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first_img Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 katherine isabel hughes says: Mike Losinger says: Anglican Communion, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Same-Sex Marriage Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Human Sexuality, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN December 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm How come free speech only seems to belong to the minorities??? the goverment conclude if same sex marriage SHOULD also take place in church by law…. For those that dont belive in christ why do u need church to carry out ur own opinion/life style? please explain!! hmmm i dont see other religions being bullied to make changes to suit the world views… please leave the House of God alone. Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC nathan james johnson says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service] Legislation due to be proposed next year will allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales, but will make it illegal for the Church of England and the Church in Wales to marry same-sex couples, according to a British government press release.Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller said in the Dec. 11 release that the legislation is designed to create “watertight protections for religious organizations” that do not want to conduct same-sex marriages, but will allow them to “opt in” if they so choose. However, the legislation will make it illegal for the two Anglican churches to opt in.“Canon law – which bans the marriage of same-sex couples – will continue to apply,” the release said. “That means that it would require a change in both primary and canon law before Church of England and Church in Wales would be able to opt in to conduct same – sex marriages.”The release said that its conclusion was based in part on an “equal civil marriage consultation” that was launched on March 15 and closed June 14. It received more than 228,000 individual responses, which is the largest ever response to a government consultation, according to the release. Fifty-three percent of individual respondents favored the government’s proposal to allow same-sex couples to get married. The government also received a number of petitions, totaling more than 500,000 signatures, all opposed to the proposals. A copy of the consultation document and the government’s response are here.Two days before the consultation closed, the Church of England said that it could not support the government’s proposal to allow same-sex marriage.“We have supported various legal changes in recent years to remove unjustified discrimination and create greater legal rights for same sex couples and we welcome that fact that previous legal and material inequities between heterosexual and same-sex partnerships have now been satisfactorily addressed,” the statement said. “To change the nature of marriage for everyone will be divisive and deliver no obvious legal gains given the rights already conferred by civil partnerships. We also believe that imposing for essentially ideological reasons a new meaning on a term as familiar and fundamental as marriage would be deeply unwise.”Then on Dec. 7, four days before the government revealed its proposed legislation, British media reported that Prime Minister David Cameron said while he did not want same-sex couples to be excluded from the “great institution” of marriage, no religious institution would be forced to conduct marriage services for them.“We welcome the fact that in his statement the Prime Minister has signaled he is abandoning the Government’s earlier intention to distinguish between civil and religious marriage,” the Church of England said in response, reiterating its contention that civil partnerships were sufficient for same-sex couples.The church has not yet responded to the Dec. 11 announcement. December 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm Thanks God for upholding religious freedom. Government should not impose forcefully any law within religious institution that contradicts with their canonical law. By this law teaching of word of God through different Prophets, Apostles (St. Paul) since beginning of human race against sexual immorality thru same sex activities has been honored. It is good news for Anglican Communion and rest of Christian Church. Almighty God and Government are two different authorities. Our God is for our spiritual need for moral value and life eternity for believers and government for protecting interest of all people as long they live. December 24, 2012 at 10:40 pm So, let’s not re-define marriage. Let’s instead redefine ‘hypocrisy.’ It’s synonymous with Anglican and its poster-child is ABp Williams. Who else suspects, though, that the Queen and her allies are the people driving this discrimination? I have to believe that if the royals were not opposed, the CofE would cease to be as profoundly victorian about the matter, first of women bishops, now marriage eqaulity in the Church. December 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm So we sould ignore the Bible and 2000 years of church tradition in order to “change with the times”. I think not. This kind of thinking is what is wrong with the ECUSA, and why it’s membership is rapidly decreasing. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Comments are closed. December 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm We live in a Romans 1 world. At least for now the CoE is exempt………… Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Gilbert Martinez says: Rector Shreveport, LA Bill will make same-sex marriage illegal in Anglican churches in England, Wales Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 By ENS staffPosted Dec 11, 2012 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Julian Malakar says: center_img 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 Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Fr. Michael Neal says: Robert Davis says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments (10) martha knight says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA December 18, 2012 at 7:14 am What’s happening in the Church of England concerning its retention of “status quo” despite the irreversible progress in the fight for gender equality on the issues of ordination and marriage in the wider church/society is a reflection of the resurgent triumphalism and ghetto mentality creeping back into the consciousness of an otherwise contemporary (and increasingly progressive/inclusive) mainline Christian churches.Here in the Philippines, the single most conservative (and politically vocal) and largest denomination, that is the Roman Catholic Church led by its national bishops conference is getting ready and fired up to unleash its revenge on the secular Philippine government thru the power of its “mythical” catholic vote and its nostalgia for reigniting “people power” mass demonstrations (even threats of excommunications and calls for civil disobedience and boycott of tax payments to the government) all these because of the successful passage of the responsible parenthood aka reproductive health bill by both the houses of congress and senate yesterday and this singular “miracle and victory for democracy” was realized despite the intense pressure exerted by the bishops on lawmakers literally obliterating the constitutional separation of church and state. The Roman Catholic hierarchy had just declared a spiritual war on what its allies in congress labelled as “godless, diabolical humanistic hedonism” creeping into the government and into the Philippine society and see themselves as the only guardians of truth as other churches (mainline protestant churches) were decidedly progressive in aligning with the pro-rh (reproductive health) bill stance with the government.Personally I think where these issues on gender in relation to morality and church life (contraceptives, divorce, women’s ordination, civil partnerships) the Episcopal Church and the Church of England had exhaustively discussed and debated (and relatively consigned to their history bins) are just firing up and building up to become a potentially explosive political/religious issue come national elections in may next year here in the Philippines. Don McCleary says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Jim Stockton says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm We are called, Mike Losinger, as you aptly remarked: To be committed to re-birthing creation; to pour new wine into old wine skins. This is so very sad and disheartening that the C of E cannot change with the times. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books December 11, 2012 at 5:01 pm How truly sad to watch the C of E commit slow suicide: women bishops and the holy nature of gay marriage both disparaged in the same month! Thank God…literally…for the witness of our Episcopal Church. I have been reflecting in Advent that this season, week by week, opens us increasingly toGod’s movement in the world so that when Incarnation explodes on the scene once more in our individual and corporate lives, we can know more greatly just how stunning and all-encompassing God’s love is. How truly sad to watch the C of E commit slow suicide this month. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC December 13, 2012 at 4:05 am No wonder The CoE continues to lose members by the thousands and ASA has declined dramatically.Without women and gay people the Church will become completely irrelevant in a few years.It is a shame that the Queen can’t or won’t speak up for women bishops and gay people.The Jesus I know would not be please about these exclusions. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ December 11, 2012 at 9:26 am Another home goal. No women bishops, no gay marriages. Times have changed and women expect equality, lesbian women expect rights- and quite rightly. It’s the quality not conventionality of relationships that matter. Love matters. If Jesus was about anything it was tolerance and love. The bible is not ‘the truth’ but an important historical document. We all help the evolution of religion and morality. Times change and mysogyny is a relic of the insecure. How extraordinary that C of E men should insist on their heterosexual superiority. And how insulting. Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more

General Convention wrap-up: Following the Way of Jesus

first_img Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR July 20, 2018 at 12:54 am Until the leadership can say the words, “Trump,” “state-sponsored kidnappings,” “Republican” and “complicity of the Church” their baby steps towards morality with gay marriage, while ignoring the raging powers of demonic darkness that engulf our Country — have little significance except to confirm their overall cowardice and impotence. Looking for moral guidance elsewhere thanks. Full access to trial-use marriage ritesConvention agreed in passing Resolution B012 on July 13 to give all Episcopalians the ability to be married by their priests in their home churches.Resolution B012 had gone from the House of Deputies to the bishops and back to the deputies on its road to approval. Deputies overwhelmingly approved a heavily amended version of the resolution on July 9, and the House of Bishops added a technical amendment two days later that does not change B012’s goal of giving full access to two trial-use marriage rites for same-sex and opposite-sex couples approved by the 2015 meeting of General Convention (via Resolution A054).Resolution B012 provides for:Giving rectors or clergy in charge of a congregation the ability to provide access to the trial use of the marriage rites for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Resolution A054-2015 and the original version of B012 said that clergy could only use the rites under the direction of their bishop.Requiring that, if a bishop “holds a theological position that does not embrace marriage for same-sex couples,” he or she may invite another bishop, if necessary, to provide “pastoral support” to any couple desiring to use the rites, as well as to the clergy member and congregation involved. In any case, an outside bishop must be asked to take requests for remarriage if either member of the couple is divorced to fulfill a canonical requirement that applies to opposite-sex couples.Continuing trial use of the rites until the completion of the next comprehensive revision of the Book of Common Prayer.Full ENS coverage of marriage equality is available here. Jane R Cosby says: Challenging injustices in Israeli-Palestinian conflictGeneral Convention wrapped up its consideration of resolutions relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with mixed results due largely to the House of Bishops’ unwillingness to take many of the bolder steps urged by the House of Deputies.Of the 15 resolutions submitted on Israel-Palestine going into General Convention, only six passed both houses, though the successful resolutions still touch on the plight of Palestinian children, the status of Jerusalem, the disproportionate use of lethal force on both sides and ways the Episcopal Church can press for peace through its investment decisions.Bishops and deputies, even those arguing for a tougher stance against the conditions of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, took pains to affirm Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself, citing longstanding church policy toward the region. And while the bishops rejected the most controversial resolution, D019, saying it amounted to a dangerous “divestment” from Israel, they did join the deputies in passing Resolution B016, which echoes D019 in its use of the phrase “human rights investment screen.” Unlike D019 however, Resolution B016 includes no timeline for action by Executive Council or any reference to church complicity in the occupation, though it ultimately could result in the church pulling money out of companies that do business there.Full ENS coverage of Israel-Palestine issues is available here. [Episcopal News Service] Responding to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s call to “Follow the Way of Jesus,” deputies and bishops at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting July 5-13 in Austin, Texas, acted on a record number of resolutions on key issues such as immigration, prayer book revision, Israel-Palestine, and readmitting the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese. Convention also passed a $134 million budget that reflects for a further three years the presiding bishop’s priorities of evangelism, racial reconciliation and creation care. Meanwhile, the legislative processes were overseen by a resident roost of avian observers, one of which adopted a social media presence to bring a steady flow of light-feathered moments to convention amid the often-intense and passionate debates on the key issues before the church.Outside the legislative chambers, several events brought together bishops, deputies and visitors to mingle, socialize, pray, worship and advocate, with a public witness against gun violence and another outside an immigrant detention center challenging the actions of the U.S. government in its enforcement of immigration policies. A revival service at Austin’s Palmer Events Center on July 7 drew a crowd of more than 2,500 people who listened to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s rousing sermon about how “God is love and gives life.”In his opening sermon on July 5, Curry challenged every Episcopalian to embrace the “Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-centered life” as a way to help the church enter into a new era of spiritual growth.$134 million budget adoptedConvention adopted a $133.8 million 2019-2021 budget that reflects the presiding bishop’s priorities of evangelism, racial reconciliation and justice, and creation care. The priorities have been referred to as the “three pillars” of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.It also continues to be built on what Maine Bishop Stephen Lane, vice chair of the Joint Committee on Program, Budget and Finance, told the joint session is “the foundation of our continuing ministries as a church and our commitments to others both within and beyond our church.” In addition, it includes the foundation of the church’s “ongoing commitment to conciliar governance, and the legal, financial and other services of the Church Center [the denominational offices in New York].”Full ENS coverage of the budget process is available here. Responding to the voices and stories of womenThe voices and stories of women played a significant role in the workings of the 79th General Convention, from a liturgy where bishops offered laments and confession for the church’s role in sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse to Resolution D087 that allows deputies to bring infant children on the floor of the House of Deputies to feed them.Full ENS coverage of gender justice issues is available here. General Convention 2018 Jewels Wolf says: Impeccable pigeon captivates 79th General Convention with real, digital presenceImpeccable pigeon captivates 79th General Convention with real, digital presencePigeon confesses to avian hijinks, feathered fun, fluttering of the spirit. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Jewels Wolf says: By ENS staffPosted Jul 16, 2018 July 16, 2018 at 6:53 pm I contend that it is not enough just to go through the mechanics of confession contained within the liturgy, this should be but a reinforcement and reminder of what is already paramount for the Christian, that Christ died for our sins and that our lives were paid for with his blood. This is a matter, as I was trying to say, of perspective and emphasis. Personally the profound gift of Christ’s sacrifice was never imparted to me by repeating the words of confession in the liturgy, it was study of God’s word and the work of the Holy Spirit. It is not something Episcopalians are particularly comfortable with facing outside the confines of prayers on a page. It falls on the Leadership of the church to indicate what is of prime importance and what is not.Psalm 51:1-3Have mercy on me, O God,according to your unfailing love;according to your great compassionblot out my transgressions.Wash away all my iniquityand cleanse me from my sin.For I know my transgressions,and my sin is always before me. Acting on immigrationIf there was one issue that defied any expectation of controversy at the 79th General Convention, it was immigration.Bishops and deputies arrived in Austin last week on the heels of a national uproar over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy toward immigration, particularly the decision to separate children from parents in detention. And despite the administration’s reversal on family separations, immigration policies continued to be a hot-button issue, including in the border state that hosted the Episcopal Church’s triennial gathering.But if the country remains divided over what to do about immigration, the thousands of Episcopalians gathered at convention presented a unified front in support of families who have been separated, those facing deportation and immigrants in general – through prayer, testimony, action and the unobstructed passage of legislation.Convention passed three resolutions on immigration issues.Resolution C033 puts the church on record as respecting the dignity of immigrants and outlines how public policy should reflect that belief; A178 takes a forceful stand against family separations and treatment of immigrant parents and children; and C009, titled “Becoming a Sanctuary Church,” encourages Episcopalians and congregations to reach out to and support immigrants facing deportation, including by providing physical sanctuary if they choose.One of the defining moments of this General Convention was the prayer vigil held July 8 outside the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, an immigrant detention facility little more than a half-hour outside of Austin. A massive gathering of more than a thousand Episcopalians prayed and sang in support of immigrant parents and children who had been separated.ENS coverage of immigration issues is available here. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing July 16, 2018 at 6:28 pm My church frequently omits the confession from the Eucharist liturgy. Rector Tampa, FL July 17, 2018 at 9:21 am Following Jesus goes much deeper than we have lived. My understanding is that we are to look at ourselves, what was said and done and if we did not act/live by what Jesus taught, then we are to repent. Reading the repentance litany without recognizing/naming what it is we did is not my view of repentance. And it would be of great assistance to also understand why we did or did not do what Jesus taught. And our being a worshiping community provides the love and support to live in this manner. I totally agree with Jewels Wolf Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME July 16, 2018 at 5:23 pm Last time I attended the Eucharist, which was yesterday, we confessed our sins and repented of them before receiving the Body and Blood of our Lord. How does our weekly, or more frequent, common prayer/worship–which is the essence of being an Anglican–NOT fully support and reinforce our need for repentance? Every time Bishop Curry celebrates the Eucharist, he leads the Church in repentance. I guess I’m not understanding your point. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA July 27, 2018 at 1:02 pm My liturgics professor noted that some considered The Lord’s Day, our weekly feast of the Resurrection, as a suitable occasion for omitting the Confession of Sin. I omit it during the Great 50 Days of Easter (Christ is Alive this day!) and the 12 Days of Christmas (Jesus Christ is Born this day), use the Confession of Sin after the Prayers of the People in Lent, and use the Penitential Office during the seasons after Epiphany and after Pentecost.I remember when the (39-year old) “new” BCP came out, reading an excellent article by a liturgics professor from another seminary, where he suggested that the popularity of Morning Prayer over Eucharist on Sundays was because at MP we said our Confession of Sin at the beginning and then praised God thereafter, but in the 1928 Holy Communion we had at least 3 penitential sections (whether because we were busy sinning since the previous time, or because we didn’t really believe that the forgiveness was not real or true). Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments (18) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL General Convention, July 17, 2018 at 10:12 pm The woman who bled for 12 years did not ask for her sins to be forgiven. She was healed by her faith. My proof texting is no more effective than your proof texting. I agree that repentance is a key part of being a Christian and living a Christian life. I do not agree that our sins are a barrier to God’s love. I know I will not sway you from your theology and I seriously doubt you can sway me from mine. I respect you for yours, and also respectfully disagree. Fortunately, I believe the Episcopal Church, in fact all of Christianity, has room for both. Compensation for deputies’ presidentConvention agreed to a plan to pay the president of the House of Deputies for the work of the office.Resolution B014 passed with no dollar figure attached but agreed to pay the House of Deputies president director’s and officer’s fees “for specific services rendered in order to fulfill duties required by the church’s Constitution and Canons.”Full ENS coverage is here.And in lighter business… July 16, 2018 at 4:06 pm This is a response to the Bishop’s call to Follow the Way of Jesus. As I read the Gospels one thing makes itself very apparent the Way of Jesus is first of all the way of repentance “32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke 5:32) In every case where Jesus brings healing and restoration he does so first and foremost through the forgiveness of sins (see Matthew 9:2) The Way of Jesus is the way of salvation and that salvation begins with repentance. Sadly, this is not the emphasis of Bishop Curry; instead he skips to the good part without emphasizing how to get there. Throughout the entirety of the Gospels Jesus repeatedly stays focused on repentance from our sins. At one point Peter asks Jesus how many times must he forgive someone and the Lord replies seventy times seven (see Matthew 18:21-22). Our salvation is gained through repentance. In fact Jesus said that unless we repent of our sins there is no hope for us (see Luke 13:1-5). Ultimately Jesus gave his life for us so that we might be saved through him by repentance of sins and giving our lives to Christ. (see Matthew 26:28) I believe the church is in deep need of repentance and that it is the only Way to healing and restoration for us. This is not the emphasis of Bishop Curry and I believe it is very misleading. I believe it sets up a false notion that emphasizing repentance is only for Christians from a certain strata of the church. This is has become an increasing weakness of the Episcopal Church and it can lead to deep misunderstandings about what follow the way of Jesus really means. It is I think very easy to preach about love, it is much more challenging to preach about the need for repentance. To put succinctly it’s first things first, and the Gospel declares that’s repent Welcome back, CubaConvention voted to admit, or readmit, the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese by passing Resolution A238. The Diocese of Cuba is set to join Province II, which includes dioceses from New York and New Jersey in the United States, Haiti and the Virgin Islands.Full ENS coverage of Cuba is available here and here. July 17, 2018 at 11:48 am Certainly, repentance was a factor in some of Jesus’ teachings, following up John the Baptist. However, Jesus could do no acts of power when there was no faith, such as in Nazareth. People were healed through their faith, not their repentance. The Way of Jesus is one of love. Jesus’ commandments were about love, not repentance. Granted when we don’t love, we need to repent. A theology focusing on repentance sidesteps the supreme act of love on the cross. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. Jesus did not require a worldwide mea culpa before the crucifixion. To focus on a theology of repentance is to denigrate Jesus’ salvific acts. M.E. Eccles says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 July 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm Your summary doesn’t include the good news that the transgender community received from this convention. At a time when many seek to withdraw civil rights from the non-binary community our church chose instead to affirmthem. Why aren’t we all rejoicing? Feeling marginalized, again. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 July 30, 2018 at 9:19 pm We rejoice for our Transgendered faithful. Hope you don’t feel Marginalized, feel, good, feel powerful, Feel Forgiveness. July 18, 2018 at 3:31 am The Greatest Commandments is the key why Jesus obeyed, for the Love of God the Heavenly Father and love of the people of the world, even in sufferings and to the cross and the rest of the gospel stories the living words. The Good Shepherd and the founder of the lost, as he cares the journey of the world into the right path. Straighten up the crooked path that marriage from the start is between for man and woman. As we remember the John 3:16 For God so loved the that he gave his only begotten whoever believes in him and obey may not perish but have eternal life. Jess jaffe says: July 17, 2018 at 2:40 am First of all I have made no claim to being an expert, although I am a life-long Episcopalian who began as a acolyte before the adoption of the 1979 prayer book. In addition to this I have served on Vestry, Worship committees and various other capacities as an active parishioner in a variety of churches, but I make no claim to be an expert. Nor do I see the issue I raised as restricted to a particular denomination. That in itself is part of the problem. The issue is not about kneeling or standing it’s about the Gospel of Christ and what is says does not say. I am called to be a Chrstian first, my denominational choice is secondary and should be for everyone. July 17, 2018 at 6:36 pm The Gospel begins “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” ( Matt 1:2, Luke 1:77) Then is how it ends “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matt 26:28) In my mind and my heart the story of Jesus, the Way of Jesus is about forgiveness without which there can be no love. I would also argue that forgiveness and healing are intimately related (see Matt 9:2, Luke 5:20) When Jesus healed he also at the same time pronounced forgiveness of sins. John the Baptist set the stage and his message was not one that Jesus tossed aside, it was one he amplified. (Luke 5:32) At the end of Luke Jesus declares“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:46-47) In the New Testament the first letter of John succinctly defines our predicament “8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:1:8-9) All this is not to say God’s love is secondary on the contrary I believe forgiveness is what opens the door to it, that is way our salvation begins with repentance. It is in that moment of acknowledgement and surrender that are able to receive the healing gift of God’s love. In 2 Corinthians we are called to be reconciled to God and to pass on the ministry of reconciliation ( 2 Cor 5:20-21) This implies that our whole focus as people of God is to first ask for forgiveness from God and then pass it on. Christ died for our sins to save us from ourselves. This is the Gospel message. The Rev. Deacon Kay M. Drebert says: Stewart David Wigdor says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Jewels Wolf says: center_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Keith Gardner says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET July 18, 2018 at 12:38 am Very well said M.E. Thank you for your thoughtful response. Rector Albany, NY July 17, 2018 at 12:19 am So what makes you an expert in how Episcopalians pray to God each day, whether using the BCP or most often not? July 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm I completely agree, Craig. I wrote a response yesterday that was never posted, but basically said the same thing. None of the people Jesus healed were required to repent first – only have faith. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Craig Kuehn says: General Convention wrap-up: Following the Way of Jesus Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group John Hobart says: Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing M.E. Eccles says: Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ D. Gordon Braun, Jr. says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Mary Barrett says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments are closed. Angustia Hamasaki says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Jewels Wolf says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New plan for liturgical and prayer book revisionConvention adopted a plan for liturgical and prayer book revision that sets the stage for the creation of new liturgical texts to respond to the needs of Episcopalians across the church while continuing to use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.Resolution A068 originally called for the start of a process that would lead to a fully revised prayer book in 2030. The bishops instead adopted a plan for “liturgical and prayer book revision for the future of God’s mission through the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”The bishops’ amended resolution calls for bishops to engage worshipping communities in their dioceses in experimentation and creation of alternative liturgical texts that they will submit to a new Task Force on Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision to be appointed by the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies.It also says that liturgical revision will utilize inclusive and expansive language and imagery for humanity and divinity, and will incorporate understanding, appreciation and care of God’s creation.Meanwhile, General Convention also adopted a resolution that allows all congregations in the Episcopal Church to use optional, expansive-language versions of three Rite II Eucharistic prayers in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.Resolution D078 provides alternative language for Prayer A, Prayer B and Prayer D. The changes are available for trial use until the completion of the next comprehensive revision of the Book of Common Prayer.Full ENS coverage of prayer book and liturgical revision is available here. The Rev’d Edwin Cox says: Featured Events Jewels Wolf says: 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 July 22, 2018 at 3:53 pm from what I read the convention sounded incredible. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Martinsville, VA Tags This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

RIP: Ron Miller, priest who worked for social justice and…

first_img Rector Bath, NC Tags People 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ron and Mary Miller pictured with Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton.[Diocese of Maryland] The Rev. Ronald Miller died Sept. 30, 2019, after a life of service to the church. Miller’s wife, Mary, died just a year before in September 2018. Miller served congregations in Baltimore including St. Mary the Virgin, Walbrook; Church of the Advent, Federal Hill; St. James’, Lafayette Square; and St. Bartholomew’s, Ten Hills. He also served for a period on the Diocese of Maryland staff and, more recently, sang in the choir at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, also in Baltimore. His ordained ministry spanned more than 55 years in the dioceses of Washington, Pittsburgh and Maryland.Thursday, Oct. 17, marked not only the celebration of and thanksgiving for Miller’s life, but also the celebration of this couple’s being reunited in God. The Millers were known and loved across Baltimore, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and The Episcopal Church. They worked tirelessly all their adult lives, he as an Episcopal priest and she as a layperson, for issues of social justice, peace, racial reconciliation, LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality. Those that knew them attest to their strength as a couple, as true partners who used their gifts to work together to bring God’s dream to this world. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preached at the Oct. 17 service to celebrate Miller’s life, or “as someone referred to him, the other half of the power couple,” Curry said.Miller served as associate and assistant rector at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Baltimore for most of Curry’s 12 years as rector there. After retiring and doing some interim work, Miller began attending the Cathedral of the Incarnation to keep healthy boundaries with his former congregation. Mary Miller continued to worship and be heavily involved at St. James’, the first Episcopal African American congregation south of the Mason-Dixon Line.Ahead of their time, the Millers fought for racial reconciliation. Mary Miller was involved in the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity, founded in 1957, which sought to rise beyond “separate but equal” races in the church and is, Curry believes, the first whole church effort toward racial reconciliation. As Curry described at the celebration of her life last year, Mary Miller saw God’s dream and did everything she could to make that dream a reality on earth. “Mary had a way of nudging rectors in the direction of God’s dream. … Mary had ways she would work with – and she was good – and I know from first experience. … She’d do it with rectors, and I became a bishop, and she was doing it with me as a bishop,” he said.Mary Miller was known throughout the church, especially for her work as executive director of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. The Rev. Annette Chappell, interim rector of Holy Trinity, Essex, in the Diocese of Maryland, remarked that she knew Miller’s name before she even realized Mary Miller was in her own diocese. Mary Miller was outspoken, direct, a true warrior – in the best, nonviolent sense of the word – for peace.Ron Miller served more quietly, through his pastoral ministry and advocacy work across the church. He was a former Marine who worked for peace in a gentle way and who accepted his wife’s commitment “to refuse to participate in or give moral support to any war” through the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. They both served on the forefront of the Episcopal Urban Caucus.In an interview last week, the Rt. Rev. Robert W. Ihloff, 13th bishop of Maryland, remarked, “Ron and Mary lived the gospel of social justice, believing it with their whole being. They exuded that in their priorities, what they spent their money on, what they did. When they were relocating, they chose a poor neighborhood to live in, indicative of their commitment to Baltimore.” Ihloff commented that he found it a powerful coincidence that on the day U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings died, the life of another great Maryland voice for social justice was celebrated. The Millers understood that “a disproportionate amount of Jesus’ time was spent with the poor and marginalized,” Ihloff said.Nancy Ihloff, the bishop’s wife, who has attended the Cathedral of the Incarnation for many years, commented that Ron Miller had no other shirts but his clergy shirts and that he always wore his collar, even when singing in the choir. Bishop Ihloff remarked that Ron Miller was making a statement of his calling by wearing his collar, not being wrapped up in it as his whole identity. “He was mindful of the biblical passage [Psalm 110:4] that ‘you are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.’ His was not a churchy priesthood, it was a down-and-dirty priesthood. They [Ron and Mary] were modest and models of Christian living in so many ways,” he said.The presiding bishop commented that the Millers were always his teachers and that their families spent time together annually during the holidays. “Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Curry preached last year, “I would sit at Mary’s feet.”On Oct. 17, Curry preached of Ron Miller’s deep faithfulness, punctuality and willingness to give his heart and his life to the God he loved and trusted. He faithfully attended church until he could no longer get there. According to Chappell, Miller remained involved in a Bible study he began more than 20 years ago until he moved into a retirement home last year. Curry commented in his sermon that every sermon Miller ever preached was about love. He would faithfully go through the Scripture, “first the Old Testament reading … then the New Testament and the Gospel,” with each sermon a “meditation on how God’s love tried to work through human life,” Curry said.The presiding bishop’s sermons at both celebrations of life were powerful, delightful and filled with humor. You can view Curry’s sermon, “There’s Something About Mary” from Mary Miller’s celebration of life Oct. 3, 2018, in which he takes the concept of “Mary-ness” through Scripture up to Mary Miller, here. You can view Curry’s sermon at Ron Miller’s celebration of life Oct. 17, 2019, on the Cathedral of the Incarnation’s YouTube channel here.– Carrie Graves is canon for communications in the Diocese of Maryland. Associate Rector Columbus, GA By Carrie GravesPosted Oct 24, 2019 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL center_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Obituary, Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK RIP: Ron Miller, priest who worked for social justice and racial reconciliation Presiding Bishop preaches at memorial service Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OHlast_img read more

In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSWeek in Review Previous article8 Things You Should Be Buying at CostcoNext articleAre you born to sell? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Former Blue Darter going to the NFL headlines the Apopka week in newsApopka man dies in crash on State Road 50The silence in Apopka is deafening3,000 stories published… and we’re just getting warmed-upAnuvia to reconnect with Apopka wastewater facilityIs Apopka a sanctuary city?Former Apopka Blue Darter drafted into the NFLlast_img read more

In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review

first_img 6 stories that shaped Apopka’s news week:The First 100 Days – Part Five: How Mayor Nelson will start his first termThe First 100 Days – Part Four: How Mayor Nelson will start his first termThe First 100 Days – Part Three: How Mayor Nelson will start his first termThe First 100 Days – Part Two: How Mayor Nelson will start his first termThe First 100 Days: How Mayor Nelson will start his first termThe next City Commission will have unanimous support for Alonzo Williams Park projectCity Council votes unanimously to advance New Errol project TAGSWeek in Review Previous articleThe best news of the weekNext articleVote Wednesday in The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll – Seat #2 Runoff Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Apopka votes: Election Day 2016

first_img Mama Mia Mike Pence when I first saw him, and I did not even know who he was, or know anything about him, I thought he looked like a commercial airline pilot. That was my first impression, according to his looks. Mama Mia November 8, 2016 at 4:55 pm Mama Mia Apopka Precinct Update:It’s been a a beautiful Election Day in Apopka. Sunny weather with no rain and temperatures in the 60’s or 70’s most of the day. All precincts in Apopka are reporting no delays, no issues, and no irregularities. The polls remain open until 7:00PM.  108,571 voters have cast ballots today in Orange County, with 521,900 voting in total. That’s 67.19% turnout of registered Orange County voters as of 4:30PM. Come back to The Apopka Voice around 7PM and see the results of local elections important to the Apopka community. Here is a look at some of the sites around town and at the Apopka polling places.The lone wolf Alice Nolan campaigning at Word of Life.Team Moore poses for a photo at Perkins.Misha Corbett and Gene Knight campaigning for their candidates at First United Methodist of Apopka. November 8, 2016 at 5:14 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply 67.19% turnout of registered Orange Co. voters by 4:30? Wow, that is pretty good, isn’t it? Everywhere I went today I had people I didn’t know ask me did I go vote today! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I am not silly enough to make predictions on this election, as it could go either way. Unlike some who have declared the “winner” ahead of time. I hope to heck they are wrong! November 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I voted in favor of the marijuana because of people suffering and needing it. After I saw the 15 year old boy on tv with the brain tumor and his closet full of medicines, and the doctor diagnosis that he only has a year left to live, and the despair in his mother’s voice…..I knew in my heart, that I had voted the right way. I would never refuse to help someone, if I had the power to help them with a vote, and although I only am one vote, I believe I voted the right way. If others turn the pot into candy and recreational drugs, well that is them, but at least maybe the people that need it can get it. If they can afford it, that is. The drug companies are the ones that need clamped down on, with their money going to astronomical salaries to sorry CEOs!!!!!!!!!! This child got it because he was terminally ill, however, after the doctor diagnosis, the boy still had to wait 90 days in order to get it, and unfortunately, the latest one to be voted on, doesn’t remedy that 90 day requirement. That is just wrong. Please enter your name here Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img Mama Mia November 8, 2016 at 5:09 pm I hope it won’t be too late before we know the results. And I hope that Florida’s results are tonight and not next week!!! Reply TAGSApopka Election Day Previous articleFree stuff for VotersNext articleLive General Election Results Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Mama Mia 6 COMMENTS Reply November 8, 2016 at 5:39 pm Mama Mia Please enter your comment! I wonder what time will it be before we know the election results??? I am low energy, I have to have nap time, as I am a nasty woman!!! LOL…….. November 8, 2016 at 5:03 pm The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

How much is your vote worth?

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Well, if there were, say, 30,000 of those folks in states like Pa and Wisconsin, they could have changed the outcome of the election. As far as the elephant in the room, the Electoral College, I for one DO NOT want states like California and NY driving politics for the entire country based on their large populations. Every State in the Union should have a say in the Presidential Election. The anatomy of a voteOpinion By Greg Jackson, Esq.A few days ago, I found myself in an Apopka-area chain drug store speaking to a young man about a number of topics: sports, school, music, and then somehow the conversation turned to politics. After expressing his displeasure with the outcome of the most recent elections, the young man said, “it doesn’t matter to me anyway, because I don’t vote.”Greg JacksonI was a bit taken aback by his nonchalant, matter-of-fact way of admitting to me that he willingly gave up a right that so many fought and died for. But, I resisted the urge to say what was truly on my mind and simply asked “why not?” The young man expressed a view that far too many young people are taking in this age and told me that he didn’t vote because he felt his vote did not matter and would not have counted. He told me that he would not vote until he knew his vote would put who he wanted in office and accomplished what was important to him.It was at that moment that I realized what the true problem may be with young voters or those who turn their backs on the political process. Aside from being turned off by the tactics and antics of some political groups and candidates who only come around during election time to pander for votes, many young people view their votes as this mystical-thing that can grant wishes. They feel that their singular vote should be able to put people with their ideas in office. They feel that their vote should change overnight the condition of entire communities. They feel that their vote should entitle them to make all the ills of the world disappear and life will be as easy as pie.But, in actuality a vote is quite simply a formal expression of opinion or choice, either positive or negative, made by an individual or body of individuals. It is a right and privilege bestowed upon all eligible citizens of this great Country of ours. A vote is a very personal thing that is not to be wasted, compromised or taken advantage of. A vote is not a magic wand that you wave to create a better life; it is, however, a mechanism through which change has been brought about. The best we can hope for is that we live in a society where a collection of likeminded people see things (i.e., issues, candidates etc.) the same way and their collective voices will come together to bring about change. Whether good, bad or indifferent we have seen what singular voices coming together can do in 2008, 2012 and 2016.To those who are reluctant to vote, what I say is this, always cast a vote, express yourself through this process. The fact that people try to control communities by controlling votes should be an indication of its importance. But what makes a vote important is not that it can be controlled. What makes a vote important is that it is uniquely and distinctly yours to express how you want to shape society. Your vote is an extension of you and is your contribution to becoming an agent of change for the greater good of all. The worst thing you could ever do is silence yourself by failing to vote; even if things don’t turn out how you want them to, at least you can say you expressed yourself.Greg Jackson is a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 December 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Joe Please enter your comment! 2 COMMENTScenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia I can certainly identify with people who say their votes didn’t matter, and that is the majority of voters who did go vote! So I can certainly more than understand this young man’s point of view about why he does not vote. Sad. The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here December 8, 2016 at 11:31 am TAGSGreg Jackson Previous articleWolf Lake Beta Club goes to NationalsNext articleAPD releases details of Dexter Hughley Shooting Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Planning Commission votes unanimously to approve New Errol project

first_img March 22, 2018 at 9:21 pm Plan moves to City Council vote next TuesdayBefore a crowd of approximately 300 residents at the VFW/Apopka Community Center on Wednesday night, the Apopka City Planning Commission voted unanimously to move the Signature H Property Group’s New Errol project to the next stage of its approval.  In a process that took over two hours to complete, the Planning Commission watched as City Staff and the Signature H Group gave presentations describing the project, and then listened as one attorney and 10 residents spoke during public comments.Erik Whynot, an attorney with the law firm Garfinkel Whynot, P.A., and representing the Errol Estate Property Owners Association (EEPOA), gave a 15-minute presentation in which he pointed out parts of the project’s plan that he and the EEPOA believes have evolved from their original promise.“Generally speaking the EEPOA supports the vision of Signature H, but there’s a difference between the marketing that Signature H does and the documents. With these types of large projects, the devil is in the details.”The Apopka City Planning Commission voted 7-0 in favor of moving the New Errol project to the City Council.The EEPOA, which represents 2,000 residents – over 80% of the Errol homeowners according to Whynot, pointed specifically to the construction of a spine road designed to alleviate construction traffic away from the major thoroughfares in the Errol community. According to Whynot, this road was supposed to be constructed first.“Initially, the spine road was to be complete before any of the construction would be started,” Whynot said. “We don’t want Errol Parkway and Golf Course Drive to be the only construction throughways. The spine road needs to be completed in order to relieve traffic congestion on Errol Parkway and Golf Course Drive that will definitely result in the development stages of this project. There is a significant concern for safety and pedestrians for those roads as a construction entryway.”Dale Fenwick, an Errol resident and former publisher of The Apopka Voice, was concerned that the golf course had been taken off the plan that the City was to approve.“Like most people here tonight, I support the Errol project,” he said. “However, my support is not without reservations. The developers garnered support by spending two years promising us that they were going to renovate the golf course and build a clubhouse before the first home was sold. It was a bold promise, but without it, you wouldn’t see the support you see here today. Unfortunately, the golf course was taken out of the Master Plan three weeks ago, and because it is off the plan, I don’t know if the City can hold the developer accountable for their promise, but I encourage you to find a way.”The vast majority of the audience was in favor of the New Errol project, and many wore the t-shirts distributed by Signature H showing their support. And of the 10 public comments, most made positive remarks about the project.“I did not plan on speaking tonight,” said Apopka resident Barbara McLeod. “But I have seen Errol go up and down for the last 25 years. We have no options. No one is knocking on our door to make our land and our golf course and our area better. Our options are knee-high weeds, snakes, and rats. I understand that there are people being impacted by the changes, and I’m sorry for that, but it’s only a handful. If we don’t do this, you can kiss all of your property values goodbye.”Another longtime Errol homeowner agreed with McLeod.“I’ve been a resident for 19 years and I’ve seen a lot of projects come through and they all have failed for various reasons,” said Tom Watson. “The plan before us seems very reasonable, well thought out. It’s a major project, and I think it’s the last best hope for Errol Estate. It’s an unbelievable piece of property like no other in the area. I support this project and I hope everyone will. I hope it will be successful.”After public comments, the Commision, which consists of seven non-elected members that prepare and make recommendations to the City Council on the City’s Comprehensive Plan, land use, development plans, and rezonings, voted 7-0 to approve the plan.“We’re very pleased and honored that the Apopka City Planning Commission has unanimously approved and recommended our plans for New Errol and Staghorn, as we are truly excited to get to the next step of City Council approval and begin groundbreaking on the new projects, beginning with the golf course,” said Helmut Wyzisk III, vice president of Signature H Property Group, the developers of New Errol and the Staghorn Club & Lodge. “This is a clear signal that the community understands the revitalization that this property needs and has the confidence in what our extensive and experienced team has put forth to turn New Errol and Staghorn into an exciting, beautiful, and thriving development for not just its residents, but for the entire city of Apopka as well.”According to Signature H Property Group, it has presented at multiple meetings showcasing its development plans for a completely redesigned 18-hole golf course; a brand new clubhouse and lodge featuring restaurants, bars, retail shops, a boutique hotel, water park, new luxury residences, an assisted living/post-acute care rehab facility, public spaces, parks and walking trails.“We feel this unanimous vote reflects the amount of time, effort, and community relations that Signature H has put into this well-envisioned plan to make sure it not only brings much-needed amenities to the area but also that they fit seamlessly into the existing neighborhoods as well as possible,” said Larry Klein, a partner with Signature H and 30-year resident of Apopka and Errol Estate who released a statement through Signature H.“Signature H has put together a most impressive team of planners, designers, and building contractors and has spent countless hours talking directly with Errol residents to understand their needs, their concerns and their overall excitement about where we’re headed.”The project moves to the Apopka City Council on Tuesday.The project now moves to a special City Council hearing on April 27th, and the likelihood is that the New Errol project will face a stiffer challenge with them if the August 24th, 2017 meeting is any indication.The City Council was cautiously optimistic at that meeting and voted 4-1 to approve the Ordinance (2581) on first reading, which moved the project to a state review. In November of 2017, the state approved the Signature H New Errol plan and moved it back to the City for final approval.But before the City Council vote in August, there was significant skepticism and hard questions asked of Signature H. New Errol is a must …and will be a much-needed UPGRADE to the ‘old Errol’…..as it is way overdue….since the outgoing mayor never built the promised City Park on part of the old golf course……the planned new trails and areas will be a welcome event…..let the building begin. Reply Please enter your name here March 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm 4 COMMENTS March 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm d Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSErrol EstateSignature H Property GroupThe New Errol project Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleCity Commission Runoff Election: Seat #2 still very much in play Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Marilyn Martin “For us the responsibility here is… I kind of feel like I’m the father whose daughter’s heart has been won and now we have to have “the talk”,” said Commissioner Doug Bankson at the August meeting. “It is our responsibility to be skeptical. Are there any holes? Because this is a big issue… this is tremendous. Anyone who sees this would want this to come to Apopka. We would love to work together on this. But the big question is can you produce?”Commissioner Kyle Becker also displayed a significant amount of doubts toward Signature H. He was also the lone dissenting vote.“If this were an emotional response, I would be in favor of it. The idea, the concept, the plan… I say great. My challenge is there is no history of performance and no history of facilitating talented teams like they say they need for this project to succeed. They’re entering a business that in their own language is a dying business. So you add risk on top of the fact they have no history with these projects. There is no disclosure of who the investors are or how much the property is worth. They have no plan for who will run these assets when they are actually in play, and the value of the property is speculative based on future land use. With all that said I just don’t have a level of confidence.”Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer was pleased by the research done by the commissioners and expressed an interest to move forward.“I think all of the elected officials on this Council have done their homework, and I think all of the questions asked are valid questions. I think the process that we’re going through is about finding safeguards and we’ve got three more cracks at this to get it right before they are allowed to proceed.”Tuesday night at 5:30 PM will be that next crack for the City Council at the VFW/Apopka Community Center, located at 519 South Central Avenue in Apopka. March 22, 2018 at 11:22 pm You go, girl! Sooo proud of your ‘un-intended’ speech Tuesday night! I think your thoughts were shared by MANY!.. Let me say this clearly. If any city Council person votes against the new Errol project, they will not get my vote next election! This is taking no money from the city and will only benefit the city with increased revenues. Barbara McLeod New Errol The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Nice article! Next up, City Council on 3/27! While we’re thrilled with the unanimous vote, we want to be sure everyone is very clear on the answers to some of the questions asked and comments brought up:If you’re interested in seeing the entire hearing, here’s a video: https://www.facebook.com/NewErrolApopka/videos/429774267470096/(0:36:20) GAI Planner Blake Drury, explains that the City instructed the developer to remove the golf course from the PUD, during a DRC meeting last month. The zoning on the course was not changing, so did not need to be in PUD. (1:55:18) Land Use Attorney Jonathan Huels dispels the suggestion that the golf course is ‘out of the project’ and ‘there are no obligation for it to be developed’. He explains it is simply not true and there is strict language in the developer agreement that requires the golf course to be built. (1:59:17) Jonathan Huels explains the spine road is broken into two phases. The first segment is required to be completed and dedicated before any residential CO can be issued. The second segment is required to be nearly completed, but designated for construction equipment until it’s dedicated as a public road. (2:11:39) Planning Commission motions and unanimously votes for APPROVAL. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Phone Scam Alert: Fake calls from the City of Apopka

first_img From the Apopka Police DepartmentApopka residents should be cautious about uninvited phone calls that claim to represent the City of Apopka and request personal or financial information.Fraudulent callers contact local residents to request information about payments for Apopka’s water and sewer service. According to reports, the callers also ask for credit card information.The City of Apopka and its Utility Billing division never initiate phone calls to ask customers for personal or financial information. Do not provide sensitive information to any uninvited or unknown caller. If they pressure you for information, please hang up to end the call.If you feel that you have become a victim, please contact the Apopka Police Department at 407-703-1771. If you have questions regarding your City of Apopka utility account, call (407) 703-1727 or visit www.apopka.net. The Anatomy of Fear TAGSApopka Police DepartmentPhone Scam Previous articleLet’s Talk About it – Episode 23: The Apopka electionNext articleCommissioner-Elect Alexander Smith: “As a team we will move this city forward” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Orange County Clerk makes it easier to get a passport

first_img TAGSOrange County Clerk of the CourtPassport Previous articleCommissioner-Elect Alexander Smith: “As a team we will move this city forward”Next articleDr. Joel Hunter speaking at Christian Chamber event Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From the Orange County Clerk of the Court Planning a family vacation? Excited for a study abroad program or mission trip? It all starts here at the Clerk’s Office. Visit us to apply for your passport and take the trip of your dreams.If you’re too busy with work or school during the week, we’re opening several of our branch offices on two separate Saturdays to help you and your family apply for your passports.Whether you live in Orange or any Central Florida County, join us for Passport Saturdays, April 14 and April 28, 2018. Our Apopka, Ocoee, and Winter Park locations will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., making it easier than ever to get a passport for you or your child.Passport Saturdays Locations(April 14 and 28, 9:00 am – 2:00 p.m.)Apopka1111 N. Rock Springs Rd.Apopka, FL 32712Ocoee475 Story Rd.Ocoee, FL 34761Winter Park450 N. Lakemont Ave.Winter Park, FL 32792Proof of citizenship and proof of identity are required when applying for a passport. Two forms of payment are also required. Each minor child applying must appear in person.For information on what you need to know and bring with you, watch our new passport informational video on our website at www.myorangeclerk.com. Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more