Fort Worth: Scott Mayer announced as nominee for provisional bishop

first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska People Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Tags Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group by diocesan staffPosted Apr 13, 2015 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Fort Worth: Scott Mayer announced as nominee for provisional bishop Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth press release] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, a group of elected clergy and lay leaders, announced on April 10 that the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas, is the nominee for the next provisional bishop of Fort Worth. The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., provisional bishop of Fort Worth, has called a special meeting of the convention on May 16 at which the diocese’s clergy and lay representatives will vote on Mayer’s nomination.The Standing Committee selected Mayer in consultation with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and in accordance with Canon III.13.1 of The Episcopal Church.In a letter to the diocese sent on April 10, High said he is stepping down five months before the planned date of November 2015 following the death of his wife, Pat, in March.“I feel very good about this decision of the Standing Committee, and I am in full support of their recommendation,” High said in his letter.Mayer will continue as bishop of Northwest Texas while also serving as bishop of Fort Worth under the proposed arrangement, which will continue until the Fort Worth diocese is positioned to elect a full time bishop. The plan calls for him to split his time between the two dioceses. The dioceses are not merging. This model of episcopacy is similar to the arrangement with the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. (Ted) Gulick, Jr., the diocese’s first provisional bishop who also was serving as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky at the time. A similar arrangement currently exists with the Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, who serves as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania and as provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania). The previous two provisional bishops of Fort Worth have been retired. The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Jr., the second provisional bishop, was the retired bishop of Northwest Texas when elected. High had retired as bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas when he was elected.The Rev. Curt Norman, president of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, said, “When the Standing Committee began working on episcopal transition plans back in November 2014, our intention was to build on the faithful work of previous Standing Committees. Our predecessors chose quite well with bishops Gulick, Ohl, and High. Our work was cut out for us because each of those bishops was God’s choice for our diocese at the appropriate time. In recent months, we’ve had discussions with the Presiding Bishop’s office, as well as different bishops across the Episcopal Church. After considering which models of episcopacy would best support the mission and ministry of Fort Worth for the long term, this Standing Committee is firm in its resolve that God is calling Bishop Mayer to shepherd us into the next chapter in the life of our diocese. We could not be more excited.”“It is with gratitude and a deep sense of calling that I accept your invitation to stand for election as your provisional bishop,” Mayer said. “I love Fort Worth and I am passionate about the proclamation of the Gospel as expressed in and through The Episcopal Church.”Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said that High “has been a gift to the Diocese of Fort Worth and I am grateful for all his good work. I applaud his ability to recognize what is best for him and the diocese in this season of loss for him and his family. Bishop Mayer is an excellent choice to be part of this provocative — and I mean this in the best sense of the word — arrangement to serve the Church in new and imaginative ways. Bishop High, Bishop Mayer, and the people of both dioceses are in my prayers.”If elected, Mayer will assume his new duties prior to the 2015 General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City this summer. He will work with the deputation – elected lay and clergy deputies to General Convention – from Fort Worth as well as the deputation from Northwest Texas. High’s official day of departure from office is June 30.High lives in Fort Worth, and along with the Rt. Rev. Sam B. Hulsey, retired bishop of Northwest Texas who also lives in Fort Worth, will be available to assist Mayer as needed.Mayer is a native and lifelong Texan, born in Dallas and raised in Lubbock and Fort Worth. Mayer has long and deep connections to Fort Worth. He and his younger brothers were baptized and confirmed at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, attended Fort Worth public schools, graduated from Southwest High School, and enjoyed memorable summer days playing ball at University Little League. Several family members continue to reside in the Fort Worth area.In 1977, Mayer received his BBA Degree in Management from Texas Tech University. He and Kathy Kistenmacher met while attending Texas Tech, and were married in 1978. After 12 years of sales in the automotive aftermarket, the family moved to Austin where Mayer earned a Master’s in Divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in 1992.Mayer was ordained deacon in 1992 by the Rt. Rev. Donis Patterson and priest in 1993 by the Rt. Rev. James Stanton, both in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. He then served as curate at St. James Episcopal Church in Texarkana, before being called to the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, first as associate rector in 1994, and then as rector in 1995. He was consecrated as bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas on March 21, 2009 in Lubbock, where he and Kathy now reside. The Mayers have two grown children, both married, and two grandchildren. 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Izola Social Housing / OFIS arhitekti

first_img Text description provided by the architects. The project is a winning entry for two housing blocks in a competition convoked by the Slovenia Housing Fund, a government-run programme that is providing low-cost apartments for young families.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornThe proposal won for economic, rational and functional issues but mostly for the ratio between gross vs. saleable surface area and the flexibility of the plans. When signing the contract we were obliged to prepare construction documentation for the building cost 600€ per m2 of net surface area. Save this picture!The blocks are set out on a hill with a view of Izola Bay on one side and of the surrounding hills on the other. The given urban plot was 2blocks of 60×28 meters.The brief required 30 apartments of different sizes and structures, varying from studio flats to 3-bedroom apartments. The apartments are small, with minimum-sized rooms according to Slovenian standards. There are no structural elements inside the apartments, thus providing flexibility and the possibility of reorganising things. Save this picture!The blocks are set out on a hill with a view of Izola Bay on one side and of the surrounding hills on the other. Since the blocks are subject to a Mediterranean climate outdoor space and shade are important elements.Save this picture!The project proposed a veranda for each apartment, thus providing an outdoor space that is intimate, partly connected with the interior, shady and naturally ventilated. Save this picture!A textile shade protects the balcony and apartment from prying eyes, yet due to its semi-transparency allows the owner to enjoy the views of the bay. Perforated side-panels allow summer breeze to ventilate the space. The strong colours create different atmospheres within the apartments. Boxes at the side of each balcony provide room for air-conditioning units. The small rooms become visually bigger because the textile shade creates a perspective effect that connects part of the exterior with the interior. Save this picture!Balcony modules are designed as efficient system providing shading and ventilation for the apartments. Textile elements fixed on the front of the balconies block direct sunlight and accumulate “air buffer” zone. In the summer hot accumulated area behind the shadings is naturally ventilated through (10 cm holes) perforated side partitions of the balconies. In the winter the warm air stays in the area and provides additional heating to the apartments.Project gallerySee allShow lessRafael Arozarena High School / AMP arquitectosSelected ProjectsOeken Pavilion / FAROSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:6310 Izola, SloveniaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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Holden’s Bill to Stop Kitchen Grease Thieves from Cashing in on the “New Gold” Passes First Legislative Test

first_img Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Government Holden’s Bill to Stop Kitchen Grease Thieves from Cashing in on the “New Gold” Passes First Legislative Test Published on Monday, March 24, 2014 | 3:52 pmcenter_img Make a comment 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday In the old days of the Wild West it was cattle rustling; today it’s used cooking oil that’s driving the black market.“Kitchen grease theft has become big business. Thieves strike in the night, siphon off used grease from the backs of restaurants and sell it on the black market to renderers who turn it into liquid gold – biodiesel fuel,” explained Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena). ‘This bill will help law enforcement sort out the legitimate companies from the thieves.”Assemblymember Holden’s bill (AB 1566) to combat the growing incidences of kitchen grease theft was overwhelmingly approved today in Assembly Transportation Committee.AB 1566 gives law enforcement the tools they need to stop modern-day oil rustlers by beefing up requirements for licensed haulers, increasing the penalties for stealing grease and allowing law enforcement to impound vehicles for up to 15 days.“Currently, law enforcement’s hands are tied when it comes to enforcement because grease theft is not included in the vehicle code.” said Holden. “This bill closes that loophole. Now that oil prices have skyrocketed, so have grease thefts. Obviously they’re stealing the grease because it’s worth a lot.”According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, a typical fast-food restaurant produces 150-250 pounds of grease a week and a fully loaded pumper truck could bring in as much as $900 at a recycling center.AB 1566 now goes to Assembly Agriculture for consideration. Community Newslast_img read more

Fifth Count – Donegal South West – CONCLUDED

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Fifth Count – Donegal South West – CONCLUDED By News Highland – February 26, 2011 News Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Twitter Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Previous articleDinny Mc Ginley and Thomas Pringle take last seats in Donegal South WestNext articleSixth Count – Donegal North East News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Distribution of Mary Coughlan’s votesDinny Mc Ginley     FG           +782          11,369Brian O’Domhnaill    FF          +3110         8834Thomas Pringle         Ind         +1036       10,175Dinny Mc Ginley and Thomas Pringle both deemed elected. Facebooklast_img read more

Tessa Majors, slain Barnard College student, celebrated at memorial in her hometown

first_imgiStock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Relatives and friends of an 18-year-old Barnard College student who was killed more than a week ago came together in her hometown Saturday to honor and remember her life.The ceremony for Tessa Majors, which took place at her high school in Charlottesville, Va., included musical performances and remarks by her friends, classmates and former teachers. Majors’ immediate family did not speak at the service.Majors was fatally stabbed on Dec. 11 in Morningside Park, just off Columbia University’s campus, which sits next to the private women’s liberal arts college in Upper Manhattan in New York City.In a letter her father, Inman Majors, wrote for the memorial program, he remembered all the things that Majors loved in life: her stuffed animal Baby Snuggle, walking to get milkshakes with her brother, discovering a new town and revealing the hidden local secrets of her own.“She loved life and got her money’s worth out of it,” the letter read. “The family is heartbroken and will miss her so very much. But they feel her presence currently more than her absence and feel the love and support they’ve received from around the world.”In the wake of her death, her family said in a statement they were “devastated by the senseless loss of our beautiful and talented Tess.”“Tess shone bright in this world, and our hearts will never be the same,” another family statement read.Her killing has left the school community both devastated and shocked. Local politicians in New York have pushed for more surveillance in Morningside Park to improve safety.Police are looking for a 14-year-old boy in connection with Majors’ killing. NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison told ABC News he is “confident” the 14-year-old will be tracked down.A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with murder, though authorities do not believe he is the one to have stabbed Majors. A third boy, also 14 years old, was questioned and released. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Nearly 200’ Houston Area Police Officers Lost Homes to Harvey

first_img‘Nearly 200’ Houston Area Police Officers Lost Homes to HarveyIn an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that despite horrible tragedy in the Houston area, police officers in the region are continuing to put their duties first:“The collective heart of the Houston Police Department (HPD), the Houston Fire Department, all of our municipal co-workers, (and) just the entire first-responder community in this city is second to none, and I am very proud of that,” the chief said. Despite more than 200 officers having their own homes damaged or destroyed “They’re putting their duty first.” The chief praised not only the commissioned officers who wear the dark blue uniform but the entire support staff and dispatchers.You Can Help and Donate Here: http://ow.ly/wx6X30eS3UuBreitbart Texas spoke with several HPD staff members in the lobby. They expressed they have been living at their posts since the Hurricane began, nearly a week ago now.“I don’t think anyone could have imagined just how significant a challenge this was going to be,” the chief explained. “It’s historical.”“The (officers) who came in for 12-on, 12-off (shifts), if they were still here Saturday, they didn’t get to leave,” he expressed. “We made them all stay, it was required. They’ve been very highly motivated. And, as you can imagine, when you have close to 200 of them that their own homes have been damaged or lost, they haven’t abandoned their post.”In Harvey’s aftermath, roughly 30 individuals were killed during the hurricane and hundreds of thousands were left with flooded homes and residences.For full details, view this message on the web.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

County Family Planning Clinic to Open in Ocean City

first_imgA family planning clinic will operate in this building at 648 West Ave. By Maddy VitaleThe Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a resolution at its Thursday night meeting to open a Family Planning Satellite Clinic in Ocean City.The two-year lease was signed between the county and Stell Exteriors Inc., according to the agreement. It will enable the county, under Women’s Health Services, to provide a healthcare facility in the northern end of the county, officials said.The clinic will be housed in a building at 648 West Ave. The lease officially began in mid-December at a cost of $1,000 a month, but the date for the clinic’s opening has not yet been announced.Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton said the freeholder board has been working for years to improve the number of outreach facilities and programs for residents of Cape May County.  “I am happy we will be providing outreach services to the upper half of the county,” Thornton said in a phone interview Friday. “I wanted more facilities up there for people who needed social service programs and some family planning programs. I know I am in favor of them.”Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders.According to the county website www.capemaycountynj.gov/431/Family-Planning-Services the county’s family planning services provides low cost and high quality family planning to women and men and adolescents as well as gynecological services to women. The clinics offer a wide array of services including blood pressure testing, counseling, pregnancy testing, family planning methods, and routine gynecologic care as well as testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Thornton, who formerly served as director of county Health and Human Services for years, said logistically it was not an easy task to be able to offer facilities north of the current clinic locations in Rio Grande and Middle Township, in part because of staffing.“All those years I had Health and Human Services I was trying to work it out. It was more of a personnel situation where people would have to move up from their locations,” Thornton said of moving personnel from clinics south to north.Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson, who could not be reached for comment prior to press time, is the current director of Health and Human Services. Pierson was sick with an upper respiratory infection and missed the freeholder meeting Thursday when the clinic was approved by the board.Thornton said Pierson was instrumental in seeing the goal of a satellite clinic in Ocean City to fruition.Over the years, the county has assisted with transportation and other services so that people get the help they need at the clinics in the south end of the county.“We have made arrangements for people to do things over the phone,” Thornton said. “We have tried different things, but having a new site will work.”last_img read more

In Short

first_img== It’s breakfast time ==The 10th annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week, run by the HGCA, will take place from 25-31 January 2009. Hundreds of events are expected to take place across the country, aimed at making people think more about the importance of breakfast. Bakers could promote toast, crumpets or muffins as the breakfast of choice. Promotional material and information is available by calling 020 7520 3968 or emailing [email protected]== NPD goes ’natural’ ==’Natural’ became the buzzword on UK bakery product launches last year, with two-fifths featuring the claim. According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database, 41% were classified as natural, up from 37% in 2007. These included ’all natural’, ’no additives/preservatives’, ’organic’ and ’wholegrain’ claims. Mintel analyst David Jago predicted this trend would continue in 2009.== Interest in Megans ==The administrator of Megans Bakery in South Wales, Resolve Partners, has stated that there have been “a lot of people expressing an interest in the business and/or its assets”.== Peter Ward ==Peter Ward, former CEO of Puratos UK and chairman of the British Society of Baking from 1989 to 1990, has died. Peter did a tremendous amount of work for the Society as an executive committee member and then as chairman. With Jean Grieves he helped initiate the BSB Scholarship Awards. Peter suffered an aneurysm and the effects meant he had to take early retirement from Puratos. However, his house was next door to the Puratos R&D and demonstration bakery in Oxfordshire, so he still enjoyed keeping in touch.last_img read more

Adidas reaches labor rights compromise

first_imgAfter controversy over labor rights in an Indonesian factory prompted several universities to terminate contracts with adidas, the German apparel giant has reached a settlement regarding unpaid funds owed to laborers. As of April 8, 10 schools suspended their contracts with adidas at the urging of the United Students Against Sweatshops group, according to a USA TODAY report. The schools included Cornell, Penn State and Georgetown, but not Notre Dame. In 2005, Notre Dame signed an exclusive 10-year contract with adidas to have the company supply footwear and apparel to the Irish varsity athletic teams. The current contract lasts through the 2013-2014 season, according to a 2005 press release. A report dated Jan. 18, 2012, from the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a labor rights monitoring association said the PT Kizone factory in Tangerang, Indonesia, employed approximately 2,800 people before its closure in April 2011. It produced collegiate licensed apparel for adidas and Nike, and non-collegiate apparel for Dallas Cowboys Merchandising and other brands. The crisis began in 2010, when PT Kizone “stopped paying mandatory terminal compensation to workers separated from employment,” the report said. In January 2011, the factory owner fled the nation, “precipitating the factory’s eventual closure and leaving no money to pay severance.” The report said at the time of closure, employees were owed $3.4 million in total. Before the compromise was announced April 24, the WRC took issue with adidas being the only university-related company affiliated with the factory to not contribute or pledge to the severance fund or, according to the report. “Adidas has taken the position that it has no obligation to provide funds to the affected workers,” the report said. Before the settlement, adidas “did not disclose the violations, denied responsibility and refuses to pay anything,” it said. The report also said under university codes of conduct, “it is the duty of licensees to correct code violations.” Michael Low, Notre Dame’s director of licensing, said Notre Dame was the first university to adopt a Code of Conduct, which is applied to all of its licensees. Low said the University stayed in contact with adidas during the episode and reviewed reports and recommendations from the WRC and the Fair Labor Association.  “Any time that there is an issue with factory workers and our licensees, we are concerned,” Low said in a phone interview Friday. “In our case, [Notre Dame’s] Code of Conduct doesn’t really address the issue of unpaid severance. “This was not an adidas factory, this was a factory that adidas contracted with, and this is a case where the owner of the factory basically left the country overnight and stole the severance funds that he was required to pay by the Indonesian government,” he said. “In talking to adidas, … we know that they paid their bills and paid into the severance fund. They did not believe, and our Code supported the fact that they were not responsible for the illegal act of a third party.” Low said he considers adidas to be “a worldwide leader” in its efforts to enforce codes of conduct in the factories they contract with. “It’s always unfortunate when these things happen, but at Notre Dame, we don’t force a settlement by canceling contracts,” he said. “We continue to work through issues with our licensees.” James Paladino, associate director for business operations at Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, worked on the original formation of the Code of Conduct under former University president Fr. Edward Malloy. He said the University’s approach to issues of social justice focuses more on remediation than shaming. “Remediation goes along with the rights and responsibilities theme of Catholic Social Teaching,” Paladino said. “If you see an injustice, you shine the light on it. But you also work for positive change rather than just pulling out of the situation.” Administrators at other universities brought a different approach. Rodney Erickson, president of Pennsylvania State University, sent a letter to the company on March 13 to announce his university’s decision “to suspend the adidas license with Penn State for 60 days, effective immediately.” “We are confident that adidas’s actions fall short of our expectations for fair, just and humane behavior by licensees toward the laborers that sustain a system from which all of us, particularly our licensees, benefit enormously,” Erickson said in the letter. The letter stated that if adidas pays its portion of the funds owed to the workers denied compensation within 60 days, the university “will lift [the] suspension and proceed under [the] prior relationship with adidas. However, should adidas fail to do so to the satisfaction of both the Worker Rights Consortium and Penn State … the university will terminate the license.” Paladino said his past experiences with workers’ rights disputes in Latin America emphasize the benefits of remediation over termination. “I went down to El Salvador with a group, and we met with workers who had been laid off. They said, ‘whatever you do, fight for us. Don’t make them pull out,’” he said. “They really wanted to go through remediation. That’s the true piece of justice, making the changes and getting the situation resolved.” On April 24, adidas announced a solution to the situation in a letter to its university partners, provided by Notre Dame’s associate vice president for auxiliary operations David Harr. The letter said a compromise had been reached to the satisfaction of both adidas and the PT Kizone workers. “We have been and remain sympathetic to the plight of all former PT Kizone workers,” the letter said. “We have been supportive of the factory workers since we first learned of the factory’s closure and the workers’ hardship. “The additional aid comes on top of adidas’s earlier contributions in humanitarian aid, job placement services and advocacy on issues related to workers’ rights,” the letter stated. When a third party is involved in such a dispute, as it was in the PT Kizone case, Low said the University relies on the reports from the Worker Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association to advise courses of action. “Our expectation is that if the company is found to be at fault, they will remedy [the situation] appropriately to satisfy the issue,” Low said. “There’s no issue for us as long as the companies are working in good faith [and] going through remediation.” The Code qualifies in terms of ethical principles:, “Notre Dame Licensees must be committed in the conduct of their business to a set of ethical standards which are not incompatible with those of Notre Dame.” The Code of Conduct includes honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and “respect for the unique intrinsic value of each human being” in its list of ethical standards, according to the document. Paladino said Notre Dame’s Code is unique in its strong emphasis on the dignity of labor, which is another part of Catholic Social Teaching. William Purcell, associate director of Catholic Social Teaching for the Center for Social Concerns said the compromise is a “victory” for both adidas and the global community. “The bottom line here is how we can apply Catholic Social Teaching. It only happens in a practical way,” Purcell said. “You can have all the ideas of solidarity and rights and responsibilities, but how does it get carried out? It’s not just any one thing, but looking at the whole package. “We integrate Catholic Social Tradition in all we’re trying to do, including in a practical way using the University’s resources and the resources we engage in our local community and the global community,” he said. Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at [email protected]last_img read more

ND launches theology training program

first_imgEcho, a subset of the Institute for Church Life, added a new program this year, titled “Echo Teaching Theology,” to train recent college graduates to teach high school theology and to equip them with a Master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame. Echo Teaching Theology combines a focus on formation with an intense study of theology, Echo director Colleen Moore said. “We hope to prepare young people who are not only trained to be successful theology teachers but to be mature and integrated and inspiring witnesses of the faith,” she said. Echo addresses intellectual and professional-ministerial formation to foster a strong understanding of theology from academic and career angles, Moore said. “The main part of the intellectual formation is the [Master’s] in theology,” she said. “There’s professional-ministerial formation, which is their placement, whether they’re in parish ministry or campus ministry or in high school teaching theology.” Moore said the program also seeks to foster communal and spiritual formation. “[Participants] live in intentional faith communities,” she said. “That means they share not just the living space but they share their lives, they share faith. … There is a serious commitment to prayer and spiritual direction within the Echo program. We also have a very rich series of theologically-based retreats.” Moore said Echo incorporated a teaching program because many of its graduates had gone on to teach theology and credited Echo for their success. “We also had diocesan partners around the country who have said, ‘We have a need for stronger high school theology teachers. What you all are doing with your parish catechetical apprentices could be very helpful in preparation of high school theology teachers,’” Moore said. John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, said the United States has a shortage of good high school theology teachers. “There’s no such thing as an unemployed Echo student because they’re so much in demand,” Cavadini said. “We thought the need for education in the faith, the catechetical need, is a need that comes through at school. too.” Moore said teaching theology used to be predominately a job for professed religious, and now fewer American Catholics choose a religious vocation. Schools often ask teachers with other areas of expertise to teach theology, which is not an ideal situation for students’ spiritual growth, she said. Cavadini said expertise in theology should influence how one teaches the subject. “Theology has its own pedagogy, you might say,” he said. “So the pedagogy has to be directly related to the theology and flow from it.” To be able to train young people to pass on the faith and educate the next generation of Catholics is an invaluable opportunity, Cavadini said. “I think somebody’s high school theology experience can be one of the most important ones of their whole lives,” he said. “And I think to try to increase the chances that it’s really properly theological and oriented toward the faith and to faith formation and to just really helping students become attached to the faith and understand it more deeply – that’s something I can’t pass up.”   Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more