Benefit concert to support Episcopal work with indigenous communities

first_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA By David PaulsenPosted May 14, 2020 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Food and Faith, Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Health & Healthcare, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Church’s grassroots efforts help Navajoland feed families impacted by COVID-19 outbreak Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI “This week was a busy week,” GJ Gordy, who serves Navajoland as a communications specialist, said May 8 in a Facebook post about the food distribution. “We got back to Farmington with 5 minutes to spare before the Navajo Nation curfew started at 8 p.m.” Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Bailey said Navajoland has received enough money to make additional food purchases, and it is working with tribal authorities to ensure they aren’t duplicating efforts. Navajoland also is thinking ahead to the fall and winter and may use some of the money to purchase in advance some of the coal and wood that residents will need to heat their homes.The June 11 fundraising concert will allow the Diocese of Northern Michigan to continue to support those efforts, though it will broaden the scope. The Episcopal Church’s Indigenous Ministries Advisory Council will help Northern Michigan identify recipients among all indigenous communities served by The Episcopal Church based on their needs.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, 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 Since last week’s food deliveries, volunteers have ventured through the region to distribute the food to families living in the communities around Navajoland’s 11 congregations. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Rev. Cornelia Eaton poses for a photo May 5 with volunteers as they sort food for distribution to communities near Navajoland churches. Photo: Cornelia Eaton, via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] An outpouring of support from around the country has enabled the Episcopal Church in Navajoland to deliver emergency food and supplies to more than 100 families on the Navajo Nation reservation, which has one of the highest concentrations of COVID-19 cases in the United States.The Navajo Nation tribal government reported this week that 119 people have died after contracting the coronavirus, and the Navajo Nation’s number of confirmed cases has grown to about 3,400. That reportedly places the reservation’s per capita rate of infection higher than that of any state, though worse outbreaks have been identified in some U.S. cities and counties.About 175,000 people live on the reservation, which covers more than 27,000 square miles in the Four Corners region of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. More than 30% of households lack running water, and many residents live below the poverty line in isolated villages far from the nearest grocery store. Tribal curfews intended to slow the coronavirus’ spread have made it even more difficult for families to access food and clean water.“The need has always been there. … The pandemic has just exacerbated the problem,” Navajoland Bishop David Bailey said in a phone interview with Episcopal News Service.Navajoland’s clergy and lay leaders got a big boost to their feeding ministries from a national fundraising effort launched by the Diocese of Northern Michigan, which raised $40,000. A diverse group of church leaders and businesses nationwide offered logistical and delivery assistance, and volunteers in recent days have traveled village to village to distribute the food.Northern Michigan also is organizing an online benefit concert June 11, called Indigi-Aid, to raise money to support indigenous ministries across The Episcopal Church during the pandemic. The diocese is lining up musicians, dancers, storytellers and other artists and performers for the four-hour event, to be structured like an old-fashioned telethon.“It kind of was just this grassroots, scrappy idea that has grown into to something that people feel excited about,” the Rev. Lydia Kelsey Bucklin, Northern Michigan’s canon to the ordinary for discipleship and vitality, told ENS.Indigenous communities are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus outbreaks due to a range of factors, including high poverty rates, frequent underlying health conditions and limited access to clean water for handwashing. And although population density is low across the Navajo reservation, extended families typical live close together in villages, sometimes with several people in one house, making it difficult to practice the physical distancing that is one of the most effective ways of slowing transmission of the virus.Tribal governments and councils have issued lockdown orders on reservations in the U.S. mainland and in isolated villages home to Alaska Natives to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Those measures sometimes have run counter to state policies, notably in South Dakota, where Gov. Kristi Noem has objected to two tribes’ precautionary checkpoints on state and U.S. highways. So far, no coronavirus outbreaks have been reported on those two reservations, Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River – a marked contrast to the ongoing crisis on the Navajo reservation.A large church gathering on March 7 in Chilchinbeto, Arizona, is suspected of partly fueling the Navajo Nation outbreak. In their attempt to slow the spread of the virus, tribal leaders declared a state of emergency on March 13 and have implemented overnight and weekend curfews restricting travel.“With some states starting to reopen, it’s giving people the impression that it’s okay to go out into public, but it’s not safe yet,” Navajo President Jonathan Nez said in a May 13 news release. “With today’s numbers, it’s clear that everyone needs to step up and hold each other accountable to stay home.”In 1978, The Episcopal Church carved out sections of the dioceses of Rio Grande, Arizona and Utah to create the Navajoland Area Mission, an effort toward unification of language, culture and families. The churchwide triennial budget now includes a $1 million block grant to support Navajoland. In recent years, the church’s Development Office also has worked with Navajoland leaders to strengthen their local fundraising efforts.The Diocese of Northern Michigan is active in indigenous ministries as well. Of the 12 federally recognized Native American tribes based in Michigan, five are in the state’s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula. Bishop Rayford Ray, Bucklin and other diocesan officials keep in contact with their counterparts in other dioceses through a loose network of indigenous clergy and other ministry leaders serving American Indian communities.In late March, they started sharing their experiences weekly via video conference calls organized by the Rev. Bradley Hauff, The Episcopal Church’s missioner for indigenous ministries. Much of the ensuing conversations focused on the worsening COVID-19 crisis on the Navajo reservation.By mid-April, those conversations grew into a fundraising campaign based in Northern Michigan but extending across the country, with the initial goal of $40,000. The diocese began promoting the campaign on Facebook on April 16, and the homepage of the diocesan website displayed a call for donations.The campaign received key support from several bishops who were consecrated within a year of Bailey and Ray in 2010 and 2011, including Wyoming Bishop John Smylie, Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime and Utah Bishop Scott Hayashi. Through calls for matching donations from Episcopalians across the church and through direct online donations to Navajoland, the campaign quickly met its goal.“That’s just one tiny diocese helping another tiny diocese,” Bucklin said. “We felt it’s something we can do, some small thing we can do.”That small campaign paid off in a big way this month, as efforts to support Navajoland continue to gain momentum in unexpected ways. An individual in Austin, Texas, donated a freezer to store food until it could be distributed. And in the Diocese of the Rio Grande, which includes New Mexico, Bishop Michael Hunn told ENS he was all set to buy food, load it into his pickup truck and drive it from Albuquerque to Navajoland headquarters in Farmington, but a better option materialized.Rio Grande’s Bosque Conference and Retreat Center was closed because of the pandemic, but its head chef, Jerry Gallegos, told Hunn the center still had an open account with food wholesaler Sysco. Instead of deploying his pickup, Hunn suggested that Bailey work with Gallegos to put in an order for food from Sysco, which made its first delivery – in its own truck – on May 5.Spirits were high as Facebook posts from Navajoland leaders showed the food being unloaded at All Saints Episcopal Church in Farmington, New Mexico.“Thank you all for your support and prayers for helping us to serve the Diné as ‘beloved community,’” the Rev. Cornelia Eaton, Navajoland canon to the ordinary for ministry, said on Facebook.Then on May 6, another truck arrived, this time with food and supplies donated by Giving Children Hope, a nonprofit based in Buena Park, California, a Los Angeles suburb.The key connection behind that donation was the Rev. Mary Crist, The Episcopal Church’s coordinator for indigenous theological education, who is based in Southern California. Crist knew the nonprofit’s director, and when she explained Navajoland’s efforts, Giving Children Hope was happy to help. Its website also prominently features a call for additional money for Navajoland. 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KPK warns that COVID-19 aid swindlers face death penalty

first_imgThe Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has asserted that those found guilty of corruption relating to COVID-19 relief funds could face the death penalty.”Public safety is the highest law. We have no choice but to punish those who commit corruption during a disaster with the death penalty,” KPK chairman Firli Bahuri said on Wednesday in a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs. The government has allocated an extra Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion) in funds to handle the COVID-19 outbreak, which includes Rp 75 trillion for healthcare spending and Rp 110 trillion for social safety net programs.Read also: Activists warn of potential graft as govt sets aside billions for COVID-19 reliefHowever, anticorruption activists have raised concerns that the KPK may be powerless to investigate acts of corruption because of the strict bureaucratic arrangements introduced through the revised KPK Law.Commission III lawmakers have urged the KPK to take firm action against corruption during the outbreak, following the government’s issuance of Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020, which gives it leeway to fund its COVID-19 battle.The regulation enables the government to widen the state budget deficit threshold to about 5 percent of the GDP from 3 percent at present. With the higher deficit threshold, the government can increase spending on relief efforts.Arteria Dahlan of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) said the KPK should use this moment to show the public its new “style”, which focuses on prevention over the prosecution of graft suspects.“In addition to overseeing the procurement of goods and services and the use of donations, the KPK should oversee the policymaking process. Prevention is needed. […] We want the KPK to protect the government and provide recommendations for bad policies.” he said.He added that the KPK should also monitor the government’s appointment of partners for its programs.Read also: Weakened KPK may face hurdles in probing social aid graft: ActivistsArteria referred to government’s choice of education startup Ruangguru for its preemployment card project. The CEO of the company, Belva Devara, is a former special aide to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Other lawmakers have also called on the KPK to monitor such matters.“Vendors have been appointed without proper tenders. This is uncommon for a Rp 5.7 trillion project in a time of crisis, especially when the program participants only receive access to basic virtual classes that they could get for free on the internet,” said Aboebakar Alhabsyi of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). The 2001 Anticorruption Law stipulates that those found to have committed corruption or self-enrichment offenses that cause state losses during a national disaster may be sentenced to death.He added that the antigraft body had identified four areas of the government’s COVID-19 response that were prone to corruption, namely goods and services procurement, third party donations, budget reallocation and aid distribution.The KPK had also formed a task force to oversee these sectors.”We collaborate with ministries and various agencies. We’ve also asked for the National Police’s assistance to monitor the use of the budget and the distribution of social aid to remote areas.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Danish FSA sets out new priorities for market-rate pensions scrutiny

first_imgThe shift towards these unguaranteed products would take pressure off pension companies, allowing for further “investment freedom” and, in turn, potentially generating stronger returns, it said.But the FSA acknowledged that market-rate products carried more risk, which almost always fell to the customer, meaning that savers could see reductions in their pensions if investments produced weak or negative returns.“The boards of the [pension] companies should also take a clear position on the size of fluctuations in the pension payments that they will tolerate on behalf of the customers, and ensure good governance and risk management that supports the choices they make,” said Brogaard.The regulator said back in January that providers of market-rate pension products in Denmark had not been providing customers with enough information about the risks involved, in both the accumulation and payout phases of the products.It was publishing a report containing three years of investigative work, revealing information from pension companies on the “privatisation” of risk in the unguaranteed market-rate products.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Denmark’s financial watchdog has published a new report on market-rate pensions, and revealed four areas it will focus on particularly in its future supervision of the products, in which individuals are directly exposed to market risk.The Danish FSA (Finanstilsynet) said product characteristics, governance, risk management and communication to customers would be the new priorities, saying it had mapped a sector involving 14 providers and DKK1.1trn (€148bn) of savings.Carsten Brogaard, the FSA’s deputy chief executive officer, said: “In market-rate products, there is in principle greater unpredictability about the payments, and therefore the companies must focus on the products being suitable for the given customer groups.”In the new report entitled “Market-rate products – tendencies in the Danish pensions market”, the authority said that today around two-thirds of pension contributions in Denmark go to unguaranteed, market-rate products.last_img read more

Chelsea signing Werner out to prove he can emulate RB Leipzig exploits

first_imgChelsea striker Timo Werner believes he can become the team’s top scorer this coming season. The German managed an impressive 34 goals in 45 games for RB Leipzig last term. And Werner wants to continue that form in the Premier League with Chelsea. Speaking at a press conference with Germany’s national team, when asked about his ambitions for the coming season: “I think that’s more of an incentive. “What the club demands of me are no less than I demand of myself.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… center_img read also:Australian Cricketers Smith, Warner out of IPL “The club has brought me to score goals and after 28 [league] goals for Leipzig I have not come to London to say a few is enough for me now. “I want to prove it there as well as at Leipzig. “For me, this feels less like pressure, but also from the club side more like anticipation that I can help celebrate successes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more