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Presiding Bishop tells Standing Rock protectors ‘the way of Jesus…

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA September 28, 2016 at 11:47 pm Don’t hold your breath Richard. Remember, Rev Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, where abortion is not only tolerated, but celebrated. October 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm Rich Basta….You see no problem with construction ? So it’s ok to bulldoze graves ? Numerous laws were ignored when permits were granted. There are 11 protected species on this land ( the Army Corp of Engineers was told there were none )…Sacred sites…not to mention the drinking water of millions. The President asked that all construction be halted till an investigation could be done. Dakota Access agreed, and two days later started work again. The people are chaining themselves to equipment because that is the only way to stop construction. The courts have ordered it stopped…but no one will enforce this. ALL pipelines leak ! And why do I care ? I live in Louisiana, were there is still over 100,000,000 gallons of BP oil in the gulf ! I thank the Episcopal Church from the bottom of my heart. Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The approximately 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline will deliver as much as 570,000 barrels of light sweet crude oil per day from the oil fields in the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued permits July 26 allowing construction of the pipeline.Opponents of the pipeline say it poses too great a threat to the environment. The tribe says the pipeline would cross treaty lands, disturb sacred sites and threaten drinking water for 8,000 members who live on the tribe’s nearly 2.3 million-acre reservation. The pipeline would cross under the Missouri River, the tribe’s water source, just outside the Standing Rocking Reservation.Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline will provide a “more direct, cost-effective, safer and environmentally responsible” way to transport oil and reduce the current use of rail and truck transportation. At least 42 people were killed in 2013 when a train pulling an estimated two million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota to Canadian refineries derailed in a fiery explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.Reuters reported Sept. 23 that its analysis of government data on crude oil spills showed that Sunoco Logistics, the company which will run the pipeline once it is operational, has had more pipeline leaks than any of its competitors. Sunoco leaked crude oil from onshore pipelines at least 203 times over the last six years, Reuter reported.George Fulford of Mandan, North Dakota, right foreground, speaks during a listening time arranged Sept. 24 for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, center top, at Oceti Skowin Camp. Seated to Curry’s right are South Dakota Bishop John Tarrant and Bishop Mark Narum of the ELCA Western North Dakota Synod. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceAgainst that backdrop, Curry spent more than an hour sitting in a circle in the Episcopal gathering area at Oceti Sakowin Camp listening to people’s concerns and their hopes for the church’s role in supporting their action.Rosa Wilson, a Standing Rock Episcopalian, was one of many people who spoke. She described the discrimination she has experienced, including getting beaten up high school and being followed by storeowners in Bismarck when she was young because they thought she would shoplift because she was an Indian.“What can we do; what can we do to try to make it better? I don’t know if in prayer God will listen to us,” she said. “After 74 years I just have to respect everybody that comes my way and just be a person that gives out love.”The Oceti Sakowin Camp spreads out along the north side of the Cannonball River on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. This is the view from Facebook Hill, where media have gathered, where people can charge their electronic devices at a truck with solar panels and where one can sometimes get a cell phone signal. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceOne woman came into the circle to challenge church members about their motives in coming to the camp, repeatedly asking what they wanted and whether their goal was to convert Indians.The Rev. Lauren Stanley, Episcopal priest-in-charge on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, said her eight churches were there to support the protestors however they needed support. When Rosebud Episcopalians heard that the camp needed wood, her church members delivered five cords, she said. They also brought food to the camp and are working to get a generator.Told on the day of Curry’s visit that the camp needed another log splitter, Stanley said she asked the presiding bishop to pay for it. “So, we’ll have one here in two weeks,” she said.“Our goal is not to tell anyone anything; our goal is to support you,” she said.“We are not here to convert you. We are not. We are not the old Christians,” Stanley told the woman, meaning the ones who required Indians to become Christians.Conversation about struggling with diversity and racismBefore heading to the camp that morning Curry met with local community, educational and religious leaders for a breakfast conversation about the impact of the growing protest on the area and the history of race relations there.Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary told Curry that about 4,000 the capital city’s 67,000 residents are Native Americans. Non-Native residents “are kind of in denial, and we’re comfortable with that” when it comes to dealing with diversity, he said.South Dakota Bishop John Tarrant, center, Sept. 24 introduces Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Linda Simon, who attends St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Simon, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, was at Oceti Sakowin Camp for the first time. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceHe described a meeting with business leaders a few years ago before he became mayor to talk about efforts to fill what were then 7,500 open jobs in the city. The business people discussed going to job fairs in large cities to attract job seekers, Seminary said. When he asked whether they had tried to recruit among local Indians, the mayor said he ran up against unspoken stereotypes about Indians’ employability.Seminary worshipped at St. James the next day and spoke to the congregation, bringing his pledge of solidarity and his assurance that he prayed each day for the people of Standing Rock. During the  Sept. 24 breakfast meeting, he said that any time Natives and non-Natives come together it’s a way to build relationships. Those relationships could bring the community to a time when the sight of Natives and non-Natives working together would be unremarkable, he said.That night back in Bismarck, an hour north of the camp, Curry joined close to 50 people at St. George’s Episcopal Church to talk about racism. It was a not-always-comfortable conversation with some tribal members speaking of discrimination they had experienced or witnessed in the city and other participants speaking about their perception of racism and their response to it.Carmen Goodhouse, a full-blooded Hunkpapa Lakota and a third-generation Episcopalian, said “we were taught that we would always have to defend ourselves because of racism” and not enough has happened to eliminate racism in the area. The Jesus Movement is needed in North Dakota, she said, because “aside from asking Jesus” she doesn’t know how things will change.Dominic Hanson said he “completely understand[s] that there’s been a lot of racism towards the Natives” but, he said he’s also seen “a lot of racism from the Natives towards whites in general and other races.”People ought to be open to the possibility that “it’s not a white issue that we aren’t connecting,” Hanson said.“I think that, as a whole, nobody’s really opening up to anyone and wanting to make those connections,” he said. “And that’s why we’re here today. We’re willing to open up.”Protests spread through and beyond the reservationThe Diocese of North Dakota has rallied behind the anti-pipeline cause. It issued a statement of support Aug. 19 and diocesan members have been in the three protest camps helping build a unified presence and helping with material needs. Curry followed with a supportive statement, calling the protest action “one that joins the fight for racial justice and reconciliation with climate justice and caring for God’s creation as a matter of stewardship.” The nine Episcopal churches on Standing Rock Reservation issued a letter Sept. 5 expressing their solidarity with the Sioux Nation.Leona Volk, of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen, South Dakota, greets Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Sept. 24 at Oceti Sakowin Camp. Volk has grandchildren who live on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near where the Dakota Access Pipeline would pass. “It’s got to stop here, now,” she said. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThe rallies and protests have gone beyond North Dakota. Clean-water advocates, allies of indigenous peoples and supporters of the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement, hashtag #NoDAPL, have staged rallies across the country. The action has attracted the attention of Congress, the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations and celebrities.In a 48-hour span last week Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II testified in Geneva, Switzerland, at the U.N. Human Rights Council and in Washington, D.C., in front of the U.S. House of Representatives’ natural resources committee. The U.N. rights group said Sept. 22 after Archambault’s testimony that the United States should stop construction on the pipeline because of its environmental and cultural threats, and because the Standing Rock Sioux Nation had not been treated properly during the permitting process.Archambault was scheduled to be at St. James on Sept. 25 but Floberg said he was in Washington, D.C. dealing with pipeline issues.As of Sept. 26, close to 1,300 archeologists, museum officials, academics and students have signed on to a letter addressed to the Obama administration calling for a thorough environmental impact statement and cultural resources survey of the pipeline’s route in proper consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.A battle fought in the courtsMeanwhile, a federal appeals court on Sept. 16 ordered Energy Transfer Partners to stop construction within 20 miles of Lake Oahe, the dammed section of the Missouri River under which the pipeline will pass, to allow the court more time to consider the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction to prevent further destruction of sacred sites within 20 miles on both sides of the lake.The tribe requested the emergency injunction after U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg Sept. 9 denied its request for a preliminary injunction to halt construction of the pipeline while the tribe’s lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permitting the pipeline is being considered.Within hours of the Sept. 9 ruling, three federal agencies said they would stop construction and asked Energy Transfer Partners to “voluntary pause” work on government land, land that tribal officials say contains sacred burial sites and artifacts.The federal agencies also said that the case highlights the need for serious discussion regarding reform aimed at incorporating tribes’ views on such infrastructure projects, including better ways to include tribes’ input about land and resource protections, and treaty rights. The agencies will “invite tribes to formal, government-to-government consultations.” The National Historic Preservation Act requires that level of consultation with tribes.The situation in and near the camps continues to evolve. On Sept. 22 Energy Transfer Partners bought more than 6,000 acres, including land involved in one of the few violent incidents of the protest, from ranchers David and Brenda Meyer, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Protestors clashed with private security guards hired by Energy Transfer Partners on Sept. 3 as the company began to dig on land the tribe had told the court the day before was sacred and has served as a burial ground. Law enforcement officials said four security guards and two guard dogs were injured, while a tribal spokesman said the dogs bit six people and at least 30 people were pepper-sprayed, the Associated Press reported.The Bismarck paper said the Meyers told a local television station that they sold the land for liability reasons, that there were too many people on his property all the time and that it was a beautiful ranch but he “just wanted out.”A North Dakota State Trooper records members of the presiding bishop’s staff as they stand along North Dakota Highway 1806 on Sept. 24 while law enforcement officers arrest two men at a small anti-Dakota Access Pipeline encampment. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceTwo days later, the presiding bishop and his staff stopped along North Dakota Highway 1806 on Sept. 24 on their way back to Bismarck to witness as law enforcement officers arrived in nine vehicles at a small pipeline protest encampment. As a helicopter circled overhead, they calmly arrested two men, accusing them of removing no-trespassing signs from the fences bordering the disputed land. Officers and protestors recorded each other’s actions. One state trooper also recorded members of the presiding bishop’s staff as they stood along the highway.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. Shari Abshire says: Comments (17) Director of Music Morristown, NJ October 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm If you don’t like abortion, don’t have one. Rector Washington, DC Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Indigenous Ministries, Submit an Event Listing Nye Ffarrabas says: September 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm Mary Frances: As true as this is in theory it is odd to have the Dean (now formerly) of one of our seminaries state:“And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight — only blessing. “These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.” from a sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale,former Dean of Episcopal Divinity School(Source Episcopal Divinity School sermon blog).Perhaps Dr. Ragsdale did not get the intent of the “grave seriousness” of the Church’s stance: “We emphatically oppose abortion as a means of birth control, family planning, sex selection, or any reason of mere convenience”.Regardless, she is no longer the Dean of that school.And, that school will cease to grant degrees after 2017. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Richard McClellan says: Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Dianne Iverson says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Presiding Bishop tells Standing Rock protectors ‘the way of Jesus honors the water’ North Dakota visit is filled with praying, listening, reflecting October 28, 2016 at 11:48 pm Mr. McClellan, your apology seems indeed to be sincere, and for that you are to be sincerely thanked. I wish more of us were so willing to ‘fess up and retract hurtful words with such humility! Nevertheless, it is also true that you adroitly drew a conversational red herring across the thread, and effectively stopped a worthwhile discussion in its tracks. I regret that loss. Important thoughts were in progress, here, but perhaps even here there is a common thread: Not only the rights, but the worth of First Nation people are being trampled at Standing Rock. Similarly, not only the rights, but the worth of women are jeopardized, and if some people had their way, would be obliterated as a result of the abortion “question” and its implacable opponents. Clearly, neither the White settlers and their descendants, nor many of the males in our society, have had occasion to consider matters from the others’ point of view; curious how privilege blinds people to compassion – or even comprehension – about the predicaments of others, and slams shut, and locks, mental doors! I’m put in mind of a bumper sticker I once saw: IF MEN COULD HAVE BABIES, ABORTION WOULD BE A SACRAMENT! Think about that for a minute before you blow your stack! The hue and cry against abortion not only negates the worth of a woman who has found herself trapped in an untenable position (whatever her circumstances), it can condemn a child, through no fault of its own, to a lifetime of rejection and resentment and a nagging sense of being worthless and unwanted. Nor is adoption or fosterage a cure-all for such things. Many who take unwanted children have terrible agendas of their own. I suspect – actually, I know it in my (elderwoman’s) bones – that all the hooraw against abortion boils down to one underlying motive and that is, Keep the women down on the farm – barefoot and pregnant – so men can be free to rule the world! Well, we’ve had enough of that, thank you very much, we’d like to have OUR lives, too! But now look at the situation of Native Americans through the same set of lenses. Thousands of years of thriving on the land with laws and spirituality and living ‘in synch’ with the land and other life-forms – suddenly and violently overthrown by greedy, lawless invaders who have neither respect nor comprehension for the ways of Indigenous Peoples. “Kill the damn bison (on which they subsist) – they get in the way of our railroads!” And so on, and so on, deep into the degradation of the Native way of life. (And – will we NEVER LEARN? – it’s happening AGAIN! ) So, ‘uppity’ women and downtrodden Natives have some common cause, here: As long as we are DOWN, somebody else is UP. Men, White men, especially, have been running their ‘entitlement’ into the ground. Greed has replaced common decency. And all to the tune of the mythology of supremacy. It is a LIE! It only exists to support the greed and entitlement of the few. And it is taking our country down, and despoiling the land, water, and air on which we depend for our very existence. Heck, it’s taking down other life-forms by extinction, every day! And – did I mention? – Our precious planet is beyond sustainable subsistence, RIGHT NOW! We blew past the Seven Billion mark quite recently, and are on an ever-escalating charge toward Nine Billion. Not in MY lifetime (I’m in my 80s), but maybe in YOURS. Now, doesn’t THAT throw some sobering perspective upon the abortion ‘question’? And the ‘Right-to-Lifers’ have the cheek to scream that all life is sacred? And THAT’s their excuse for arguing for unlimited baby production? NO! It’s all a rationalization to keep women (79 cents on the dollar, if they’re lucky – altho’ they shouldn’t really be in the work force at all – they should be home minding the babies!) … to keep them in their ‘place’ which is the Underclass. Get it? Now, isn’t it exactly the same game, against Native Americans and other Indigenous Peoples? Don’t we have some common cause, here? I think it is about time we all woke up and really examined the assumptions that drive so much of our lives. Career religious people, included, because the ‘institution’ of the church, in its various forms, is also one of the main forces that keep patriarchy going, full steam. September 29, 2016 at 10:49 am The Episcopal Church’s stance on abortion was set by the General Convention 28 years ago. Resolution 1988-C047 states in part “While we acknowledge that in this country it is the legal right of every woman to have a medically safe abortion, as Christians we believe strongly that if this right is exercised, it should be used only in extreme situations. We emphatically oppose abortion as a means of birth control, family planning, sex selection, or any reason of mere convenience. In those cases where an abortion is being considered, members of this Church are urged to seek the dictates of their consciences in prayer, to seek the advice and counsel of members of the Christian community and where appropriate the sacramental life of this Church. Whenever members of this Church are consulted with regard to a problem pregnancy, they are to explore, with grave seriousness, with the person or persons seeking advice and counsel, as alternatives to abortion, other positive courses of action, including, but not limited to, the following possibilities: the parents raising the child; another family member raising the child; making the child available for adoption.” (http://www.episcopalarchives.org/cgi-bin/acts/acts_resolution-complete.pl?resolution=1988-C047 )Related to the resolution’s urging ” to seek the advice and counsel of members of the Christian community and where appropriate the sacramental life of this Church,” General Convention in 2009 authorized use of liturgies entitled “Rachel’s Tears, Hannah’s Hopes,” part of the Enriching Our Worship series. Those liturgies, litanies and prayers are here: https://www.churchpublishing.org/siteassets/pdf/liturgies-and-prayers-related-to-childbearing/enrichingourworship5.pdf Ron Porter says: Mary Frances Schjonberg says: Standing Rock Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Nye Ffarrabas says: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry stands along North Dakota Highway 1806 on Sept. 24 to witness as law enforcement officers arrive at a small anti-Dakota Access Pipeline encampment to arrest people accused of removing no-trespass signs from neighboring ranch land recently purchased by the pipeline construction company. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceEditor’s note: An image gallery of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Nation is here.[Episcopal News Service – Bismarck, North Dakota] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry came to North Dakota Sept. 24-25 to declare in person that he, the Episcopal Church and, most importantly, God stands with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in its struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline that will run under their water supply, over its treaty lands and through some of its burial places.Curry also called for racial reconciliation in the midst of opposition that has at times surfaced the area’s historical tensions between Indians and non-Indians. He engaged Episcopalians, leaders of other churches, Bismarck residents and its mayor in conversations about racism and environmental justice. He urged people to continue talking with each other after he left.The Rev. John Floberg told Curry that action against the pipeline is a “kairos moment,” a Greek word meaning God’s appointed time to act. The moment, said Floberg, supervising priest of the Episcopal churches on the North Dakota side of Standing Rock, is filled with hope because “God is doing something here” beyond the actual protest.That something has brought together Standing Rock Indians with members and leaders of at least 250 of the recognized tribes in the United States in an unprecedented show of unity. Many non-Native people have come to join the protests, as well, including Episcopalians from other parts of the country.And many people are re-exploring how they have traditionally related to each other in the context of the protest that some say is damaging the part of the state’s economy that is dependent on natural-resource extraction, particularly oil and gas, and the jobs the pipeline will provide. Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company building the pipeline, says construction will create 8,000 to 12,000 local jobs, while the AFL-CIO has pegged the number at 4,500.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reacts Sept. 25 to being told that the people of St. James Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, gathered at the church on Nov. 1, 2015, to watch a broadcast of his installation as the 27th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service“God is in the movement business,” Curry said during his Sept. 25 sermon at St. James Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. “If you look at the Bible very carefully, you will discover that God’s usual way of changing the world – even if it’s just inching it along a little bit – is to create a movement of people who will follow his way.”The presiding bishop cited Abraham and Sarah whom he said God called to share their way of life with others. The movement of peoples that they began resulted in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the presiding bishop said. He compared the pipeline protest with Moses leading the Hebrews to the Promised Land. God brought down plagues on Pharaoh to protest his refusal to free the Hebrew people from their oppression, Curry said.“That’s Standing Rock in the Bible. That’s folks standing their ground and saying ‘do not pollute our water,’” he said. “That’s Standing Rock folks saying ‘do not violate our sacred burial places.’”Then there is the movement Jesus created, Curry said, a movement of people called to practice love, justice, compassion and to try to “look something like Jesus.”“I’ve got a feeling if we started looking like Jesus, you wouldn’t have to protest here at Standing Rock because the way of Jesus honors the water” through the act of baptism. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Lesley Hildrey says: Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel October 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm I would like to offer a sincere apology for my hateful comments. I suffer from depression and am not at peace with myself and it shows in my reactions. I humbly apologize. November 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm Love you, Michael. Keep it up! This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ann Christenson says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Richard McClellan says: November 2, 2016 at 7:34 pm Please let us know how we can help and support these people? I am not brave enough to stand and protest with them after the police attacks of the last few days but would still like to be of some use. What do they need? Rector Smithfield, NC Terry Francis says: Featured Events Glenn Johnson says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska November 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm I assume our Presiding Bishop walked to North Dakota. Oh wait, he used lots of petroleum products to get there and uses a lot in his large home, church, and vacation home? Hmmm. Interesting. Visiting Oceti Sakowin CampThe previous day, Curry; Floberg; Heidi J. Kim, Episcopal Church missioner for racial reconciliation; the Rev. Charles A. Wynder Jr., missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement; the Rev. Michael Hunn, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry within the Episcopal Church; South Dakota Bishop John Tarrant; and Bishop Mark Narum of the ELCA Western North Dakota Synod traveled to Oceti Sakowin Camp along the Cannonball River near where it flows into the Missouri River. (North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith was traveling overseas on a previously planned trip.)Curry spoke to pipeline opponents, who prefer to call themselves “protectors,” during the camp’s daily information session. He told them that the Episcopal Church stands in solidarity with them because “water is a gift from the creator.”“Water means life for all of the children of God, human beings who are gifts of the creator,” Curry said, adding that “your struggle is not just your struggle, it is our struggle; it is the struggle of the human community.” 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments are closed. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Sep 27, 2016 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Fred Horton says: Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service September 27, 2016 at 7:07 pm From the Reuters article referenced in the article above, I have included some quotes. There is a mixed bag of information to be sure, and the oil company is not a knight in shining armor. The protestors are right to raise questions and of course have a right to peaceful protests, especially in light of Sunoco’s history of spills. But, to trespass on private property and destroy equipment is certainly not holy work. Bottom line for me is that as long as Sunoco can provide assurance to regulators that the safety measures and technology they have in place are such that a leak can be detected and dealt with , without jeopardizing water quality in the cannonball area, I see no problem with the construction. If they can’t, then the project needs to be delayed until it can prove so. That said, there is no hard evidence of racism or evil agenda involved. Comparing the oil companies to Pharoah and the “protectors” to the Israelites is a bit misguided. I thereby scold Curry for doing so. He certainly doesn’t speak for me in this particular instance. He’s a nice man and all, but sometimes speaks with hyperbole when restraint is called for.1. Sunoco and Enterprise both said most leaks take place within company facilities and are therefore contained..2. Sunoco’s spill rate shows protestors may have reason to be concerned about potential leaks.3. The main option that was considered for routing the line away from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation was previously discarded because it would involve crossing more water-sensitive areas north of the capital Bismarck, according to the project’s environmental assessment.4. To be sure, most pipeline spills are small and pipelines are widely seen as a safer way to move fuel than alternatives such as rail.5. Sunoco and its units leaked a total of 3,406 net barrels of crude in all the leaks over the last six years, only a fraction of the more than 3 million barrels lost in the largest spill in U.S. history, BP Plc’s (BP.L) Macondo well disaster in 2010.6. Sunoco said it found that crude lines not in constant use were a significant source of leaks, so it had shut or repaired some of those arteries.7. In September, Sunoco received another corrective measure for its newly constructed Permian Express II line in Texas, which leaked 800 barrels of oil earlier this month. The company is already contesting a proposed $1.3 million fine from regulators for violations related to welding on that line. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Nye Ffarrabas says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME September 28, 2016 at 7:40 am If it were all about “protecting creation” then I expect the good Bishop will be protesting outside an abortion clinic soon. Dakota Access Pipeline, Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books September 28, 2016 at 2:04 am Amen. I cannot adequately express my admiration for our Presiding Bishop for taking such a strong stand in behalf of the earth and its people. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS October 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm There is one, simple, overriding principle here: We MUST keep fossil fuel in the ground. The extraction and use of fossil fuels is destroying our planet. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Jon Spangler says: September 27, 2016 at 7:11 pm Thank you, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop John Tarrant, the Rev. John Floberg, the Rev. Lauren Stanley, and to all the people of the local Episcopal churches standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies against the ruination of sacred land, water, and burial grounds.It is good and right and just that we stand with the Creation and against its destruction. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rich Basta says: Doug Desper says: Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY December 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm THANK you Bishop MIchael for STANDING up for the Earth. I am continually amazed at all the negative comments, because those tribes and thousands of other people are STANDING UP for EVERYONE’s water. They are Standing Up against major money interests. They are Standing Up for this Earth that is falling apart under our feet, that SO NEEDS ALL of our Protection. Fossil Fuels are killing our planet. This pipeline alone will emit more carbons into the atmosphere than 27 coal burning plants. We CAN and MUST CHANGE. We simply HAVE TO switch to Sustainable Energies or politics won’t matter any longer because the earth is at a tipping point and will not be able to recover. I SO appreciate your wisdom and commitment to make clean water a priority over our stubborn old ways, that NEED to change. We do NOT need OIL to survive. EVERYTHING that relies on oil now can be replace with sustainable practices and energies. Why is Everyone SO AFRAID to change? October 28, 2016 at 9:47 pm Well said. 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Egypt : RSF decries government takeover of Cairo newspaper Al Mesryoon

first_img“Al Mesryoon’s confiscation is arbitrary and must be rescinded,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The Egyptian authorities have yet again demonstrated an inability to tolerate criticism, no matter how moderate. Any person or media outlet that upsets the government is now automatically accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, and that is enough to be targeted.” News News Independent journalism is dying in Egypt and readers can barely get access to it online because hundreds of websites have been blocked since last year. With at least 39 professional and non-professional journalists currently held in connection with their reporting, Egypt is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Egyptian authorities to rescind their decision to take control of Al Mesryoon, a daily whose Cairo headquarters was stormed by the security forces yesterday in the latest government step to eliminate all criticism in the media. Follow the news on Egypt EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Al Mesryoon’s confiscation comes as the Egyptian authorities continue to tighten their grip on the press, TV and Internet. Their latest measures have included draconian new media and internet laws. Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img Al Mesryoon editor Gamal Soltan, who is currently out of the country, told the Egyptian newspaper Katib that he had tried, so far in vain to intercede with Egypt’s Journalists Syndicate, which now has a pro-government stance. Receive email alerts The decision to confiscate Al Mesryoon (which means “The Egyptians”) was announced a week ago by the justice ministry commission responsible for confiscating property deemed to belong to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Equipment was removed during yesterday’s raid. News September 25, 2018 Egypt : RSF decries government takeover of Cairo newspaper Al Mesryoon February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa The government newspaper Akhbar El Yom has been put in charge of running Al Mesryoon, which will automatically result in a change in editorial policy. This is what happened when Akhbar El Yom was put in charge of Daily News Egypt, a formerly independent newspaper, last year. RSF_en February 6, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Donegal Deputy calls for Housing Minister to publish Tenant Purchase Scheme

AudioHomepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Donegal Deputy calls for Housing Minister to publish Tenant Purchase Scheme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleCuts to community policing a likely factor – Garda Representative AssociationNext articleSemi-Final wins for Donegal boxers at National Senior Championships News Highland By News Highland – November 2, 2019 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp A Donegal Deputy has criticised the Housing Minister over the continued failure to publish the Tenant Purchase Scheme.The report was initially due in 2017 and Deputy Charlie McConalogue has expressed his frustration after the Minister promised earlier this year that the report would be published ‘shortly’.Having again raised it in the Dail last week, Deputy McConalogue claims the Minister’s response shows that there is no clear plan to actually publish.He has committed to keep the pressure to ensure the report is published without any further delay:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/charliehousingweb-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Twitter Pinterest read more

Emergency services at scene of crash in Letterkenny

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Emergency services at scene of crash in Letterkenny Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Emergency services are currently at the scene of a crash in Letterkenny.The multi vehicle collision is believed to have occurred a short time ago on the Port Road.No further details are currently known. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – January 22, 2020 center_img Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleCentral Bank won’t instruct banks to help Mica families with 10% contributionNext articleElection candidate claims most “refugees” are economic migrants News Highland last_img read more

Chili dinner features tale-teller

first_img Bates-Smith’s Christmas performance includes adaptations from the works of three Southern writers that are woven into her own Christmas story, “with apologies to Norman Rockwell.”Bates-Smith treats the audience to intimate glimpses of Lee Smith’s ladysisters who come every Christmas and tell stories and then “skitter like waterbugs over the moonlit snow until they disappear” and Allan Gurganus’ Oldest Living Confederate Widow in the “Christmas Spectacle.”A delve into Truman Capote’s “Christmas Memory” brings folks into the warmth of home when it’s “fruitcake weather.” Chili dinner features tale-teller Skip “These stories are woven into my own comical, often frustrating, search for the ‘true spirit of Christmas,’” Bates-Smith said. “I close ‘Deck the Halls’ with the voice of a pregnant mountain woman’s reflections on the Mary story from the Bible.”In five short years, “A Chili Country Christmas” has become a tradition at the We Piddle Around Theater.The first year, members of the “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” cast returned to the stage for “An Old Fashioned Alabama Christmas” and then in an adaptation of Roark Bradford’s “How Come Christmas.”Master storytellers, Sheila Kay Adams, Kathryn Tucker Windham and Andy Offutt Irwin have all appeared at “A Chili County Christmas.” Book Nook to reopen Barbara Bates-Smith will return to the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge as the featured performer for the Brundidge Historical Society’s “A Chili Country Christmas” on Dec. 2 and 3.Bates-Smith is from the Southern Appalachians and her one-woman performance will bring the audience right into the fireside storytelling tradition of “Old Christmas” in the mountains.“Deck the Halls Southern Style” is both funny and poignant and is underscored by Jeff Sebens’ hammered dulcimer accompaniment. Latest Stories Published 11:00 pm Friday, October 28, 2011 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like PCBOE renews superintendent’s contract The Pike County Board of Education renewed Superintendent Dr. Mark Bazzell’s contract for five years at its Monday meeting. Linda… read more By Health Videos Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell “We are excited to have Barbara Bates-Smith this Christmas season,” said Mernette Bray, a member of the BHS storytelling committee. “She travels all across the country performing one-woman shows. ‘Deck the Halls’ is extremely popular and we are fortunate to be able to bring her to the We Piddle Around Theater. She shows us Christmas as seen through the eyes of different characters and then through her own. It will be a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season.”Tickets are $20 and include the pre-show Christmas music by Jeff Sebens on the hammered dulcimer and Nicholas Cooper, featured vocalist, and a Christmas-style chili supper with dessert. Tickets go on sale, Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Rue’s Antiques in downtown Brundidge or by calling 334-735-3125. Tickets will remain on sale from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at Rue’s or by phone. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Doctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)last_img read more

Nearly 6,000 flights canceled or delayed as dangerous storm pushes East

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Airlines were forced to cancel or delay nearly 6,000 flights on Sunday as a dangerous winter storm blanketed parts of the Midwest with heavy snow.At least 1,265 U.S. flights were canceled and another 5,000 or so were delayed on the final day of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, considered the busiest travel day of the year, according to the flight-tracking firm FlightAware.The travel disruptions extended into Monday as well, with about 480 U.S. flights canceled and nearly 200 delayed as of Monday morning.The winter storm brought blizzard-like conditions to parts of the Midwest and the Great Lakes and shut down major highways in states like Kansas, where the governor declared a state of disaster emergency early Sunday evening.The declaration came as a large chunk of Interstate 70, spanning much of the state, shut down due to poor visibility and road conditions.“The Kansas Department of Transportation has reported multiple road closures due to visibility including I-70 eastbound and westbound from Salina to WaKeeney,” Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said in a statement. “We strongly recommend you postpone travel plans due to the conditions if possible.”Hazardous road conditions also shut down parts I-80 in Nebraska as the fast-moving storm created whiteout conditions that made it nearly impossible for drivers to see.Kansas City International Airport shut down on Sunday afternoon as crews battled to clear the runway and de-ice planes.“While airport crews continue to plow and sweep runways and taxiways, the airfield is currently closed to arrivals due to visibility,” the airport tweeted Sunday. “Please check with your airline for flight status.”Iowa got the most snowfall among Midwestern states with totals of up to 17 inches, while Rockford, Illinois, got almost a foot, making history as the biggest November snowstorm for that area.Kansas City, Missouri, saw about 5.3 inches of snow, breaking a November snowfall record set in 1923. The storm also brought dangerous wind with gusts of up to 80 mph in Colorado and gusts of up to 70 mph in Kansas.The storm was forecast to hit parts of northern Indiana and southern Michigan early Monday before moving further East.It’s expected to bring heavy snow to the New England area and heavy rain to parts of the I-95 corridor, which could lead to possible traffic delays due to flooding in cities like New York and Philadelphia, meteorologists said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

2004’s big strategic issues

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Askour experts. Personnel Today would like readers to send in their strategic HRdilemma. All questions will remain anonymous and will be forwarded to ourstrategy forum members, two of whom will provide step-by-step advice in themagazine. Send your dilemmas to [email protected] its many forms is looming large on the horizon, says Paul Kearns, and HRneeds to be ready to respond to the changesI am always very conscious when I write on strategic HR issues that manyreaders probably switch off immediately. Strategic questions might be a finetopic for discussion on the conference platform, but HR practitioners cannotalways see how it might affect their day job. Also, many supposedly big issuesprove to be damp squibs (remember the false promise of ‘self-managed teams’?).Nevertheless, before you get lulled into a false sense of security, 2004 mightjust prove to be an exceptional year. It could be the first time ever that HRstrategy really attracts some serious attention in the boardroom. Here are someof the reasons why. Human capital management Top of the strategic, HR list is the whole subject of human capitalmanagement (HCM). This could easily become just another fad, but my guess is itis likely to stick around because it is not being left to the HR function. HCMis being driven by the Government (particularly by the DTI), by city analystsand, increasingly, by business leaders themselves. Moreover, HCM holds out thepromise of significant gains in shareholder value and any subject that has bigpound signs attached to it tends to generate plenty of interest. So the big questions for HR directors are ‘what do you know about HCM?’ and‘what are you planning to do about it in 2004?’. But HCM is a strategic issuenot just another operational HR question. HCM was described in last year’s Accounting for People Report as “anapproach to people management that treats it as a high-level strategic issueand seeks systematically to analyse, measure and evaluate how people policiesand practices create value”. This is a new area of HR measurement thatinvolves integrating people measurement systems with conventional financialreporting systems, so a fundamental rethink is required in HR about the data wecollect and how we use it. HR directors in the public sector probably think this does not apply to thembecause they don’t have to worry about shareholders. That might be true, but2004 is going to present them with even more of a challenge. HR service delivery Tony Blair and the Labour Government now have their sights firmly fixed onthe next election and one thing they have to demonstrate in the time they haveleft is some big improvements from all the money they have been pumping intothe public sector. The Government now realises that just setting performancetargets and producing league tables do not make organisations more effective orproduce greater value for money. The only way the public sector will bereformed is through creative people strategies that fully engage employees inthe task of reform. Whether much progress will be achieved during 2004 isdebatable, but HR directors in government departments and the public serviceshad better be prepared for much greater pressure to deliver. They also have the additional challenge – shared with all those HR directorssupporting partnership arrangements with unions over the past 10 years or so –of having to re-think their employee relations strategies. The arrival of the ‘awkward squad’ is a clear signal of a change in moodfrom the most vociferous and recalcitrant union leaders. Whatever partnershipswere meant to achieve, their success, from a strategic HR perspective, is nowquestionable, and maybe another paradigm shift is urgently needed – possiblyrequiring a shift in management thinking. Resourcing Last, but certainly not least, on my strategic HR list for 2004 is thequestion of resourcing. Transferring thousands of low-skill jobs to India might be no great loss tothe UK economy and some economists suggest that this ‘offshoring’ bringsgreater benefits to the countries exporting jobs. But this is surely the thinend of a long-term wedge. Outsourcing/offshoring Technology really is starting to shrink the globe and resourcing will becomemore strategic than ever before. Certainly, any board seriously concerned aboutcosts has to look at what outsourcing abroad has to offer and not just inlow-skill areas. What about research and development, design, and probably theeasiest job in the world to outsource – those accountants who spend all dayanalysing spreadsheets. I knew there was something to look forward to in 2004. Paul Kearns is director of HR strategy consultancy PWL. His latest bookHR Strategy: Business Focused, Individually Centred is published by ButterworthHeinemann. How the forum worksThe HR Strategy Forum, which issupported by some of the industry’s most experienced people (see below), isPersonnel Today’s major new initiative to help readers become more strategic intheir day-to-day operations. Over the coming months, Personnel Today will give a unique,developmental opportunity to hone your strategic skills using a wide range ofHR scenarios submitted by senior HR professionals. Each week, our panel ofexperienced practitioners and consultants will provide solutions to a typicalstrategic HR dilemma. You can get involved by sending in your own problems,marked ‘strategic dilemmas’, to [email protected] Brown, Assistant director general, CIPDPaul Kearns, Director, PWLJim Matthewma,n Worldwide partner,Mercer Human Resource ConsultingAndrew Mayo, Director,MLILouise Allen, Director, LAPartnersPenny Davis, Head of HR operations,T-MobileMarie Gill, Head of organisationaldevelopment, AsdaNeil Roden, HR director, Royal Bankof ScotlandRalph Tribe, Vice-president of HR,Getty ImagesDilys Winn, HR director,Gloucestershire County CouncilMargaret Savage, Head of HR strategy,BT 2004’s big strategic issuesOn 27 Jan 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

USS Mesa Verde Welcomes CNSL

first_img View post tag: americas Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao, commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic (CNSL) visited the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) while the ship is undergoing an extensive maintenance period Feb. 23.During his visit to Mesa Verde, Gumataotao was given an extensive tour of the ship, including the barge wardroom, flight deck, aft mast, machinery rooms and the well deck.Gumataotao held an all-hands call with the leadership of the Mesa Verde and was briefed on the maintenance needs of the ship.Mesa Verde is undergoing a maintenance availability at Marine Hydraulics International (MHI) shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia.[mappress mapid=”15277″]Image: US Navy Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: welcomes Share this article March 3, 2015 USS Mesa Verde Welcomes CNSL View post tag: USS Mesa Verde Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Mesa Verde Welcomes CNSL View post tag: News by topic View post tag: CNSL View post tag: Navallast_img read more

OCA: Now we care and share

first_imgHarvey continued, “I think the society is extremely inclusive. We are trying to get away from the perception that this is an exclusive wannabe social club.”Max Lewis, Chairman of OCPF, explained that the policy document is primarily a “discussion document”, which investigates the social problems facing Britain using anecdotal and statistical evidence, and then proposes solutions based on this analysis. It concludes that education is crucial for the struggle against social deprivation.Lewis was keen to emphasise the impact this document could have at a national level.“What is fundamental about this is that we have been liaising closely with the central Conservative Party. We are presenting our findings to a number of Think Tanks who have produced a lot of Conservative Party policy in the past. We have also arranged to meet with Kenneth Clarke, and we will hand the document over to him on behalf of OCA. It is likely that our policy document will be welcomed and considered alongside the findings from any independent group.”The speaker at the event was MP Tim Loughton, Shadow Minister for Children, School and Families. He was hosted in the famous Lansdowne Club in Mayfair, which charges a membership fee of £700 per annum for “town membership” plus a one off joining fee of £520. During dinner six portions of Foie Gras were served, as well as three bottles of Vega Merlot and a further three bottles of Chablis.Loughton joined members of OCA for drinks in the Adam Room, followed by dinner. Following the dinner, Tim Loughton gave a talk in the Sun Room, which usually costs £410 to hire for the day.Loughton explained that he had been invited to the Lansdowne to have a “quiet little chat about child policy”. However, since he thought that discussing child issues would be too “dull and gory at this time of night” he spoke instead about the Channel Four programme that he recently featured in, where he was filmed staying with various deprived families on a council estate in Birmingham. He discussed his experiences on the estate, describing one apartment that he stayed in as a “complete crap hole”.Lewis expressed anger at the levels of social mobility on the UK, “Fundamentally, we are angry that this society has failed so many people. We are angry that when you walk around Oxford, virtually everyone is from a higher socio-economic class. We think its appalling that people have no way of leaving the cycle of poverty and fulfilling their dreams in life. We Care. OCA cares, that so many people are trapped in a really awful situation. The Conservative Party does have an obligation to help people in society.”Oliver Harvey was contacted for comment on the choice of the Landsowne club for the speaker event relating to the social mobility policy document, but he declined to comment.The Lansdowne Club describes itself as a “haven of tranquillity…set in the heart of Mayfair”. It became famous during the 1920s, when it was leased to Gordon Selfridge, the department store magnate. With his tenants, the Hungarian Cabaret Artistes known as “The Dolly Sisters”, the house became renowned for its dancing parties. In 1782, Prime Minister Shelburne conceded independence to the United States, under the Treaty of Paris, which drawn up with Benjamin Franklin in the Round Room of the Lansdowne Club.The last time a policy document was produced was over fifty years ago. The formal launch of the policy document will take place next Wednesday. The Oxford Conservative Association (OCA) is launching a new policy document highlighting concerns regarding inequality and social mobility this week.The Executive Summary of the policy document states, “the most damaging divide [is] between those who can afford choice and those who cannot”. The stated aims are to “analyse the problems faced by people from disadvantaged backgrounds” and “examine possible solutions to reduce inequality and promote social mobility in the UK”.Members celebrated the imminent launch of the first policy document since Thatcher headed up the association by throwing a lavish dinner party at a highly exclusive Private Members Club in London on Tuesday night.The Facebook group for the event states, “As we move towards putting out our OCA Policy Document on Education and Social Mobility (working title!) we will be having some drinks, including a champagne reception, at the Landsdowne Club with one of our favourite up-and-coming members of a future Tory government.”Hannah Cusworth, Co-Chair of OULC commented, “It’s good that OCA are addressing issues of social depravity in their new policy document. However, it is bizarre that they chose to launch this policy over a lavish dinner at a private club in London. I don’t think this will do much dispel the image that they are an exclusive group of people.“But that’s just their attitude…If they understood anything about social depravation they would not launch their policy document in this way.”The policy document was written by the Oxford Conservative Policy Forum (OCPF), which is closely tied to OCA.Oliver Harvey, President of OCA, explained that the policy launch was part of an effort to move away from OCA’s traditional image, “We have had a serious problem denying the stereotype of OCA as a private club for public school boys. But OCA has been very strong, and we came out of the crisis last year with a realisation that change needs to happen”.last_img read more

Several College heads missed off Brexit open letter

first_imgSeveral College heads have been missed off an open letter regarding Brexit which was printed in The Times this morning, despite having agreed to, or desired to, be included.The letter, signed by the heads of 35 Oxford Colleges and Permanent Private Halls, urged MPs to guarantee the right of European Union citizens to reside in the UK after the Brexit process is complete, ahead of a key parliamentary vote on Article 50.Notable absentees from the original list of signatories were heads from Christ Church, Corpus Christi, Lincoln, Mansfield, and St. Peter’s.However, Cherwell has since learnt that some of those College heads have expressed a desire to have been included, or that they had signed the letter but were not recorded.Professor Steven Cowley, President of Corpus Christi College told Cherwell: “I did sign but it was not recorded. I am entirely in agreement with the contents of the letter.”The Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, confirmed that he signed the letter on 10 March 2017. Speaking exclusively to Cherwell he said: “I did happily sign this letter, so am not sure why I am not listed.”Helena Kennedy QC, principal of Mansfield College, told Cherwell: “There was no decision not to sign. I was in Iran on official business. Mansfield and I agree entirely with the letter.She continued: “As a member of the House of Lords, I was a leading advocate of the amendments.”When asked if it was a “cock-up”, a University press representative replied: “It looks very much that way, yes.”It is not known whether the mistake was made by the University or The Times.However, speaking exclusively to Cherwell, Mark Damazer CBE, Master of St. Peter’s College, confirmed that the omission of his name from the list was deliberate.He said: “I am on the BBC Trust and its editorial committee until 3 April. As such I cannot compromise the BBC’s impartiality.”Professor Henry Woudhuysen, Rector of Lincoln College, also confirmed that the omission of his name was deliberate.He told Cherwell: “I can confirm that my name was not erroneously missed off the list of signatories to letter.”last_img read more