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Washington bishop, National Cathedral dean apologize for ‘mistake’ of letting Max Lucado preach Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET By David PaulsenPosted Feb 10, 2021 Submit a Job Listing Featured Events Same-Sex Marriage Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Human Sexuality, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service LGBTQ, Washington National Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith speaks during the opening of the cathedral’s Feb. 7 livestreamed worship service.[Episcopal News Service] Washington Bishop Mariann Budde and Washington National Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith issued parallel apologies late Feb. 10 for allowing popular evangelical pastor Max Lucado to preach during the cathedral’s Sunday service, despite facing outrage in advance over Lucado’s past statements against homosexuality and same-sex marriage.Budde and Hollerith both spoke of the pain the decision had caused many members of the LGBTQ community. Budde, in her statement, quoted with permission from a dozen of the people who wrote to her in protest. Hollerith said people had reached out to him as well, and he acknowledged he had erred in not listening to their calls to rescind the invitation to Lucado.“In my straight privilege I failed to see and fully understand the pain he has caused,” Hollerith said. “I failed to appreciate the depth of injury his words have had on many in the LGBTQ community. I failed to see the pain I was continuing. I was wrong and I am sorry.”Lucado is a bestselling author of self-help books and the pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. His 22-minute prerecorded video sermon for the cathedral’s Feb. 7 livestreamed service included no reference to sexuality or same-sex marriage. Outrage over allowing Lucado to preach began late last week over a 2004 article, in which he called homosexuality a “sexual sin” and outlined his belief that God does not condone same-sex marriage, comparing it to legalizing polygamy, bestiality and incest.ENS reached out several times to Lucado and his church, seeking comment on whether he still holds those views. Church staff members said he was unavailable. (Editor’s note: Lucado later apologized for his comments in a Feb. 11 letter to the cathedral.)The outrage over the cathedral’s decisions continued to simmer this week, despite retired Bishop Gene Robinson’s prominent defense of the cathedral. Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in The Episcopal Church when he was consecrated in 2003 in New Hampshire, agreed to a request by Hollerith to come to the cathedral on Feb. 7 and preside at the online service that featured Lucado.Like Hollerith, Budde said she should have heeded the appeals of those who were questioning the cathedral’s decision to invite Lucado as its latest guest preacher.“In the days since, I have heard from those who were not only wounded by things Max Lucado has said and taught, but equally wounded by the decision to welcome him into the Cathedral’s pulpit,” Budde said. “I didn’t realize how deep those wounds were and how unsafe the world can feel. I should have known better. More than apology, we seek to make amends.”Budde and Hollerith both announced they are organizing a listening session to provide additional opportunities for people to share their thoughts and experiences with clergy leaders. That session is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 21.Read Washington Bishop Mariann Budde’s full statement here.Read Washington National Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith’s full statement here.
ArchDaily Save this picture!© João Carmo Simões+ 18 Share House In Banzao / Frederico Valsassina ArquitectoSave this projectSaveHouse In Banzao / Frederico Valsassina Arquitecto Projects Houses Architects: Frederico Valsassina Arquitecto Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/211125/house-in-banzao-frederico-valsassina-arquitecto Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/211125/house-in-banzao-frederico-valsassina-arquitecto Clipboard CopyAbout this officeFrederico Valsassina ArquitectoOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseDabasSintraHouses3D ModelingPortugalPublished on February 26, 2012Cite: “House In Banzao / Frederico Valsassina Arquitecto” 26 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
House in Ofuna / LEVEL ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Ofuna / LEVEL Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/390553/house-in-ofuna-level-architects Clipboard Year: Products used in this ProjectHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH 5 + PH 5 MiniSave this picture!© Makoto YoshidaText description provided by the architects. This design, which cuts away the Western corner from this extruded volume of the site, created a focal point within the house, while still enabling a connection to the surrounding exterior environment. The cutaway corner is able to establish a direct view onto the small hills west of the house, as well as retaining privacy from the street below. The use of natural wood material for the extruded volume itself allowed the design to incorporate a hard edge at the cutaway corner, creating a sharp and distinct separation from the rest of the design. This triangular surface edge also helps to break up the solid aspect of the design and somewhat control its presence onto the street.Save this picture!© Makoto YoshidaThe interior planning of the first floor revolves around layers of space; the terrace, inner terrace, and then the private bedrooms, all surround the enclosed symbolic tree planted in the inner garden. Level changes were also implemented to create different opportunities for the children’s room and its relation to the inner terrace; the floor level can also be utilized as a bench, allowing multiple uses to the open space. The inner terrace can also be viewed as a spacious entrance hall, which allows the extensive walls to be enjoyed as large storage areas as well.Save this picture!© Makoto YoshidaThe second floor Living/Dining/Kitchen space enjoys a ceiling height of more than 3.5 meters. Looking towards the street you are able to view the triangular cutaway corner framing the hills beyond, as well as the symbolic tree sprouting up from the first floor. This tall ceiling brings in enough light to brighten up the Loft, creating a sunny, playful space for the children, while still being connected to the living room below. The cutaway corner of the exterior wall is adjusted so that it comes down to a height of a handrail, creating privacy at just the right level without completely enclosing the second floor outdoor terrace. The windows placed throughout the East and South side of the house take into consideration the neighboring buildings and so are located at relatively high locations, controlling both light and the view into the home.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessSports Center and Indoor Pool / Alday Jover Arquitectura y PaisajeSelected ProjectsLas Palmas House / Carlos MolinaSelected Projects Share House in Ofuna / LEVEL Architects Photographs Projects 2012 “COPY” Area: 135 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeLEVEL ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHouses扇ガ谷一丁目WoodHouses台州市JapanPublished on June 24, 2013Cite: “House in Ofuna / LEVEL Architects” 24 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/634467/house-with-four-courtyards-andres-stebelski-arquitecto Clipboard “COPY” Architects: Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Mexico City, Mexico House with Four Courtyards / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto Houses Manufacturers: Comex, Kardel, Val y Val, ZkavaStructure:Mata/Triana IngenierosBuilding Services:RCL InstalacionesConstruction:Lucio NúñezLandscape:Manuel QuintanillaCity:Mexico CityCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Onnis LuqueRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. Located in the heritage area of the old town of Tacubaya, this house aims to reinterpret the use of the courtyard in a contemporary manner. In the lot there was a very run down structure, which was demolished to build the new house.Save this picture!PlantaA perimeter wall 6 meters high insulates the house from its environment, containing the space. This wall becomes a discreet facade towards the street that respects the height of the neighboring properties and the harmony of the street. On the ground, the house reads like a chessboard, alternating solid volumes and courtyards; but as the house is made of glass throughout, the space is conceived as one: the inside becomes the outside and vice versa.Save this picture!© Onnis LuqueThe metal structure plays an important role in the project, it creates a three-dimensional grid which defines the spaces; it is also slim enough to allow transparency. The structure is visible both in the ceilings and floors giving rhythm and order.Save this picture!CorteThe house has two floors, on the first there are the public spaces: entrance, parking, laundry, kitchen, dining room and study. On the second floor there are three bedrooms with their own dressing rooms and bathrooms. The living room, double height, spatially connects the two floors, stairs and courtyards.Save this picture!© Onnis Luque+ 27The vegetation of the courtyards becomes a part of the house, giving the impression of living in contact with the outside. Thanks to the courtyards, the sun bathes the house all day creating a play of reflections and shadows that animate the space.Save this picture!Roof PlanThe roof is a garden with a glass cube protruding amid the plants; it regulates the temperature of the house and is the ideal place to read, watch the vegetation and the roofs of the old town of Tacubaya.Save this picture!© Onnis LuqueProject gallerySee allShow lessChristian Street House / James Russell ArchitectSelected ProjectsAIANY Housing Awards Winner SymposiumEvent Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/634467/house-with-four-courtyards-andres-stebelski-arquitecto Clipboard “COPY” Mexico Photographs: Onnis Luque Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year: Projects Photographs House with Four Courtyards / Andrés Stebelski ArquitectoSave this projectSaveHouse with Four Courtyards / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto Save this picture!© Onnis Luque+ 27 Share 2013 ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeAndrés Stebelski ArquitectoOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodMexico CityMexicoPublished on May 25, 2015Cite: “House with Four Courtyards / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto” [Casa De Los Cuatro Patios / Andrés Stebelski Arquitecto] 25 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Nowhere but Sajima / Yasutaka Yoshimura ArchitectsSave this projectSaveNowhere but Sajima / Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects Year: Houses 2009 Nowhere but Sajima / Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects Save this picture!© Yasutaka Yoshimura+ 16Curated by Nico Saieh Share Photographs Japan Projects CopyAbout this officeYasutaka Yoshimura ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesYokosukaIcebergJapanPublished on July 28, 2019Cite: “Nowhere but Sajima / Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects” 28 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
25th No Smoking Day includes fundraising challenge Tagged with: Events The 25th annual No Smoking Day on 12 March is including a fundraising campaign, The Great No Smoking Day Challenge, to encourage those giving up to raise funds for charity while they do.The campaign is the first since smokefree legislation was extended across the whole of the UK. It invites smokers to commit to a smokefree week. They then receive free quit packs, text messages and emails to help them continue.Participants are encouraged to seek sponsorship to support a charity of their choice, either via a dedicated Justgiving web page or using the challenge sponsorship form.The charity has developed a Facebook group and MySpace page to support the campaign.www.nosmokingday.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 March 2008 | News 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Charity data insight achievements recognised in second Insight in Fundraising Awards The Institute is adding a new category for its National Awards in recognition of the importance of data-informed insight for fundraising. This year the shortlist for the The National Award for Best Use of Insight is based on, and drawn from, the Insight in Fundraising Awards and its entries. The National Award shortlist was revealed and the winner will be announced at the IoF’s National Awards 2013 on1 July. 11 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The second annual Insight in Fundraising Awards last night recognised the best in the use of data insight in fundraising.The Insight in Fundraising Awards were established last year by the Institute of Fundraising’s Insight in Fundraising Special Interest Group (IoF Insight SIG) to reward best practice and innovation in harnessing data and insight to improve fundraising performance in the charity sector. This year’s awards attracted twice as many entries as 2012 and the gala dinner ceremony in London was attended by 200 fundraisers and fundraising analysts. New insight category to be added to the National AwardsAt the ceremony, Janet Snedden, Chair of the IoF Insight SIG and Director of Metametrics, announced a partnership with the Institute of Fundraising’s National Awards, “which will serve to promote the use of intelligent data analysis even further across the fundraising sector.” Advertisement Supplier of the YearResponse One (Battersea Dogs & Cats Home) Outstanding ContributionJohn Whitehead (WaterAid) Winners of Insight in Fundraising Awards 2013 Full details of the winners were published in a booklet given away on the night and available online as a PDF. About the IoF Insight in Fundraising SIGThe IoF Insight in Fundraising Special Interest Group (IoF Insight SIG) is open to everyone interested in unlocking the power of data insight for the better of fundraising, and membership is free. Run by a committee of volunteers, the IoF Insight SIG is dedicated to making a practical and sustainable difference in the sector, running an annual conference, as well as regular seminars and networking events. Classic AnalysisRNIB (Bridging the Gap: Building Our Foundations on the Rock of Insight) DigitalUNICEF UK (Digital Analytics Dashboard) ResearchCancer Research UK (Dryathlon) InnovationComic Relief & DataTalk & Streetwise Analytics (Identifying Fundraising Hot-spots in SMS Phone Numbers) Team of the YearRNLI (Insight & Performance Team) Howard Lake | 12 June 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, commented: “The Insight in Fundraising Awards were introduced by the IoF Insight SIG only last year and we were impressed by the quantity and, more importantly, the quality of the nominations received. In recognition of this and Insight’s fundamental contribution to the sector, we’re very pleased to acknowledge success in this area at the IoF National Awards also.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis IoF National Award shortlistCancer Research UK (Dryathlon)Comic Relief (Identifying Fundraising Hot-spots in SMS Phone Numbers)RNIB (Bridging the Gap: Building Our Foundations on the Rock of Insight)UNICEF UK (Digital Analytics Dashboard)
Campaigns December 19, 2013 – Updated on March 4, 2016 Great People : BETC and Reporters Without Borders’ new hard-hitting ad campaign 2015 – “Great People” RSF_en Journalists killed, bloggers imprisoned, censorship…, the overall level of freedom of information violations continues to be very high and the situation is still worrying in 2013 as proved by the annual round-up published on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders.Reporters Without Borders and its agency BETC denounce this alarming observation with their new campaign : Great People. By staging the propaganda by the enemies of press freedom, they remind with irony that without independent journalists, you would have to content yourself with this kind of “information”.“We chose the year’s end celebrations to sensibilize the general public to the importance of defending the freedom to inform and to be informed, while in the world, in Syria, in Mali, in Russia and in another way in the heart of our democracies, the dangers which the news providers expose themselves to are intensifying”, Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, declares.Made in collaboration with Rita Films and Green United Music, the campaign will be broadcasted on the major French TV channels and on the Internet from December 21st. Organisation Help by sharing this information
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the heavy-handed interrogations and threats to which detained journalist Qi Chonghuai is being subjected in the eastern province of Shandong, and calls for the immediate release of him and his friend, photographer Ma Shiping, who was arrested with him.His lawyer, Li Xiongbing, told Agence France-Presse: “The police have slapped him in the face more than 20 times… they told him they could hit him as much as they liked and could disguise his death as suicide.”Arrested in June after criticising corruption in Tengzhou, a city in the west of Shandong province, Qi was charged in August with blackmail. “The accusations of extortion are inadmissible as all he did was report on corruption,” his wife, Jiao Xia, told AFP.As Qi and Ma have still not been brought before a judge, the period they have spent in police custody is much longer than what the law allows.___________________________________________________________17.08.2007Reporter Qi Chonghuai (photo) and freelance photographer Ma Shiping are being held in the eastern province of Shandong for exposing corruption in the local Communist Party. Reporters Without Borders calls for their release and condemns the action of the police in holding Qi incommunicado for more than six weeks.Police in Tengzhou, in the eastern province of Shandong, held journalist Qi Chonghuai incommunicado for more two months after arresting him at his home in the nearby city of Jinan on 25 June 2007. The police finally formalized his arrest on 2 August, but his wife did not receive notification that he is being held until this week.Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of Qi and a friend of his, freelance photographer Ma Shiping, who was arrested on 16 June for the same reason as Qi – for exposing corruption in the Tengzhou Communist Party.”The behaviour of the police in holding Qi incommunicado for two months is deplorable but unfortunately common in China,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is also unlikely that Ma is being held for posting photos of an official building on the Internet, even if he is not officially accredited as a photographer.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The charge of blackmail against Qi and the claim that he misrepresented himself as journalist have been fabricated by the police because the local authorities want to punish him for accusing them of corruption.”At least 32 journalists are in prison in China just for doing their job. They include New York Times researcher Zhao Yan, who is serving a three-year sentence on the grotesque charge of fraud.The police went after Qi and Ma in June after they published an article and photos about corruption within the Tengzhou Communist Party on the Xinhuanet website. Ma was arrested on 16 June. A member of the staff at Tengzhou Daily, which used to employ Ma, said: “He dared to say what the accredited reporters did not dare write – he dared to say the truth.”After Ma’s arrest, Qi was initially summoned as a witness, in the hope that he could be persuaded to testify against his friend. Qi refused, and a few days later he posted a photo of a luxurious official building in Tengzhou on the overseas-based website Dajiyuan (Epoch Times). The photo was seen as supporting the allegations of local corruption and caused a stir on the Internet. Thereafter, the Tengzhou Public Security Bureau set about trying to discredit Ma and Qi in the press and online.When police arrested Qi at his home on 25 June, they seized his computer and a press card identifying him as a journalist working for the newspaper Fazhi Zaobao (Legal System Morning News). The local authorities insist that Qi has never been a journalist, while the provincial authorities say Fazhi Zaobao does not exist. It has been renamed Fazhi Zhoumo (Legal System News). The police say Qi was posing as a journalist but many bylined articles by him about corruption have been published. RSF_en News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News October 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist who criticised corruption repeatedly beaten in police custody ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out more