Integrity celebrates 40 years with festive Eucharist

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN July 1, 2015 at 8:55 am Would have loved to be present myself, because I KNOW how it felt to be there! So good to see Louie, Ernest, Susan and Bishop Gene, along with all the others I know were there. A blessed company indeed. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release By Sharon Sheridan Posted Jun 30, 2015 Comments (1) Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Participants in the Integrity Eucharist at the 2015 General Convention included, from left, House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Jennings, the Rev. Canon Russell of All Saints in Pasadena, California, retired Diocese of New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, Integrity founder Louie Crew Clay and his husband Ernest Clay. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] In a colorful and festive Eucharist, members of the Episcopal LGBT community and its supporters celebrated the pioneers and victories of the past 40 years while looking ahead to the work yet to be tackled.An estimated 1,200 to 1,500 worshipers attended the triennial Integrity Eucharist at General Convention, held for the first time in the convention’s main worship space.The organization honored its founder, Louie Crew Clay, with a biographical tribute video and a presentation by the president of the House of Deputies, the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings.“Many of us here tonight have never known an Episcopal Church without a strong, steady voice supporting LGBTQ people,” Jennings said. As the church has moved toward full inclusion of all people, “sometimes wandering deep in the wilderness, sometimes walking backward … we have had Louie to guide us.”She cited his accomplishments, including serving a term on Executive Council, being “one of the most-respected members of the house” during six stints as a deputy from the Diocese of Newark and helping the church move into the age of social media to foster communication, love and community.“Louie was social media before there was social media,” she said. “His Facebook posts are funny, poignant and profound.”“I’m proud to say Louie is my friend,” she said. “I am honored to present you with the House of Deputies medal on behalf of your distinguished, creative, courageous, persistent, prophetic service and witness to The Episcopal Church that you love so dearly.”Crew, who attended with his husband Ernest, exhorted worshipers: “You love Jesus – say, ‘Amen.’ You love the church – say, ‘Amen.’ If you’re grateful to General Convention and to The Episcopal Church for the welcome – say, ‘Amen.’“Celebrate,” he said. “But we have so much more work to do.”Diocese of California Bishop Marc Handley Andrus, celebrant at the Integrity Eucharist, left, and Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Mary Douglas Glasspool greet Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Bruce Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina after the June 29 worship service. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News ServiceMillions of people do not know that kind of love and welcome, he said, urging the congregation to be evangelical, “so that others near you … who feel unwelcome and unloved can share what you’re experiencing in this wholeness, in this sense of church with them.”The evening’s preacher, Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Mary D. Glasspool, described some of the significant news events of the past week, from the U.S. Supreme Court’s upholding of the Affordable Care Act and “making marriage equality the law of the land” to President Barack Obama’s eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney and “eight other martyrs killed at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.”General Convention experienced the election of its first African-American presiding bishop, North Carolina Bishop Michael Bruce Curry, and a march against gun violence that demonstrated “that we can do as well as debate. In addition to tongues, we have legs and wheels, and we need to use both,” she said.“The president of the House of Deputies said in her excellent sermon on Friday that translation is an important part of the work we are called to do, translating great and glorious visions into concrete reality,” said Glasspool. “I’d like to add to that. I believe that redefining is also an important part of the work we are called to do, as in redefining marriage. And I think we got to this point of redefining marriage by redefining two other very common words: ‘home’ and ‘family.’ ”Weaving together the stories of the Odyssey (former English professor Crew nodded and smiled at her reference to dactylic hexameter), her own life and Jesus, Glasspool explored the traditional meanings of home and family, and how Jesus expansively redefined them.“For Jesus, ‘home’ meant many things. He was born in Bethlehem; grew up in Nazareth; [was] ‘at home’ in Capernaum,” she said. “He left home to bring forward the reign of God: to confront demons and exorcise them; to preach, teach, and heal people of their diseases and brokenness; and to show people a much more tangible and concrete way to be with God. Because ultimately, ‘home’ for Jesus was not as much a ‘where’ as it was a ‘when.’“‘Home’ for Jesus was when he was with God – and that seemed to be, in some way, all the time. Yet there was still a sense in which Jesus and all of Scripture made a distinction between a temporal, earthly home and an eternal home with God, who is beyond time and place.”Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Mary Douglas Glasspool preaches at the June 29 Integrity Eucharist at General Convention 2015. Photo: Sharon Sheridan/Episcopal News ServiceFamily, for Jesus, “was not as much a ‘who’ as it was a ‘whoever.’ ‘Family’ for Jesus was whoever did the will of God: his disciples, present and future,” she said. “This presents a challenge to the church. … We need to understand that Jesus’ family does not look like our own blood-related and adopted families. Jesus’ family has all sorts of weird and wonderful, broken and diseased people in it. Jesus’ family is born through the waters of baptism and nourished by Jesus’ own blood.”Glasspool concluded: “’Home’” is not so much where as when we’re with God. ‘Family’ is not so much who as whoever does the will of God. Which still leaves us with this adventure we call ‘life.’ It is God’s gift to us. It’s the journey from God and to God. It’s everything we do and all who we are, from birth to death and beyond, including fighting man-eating giants and facing those who would seduce us away from the great adventure. It’s rage and grief and joy and wonder and sorrow and hope and love. It’s marrying the person we love and are committed to and want to spend our entire lives with. It’s leaving home and returning home. With smokers and drinkers and priests and sinners and saints. With family. At home.“Jesus was right. The Apostle Paul was right. You are right, Louie Clay Crew. ‘Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.’ ”— Sharon Sheridan is part of the Episcopal News Service team covering General Convention. 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Press release: Celebrities pledge to clean up their act on social media

first_img The key piece of consumer protection legislation relevant to the CMA’s investigation is the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs). Amongst other requirements, it is a banned practice to falsely claim or create the impression that a trader is not acting for purposes relating to his trade, business, craft or profession, or falsely representing oneself as a consumer. This investigation – which began in August 2018 – assessed whether influencers were clearly disclosing paid-for endorsements. The CMA considers payment to be any form of reward, including money, gifts of services or products, or the loan of a product. It follows earlier work in 2015 that considered online reviews and endorsements. As part of that, the CMA accepted undertakings from four companies to ensure that online advertising is clearly labelled or otherwise identified so that it is distinguishable from the opinions of bloggers or journalists. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has secured formal commitments from 16 celebrities to ensure they will now say clearly if they have been paid or received any gifts or loans of products which they endorse.The influential celebrities, with large online followings, who have acted in response to the CMA’s concerns, include singers Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, models Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, former Coronation Street and Our Girl actress Michelle Keegan and TV reality stars Millie Mackintosh and Megan McKenna.Online endorsements from celebrities and influencers can help brands boost sales, as millions of fans follow their social media channels to see where they go on holiday, what they wear, which products they use and more.However, where such stars are paid or rewarded to promote a product in their social media feeds, consumer protection law requires them to disclose that they’ve been paid or incentivised to endorse a brand. Otherwise, they risk giving a misleading impression that a post represents their personal view about a product or service.Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive of the CMA, said: Warning letters have also been sent to a number of other celebrities, urging them to review their practices where some concerns have been identified.Further investigation work will look at the role and responsibilities of social media platforms.The CMA has also published a quick guide for social media influencers, marketing companies, agents and brands to ensure they are aware of their obligations under consumer protection law. This is in addition to the joint guidance issued with the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) “An Influencer’s Guide to making clear that ads are ads” published in September 2018.More information can be found on the CMA’s social media endorsements pageNotes to editors Influencers can have a huge impact on what their fans decide to buy. People could, quite rightly, feel misled if what they thought was a recommendation from someone they admired turns out to be a marketing ploy. You should be able to tell as soon as you look at a post if there is some form of payment or reward involved, so you can decide whether something is really worth spending your hard-earned money on. The enforcement action taken by the CMA has seen a number of social media stars pledge to be more transparent when posting online. It also sends a clear message to all influencers, brands and businesses that they must be open and clear with their followers. We will also continue our work to secure more improvement in this space. Media enquiries should be directed to [email protected] or 020 3738 6460.For CMA updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The CMA has not made a finding on whether the influencers’ practices have breached consumer law. All influencers co-operated with the CMA and volunteered to make changes to their practices. The provision of undertakings is not an admission of a breach of the law. As an enforcer under Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002, the CMA can enforce the above legislation through the courts. Ultimately, only a court can decide whether a particular term or practice infringes the law. The CMA is working closely with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in this area. The ASA is the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media. In March 2018, the ASA issued a call for evidence to find out more about what types of labels help people to understand when the online content they see, hear and interact with is advertising. ‘Influencer’ refers to bloggers, vloggers, celebrities and social media personalities. The influencers who have complied with the CMA investigation and agreed to change their social media practices are: Alexa Chung, Mario Falcone, Alexandra Felstead (‘Binky’ Felstead), Ellie Goulding, Holly Hagan, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Michelle Keegan and Rosia Promotions Limited, Iskra Lawrence, Camilla Mackintosh (‘Millie’ Mackintosh), Megan McKenna and M McKenna Limited, Chloe Sims, Zoe Sugg, Louise Thompson and Louise Thompson Associates Limited, Dina Torkia, Rita Ora, James Chapman and Jim Chapman Limited.last_img read more

Vermont House passes protective wetlands bill

first_imgThe Vermont House gave final approval April 15 to legislation that will significantly increase the number of wetlands nature s water filters that will be protected under Vermont law.The bill, H.447, will require inaccurate state wetlands maps to be updated and also mandate better protections for wetlands. This legislation shows what Vermonters with widely divergent interests can accomplish when they sit down, roll up their sleeves and focus on what s good for Vermont s natural resources over the long haul, said Kim Greenwood, staff scientist for the Vermont Natural Resources Council. All parties here have made compromises for the greater good of improving the regulation of our wetlands, Greenwood said.At the urging of legislative environmental leaders, in 2006 the state Water Resources Panel brought a broad group together to address issues of wetland classification in Vermont as a result of a Vermont Supreme Court decision relating to VNRC s effort to reclassify the Lake Bomoseen wetland. VNRC saw the court decision as an opportunity to correct a deficiency in Vermont s wetland protection laws that left many wetlands unprotected simply because they were not included on state wetland maps.More than a dozen groups including VNRC, the Vermont Realtors Association, other business groups, the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Agriculture utilities, and others, spent three years hearing testimony on the issue and negotiating a solution to improve protection for Vermont s wetlands. VNRC was the only environmental group involved in a two-year negotiating process that led to the bill.Specifically, the bill that passed the House:Authorizes ANR to update the Vermont wetland maps with information it has accumulated in recent years, including using wetlands maps that towns have created.Allows ANR on its own or at the request of a citizen to protect unmapped wetlands as they are identified in the fieldRequires the state to update the rules to require more protection for wetlands that are not on the maps but are similar in size or type to those that do appear on the maps, the protection of vernal pools for the first time ever in Vermont, and better guidance for landowners in locating wetlands.The bill should now head to the Senate, and then to the Governor s desk.Currently, Vermont regulates wetlands that appear on federal maps, known as Vermont Significant Wetlands inventory maps. The problem has been that those maps are outdated. Up to one-third of important wetlands are not shown on those maps and up to seven percent of the areas mapped as wetlands are not, in fact, significant wetlands. Consequently, people using the maps are making decisions based on inaccurate information.Between 35 and 50 percent of the wetlands that existed in Vermont before European settlement have been lost or severely damaged due to draining, dredging, and filling for development and agriculture.Wetlands filter Vermont s drinking water, help control floods, comb out polluting sediment from water flowing into our streams, and provide wildlife habitat, among other benefits.last_img read more