que puedan alimentar en otros la búsqueda de una auténtica vocación, dijo Gaddis.La conferencia está auspiciada por la Escuela de Teología Berkeley en Yale; el Ministerio Episcopal de Jóvenes Adultos/Universitarios; y las diócesis de Connecticut, Long Island, Maryland, Newark, Washington y Virginia.La evangelización innovadora es parte de la genuina vocación de Matthew Lukens. Él pasó gran parte del verano brindando limonada y entablando conversaciones con los transeúntes en las gradas de la catedral de San Pablo [St. Paul] en Boston, y ha servido de interino en El Cruce [The Crossing] una reciente comunidad de culto en San Pablo.“El objetivo era intentar crear un momento en que la gente pudiera detenerse y tener este tipo de encuentro diferente en su jornada, simplemente sostener una conversación con alguien y ofrecerle algo, usualmente limonada. También agua. Queríamos saber quiénes eran, cómo les iba y cuán lejos podíamos profundizar en esa conversación”.Lukens, de 25 años, se crió como bautista del Sur en Alabama y está bien consciente de las connotaciones que puede evocar la palabra “evangelista”. “En algunas tradiciones es tarea del evangelista transformarte para que seas a mi modo. Pero en la evangelización innovadora, debo tener una apertura para ser transformado, porque otras personas aportan luz de Dios a la conversación de la manera en que la han experimentado”.Él recordaba, riéndose, que después de su primera experiencia en la calle —de “quieres orar”— con Gaddis y Dannhauser, se dio cuenta de que “fue la Iglesia Episcopal la que llevó a este ex bautista del sur a una esquina para orar por la gente”.Sin embargo, la evangelización innovadora no consiste en convertir a la gente ni en llevarla a la Iglesia, explicó.“Para mí, la evangelización innovadora es fundamentalmente una disposición a encontrarse con otras personas. La considero un ejercicio espiritual. La oportunidad de profundizar en una conversación con otras personas, de escuchar sus pasiones, dónde ellos oigan la voz de Dios, háganse episcopales o no. Esas conversaciones se dan en poquísimos lugares de nuestras vidas que yo encuentro que la gente no tiene la oportunidad de compartir.Se trata, fundamentalmente, de formar una comunidad espiritual. “Es algo de lo que la gente también está hambrienta”, añadió. “Uno oye hablar del gran número de personas que no se identifica con ninguna religión o que dicen que son espirituales, pero no religiosos, pero lo que siempre falta en esos sitios es una comunidad para tener esa conversación”.Gaddis estuvo de acuerdo. “Tus oídos atentos se convierten en el terreno para la palabra que ya está allí”, dijo refiriéndose a las conversaciones espirituales. “Y eso es divertido, porque uno ve a personas que literalmente vuelven a la vida ante tus ojos, y eso es lo que la Iglesia puede ser”.El obispo Eugene Sutton ha comisionado a Buddy Coffey como evangelista laico en la Diócesis de Maryland.Él ha estado en el proceso de discernimiento, pero ha llegado a la conclusión que “el ministerio ordenado no era para mí”, dijo Coffey, un ex ingeniero de 62 años.Pero  Sutton reconoció “los extraordinarios dones de Coffey en presentarle el evangelio a las personas” y lo comisionó para servir como evangelista laico, enseñando, predicando y escribiendo acerca de la evangelización, así como relacionándose con otros en conversaciones espirituales y en la manera [que ellos tendrían] de comunicarle su fe a los demás.“Me gustaría comisionar a más evangelistas laicos”, dijo Sutton durante una entrevista telefónica reciente. “Por una cosa, ayuda a toda la Iglesia, ayuda a los individuos, porque un cierto número de esos individuos está buscando la manera de que la Iglesia reconozca sus dones e incluso los apoye de algún modo, aunque no fuese económicamente. Podría aliviar la presión que tenemos en el proceso de ordenación”.Coffey describe su vocación como un testimonio alegre que proclama mediante la palabra y el ejemplo la buena nueva de Dios en Cristo. “La gente siempre pregunta, ‘¿de qué se trata?’ Eso me permite comenzar una conversación que puede conducir o no a una conversión espiritual”.En el sur de California, Randy Kimmler, ayudó “inadvertidamente” a plantar la Comunidad del Espíritu Santo en el distrito de Silver Lake de la Diócesis de Los Ángeles hace aproximadamente seis años. Básicamente, él no hizo más que escuchar al Espíritu Santo, afirmó.“No es una iglesia. No es una misión. Es una anomalía y las diócesis de todo el país están tratando de ver que van a hacer con grupos como nosotros que están apareciendo por todas parte”, dijo él en el curso de una entrevista telefónica reciente.La Comunidad del Espíritu Santo (CHS, por su sigla en inglés) “comenzó como un grupo de estudio cuaresmal para seis o siete laicos” apuntó él.Resultó tan divertido que quisimos que continuara después de la Cuaresma. Y ellos quisieron añadirle la Eucaristía. Un sacerdote local la celebró y “luego dijimos ‘¿por qué no seguimos haciendo esto?”.Al grupo, organizado y dirigido por laicos, se le considera una comunidad cristiana innovadora emergente, dijo Kimmler  durante una entrevista telefónica el 28 de agosto.La CHS se sigue reuniendo regularmente los jueves por la noche en un espacio encima de un restaurante de la localidad. “Lo llamamos la Cena del Señor en tres platos. Lo primero que hacemos es ofrecerles pan y vino”.El primer plato es un tiempo de reunión, con refrescos y  canapés, camaradería y conversación. Se saluda a los recién llegados y aquellos con quienes han estado conversando se los presentan al grupo.El segundo plato incluye escuchar la palabra, una respuesta o reflexión de cinco minutos, seguida por un tiempo para que los miembros del grupo compartan. Un sacerdote —de una lista aproximada de 20 que se turnan— celebra la Eucaristía.El último planto “es el postre. Limpiamos el altar y servimos el postre y las personas pueden quedarse y conversar todo el tiempo que quieran”, explicó Kimmler.La evangelización del grupo es también singular —al compartir su espacio con exposiciones de arte mensuales que muestran el mundo de los músicos, escritores, escultores y pintores, dijo.Kimmler presentará un taller en la EEN acerca de la plantación de iglesias por los laicos.–La Rda. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal del Servicio de Prensa Episcopal. Está radicada en Los Ángeles. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest ¿Quieres orar?”. Innovadores evangelistas laicos llevan la Iglesia a la callecenter_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME last_img read more

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The first high category hotel opened in Čakovec – Hotel Castellum

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgThe first high-category hotel Hotel Castellum (4 *) was opened in Čakovec. It is a hotel that is aimed at providing full support to business clients, but also towards strengthening Međimurje as a destination and the development of tourism throughout the region.The hotel has 30 modernly decorated and equipped rooms, a multifunctional hall with its own terrace and a view of the Čakovec Park, the hotel fitness and three bar concepts. Watchtower bar serving a rich buffet breakfast, Wine bar with a selection of the best Međimurje wines and Sky bar on the roof of the hotel with a view of the entire city.Guests have at their disposal free parking and a charging station for electric vehicles, and soon an e-bike station. The hotel is owned by the company City projekt, and the total value of this investment was around 20 million kuna.”Creating conditions for encouraging investment in tourism projects, especially in those for raising the quality of high-category accommodation, is one of the important goals and priorities of the Croatian Government. This well-thought-out investment is proof that tourism in Croatia does not happen by itself, but thanks to innovative and creative individuals and companies that listen to what the tourist market is looking for and consider how to improve the tourist offer by creating high quality content. The realization of this project will not only contribute to improving the competitiveness of the tourist offer of accommodation, but I believe will further encourage the development of tourism in Čakovec as a year-round destination.”Minister Cappelli emphasized at the opening of the hotel.The opening of the Castellum Hotel represents only one part of the announced almost one billion euros of investments expected by Croatian tourism in 2018, which include the renovation and / or construction of a large number of new hotel units whose importance is confirmed by the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020.</p>
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One Woman’s Fight With the Opioid Epidemic Shows Life-Saving Impact of Medicaid

By on October 16, 2020

first_imgOne Woman’s Fight With the Opioid Epidemic Shows Life-Saving Impact of Medicaid July 12, 2017 By: Amanda Berg, Videographer SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Charlene grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She had good family, healthy hobbies, and was on a successful career path.“Life was good. I had everything I could possibly want as an adult woman,” Charlene remembers.But at 25 years old, that all changed. College kids moved in next door and she began doing Oxycontin with them. This quickly led to using heroin.Over the next decade, Charlene fought an all-too-familiar battle with substance use disorder.And, on February 10, 2016, Charlene overdosed and was brought back to life.She woke up in a hospital bed after taking a lethal dose of heroin. Emergency responders had found Charlene unresponsive and administered two doses of Naloxone, the life-saving nasal spray, before transporting her to the Emergency Room.Charlene was LuckyAccording to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. A report issued by the Drug Enforcement Agency indicates a 35 percent increase in fatal overdoses in 2016 compared to 2015. Of the overdose deaths in Pennsylvania, 85 percent showed the presence of prescription or elicit opioids.For Charlene, the overdose was a wake up call. It was an ultimate low that motivated her towards a path of treatment and now recovery. In just six months, Charlene has gone back to work and is volunteering at a recovery house. Charlene’s biggest fear today is losing the healthcare that has brought her this renewed stability.Medicaid and the Opioid EpidemicMedicaid has given individuals like Charlene the opportunity to seek the dynamic help they need. Medicaid gives Charlene access to her family doctor, an intensive outpatient program, Vivitrol therapy, and a recovery specialist. These resources are brought together at one of the commonwealth’s 45 “Centers of Excellence.”Charlene’s recovery story is one example of the 215,000 people in Pennsylvania who rely on Medicaid and have a substance use disorder diagnosis. Cuts to Medicaid like those in the Washington Republican healthcare plans would mean fewer people in treatment, more overdoses, and more pain for families and communities across the commonwealth.The Washington Republican plans also delivers another blow to Americans with substance use disorder by allowing states to waive the mandate for substance use treatment as an essential health benefit. That means that for Americans who purchase health insurance on the marketplace, their plan might not be required to cover the cost of their treatment.Governor Wolf has spent the past two years traveling across Pennsylvania having discussions with those on the front lines of the heroin and opioid crisis.“The message is clear. We need to combat stigma and get more people into treatment. We need the federal government to be a partner—not an adversary – in battling the epidemic from all angles.” — Governor Tom Wolf, May 2017———————Charlene’s story was first published on WITF in June 2017.Thank you to T.W. Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services for helping us share Charlene’s story.Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for assistance with substance abuse.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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Most gay-parenting studies are long on bias and short on hard data

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgNational Review 14 June 2012Douglas W. Allen is the Burnaby Mountain Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University in British ColumbiaI am a Canadian economist who has worked on family issues in Canada and the U.S. for the past 26 years. Although I’ve mostly studied matters of divorce, custody, child support, and the general institution of marriage, for the past few years I’ve been working on series of empirical projects related to same-sex marriage. I’ve been using a special data set in Canada that is large (over 300,000 individuals) and random (with weights), that directly identifies sexual orientation, and that was designed by Statistics Canada. In the process of working on same-sex marriage I have read almost every study conducted on same-sex parenting. I say all of this because, unlike most people who have commented on the recent Regnerus study, I’m a qualified outsider to the U.S. debate and perhaps can provide some (relatively) neutral assessment.The study published by Professor Mark Regnerus this week certainly has some flaws, and many of the comments made about it have some merit. However, as a matter of intellectual honesty, it needs to be recognized that virtually all the studies of same-sex parenting that have been conducted thus far fall far short of any standard of scientific testing.Of the 50-plus such studies done in the past 15 years, the vast majority come to the same conclusion: Children of gay parents perform at least as well as children from heterosexual families; there is no difference in child outcomes based on family structure.For several reasons, this literature is unlike anything else within social science. First, it partly arose from, and was strongly influenced by, legal cases in which lesbian mothers were denied custody of their children on the basis of their sexual orientation. Second, for the most part it has been written by individuals with strong personal worldviews who sympathize with those studied. Third, the focus of the literature is often on “soft” measures of child and family performance that are not easily verifiable by third-party replication, and that differ substantially from measures used in other family studies. One of the odd characteristics of this literature is the lack of consistency of measures across time. Subsequent studies seldom test for measures that were used in previous studies. Fourth, the data and procedures used in the studies are never made available online in order for other scholars to replicate findings. And finally, almost all the literature on gay parenting is based on weak designs, biased samples, and low-powered tests.The result is a nascent literature that falls far short of standard social-science research. At its best, the literature contains interesting exploratory studies that raise provocative questions and make interesting observations. At its worst, it is advocacy aimed at legislators and judges — which may explain why, despite its weak scientific nature, the literature is characterized by strong recommendations for policy and legal changes to family regulations.The bias of the same-sex-parenting literature has been recognized by individuals within and outside this literature (indeed, in the same issue of Social Science Research as the Regnerus study, Loren Marks has provided another critique of this literature). Ironically, the common complaint about Regnerus — that he compares apples to oranges — is valid about practically every study that finds no difference between homosexual and heterosexual families. In the latter, biased samples of high-income, highly educated, self-selected lesbian parents are compared to random samples of opposite-sexed parents.If the Regnerus study is to be thrown out, then practically everything else in the field has to go with it.I think Regnerus needs to be applauded for what he did and didn’t do. He tried to use a random sample; he developed many hard measures of outcomes; and he is making all the data and procedures available for others to sift through. Inadvertently, he is going to draw attention to the failures of other studies in terms of their design and methodology, and he has demonstrated how difficult it is to find a large sample of this elusive population. He also didn’t make a lot of unjustified claims in his study. He was careful to note that he made no case for causality, and that his findings may or may not be related to the same-sex aspect of the adult relationship. He didn’t take his results and announce a series of policy recommendations. He has simply called into question the claim that there is no difference.Others are working on this very issue, and soon better studies will be published. In my own work, I’m also finding differences in behavior and in child outcomes. Given how small the population of same-sex parents is, given how many different channels children might take to find themselves in a family with two parents of the same sex, and given how much data it takes to sort through all of these issues, the bottom line is this: We’ve got a long way to go before we can answer the question: Are children better off, the same, or worse off in same-sex families compared to intact biological families?The political contest that is going on in the U.S. over same-sex marriage is not helping the social science. It took almost 40 years for academics to figure out the effect of no-fault divorce on divorce rates (not to mention all the other areas of life no-fault divorce influenced). With same-sex marriage and parenting, the issues are much more profound and more difficult to measure. Rushing the work or, worse, pushing research claims beyond what the studies justify, is bad social policy. 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