Advocacy Peace & Justice, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rev. Dan Lediard says: February 3, 2013 at 10:30 pm I think I’ve a reason to believe in TEC again. So nice to hear the “view from the pew.” An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Mark Fulcher says: Rector Tampa, FL Comments (42) New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Posted Feb 1, 2013 Cliff Johnston says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 February 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm In regards to my thoughts as expressed above I do apologize for the typos. Dan February 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm The culture of violence doesn’t come from the purchase and use of guns. There are 300,000,000 guns in the United States. There are about 9,000 homicides using guns in a year. That’s 0.003% presuming that each homicide is done with a different gun – which is not the case. If guns were the problem there’d be a lot more deaths than that.The culture of violence comes from children having children, not having any family, and joining gangs that promote criminal action to get money and status. It comes from entertainers that glorify violence to make money. A film director like Quentin Valentino makes movies drenched in blood and mindless killing. He is lauded, given awards and made wealthy and famous by the very people who blame guns for what happens when people outside the theater act like the people on screen. He should be condemned, shamed and his works derided. THAT will change the culture. Young men and women waiting until they can support children to have them will change the culture. Gloria Rousseau says: The Rev. Marek Zabriskie says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY February 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm What is wrong is it is a slippery slope and your blanket condemnation of gun manufacturers is a sign of ignorance. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs February 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm It seems that the arguments presented against gun control boil down to the basic claim that “Gun control is not the answer.” Guess what: There is no such thing as THE ANSWER to any major social problem.But the truth is that in every place and every generation there are some downright lunatics who are going to cause trouble in any way they can. If those folks can equip themselves with high-capacity firearms, the amount of trouble they can cause is extreme. In the absence of effective background checks for firearms purchases, any nut case can buy serious firepower whenever he wants to do so. An those folks really will do a lot more damage if they can rapidly fire dozens of rounds without reloading. Our armed forces provide high-capacity weapons even to expert shooters precisely because this does make them more dangerous.Still, a lot more than governmental action is needed.It is true that the vast majority of gun owners do not go around shooting people. They hunt; they shoot on target ranges ; they keep a handgun in the house because they believe it provides them with more protection than risk. But the needed complement to regulating gun sales is to make it harder for lunatics to get their hands on weapons that were purchased legally. Responsible gun ownership means more than just not going on a shooting spree, and organizations that represent gun owners would do themselves and the rest of us a big favor by supporting responisble ownership with education and peer pressure.So, no, the government isn’t the only outfit we should all be asking to address the problem of gun violence. Many other good examples have been proposed. But the government can help this cause a lot, and it’s time they got on with it! February 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm To get around the Constitutional right gun-owners claim to have, I suggest allowing guns for everyone, but tax bullets at $10.00 each. That might cool the ardor of those who have the urge to “get their gun off.” Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events February 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm I am wondering what is being considered to educate those who own guns on how to keep them safe from unauthorized use by those in the home. Is there anything that addresses that issue? Rather than try and stop those from having guns how about requiring them to take a class as part of the licensing process like we have to do to get and keep a driver’s license? Just a thought – Hope it helps. Sandi from Del Mar California February 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm Ban on some weapons would be best optionPoint of View Safety In Schools…The Oklahoman newspaperBY MARYANN SONNTAGFEBRUARY 2, 2013I am a retired teacher, counselor and principal. I am also a wife, mother and grandmother of elementary-age schoolchildren. My 35 years of experience have been in school systems in the Northeast, South and Midwest. And yes, I was raised near Newtown, Conn. So today’s issue of gun violence hits close to home.I don’t own a gun. I wasn’t raised in a gun-owner milieu. However, I’ve had friends, neighbors and colleagues who own guns. I respect the right of our citizens to possess firearms for hunting and self-protection. I do agree with these friends that military-style assault weapons and large magazine clips aren’t part of hunting deer, quail or the like. They’re meant for mass shootings.More importantly, I want to speak about assault weapons and large magazine clips as they relate to schools. Educators are in the profession to instruct and guide. They’re not meant to be armed guards. While I do think that a police presence at schools is necessary, I disagree with arming teachers. I’ve worked closely with sheriffs who were assigned to my schools and these individuals became part of the school family, helping me in many ways.However, one police officer doesn’t guarantee protection from a mass shooter. If a perpetrator wants to enter a school even with locked entrances, he or she can find a way. My concern is that the perpetrator has easy access to assault weapons and large magazine clips. By the time that one police officer can get to the shooter, many young people and staff could be killed. Having an officer in a school isn’t the only answer. Banning assault weapons and large magazine clips is a more reasonable approach.It’s said that schools need lockdown drills. I’ve held too many in my career. I’ve had SWAT team practices in my schools after hours to prepare local police for a mass shooting. Do you know how difficult it is to explain to students that they need to practice hiding in their classrooms from those who possess weapons whose sole purpose is the mass shooting of the innocent? These lockdowns alone scare the children. Principals now must be prepared to protect students and staff from mass shootings when our job is to educate. We need to consider the reasons why these new drills have become necessary.What will it take for our legislators to ban assault weapons and sale of large magazine clips? What will it take for required background checks for all gun/rifle purchases? What will it take for changes in the mental health reporting systems to keep guns from the unstable? And most importantly, is the protection of our citizenry less important than re-election?Sonntag has taught and served as an administrator at the elementary, middle school and high school levels in North Carolina, Michigan, Louisiana and Connecticut. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori F WILLIAM THEWALT says: Jeanne Finan says: Comments navigation Newer comments Rector Collierville, TN MaryAnn Sonntag says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Theron Patrick says: February 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm I totally agree with you Ron. I couldn’t have said it better. I wish more people would listen to you instead of always trying to change the laws and put the government in our lives even more. I remember the old saying “Guns don’t kill people, People kill guns.” I know first hand the state of our mental health care sytem. That is what needs changed and improved. Thanks again for your remarks. February 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm Guns are not the problem. Problems lie in today’s weak minded attitudes and teachings (like this letter from the Presiding Bishop) being foisted on all of us in the Episcopal Church, young, middle and old alike.Why doesn’t the Presiding Bishop and others in our church speak out against the many children murdered every day by abortion? February 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm Spoons kill fat people? Karen Birr says: February 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm Thanks for your comments. Thanks for your service to our country. I don’t care about being ‘politically correct’. What Mr. Jefferson said those many years ago, STILL apply for today – no matter what some say. The Constitution is very viable today and should be protected from those who wish to say that it is not revelant in today’s society. In that case, there are those who say that about the Bible. Then what? Dan Odenweller says: Rev. Dan Lediard says: Craig Foster says: February 3, 2013 at 8:00 am Every time the Presiding Bishop preaches, she preaches against violence. The Gospel of Jesus is totally antithetical to violence. All the above talking points inspired by the NRA will not change that fact. What I read in the posted letters is evidence of idolatry–the idolatry of gun ownership. There is nothing in them to remind me of the God of Love and the sacrifice of Jesus. Let those who oppose these killing machines, speak up, please. May God have mercy on us and our children. Rev. Dan Lediard says: February 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm Evil exists. That is a bold and Politically Incorrect statement. The killing field in Connecticut is at point. An evil man killed his mother, 20 children and 6 adults. Note that I said an evil man. I did not say an evil system, a failed system, the government, an evil thing etc. It was the evil act of a man. His sole intent was to cause the most anguish and go out infamously. Evil cannot reside in an object. It cannot reside in a system. It can only reside in a soul.It is Politically Incorrect because somehow over much of the past century a part of the population has developed the belief that “the government” is responsible for and has the power to protect the individual from harm. To attribute this murder to a single evil man, who is dead signals a failure of “the government” to meet that expectation and robs the people of a target for revenge. A demand that the government “do something” is heard across the land. “If only the government would do ______” then this would not have happened” is the cry and is nonsense.Unfortunately there is damn little that “the Government” can do. The second half of new(ish) belief that “the government has the power to protect the individual, particularly the children, from harm” is not only wrong it is stupid. The primary persons responsible for our own security is We. That does not stop some from trying. The results are many times useless and often worse than doing nothing. With great fanfare the folks at local, state and federal levels as well as corporations and other institutions turned many places into “weapon free zones.” Of course the law and policy that prohibits guns, knives, pepper spray ect. in certain places means nothing to evil.The effect of this law and policy at the killing fields in Sandy Hook is that the courageous men and women that stood up to evil had been disarmed by their own state so that they had no chance of stopping him but could only sacrifice their lives to slow evil down and give the children a few more seconds to escape. But the cry goes out from a few people that we have to do something. They say it is the evil black guns that are the problem. They say it is the 30 round magazines that is the problem. They say it is the Mental Health system that is the problem. They say it is the video games that cause the problem. Nonsense. The gun control initiatives our Presiding Bishop has espoused, like the “weapon free zones” are simply politicians/ policy makers making noise so that they can say they did something. The Mental Health system could use some attention and cash, but not just because of Sandy Hook. Trying to censor video games and/or movies is a fool’s errand.Please don’t say “do something.” Join me and my brother and sister vets in saluting the courageous women of Sandy Hook who gave the last full measure of devotion and praying for the souls of the innocent. (I try to leave the judgment of the evil to Him.) Then proceed with caution, thought and prayer.I suggest that we stop looking for easy answers that do nothing but sound good. A lie is a lie. I suggest that much like we have done with pilots, we permit the staffs of our schools to be armed. In this area like many areas of the citizen’s life we need to get the government out of the way. (Not a new thought on my part, Mr. Jefferson expressed this concept many times and is most often quoted “the government that governs least governs best, because the people discipline themselves.”)RespectfullyTheron Patrick, Commander USCG (Ret.) 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis February 3, 2013 at 11:29 am In regards to the follow-up response to my letter by the retired USCG Commander I acknowledge the articulate way you can express yourself. However, I do not concede any point. Evil does exist and I am not referring to the fantasy image of what is referred to as a devil. If evil does not exist, and does/did not creep into the minds and actions of humanity – then you Commander would have had other employment since the military establishments of all countries would have no reason to exist. “Our” United States has become a very sad countey in regards to the continual and increasing slaughter of innocent (and some guilty) people.The sociological reasons are many, and theories are likewise numerous. What is happening now is not a matter of giving up our civil rights to own firearms. This is about doing what we can to at least slow down the increasing numbers of people who are injured or killed. Any military “type” weapon (and not just a self-defense or hunting firearm) has no reason to exist in the hands of ordinary citizens. Just this morning there is a report of an ex-Navy sniper who was killed by another military man who has signs of post traumatic stress issues. I mention this as even highly trained military people and law enforcement civilians have the ability to destroy and kill at will. I was trained during Vietnam how to do the same. My point being that the firepower of military type weapons – and the availibilty of clips and magazines which will hold numerous bullets are just too dangerous to be so readily available. If and when another slaughter occurs I pray that our civilian law enforcement members will not be over-powered; which can likewise lead to our peace officers being easy to kill.So as to not create grounds for a “civil rebellion” buy those who support our military systems I acknowledge that I respect your military avocation and I respect your rank. I also believe we must have a highly trained and well armed military establishment – as evil does exist. Again, evil is not something which floats through the air, attacks people and causes subsequent mental disorders. Evil is something which is natural to the make-up of all humanity. Can it be explained to the satisfaction of all people? Of course not.Yes, my comments were written to hopefully stiir up the emotions of some. By stirring up emotions perhaps some will go into a time of discernment during which the acknowledgement that something (which is just a part of the carnage scenario) must be done – and it must begin yesterday.I too served in the military during Vietnam and I also have a defensive type firearm. Perhaps that possibly implies that I too have some knowldege of that which I speak? It is now getting to be close to time when I need to be with our congregation. And yes, I will read the letter from our Presiding Bishop which arrives yesterday by e-mail. I will like-wise urge our communicants to call our Congressional representatives and voice their opinion. This being regardless of which side of any fence they may be on. I respect your opinions and we do disagree on some issues. But I do believe you to be an honorable man who loves his country, and who also loves your extended family. I do ask: What would Jesus do in this situation? Wilbur Walkoe says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Karen Birr says: Ron Fox says: Presiding Bishop issues ‘call to action’ on gun violence Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Karen Birr says: March 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm MarekI am the NRA. I have been a member for 57 years. To say that I am an extremist is not only an insult to me, but is remarkably wrong, insensitive etc.I am a VeteranI am an HusbandI am a SonI am a FatherI am an AmericanI am a CitizenI am an EpiscopalianThe majority of NRA members (about 4,700,000 of us) do not favor new gun laws because everything you claim as reasonable is actually rather unreasonable and will accomplish nothing but grief for Citizens. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Robert Childress says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT February 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm I can’t really understand your stand on this issue. February 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm It was taken away by evil people not the second amendment. Don’t believe in the devil? February 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm Obama and the Democrats have avoided the issue of gun violence for so long that the interest some of them are now showing will need action in order to be convincing in any degree. Political agenda, or what is taken for such, is reflective – in every case – of moral values, and these moral values are obviously within the purview of the Church. In cases such as this one, in which specific action is urged on the part of members of Christ’s body, the underlying concern is not an agenda, but the well being of God’s people, and how particular actions may help bring foundational kingdom values to bear on public discourse. As a priest, I have a responsibility to those I seek to serve to urge prayerful action in instances of moral confusion and personal and spiritual danger. In any particular case, any of us may get things wrong, but please believe me when I say that what is of concern in this matter is the well being of our children and other innocents, and how our action or inaction, our words or silence, reflect and/or contribute to our collective spiritual health or peril. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Robert Childress says: April 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm Get a history book!!! The phrase you quote is not from the Constitutiion. It is from the Declaration of Independence. While you are studying history, check out Nazi gun control laws of the 1930s. Rector Smithfield, NC February 2, 2013 at 11:28 am It is never too late to speak up for what is right. The Episcopal Church is not against guns (nor am I) but it is against gun violence. Even if you go the route of blaming “evil” people, evil people can do a lot less damage if they cannot get a semi-automatic weapon.Read again what is being asked:We need legislation that limits sales of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, requires effective background checks for all gun purchases, provides for better access to mental health services, and directs attention to gun trafficking.”I can’t see that this is unreasonable or infringes on anyone’s rights. It just sounds like good common sense to me. Steve Grech says: THe Rev. Alison C. Lucas says: Judy Mathews says: March 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm Thank you —Theron PatrickCommander USCG (Ret.) Ron Fox says: Comments navigation Newer comments February 3, 2013 at 7:32 am It is interesting to me that the responders are not responding to the PB’s request. I hear a request for Congress to address gun violence, not take a away the rights of the 2nd Amendment. However, particularly on the streets, the issue is not about legal possession of weapons. It is about illegal possession of weapons used to wound and kill the youth of the inner cities. So other than affecting the profits of the gun manufacturers, what is wrong with a more stringent licensing procedure to stop the flow of weapons from the wholesalers and gun shows to the streets? Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service February 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm There are 3,000,000 AR-15’s in this country (described as “personal defense weapons” by the Department of Homeland Security, by the way). About 350 people were killed by rifles of all kinds in 2011 according to the FBI. That includes the use of single-shot rifles as well and other kinds. That’s a vanishingly small percentage of rifles used to kill anyone. The problem isn’t guns. The problem is our culture of violence. If you want to cut down the number of guns in this country, give law-abiding people a reason not to need them. Sandi Lanzarotta Chan says: February 8, 2013 at 7:28 pm Nice… Comments are closed. Rector Martinsville, VA Stephen Becroft says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Episcopal Public Policy Network] The following message comes from Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.The United States has witnessed far too many public shootings in recent months and years. Far too many lives have been cut short or maimed by both random and targeted acts of gun violence. The school shooting in Newtown was horrific, yet since that day several times as many young people have died by gunshot.It is abundantly clear that Americans are ready to grapple with the complexities of gun violence. The Spirit is moving across this land to mobilize people of faith to act. I urge the United States members of this Church to call your federal legislators on Monday 4 February to express your concern and your expectation that gun violence be addressed. The outlines of the necessary policy decisions are clear and widely supported: limits on sales of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, effective background checks for all gun purchases, better access to mental health services, and attention to gun trafficking.We believe all God’s people should be able to live in peace, as Zechariah dreams, “old men and women shall again sit in the streets…And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing.” The prophet reminds his hearers that even if this seems impossible, with God it is not. [Zech 8:4-6] I urge you to add your voice to those clamoring for peace. Call your legislators and sue for peace.What you can do nowShare this message – You can forward this message here. You can find sample posts for Facebook and Twitter here.Make an announcement at church – The National Council of Churches has samples messages for sharing with your church, here.SIGN THE PLEDGE – Sign the pledge to change our culture of violence here. Identify your members of Congress – In case you don’t already know who your members are, you can look them up here. Have their names ready for Monday’s call-in day.What you can do Monday, 2/4Call your members of congress – Dial 1-888-897-0174 to reach the Capitol switchboard and ask for your member of Congress. When you are connected, tell the staff person:“I am a constituent and an Episcopalian, and I am calling to urge [name member of congress here] to support policies that will change the culture of violence in our country. We need legislation that limits sales of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, requires effective background checks for all gun purchases, provides for better access to mental health services, and directs attention to gun trafficking.”Repeat for your other two members of Congress. February 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm The liberal element of society in this nation, and this church, seeks solutions to problems about which collateral damage is ignored. The end result leaves the honest, law abiding member of the society shortchanged. As a competitor in rifle marksmanship, my venue of choice is labelled High Pwer shooting with a Service Rifle in matches promoted by the government. I’ve lost count of the number of speakers who have asserted that “hunters and sportsmen have nothing to fear, we’re only going after the criminals with their assault rifles,” and point to an AR-15. Whoops, the Service Rifle of choice happens to be an AR-15, followed by an M1A, both of which are to be banned.But it is just a little white lie! Facilitated by a lack of an ethical or moral compass to guide the individual in their search for solutions.The conservative element of society, and this church is equally guilty of failing to be consistent in their arguments, like the inconsistency betwewen opposing abortion, but battlinhg for the death penalty. To the left we oppose the death penalty, but argue the viability of a fetus.With 2500 or more gun laws on the books, mayber it is time for a paradyme shift. Gun Violence, Submit a Press Release February 4, 2013 at 10:07 am I don’t understand the claim that ‘guns don’t kill people….’ People wield the guns, but the guns clearly kill–in fact, regrettably, that is sometimes why people wield them. So, to reduce the killing, let’s have sensible restrictions. By all means enforce existing laws. In addition, since we require our soldiers to pass basic training, and would-be drivers to pass written and practical tests, and both are periodically re-tested for competence, we should do the same for gun owners. And since we register each car to its owner, let’s do the same with guns. In fact, this supports our 2nd amendment rights–surely a militia should be appropriately trained. Other useful proposals have been made. Of course they are not the whole answer–it is not possible to legislate human nature away. No doubt combating ‘the culture of violence’ is useful if it is possible, but many proposals with this goal have been in conflict with other constitutional provisions. 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 February 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm I applaud Bishop Jefferts Schori for giving us a formula for acting positively to speak out for action and for voting for a change in our country’s gun laws. While some choose to blame death by guns on TV, on games, society, and on poor parenting, the killing goes on — and on.The number of Episcopalians who are able to respond CAN surely make a difference. The elected representatives have to depend on votes. We vote, and we can remind them of that fact. Rector Albany, NY Katerina Whitley says: Steve Grech says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Shari Derby says: Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing February 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm The following represents my opinions and I do not profess to speak for the Episcopal Church. I am fed up with those who cannot, or will not, be willing to make any compromises when it comes to taking action against the horrific slaughter of our fellow citizens, and the lives of our innocent children and grand-children. Again and again we must ask ourselves very fair questions: Where is God in all of this? What does it seriously mean to profess to be a Christian? What does Christianity teach us as it’s most very basic concepts? Jesus was willing to walk to his death as he would not give in on what he knew to be the “better ways of living.” Those ways are of God. For those who profess to be Christian may we also include the ways of Jesus the Christ. I am reminded time and time again of the story of the Greatest Commandment. Let us assume you who are reading this know how the story unfolds? We told to love all people as God loves us. Then why are millions not willing to make any type of love-based comprose when it comes to saving lives? The next victims could just as easily be your own famly members. No where are we immune to violence. Are you who grab your firearms and yell loudly that you will not give up your constitutional rights even willing to sit and listen to those who you perceive to be your enemy? Those who support some kinds of changes are not your enemy. Often we are our own worst enemy. Millions of us are also armed citizens, who try to use love, compassion, Christian ethics as we perceive them, and the common sense process of attempting to being pragmatic. We are all in this together and those who are trying to find and create ways to lesson the numbers of maniacal killings deserve to be listened to; just as we must respect your dignity by listening to your opinions. However, no-one of will be able accomplish anything if respect and dignity are not “lovingly” given to each other. What does it mean to resist ANY TYPE of weapons reform? What is truly behind the angry words of “No!” – to any compormise? Is it sometimes fear? If we live in fear then we cannot make good decisions. The person who wrote the editorial above mine speaks of evil people. Just who is evil and who defines what evil is? The potential evilness of humanity is often demonstrated by those who profess to be the experts about evil. The concept of: “those people over there are the really evil one’s” just doesn’t cut it. To progress we must seriously look within and use the mindset of Jesus when looking at our own opinions. Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY February 6, 2013 at 9:48 am Presiding Bishop Katherine Jeffords-Schori ‘call in action on gun violence’ is very misguided. It reflects the Obama-Feinstein position that has been so well publicized by the ‘in the tank’ media that inundates all of us. Many have naively responded supporting PB Schori’s position. The real need for ‘action on gun violence’ needs to be focused on the Obama administration itself. Where was the concern of PB Schori and others during the “Fast and Furious” debacle where large numbers of weapons were willingly supplied by the U.S. Government to Mexican Drug Cartels? This U.S. Government (aka Obama administration) was responsible for the deaths literally thousand of people in Mexico along with Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The silence is deafening.Where is the concern about potential for future wide spread violence from the current U. S. Government administration? There is silence on Homeland Security acquiring 7,000 select fire ARs (that the kind that has real full automatic capability). There is also silence about the acquisition of 1.7 billion (that’s right…billion) rounds of hollow point ammunition by Homeland Security.Is this part of some genocidal plan?The “ gun control plan” by Obama/Feinstein and supported by PB Schori, et. al. is nothing but a ruse for eventual confiscation followed by a total and complete ban of firearms from the American public. Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership web site (http://www.jpfo.net/) is replete with the horrible and chilling results of gun control. No one can dispute these well documented historical examples.(Please see http://jpfo.net/pdf02/genocide-chart.pdf for The JPFO Genocide Chart.)The following is a disturbing quote form the above referenced website:“…… Hatred + Government + Disarmed Civilians = GenocideWhat makes the argument so powerful? Two factors. First, it makes common sense: unarmed defenseless people have no hope against armed aggressors. Second, it states the historical truth: evil governments did wipe out 170,000,000 innocent non-military lives in the 20th Century alone.. ……When the gun prohibitionists quote a statistic about how many people are killed by firearms misuse, the discussion sometimes bogs down into whose crime statistics to believe and how to count crimes vs. the defensive firearm uses.In the 20th Century:Governments murdered four times as many civilians as were killed in all the international and domestic wars combined.• Governments murdered millions more people than were killed by common criminals.How could governments kill so many people? The governments had the power – and the people, the victims, were unable to resist. The victims were unarmed.”The “gun control” put forth by Obama/Feinstein and supported by PB Schori et. al. clearly hearkens back to Nazi Weapons Law of 1938. How well did this work for German democracy? Gun Control leading to genocide is the worst kind of hatred and evil.Anything having to do with the Nazi era has no place this country or in any church. It is the worst kind of hatred and certainly is contrary to orthodox Christian teaching. Of course though, the Reichskirche did support the Nazi Government in the 1930s and in WWII, Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?PB Schori’s remarks only reference gun violence. Why? Should not this be a statement about all violence in society? Obviously absent from PB Schori’s statement was any remark about the Good News of the Gospel. Bringing the love of Jesus Christ to the hearts of the people is the real way to address the issue of violence. That is the real essence of the church. I wish PB Schori would comment on that. February 6, 2013 at 12:21 am The constitution also states the people have a right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. That was all taken away from twenty seven children and adults by one person exercising the right to bear arms and another mentally unstable person with access to those firearms. February 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm I support the statements of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.2 / 2 / 2013.Rev. Alison C. Lucas Steve Grech says: Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET David S. Halsted, M.D., F.A.C.S. says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC February 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm Citizens of the United States are 15 times more likely to be shot than citizens of any other developed country in the world! Each year 100,000 Americans are shot by guns and 30,000 die as a result. Every two years, more Americans die from gunfire than were killed in Vietnam, but they have no monument, and we have come to accept this as the cost for living in our country. This is insanity! Gun fire is the number one killer of children in our country. More children die from guns than cancer. Yet, we have placed more restrictions on toy guns than real guns. Do we not care to protect our children? It is clear that allowing our citizens to purchase any weapon and as many weapons as they like is not increasing our freedoms or making us safer. It is making us more vulernable and limiting our freedom to move about in safety. The Second Amendment has been grossly distorted. It allows for the right to bear arms so that a militia can be formed. We now have a strong miltary that makes this far less relevant as a measure. Most importantly, it does not state that we have a right to buy any kind of weapon that we desire or to be free to purchase military assault weapons or an unlimited supply of weapons and high capacity magazines. We cannot obtain a drivers license without going through a careful process. This isn’t the government trying to restrict our rights, but the government acknowleding that driving a car entails responsibilties and can be dangerous to the driver and to others. The same is true for owning a weapon. It should involve background checks and demands that we have taken a course to use it responsibly. Handguns pose the number threat among guns in our nation, and action must be taken to limit the widespread trafficking by straw buyers. What is now clear is that the NRA is an extremist organization that is little more than a front for the gun manufacturers and ammunition makers. The majority of NRA members support responsible gun restrictions, but the NRA supports ZERO gun restrictions. Go figure! Does this sound intilligent, safe or respectful of human life? The NRA has bought our politicians and scarred them to death about taking any action to make our country safer. It is wonderful to see our Presiding Bishop and other bishops and church leaders speaking out. The majority of Americans want stronger measures taken to insure a reduction of gun violence in our country. This won’t happen unless we demand our elected public servants to be less concerned about re-election and more concerned about protection of our citizenry. We also need to speak about and address the glorification of violence in our films, television programs and video games as well as do more to identify, care for and treat those who are mentally disturbed and could pose a harm to themselves and to others. For too long the Church has majored in minor issues. Working together to reduce gun violence in our society is a major issue that sane people expect our churches to champion. If not, how can we possibly claim to follow the Prince of Peace, when we buy into a culture of violence. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Theron Patrick says: Ron Fox says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Theron Patrick says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Steve Grech says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA February 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm I am an Episcopalian. What I see is that the problem is not one of gun violence anymore than the problem of 10,000 people killed every year by drunk drivers is one of car violence. The issue is not the tool, it’s violence. Mental health treatment and punishment of gun traffickers are great ideas, they actually attack the root of the problem.But none of these recent shootings would have been stopped by background checks – the purchasers of the guns they used either passed or would have passed them, and the gang members who are using guns to kill people in the streets of Chicago and elsewhere don’t get their guns from people who are going to run background checks. “Military-style weapons” aren’t really military weapons and aren’t really the issue – any semi-automatic weapon will serve for what they are doing, and no one is going to be saved by the second or two it takes to swap out a magazine.What will solve this issue is to condemn violence and the entertainers and culture that glorify it. We let them change the culture. We need to change it back. The Church needs to point out what is wrong with the culture and fight against it, not adopt it or be co-opted by it as we so often have. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 February 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm …the problem is, many churches don’t know how to teach right from wrong, and don’t even teach that there is right and wrong, including the Episcopal Church. They are too hung up on pushing political agenda. Why did the Presiding Bishop wait till now to speak against “violence”? (…though really she is speaking against law-abiding gun-owning citizens.) Because that’s what Obama and the Democrats are doing now. The problem is evil people, not people’s guns… but the Episcopal Church doesn’t understand that concept. Not anymore.Stand on the Foundation, and don’t snuggle up to politicians, and I might visit your church once in a while. You might speak with authority. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA
New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Alliance] The Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar’s plans to create a center at its renovated Christ Church Cathedral to raise awareness about the history of slavery in Zanzibar and current human trafficking realities in East Africa and worldwide.All Saints’ Cathedral, Diocese of ZanzibarPart of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, the diocese embarked on the cathedral refurbishing project on Oct 1, 2013 in partnership with World Monuments Fund Britain and announced in its July 2015 newsletter that efforts to raise its portion of grant funding had been successful.The cathedral’s planned Heritage and Education Centre will retell the story of the East African slave trade in a form accessible to school children, in both English and Kiswahili.The center also intends to educate about modern-day realities, including the fact that there are now more slaves on the planet than at any previous time in history, with trafficking of women figuring as the world’s second largest industry, and that Zanzibar once again is serving as a trafficking point, especially of children.The Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar aims to offer visitors concrete steps they can take to join in combating the crisis.Globally it is estimated that there are more than 30 million victims of modern slavery. It is a priority for governments and faith communities throughout the world.On Dec. 2, 2014, a historic meeting was held at the Vatican where faith leaders joined to commit together to work towards the ending of modern slavery. Convened by the Global Freedom Network, the declaration was signed by the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other global faith leaders.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby affirmed in his address on that occasion that faith leaders share “a deep shared commitment for the liberation of those humiliated, abused and enslaved by their fellow-human beings.”Welby said faith leaders can make sure that every worshiping community knows about modern slavery and is ready to work to prevent and end such abuses.“As we make this solemn commitment today, my prayer is that we shall by God’s grace play a key role in ending the inhuman practices of modern slavery – practices that disfigure our world and obscure the image of God in men, women and children. We have the will, we have the common purpose, this can be done; may God bless our action together,” he said.The Zanzibar initiative continues a long Anglican tradition of advocating for the human right to freedom and dignity, notes Rachel Carnegie, Anglican Alliance co-executive director.The Anglican Alliance is working to lift up such examples of local church action and to connect Anglicans with others within the Anglican Communion and beyond who are working to end modern slavery.“The Anglican Church played a key role in ending the trans-Atlantic slave trade and again today is called to work together with others to confront and end modern-day forms of slavery,” she says.“Ending human trafficking is one of the Anglican Alliance’s three global priorities,” she says.To that end the Anglican Alliance is providing a platform for Anglicans to share their skills, vision and research.A November 2014 global Anglican Alliance consultation and webinar on slavery looked at how churches and faith groups could work together to tackle the problem. Participants recommended mapping available resources and providing education on protection and prevention.“It’s important to connect churches and agencies who are working to stop modern-day slavery by sharing insights and building capacity so that we can respond more effectively,” Carnegie says.Local education efforts such as the Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar’s heritage and education center are important to raise awareness of the problem to prevent the crime and enable swifter identification of those who have been trafficked, she points out.And housing the center in a core place of worship of the diocese underlines the fact that faith communities have a unique role to play in the response to modern slavery and human trafficking, she adds.Consultation participants pointed to the importance of having a spiritual anchoring for the church’s work against trafficking and the way in which applying biblical principles could deepen understanding and engagement by local churches.The Zanzibar center also aims to promote interfaith and inter-communal dialogue and understanding.The center and its exhibits will be accessible for people living with disabilities, including tours in Sign Language. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Advocacy Peace & Justice, Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Anglican Communion, Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Africa, Submit a Job Listing 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 Human Trafficking 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 Rector Collierville, TN Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Service Posted Jul 14, 2015 Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Submit an Event Listing Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Anglican cathedral in Zanzibar joins fight against modern slavery Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL
Architects: Utz Sanby Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects Houses 2010 Area: 210 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/138008/queenscliff-house-utz-sanby-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Marian Riabic+ 14 Share Queenscliff House / Utz Sanby Architects Year: CopyAbout this officeUtz Sanby ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesQueenscliffHousesAustraliaPublished on May 29, 2011Cite: “Queenscliff House / Utz Sanby Architects” 29 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Linkedin Adare Manor unveil plans to launch The Padel Club this Autumn Motorbike AN EXTRAORDINARY journey will be recounted at an event in county Limerick this weekend when motorcyclist, Jacqui Furneaux recounts her seven year journey from India to Bristol on an Enfield Bullet motorbike.Sprocket and Hubs Motorcycle shop in Adare is hosting the event at Sean Collins bar in Adare starting at noon on Sunday, May 13.Jacqui Furneaux will reveal the story of her unexpected and unplanned lengthy journey through 20 countries with her trusty 500cc motorbike.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up She will tell how a six-month holiday became a seven year way of life in Asia, Australasia and the Americas.The 50-year-old nurse turned mechanic had to adapt to life on dusty roads and goat tracks from the mountains to the sea, through barren deserts to lush jungles.Jacqui will recall how her life-changing adventure came about, the story of her trusty 500cc Enfield Bullet motorcycle. She will talk about the travel method and tips on how to take on such a journey as well as the benefits and disadvantages of being a woman in the less travelled areas of the world. Its a tale of triumph over adversity, of the people she met along the way, the highs and lows, the fun and fear.On the same day as the talk a group of eight bikers who are preparing to ride to base camp at Mount Everest will visit the shop in Adare. They are coming to the shop to try out the bike that they will be riding in the Himalayas.More local news here. Previous articleMetal tribute to The Bee Gees and beyondNext articleRebuilding Ireland Home loan scheme requirements to be eased Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Facebook Brendan O’Connor announced as new General Manager of Adare Manor Email Adare Manor Resort COVID-19 Ambassadors Twitter TAGSAdareBristolIndiaMount EverestSean Collins NewsLocal NewsSeven years on a motorbikeBy Bernie English – May 10, 2018 1395 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: The Golf Course at Adare Manor celebrates its second birthday Print Irish Water and Limerick City & County Council are working to restore water supply to customers in Adare following a burst water main WhatsApp Limerick Post Show | The Golf Course at Adare Manor Advertisement
WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – November 26, 2010 Pinterest Previous articleDonegal South West By-Election – Second CountNext articleDonegal South West By-Election – Fourth Count News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Distribution of Cllr Frank Mc Brearty’s 3,375 votesSenator Pearse Doherty SF +1,452 15,188Senator Brian O’Domhmaill FF + 278 7,636Cllr Barry O’Neill FG +871 7,313Cllr Thomas Pringle Ind +272 3,763Cllr Thomas Pringle eliminated News Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Donegal South West By-Election – Third Count Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Previous Article Next Article NHS trust seeks cash for refugee doctor retrainingOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. A Birmingham NHS trust is seeking Government funding for a pioneeringproject to tackle a shortage of inner city doctors by recruiting refugeedoctors in the West Midlands. The Birmingham Specialist Community Health NHS Trust together with the West MidlandsRefugee Council has placed a £500,000 bid with the Home Office’s challenge fundfor a five-year scheme covering specialist training of refugee doctors. Jo Thanki, the trust’s community development manager and leader on HR anddiversity, said, “We’ve applied for funding and hope to hear from the HomeOffice in July whether we’ve been successful in the first round ofbidding.” Under the terms of the project, the trust wants to train up to 40 refugeedoctors in the West Midlands. This would involve a mentoring scheme which wouldshow refugee doctors how the NHS works, private English language classes andclinical placements with hospitals in the region. Refugee doctors on the schemewould also have the opportunity to attend medical classes at BirminghamUniversity to upgrade their skills. Refugee doctors have to pass professional linguistic assessment boards examsbefore they can register with the General Medical Council and work in the UK. Thanki added, “The main employment barriers facing refugee doctors aretaking GMCand English language exams. If our project is successful, it wouldgive refugee doctors the chance to take these exams as well as giving themrelevant experience.” The Home Office launched its £850,000 challenge fund to support the integrationof refugees in March this year. By Karen Higginbottom Related posts:No related photos.
The Plush Lounge is set to be evicted from their current location on Park End Street, Cherwell can reveal, with staff in a battle to find a new home for the nightclub.A spokesperson for the nightclub told Cherwell: “For some time, we have been in discussion with Nuffield College who own the building concerning the redevelopment of the site.“Nuffield College and their agents have been extremely supportive in sourcing an alternative central Oxford location. Plush are completely committed to providing an ongoing safe space for the LGBTQ+ community within central Oxford.“Discussions are currently ongoing, and we are very confident that we will be able to release some exciting news in the next few weeks.”Privately owned and operated, Plush has been occupying their current site at 27 Park End Street, widely known as the Jam Factory, since 2010.The LGBTQ+ venue is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.Plush added: “The club was founded to provide a safe atmosphere predominantly for the LGBTQ+ community, whilst welcoming all patrons who share our values and respect our culture.“The club has established itself as a leader in the provision of high quality entertainment ataffordable prices in Oxford, and is recognised as a destination of choice.”Nuffield College also owns the property occupied by The Bridge and – until its closure in July 2016 – by Wahoo nightclub.The latter closed after a multi-million pound deal between Nuffield and Christ Church led to the site being renovated to become what is now the Oxford Foundry.Former Somerville entz rep and Plush superfan, Mo Iman, told Cherwell: “Plush, as Oxford’s premier LGBT+ nightclub, provided a safe space for a community that is generally mistreated at traditional venues.“It is sad news to hear that it will not be at the Jam Factory but hopefully it will return with the same friendly staff and inclusivity that both town and gown have enjoyed.”Nuffield College have not responded to a request for comment.
LOVING TRUMP’S UN SPEECHMaking Sense by Michael ReaganDonald Trump’s speech to the United Nations on Tuesday was not just great, it was totally refreshing.The president’s address to the U.N. General Assembly was so perfect it almost made me forget all the horrible speeches his predecessor gave to that corrupt, bloated and anti-American body.For the first time in eight years the world saw an American president not spending half his time apologizing to the U.N. for our country’s past, present and future.President Obama’s U.N. speeches always managed to make it sound like the United States was no different from Iran and North Korea.He’d say we’re going to stop their evil, and we’re also going to stop our evil, as if there was a moral equivalency between us and those inhuman hellholes.On Tuesday President Trump did not pussyfoot around or ignore the obvious threats the rogue regimes of North Korea and Iran pose to a peaceful planet.He blasted both countries, calling them out for violating “every principle on which the United Nations is based. They respect neither their own citizens nor the sovereign rights of their countries.“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few,” Trump said, “then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.”Trump, being Trump, also said what needed to be said about North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un and his missile program.Liberals and the media went ballistic over Trump branding Un as the “Rocket Man.”As usual, the media, which themselves have called Un every name in the book, missed the strengths of Trump’s speech and concentrated on what they thought was a politically incorrect gaffe or a presidential goof.But “Rocket Man” was brilliant. It was a way to mock and insult Un while giving him a public warning that if the U.S. is “forced to defend itself or its allies … we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”The president got his U.N. speech 100 percent right. Unlike President Obama, who blamed America first, Trump always puts America first.He and his speechwriters also deftly explained to his unfriendly audience what he meant by “America First.”He said as president of the United States he will always put his country’s interests first, just as each of them would put their country’s interests first.The U.N. rank and file apparently couldn’t understand that idea, unfortunately, because most of them routinely put themselves first, not their own countries.Listening to President Trump speak to the U.N. on Tuesday was a real treat — like listening to an American Bibi Netanyahu.Bibi himself recognized the resemblance, which is why the Israeli leader tweeted his praise for Mr. Trump:“In over 30 years in my experience with the U.N., I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.”Bibi knows the U.N. and how to address it and its gaggle of bureaucrats and professional America-haters.When the Israeli leader goes before them he always tells them exactly what they need to hear, but there’s one problem –no one ever listens.It’d be really nice if the U.N. people were listening this time to Trump.It’d be nice if they’d react positively to his call for the U.N. to do what it was founded to do â€’ defend the sovereignty, security and prosperity of all peaceful countries and stand together against rogue nations like North Korea and Iran.But unfortunately, in the real world probably half of the U.N. people who come to New York are not coming to work for world peace and greater prosperity.They’re coming to see their mistresses and rack up hundreds of unpaid parking tickets.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
With 15 bread classes among the 88 classes to be decided, the judges at this year’s National Baking Exhibition in Wales lost no time in trawling the tables, knives at the ready, to reveal the inner secrets of every variety, from bloomers and tins to currant loaves and French sticks.A strong entry in the wholemeal classes confirmed that the current market trend for low-GI products is increasing. Class three section judge Gilbert Curtis explained: “Wholemeal and Granary are becoming more popular, now that people are more aware of how their diet affects them. For the baker, it’s no more difficult to produce and it makes sense to cater to your customers’ requirements.”Winning waysHe said that when comparing the loaves he looks for softness and strength, a good quality of crumb and even structure. Volume and shape are also important. “The winner had all this going for it,” he said. “It stood out from the rest and made my job a bit easier for a change.”Heading up the confectionery judges, chairman Huw Weeks said he was disappointed with the number of entries this year, but still deemed the event a great success. “It’s always a joy and a privilege to be invited to this exhibition,” he said, “and although entries are down, it has been a great success for the Welsh Federation.”There was a good representation of craft and quality among the cake exhibits, he added, and the floral displays were outstanding, as were the sponges and Chelsea buns. He added: “Neath and Port Talbot College have proved their worth again, with the students excelling in producing work of the highest standards. Younger students in the schools classes also did well and should be commended for their efforts.” Judging the Culpitt Challenge trophy for a floral spray, Barbara Grainger and Pat Bell found one exhibit they considered outstanding. “We are really pleased with the standard of the sugar flowers this year,” said Ms Bell, “particularly the winning display, which is stunning and very well put together. All the cakes are well decorated, with some good designs and ideas and very skilful workmanship. You can see the attention to detail in the finished products.”Ms Bell also noted a decline in the number of entries. “That’s a reflection of changes in the industry,” she said. “The colleges are not getting the students in and there’s nowhere for them to go once they are trained.”Some might get into research and development or health and safety, she said. “But students today will never know some of the things we are able to do and, when these skills are lost, they will never return.” Beginner’s luckHousewife Saoia Iqbal of Cardiff was surprised to carry off the Culpitt Challenge Trophy and the Stuart Howells Trophy for best confectionery item in the show, as this was her first ever entry in a competition. “I am amazed to have won, especially on my first attempt. I’m delighted – it makes up for all the time I spent making my display,” said Ms Iqbal. Neath and Port Talbot student Rachel Thomas took four of the student class trophies home but credited her win to her tutors. “We were all encouraged to enter by our tutors. They gave us a lot of help with new skills, such as modelling, for example,” she said. “Working on the exhibits was hard, but I learned a great deal and I really enjoyed it. I’d like to get a job in cake decorating when I finish college. I know there aren’t that many jobs out there, but that’s what I love doing.”Clutching the Joe Horspool trophy, among others, for best bread in show, was seasoned competitor Roger Hants of Kathleens Kitchen, Colchester. Exhibition veteran and joint secretary Ollie Long has been involved with the Welsh National Baking Exhibition for 41 years. “It’s a lot smaller than it was 41 years ago – back then we were talking about around 2,000 entries, while this year we are down to around 700,” he said. “In those days we had so many local entries, as well as competitors from further afield. There used to be 125 bakers in Cardiff alone and now you can’t count 10. But you can see by the entries that trade skills are surviving”Mr Long is as enthusiastic about organising next year’s show as he was his first. “Some people say that if we can’t attract more entries, we should pack it in, but I tell them not to be so daft,” he said.“I’ve already booked the venue for next year. I think we’ve helped people achieve higher standards and new ideas, as well as creating long-standing friendships.”
A series of reforms were voted through unanimously by 160 dele-gates at the 77th annual bakery students conference in Blackpool last weekend.The changes, including a new name and a new website, followed a strategic review led by outgoing president Paul Morrow.What was known as the NFBSS/IBB Alliance has been renamed the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees, or the Alliance for short, to clarify its purpose to those outside the baking industry – particularly those who control the structure of training and the provision of future funds, Morrow told the AGM, held on 6 May.Delegates at the conference, from nine colleges across the UK, also voted in favour of a new interactive website.President-elect Simon Solway unveiled the plans for the site at [http://www.bakersintraining.org], due to launch in early June. It will become a communications hub for students, where they can post questions and messages, he explained.As the meeting drew to its close, Unifine MD Simon Solway took over the chain of office from Morrow, and started his year’s term, with John Lindsay from BakeMark becoming president-elect.Solway and competition sponsors then presented prizes, which were won in the previous day’s bakery competition.The conference was attended by guests of honour the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool and the Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, Anthony Greenwood.