Church Assembly – KCACM http://kcacm.org/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 20:23:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://kcacm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-4-150x150.png Church Assembly – KCACM http://kcacm.org/ 32 32 Little time to rule as North Carolina remapping trial begins https://kcacm.org/little-time-to-rule-as-north-carolina-remapping-trial-begins/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 20:21:58 +0000 https://kcacm.org/little-time-to-rule-as-north-carolina-remapping-trial-begins/ RALEIGH, NC (AP) – A rapid redistribution trial began Monday, designed to determine whether new North Carolina congressional and legislative maps contain illegal gerrymanders that need to be redrawn or can be used in this year’s election. Three state trial judges have begun hearing testimony from attorneys for plaintiffs in lawsuits that allege district boundaries […]]]>

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – A rapid redistribution trial began Monday, designed to determine whether new North Carolina congressional and legislative maps contain illegal gerrymanders that need to be redrawn or can be used in this year’s election.

Three state trial judges have begun hearing testimony from attorneys for plaintiffs in lawsuits that allege district boundaries approved by the Republican-controlled legislature in November are marred by extreme partisanship and racial prejudice that make the GOP majorities almost unbreakable. Republicans say the lines are legal, drawn using a transparent process that avoids racial and partisan data.

Outside groups analyzing the lines project that GOP candidates would be favored to win at least 10 of the 14 US House seats next fall, and to preserve or expand the current Republican majorities in the House and Senate from state, although North Carolina’s statewide elections are generally tightly divided. .

North Carolina won an additional seat in the House based on population growth in the 2020 census. Republicans currently hold eight of the state’s 13 congressional seats, so the reconfiguration of the state’s GOP could help the party to take back the house of the United States.

This case is on a fast track, with no opening statements and only three days to present evidence to the three judges. Pleadings are Thursday.


The quick timeline is the result of the state’s Supreme Court, which last month ordered judges to hear the redistribution disputes and rule by January 11 – after which appeals are expected. Meanwhile, judges postponed the primary from March 8 to May 17 last month.

The three Superior Court justices – Graham Shirley, Nathaniel Poovey and Dawn Layton – initially refused last month to issue preliminary injunctions against the boundaries, saying there was reasonable doubt as to whether the lines violated the constitution of the state. But the judges told them to watch again.

In 2019, another three-judge panel said there was evidence that GOP lawmakers created extreme partisan gerrymanders when drawing US House Districts in 2016 and Legislative Districts in 2017. The legislature redesigned the cards in time for the 2020 election.

One of the lawsuits heard on Monday was filed by the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, mathematicians and voters, the other by voters backed by a group affiliated with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

University of Michigan political science researcher Jowei Chen, a key witness to Democratic plaintiffs, compared the new United States House map to the computer-generated dividing lines that follow population changes and approved rules by lawmakers.

Out of 1,000 computer-generated congressional plans, Chen said, no more than 3% of them generated proposals in which Republicans were to win 10 seats based on the recent results of the nationwide election. State. And Republican-created districts protect GOP candidates so much that it’s nearly impossible for Democrats to win more than four seats in a good year for their party, Chen data shows.

The plan “is a statistical outlier in its partisan spirit and creates a level of Republican bias that cannot be explained by the political geography of North Carolina or by the criteria adopted by the General Assembly.” Chen told the plaintiffs’ attorney, Lali Madduri.

In cross-examination, Patrick Lewis, an attorney for Republican lawmakers, sought to tone down beliefs that lawmakers produced an extreme map. He pointed out that Chen’s analysis found that the most common outcome still gave Republicans a good chance of winning nine of the 14 seats. And very few results would give Democrats a solid chance to win seven of the seats – a result many party members see as a fair result.

Another expert on the plaintiffs who testified, Duke University math professor Jonathan Mattingly, said he and his varsity team helped generate 100,000 non-partisan cards each for the State House and Senate. .

The political results generated by legislative and congressional borders show “a systematic pro-Republican bias” that would preserve the GOP majorities in these chambers, Mattingly said.

A landmark redistribution decision by the state Supreme Court in the early 2000s revealed that the General Assembly “may consider partisan advantage” in the design of districts.

On the eve of the trial, Senate Leader Phil Berger said he remained convinced that the maps drawn by Republicans were “within the law and highly constitutional.”

“I continue to believe that the maps that we drew were drawn according to the rules that we established in the Senate, that these maps should be approved by the courts,” Berger told reporters late last week.


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Church Leaders Optimistic for the New Year | Lifestyles https://kcacm.org/church-leaders-optimistic-for-the-new-year-lifestyles/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/church-leaders-optimistic-for-the-new-year-lifestyles/ The New Year can bring renewed hope that things could get better, as well as a new commitment to make it so, church leaders in the area say. Van Odom, a lay Eucharistic visitor to Grace Episcopal Church, said he plans continued community action, even as the church seeks a new rector. For example, Grace […]]]>

The New Year can bring renewed hope that things could get better, as well as a new commitment to make it so, church leaders in the area say.

Van Odom, a lay Eucharistic visitor to Grace Episcopal Church, said he plans continued community action, even as the church seeks a new rector.

For example, Grace continues to prepare and deliver meals to 35 elderly and confined people every Wednesday and Friday, Odom said.

“We have a lot of outreach activities. We just made a big Christmas deal in our church, giving out toys to children and meals to families,” he said. “We had a thing called Jingle Jam, invited people to our church, played a play.”

He said he hoped a new rector would come in early 2022. Reverend Bob Wickizer retired in June after spending 11 years at Grace.

“It’ll probably be someone part-time at the start,” Odom said. “I hope to put this in place and then start to get active in the community and do more outreach things.”

Debra Rose, head of fine arts ministries at the First Assembly of God in Muskogee, said she envisions “a year of turnaround.”

“Hopefully this will bring an improvement, especially with COVID, that we don’t have to deal with it as much,” Rose said. “With the new pills, Pfizer has released pills, so hopefully that will slow that down and improve the rate of death and disease.”

She said she also hopes to see less political divisions.

“We have to see the positive coming,” she said. “I think we always need to have hope and we always need to project hope. If you get stuck on the negative, it’s going to destroy you as a person.”

Rose said Muskogee’s first assembly did “remarkably well” throughout the pandemic.

“We have had our battles – the people who are dead and the people who are sick,” she said. “But it looks like the church is coming back with services and people aren’t afraid anymore. It seems like it has calmed down. We got better. I just think it will be the same as next year. . That it will continue. “

Reverend Rodger Cutler, pastor of St. Mark’s Baptist Church, said the New Year “gives us new hope for greater possibilities.”

“Even with Omicron here, our hope is that next year will be even better than 2021,” Cutler said, referring to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The Omicron variant spreads more easily than the original strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“2021 has been a challenge for many, but we have overcome those challenges, and we just look forward to the possibilities of a new year,” he said. “The New Year brings hope because of the unfavorable year we have had. After the storm comes the dawn, so we look forward to the dawn of the New Year.”


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HUCKLEBERRIES: a hilarious 25-year comeback https://kcacm.org/huckleberries-a-hilarious-25-year-comeback/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 09:13:19 +0000 https://kcacm.org/huckleberries-a-hilarious-25-year-comeback/ I started writing this column in January 1985. For more than three decades, it appeared in The Spokesman-Review, before migrating to the hometown newspaper in the spring of 2020 as the pandemic began to escalate. That’s a lot of Huckleberries. Today, to close 2021, I have a sample of Huckleberries from 1996, 25 years ago. […]]]>


I started writing this column in January 1985.

For more than three decades, it appeared in The Spokesman-Review, before migrating to the hometown newspaper in the spring of 2020 as the pandemic began to escalate.

That’s a lot of Huckleberries.

Today, to close 2021, I have a sample of Huckleberries from 1996, 25 years ago. Enjoy.

Bikinis? (January 22, 1996)

Gadzooks! What is happening in our schools? It looks like a third grader from Coeur d’Alene took a bite out of the nutrition program, sponsored by Tidyman’s and the Lake City cheerleaders. Elementary students learn about food content, nutritional value, calories and apparently more. Much more. The 9-year-old arrived home excited last week and informed his frightened mother that he had met cheerleaders and eaten fruit – AND bikinis. His mother hopes he was talking about zucchini. But who knows nowadays?

Sexcapades (February 19)

A personal video found at an unleased condo in Coeur d’Alene North gave the Lake City agents a peek – two adults playing a nude version of Twister. Looks like one evening a ball of butter in a white lace-up teddy bear, her lover and a third party illegally slipped into room 1519. After drinking, they frolicked around. An anonymous caller alerted CPD Blue to the sexcapade. Officers found a crisper, a black thong and the steamy video. Later, Madame XXX, still in her nightie, appeared at the apartment security office looking for her personal belongings and was handcuffed. Cut and print.

Two holly (April 15)

At the Coeur d’Alene River Basin Pow Wow, Holly Houston was amused when asked, “Are you Holly Hunter, uh, I mean Holly Houston?” The mining spokesperson replied, “I would love to be Holly Hunter.” I would have a lot more money. In fact, our Mrs. Houston probably has more cabbage now than when she was a Spokane TV talking head – actress by trade Holly Hunter lived by proxy playing a neurotic editor in “Broadcast News.”

One small step (April 29)

For the second year in a row, teacher Chris Naccarato’s class at Priest River Elementary School welcomed a visiting NASA astronaut. This time the shuttle veteran, Col. Jerry Ross, came to call. The tykes also made him feel right at home (read: there weren’t any sticky questions about going to the bathroom in space this year). As Ross watched, students wearing helmets announced official NASA launch footage before sending a cardboard Saturn V skyward. Everything was genuine, including the kid who carried the launch checklist clipboard and the title “Cap Com”. Her name? Neil Armstrong, of course. Truly.

Heroic act (July 22)

Well, it’s not The Babe who saves a dying child by hitting home runs, but it’s close: Shawn Lewis, 7, of Post Falls, became a fan of Mark Rypien after being injured in an accident boat. The connection? After the accident, the sheriff’s sergeant. Dan Soumas and KCSD naval assistants towed the bloody Shawn, Father Mike, and a friend to the nearest dock on the Spokane River – Rypien’s. Mr. and Mrs. Pro QB comforted the trio until an ambulance arrived. Mark, who is considering retirement, has also signed a color photo for Shawn. Hope Mark doesn’t stop. Football needs decent guys like him.

Plays Unreturned (July 22)

Coeur d’Alene Nazarenes lost the war but won the fight – against Assembly of God in a Church League softball game on July 12. So he tracked down the culprit and punched him. No turning the other cheek over there. It sparked matches all over Memorial Field, with younger brothers holding back their brash elders. Lions were lucky that these guys weren’t about two millennia ago.

No proselytizing (July 29)

Thom Sadoski of Rapid Lightning Creek Road, Sandpoint, has discovered a surefire way to get rid of pesky door-to-door missionaries. All you need is a knife and a turkey. A few years ago, Sadoski was trying to behead a grown boy when two soul savers passed by on their designated tours. The sight of a bloodied man holding a knife and a shaking carcass pissed off the proselytes so much that they began to skate. Thom hasn’t seen them since. This will teach them not to call ahead.

Smelly (Sep 30)

Dum-ta-dumdum. Dum-ta-dumdum. Evil was on when sheriff’s deputies were called in to investigate a smelly sleeping bag. A walker had found a hat under the Centennial Bridge, east of town. Then a coat. Next, a woman’s handbag. Finally, as he continued to walk, he spotted a sleeping bag – with something in it. And, whatever that something, it smelled bad. Pissed off, the stroller called the cops without further investigation. Much to everyone’s relief, our Joe Fridays couldn’t find a dead body when they opened the zipper on the sleeping bag – just two more smelly sleeping bags. Yet a crime had occurred. The purse had been stolen. And these are the facts, lady.

Height advantage (Oct. 21)

The congressman this time wore 2 inch heels. Yeah. Incumbent Helen Chenoweth used her height advantage again when she debated 5-foot-11 Democrat Dan Williams in The Spokesman-Review building in Coeur d’Alene. That’s 5 feet 9 ½ inches from Helen, 2 inches from heels and a few more hair. Two years ago, she towered over Rep Larry LaRocco when the two clashed. It was part of his strategy. The image is everything in televised debates. And she made a visual impact that night with her size advantage. In fact, someone on their side tried to bring the lecterns closer together before the debate to emphasize the difference. And someone – from the LaRocco camp, I presume – pushed them back. Such minor things are done with elections.

Manhunt gives elk (October 28)

So what does a guy have to do at 2 a.m. on the hunt for three lost hunters? If you’re a wise man like Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Mumford, you also keep an eye out for signs of momentum. Kevin was one of the rescuers who spent 12 hours last Monday looking for three hunters near the July 4 Pass. The hunters finally emerged from the woods on their own. But all has not been in vain for the researchers. Kevin noticed traces of elk. He later returned to the scene and shot a freezer full of meat.

Fake news

It appears Shoshone County Commissioner Sherry Krulitz took the spokesperson’s front page advice to heart. A list of 11 do’s and don’ts when the lights go out included this: “Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.” If the door is left closed, a full freezer can stay frozen for two days. Ah, would you believe 24 hours? Two days after Hell’s Great Ice Storm, Sherry opened her freezer to find the food inside was frozen in name only. Everything was going bad. She spent the rest of the day trying to make blueberry jam from soft blueberries.


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“Will the desert become a garden”? – OpEd – Eurasia Review https://kcacm.org/will-the-desert-become-a-garden-oped-eurasia-review/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 17:23:03 +0000 https://kcacm.org/will-the-desert-become-a-garden-oped-eurasia-review/ “I am terribly afraid of my identity as a Christian minority in my own country and the fear is more horrible than anything else,” according to a Delhi-based scholar who felt uncomfortable celebrating Christmas this year with his friends. He recalled reported cases of disruption of Christmas celebrations, destruction of statues of Jesus and effigies […]]]>

“I am terribly afraid of my identity as a Christian minority in my own country and the fear is more horrible than anything else,” according to a Delhi-based scholar who felt uncomfortable celebrating Christmas this year with his friends. He recalled reported cases of disruption of Christmas celebrations, destruction of statues of Jesus and effigies of Santa Claus set on fire during episodes of violence against the Christian community in several states in India. It was obviously not a sudden surge of attacks on them, but it has been brewing for some time, and the Christian minority – which represents around 2.3% of the population – has been targeted by right-wing outfits throughout. the country in the midst of growing intolerance. .

It is plausible that attacks on minorities are on the increase in India and there are reports of the destruction of churches, attacks on priests and illegal incarceration of church workers etc. The death in custody of the 84-year-old Jesuit priest and human rights activist Stan Swamy is a case in point. The Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights reported that this death in custody “will forever remain a stain on India’s human rights record” because Stan Swamy had “devoted much of his life to defending the rights of indigenous peoples and the Adivasi minority … ” The UN human rights expert said: “There is never an excuse for a human rights defender to be labeled a terrorist, and no reason for him to die the way Father Swamy died, accused and detained, and denied. his rights.

In the recent past, Christians have come under attack in several states such as Karnataka Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. Karnataka witnessed new limits of violence in the context of the passage of the “Protection of Religious Freedom Bill 2021” on December 23, 2021, a day before Christmas. The bill, commonly known as the anti-conversion bill, was passed in the assembly amid protests from the opposition. The bill seeks to prohibit conversion from one religion to another by false declaration, force, fraud, seduction or marriage. Even before tabling the bill, right-wing groups attacked members of the Christian community and set their religious books on fire. The Srinivasapura incident in Kolar district has been widely reported.

According to reports compiled by the Popular Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL)Karnataka has witnessed 39 incidents of attacks on members of the Christian community this year through November. The Archbishop of BangalorePeter Machado expressed concern that the government’s attitude has in some way contributed to “an increase in attacks” against the Christian community. He said: “Certain government behavior or statements, certain government attitudes are the reason why these (attacks) are allowed and tolerated. It can continue and it is sad for us. The bishop added that similar cases have been reported in interior places where “there were fewer community members and small churches. But what is happening in Hubballi, Dharwad, Bengaluru means people are taking justice. ” The PUCL alleged that even “the police department and some politicians colluded with right-wing organizations to carry out these attacks.” The Civil Liberties Organization also said, “Due to the aggressive incitement of hatred against Christians statewide, several people in the community have lost their jobs and are facing economic crises. In schools, teachers threatened to expel Christian students. Christian tenants have lost their homes. Even small businesses have turned away customers just because they are Christians.

A recent New York Times Report says: “Anti-Christian militias are sweeping the villages, assault churches, burning Christian literature, attack schools and attack the faithful. In many cases, police and ruling party members in India are helping them, government documents and dozens of interviews have revealed. Church after Church, the very act of worship has become dangerous despite constitutional protections for freedom of religion. The report also notes that many “Christians have become so scared that they are trying to impersonate Hindus for protection.”

According to United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent US federal government commission that reports on religious freedom, “Violence against Christians has also increased: with at least 328 violent incidents, often on charges of forced conversions. These attacks frequently targeted prayer services and led to the widespread closure or destruction of churches. ” The 2020 report says that “Empowered by anti-conversion laws and often with the complicity of the police, Hindutva groups also carry out campaigns of harassment, social exclusion and violence against Christians, Muslims and other religious minorities through the country. Following attacks by Hindustva groups against religious minorities for conversion activities, the police often arrest religious minorities who have been attacked. The Commission even recommended that India be included in the category of “country of particular concern” (CPC), for having committed and tolerated systematic, continuous and egregious violations of religious freedom, as defined by the International Religious Freedom. Act (IRFA).

Added to the latest list of woes is the Union government’s refusal to renew Mother Teresa’s Missionary of Charity (MoC) license under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Criticizing the action of the BJP, Deputy Rajya Sabha, P Chidambaram stressed that the Centre’s action “reveals prejudices and prejudices against Christian charity”. Following the controversy, Father Dominic Gomes, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Calcutta ridiculed the Modi government, claiming the move was a “cruel Christmas present for the poorest of the poor”. According to Gomes, “the missionary sisters and brothers of charity are often the only friends of lepers and those excluded from society whom no one will even venture near… this latest attack on the Christian community and its social influence is, even more, a despicable attack on the poorest of India’s poor.

According to Paul robinson, CEO of Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world, “This rising tide of intolerance has increased since the election of nationalist BJP in 2014. It has resulted in attacks on religious minorities and adoption anti-conversion laws in many states. These laws target both Muslims and Christians.

A young priest from Kerala told this author that when Pope Francis accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (during the latter’s meeting at the Palace of the Popes in the Vatican on October 30 of this year) to visit India, they breathed a sigh of relief. It was a long-awaited visit by the Pontiff to the land of 28 million Christians, the second largest Christian community in Asia. When the Pope presented the Prime Minister of India with a bronze plaque with an inscription, The desert will become a garden, it echoed with inviting warmth and blood. The priest, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal for expressing his views, said the much-vaunted adage “absolute power absolutely corrupts” has taken on new meaning in a community cauldron of suppressed anger.

What is more intriguing is the near silence of the Muslim rulers when the “people of the book” are attacked in their own neighborhood. Does this have anything to do with the “heat decline” that has started to surface with the growing incidents of interfaith conflict and Muslim-Christian perceptions of threat around the world?

Certainly, a host of issues emerging from regional and international regions (such as the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka two years ago and terrorist retaliation in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region) would have contributed to a scenario of cautious responses. Religious sentiments are so sensitive lately that every religion – and every denomination within every religion – has problems on many levels that transcend “spiritual” boundaries. India, being a multicultural and multireligious society, has a constitutional system that provides a social space to mitigate conflict between communities, but it has recently been challenged by communitarianism which has made a dent in the secular fabric. of the nation. As a result, minorities and other subordinate sections of the population have become prime targets of attack.



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‘Treated like a criminal’: British pastor punished for feeding and worshiping homeless people during lockdown https://kcacm.org/treated-like-a-criminal-british-pastor-punished-for-feeding-and-worshiping-homeless-people-during-lockdown/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 20:19:48 +0000 https://kcacm.org/treated-like-a-criminal-british-pastor-punished-for-feeding-and-worshiping-homeless-people-during-lockdown/ A pastor celebrates a legal victory after being severely punished for organizing an outdoor religious rally for the homeless in the UK. Pastor Chizumie Dyer was fined $ 21,000 by police in February 2021 for sharing the gospel in some of Nottingham’s toughest neighborhoods during the COVID lockdown. Lawyers with the Christian Legal Center (CLC) […]]]>

A pastor celebrates a legal victory after being severely punished for organizing an outdoor religious rally for the homeless in the UK.

Pastor Chizumie Dyer was fined $ 21,000 by police in February 2021 for sharing the gospel in some of Nottingham’s toughest neighborhoods during the COVID lockdown. Lawyers with the Christian Legal Center (CLC) reported that earlier this month the Nottingham Magistrates’ Court ruled in favor of the pastor and ordered the government to pay his legal fees.

“I feel relieved. I am delighted,” Dyer told BBC News. “This being kicked out of court is a great relief. We stood apart from the most vulnerable when others were unwilling or unable to. We had people who urgently needed our support. and some said we stopped them from killing themselves. “

Almost 30 homeless people participated in his outdoor service in February where they sang, worshiped and enjoyed a hot meal together, according to CLC.

Although Pastor Dyer followed the proper guidelines while they met, the commander reported the assembly to his superiors, and they called it an “illegal assembly.”

“When they actually informed us and said ‘okay you can continue but you have to go to a church parking lot,” then we went to a church parking lot… they told us again sued, ”Dyer explained. “We are reaching out to the homeless, drug addicts and being treated like a criminal for doing this was absolutely devastating.”

“I was disappointed with the police,” added Pastor Dyer. “I was very disappointed at the time and to know that we were very open and that we will work with the police because our goal was never to go against any rule.”

Ultimately, Dyer hopes his case will demonstrate the important role that the street ministry has among the underprivileged.

“I hope my story can show people the vital role Christian street ministry plays in our country,” she noted.

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How predominantly black churches became thriving community centers in the UK | UK News https://kcacm.org/how-predominantly-black-churches-became-thriving-community-centers-in-the-uk-uk-news/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 04:51:14 +0000 https://kcacm.org/how-predominantly-black-churches-became-thriving-community-centers-in-the-uk-uk-news/ The origin of the Black Church is often debated, but one thing is certain, it was the arrival of the Windrush generation that brought about their growth in England. And while traditional churches are in decline, majority black churches are thriving. The New Testament Assembly in Tooting, south London, is one such church. Picture: Bishop […]]]>

The origin of the Black Church is often debated, but one thing is certain, it was the arrival of the Windrush generation that brought about their growth in England.

And while traditional churches are in decline, majority black churches are thriving.

The New Testament Assembly in Tooting, south London, is one such church.

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It was founded out of frustration in 1961, by Bishops Melvin Powell and Donald Bernard, after many Windrush generation found themselves facing rejection of the existing churches in England.

“My dad would tell me stories, horrible stories about the types of rejection and the negative experience they had when they first arrived,” says Bishop Delroy Powell, who now heads the church.

“They were told that their presence made the devotees uncomfortable, and they were advised not to return, which forced many of them to open their own place of worship.”

These “houses of worship” were often just that. People gathered wherever they could to worship God – in living rooms, storefronts, or community centers.

“You could say that a lot of black churches that started in the 1960s were the result of the racism they suffered,” said Bishop Powell.

For many of this generation, the black church was the only space they could call their own and became a cultural center where they could support each other spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes financially.

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Bishop Powell explains that when “they could not afford to buy property, they would raise their funds and raise enough for a deposit.

“Then they would share those properties until the next person could move out independently.”

Sixty years and 12 churches later, the New Testament Assembly continues to serve its community.

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It is a hub for anyone in difficulty, working alongside the local authority to provide mental health support, as well as helping people with immigration or housing issues. And, in recent years, to fight against violence among young people.

Associate Pastor Andrew Wignal said: “Unfortunately for me over the past few years I have had quite a few funerals for young people and victims of knife and gun crime.

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The church also operates a nearby community center, which provides hundreds of Christmas baskets to those in need.

“Normally the place is inundated with young people, you know, their friends who don’t know how to channel this horrible heartache.”

He says the church provides these families with a “safe space and safe haven” to support them on their journey and make sure they don’t feel alone.

It’s a feeling that the pastor says is crucial for the Christmas season.

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The church also operates a nearby community center, which works with elderly members of the congregation who may be alone, providing hundreds of Christmas baskets for those in need.

Their doors are “open to all,” says the pastor.

People can expect Christmas carols by candlelight as well as Christmas carols “with a Caribbean twist”.

This time of year is an opportunity, he says, to “thank God for bringing us through what has been a difficult year for many for all of us, while still being grateful to God we are going through in 2022”.


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White County Hits Polling Centers on Election Days to Give Voters Options | News https://kcacm.org/white-county-hits-polling-centers-on-election-days-to-give-voters-options-news/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/white-county-hits-polling-centers-on-election-days-to-give-voters-options-news/ White County gets its first polling centers after the quorum court on Tuesday night approved an order and an emergency clause allowing their use. “Tonight is a night to celebrate. We have 13 great justices of the peace who voted to support the county’s first polling centers, ”White County Election Commission Chairman Robert Allen said […]]]>

White County gets its first polling centers after the quorum court on Tuesday night approved an order and an emergency clause allowing their use.

“Tonight is a night to celebrate. We have 13 great justices of the peace who voted to support the county’s first polling centers, ”White County Election Commission Chairman Robert Allen said after the meeting. “I would like to thank the judges for their support. This will increase turnout in their ridings and make voting more convenient for their constituents and others in the county by having more choice of locations on election day between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Voting centers will only be used on election day. Early voting will always be done in the same way with specific polling stations named as such.

JP Bobby Burns asked if some polling stations would be closed due to the presence of polling centers. JP Sue Liles replied, “I believe Mr. Allen has mentioned in other groups that all of these voting sites are now accessible by WiFi, so there won’t be a closed voting site because there is no voting site. is not accessible on the Internet. It was a question that has come up before.

She said the previously mentioned sites that may not have service and may need to close were around Griffithville and West Point and around Floyd and Romance may not have service, but Allen said those areas have been verified and that ‘they’re all good now. “Every enclosure that was open before will be open,” Liles said.

Burns asked what the voting centers would be good for if all the sites were approved: “So you can vote anywhere in the county,” White County Judge Michael Lincoln said.

“You will never go to a bad polling station, you can vote anywhere,” Liles added.

Lincoln said it allows someone who is out of town and cannot return to vote until the polls close in the White County area he is in. He mentioned as an example a person living in Beebe being in Bradford.

“And, you have to realize that if you go to Bradford to take mum and dad to the polls because they don’t drive or it’s a bad day to go out, you can vote too,” Liles said, “or you having mommy and daddy there or grandpa and grandma there, you can vote at the same time they do.

Burns asked Lincoln if he thought polling centers would have an effect on voting irregularities.

“Would that open the door to voting abuse? Lincoln said. “No, because say, Mr. Burns, if you voted Beebe and forgot you voted Beebe and ended up at Walmart and say, ‘Oh, I have to vote on election day “. You go to a polling center and you give them your name, you will appear in the minutes as having already voted, so you will not be able to vote twice.

“You hear a lot about purging the voters lists and we do that from time to time in White County. And this is how we purge them: If someone dies, we try to take them off the books. If we get a notice that someone has moved – because we send a recording that explains this – there are a few times that you notify someone, but the purging of the voting lists is something that happens all the time. For some reason some people think we are trying to suppress votes, but we are not. I can’t imagine what your records would look like if you had never purged the voting lists in our office.

White County Clerk Carla Barnett said she was “very comfortable” with the polling centers even though “it is not going to reduce our workload.”

“It will always be pretty much the same; we still have 32 voting sites and the same number of trained poll workers, ”Barnett said,“ but that’s going to make it a lot easier for the voter because we have so many people saying they go to the polls. bad voting site and they say, “We’re just not going to vote if we can’t vote here.”

“They don’t understand why they can’t vote. There is a vote here, sign over there and they don’t get it and I think we are losing a lot of votes because people don’t want to queue elsewhere, and now if there is a queue in your office to vote, you can cross the city to another. They might know that there is no queue at this polling station and that you don’t have to wait. I just think it’s going to make it a lot simpler and a lot cleaner.

In every election, Lincoln said, there is a certain percentage of White County voters who vote early, and then there is a certain percentage who will vote only on election day. He said it was “pretty consistent”.

“I’m sure if you’ve all been following what’s going on in the country, there have been several states that have enacted ‘voting laws that are’ depending on which side of the aisle you are on, some say unconstitutional and on the other side, it’s very constitutional. The vote is always going to continue to be contested as technology advances. Personally, I would go back to punch cards, but thanks to Florida, we can’t go back to punch cards. punch cards, but that will increase the opportunity in my opinion as there is really no excuse not to vote because you can vote in one of the many polling stations that we have, so that will really be an advantage to increase.

Lincoln demanded that judges follow efforts by federal lawmakers to pass voting rights law. “If a new electoral law is passed it means that it will be a federal takeover of our electoral elections and we wouldn’t want that to happen, so you better pay close attention to what is happening in Washington right now. Make sure you let your reps know what you think.

Allen thanked the White County Election Commission and Election Coordinator Tara McKnight, as well as former County CIO Nathan Elli for developing the voting center plan.

“We hope in the very near future to disseminate information to the public about the new polling centers,” Allen said. “We will be using social media and signs and more to get information out to voters ahead of the early voting for the primary on May 24, 2022.”

The polling stations are Antioch Church, Beebe Church of Christ, Beebe Town Hall, Bradford Baptist Church, Carmichael Community Center, White County Central High School, l ‘United Methodist Church, Downtown Christ Church, El Paso Community Center, Fairview Fire Station, First Assembly of God, First General Baptist Church, Floyd First Baptist Church, Garner City Hall, Georgetown Community Building, Griffithville Senior Citizens Community Building, Higginson City Hall, Joy Fire Station, Judsonia Community Building, Kensett First Baptist Church, Letona City Hall, McRae Multi-purpose building, Pangburn Town Hall, Church of Christ Pineview, Rose Bud Community Center , 16 Section Church, Central Baptist Church, United Methodist Church, Valley Baptist Church, Velvet Ridge Church of Christ, West Point Town Hall, and West Race Baptist Church.

Allen said the nomination window for candidates for the May 2022 primary runs from February 22 at noon to March 1 at noon. Each justice of the peace raised their hand when Lincoln asked how many of them were running again.


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Judges find child sexual abuse law unconstitutional – The North State Journal https://kcacm.org/judges-find-child-sexual-abuse-law-unconstitutional-the-north-state-journal/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 21:38:22 +0000 https://kcacm.org/judges-find-child-sexual-abuse-law-unconstitutional-the-north-state-journal/ The North Carolina Supreme Court building in Raleigh (file) RALEIGH – A North Carolina law cannot temporarily lift the statute of limitations to allow people who were sexually assaulted as children decades ago to sue in civil court, a panel ruled on Monday. three judges. The measure, which had been passed by the state legislature […]]]>
The North Carolina Supreme Court building in Raleigh (file)

RALEIGH – A North Carolina law cannot temporarily lift the statute of limitations to allow people who were sexually assaulted as children decades ago to sue in civil court, a panel ruled on Monday. three judges.

The measure, which had been passed by the state legislature unanimously in 2019, was designed to help child victims of sexual abuse prosecute the people who assaulted them and the groups who allowed it to happen, reported The News & Observer of Raleigh.

Among other aspects, the law allowed any victim of sexual abuse to bring legal action in 2020 or 2021, even though it would normally have been barred because the statute of limitations had already expired.

But the judges ruled 2-1 that the change was unconstitutional.

The two majority judges, Gregory Horne and Imelda Pate, wrote that previous case law says that the state constitution prohibits the legislature from reopening the limitation period, even for “meritorious causes of action.”

The justices stressed they felt bound by the precedent and suggested the question might be better suited to the North Carolina Supreme Court instead of the panel.

Justice Martin McGee dissented. He said the legislature can make such a change – provided it passes the legal test of whether the change has a rational basis.

Other parts of the law, such as a section requiring teacher training to detect signs of potential victims of abuse, or a section criminalizing failure to report child abuse to authorities, does not. have not been contested, the newspaper reported.

The bill had gone through the Republican-controlled General Assembly with the support of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as well as Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein. Lawmakers have worked to rewrite several sex crimes laws in North Carolina following a spate of nationwide abuse scandals involving the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America.

Stein had publicly urged victims to use the new law to go to court. It was not immediately clear whether the decision would be appealed.

“I am disappointed with this decision,” Stein told the newspaper in a written statement. “I continue to believe this is constitutional and will continue to defend the law if the decision is appealed.”


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11 people affected by carbon monoxide leak at Cook County church | State and regional https://kcacm.org/11-people-affected-by-carbon-monoxide-leak-at-cook-county-church-state-and-regional/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 01:30:00 +0000 https://kcacm.org/11-people-affected-by-carbon-monoxide-leak-at-cook-county-church-state-and-regional/ EVANSTON – High levels of carbon monoxide inside a church in Evanston sent six people, including a toddler, to area hospitals for observation on Sunday afternoon while five other people were treated at the scene, officials at Evanston said. Evanston fire crews have detected carbon monoxide concentration levels five times above the threshold for what […]]]>

EVANSTON – High levels of carbon monoxide inside a church in Evanston sent six people, including a toddler, to area hospitals for observation on Sunday afternoon while five other people were treated at the scene, officials at Evanston said.

Evanston fire crews have detected carbon monoxide concentration levels five times above the threshold for what is considered dangerous inside the Mount Pisgah Ministry in the 1800 block of Church Street in the suburb north towards 12:40 p.m., officials said in a written statement.

Also called CO2, carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is fatal when inhaled at high levels over time. Readings inside the church on Sunday showed a concentration of over 500 parts per million; safety officials have said exposure to a concentration of more than 100 parts per million is considered dangerous.

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No one was seriously injured, but the initial call indicated an unresponsive toddler. A fire official said the child needed advanced resuscitation care in the ambulance on the way to hospital. The toddler, whose age and gender were not disclosed, was one of six people who were taken to hospital as a precaution and whose condition stabilized, officials said . Five others were treated on the spot and refused transport.

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Firefighters raised a high alarm to call additional firefighters from neighboring communities to help at the scene.

Initial reports were of a leaking furnace, but NICOR workers were trying to rule out other sources of the gas, the statement said. Calls to church were not answered on Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters reminded residents to properly operate heating units and smoke detectors as winter approaches.


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Celebration of the ancient rite: the Holy See answers the questions asked by the bishops https://kcacm.org/celebration-of-the-ancient-rite-the-holy-see-answers-the-questions-asked-by-the-bishops/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 11:00:21 +0000 https://kcacm.org/celebration-of-the-ancient-rite-the-holy-see-answers-the-questions-asked-by-the-bishops/ A letter from the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship to Episcopal Conferences accompanies the publication of the answers to the questions received from the local Churches concerning the application of the Motu proprio “Traditionis custodes” which entered into force last July. by Vatican News Eleven dubia, were raised concerning the application of the […]]]>

A letter from the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship to Episcopal Conferences accompanies the publication of the answers to the questions received from the local Churches concerning the application of the Motu proprio “Traditionis custodes” which entered into force last July.

by Vatican News

Eleven dubia, were raised concerning the application of the Motu proprio Traditionis custodes by which, in July 2021, Pope Francis promulgated new standards concerning the use of liturgical books in use before the reform enacted by the Second Vatican Council. Posted today on the website of the Congregation for Divine Worship are those dubia received from the bishops and the dicastery responnse to the most recurring questions approved by the Pope which clarify certain points of the Motu proprio. Each answer is accompanied by explanations.

the dubia and responnse are themselves accompanied by a letter to the presidents of the Episcopal Conferences from the Prefect of the Congregation, Bishop Arthur Roche, which explains the direction taken: “Any prescribed norm always has the sole purpose of preserving the gift of ecclesial communion by walking together , with conviction of mind and heart, in the direction indicated by the Holy Father “.

Parish churches

The first question concerns the possibility of celebrating the pre-conciliar rite in a parish church if there was no other possibility of locating a church, an oratory or a chapel for a group of faithful celebrating in aid of the 1962 Missal. This possibility is excluded by the Motu Proprio to emphasize that the celebration of Mass with the rite previously used is a concession limited to these groups and does not form part of the ordinary life of the parish community.

The answer is yes, but only if the impossibility of using another church, oratory or chapel has been noted and without including the celebration in the program of the parish mass. Moreover, the celebrations should not take place simultaneously with other pastoral activities of the parish. These guidelines, explains the response, are not intended to marginalize the faithful who attend the old rite, but rather serve to recall that it is “a concession to provide for their good”, and not “a opportunity to promote the previous rite ”. is no longer in effect.

Use of the old rite for the sacraments

The second dubium concerns the possibility of celebrating not only the Eucharist (with the Missale Romanum which is the subject of the concession), but also the other sacraments provided for by the Roman ritual (the last typical edition is dated 1952) and the Romanesque pontifical used before the liturgical reform. First of all, the answer reminds us that the Roman ritual contains the sacraments of baptism, penance, marriage, anointing of the sick and rites such as funerals; while the Romanesque pontifical concerns the sacraments presided over by a Bishop – Confirmation and Ordination.

The answer is no. In fact, the authority of the Holy See considers that in order to progress in the direction indicated by Pope Francis, authorization must not be granted to use the abrogated liturgical books and that the faithful must be accompanied “towards a full understanding. of the value of the celebration in ritual form ”arising from the liturgical reform.

There are, however, a few important distinctions. the responnse specifies that it would be possible to use the old Ritual only in “personal parishes canonically erected”, that is to say exclusively in parishes already designated by the bishop and dedicated to the faithful who attend the old rite.

However, even in these parishes it is not allowed to use the Pontifical for confirmation or ordination. The reason for the prohibition on confirmation is that this sacrament has been modified by Pope Saint Paul VI and, therefore, it is not considered appropriate to resort to the abolished rite, since it has undergone substantial changes. .

concelebrate

Another question concerns the possibility of granting permission to use the Old Missal to priests who do not recognize the validity or legitimacy of the concelebration and who, therefore, refuse to concelebrate the Chrism Mass with the Bishop on Thursday. Holy.

The answer is no. However, before revoking the concession, the Bishop is asked to “establish a fraternal dialogue with the Priest, to ensure that this attitude does not exclude the validity and legitimacy of the liturgical reform” of the Vatican Council. II and the Magisterium of the Supreme Pontiffs. Before revoking the concession, the bishop should give the priest sufficient time for a “sincere discussion,” inviting him to participate in the concelebration.

Authorized translation readings

When asked whether it is possible to choose the passages of Scripture indicated in the old Missal from a complete biblical text, the Holy See answered yes.

The old Missal, in addition to containing the rite of the Mass, also contained the text of the Readings. It was after the reform that the Missal (containing the rubrics and the prayers) was separated from the Lectionary (containing the texts of Sacred Scripture for the Readings). Since Pope Francis ‘Motu proprio prescribed that the Latin readings contained in the old Missal should always be proclaimed in the vernacular language of each country, the use of a translation of the Bible approved by the various Bishops’ Conferences for a use in the liturgy has been approved. . What is not authorized, on the other hand, is the publication of a real and proper “Lectionary” in the vernacular with the cycle of Readings provided for in the old rite.

The “yes” of the Holy See is necessary to authorize priests

A fifth question concerns the “consultation” of the Holy See required by the bishop before answering affirmatively to a priest ordained after July 16, 2021 who wishes to celebrate the old rite. The answer explains that in this case, the concession granted must be authorized by the Holy See.

This clarification was necessary because the Italian and English versions of Pope Francis’ book Motu proprio specify that before granting authorization, bishops must “consult the Apostolic See” (art. 4). In the official version of the document, the Latin text specifies that before any concession granted to a new priest, the bishop must receive the necessary authorization from Rome.

The Congregation for Divine Worship encourages all seminary formators to accompany future deacons and priests to “understand and experience the richness of liturgical reform”.

Period and territory

When asked whether a bishop can grant permission to use the old missal for a specified period of time, in order to reserve the possibility of an evaluation, the Holy See answers in the affirmative. He also replies in the affirmative to the question of whether the concession is limited to the territory of the episcopal diocese.

In the responnse to another dubium, it is specified that in the event of the absence of the authorized Priest, the replacement Priest must also have received a formal authorization to use the old Missal. Authorization is also required for deacons and other instituted ministers who participate in the celebration of preconciliar mass.

Celebrate two masses on the same day

The tenth and eleventh questions concern the possibility of “bination” (the celebration of two Masses on the same day by the same priest). In the first case, during the week, a parish priest or a chaplain is not allowed to celebrate the new rite with the faithful, then to celebrate mass again with the old rite either in assembly or in private. The celebration of two Masses during the week is granted only for pastoral reasons, which do not exist in this case, since the faithful have the possibility of participating in the Eucharist celebrated according to the Missal resulting from the post-conciliar reform.

Finally, the Congregation answers the question of whether a priest authorized to use the old Missal can celebrate two Masses for two distinct groups on the same day using this Missal. The answer is no. This does not constitute a “just cause” or a “pastoral necessity”, since the faithful have the possibility of participating in the Eucharist in the present ritual form.


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