Canada: Anglican, Lutheran leaders issue environmental statement

first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 [Anglican Church of Canada] The Primate of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, and the national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada, issued a joint statement to mark Earth Day on April 22 – an international focus on environmental concerns.“This fragile Earth, our island home”At your command all things came to be:The vast expanse of interstellar space,Galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home;By your will they were created and have their being.Glory to you forever and ever. This year’s observance of Earth Day follows immediately on the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In them we see movements from enmity to reconciliation, suffering to hope, and death to new life. They speak not only to humanity but also to the interconnectedness of all of creation.The Scriptures tell us that our first vocation as human beings is to tend God’s creation.  An honest assessment of our diligence in that call inevitably leads us to confess “our waste and pollution of creation and our lack of concern for those who come after us.” (Ash Wednesday Liturgy)Reports on the state of the environment as documented by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are increasingly alarming.  Of particular concern is the global collapse of oceans and the serious consequences already borne by the poorest nations.  At a climate conference in Warsaw last November, there was an emotional outpouring from countries that face existential threats, among them Bangladesh, which produces just 0.3 per cent of the emissions driving climate change.In the face of increasing concern and vulnerability in the world voiced especially by the poor and the young, what word does the church speak?  What action do we take?We learn from global partners.  A call from the Anglican Communion Environmental Network to a deeper commitment to the fifth Mark of Mission shared by Anglicans worldwide influenced the Anglican church’s recent decision to have candidates for baptism make an additional vow “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and respect, sustain, and renew the life of the earth.” (An Act of General Synod, 2013). A call from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) delegation to COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland (November 11-22, 2013), which included seven young adults, led the Lutheran church to join a global monthly fast in prayerful solidarity with people affected by climate change (#fastfortheclimate).We raise awareness. Anglican and Lutheran Youth have taken up the challenge of raising awareness of the “Right to Water” through a joint National Youth Project.  Our churches commend the UN effort to reach a global treaty in 2015 to secure a global agreement on a net zero emissions goal. Canada, with the second highest greenhouse gas emissions intensity per capita of the G8 countries[i], is expected to announce an emission-reduction target for 2030 that would be significantly lower than 2020 levels. While progress is being made, without new measures, absolute emissions in 2030 would be projected to reach 815 megatonnes — 81 megatonnes more than projected for 2020.We act. As Full Communion partners, our churches are committed to learn about issues of resource extraction and the effects on environment, health, Indigenous peoples, communities and economies and to raise awareness within our communities and with policy shapers and decision makers.  We support our partners in defining their own development goals, including supporting Indigenous communities in Canada and elsewhere in exercising their right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent; and act to embed enforceable legal obligations based on FPIC in Canadian policies and practices with respect to resource extraction.  We advocate for responsible and ethical investment and actions by individuals, faith communities, corporations, and governments both in Canada and around the world.  And, we pray for the humility and discipline to use Earth’s resources wisely and responsibly.  These are commitments we are working to put into action.With our ecumenical and interfaith partners – KAIROS; the Commission on Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches; the Canadian Interfaith Conversation — we are committed to act from “our faith traditions and sacred texts … to consider the spiritual dimensions of the crisis of ocean and climate change; to take stock of our collective behaviour; to transform cultures of consumerism and waste into cultures of sustainability; and to respect the balance between economic activity and environmental stewardship.” (Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change, 2011)We encourage each other to act.  We invite individuals, parishes, congregations, dioceses and synods to increase their “stewardship of creation” through green audits, greening strategies and practices that show how much “creation matters.”We pray. Good Friday reminds us that we have a Saviour who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses and the suffering of creation. Easter Sunday reminds us that we are witnesses of all God does for us, and that we begin each day forgiven and free.On this Earth Day, our hope is that we will rise up more conscious than ever of our first vocation as human beings caring for the Earth with the utmost respect for the Creator and the utmost regard for the generations of all those who come after us.From the primal elementsYou brought forth the human race,And blessed us with memory, reason, and skill;You made us the stewards of creation.Glory to you for ever and ever. 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Worcestershire County Council

first_img Previous Article Next Article Shortlistedteam for Award for HR Strategy: Personnel Today Awards 2000WorcestershireCounty Council has only existed for two years, following local governmentreorganisation and the splitting of Hereford & Worcester. From the start itdecided to have a strategy as an organisation and to integrate the humanresources function within the strategy.Thismay seem an obvious course to take but developing a vision is rarely done inlocal government, because political control is up for grabs every four years,rendering the possibility that the vision could be changed. This is unlikely inWorcestershire, where the vision is phrased in a manner designed to appeal toall political parties. The aim is to provide a voice for citizens, ensure qualityservices, communicate with all communities and be a good employer.RobSykes, the chief executive, has begun a culture change from a traditional,rather bureaucratic approach to one based around innovation and serving thecustomer. He particularly emphasises the importance of departments workingtogether.Heargues that change is constant, not least due to the continual “bestvalue” reviews of performance that the Government has brought in.Worcestershire has few recruitment problems, because it is an attractive placeto live, but it can mean the “death of ambition” says Sykes, aspeople move to stay and retire.Humanresources priorities are based on the objectives of the organisation. The keycompetencies for management were defined only after the strategy was set andwere geared towards trying to achieve the objectives.HRdirector Dilys Winn has introduced more consistency in approach, for example byensuring there are the same appraisal process for all employees, and that theprocess is geared towards helping the business objectives, but also personaldevelopment requirements.Thoughthere are some common standards across the organisation, Winn has retainedseparate personnel teams for the service departments, which some councils havedispensed with. This helps ensure some policies can be tailored to the diverseneeds of the respective departments. Forexample, recruitment does not need to be a corporate priority, but the socialservices department has a pressing need, due to the general shortage of qualifiedsocial workers. It has the freedom to develop recruitment and retentionpolicies aimed at its particular needs. Unfilled vacancies are up to 30 percent in some areas of social work, but are scarcely a problem elsewhere in theauthority.Asthere are only five directorates, maintaining communication within the humanresources discipline is easier than in other local authorities, and is hugelyhelped by the county’s intranet, which has a dedicated, password-protected pagefor the HR team.Companyfact fileTeamWorcestershire County Council human resources teamTeamLeader Dilys Winn, HR directorNumberin HR team 50Numberof employees responsible for 14,000Mainachievements Establishing a high profile strategic role for HR and acustomer focus among staffPrioritiesfor next 12 months Maintaining the momentum, keeping the close alignmentwith the business and implementation of policies Comments are closed. Worcestershire County CouncilOn 26 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

MBB : Carter-Williams, Christmas step up to provide lift off bench for Syracuse

first_imgNEW YORK — It seems the question comes up every time Syracuse plays a game on the national stage.In some form or another, head coach Jim Boeheim and his players are asked to talk about the depth this team has. And over and over again, they deliver the same message.‘Whoever’s playing hot, whoever’s playing great at the time, (Boeheim’s) going to play them,’ senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘And we know that. For the most part we just have to continue to be a team and continue to make plays. … We have 10 starters.’There have been times this year where that point of the Orange having 10 starters has been in question. Freshmen Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams have gone weeks at a time without having significant influence on any games. But in SU’s Big East Tournament quarterfinal win over Connecticut Thursday, the rookie duo showed once again that the Orange may be the deepest team in the country.Christmas and Carter-Williams will look to continue their strong play in the semifinals when SU (31-1) meets Cincinnati (23-9) Friday at 7 p.m. in Madison Square Garden.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘They’re the guys that win the national championship for us,’ Jardine said referring to the Orange’s role players. ‘They’re the guys. A James Southerland or a Rakeem coming in and getting six or seven rebounds. That’s what we ask them to do and today, they did it. We call their number, I think they’re going to deliver for us all year.’Carter-Williams and Christmas were somewhat overshadowed by their bench counterparts Dion Waiters and Southerland against the Huskies. But the two rookies provided some key minutes as the rest of the Orange struggled in the first half.Carter-Williams supplied an offensive spark for the Orange with four assists in eight minutes. His flashiest play came on a no-look, underhand bullet pass to Christmas for an easy dunk.And at 6-foot-5, he also provided another tough obstacle for the Huskies at the top of the 2-3 zone.‘Mike, he always takes advantage of his opportunities when he’s in the game,’ sophomore C.J. Fair said. ‘Whenever he comes in, he brings up the intensity. Him and Dion got us going early. When he does that, it helps us in a big way.’In SU’s last seven games leading up to the Big East Tournament, Christmas failed to score while only contributing two rebounds and one assist. On Thursday, he started the game on the bench for the first time this year but spelled Orange center Fab Melo with eight minutes of solid production.He manned the middle of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone and came up with two big blocks on back-to-back possessions. The freshman also added five rebounds, one less than Melo had in 32 minutes. ‘He was huge in the first half,’ Boeheim said. ‘I thought he was really good, and I think this was a good game for him and gave us another guy in that center position. I thought he was very good today.’If Christmas and Carter-Williams can continue to perform like that the rest of the way, teams will have trouble dealing with the variety of threats SU has on both ends of the floor. And even though sophomore Baye Keita did not play against UConn, the emergence of the two freshmen once again showed the Orange can confidently go deep in its bench.Even though it was only eight minutes for both, the playing time gave them a taste of postseason play.Christmas was not in the locker room after the game to talk to the media. But Carter-Williams said it was nice to be a part of such a big win.‘I was more excited to go into the game,’ he said. ‘To go in there and get a chance to play and to prove to everybody that I can play out there. I was more excited to contribute to the team.’[email protected] Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse uses late run to edge Temple at home

first_img Published on December 17, 2013 at 12:10 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Quentin Hillsman was more than happy to get a win Monday night. But the Syracuse head coach had no qualms calling out his team’s toughness in a back-and-fourth victory against Temple.“We’ve got to become a tougher basketball team,” Hillsman told Orange All-Access after the game. “That’s it. We can’t give up offensive rebounds. We can’t let teams put the ball on the floor and have straight line drives right to our paint. Those are things that we have to correct.”Despite a nerve-racking near-collapse in the second half, No. 23 Syracuse (9-1), was able to fend off a pesky Temple (5-3) team, 82-76, at the Carrier Dome on Monday night in front of 223 fans.The Orange, which boasted an 18-point first-half cushion, saw it all evaporate with a 23-4 second-half run by Temple. After a Shakeya Leary layup put Syracuse up 47-34 with just over 19 minutes to play in the second, the Owls needed only eight minutes to turn the score into a 57-51 Temple advantage.Syracuse’s inability to hold a lead reared its head the last time the Orange took the court, when it let a 12-point second-half advantage turn into a six-point loss to then-No. 25 Iowa on Dec. 5. The difference this time out was Syracuse was able to respond on the offensive end. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textImmediately following the mammoth Temple run, the Orange put together a 17-2 stretch to regain control. Brianna Butler was the catalyst, knocking down three 3-pointers in less than two minutes to put SU back in front for good. “I looked up at the scoreboard and I noticed we were down,” Butler told Orange All-Access. “And I knew I needed to hit big shots and help my team, and I made them, knocked them down. It’s just good. After I hit the first one, I just got into my zone.”Butler finished with 13 points. She shot 4-18 from the field overall and aside from her three clutch second-half 3s, she was 0-6 from behind the arc. Leary, who totaled a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds, led Syracuse offensively.The senior center proved to be the first-half spark plug, scoring 18 points in the first stanza, including four of the first eight Syracuse points to help the Orange race out to an early 11-0 lead. “I’ve got to be an offensive threat to help my team,” Leary told Orange All-Access. “I just try and get deep post position, and basically just play off my defender.” The win avenged last year’s loss to Temple, when Syracuse blew a 14-point lead en route to its first loss of the 2012-13 season. But even with the Syracuse win Monday, Hillsman said this game exposed his team’s weaknesses. “We’ve got to do a much better job of having leads like that,” Hillsman said, “closing out halves, and coming out in second halves ready to play.“We have to do that.” Commentslast_img read more

Laboratory animal abuse lawsuit against University to continue

first_imgThe University has maintained that its research practices align with established research protocol. It also stated that the activist group lacked the authority to file the lawsuit, as the accusations made in the suit would not have caused any injury to the group, which is a requirement to sue. The group said the cost of the investigation it launched into USC’s treatment of lab animals qualified as an injury. “These practices find no refuge under the guise of research, nor does the banner of science provide a free pass for all manner of abuse,” the group wrote in the complaint.  The University’s defense filed an objection in December contesting the accusations and stating that the claims had no factual backing. In the document, it requested the lawsuit be dismissed, citing a lack of substantial evidence. In the complaint, the activist group alleged the University researchers in animal labs performed surgeries without proper approval and without administering appropriate painkillers, kept animal subjects in overcrowded conditions, disposed of live animals in freezers intended for storage of remains and did not euthanize animals suffering from painful tumors promptly. The group claimed a whistleblower from within USC reported the abuses enumerated in the complaint, which also accused the University of violating state laws that prohibit unfair business practice and deceptive advertising. Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! alleged the researchers’ abusive treatment of their lab animals gave them an unfair advantage in their fields and that the University’s claim of upholding ethical standards in its research misrepresented its practices, resulting in false impressions of quality and prestige. A lawsuit against USC alleging abuse of laboratory animals will be permitted to proceed, a judge ruled in district court Friday.  Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! has filed similar complaints against other universities, including Harvard Medical School, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Utah, for the alleged abuse of animals in the schools’ research labs. “It is apparent from Plaintiff’s repeated inability to plead facts sufficient to establish an injury in fact caused by USC that the [unfair competition law violation] claim here is based on a manufactured injury,” the defense stated. “USC denies the plaintiff’s allegations concerning animal mistreatment,” the University wrote in a statement. “The university is highly committed to the ethical and humane treatment of animals in research, and meets or exceeds all accrediting and regulatory standards.” The lawsuit, filed in June by anti-animal-experimentation activist group Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, accused the University of mistreating animals, including rats and mice, in its research labs. It named 50 individual defendants, all listed under the pseudonym “Doe,” in addition to USC. Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, an animal activist organization, accused 50 University-affiliated individuals of abusing their animal subjects. (Daily Trojan file photo)last_img read more