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Faith groups and United Nations condemn massacre in Syria

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release [Ecumenical News International, Geneva] The World Council of Churches joined the international community in condemning the massacre of at least 108 people, including 49 children, on 25 May in the villages of Taldou and Kall Laha in the El Houleh area of Syria.“I express my deep pain over the massacre of innocent people and especially children,” said Rev.Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, in a statement. “We, as churches, cannot but condemn this inhumane act and manifest our feelings of solidarity with the families of the victims, mourning their beloved ones.”Tveit also called on the “international community to fully support the U.N.’s efforts to bring peace and to put an end to the cycle of violence.”Christian communities, which make up about five percent of the Syrian population, have so far kept a low profile in the conflict.According to witnesses and survivors, victims in Taldaou were summarily executed in two separate incidents, which local people attributed to the Shabeeha paramilitary organization. The Shabeeha may have acted in tandem with government forces, according to Rupert Colville, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.The massacre has also re-ignited fears Syria’s 15-month-long crisis could become an all-out sectarian conflict, and possibly spill into neighboring countries such as Lebanon, according to a senior U.N. diplomat, who spoke on the condition of non-attribution.Kofi Anna, the U.N. special envoy to Syria, met in Damascus on 29 May with Syrian President Bashar-al Assad. He told reporters he conveyed “in frank terms the grave concern of the international community about the violence in Syria, including the recent shocking events in Houleh.”Tveit said “the WCC has urgently called on the army and other government security agencies in Syria to cease the indiscriminate use of force, ensuring the citizens’ right to free assembly and expression. The government of Syria, as all governments, has an obligation to protect its own citizens, and to protect their fundamental human rights and freedoms.” Tags 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 Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Advocacy Peace & Justice, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Faith groups and United Nations condemn massacre in Syria Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA center_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group By John ZarocostasPosted May 30, 2012 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ecumenical & Interreligious Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Anglican Communion, 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC last_img read more

From gaming to football: 8 ways organisations are supporting charities

first_img From Chelsea FC’s charity buckets, to Minecraft’s partnership with WWF to help protect bees, here is a selection of ways organisations are currently supporting good causes. From gaming to football: 8 ways organisations are supporting charities Crest Nicholson & Variety, the Children’s CharityFollowing a fourteen-year partnership, Crest Nicholson has raised over £2 million for Variety, the Children’s Charity. Since 2005, Crest Nicholson employees have continually set themselves the challenge of raising as much money as possible for the children’s charity: completing the London Marathon, the Prudential Ride 100, and an 8-day cycle trip from Cambodia to Vietnam amongst other activities. Crest Nicholson have also funded 42 Sunshine Coaches to Variety, ensuring that schools and organisations are able to plan inclusive activities, with wheelchair access built in. Melanie May | 8 January 2020 | News Tagged with: corporate corporate fundraising Corporate Social Responsibility  451 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Can you provide a lifeline for Attenborough Nature Reserve?We need your help to raise £1 million to purchase this well loved place and protect it’s wildlife for generations to come ?Please give generously and spread the word!Thank you.https://t.co/FJrs4oKF9T pic.twitter.com/rqZGqhZ1rO— Notts Wildlife Trust (@Nottswildlife) November 25, 2019 Chelsea FC charity bucketsChelsea FC is asking its supporters to vote on which charity they would like to see collecting at Stamford Bridge for its third bucket collection of the season. The next game available for charities is the visit of Manchester United on Monday 17 February with forces charities entering the third poll of the campaign including Help for Heroes, Blesma, and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. Fans can click on the Charity Collection Poll and select the organisation they would like to see collecting at the ground. Polling will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 28 January 2020 Children’s charity Shooting Star won the first vote of the season in September, before Keech Hospice Care won the second poll of the campaign. Bees are critical to healthy ecosystems and are experiencing steep population decline. To bring awareness to this issue, WWF and @Minecraft have teamed up, and starting today buzzy bees are now available in the world-building game of Minecraft. Learn more: https://t.co/RkJ7Bh5NCb pic.twitter.com/VaSer34zIl— World Wildlife Fund (@World_Wildlife) December 12, 2019WWF & MinecraftWWF has teamed up with Minecraft to help save the bees with Minecraft introducing buzzy bees into the Minecraft world in a new initiative to raise awareness about the importance of bees. To help support the charity’s efforts to protect bees and other threatened species, Minecraft will donate $100,000 and provide net proceeds from the sale of the Character Creator Bumblebee costume in the Minecraft Marketplace to WWF.center_img MHA Carpenter Box & local charitiesStaff and clients of Sussex-based accountancy practice MHA Carpenter Box have raised £35,000 for local charities through its charitable foundation, during a yearlong celebration of its 10th anniversary – exceeding the original target for 2019 by £15,000. The funds were raised through 10 events – from quizzes and cycles to sponsored walks and 10k runs – with employees also providing volunteer support for beach cleans, food banks and a local hospice.  Five local charities will benefit Lorica Trust, the Turning Tides homelessness charity, Crawley Open House, Care for Veterans, and Sullivan’s Heroes. Smaller donations have also been made to an additional 11 local charities. deVere Europe backs Rainbow Trust in new charity alliance#PressReleasehttps://t.co/pIg2qa90i8 pic.twitter.com/X2l5Rz8kAV— deVere Group (@deveregroup) January 8, 2020deVere Europe & Rainbow Trust Children’s CharitydeVere Europe has named Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity as its new charitable partner. The Europe division of the global financial firm will work directly with the charity, which currently supports more than 2,500 families with a seriously ill child. According to James Green, Divisional Manager of deVere Europe, the firm will integrate the work and ethos of the Rainbow Trust into the heart of its company culture as well as fundraise to support its work.  450 total views,  2 views today City of London Corporation & Red CrossThe City of London Corporation has donated £25,000 to support individuals affected by the continuing crisis in Myanmar and is encouraging City firms and workers to back the effort. The money will be given to the Red Cross, which is working with its partner the Red Crescent to provide humanitarian relief to more than 250,000 people. The donation comes from the City Corporation’s Disaster Relief Fund, which seeks to back emergency relief efforts, bringing its total donations in the last three years to £250,000. Nisa MADL & local good causesNisa donated almost £850,000 to charities and other good causes across the UK and Ireland through its Making a Difference Locally charity last year. 2019 saw 1,444 individual donations made to causes including community groups, schools, Scout and Girlguiding groups, charities, sports clubs and more. One cause to benefit from a donation last year was Wetwheels Yorkshire. A £500 donation from Nisa partner Proudfoot supermarkets in Scarborough last summer helped the group to fund trips out on the water for its service users. Kennelpak, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust & the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development AssociationNottingham-based Kennelpak has paid over £75,000 to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association. The financial contribution is part of an enforcement undertaking (EU) offered to the Environment Agency for its failure to register with the Environment Agency, recycle and recover a proportion of its waste by purchasing Packaging Recovery Notes. The payment has been split, with 50% going to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust towards its Attenborough Nature Reserve Project and 50% to the Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association towards the renovation of the Lock Cottages in Sandiacre, Derbyshire. We’ve donated £25k to support individuals affected by the crisis in Myanmar and encourage City firms and workers to back the effort The money will be given to the @BritishRedCross to provide humanitarian relief to more than 250,000 people. Donate here https://t.co/17NiKGKcg7— City of London (@cityoflondon) January 3, 2020 Advertisement Please vote for Blesma to be the chosen charity collecting donations at Stamford Bridge for @ChelseaFC’s third bucket collection of the season. Polling will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 28 January 2020.To vote, follow the link and select Blesma: https://t.co/2VsCseW0Mr pic.twitter.com/UWiBPXk8lG— Blesma (@Blesma) January 4, 2020 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

3 steps for your annual financial checkup

first_imgBudgeting, insurance and investments are all key elements that benefit from regular review. by: Mel BondarSometimes in life to stay on track, you have to do things that aren’t fun. Whether it’s an annual trip to the dentist or spring cleaning, certain activities have long term benefits that are reaped by sucking it up and doing what you have to do for a few hours once or twice a year.If you hate personal finance and avoid all things money (other than just making and spending it), it’s time to put your foot down and get your mid-year financial checkup on.You should really keep an eye on your finances at least monthly, but even if you are vigilant about budgeting and using every frugal trick up your sleeve, there are still certain items you should review at least once a year. Even regular brushers and flossers can still get cavities – those regular dental visits minimize how often they appear and make it easy to take care of them when they are there before they turn into root canals.Step One: BudgetThis is the first step in your personal finance journey. Review your existing budget and make sure it still makes sense. When you’re new to sorting out your finances, it’s easy to set your budget and, once you’re actually staying within its confines, forget about it. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How the pandemic is reshaping the future of member service at Tucson FCU

first_imgSince COVID-19 forced Tucson Federal Credit Union($489.2M, Tucson, AZ) to shut its lobbies, the credit union has recorded a sharp jump in remote deposit capture and ITM usage. Now, the Grand Canyon State cooperative is considering how to encourage members to make those behavioral changes permanent.TFCU closed its six branch lobbies on March 18 and started offering appointment-only servicefor new loans, membership, card replacements, notary signings, and cashiers’ checks. For more transactional services, five of the branches have ITM-equipped drive-thrus offering extended hours; a sixth branch located inside a Fry’s Marketplace grocery store offers two ITMs with extended hours for a fleet total of 10 ITMs.The credit union is targeting June 1 for reopening its lobbies, says Krystal Adams, the credit union’s senior vice president of member experience, but that will depend on guidance from the Arizona governor’s office. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

State park field trips help young students learn

first_imgThis year, DNR staff members are also contributing to the fund through the State Employees Community Campaign.“We appreciate the generosity of those who contribute to Indiana’s youth,” Kress said. “We hope to see this program grow so we can educate more students across the state about our natural and cultural legacy.” To donate click here.Indiana has 24 state parks and eight reservoirs eligible for field trip funding. Field trips to state parks engage students in learning about Indiana’s fish, forest, wildlife, natural habitats and conservation.The receiving schools and grant information are:—Bluffton Harrison Elementary School, Bluffton, grade 1, visiting Ouabache State Park, $225.—Bradie M. Shrum Elementary School, Salem, grade 5, visiting Spring Mill State Park, $225.—Carlin Park Elementary, Angola, kindergarten, visiting Pokagon State Park, $75.—Eastside Jr/Sr High School, Butler, grades 7 & 8, visiting Pokagon State Park, $220.—Edgar Miller School, Merrillville, grade 1, visiting Indiana Dunes State Park, $225.—Highland Park Elementary, Bloomington, grade 1, visiting McCormick’s Creek State Park, $225.—Lancaster Central Elementary, Bluffton, kindergarten, visiting Ouabache State Park, $225.—Lebanon High School, Lebanon, special needs 9-12, visiting McCormick’s Creek State Park $225.—Liberty Elementary, Liberty, grade 3, visiting Whitewater Memorial State Park, $225.—Metro North Elementary, Wabash, kindergarten, visiting Salamonie Lake, $155.—North Elementary, Washington, grade 4, visiting Lincoln State Park, $225.—Northridge Middle School, Crawfordsville, grade 6, Turkey Run State Park, $225.—Oaklawn Elementary, Monticello, grade 3, visiting Prophetstown State Park, $225—Pleasant View Elementary, Yorktown, grade 2, visiting Mounds State Park, $225.—Riverview Middle School, Huntington, grade 6, visiting Mississinewa Lake, $195.—Rock Creek Community Academy, Sellersburg, kindergarten, Falls of the Ohio State Park, $225.—Rockville Elementary, Rockville, grade 1, visiting Turkey Run or Raccoon SRA, $120.—SENSE Charter School, Indianapolis, grade 7, visiting Fort Harrison State Park, $225.—Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, grade 11, Indiana Dunes State Park, $225.—South Decatur Elementary, Greensburg, grade 4, Versailles State Park, $205.—Southern Wells Elementary, Poneto, grade 6, McCormick’s Creek State Park, $225.—Spencer Elementary, Spencer, grade 5, visiting McCormick’s Creek State Park, $225.—Thomas Miller Elementary, Lafayette, grade 3, Prophetstown State Park, $200.—Westville Elementary, Westville, grade 4, Indiana Dunes State Park, $135. A video of students benefiting from this grant is here.The fund was established in memory of Tom Huck, a long-time DNR employee who was an ardent supporter of outdoor experiences for children in parks, with financial help from the Indiana Master Naturalist Advisory Council, according to Jody Kress, executive director of the INRF.center_img Indianapolis, In. — Students at 24 Indiana schools this academic year will have the chance to learn about the outdoors, thanks in part to a grant program that supports field trips to Indiana State Parks. The Discover the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators and is administered through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (INRF), the supporting non-profit of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.The grants fund transportation costs, program fees and classroom supplies related to preparation or follow-up for the field trips.An estimated 2,218 K-12 students will benefit from the grant program in 2018-19. The program expects to distribute $4,905 through 24 grants.This is the sixth academic year that the grant program has been in effect. Through the current academic year, the program has distributed more than $30,000 in overall funding and helped more than 10,000 students visit an Indiana State Park property for a guided hike or talk with an interpretive naturalist.last_img read more