Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN El Grupo de Trabajo del Arzobispo de Canterbury prepara un tiempo de oración y arrepentimiento Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET El Grupo de Trabajo creado tras la Reunión de los Primados de 2016 ha presentado las propuestas iniciales para un tiempo de arrepentimiento y de oración en toda la Comunión Anglicana. Este tiempo tendrá lugar desde Pentecostés hasta finales de 2019, y para su lanzamiento se difundirá una oración especial.El Grupo, reunido esta semana en Londres, anunció que este tiempo se centrará cada semana en una provincia determinada. La oficina de la Comunión Anglicana preparará y distribuirá el material de apoyo para este tiempo.El Obispo Ian Ernest del Océano Índico, a quien se le encomendó la presidencia de la sesión de esta semana, manifestó que este tiempo de oración y arrepentimiento sería el regalo de la Comunión a un mundo de dolor.«Nos damos cuenta de las dificultades, y esto causa dolor. El mundo conoce la ruptura. La Comunión Anglicana también ha tenido sus problemas y sus rupturas.«Así pues, nuestra respuesta es: creemos firmemente que la oración nos ayudará a crecer y a amar a pesar de nuestras diferencias. Creemos firmemente que nuestras diferencias no tienen por qué conducirnos hacia el odio, sino que la oración puede ayudarnos a sanar allí donde las relaciones se hayan deteriorado.«Sabemos que estamos llamados a ser instrumentos del amor y de la misericordia, de la justicia y de la verdad.»El Grupo de Trabajo fue creado en enero de 2016 por el Arzobispo de Canterbury a petición de los Primados. Su cometido es restaurar relaciones, restablecer la confianza y la responsabilidad mutua, sanar el legado de dolor y explorar relaciones más profundas. Presentó un informe provisional sobre el trabajo realizado hasta la fecha en la Reunión de Primados de Canterbury de octubre del año pasado.El Obispo Ian mencionó que en estos momentos el grupo está preparando acciones concretas que reflejen su mandato de ayudar a la Comunión a «caminar juntos» a pesar de las diferencias. También expresó su confianza en que este tiempo de oración contribuirá a generar un mayor impulso con vistas a la Conferencia de Lambeth de 2020.El grupo declaró que su oración por la Comunión se había hecho y continuaría haciéndose eco de la oración de Cristo, «para que todos sean uno […] para que el mundo crea […]», y para que la unidad, la vida y el testimonio del grupo «se esfuerce en hacer la voluntad de Cristo».The Group’s membership is drawn from across the Anglican Communion:Richard ClarkeArchbishop of Armagh and PrimateChurch of Ireland Michael CurryPresiding Bishop and PrimateUS-based Episcopal ChurchIan ErnestBishop of MauritusProvince of the Indian OceanPhilip FreierArchbishop of Melbourne and PrimateAnglican Church of AustraliaMoon HingBishop of West Malaysia and PrimateProvince of South East AsiaElizabeth PaverFormer vice-chair of the Anglican Consultative CouncilChurch of EnglandRosemary MbogoProvincial SecretaryAnglican Church of KenyaLinda NichollsBishop of HuronAnglican Church of CanadaPaul SarkerBishop of Dhaka and PrimateChurch of Bangladeshand Josiah Idowu-FearonSecretary General of the Anglican Communion. 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Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopalians balance fear with preparation in the wake of U.S. mass shootings Churches grapple with ways to keep safe and keep the faith Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Gun Violence March 2018 Rector Pittsburgh, PA April 19, 2018 at 7:07 pm Unfortunately protests and placards are not going to stop an evil and/or deranged person from mass shootings. I am against gun violence too, but if a mass shooter enters the church that I attend, “wishin and hoping” is not going to stop that person. Since God gave me a brain, I choose to use it and that means that I will have self-defense with me. If my church bans that, then I will likely not attend the church. As I have said in this forum, if guns are ever outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Gun Violence, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Press Release April 21, 2018 at 9:25 am I am blessed to be a member of the Episcopal Church. We seem to be in the midst of whatever is going on in our society. That is also true of other countries, than America. We take action, big or small, to help address the problem.I think the first step taken, calming the panic most of us feel, and the helplessness, was the best idea. Everything else that is done is encouraging. It doesn’t make you feel stuck with a horror you have no power over. We know Jesus Christ has the power over all situations, and I believe He will guide us in our efforts to do all we can to end this violence in our nation.I also think guns, especially in church, should never be allowed. I think it would only create an atmosphere of more fear. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Bill Louis says: Comments are closed. April 20, 2018 at 3:47 pm It’s naive to think “it won’t happen in my church”. Mass shootings are rare but they happen. See something, say something has failed to work in some of the recent shooting cases where friends and family knew the shooter was a possible danger but they did nothing about it. In the most recent case, the shooter was known to both the police and the school administration to be a danger but the authorities did nothing about it. We haven’t really figured out how to identify and address mentally deranged people. Until then we are left with protecting ourselves from them.The average shooting is over in minutes or even seconds. When the police arrive too late all that is left is to clean up and investigate. A church being a “sanctuary” will not stop a determined, deranged person from carrying out his or her murderous plan. Wishing “it won’t happen” is not a deterrent.My church is in denial. Although there is no written policy or state law prohibiting legal carry of a firearm in church It would certainly be an issue if it is discovered that someone carries in church yet the church leadership refuses to put even the simplest safeguards in place such as locking the doors during the service. Instead we are told to “run, hide or fight.” but there are no drills or practice for those suggestions. If there was any kind of practice I doubt many of our elderly congregants are physically capable of doing any of those things in a stressful situation.There are no off duty law enforcement officers in our congregation. The church leadership has been resistant to suggestions to secure the church during services. So the only protection against an active shooter is to have trained, licensed concealed carry people in church. It’s unlikely congregation will know if someone skilled is carrying concealed unless that person(s) makes it known. Personally I would feel much more comfortable knowing they are sitting next to me in church and hope and pray that kind of protection is never needed. Tragically its a reality that in any active shooter situation people are going get hurt. I would much rather have a “gunfight at the OK corral” where the shooter is neutralized than have my entire church family mass murdered. To allow an active shooter to go unopposed is suicide. Even Peter carried a sword in the Garden of Gethsemane. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 April 19, 2018 at 9:20 pm State laws that prohibit weapons in churches are offensive and an infringement on the rights of religious congregations to determine what is or isn’t permitted in their own sanctuaries, and at best such laws represent an absolutely worthless government promise backed up with nothing. I put it in the same bin with a law prohibiting having any gun in one’s house. I think all but the most ardent anti-gun activists would agree that’s unreasonable.I also don’t think the bishops should be personally banning weapons for individual congregations. A blanket weapons ban is a check that the bishop simply can’t cash and is little other than wishful thinking on his or her part. It’s the ultimate in feeling good and accomplishing nothing. April 19, 2018 at 8:43 pm I don’t get the humor of the photo of the bishop’s deputy for gun violence prevention: “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a priest with a poster.” This lowers the IQ of the gun ownership for personal protection discussion by many points. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL By Amy SowderPosted Apr 19, 2018 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 April 19, 2018 at 10:29 pm With respect to Churches, “private carry” of firearms is an unsettling and unacceptable proposal. Maybe in rural areas its no big deal, but few congregants in my church would feel comfortable knowing that the person sitting next to them in the pew may be armed. The reference in the article to “concealed carry” may needlessly alarm some readers—allowing “concealed carry” does not necessarily mean that the average congregant can conceal a pistol in her purse and go to Church. It is illegal in most states for someone to carry a concealed handgun when inside or outside of a church or in any place open to the public, without a “concealed carry permit” issued by local authorities and after a showing of substantial need and adequate training. Concealed carry permits are very difficult to obtain in my state. Most full time police officers, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers are required to carry a weapon at all times, usually concealed when off duty. A prohibition on weapons (guns and knives) on church grounds should be accompanied by exceptions for law enforcement or the congregant who has a license for “concealed carry” a firearm, or they would have to leave his or her handgun in the trunk of their car, or not attend church at all. Adopting a “no guns allowed” posture may make a pastor feel politically correct and safer, but it is pretty foolish to discourage attendance by members who may be law enforcement officers. Most people would probably avoid a church if they knew other parishioners may be “packing,” and there are helpful alternatives. Private Jewish schools and synagogues in my community have long ago increased security and safety by “hardening the target.” Gates and kiosks, some with armed security, restrict access, and concrete walls and fences were constructed to deflect vehicle impacts. Even hostile plantings (bougainvillea plants have long, sharp thorns) can make intrusion difficult and painful. The article is a little myopic in its focus solely on “guns.” During the September 11 attacks, 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 others wounded—airplanes, not guns were used. On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs were detonated near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs—again, no guns were used. On July 14, 2016 at a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, France, an Islamic fanatic drove a 20-ton rental truck into the crowd, striking and killing 86 people—private gun ownership is severely restricted in France. On November 1, 2017, a pickup truck rampage left at least eight people dead in lower Manhattan. Unquestionably, less than 1% of Muslims are fanatical murderers. But the same is true of gun owners—less than 1% of those who own semi-automatic rifles use those weapons to commit murder and mayhem. Sadly, the internet, violence in movies and game videos, early release of felons, increased use of mind-altering drugs, and the rise in secularism attended by loss of moral values, have all led to the modern reality that average citizens are increasingly subject to random violence and murder at the hands of criminal psychopaths. A daily reminder of the lethality of the depraved mind are the “tamper-proof” sealed containers on products found at the grocery story—all a result of some sociopaths’ desire for murder and chaos by contaminating everyday products with arsenic (rat poison) and other commercially available, lethal poisons. It is not the availability of firearms that makes people psychopaths. A weapons ban will not stop the religious fanatic, the Marxist anarchist, the anti-social extremist, the hardened criminal, or the mentally deranged Frankensteins in our society from finding some means to kill and inflict harm. And there should be respect for local autonomy. Reasonable gun restrictions in populated cities may be Constitutionally valid, but the same restrictions may make little sense in Smalltown, Wyoming where the definition of a drive-by-shooting is hunting jackrabbits from a pick-up truck.There is no global panacea. Individual education and vigilance—simply being aware of our surroundings and suspicious persons and packages—are important. The article encourages individual responsibility and education about “gun safety” to avoid accidents, and correctly advises pastors to consult and use the expertise of local police and security companies for planning so that each church can consider its own measures based upon their own needs and level of risk. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest April 20, 2018 at 1:57 pm “Churches have for centuries been sanctuaries. Weapons were always left outside. Real life is not like the old Hollywood movies where John Wayne or whomever shot the bad guy with one shot and nobody else got hurt. Do we really want the “Gun fight at OK Corral” in our churches?”Unfortunately, we do not get to decide the terms of engagement with mass murderers. I am sure that you would call 911 to report a mass shooting at your church. You know what? That will bring gobs and gobs of people with badges and guns to your location. So nothing you’re saying really makes any sense to me.” It is interesting to me that most of these “mass shootings” have taken place in fairly affluent neighborhoods.”Mass shootings are rare. Most shootings and shooting deaths happen in poor, urban areas. When poor minorities die in urban areas (which happens greatly disproportionately in this country) no one outside the local news cares. In Illinois in 2016, for example, black people died from gun homicides at a rate six times that of whites. M. J. 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Photo: Fred Koenig[Episcopal News Service] As Americans reel from the rising number of mass shootings, the possibility of such violence happening at any gathering anywhere seems more real.To cope, Episcopalians have relied on efforts to balance preparing for the worst with keeping their faith. The most recent tragedy — the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people — mobilized youth nationwide to fight for better gun-violence prevention laws with marches and protests, Episcopal youth included.“We’re trying very hard not to encourage hysteria, but we want to be prepared,” said the Rev. Kate Atkinson, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which is across the street from the state house in Concord, New Hampshire. “Who knows what the dangerous person will look like? We have to be vigilant but not frightened. I refuse to be frightened. But at the same time, I am responsible for my parish and I don’t want anything to happen to them.”Numbers vary depending on how a mass shooting is defined. Often the term requires three or more deaths. Regardless, 2017 was called the deadliest year for mass killings in a decade, totaling 208 deaths shortly after the Nov. 5 shooting that killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.If the Feb. 14 school shooting is any indication, 2018 won’t be much better. Meanwhile, Episcopal leaders are striving to comfort and calm their congregations while also examining ways to prepare for the worst.Before those 26 people were gunned down in the Texas church, the closest mass church shooting killed nine people on June 17, 2015, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Three people died in a May 3, 2012 shooting at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. The assumed assailant was a homeless man who used the church’s soup kitchen and who police believe committed suicide by shooting himself afterward.The church’s warden at the time, Craig Stuart-Paul, later pledged that the parish’s ministry would continue, “and we won’t do it from behind bulletproof glass.”Many plans, procedures and technologies are already in place, but Episcopalians are being made more aware of them. Vestries are updating their emergency plans. Some priests and bishops are participating in gun violence seminars, workshops and other trainings. Still others are fighting state gun laws.Include gun violence in emergency plansThe Church Pension Group’s Safety & Insurance Handbook for Churches, available online, addresses what to do in an emergency involving gun violence.Quick communication and notification are key, the handbook emphasizes. And depending on church needs and budget, leaders can implement or update their regular security measures to incorporate newer technology, such as buzzed-in entry, automated locking, camera systems and key access. A diocese with a large, metropolitan cathedral often has a security guard.But it’s more than that.“As recent devastating events in a wide variety of public places have demonstrated, it’s important to have plans in place to mitigate the risk of violence — and to be able to react appropriately and quickly in case something does happen,” the handbook, written in 2015, states. “You should have a violence preparedness plan, just as you have disaster preparedness plans in case of fires, floods, or tornadoes — and run drills, too, just as you would for a fire or tornado.”In the Diocese of New Hampshire, at least four churches have hosted active shooter drills or seminars. About 120 people attended a drill on how to deal with active shooter situations at Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester on April 8.The free drills were led by Blue-U Defense, a group of off-duty or retired law enforcement officers with training experience in preparedness for organizations including churches, New Hampshire Bishop Rob Hirschfeld told Episcopal News Service. The events were hosted by Episcopal churches and were open to people from other faith communities as well.“I’m encouraged by people coming away from this with a sense of reasonableness; they’re less panicked, more empowered, more aware of the space they’re in and the possibilities to frustrate the intent of those who wish to do harm. And that’s good,” said Hirschfeld, a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence.“They’re given strategies. We don’t want our people to live in fear. As Marianne Williamson has said, ‘Fear is not a Christian habit of mind,’” he said, quoting the spiritual activist and author.On April 11, about 45 leaders of area faith communities convened for a Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Event (CRASE) training led by local police at St. Paul’s in Concord. The training was geared toward heightened security, urging faith leaders to be wise about what doors are locked and unlocked, who’s monitoring the building, what’s happening with the children and what official response protocol is, according to Atkinson, the rector.The first piece of advice used to be to hide, but now it’s ADD: avoid, deny and defend, Atkinson said the CRASE experts told them. The first line of action is to try to escape. If that’s not possible, deny access by hiding, barricading and calling 911. If the shooter does reach you, defend yourself however you can, especially as a group.After that initial seminar, Concord police officers are continuing the training by arranging site visits with each participating religious group to tour the buildings and give tips, Atkinson said. The church safety policy discourages people from bringing in concealed weapons, Atkinson said.The downtown church serves many visitors in its food pantry, thrift store and clothing bank. Those ministries mean a higher percentage of homeless and mentally ill visitors. But as Atkinson has realized, you never know what the shooter will look like, so you can’t stop doing God’s will.“A lot of the people we deal with on a daily basis can be frightening, but they’re also frightened, and they need our help,” she told ENS.At St. Peter’s in Carson City, Nevada, on March 9, representatives from the Carson City Sheriff’s and Fire departments met with parishioners and discussed church safety and active shooter situations, as well as emergency medical situations, fires and earthquakes. The training brought calm assurance to people, Nevada Bishop Dan Edwards told ENS.Donna Bernert, a member of St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in Eureka, Missouri, organized members of her parish to staff a Lock It for Love booth at the annual Eureka Days celebration on Sept. 8-9. Fifty gun locks were distributed free of charge. The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri has partnered with Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, a St. Louis advocacy organization, in supporting Lock It for Love. Photo: Episcopal Diocese of MissouriPart of planning for emergencies involves prevention methods, such as distributing gun locks so the guns don’t get in the wrong hands.St. James Episcopal Church in Keene, New Hampshire, has a social justice ministry that brokered an arrangement between local law enforcement agencies and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an National Rifle Association-affiliated, Second Amendment advocacy group based in Newtown, Connecticut. Despite what Hirschfeld called the chasm between the church and the NRA, the foundation will make these gun locks available to 15 police stations in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire, he said. It’s called Project ChildSafe, a free national program.“It’s a little thread across the chasm,” Hirschfeld said.Carrying guns inside churches — legallyParallel to the controversial arm-the-teachers solution in schools, proponents of more freedom to carry firearms inside churches say it will enable parishioners to defend themselves and protect others. Otherwise, church members are sitting ducks, they say. That thinking has influenced lawmakers.Yet the Episcopalians ENS spoke to said trained police often miss their intended targets, so inexperienced civilians will have even less chance of aiming correctly and can make the fatal mistake of shooting an innocent bystander. Plus, when more people are wielding guns, it’s often difficult to tell who the “bad guy” is when law enforcement does arrive and needs to make split-second decisions.Some Episcopalians, such as those in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas, are grappling with either existing state laws or proposed amendments that allow firearms in church.On April 11, Bishop George Wayne Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and other Episcopal leaders joined Roman Catholic, Jewish, Methodist, Baptist and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America leaders at a press conference decrying the proposed Missouri House Bill 1936 amending a law to expand where concealed weapons are allowed, extending the allowance to churches.Missouri churches have historically been gun-free zones.As the law states now, a person must receive special permission from clergy to carry a concealed weapon on church property. The new law would allow someone to carry a concealed weapon inside a church or other religious institution unless a sign banning weapons is prominently displayed. The sign must be at least 11 by 14 inches with writing that is at least 1 inch tall, according to the bill.The Rev. Mike Angell helped organize the ecumenical press conference.This proposed gun legislation has galvanized a rare show of unity among faith communities that normally disagree, he said. The various participating faith leaders argue that the proposed state amendment is a radical expansion of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms, at the expense of the First Amendment right of religious freedom. Throughout history, religious groups have fought wars over what was displayed inside houses of worship, Angell said. And to have to post government-regulation signs in order to preserve the sanctuary of these faith centers is “offensive,” he said, and the faith communities were not even consulted during the legislative process.“We do believe people have a right to responsible gun ownership. Several bishops are gun owners,” Angell told ENS. “But this is a radical redefinition of what the Second Amendment means. It would also allow guns in day care centers, bars and schools. That’s problematic. We don’t operate a bar, but we operate all those others.”Angell is rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City, Missouri, which rents out some of its facilities to a children’s music school, AA groups and other community activities. The vestry is examining new emergency plans and active-shooter training possibilities.“We’re looking at all sorts of ways to update those emergencies procedures. We’ve been asked by some of our tenants, really since the Parkland school shooting and the Texas church shooting,” he said.As the bishop’s deputy for gun violence prevention, the Rev. Marc Smith uses his 10 years’ experience as the former president of the Missouri Hospital Association to come at the problem from a public health perspective. He’s been working on six initiatives since his appointment almost three years ago.The Rev. Anne Kelsey and the Rev. Marc Smith, the Missouri bishop’s deputy for gun violence prevention, protest with signs during the St. Louis March for Our Lives on March 24. Photo: The Rev. Paula HartsfieldWhile other Episcopal churches and dioceses across the United States have undertaken several similar initiatives such as awareness campaigns and gun lock distributions, two of Smith’s cutting-edge initiatives, which he hasn’t noticed elsewhere, involve training clergy and creating a curriculum.First, a partnership with Washington University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and the Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Seminary has helped develop and present seminars to equip clergy and laity to care for the victims of gun violence. Smith has conducted seminars regularly with crime victim care organizations, as well as seminars at Eden Theological Seminary and Concordia Seminary.Second, Smith is creating a six-module curriculum for use by faith communities to explore the many forms of violence in American culture and the church’s responsibility for responding to them: violence in scripture, America as a culture of violence, gun violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence, bullying and suicide, and reconciliation and forgiveness. He’s invited experts in each area to share their knowledge via instructional videos, and the curriculum will be online.Smith also wrote a litany for victims of gun violence, available online.In November 2012, Bishop Edward J. Konieczny issued a policy for every organization in the Diocese of Oklahoma, in direct contrast to the just-passed Oklahoma Self-Defense Act/Open Carry Law. The law says no person, property owner, tenant, employer or business entity can make a policy prohibiting anyone, except a convicted felon, from carrying a weapon on premises.That did not stop Konieczny, a former Southern California police officer.He wrote: “As such, after careful review, the policy of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma is to prohibit any weapon inside any building owned or occupied by the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, Episcopal churches, Episcopal schools or institutions, and Episcopal camp and conference centers.”The bishop’s exceptions included government employees acting in their capacity to do so, security officers for special events, and organized training or sporting events such as skeet shooting. Any other exception would require prior written approval from the bishop.Konieczny has his own concealed weapon permit, and told the crowd at the April 2014 Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence conference hosted in his diocese that he has been called “the gun-toting bishop.”“By any definition of the word, the frequency of violent acts in our society is of epidemic proportion,” he told the conference members. “I am not willing to accept that we are destined to suffer the tragedies that have plagued our society. Instead, I am convinced that we can change judgmental attitudes, intolerant behaviors and the violence in our society.”After the Feb. 25, 2016, shootings in Hesston and Newton, Kansas, that killed three people, Episcopal Diocese of Kansas’ then-Bishop Dean Wolfe and Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas Bishop Michael Milliken issued a pastoral directive banning firearms from Episcopal churches in the state, unless they are carried by designated law enforcement officials in the line of duty.In a letter sent to all churches, the bishops said the state law amendments reversed long-standing law and practice. The changes allowing anyone to bring guns into a church, they wrote, “unnecessarily endanger the citizens of our state and the members of our parishes.”Protecting the youngChurches often have day care centers and primary schools on their premises, which call to mind how the responses of adults can affect some of the most vulnerable populations.Nevada Bishop Dan Edwards said the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have had more impact on churches in his diocese than an Oct. 1 shooting at a Las Vegas country music concert that killed 58 people. That mass shooting caused an outpouring of compassion, he told ENS, but the Parkland school shooting mobilized youth across his diocese in marches and protests. At the Las Vegas March for Our Lives in March, survivors of the October shooting, as well as gun violence victims of domestic abuse and LGBTQ hate crimes, spoke.Prevention of gun violence and caring intervention for its victims are key to maintaining a safe, holy sanctuary, Episcopal leaders say. They’re taking action, while keeping in mind their higher calling in the Christian faith. They must stay reasonable, these priests and bishops told ENS.It’s good to remember that there is an extremely low likelihood of people being killed or injured in mass shootings, and even more so in churches; they’re taking far greater risk getting in their cars and driving on the highway, Edwards said.“That doesn’t mean bad things won’t happen to us, but we live in faith. Our call in facing violence is to respond nonviolently,” Edwards said. “The most frequent command Jesus gave us was ‘Do not be afraid.’ Not that we shouldn’t feel fear, but don’t live in fear and let it have you, to control our lives.“Instead, let our faith control our lives.”— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She can be reached at [email protected] Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK
BT is encouraging its 19 million residential customers to pay their BT bills by monthly direct debit, qualify for a monthly £1 discount off their bill, and then donate it to ChildLine.BT’s idea gives a new twist to the meaning of giving by direct debit. Indeed, the model could be implemented by any utility company or organisation for whom direct debit payments yield commercial savings.The direct debit promotion is part of BT’s ‘Am I Listening?’ campaign and could yield a valuable sustainable income for the children’s charity. Advertisement Tagged with: Finance Individual giving Customers taking part could pass on £12 a year to the charity a year. To activate the automatic donation, customers that already pay by direct debit and those that wish to begin paying by direct debit, simply need to call freephone 0800 169 8585 and state that they would like to donate their saving to ChildLine.Beth Courtier, head of charity programmes at BT, said: “Through the ‘Am I Listening?’ campaign, which launched in October 2002, we’ve raised over £2.1 million already. With the help of our millions of customers, we’d like this Billing proposition to significantly boost this figure.”The initiative will be further promoted across the country on billboards from April 2004. The billboard space has been donated to the ‘Am I Listening?’ campaign by billboard company, JCDecaux. The adverts will appear on 48-sheet billboards at 2,000 sites, as well as at hundreds of six-sheet sites, over the next six months. Howard Lake | 8 March 2004 | News BT says give by direct debit and donate savings to ChildLine 71 total views, 1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) has announced the publication of its Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit.The toolkit has been written to help organisations to understand how they can undertake their own research to demonstrate the impact of volunteering on the volunteer themselves, the organisations enagaging them, service users and the wider community.The toolkit comprises of a 130 page book and a CD ROM of materials which users can adapt to their specific needs. Advertisement Tagged with: Volunteering Howard Lake | 15 December 2004 | News The toolkit is priced at £30 to members of Volunteering England and £35 to non-members. 27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. New toolkit for volunteering impact assessment
Howard Lake | 27 January 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Birmingham Post reveals its Rich List Birmingham Post Rich List 2008 published 26 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Birmingham Post has published its list of the 50 wealthiest people in Birmingham. In the past year the minimum wealth required to appear on the list has risen from £50 million to £60 million.At the top are four billionaires, with last year’s ranking appearing in brackets:1. (1) John Caudwell £1.65 bn (£1.65 bn)2. (16) Lord Paul of Marylebone & family £1.5bn (£350m)3. (2) Viscount Portman and family £1.45bn (£1.45bn)4. (3) Sir Anthony Bamford and family £1.2bn (£950m)The newspaper has handily made available the list as an Excel download.http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/birminghampost/richlist/richlist2008 Tagged with: Prospect research About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Ice cream is just one of those things that makes you feel good – whether you like it in a cup or cone, now there’s a place to satisfy all your frozen dessert needs.Bengee’s Ice Cream Crafters is an all-inclusive ice cream parlor that has tasty vegan options, fun toppings like Oreo crumbles and even a creamy bun – or cronut option.“Ice cream makes me happy so I want others to enjoy it too,” said the owner, Foulay Saelor. His favorite treat is horchata ice cream in a creamy bun with Cinnamon Toast Crunch.Although he is not vegan himself, Saelor wanted to make an all-inclusive ice cream experience and encourages guests to come in and sample all the flavors.Their grand opening will be on Saturday, March 19 from 6pm-9pm and the first 100 guests will get a free creamy bun everyone else will get a free scoop of ice cream, while supplies last.Bengee’s Ice Cream Crafters is located at 901 E. Del Mar Boulevard. Community News More Cool Stuff Top of the News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Eats, The Dining Blog Ice Cream for All From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 12:55 pm HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week
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Home / Commentary / Taxing Issues in the World of Real Estate Investors Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago April 17, 2019 5,270 Views Previous: Altisource’s Premium Title Launches HomeVal Next: JPMorgan Reshapes Executive Team Heath Silverman is the co-founder and CEO of Stessa. Stessa gives the millions of real estate investors with single-family rentals and multifamily buildings a powerful new way to track, manage, and communicate the performance of their real estate assets for free. A real estate investor for nearly 20 years with 60+ rental units across the country, Heath is incredibly passionate about the rental property industry and loves helping other people succeed at investing in real estate. Since the introduction of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act in 2017, many real estate investors have wondered how these new rules and incentives affect their taxes. Things were so confusing in fact that the IRS recently released clarification on the 20 percent pass-through deduction, and specifically singled-out real estate investments as needing more clarity. To answer some of these questions, I sat down with Brandon Hall, CEO and founder at The Real Estate CPA.Heath Silverman (CEO, Stessa): Welcome, Brandon, I’d like to start with a quick question about the basics. What are the key things that all real estate investors should be doing in preparation for taxes?Brandon Hall (CEO, The Real Estate CPA): Thanks, Heath, for the opportunity to talk about my favorite subject. The basics of real estate investing taxes are quite simple—organization and preparation. This means diligent and digital record keeping, having a home office, having the right corporate structure to protect you and your business, and wrapping your head around common tax misunderstandings such as how travel works as a business expense.Silverman: In the same vein, what are the common misunderstandings about travel? Because, as real estate investors, we are doing this on a regular basis and typically need to do so to scale our business.Hall: In general, business travel must be considered both “ordinary and necessary” to be tax-deductible. Ordinary means it is common and accepted within the trade or business. Necessary means it is helpful and appropriate for the trade or business. As a real estate investor, you’ll likely travel to and from your rental properties, other business locations, new markets, and education-related events. While most of these activities are ordinary and necessary, it is important to understand the various rules for deducting travel expenses.For local travel, you have a home or local office, and these miles driven are considered business miles and are tax deductible within your “tax home.” Your “tax home” is considered the geographic location (i.e. city or locality) where you have an established rental business. There are generally two ways you can deduct these trips: 1) using the actual expense method, or 2) the standard mileage deduction. Both require you to keep an IRS-compliant mileage log.Travel expenses incurred to research and evaluate any new property that you eventually purchase outside of your tax home, will be added to the basis of the property and depreciated over 27.5 years, according to Revenue Ruling 77-254 of the U.S. tax code. Once you purchase a rental property in the new geographic area, additional new travel to the same area to evaluate other potential acquisitions becomes tax deductible as a business expense.That said, it’s worth noting that all real estate investors should have a trusted accountant with which to discuss their specific situation.Silverman: Let’s dive into real estate tax strategies and incentives. What are some of those strategies that you see investors missing on a regular basis?Hall: Let’s start with date placed in service. When you first purchase a rental property, it will be considered “placed in service” on day one if there’s an existing tenant in the property. If there’s no existing tenant, then the property is assumed to be not yet in service. Rental property investors will sometimes purchase a property vacant and in need of significant renovations. Any renovation costs incurred before you place the property in service must be capitalized and depreciated, rather than deducted as an expense that tax year. The way to successfully manage this distinction from a tax perspective is to complete the minimum amount of work necessary to get the property ready for lease, then immediately advertise it for rent.The key here is that the property is “ready” and “available” for rent in order to be placed into service. “Available” means advertising the unit for rent whereas “ready” means habitable. Be sure to check your local ordinances on whether you need a certificate of occupancy as that will be required before your unit will be deemed “ready” for rent. Once the property is in service you can finish the renovation and deduct some of the costs as repair and maintenance expenses in the current year.Another strategy is passive losses versus income, and how to treat these. This is a much larger discussion, but under the passive activity limits you can deduct up to $25,000 in passive losses against your ordinary income (e.g. W-2 wages) if your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is $100,000 or less. For example, your MAGI is $100,000 for the year and your rental properties produce a net loss of $30,000. As long as you demonstrate active participation and own at least 10% of the value of all the interests in your rental activities you’ll be able to deduct $25,000 of this loss against your ordinary income. The remaining $5,000 will be carried forward. A final strategy I will mention here is when selling properties, there are several strategies real estate investors need to explore before making any decision to minimize their tax burden—1031 exchanges, tax loss harvesting, and opportunity-zone investing. If you aren’t aware of these incentives, please go read up on them and ask your accountant.Silverman: We’d be remiss if we didn’t discuss the new 20% pass-through deduction that the IRS recently clarified. How does this work and what should real estate investors know?Hall: The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017 introduced a new 20 percent pass-through deduction allowing certain business owners to deduct 20 percent of qualified business income if your taxable income is below $157,500 if single, or $315,000 if married.So, if you still have taxable income from your rental properties after following the strategies I mentioned above, you may qualify for the 20 percent pass-through deduction under the following safe harbor. The safe harbor focuses on when a “rental real estate enterprise” will qualify as a “trade or business.” A rental real estate enterprise is an interest in real property owned by an individual, disregarded entity, partnership (other than a publicly traded partnership), or S-Corporation. The safe harbor will apply only to interests in a rental real estate enterprise as long as all of the following conditions are met:Separate books and records are maintained to reflect income and expenses for each rental real estate activity or enterprise (a separate real estate enterprise may constitute multiple properties as long as it is all commercial or all residential). 250-plus hours of rental services are performed for the enterprise.You maintain contemporaneous records, including time reports or similar documents, regarding: a) hours of all services performed, b) description of all services performed, c) dates on which such services are performed, and d) who performed the services.Keep in mind that if you plan on taking this deduction, there are many other things to consider, like you’ll have to issue Form 1099 for all independent contractors to which you paid over $600 during the year. 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Atlanta Police Department(ATLANTA) — An Atlanta community is mourning the death of a recent high school graduate who was killed by a stray bullet while asleep in her bedroom.Jessica Daniels, 18, was at home with her mother and grandfather early Thursday morning when three stray bullets came flying through the wall with one fatally striking the teen in the chest, according to police.“I was downstairs asleep. I heard the shots and I jumped up,” Daniel’s grandfather, Sanders Love, told reporters on the scene. “I heard shots. I’m thinking it’s just outside. Then I hear them in the house.”“And then I heard my daughter in the back scream, ‘Jessica’s been shot,’ and I just lost it. I’d rather for it to be me than my granddaughter,” he added.Investigators arrived to the family’s home in southwest Atlanta at around 5:30 a.m. and found Daniels unresponsive. She was pronounced dead on the scene.“That hurts me so bad and I’m not going to rest until somebody lets me know something,” Love said.Police found at least 18 shell casings from two guns outside of the home, indicating an apparent shootout. There was no evidence to suggest Daniels was the intended target, police said.“Our victim was lying in bed when she was shot a single time and killed on the scene,” Atlanta Police Department Lt. Andrea Webster told reporters Thursday. “We’re not sure if the house was targeted. … We can’t think of any reason why she may have been a target.”Daniels, who graduated from South Atlanta High School in May, was scheduled to attend a job interview later that morning, according to her family.Police are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. There were no suspects or leads as of Thursday evening.“We believe that the gunfire took place exclusively on the street,” Webster said. “We don’t know who the shooters are. We’re canvassing the area for witnesses and any video cameras that may have captured the incident.”“At this point, we need the public’s assistance … we really need their help,” she added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.