Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 By Brenda Lane RichardsonPosted Apr 15, 2013 Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Engaging doubt with youth Seminary looks at opportunities in challenging youth ministry Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Many people who work with youth and young adults say that engaging young people in conversations about their doubts is a proven route for teaching the critical thinking skills essential for adult faith. Photo/CDSP[Church Divinity School of the Pacific] With the economy remaining fragile and church budgets strained, it can be difficult to make a case for investing in youth ministry. Sound investing is supposed to be geared toward the future, and many believe that youth are the future of the church.But some church leaders looking at the cost side of the ledger only see diminishing returns. It is not simply that there appear to be fewer adolescents and teens in churches.Evidence-based studies suggest that investing resources into cultivating faith in young people is not paying off. By 2010, Ranier Research was reporting that 70 percent of youth leave church by the time they’re 22. The next year, the Barna Group estimated that 80 percent of young people raised in the church would be “disengaged” by age 29.There are sociological explanations for why young people aren’t lining up in adulthood to participate in organized religion. These days, the church has to compete for attention against the lure of social media and the busy schedules of the college-bound.What’s most worrisome, though, is how the politicization of religion has caused many youth to regard faith with suspicion. Perhaps as a result, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, a greater number of young people are expressing doubts about the existence of God than at any time since the organization began taking surveys on the subject more than a decade ago. Thirty-one percent disagreed with the statement “I never doubt the existence of God,” twice the number that disagreed in 2007.Responding to discouraging reports, some church leaders recommend paring down youth investments. Other church leaders think like contrarian investor Warren Buffet. He puts his money into stocks that may be undervalued by a majority of investors.It might be said that speaker Andrew Zirschky has contrarian views about youth investment. The academic director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training in Brentwood, Tennessee, he holds a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and has worked as a youth and college minister at churches in Idaho, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.Like others in his field, Zirschky doesn’t focus on youth as the future of the church but as the present and as well deserving of investment. Rather than responding by shutting down challenging questions, or offering verbal pats on the back, he recommends encouraging youth to express their doubts and then share them with the congregation for a robust conversation.Zirschky led an April 13 symposium at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, that was co-sponsored by the Diocese of California and was open to church and youth leaders, parent, and seminarians. The title of his presentation was “Engaging Doubt with Youth – Growing in Faith through Questioning and Challenge.”The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, dean and president of CDSP, initiated the symposium because he wants the school to become a hub where youth leaders may convene regularly. CDSP’s history as a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union, a major center of interreligious studies, makes the institution unique among other Episcopal seminaries, Richardson says. “We are located in one of the greatest urban university environments in the world. Our context offers opportunities for interactions with people from many denominations and religions.“Just as importantly, our school is recognized for being strong in ministry development, which involves the education and formation of leaders who will not only serve as professional ministers in the church and the world (either lay or ordained), but also empower and enable the ministries of all baptized people in their daily life as disciples of Jesus Christ.“We also have the capacity to place seminarians interested in working with young people and wanting to know how to support discussions related to real-world experiences into churches that have dynamic youth ministry mentors.”As to CDSP’s symposium focusing on adolescent doubt, Richardson says, “The Episcopal Church is a place where serious spiritual quest makes room for doubt. Compassionate and trusting relationships are key for those asking big questions. Doubt is an aspect of our lives, no matter our age.”He recalled a story from the Rev. Mary Hudak, associate rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in nearby Orinda and recently called to be rector of St. Michael’s in Carmichael, California. When one of Mary’s sons was 4, she said that he woke up saying, “Mom, I’m so worried! I don’t believe enough.” She explained that if he was losing sleep over this, he believed enough.“Young people didn’t invent doubt,” Richardson says, “but we know that as they reach adolescence they’re more highly motivated than others to look for ways to be in trusting communities where people can explore their faith in spite of their doubt.”Youth leader reflect on how adults reacted to their doubts as adolescentsEngaging young people in conversations about their doubts is a proven route for teaching the critical thinking skills essential for adult faith. And yet a number of youth leaders recalled experiences that left them feeling alienated and unable to share their most challenging thoughts.Kellor Smith with her daughter Abby. Photo/CDSPAs a teen in Oakland, Kellor Smith says she didn’t doubt her faith as much as she did the leaders of the church she was attending. “They were always talking to us about sin. I hated listening to that.”Finally, she came up with an idea about starting a youth group. “I was excited about going to the pastor with this idea, until a church official explained that I couldn’t present my idea to him because I was a woman.”Eager to get along with others in the community, Smith tolerated the indignity.“Eventually, I began telling adults of my interest in pursuing a career in communication. They were eager to help, but they only referred me to people within their Christian networks. This kind of narrow-mindedness eventually drove me off.”Smith remained wary of the church. By the 1970s, she learned of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland from her mother, Nancy Baker, who was attending a morning service there. Smith would ride along with her, so she would later be dropped off at Skyline High. Later, when attending Mills College, Smith dropped by St. John’s to say hello and agreed to join the choir. “This became my social community,” she says.The comfort she felt talking with new friends about real-world experiences and decision-making as a person of faith led her to join the parish. She later became its youth director.CDSP honored Smith for her ministry at a reception after the April 13 symposium and has created and is raising money for a scholarship for youth ministry in her name.Religious doubt during adolescence caused hardship for Daniel London. He is now a doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union and the leader of the Marin Episcopal Youth Group, a collaborative representing five churches: Church of the Nativity (San Rafael), Christ Church (Sausalito), Church of the Redeemer (San Rafael), St. Paul’s (San Rafael) and St. Francis (Novato).London and his family, regular churchgoers, relocated from California to Ithaca, New York, about the same time that he and an older brother began rebelling against religious teachings by experimenting with marijuana and committing petty crimes.The two eventually straightened up and returned to the church, practically becoming zealots. “I got really immersed into a religious subculture, and even stopped listening to music that wasn’t certified by the church,” says London.He also struggled to figure out how to start dating within church-imposed restraints. The lifestyle restrictions he learned to cope with, but restrictive thinking was something else entirely.“There were certain ways of thinking and questions that were rejected,” he says. “There was so much I could not do that life became miserable for me. I felt I was going to suffocate.”Returning to California for college, he happened upon All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. While talking to congregants, “My understanding of Christianity got so much bigger.”Daniel London prays Compline with youth group members. Photo/CDSPToday, London is looking forward to his upcoming ordination in the Diocese of Los Angeles. While he enjoys encouraging youth group participants to share their views about faith, he avoids preaching at them by adhering to the instruction from Saint Francis to: “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”London says he wants to teach young people how to encounter Christ in unlikely places, whether volunteering for the homeless in Marin, assisting in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort or providing stuffed animals for orphans in Vietnam.Jeffrey Dodge also looks back on a turbulent period during his adolescence when he “dared” to express doubt in church teachings. Currently a second-year CDSP seminarian discerning whether he has been called into youth ministry, he says that at the church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that he and his family attended, he used to pepper Sunday school teachers with questions that drew frowns. “I wondered why a loving God would condemn people to hell even if they had never heard of Christianity.”A convert to the Episcopal Church, Dodge says he is so appalled at Christianity’s tarnished image – because of polemic language from the right and the left — that he feels the need to evangelize.“When I converse with young people, I say that I’m Christian and add, ‘Before you run away, I want you to know that science informs Episcopalians about how the world works, while the Spirit informs us about how the world connects. Church is about community, not ideology. You don’t have to be a Christian to find God. And if I invite you to join the Episcopal Church, it’s an invitation, not a requirement.’”The Rev. Martin Elfert grew up distanced from the religious divide. He was raised in the resolutely secular context of Vancouver, Canada, with a family that did not attend church. It wasn’t until he and his wife, Phoebe, had the first of their three children that Elfert began to wonder if church could help him respond to God.The Rev. Martin Elfert says he is is impressed with the thoughtful questions he gets from young people because, unlike adults, they have not yet learned to self-censor. Photo/CDSP“The Celts wrote about ‘thin places.’ We may also speak of ‘thin experiences’ in which you can almost reach out and touch God’s face,” he says. “When I first became a father I had a deep understanding of the love out of which our son was born.”Elfert turned for direction from his father-in-law, an Anglican priest, and the community of Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, which ultimately encouraged him to seek ordination. Today he participates in ministry for and with children and youth at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Washington.Elfert says he is impressed with the thoughtful questions he gets from young people because, unlike adults, they have not yet learned to self-censor. Every January, he assists as a chaplain for Teens Encountering Christ, a three-day program in which 50 young people prepare worship, give homilies and share stories of faith.Elizabeth Clayton, a former youth group member who works as a wedding planner, tells of an experience that strengthened her faith. After moving to Oakland from Europe and joining the St. John’s youth group in 1999, “We took a mission trip to Idaho that was led by Kellor [Smith] and [the Rev.] Scott [Denman, rector]. We were joined by other youth groups from various denominations.”Clayton was glad that the different groups were getting along, until she learned that some of the others were outraged because St. John’s welcomes everyone, including those from the LGBT community, and invites women to serve as priests. Viewing the St. John’s group members as sinners and fearing that they would be sent to hell, the others had begun praying for their souls.Clayton was upset until Denman and Smith explained that the other groups had the right to believe as they did. “That’s when I realized that not all churches are as accepting and open as ours. I felt lucky to belong to a group that met me where I was, and that I was also being taught to be more accepting of others. The experience strengthened my faith.”For the past three years, Clayton has served on the St. John’s vestry.Why youth programs are good investmentsLike many youth leaders, Smith points out that the most practical aspect of an active youth group is its role in building congregations. St. John’s has about 600 congregants, including a revolving youth group of about 30 young adults that attracts parents, siblings and extended-family members.Acknowledging the congregational building aspect of youth groups, the Rev. Stephen McHale, associate rector of faith formation at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Pleasant Hill, California, paraphrases a line from Mark Devries’ Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It: “The job of the youth minister is to be the architect of a constellation of relationships in the church.”Rather than being an individual contributor working independently with young people, he says, “A youth leader actually works to empower lay leadership.”Betty Kasson of Carmel Valley agrees that youth groups are a key to vital congregations. But this trustee of All Saints Day School and member of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church also learned from raising two sons that youth leaders play another essential role.“More than anything else, adolescents care about relationships,” she says. “When your children need to turn to someone outside the family for advice, ask yourself: Do you want them to turn solely to their peers, or should they also have someone who relates to them and shares the spiritual values of your congregation?”Denman adds that, along with not treating youth programs as an isolated category, church leaders should encourage a culture of youthful energy and playfulness among the entire congregation.“We all have that youthful energy and vision even in our later years. Some of us wear disguises, but underneath those wrinkles are playful children,” he says. “People want to be youthful and, as Jesus said, we have to become like a child to enter the kingdom.“I wonder sometimes if we too often wait for youth to arrive at a church before we start to offer youthful energy and ideas. Why don’t we just start by offering to everyone some playful, accessible, fun programs that inspire the child within, and just see what happens?”What youth leaders say about how they are perceivedElfert says he was drawn to the cathedral job in Spokane by the high value that St. John’s places on children and youth ministries. He realized that not all churches attached the same importance to youth ministry.“One of the church’s greatest sins is making youth ministry an entry-level position,” he says. “Too many consider it a job that you perform until you’re good enough to become a rector.”The Rev. Philip Brochard, rector of All Souls Parish in Berkeley, which has invested in building a community of young people, says that across the denominational spectrum youth ministry is often so devalued that it’s difficult to find people willing to make a career out of the vocation. “I think a lot of churches want to see an immediate effect, and that’s not going to happen with youth groups.”Some youth leaders confide that they are expected to create nearly miraculous results in under-funded, poorly supported positions. There is such frequent turnover in youth director positions, for which college degrees are required, that staffers often stay for one year or less, Brochard says. This phenomenon is referred to as “one and done.”Cait Black, youth minister at Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, California, was surprised to see similar scenarios occurring in the Deep South and among wealthier congregations. “The first thing to go from stressed church budgets is the full-time youth minister.”Her job at Trinity came complete with housing, but she points out that her situation is an anomaly. Grateful for Trinity’s support and enthusiasm for youth, she adds that in many high-cost-of-living areas, churches often offer part-time work without benefits.Ed Horsley, a youth worker assisting Black at Trinity while searching for a job, says he finds that many Episcopal churches work on the old assumption that, “even if the young people lose interest in church, they’ll come back, when they have families of their own.”This is a myth that too many in the Episcopal Church seem to hold onto, according to the Rev. Dr. Susanna Singer, CDSP associate professor of ministry development. She explains that, by and large, young people are not returning to the church in adulthood, with or without their children.“It’s as if the church hasn’t caught up to this reality yet,” she says. “There is no cultural pressure to go to church and certainly no denominational loyalty. And there isn’t enough investment. Christian formation these days requires something different from 50 years ago, when there was still a broader Christian culture with communities supportive of church and other religious practices.”Her point is underscored by a story the retired Diocese of California Bishop William E. Swing shares about his World War II-era youth in West Virginia. “My friends and I were playing football on a vacant lot that we didn’t know was owned by an Episcopal Church. It was raining and snowing. The priest said, ‘Come on in out of the mud, we’ve got a ping pong table.’ We went in, and a few weeks later, the priest was looking for acolytes. He said, ‘Who in here likes to wear uniforms and light candles?’ I raised my hand, and next thing I knew I was bishop of California.”The difference today, Singer says, is that for young people to become mature Christians, they need more deliberate formation from the church. She refers to theologian John Westerhoff’s theory that this cultural shift requires a move from acquired faith to owned faith.“We’ve got to be intentional about faith formation in the teen years, and that requires money and taking the problem seriously,” she says. “Doubt is what young people need to grapple with, but not in isolation. Then they can make their beliefs their own.”Read more about itWhat can cash-strapped churches do?Some examples of effective youth ministryBrenda Lane Richardson, an author and clinical social worker, uses memoir writing as a therapeutic modality. Her most recent work, “You Should Really Write a Book,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012. She is married to CDSP’s dean and president, the Rev. W. Mark Richardson, PhD. This article first appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Crossings, an alumni publication of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Rector Smithfield, NC John Leech says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events Submit an Event Listing April 16, 2013 at 9:02 am I think this is the most important line in this article. “Like others in his field, Zirschky doesn’t focus on youth as the future of the church but as the present and as well deserving of investment.” If we are not there to connect with people where they are at a given time in their lives they are going to leave. 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Stuart Schadt says: April 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm A lot of what is said in this article makes sense and is important. However, I think the most important thing a church (parish, diocese, up to communion) can do to attract and retain young people is to live the Gospel. Any attempt to “sell” the church deserves to fail if it isn’t based on what we actually do, and people will see that our advertising doesn’t match our reality. While specific actions can be more effective in reaching young people, if the focus is on building a membership (old or young), the Gospel can be ignored as a side issue. If, however, we have a shared purpose beyond ourselves, we will together treat each other well, will reach out to others to show love, and people of all ages will see that and be attracted to participate in sharing the goodness of the Kingdom. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem April 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm As someone long associated with the Church Divinity School (as student, staff member, faculty spouse, etc.), I’m glad that we’re lifting up ministry to and of youth and the need to serve and encourage our children and young people. The old legend which my generation thought was so sophisticated and tolerant–that eventually young people would return to the church after becoming parents–is indeed no longer true, if it ever was. And it was an excuse to do nothing and use the money “saved” for other purposes in the parish budget. So, I say “Amen!, Amen!” to this effort ot get the Episcopal Church out of its complacent rut. I’d only add that one more thing is necessary: we also need to encourage and support ministry in higher education, not only to and among the students, but also to and in that critical institution. This is an ecumenical task and one where patient, collaborative, long-term vision can enable the Church, the Body of Christ, to have an impact on our society and its values. Like ministry with young people, this ministry requires time in order to be faithful. Comments are closed. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments (5) April 17, 2013 at 8:20 am This workshop was well worth attending. One takeaway: Seeking Understanding Together. Dan Shockley says: Freda Marie says: Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tags
Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL February 3, 2018 at 9:23 pm I agree whole-heartedly that the Episcopal Church (TEC) needs to do more about mental illness. At the last General Convention (GC), I authored a resolution that TEC be more proactive in addressing the needs of people with mental illness and their families. I hope to help pass a follow-up resolution at this year’s GC that will form a mental health task force to further TEC’s commitment to those with mental illness. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY February 1, 2018 at 9:52 am This story is heartbreaking. As a rector in an urban church next to a large state university we host folks besieged with debilitating mental illness on a daily basis, several of whom are members. We would be devastated to lose any one of us to police violence because of course we are all “family”. I think ALL of us in church need more training in descalating mental health crisis because the church is still a place where people in need seek out help. We are “first responders”, too. This story is a wake up call for me. I imagine staff in public libraries are better trained than your average Episcopal clergy like me. Time to change that. I’m on it! Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN February 4, 2018 at 3:17 pm This just reminds me of how blessed I am as a professional diagnosed with a mental illness. Two years ago, I had a spychotic break and I was informed that the cops were called and I was transported in an ambulance to the hospital. I spent a week there. Imagine. This could have been me. 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Let us erase the stigma around mental illness and become educated and advocates for the mentally ill.I applaud the NY churches who are standing up for Deborah Danner. What a beautiful woman and one who shared her talents. She didn’t choose to be ill . She is a human being.. our neighbor and we are taught to love our neighbor. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rev. Dn. Karen Fedorchak says: Advocacy Peace & Justice, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Featured Events 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls [Episcopal News Service] Deborah Danner didn’t have to die.In October 2016, the Episcopalian had a psychotic episode at her Bronx, New York, apartment. It wasn’t the first time that police responded to a disturbance complaint about Danner, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia decades ago. In the past, 911 calls resulted in Danner taking a trip to the hospital, returning home stabilized.This time, however, gunshots rang out. And Danner, 66, was gone.New York Police Department Sgt. Hugh Barry was charged with murder and manslaughter because prosecutors say he didn’t have a reasonable threat to his life and wasn’t following police protocol. His trial began Jan. 30, more than a year later. After a one-day break, the trial is expected to resume Feb. 1.Deborah DannerEpiscopal church members plan to be in the courtroom every day in a show of support, said the Rev. Matthew Heyd, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan. He knew Danner for the last 10 years.On that first day in the courtroom, about 35 parishioners from Manhattan churches, including Church of the Heavenly Rest, Trinity Church Wall Street, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Harlem, and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, marched to the Bronx courthouse. Danner attended all those churches at one time or another.“It’s hard because the trial is about tragedy, both the tragedy of her killing and the tragedy of mental illness being unaddressed,” Heyd told Episcopal News Service. “And it’s hopeful, because the church is organizing, both to recognize the dignity of her life and to respond and give meaning to her struggle and to support others who are struggling with mental illness also.”Parishioners and clergy were also there to bring home the point that law enforcement officers, in New York and nationwide, need much more training in handling mental health crises. New York officers can take Crisis Intervention Team training, but fewer than a quarter of the force has. It’s not required.In 2016, NYPD received approximately 157,000 calls involving people in mental crisis, according to the city inspector general’s January report reviewing how the NYPD handles interactions with people in mental crisis.That’s about 430 mental crisis calls a day.“How many times a day is an officer at a door and doesn’t know what’s going on inside and how to handle it?” Heyd asked. “However the trial turns out, the need for more skill and support in this is abundantly clear.”Nationwide, police officers in 2015 shot and killed 251 people who had exhibited signs of mental illness — a quarter of all the people shot and killed by police that year, the report stated. Alternatively, the Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered that 1,710 law enforcement officers nationwide were assaulted while handling people with mental illness, and two officers were killed while doing so.“We share your conviction that Deborah’s death was a tragedy that should have been prevented,” the Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche, bishop of the Diocese of New York, wrote in a Jan. 18 letter to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. “And we believe that Crisis Intervention [Team] training for this officer and for his fellow officers could have saved Deborah’s life.”Diocesan representatives are calling to meet with the mayor, as well as police, to discuss this mental health crisis issue.The Rev. Winnie Varghese, priest and director of justice and reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street, also attended Barry’s criminal trial Jan. 30. Churches across the United States regularly minister to people who have mental illness, and often come upon people in a state of crisis who need professionals to help de-escalate the situation, she said.“Until we have a better health system in New York, our police are our front line for mental health emergencies; if people are trained correctly, we can solve this,” Varghese told ENS. “These folks aren’t committing a crime; they’re sick. It puts police officers in a horrible position, and it puts people who are ill in a horrible position. It makes everyone vulnerable.”“This isn’t about vengeance. It’s about how do we change this situation,” she said.Varghese and Heyd said the church can’t handle the problem alone. Increased police training makes the most sense. It’s a cause they’re fighting for so that they don’t lose more parishioners this way.Heyd knew Danner pretty well while she attended both Heavenly Rest and Trinity.“She knit baby blankets for both my children,” Heyd said. “She was really smart and kind, and she struggled. All of that was evident to people who knew her.”– Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She can be reached at [email protected] February 1, 2018 at 9:06 am Well said. 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Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868744/f176-vox-arquitectura Clipboard “COPY” Mexico F176 / VOX arquitecturaSave this projectSaveF176 / VOX arquitecturaSave this picture!© WELTVOX+ 25 Share CopyHousing•Mexico City, Mexico Year: Housing F176 / VOX arquitectura Photographs Photographs: WELTVOX Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area: 2142 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily 2016 Architects: VOX arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© WELTVOXText description provided by the architects. Conceived as a 60sqm housing proposal for young families, the project is developed within a little front but great depth site, at Santa María de la Ribera neighborhood.Save this picture!© WELTVOXRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsForm and function are defined considering the site’s context, and reinterpreting the traditional elements and spaces of buildings within the neighborhood, such as verticality and the window gaps repetitions, the absence of elements standing out from facades and the interior patios with natural lighting and ventilation.Save this picture!1st LevelSave this picture!2nd LevelSave this picture!3rd Level21 apartments are modulated in a great introverted block, unfolding around several central patios, and fragmenting the volume in small groups of two or three households, creating close cohabitation among neighbors.Save this picture!© WELTVOXThe large access frame is directly related to the street, breaking the mass hermeticity, knitting and reinforcing the connection to the neighborhood.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!SectionA security gate provides controlled access to the building. Afterwards, a landscaped corridor that plays the role of meeting point, leads to the stair blocks from which give access to each apartment and roof tops located in the fourth floor.Save this picture!© WELTVOXThe use of concrete blocks lattice in the dividing walls allows to take advantage, both for the building and the neighbors, of the crossed ventilation and natural lighting generated by the gaps on both sides of the wall.Save this picture!© WELTVOXProject gallerySee allShow lessWinners of 2017 Land Art Competition Create Installations for Art Village in GhanaArchitecture NewsChilean Architecture and Urbanism Biennial Announces its List of ParticipantsArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Santa María La Ribera, 06400 Mexico City, CDMX, MexicoLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868744/f176-vox-arquitectura Clipboard Manufacturers: Saint-Gobain, Construlita, INTEC, VidafloorStructural Design:Carunti IngenieríaInstallations Design:COR IngenieríaConstruction:CG Diseño y Construcción, S.A. de C.V.Owner:WELTVOX, S.A. de C.V.Architect In Charge:Mauricio García Cué, Pablo Fernández Sánchez, Christian Luce Dickinson, Carlos Albarrán Ríos, Yovanny Morales SantosCity:Mexico CityCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess Specs CopyAbout this officeVOX arquitecturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingMexico CityMexicoPublished on May 11, 2017Cite: “F176 / VOX arquitectura” 11 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Facebook Twitter Villwock Reflects on his Career as IFB President Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Facebook Twitter Villwock Reflects on his Career as IFB PresidentDon VillwockAs Hoosier Ag Today reported on Friday, Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock has announced his resignation.At the end of the year he will become just farmer Don Villwock from Knox County. He told HAT, in an interview from his farm, that agriculture and Farm Bureau have changed a lot from his first day in office back in 2002. “We have really energized our local county organizations and provided them with the resources to deal with local issues,” Villwock said. “Local issues have become a serious problem for both livestock and grain producers. As our urban cousins move from the city to rural areas, they have real problems with the way farms look and smell. They just don’t understand what goes on in a modern farming operation.” He added it used to be federal farm issues that were the focus of policy problems, but now it is local issues that are impacting farmers.Villwock has been a major force in shaping Indiana ag policy and has worked behind the scenes to push many important programs forward Among these are the Indiana Corn Checkoff, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and the Indiana Grain Indemnity Fund. One issue that has not been resolved is property taxes. While some relief was granted to farmers in this last legislative session, Villwock said much work still needs to be done, “Farmers don’t mind paying taxes when times are good on the farm; but, in years like this one when grain prices are low and many farms have their crops flooded out, those big tax bills are a real problem.”According to Villwock, one of the biggest challenges for the future leader of Farm Bureau will be engaging with the next generation of farmers. “The younger generation does not join organizations or like to attend meetings, or go to a school board or county council meeting. And we are going to have to find a solution to that because a democracy is run by those who show up,” he stated. “If agriculture is going to maintain its voice, we are going to have to get creative and find ways to paint a vision for those young folks to join our organization so we, through numbers, can effect change.”Villwock praised the Farm Bureau staff and said much of the progress that IFB has made is because of the talented group of staff members that have been hired. Villwock will leave office at the end of this year; a new President will be elected at the IFB annual convention in November. Home Indiana Agriculture News Villwock Reflects on his Career as IFB President SHARE Previous articleAward Winning Purdue Online Agronomy Class ReturnsNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Name Sym Last Change All quotes are delayed snapshots Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 SHARE How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 By Gary Truitt – Jun 21, 2015 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe
April 29, 2020 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Reports Reporters Without Borders today condemned a Swiss military court’s announcement yesterday that it has indicted three Swiss journalists working for the weekly SonntagsBlick for publishing a leaked document on 8 January 2006 “dealing with supposed places of detention and interrogation methods used by the US foreign intelligence service (CIA).”The three journalists – Christoph Grenacher (who is about to leave the newspaper), Sandro Brotz and Beat Jost – will face up to five years in prison for “violating defence secrecy” under article 106, section 1, of the military criminal code when they are tried in April in the northern city of St. Gall. According to the indictment, publication of the leaked document caused considerable damage to Switzerland’s strategic intelligence service. A military justice spokesman said that: “In order to maintain secretary, the questioning of the defendants, the testimony of witnesses and the presentation of the cases for the prosecution and defence will probably take place behind closed doors.”Reporters Without Borders said it questioned the legitimacy of the decision try the journalists before a military court after the idea of a civil prosecution was abandoned.“We deplore this threat to the practice of journalism in a democracy such as Switzerland and we point out that Switzerland was condemned by the European Court of Human Rights for violating article 10 of the European Human Rights Convention over a similar case in the past,” the press freedom organisation said. “We very much hope the military court will issue a verdict that is favourable to press freedom.”The offending SonntagsBlick article confirmed the existence of US detention centres in Europe and was based on a fax from the Egyptian foreign ministry which had been intercepted by Swiss military intelligence and then leaked to the three journalists.“It was journalistically and politically judicious to publish this document,” Botz said. Classified as a “defence secret,” it was the first confirmation of the existence of CIA prisons in Europe. A separate military prosecution is bring brought against the persons who allegedly leaked it. The spokesman of the intelligence service was investigated by the public prosecutor’s office, but the case was not pursued. The military prosecutors are, however, pursing the case.Read the ECHR ruling in English Follow the news on Switzerland June 26, 2020 Find out more SwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia News News to go further SwitzerlandEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Protecting media freedom and free speech when regulating digital platforms Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal Organisation November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts February 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three journalists to be tried before military court for publishing leaked fax about CIA prisons
Help by sharing this information August 21, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newly released journalist rearrested after appealing against banishment Receive email alerts November 12, 2019 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more News to go further News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” December 26, 2019 Find out more News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Reporters Without Borders today protested against the arrest of journalist Abdallah Zouari of the banned weekly Al Fajr on 19 August, just 10 weeks after his release upon completing more than 10 years in prison. His arrest appears to stem from a recent administrative order issued by the interior ministry banishing him to the south of the country.”This arrest is unacceptable and this administrative measure taken by your department is utterly abusive”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Interior Minister Hedi M’henni. “The completely arbitrary arrest of a man whose life has been destroyed by more than 10 years in prison is simply inhuman”, the letter said. “We call on you to release this journalist immediately and to rescind this banishment order.”Following his arrest by police in Tunis on 19 August, Zouari was taken to Harboub prison in the governorate of Mednin (southern Tunisia). Although residing in Tunis, he had been notified by an interior ministry letter dated 15 July that he was being banished to Zarzis, in the Mednin governorate. Zouari had not complied, calling the order “arbitrary”, and had appealed to an administrative court which has not yet issued a ruling. On 16 August, three days before his arrest, police had gone to his home in a Tunis suburb, threatening his 80-year-old aunt when they failed to find him there.According to his lawyer, Zouari is accused of having refused to comply with this banishment order. The lawyer says there is no justification for the order inasmuch as Zouari has been residing in the outskirts of Tunis and not in Zarzis, where only part of his family resides. A hearing on the case has been set for 23 August before a Zarzis court.A contributor to Al Fajr, the official mouthpiece of the Islamic movement Ennahda, Zouari was arrested on 12 April 1991 and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for “belonging to an illegal organisation”. He was also sentenced to five years of administrative control on completion of the jail sentence, which means he must present himself regularly to the police station nearest his home. He was released on 6 June 2002.”What ecstasy to have my pen and paper back, to be able to jot down a few notes without the threat of a meticulous and humiliating body search”, Zouari said to Reporters Without Borders earlier this month. “For years, it was strictly forbidden to have a pen or piece of paper, and there were terrible punishments for those who tried to get them. The threats are still there because, whereas the pen is banned behind bars, it is muzzled outside, in this bigger prison.”The editor of Al Fajr, Hamadi Jebali, has been imprisoned since 1991. After completing a one-year sentence for an article criticizing the system of military courts, he was sentenced by the Tunis military court to 16 years imprisonment for “aggressive intention to change the nature of the state” and “belonging to an illegal organisation”. Follow the news on Tunisia TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder RSF_en
Google+ Facebook By News Highland – January 19, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews A digger has been set alight in the Gweedore area. Gardai are investigating the incident of criminal damage which happened at a local quarry at some stage between Wednesday and Friday last.Gardai believe that the fire was started maliciously.Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity is being urged to come forward. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter Digger set alight in Gweedore News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLocal Leaving Cert students ‘frightened and lonely’Next articleMan charged following a drugs seizure in Derry News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
Many marine predators migrate between breeding and non-breeding areas to target resources that are seasonal but spatio-temporally predictable, and so are vulnerable to climate-induced changes in prey phenology and abundance. In the Southern Ocean, small petrels are major consumers, but perturbations in the ecosystem through ocean warming are altering food-web structure and have been linked to poleward shifts in the distribution of their cold-water zooplankton prey. In this study, we focused on 2 small congeneric petrels: the broad-billed prion Pachyptila vittata and the Antarctic prion P. desolata. Both are planktivorous, but the broad-billed prion specialises in feeding on large copepods. We investigated historical trends in non-breeding distribution by analysing feather stable isotope ratios from a time-series dating back to 1926, and examined contemporary non-breeding distributions of broad-billed prions tracked using miniaturised geolocation-immersion loggers. After controlling temporally for the Suess effect, we found that the δ13C signatures of Antarctic prions, but not broad-billed prions, declined during the study period. This suggests a southward shift in Antarctic prion non-breeding distribution over the last century. Both species exhibited significant declines in δ15N during the same period, indicative of long-term decreases in marine productivity in their moulting areas, or changes in the trophic structure of prey communities. Tracked broad-billed prions migrated ca. 1000 km to an area east of the breeding colony where the Louisville seamount chain bisects the subtropical front. Topographically driven upwellings are stable and predictable features and may be crucial in aggregating plankton. Targeting seamounts could therefore mitigate the impact of climate-induced prey shifts by providing refugia for the broad-billed prion.
The MOU agrees to explore cooperation possibilities and has a term of two years, active as of 1st July 2020 Wintershall Dea signs MOU with Algeria’s Sonatrach. (Credit: Wintershall Dea GmbH) Wintershall Dea has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sonatrach, aimed at strengthening cooperation in Algeria. The MOU agrees to explore cooperation possibilities and has a term of two years, active as of 1st July 2020. It will provide a framework for Wintershall Dea to identify and potentially access additional business opportunities in the country, which is Africa’s largest gas producer.The signing builds on the two companies’ existing relationship. Wintershall Dea has been active in Algeria since 2002, and holds a 19.5% share in the Reggane Nord concession. The project involves six gas fields extended over a huge area of almost 1,800 square kilometres in the South-Western Sahara Desert, one of the hottest areas on earth. It is operated by Groupement Reggane Nord (GRN), a consortium comprised of Wintershall Dea, Sonatrach (40%), Repsol (29.25%) and Edison (11.25%). Following an extensive development programme, GRN celebrated first gas in 2017.Dawn Summers, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board responsible for the Middle East and North Africa said: “Wintershall Dea is well established in Algeria through our participation in the Reggane Nord project. In 2020 we are evaluating a potential increase of activities in the country, and this MOU is an important step forward.” Source: Company Press Release
Police in Oxford have been cutting down on cyclists riding through pedestrianised areas of the city this week.In the second crackdown in three weeks, 71 people were caught ignoring the bans on Cornmarket and Queen Street, with 25 receiving £30 fines in Cornmarket, and a further 46 fined in Queen Street.While many cyclists are against the ban, stating that signposting and boundaries are not obvious, many others believe that the bans are necessary to make cyclists more aware of the danger they put themselves and others in to when ignoring the rules of the road. Local police report that “This will now be a routine operation” and that cyclists should expect regular surveillance of the area.