Archbishop in Jerusalem: ‘Our shared humanity is the way to…

first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR June 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm Harriet Sherwood in The Guardian has more on the trip here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/palestinian-christians-acrchbishop-canterbury?CMP=twt_fdI hope ENS will have more as well. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Lambeth Palace] Peace cannot be found without recognizing each other’s humanity, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said June 26 in Jerusalem.Finding ways of living together after the “great traumas and tragedies of so many years” is “a huge challenge,” the archbishop told Christian leaders gathered in the Bishop’s Peace Garden at the city’s Anglican Cathedral.But “there is no other way than finding each others’ humanity, recognizing it, and seeing in it the image of God,” he added.Welby was speaking at a reception in his honor in the Peace Garden at St George’s Cathedral, hosted by Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani.The reception was attended by local Christians leaders from different denominations, along with diplomats, ambassadors and Palestinian civil society leaders.In his first visit to the Holy Land since his installation earlier this year, Welby said he sought “to serve all the people of this region, without exception” and that he prays for “peace with justice and security.”Acknowledging the profound significance of Jerusalem for all its faith communities, the archbishop said it was “essential” that it remains “an open city,” with Christians, Muslims and Jews having “full access” to their holy sites.The archbishop, who prayed at the Western Wall yesterday and will also visit Al-Haram Al-Sharif and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, added that it is “essential that round the world we support those who bear the burden of ensuring the openness of those holy sites and who are the stewards of this place in the face of challenges that are different in each generation.”Opening the evening, Dawani told Welby he was “deeply grateful for your presence in Jerusalem.”By hosting Welby in the recently opened Bishop’s Peace Garden, Dawani said he was marking his commitment “to peace and reconciliation between the three official religions and two peoples of the Holy Land.”He added that the tranquil garden, with its 200-year-old olive trees, was itself a symbol of “the peace mentioned in all three holy books.”“And like all gardens, it teaches us that what we tend to most will do best,” he said.Dawani, who next month will host the cathedral’s annual Iftar meal to celebrate with Muslims the break of the Ramadan fast, said that “by this peace garden, located in the heart of Jerusalem, we state clearly that it is peace that we seek, it is peace that we need, and it is peace that we work towards.”Read the addresses by Archbishop Justin and Bishop Suheil: Archbishop Justin’s address to Christian leaders at St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, 26 June 2013 Your Beatitudes, Your Eminences, Your Graces, distinguished guests, thank you for your very warm welcome indeed. It’s thirty-three years since I was first here. I was with my wife, and we were actually on honeymoon, and we stayed here at St George’s. It was very different – much less comfortable, but no less welcoming. It has always been a place of welcome, and, Bishop Suheil, this is a warm welcome indeed this evening and I congratulate you on this new garden. I also thank the church leaders for the enormous welcome that they have brought today.It’s always fascinating being introduced at these things. Thank you, Mr Dean, for your introduction and kind welcome. Several people today have said, ‘We read about you and we know that you think this or that or the other.’ Well let me say, don’t believe what you read in the papers.I’ll say a couple of things. First of all, I spent long enough in business to believe in blunt speaking, so I will be short and to the point. It has been a very warm welcome today, and it’s a great pleasure to be here, having the opportunity to refresh my experience of the work of the Anglican diocese here in this area. One of the things that most strikes me since I was last here is the great warmth between the churches here in Jerusalem. It was very noticeable today, Your Beatitudes, at the meeting this afternoon, the real sense of unity, and I praise god for that.The Anglican diocese operates in five countries and, as the Anglican Communion all over the world, makes an enormous contribution to the wellbeing of the societies in which it is present. As we’ve heard, it runs school, hospitals, clinics – we’re opening a new clinic tomorrow – and this is what Anglicanism does throughout the world. It is an extraordinary part of the Church and a huge privilege to be involved in it.The life of the Church springs from its experience of the love of Jesus Christ, the love of God through Jesus Christ, which overflows to the communities around us. And that is indeed the challenge for our churches throughout the world, and especially this part of the world. Jerusalem is, as we know, the centre of the world in so many ways. The centre of three great faiths, the centre of much of the news that we hear; the centre in both good ways and bad ways. It is essential that Jerusalem remains an open city, with full access to the religious sites which are holy to three faiths. And it is essential that round the world we support those who bear the burden of ensuring the openness of those holy sites and who are the stewards of this place in the face of challenges that are different in each generation. Those challenges will in the end, as we have heard so eloquently already from Bishop Suheil and from His Beatitude the Patriarch, that can only be faced with clear speaking and can only be achieved when there is peace with justice and security for all the people of the region. Where people are left out, there will be no security, no justice, no peace.Finding ways of living together after the great traumas, tragedies, of so many years is a huge challenge. And it will come when there is a change of heart. Bishop Suheil spoke so eloquently and so powerfully, and I want to echo his words: that where we seek power and security, we will find neither. The teaching of Jesus Christ is when we give our lives away, then we find what we seek. And I thank you, Bishop, for your witness and testimony in this area.His Beatitude the Patriarch spoke earlier at our meeting this afternoon of reconciliation. And that has been a passion of mine for many, many years. Partly in this area, but also in other parts of the world where there is also great killing and great suffering. Reconciliation comes from knowing our own reconciliation and our own peace, and it leads, as we are reconciled to God – and as Christians we believe we are reconciled to God through the love and grace of Jesus Christ – we are able to offer hospitality and holiness to those with whom we disagree, and find their humanity, and find love, and find reconciliation. There is no other way than finding each others’ humanity, recognising it, and seeing in it the image of God.I was deeply grateful today for the award that the Patriarch so kindly gave me of the Holy Sepulchre. It is a great privilege to have been drawn into your fellowship. It’s a privilege I hope to continue over these years that God gives me in this work, and to seek – with so many others around the world – to serve all the people of this region, without exception, but seeking also and always praying for peace with justice and security. Thank you for your welcome.Bishop Suheil Dawani’s address at St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, 26 June 2013Good evening, friends, Your Beatitudes, Bishops, Excellences, clergy, ladies and gentlemen. This evening we are gathered with our very special and honoured guest, His Grace the Most Revered Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and his wife, and the rest of the delegation. It is his first visit to the Holy Land in his new ministry, and the first official function to be held in this new Bishop’s Peace Garden.I am deeply grateful for your presence in Jerusalem, Your Grace. Hosting you in this garden marks the commitment of my episcopacy to peace and reconciliation between the three official religions and two peoples of the Holy Land. This garden, with its 200-year-old olive trees, is itself a symbol of the peace mentioned in all three holy books. It provides us with the opportunity to be still, and to know tranquility amidst the business of life. And like all gardens, it teaches us that what we tend to most will do best.By this Peace Garden, located in the heart of Jerusalem, we state clearly that it is peace that we seek, it is peace that we need, and it is peace that we work toward. A peace that is not merely the absence of tension, but is accompanied by justice. This Bishop’s Peace Garden reminds us, too, that peace is the namesake of the Holy City of Jerusalem. While often without peace, it is nonetheless the city of peace. Our striving towards being an open city, where all can know the God of peace who desires that all human beings gather in harmony, acceptance, affirmation and reconciliation.With our various Christian traditions, as well as what our brothers of Islam and Judaism, we make every effort to build cohesive relationships. In just a few weeks from now, for example, I will be hosting here our annual iftar to mark the break of the Ramadan fast. With our Muslims brothers we will share a meal and continue our modeling of living together in peace and harmony. For the three Abrahamic faiths, the city of Jerusalem is sacred and holy. Gathering at her holy sites, adherants for all three faiths are called to love God and to love neighbour. Within this simple but powerful calling is found our peace. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. As Martin Luther King Jr said, peace is not kept by force, but by understanding. It is manifest through compassion, where the power of love is the greater than the love of power.As Christians, we are commanded to love God with all our heart, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves. We have the privilege, and also the obligation, to keep the hope of peace alive in the hearts of our people, knowing that violence and war will bring more suffering and destruction.As the city of three faiths and two peoples – as well as the place pilgrimage for the whole world – we must do our part to ensure that Jerusalem is a city of peace. It needs not to be at the expense of one another’s uniqueness; but rather, by making the Holy City truly safe, and inclusive of our diversity.As a small but strong presence here in Jerusalem and the region, the Anglican Church has a profound and important role to play. Our embrace of God in Jesus Christ allows us to serve both the divine and the human in equality important ways. God is both transcendent and immanent in our understanding of the holy. And we are rightly dedicated to the glorifying of God and serving of humanity. Our rightful place in the temple is balanced with our rightful place in the city square. Since 1841, the Diocese of Jerusalem has glorified God and borne witness to the love of God for all people through our institutions of learning and healthcare. For more than 160 years Anglican presence in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East has been an extraordinary force for good. And more importantly, we are merely at the beginning of a bright future – capable of even greater and more effective ministry in all these important areas, including peace and reconciliation.Your Grace, we are grateful for your support and encouragement, as this visit affirms the historic and continuing importance presence of the Anglican church in the land of the Holy One. When I sent you an invitation to come to Jerusalem, even before your consecration, you said, “Yes, my first visit will be for Jerusalem and the Holy Land.” And thank you for that. With your help and support, our church will remain a strong and vibrant witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ. For our openness to others. For our affirmation of the three faiths and two peoples of the Holy Land. And for our being peacemakers in a region desperately in need of peaceful justice.With the wider community as represented here tonight, and also to have Mr Alami, a Muslim Jerusalemite, graduate of St George’s School in 1962, we extend to all the hand of friendship, of welcome, of inclusion, and of solidarity. We are committed to love of God and neighbour, where each person and each community can live in peace and harmony, and where everyone can be confident of safety and opportunity to live full, productive, free, just and peaceful lives. May almighty God continue to bless us as we, the Christians of Jerusalem, share with our Abrahamic brothers and sisters the mission of love, peace and reconciliation. May God bless you all and welcome, ahlan-wa-sahlan, thank you. Middle East Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments are closed. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Donna Hicks says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Rector Shreveport, LA Archbishop of Canterbury, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Archbishop in Jerusalem: ‘Our shared humanity is the way to peace’ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Israel-Palestine, Anglican Communion, Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Declaración de la Cámara de Obispos: ‘Comunión frente a la…

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Nosotros, la Cámara de Obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal, deseamos expresarles nuestro amor y aprecio a nuestros colegas que se identifican como Asociados de la Comunión y a esos obispos que tienen afinidad con la posición de los Asociados de la Comunión, tal como dieron a conocer en la Declaración de Salt Lake City de Asociados de la Comunión. El tiempo pasado juntos en Salt Lake City, en diálogo y en oración, ha demostrado cuan profundamente el amor de Dios en Jesús nos vincula y nos faculta para el servicio de la misión de Dios. Mientras esperábamos la dirección del Espíritu Santo en nuestras deliberaciones, nos han recordado que la Cámara de Obispos está ricamente dotada de muchas voces y perspectivas sobre asuntos de significación teológica, litúrgica y pastoral. Esto se ha demostrado en nuestro discernimiento respecto a asuntos doctrinales relativos al matrimonio cristiano. Le damos gracias a Dios por la abundante variedad de voces en nuestra Cámara, en nuestras diócesis, en la Iglesia Episcopal y en la Comunión Anglicana, que refleja la amplitud de la misericordia y la presencia de Dios en la Iglesia y en el mundo.Damos particulares gracias por el resuelto testimonio de nuestros colegas de Asociados de la Comunión. Valoramos su compromiso con la Iglesia Episcopal y con la Comunión Anglicana y confiamos en él. Reconocemos que la suya es una voz minoritaria en la Cámara de Obispos en nuestras deliberaciones respecto al matrimonio cristiano; y afirmamos que, pese a nuestras diferencias, ellos constituyen una parte indispensable de quienes somos como la Cámara de Obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal. Nuestra Iglesia necesita de su testimonio. Además, apreciamos que cada uno de nosotros regresará a las diócesis donde habrá una variedad de respuestas a las resoluciones A054 y A036. La ecuanimidad, generosidad y amabilidad con las que los Asociados de la Comunión han compartido sus puntos de vista sobre el matrimonio cristiano y han permanecido en relación es un modelo a seguir para nosotros y para los líderes laicos y ordenados de nuestras diócesis. Le damos gracias a Dios que en la plenitud de la Santa Trinidad podemos y debemos permanecer unidos como el Cuerpo de Cristo en nuestras diócesis, en la Iglesia Episcopal y en nuestras relaciones con nuestras hermanas y nuestros hermanos en Cristo en la Comunión Anglicana. Los vínculos creados en el bautismo son ciertamente indisolubles y oramos que tengamos la confianza para depender del Espíritu Santo que continuará manteniéndonos juntos como asociados en la comunión mediante el amor de Dios en Jesús. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Posted Jul 4, 2015 Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Declaración de la Cámara de Obispos: ‘Comunión frente a la diferencia’ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC General Convention 2015 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN center_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS General Convention, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NClast_img read more

Bishop appeals for prayer after attacks on Muslims lead to…

first_imgBishop appeals for prayer after attacks on Muslims lead to state of emergency Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing [Anglican Communion News Service] The senior Anglican bishop in Sri Lanka has spoken out against an outbreak of violence targeting the Muslim communities in Amapara and Digana in the central district of Kandy. At least two people were killed and 232 homes destroyed in riots sparked by the death of a Sinhala Buddhist man.Read the full article here. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 center_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Posted Mar 14, 2018 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Anglican Communion, Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ecumenical & Interreligious Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID last_img read more

Anglican leaders pay tribute following the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Comments are closed. Comments (2) This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Joe Prasad says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Posted Apr 3, 2018 Rector Shreveport, LA Tony Oberdorfer says: Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET April 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm All independence movements produce some leaders who resort to violence and killing. Winnie Mandela is no exception. I recall during the anti-apartheid movement a black colleague commenting on the violence in which Winnie was implicated- independence movements involve violence and she should be looked at in this light.Some of Israel leaders were terrorists in the eyes of the British govt. Yet they are now honored and respected as great leaders.To many Winnie Mandela is an honorable person worthy of respect and adoration. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Anglican leaders pay tribute following the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Press Release Service [Anglican Communion News Service] Tributes have been paid to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of the late South African anti-apartheid leader and President Nelson Mandela, who died April 2 at the age of 81. The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, is currently in London for a meeting of the Lambeth Conference 2020 Design Group. He told ACNS: “I send my condolences to the family. I am humbled to have known her. I admired and respected her. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.”Read the entire article here. Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Washington, DC April 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm I’m amazed that any decent person who knows a bit about history should be unwilling to recognize Winnie Mandela for what she really was. Her “mistakes” involved killing people. For the rest she lived the high life at other peoples’ expense. Sad to say, she was a truly reprehensible person in life and remains so in death despite her connection with the beknighted Nelson. Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Anglican Communion Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MSlast_img read more

Bishops United Against Gun Violence pledge to work with Biden…

first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event 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 Posted Feb 25, 2021 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishops United Against Gun Violence, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Faith & Politics, Bishops United Against Gun Violence pledge to work with Biden and Harris on gun control Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Bishops United Against Gun Violence] On Feb. 22, Bishops United Against Gun Violence sent the following letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, offering thanks for their support of sensible gun reforms and pledging to support their leadership on this issue. A copy of this letter was also sent to all members of Congress.Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris:On behalf of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a network of more than 100 bishops in The Episcopal Church representing more than 1.1 million Episcopalians in more than 4,200 congregations spread across 314 Congressional districts, we write to thank you for your longtime support of sensible gun violence measures. We are grateful, especially, for your recent call to Congress to enact background checks on all gun sales, ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminate immunity for gun manufacturers.Thank you, too, for your pledge to take executive action when necessary to stop gun violence, and to establish a task force to focus on the connection between mass shootings, online harassment, extremism, and violence against women. We applaud these efforts and ask that you and your administration urge Congress to enact the kind of powerful legislation we need to save the lives of more than 37,000 Americans who now die each year from gun violence.We stand ready to assist your administration in advocating for and serving as champions for policies that can help end what we call the unholy trinity of poverty, racism and gun violence. To this lifesaving work, we bring strong partnerships with national and community gun violence organizations across the country and an engaged network of Episcopalians in our congregations and communities. Together, we seek to witness to our belief in a God of life, even in the face of death.In our struggle against the evil of gun violence, we offer several contributions:We provide spiritual support for those living with gunshot wounds, with grief, with fear and with the temptation of hopelessness. We advocate for broader and easier access to mental health services for those at risk of suicide.We teach, bringing an ethic of Christian compassion and concern for the common good to bear on debates regarding unjust economic and legal structures, public safety, individual rights and our responsibilities to one another as children of God.We hold public liturgies—vigils, processions, and prayer services—to commemorate the dead and inspire the living.With the support of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations in Washington D.C., we are persistent advocates for common sense gun safety measures like background checks, holding gun manufacturers accountable, closing the Charleston and hate crime loopholes, and other policy proposals that you have outlined in your gun violence platform.Although the last four years have brought little progress toward curbing gun violence, we commend House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro and former chair, the Honorable Nita Lowey, for their perseverance in securing $25 million in the FY2020 appropriations bill for gun violence prevention research following their March 2019 hearing on the public health aspects of gun violence. We encourage this federal investment in public health research that can help safeguard the lives of all of God’s people in the United States while respecting the Second Amendment, and we urge you to allocate more research funding in future budgets even as we work together to enact your legislative agenda to end gun violence.Thank you for your commitment to this holy work. We look forward to working together.Faithfully,The Rt. Rev. Ian T. DouglasEpiscopal Church in ConnecticutThe Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. GutiérrezEpiscopal Diocese of PennsylvaniaThe Rt. Rev. Steven A. MillerEpiscopal Diocese of Milwaukee, resigned Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Gun Violence Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GAlast_img read more

Local Icon Endorses Commissioner Ruth in Seat #3 Election

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate She is an institution in Apopka. You name a board, committee, group or cause and she has probably been a part of it at one time or another. She is outspoken and knowledgeable when it comes to Apopka. Her views are well-respected and well researched. It is not surprising she has opinions on the Seat#3 and #4 City Commission elections and the current City Administration.Sam RuthJoyce Brocker today officially announced her endorsement of Commissioner Sam Ruth in the Seat#3 race against Doug Bankson and Alice Nolan.“I know him,” she said. “I know what kind of person he is and I know he loves Apopka and always has what’s best for Apopka in mind.”She also knows his opponent Bankson, but not as well.“He (Bankson) and I have had our talk. People I know like him. But he’s running against a person I know well.Brocker does not have an endorsement in Seat#4, but did offer some candid thoughts.“I sincerely believe in term limits,” she said. “Who needs to make a lifetime out of elected office? Politics is a blood sport, why would you want to be battered like that unless you are benefiting from the office?”Joyce BrockerDespite the endorsement of Commissioner Ruth, Brocker does take issue with Mayor Joe Kilsheimer on the Town Center project and on transparency.“I don’t like some things that happened under Kilsheimer,” she said. “They promised to be transparent, and I have not seen it yet.”Her criticism of the Town Center project begins with the purchase by the Mayor Land administration, and continues with Kilsheimer.“Why would you spend 17 million dollars on a property when you are dependent on decisions to be made by the FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation)?” Brocker asked. “Then he (Mayor Kilsheimer) rushed into the Town Center deal with little or no notice? It’s taking a bad decision and compounding it.” Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Jack Wing Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Well said! Sam has our votes! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply February 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img TAGSCommissioner Sam RuthJoyce BrockerMayor Joe Kilsheimer Previous articleThe Errol Shooting: First in a Five-Part SeriesNext articleApopka City Council Seat 3 Candidate Q&A – Week 6 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! 1 COMMENT The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Apopka Teachers Shop with a Cop

first_img Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Apopka Police and Businesses Join to Help Apopka TeachersTeachers deserve so much community support.The average public school teacher spends $485 out of pocket each year to help provide school materials like paper, pencils and art supplies for students in their classrooms. The typical cost for all these extra materials is about $945.The Apopka Police Department is partnering with local businesses to provide some help this school year. The second annual Back to School Shopping Event on Friday, August 5th will provide money for each selected elementary school teacher to purchase school materials at U.S. Toy – a store for children’s toys, classroom materials and party supplies at 805 E. Semoran Blvd. in Apopka.Elementary schools in Apopka nominated two teachers each. They will meet at U.S. Toy on Friday for this special event with city police officers. Anyone interested in contributing to this important cause can contact Officer Cynthia Hall at [email protected] or at (407) 703-1771.The Apopka Police Department proudly recognizes the generous help from these current supporters from around the city: the law office of Joe Castrofort, Heather Baker State Farm, A-OK Tires, Greenbrier after-life pet care specialists, Beef O’ Bradys, Lou Haubner Realty and John V. Gammichia family dentistry. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear TAGSApopka Police Department Previous articleWant more friends? Quit smoking.Next articleTropical Storm Earl: 8:00 PM Update Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Velazquez defines her role on City Council as building unity, and…

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Decision Apopka 2018Apopka City Commission Candidate Feature: Seat #2 Commissioner Diane VelazquezCommissioner Diane Velazquez has a heart for Apopka. She has been a consistent voice for unity in the city as well as on the City Council. If there is an event in Apopka, she is most likely in attendance.In 2014, Velazquez burst onto the Apopka political scene with a surprising victory over 18-year incumbent Marilyn Ustler-McQueen with 55% of the vote. Her margin of victory was the largest in that election cycle – outperforming both Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and Commissioner Sam Ruth, who were both eventual winners in runoffs.Apopka City Commissioner Diane VelazquezAnd after becoming a commissioner, she immediately began to define its role.“It’s more than just reviewing and deciding on new city projects, proposals, city charter changes, and any other issues the city and its residents may face in the ever-changing future of our city.  Additionally, the role of a city commissioner is to make decisions on facts and taking into consideration the needs of the community at large. When I say, “More than just decision making,” It’s my opinion that commissioners need to be in contact with the community at all times.  A commissioner needs to attend community meetings, attend organizational meetings and gatherings, attend school functions and church services.  I have been invited to many church services in our community and I have attended almost all the services that I was invited to.  Staying in touch with the residents, business people and others that visit and are in contact with our city is a very important part of being a city commissioner.”Velazquez is challenged by Leroy Bell, Alicia Koutsoulieris, and Alice Nolan for her re-election to the Apopka City Commission Seat #2, and in this race, she is drawing on her experiences both as an Apopka resident and in her previous career.Velazquez is a retired New York City Police detective who achieved the rank of Detective 2nd Grade, serving as a medical insurance fraud investigator for the agency. During her career, she attended and successfully completed several investigative courses within the agency. She also attended weekend college courses at Nassau Community College, in Long Island.She has been actively involved in the community since moving to Apopka in April of 2005. She is married to Ed Velazquez, who is also a retired law enforcement officer and a Vietnam veteran. One of Velazquez’s two sons, Samuel, is a police officer and also served overseas with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan. Velazquez has also served as a volunteer in school and sporting events for her two young grandchildren.She is proud of her role on the City Council and her public service to the community, but perhaps her most cherished moment was her effort to obtain an artifact of one of the original Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, which was in assistance for Apopka Boy Scout Christian Lamphere’s Eagle Scout project. In just a few months, she was awarded one of the last remaining artifacts. Her husband Ed drove to New York City to bring it to Apopka, where it was unveiled to the public as part of Lamphere’s 9/11 Memorial at City Hall on September 11, 2016.Commissioner Diane Velazquez: “It’s more than just reviewing and deciding on new city projects, proposals, city charter changes, and any other issues the city and its residents may face in the ever-changing future of our city. Staying in touch with the residents, business people and others that visit and are in contact with our city is a very important part of being a city commissioner.”“It changed my life and it changed my husband’s life,” said Velazquez, referring to 9/11. “We can never forget the events that happened that day. This project has brought our community together for a very special remembrance of September 11th and galvanized a patriotic spirit in everyone involved. To see how bright our future is, you just need to see how this community came together to make a boy scout’s dream come true. When confronted with obstacles, he found a way around them. He challenged all of us. He challenged me. His persistence has given us strength. And we have to remain a united community.”She was also excited to play a role in bringing Apopka Fire Station #5 online in 2018. “For me, this is such a crowning glory,” she said at its grand opening. “I have been involved with the fire department from the very beginning. And to see it come to fruition… to actually see it become a reality is very emotional for me. I absolutely love our first responders. As a retired and former first responder, I understand what it is to serve and so to get this fire station finished is a blessing. I thank each and every one of you who served here.”Velazquez is also an advocate for the economic development in Apopka.“As I have stated many times before, Apopka is a growing community. Its location makes it a favorable and attractive place for families that want to settle here. Not only are they setting roots in Apopka, but businesses are following the growth trend. This trend will affect Apopka and Central Florida as a whole for many years to come.”No matter the outcome, Velazquez will continue to be in service to the community, and a champion of unity in Apopka. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSCommissioner Diane VelazquezDecision Apopka 2018 Previous article423 votes cast as polls open on Apopka Election DayNext articleWill Seat #1 be the swing vote in the budget debates? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name herelast_img read more

CDC: Cigarette smoking among teens at an all time low, but…

first_img TAGSE-CigarettesFlorida Department of Healthtobacco Previous articleNelson hires new Finance DirectorNext articleLocal leaders of tomorrow: Apopka Youth Works Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida youth tobacco trends mirror the national dataFrom the Florida Department of HealthThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed data from the 2011–2017 National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) to determine recent patterns of current (past 30-day) tobacco use among youth.Overall, cigarette smoking among high school students in the United States declined significantly from 15.8 percent in 2011 to 7.6 percent in 2017, according to the new data. Yet, nearly 3 million teens said they were current tobacco users in 2017 – defined as having used a tobacco product in the past 30 days.While there has been substantial progress, the new report shows troubling trends among youth. In 2017, about half, or 46.8 percent, of high school students who used a tobacco product reported using two more tobacco products. Youth who use multiple tobacco products are at higher risk for developing nicotine dependence and might be more likely to continue using tobacco into adulthood. The report also shows that e-cigarettes are the most commonly used form of tobacco by youth in the U.S.In Florida, use of traditional tobacco products is at an all-time low among teens. In 2017, 4.2 percent of Florida high school students reported currently using cigarettes, which is well below the national rate (7.6 percent) reported.Yet, Florida has experienced similar alarming trends. Among current tobacco users in high school, 47.5 percent reported using two or more products.In recent years, e-cigarette use (or electronic vaping) saw a rapid increase among Florida high school students, reaching 18 percent in 2016. The 2017 data was the first year that saw a decline. However, the current e-cigarette use rate among Florida high school students was 15.7 percent in 2017 – far higher than any other tobacco product. E-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults, including cigarettes and other burned tobacco products.Nicotine addiction is the fundamental reason people persist in using tobacco. Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Florida and the U.S.Continued youth prevention efforts are needed to discourage tobacco use initiation and counter social norms among subpopulations affected by tobacco-related disparities.These new findings can be found in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6722a3.htm.The Florida Department of Health’s 2017 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey can be downloaded at www.floridahealth.gov/statistics-and-data/survey-data/florida-youth-survey/florida-youth-tobacco-survey/index.html.About the Florida Department of HealthThe department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.About Tobacco Free FloridaThe department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 188,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Mayor Demings launches 10th Annual Toy Drive online, expects greater need…

first_imgIN PERSON TAGSDeadlinesdonationsDrive-Thru EventIn PersonLocationsMayor Jerry L. DemingsOnlineOrange County GovernmentOrange County Mayor’s Toy DriveSuggestionsToys Previous articleLocal governments in Florida seek flexibility under DeSantis’ COVID-19 restrictionsNext articleIt’s the Thought that Counts: 10 Kitchen Gift Items for Christmas Holiday Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photo by Mike Arney on Unsplash Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Drop off donations in person at the following Orange County locations:Parks & FacilitiesBack to Nature Wildlife RefugeBarnett Park Recreation CenterBear Creek Recreation ComplexBithlo Community ParkCapehart ParkEast Orange District Park Rec CenterFort Gatlin Recreation ComplexGoldenrod Recreation CenterMeadow Woods Recreation CenterRegional History CenterSilver Star Recreation CenterSouth Econ Recreation CenterTibet-Butler PreserveWest Orange Recreation CenterFire StationsStation 31Station 40Station 81Station 83Station 67Station 51 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Donation Deadlines ONLINENew this year, residents may purchase gifts through Roonga, an online shopping platform. This contactless donation option allows donors to purchase items for the Mayor’s Toy Drive from the comfort of their homes. All donations are shipped directly to the County’s Holiday Warehouse.Click here to Shop OnlineTeam DrivesLocal business also have the opportunity to support the Toy Drive! Businesses can set fundraising and purchasing goals by creating a Team Drive through Roonga.More Information (PDF). Online gift shopping and contact-free toy drop-off added this year to allow for safe collectionsFrom the Orange County NewsroomSince its first event in 2011, the Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive has distributed more than 45,000 toys to children and families in need during the holiday season. In 2019, Orange County employees and the community generously donated more than 4,200 toys.For 2020, the Toy Drive is more important than ever. With many Orange County families affected by the coronavirus, some may need a little extra support to make their holiday joyous and bright – and a single toy donation can do just that!With this in mind, Mayor Demings launched the toy drive with additional participation opportunities to ensure safety during the annual holiday drive.In effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and safely collect toys, this year Orange County employees and residents have three options: (1) donate online, (2) drop off toys at county-wide collection sites, and (3) participate in a contact-free drive-thru event to donate toys on Monday, November 23, 2020.Suggested ToysEach year, the toy drive invites residents to drop off a new, unwrapped toy or gift for children ages 18 and under. All donations benefit several Orange County youth and family agencies.Toy IdeasBooksBasketballsSoccer ballsModel carsTrucksSporting equipmentCraft kitsJunior board gamesDollsBarbie setsLego setsTonka toysAction figures and setsSkateboardsHelmetsTea setsResidents are encouraged to purchase a new, unwrapped toy and either drop-off in person or make an online donation. It is recommended that add-on items be included with some toys, e.g. batteries with electronic toys, or crayons with a coloring book. Gift cards, direct cash and plush toys cannot be accepted.Two Ways To Give You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Online shopping donations will be accepted until Monday, December 7, 2020    In-person donations will be accepted until Monday, December 14, 2020Shop, Drop and Make a Difference Drive-Thru EventStuff, Knightro, Shades, Kingston and Scooter will join forces with Mayor Demings to collect toys, while local heroes from Orange County Fire Rescue will ‘show and tell’ emergency response vehicles. This drive-thru event will take place Monday, November 23, 2020, from10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the following locations:Silver Star Recreation Center: 2801 North Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32818Downey Park: 10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825(Contactless Donation Drive-Thru Event to occur simultaneously) Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more