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July 14, 2018 at 7:58 pm This is worrisome for me. The Episcopal Church is suppose to be apostolic and not congregationalist. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jul 13, 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC The Very Rev. Sam Candler, deputy from Atlanta and chair of the legislative committee that considered all of the convention’s marriage resolutions, urged the House of Deputies July 13 to accept the bishops’ technical amendment to Resolution B012 and not make any changes. The deputies agreed. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Austin, Texas] Deputies dotted the last i and crossed the last t on July 13 with a historic resolution giving all Episcopalians the ability to be married by their priests in their home churches.Resolution B012 had gone from the House of Deputies to the bishops and back to the deputies on its road to approval. Deputies overwhelmingly approved a heavily amended version of the resolution on July 9, and the House of Bishops added a technical amendment two days later that does not change B012’s goal of giving full access to two trial-use marriage rites for same-sex and opposite-sex couples approved by the 2015 meeting of General Convention (via Resolution A054).The vote was:* Clergy: 99 yes, 3 no, 4 divided* Lay: 101 yes, 5 no, 1 dividedA Lexington deputy holds up the deputation’s paper ballot documenting its vote. During votes by orders, deputies vote on paper ballots and then deputations calculate the results and cast their vote electronically. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceFifty-six votes in each order were required for passage. Divided votes are recorded when the clergy or lay members of a deputation split their votes between yes and no. General Convention resolutions must be adopted by both houses with the same text, and that is what deputies did early in the morning session of the last day of the 79th meeting of General Convention.Scattered applause started to be heard among the deputies, but the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the house, cautioned that the body’s rules forbid such celebrations.The resolution provides for:Giving rectors or clergy in charge of a congregation the ability to provide access to the trial use of the marriage rites for same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Resolution A054-2015 and the original version of B012 said that clergy could only use the rites under the direction of their bishop.Requiring that, if a bishop “holds a theological position that does not embrace marriage for same-sex couples,” he or she may invite another bishop, if necessary, to provide “pastoral support” to any couple desiring to use the rites, as well as to the clergy member and congregation involved. In any case, an outside bishop must be asked to take requests for remarriage if either member of the couple is divorced to fulfill a canonical requirement that applies to opposite-sex couples.Continuing trial use of the rites until the completion of the next comprehensive revision of the Book of Common Prayer.The resolution also eliminated the original B012’s call for a Task Force on Communion across Difference. Such a group was created via a separate resolution, A227.“We have already engaged in a grace-filled debate – an honorable and healthy debate, discussion and struggle,” the Very Rev. Sam Candler, deputy from Atlanta and chair of the legislative committee that considered all of the convention’s marriage resolutions, told the House of Deputies in urging passage without further tinkering. “We were reminded of the significant compromise that was made by various committed constituencies and holy saints of this church.”No one spoke against the resolution during the House of Deputies’ short debate.A House of Deputies page collects the written version of the Diocese of Southern Virginia’s vote by orders on Resolution B012. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThe Rev. Scot McComas, Fort Worth deputy, told his colleagues that if they passed B012 they would be acting as pastors to all the people of the Episcopal Church. Yet, he noted, “For 40 years our LGBT brothers and sisters have been at the back of the bus and, every so often, they are invited to move forward one row at a time.”The Rev. Susan Russell, Los Angeles deputy and longtime leader in the effort for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of the church, described the “long and winding road” that the Episcopal Church had traveled to get to this point. She said she supported B012 “recognizing that this is a hard-won compromise but one which I believe will lead us forward into that work as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”She reminded the house that its debate was being livestreamed and that Episcopalians in the dioceses of Tennessee, Dallas and Florida (three of the places in which the bishops have not allowed the rites to be used) “where the faithful in the pews are waiting for us to let our ‘yes’ be yes – to say, ‘we do’ to marriage for all.”East Carolina Deputy Joan Geiszler-Ludlum, who chaired General Convention’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage, implored deputies to complete convention’s actions on marriage. “We are fond of saying around the Episcopal Church that all are welcome, and all means all, y’all.”Long Island Bishop Larry Provenzano offered B012 in response to proposed Resolution A085 from the task force, which was proposed in part to give a way for Episcopalians to use the rites in eight of the church’s 101 domestic dioceses in which the diocesan bishop refuses to authorize use of the trial-use marriage rites.“I think this is a really important moment for the church,” Provenzano said in an interview with Episcopal News Service just after the deputies’ decision. “We do this without there having to be one side wins and one side loses. Very much like the theme of the whole convention, there’s a great movement for the church to really be the church in this time.”Vermont Bishop Tom Ely, who has long been involved in crafting resolutions to move the church closer to full sacramental inclusion of LGBTQ, said Episcopalians also need to know that the rites described in B012 are available to everyone in the church, not just same-sex ones. The resolution calls for studying how the rites are used across the church.“So, let’s see if we like the actual liturgies,” Ely said. “Do these liturgies convey the spirit of what we want? Do they pray well? Do they work for all couples? Are these worthy of inclusion, at some point, in the Book of Common Prayer?”Chicago Bishop Jeff Lee called B012 “an elegant solution for moving forward in a way that respects the role of bishops as the chief liturgical officers in their diocese” similar to that achieved earlier in the contentious issue of prayer book revision. Lee chaired the bishops’ part of the cognate legislative committee that reviewed the marriage resolutions.The compromise was “built on the generosity of people who would rather have seen it go further in one direction or another,” Lee said. “And, that’s a remarkable thing about this convention, I think: that willingness on the part of people who cherish and really invested themselves in having ‘all this’ or ‘all that’ being willing to let go of the things they cherish for the sake of moving forward together.”Resolution A054-2015 said that clergy could only use the rites under the direction of their bishop. This convention’s A085 would have required bishops to make provision for all couples asking to be married to have “reasonable and convenient access” to the two trial-use marriage rites. However, it also would have added the two trial-use marriage rites to the Book of Common Prayer and amend the prayer book’s other marriage rites, prefaces and sections of the Catechism to make language gender neutral. That change was a sticking point for many.The original version of B012 would have required bishops who would not authorize the rites to allow congregations to receive Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight (DEPO) from another bishop who would provide access to the liturgies. It removed the prayer book element.Deputies agreed to a version of B012 that took away the DEPO option and placed the decision-making power for using the rites with rectors or other clergy in charge of congregations. The bishops’ amendment comes in the seventh resolve of the resolution and adds the words “provided that nothing in this resolve narrows the authority of the rector or priest-in-charge (Canon III.9.6(a)).”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Marriage Equality, July 14, 2018 at 2:08 am A possibly minor point: “However, (A086) also would have added the two trial-use marriage rites to the Book of Common Prayer and amend the prayer book’s other marriage rites, prefaces and sections of the Catechism to make language gender neutral.” Actually, it would not have added them to the BCP. It would have authorized them for trial use without bishop’s approval for possible future inclusion in the BCP. Jordan Sakal says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL August 5, 2018 at 5:48 am I like your division of the Bible into three sections. But I see perhaps a fourth section where biblical knowledge and practices have been replaced by something different, based on either improved moral standards or new scientific knowledge. On the former, I would cite passages in the Bible that have been rejected as immoral by modern culture: acceptance of slavery, executing brides at their first marriage if they were found to be non-virgins; forcing women to marry their rapists, requiring widows to sometimes marry their brother in law, lower status for women generally, beating children, lack of religious and other freedoms, various incidences of genocide, the concept of scapegoating — to transfer sin and punishment from guilty parties to their descendants who were innocent of the sin, etc. The most obvious example is “original sin” where punishment for Eve and Adam’s sin was transferred to their children, grand-children, etc, all the way through countless generation to present-day humans. On the latter, I would cite a spherical Earth, a Sun-centered solar system, no firmament over the Earth, no demon possession, a universe less than 10,000 years old, 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Press Release July 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm Oh, I certainly hold to the position of St. Augustine that some parts of the Bible are allegorical, some are analogical, some are literal, etc. A BIG PROBLEM here is what criteria do we use to say which is which. One’s personal beliefs will not do for this. What is demanded is a coherent and consistent over-all theology of The Church acting as guide and boundaries for what IS acceptable to believe and how. Without such a theology everything is reduced to relativism — what this individual thinks and what that individual thinks, etc. with no way to judge whether both are wrong or one is wrong and the other correct. This is often very frustrating to the individuals involved and ends in a shouting match. So, your thoughts are on target but lead to some very deep questions and possible unanswerable divides. THANKS! Jordan Sakal says: Rector Bath, NC Jordan Sakal says: Jordan Sakal says: Jordan Sakal says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA July 16, 2018 at 2:19 pm My faulty — Consistency and coherence are backbones to any “view”. I shall not go into the details, but from an inconsistent view, ANYTHING can be shown to be the case. Admittedly there are various sorts of inconsistencies — those of syntax, of semantics and of pragmatics. Again, I shall not go into any of this here. (Read one of my texts on logic.) You make some excellent points mainly directed to the more-or-less Protestant Evangelical who embraces “sola scriptorium” — a logically speaking positions very difficult out of which to make consistent sense. Let us assume that position for a moment. Then someone says, “Ah, the story of Sodimun and Gomora is all about hospitality.” Someone else says, “The story is all about homosexuality.” Put these two views together and there is a contradiction. (This is a simplification ignoring for the sake of discussion that they could both be wrong.) Assuming one view is correct and the other incorrect we now come to two interesting questions. WHICH vie is true and WHICH view is false; furthermore, WHY is this the case? Relying only on the Bible will not, cannot answer. We have to move to some other criteria — here perhaps tradition and reason. I think that you are hitting on all of this: It (the Bible) is a collections of teachings written by very human authors. Yes, but within the framework of a very long tradition and the lase of reason. I enjoy your comments and forcing me to attempt to be clearer THANKS! July 13, 2018 at 3:32 pm Leviticus 18:22 right? You realise right that Leviticus was a nation building guide, a guide on the foundational building blocks of the moral code of a nation right? Leviticus also forbade the tearing of clothes (L: 10:6), Eating – or touching the carcass of – any seafood without fins or scales (L:11:10-12) Having sex with your neighbour’s wife (L: 18:20) [There goes adultery] We also have a ban on the mixing fabrics in clothing (L:19:19), Cross-breeding animals (L: 19:19) and Planting different seeds in the same field (L:19:19).We also have: Trimming your beard (L:19:27)Getting tattoos (L:19:28) Mistreating foreigners – “the foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born” (L:19:33-34)Before you cherry pick your Bible to attack someone else look at the other sins you and others may be committing and realise that a lot of them do not make sense or apply in a modern society. We have grown beyond the arbitrary rules set forth in Leviticus. They do not apply in a modern world. Frank Harrision says: Frank Harrision says: Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Duane and Robert Beach-Barrow says: Frank Harrison says: July 13, 2018 at 3:46 pm Frank, In my view, and I am falliable, there are parts of the Bible which are historically accurate and to be taken at face value. There are also parts of the Bible which can be successfully questioned (the building of the Ark/loading of all those animals etc, Jonah and the whale) which are meant more as stories or allegories to be drawn on for hope or to teach something and not to be taken literally.Just my thoughts July 14, 2018 at 7:47 pm Dear Don, there are some good insights here although I think that some are questionable. I wish that we could sit down face-to-face to chat about them. For instance you say, “What we have is a body of believers who walk together in faith, relying on the trinity of scripture, tradition and reason.” Just what is this “faith in which we walk together. Sounds good, but what are the specifics? For instance there is a goodly number of Episcopalians who want to give up the Creeds — too binding, too narrow, written in an old time, etc. There are those who want to change the Prayer Book to reflect more “contemporary thought.” Did you happen to read the link I posted concerning the last changing of the Prayer Book? To change the words is to change what little theology the Episcopal Church has applying to everyone. Have you been following various comments on the several blogs coming out of the General Convention? Where is the universal idea of walking together in faith? Scripture has been given up in the sense that it is understood in so many very different ways. Tradition is put aside in many conversations, and you have the notion of reason skewed at least from the viewpoint of Hooker. It will be “interesting” to see how this all works out over the coming years and what becomes of the Episcopal Church. In any event, THANKS for your comments. Associate Rector Columbus, GA July 15, 2018 at 7:24 am No, Joe, it is not that clear. Just because the Bible affirms heterosexual relationships does not necessarily mean he condemns all gay relationships. You need to do better than that. July 14, 2018 at 7:56 pm Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Yet, here is a problem. Some in the Episcopal Church say that through “discernment” claim that same-sex marriage is acceptable and, indeed, appropriate within the Christian belief system. Others say that through “discernment” same-sex marriage is neither acceptable nor appropriate within the Christian belief system. One side strongly affirms something to be the case whilst the other side strongly denies that same thing to be the case.. BOTH cannot possibly be correct for that would be a logical contradiction along the lines of “round-square.” First, question: Which side IS correct? Second question: How does one come to that conclusion? Third question: How is the Church then to view those many who are show (not merely thought) wrong? Have a good and safe trip home. August 4, 2018 at 4:17 pm You are referring to the famous six or so “clobber passages” that people have interpreted as anti-gay. Unfortunately, the passages are somewhat ambiguous about exactly to what behavior the passages condemn. For example, Genesis 19 has been interpreted as anti-gay, anti-rape, and anti-bestiality. Romans 1:26-27 has been interpreted as condemning same-sex sexual behavior, or behavior that violates one’s sexual orientation. See: http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_bibl.htm August 2, 2018 at 5:04 pm Mr. Richards, The Bible is not the source of “our truth” as you claim. The Bible and the Holy Spirit can inspire belief but the Bible is not the end all be all. Rather, as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has mentioned, the way of truth is through following the commands of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Bible (as mentioned previously) was written by men, men who can be fundamentally flawed and wrong in their understandings of scripture especially since understandings of that text can of course change with the passage of time. (How else do you then explain the change in attitudes towards slavery, or women and their rights, or so many other things) The Bible of course allows us to hold slaves, or to stone unbelievers etc, why then do we not see (at least in this country) the holding of slaves or women only being allowed in the kitchen, or the public stoning of sinners? Could it be that we as a church, we as a community, and we as a society have grown beyond those inane and baseless beliefs? Tom Borcher says: Comments are closed. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC August 2, 2018 at 11:49 am Dear Jordan,You said “In my eyes, Leviticus (and thus the commentary on gay relationships/marriage/etc) do not apply to a modern society and can be set aside because we have grown in our understanding as a society.” I say that truth does not change, the Bible is the source of our truth and understanding of God and his will for us. In the Bible it clearly says in multiple places that it is a SIN for a man to be sexually intimate with another man. A changing societal view does NOT change the truth of God’s word to us. It is just an indication of how man is straying away from God’s law. I am sorry if this may offend you, but I can forgive you of your sin as I pray that God will forgive my own sins. None of us are perfect. But we cannot rewrite the truth as God delivered to us via his word to legitimize our behaviors not matter how right we think they are. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA July 30, 2018 at 4:20 am We can speak from a place of First-Hand knowledge on this topic. We were married by Rev. Fr. Andrew Green on September 9, 2013, the 35th anniversary of our decision to be a Committed Couple. We were required to take the exact same Pre-Marital Counselling as any other couple asking to be married in our Diocese, including writing a letter to our then-Bishop stating why we wanted to be married in our home parish church. It was important to us both to be married in the church because of the strong religious upbringings in South Carolina and Pennsylvania we both had, because of our own personal religious beliefs, and our deep love for each other. We wanted to make a public profession of our faith in God and our Church, and our deep love for each other both to the public at large and particularly our families. All of our parents have passed, but during the ceremony, Duane glanced out into the church and he swears that just for a brief moment, he saw all of our parents, sitting together and smiling at us nodding YES. That was our “sign from above” that we were doing the right thing in their eyes and in the eyes of God. Since our wedding, we have both been through tremendous health and employment cricies, and the only things that have seen us through them is our faith in a loving compassionate God, and our love for each other. Thank you to all who voted to include all LGBTQ people in this most precious and sacred sacrament of our Church. . Submit a Job Listing 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bruce Robinson says: July 15, 2018 at 10:17 pm Tom,If I understand your commentary correctly, you’re asking “how can it not be the Word of God now if it was then?” to this I have to say as an LGBT+ person and as a person of faith that in my view, that there is a Christo-centric hermenuetic that can be applied when analysing the Bible. (This basically how can I read and understand the Bible through Christ’s eyes, it means in my understanding to live life as Christ commanded us, to love one another and our fellow man.)I had this discussion today in church with my partner and a friend. In my eyes, and I can be wrong (I am human after all) there are three sections to the Bible. 1. The good lessons/morals that we as people should attempt to teach our fellow man/our children (Love one another, don’t steal, all those kind of common moral lessons) these are universal and transcend religion as morality transcends religion. 2. There is the historical section of the Bible which Christians (including myself) believe occurred as historical fact (Belief in the resurrection and the life of the world to come) and lastly, 3. There is the section of the Bible of rules and happenings (like the great flood of Noah or the various world cleansings) which are to be taken with a grain of salt by a modern society because we recognise them to be historical implausibilities. These laws and regulations (speaking now of Leviticus) that applied as a society back when the Bible was written but do not necessarily apply to a modern society. In my eyes, Leviticus (and thus the commentary on gay relationships/marriage/etc) do not apply to a modern society and can be set aside because we have grown in our understanding as a society. We know now that biologically speaking homosexuality exists in thousands of the world’s species. We know that these relationships are natural and normal. We have grown beyond the world view proscribed for us as people of faith by Leviticus.Does this help?Jordan Jon Spangler says: July 13, 2018 at 5:22 pm The old criteria of the Anglican Communion consisted of Scripture, tradition, and reason — no “feeling”. These criteria cannot be successfully applied independent of one another. For instance, what does it mean “to love your neighbor as yourself”? Well, this is understood only within the context of love GOD above all other things — not either yourself or your neighbor. These are at best secondary. And to love God? Well, what are we to understand by God? For some — many — this is a very vague question…lots of different answers each having effects on how the individual then reads Scripture. “Only Scripture” will not work Because there are so many different readings and give “only scripture” there is no way to say which readings are correct and which are wrong except, at the end of the day, one’s personal feelings. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group July 13, 2018 at 11:12 pm The Episcopal Church lacks a centralized magisterium to dictate the “one true” meaning of scripture. What we have is a body of believers who walk together in faith, relying on the trinity of scripture, tradition and reason. Beginning some time at the end of the 19th century, a wide variety of new disciplines began to be used to reflect on the interpretation of scripture as well as the wider understanding of the Church’s tradition. This, I believe, is what is meant by “reason.”. We continue to learn from those studies, so that we have a better appreciation of the context and intention behind those ancient documents. In some cases we can find an affinity between the circumstances and spiritual needs those writings offered their original hearers. In other circumstances we must admit that our attempts to apply those precepts to our contemporary needs is twisting them out of shape. The primary focus for followers of Jesus in any age is to embody his example in their own time. That includes using language that is useful in expressing the relationships between humanity and God and humanity and creation and humans with each other. July 13, 2018 at 10:59 pm I really appreciate the dialogue of all commenters, for the most part very thoughtful and respectful. Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 July 13, 2018 at 8:02 pm I firmly believe that “discernment” (about the nature of marriage and love in our church) based on increasing wisdom is what has led us to decide to include same-sex as well as different-sex marriage in our liturgies and in our communities, not merely “feelings.” When Linda and I were married in our packed Episcopal church in 1988, the issue of marrying same-sex couples had not yet arisen fully in our denomination. Now, however, we know more about about human sexuality and biology across species–including the fact that the scientifically normative sexual behavior of many species, including ours, includes both heterosexual and homosexual components or spectra. This scientific knowledge of the creation, as understood through God’s repeated comment in Genesis (“and God saw that it was good”), offers a new vision of the Christian possibilities for love and marriage: the old saying is true that “God does not make junk.”Today, in my home church, Linda and I are happily surrounded by committed people of faith from all walks of life who represent many orientations in the spectrum of human sexuality. Some are single and some are in committed relationships, the latter including both same-sex and different-sex marriages. The Light of Christ is clearly and discernibly shining in all of these people and in their relationships, and the light radiating in and through them increases my own personal understanding of God’s boundless love. (“By their fruits you shall know them.”)Yes, I am aware of the passages within God’s “eternal” Word that contradict each other and are problematic, but I believe our church today is basing its liturgical decisions and other actions on the highest and best understandings (discernments) of God’s Truth and how best to witness to and live out His Love in our own day. Same-Sex Marriage Featured Events Jordan Sakal says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Steve Price says: July 16, 2018 at 1:45 pm Jordan,I appreciate the time you took to respond to my comment in a way that shows a willingness to engage in a discussion of what some consider delicate issues in a learned manner. This response is meant to respond in kind.My problem with the “three sections” approach to the Bible is that it appears to rely solely on a subjective analysis based on faith. As I mentioned in my first posting, I look for logic and consistency and I can’t say that I necessarily see that in your approach. I don’t have much of a problem with your first category – in fact I tend to believe that the entire Bible fits into category 1. It is a collections of teachings written by very human authors.I have a real problem, however, with sections 2 and 3. There is no more basis in fact for the resurrection and the existence of heaven than there is for the great flood of Noah or the various world cleansings or people being turned into pillars of salt. It is one’s faith that supports events like the ressurection and heaven. That’s okay. I have no problem with that. Faith serves a very important role for many people.But I don’t see how you can distinguish between saying “facts” support section 2 but not the rules and happenings in section 3.And that’s why I maintain that the Bible isn’t really considered the Word of God so much as what men/women have come to believe through their religious faith. Thus, it is forever amenable to various interpretations that may change over time. If it was truly merely a transcription of God’s dictation than it would seem He would have known what “modern society” knows even back when the first text was put to paper. General Convention, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tom Borcher says: Convention lets its ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ agreeing to give church full access to trial-use marriage rites Historic action is praised as a compromise among ‘cherished’ positions and goals Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK August 2, 2018 at 5:09 pm So, Jordan, sounds like the Bible is kind of like a “smorgasbord”: we pick and choose the tastiest items and pass by the rest???? Frank Harrison says: July 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm Sadly, though, it has the potential to sunder congregations. So I can see some clergy taking the preemptive action, with or without congregational mandate, of refusing to officiate at any kind of marriage in order to keep the peace. Jordan Sakal says: Robbie Johnson says: Thomas Raymond Richards says: July 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm Dear Jordan, I hope that your nose, and the rest of you, is much better by now. I am very sorry to hear of your accident. Do mend quickly.Thanks for your comment. About Noah’s ark. There are a good many people who take this both literally and seriously. Whether they are correct or not is a very different story. Here is but one example:http://www.ladbible.com/news/weird-the-remains-of-noahs-ark-could-have-been-discovered-20171027Do a Google search for more. It is rather fun.The reading of the Bible is a more complicated business than most seem to suppose. Again, this is highlighted by the serious arguments throughout the centuries of just how to read it, what part to read in what way or another, and the dangers of going too far one way or the other. The Catholic (and I do not mean only Roman Catholic) tradition is one thing and the Protestant is another. So the reading is set in large part by one’s religious tradition/theology.Take care of yourself.Pax —fFrank Rector Shreveport, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska July 13, 2018 at 2:52 pm Robbie, We believe in the Bible just as you do, what we do not believe in is an unjust and unloving God which you do. The light of God through His Son, Jesus Christ is a pathway of love and acceptance as echoed by our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. However, you do not honour God or his son by choosing the pathway you have. You are not love and you are not peace. Robbie Johnson says: Rector Collierville, TN Donald Caron says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ August 2, 2018 at 6:53 pm (I may have had this discussion before, but I was replying to a new comment you addresed to Mr. Richards.) So if the passage in Matthew, Chapter 5, that you reference is a true “correction”, then I take it verses 29 – 20 is an update as well when Jesus is quoted as saying, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” The danger of trying to make the Bible in any way consistent or authoritative. July 14, 2018 at 6:46 pm The Bible is very clear, bother in Genesis and Ephesians- a man shall leave his father and mother and be united with his WIFE, not his husband. This is so sad to see the church bow to social pressures and ignore the Word of God. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books July 13, 2018 at 1:09 pm This is such amazing and wonderful news. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tom Borcher says: General Convention 2018, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 July 13, 2018 at 2:41 pm Now the Liberals and LGBTQ can say to cconservatives, “Don’t let the door hit you as you leave for a Bible believing church! Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Frank Harrision says: Press Release Service Mary Barrett says: July 14, 2018 at 8:38 am Robbie Johnson – I think you are correct in what you stated. Churches will lose long time dedicated parishioners for sure……… July 13, 2018 at 5:25 pm Is this a loving and inclusive comment? Just curious? Jordan Sakal says: Jordan Sakal says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tom Sramek, Jr says: Frank Harrison says: July 13, 2018 at 1:08 pm For those interested in Prayer Book revision, here is a super article to read:http://www.episcopalnet.org/TRACTS/Deceived.htmlpax — Rector Albany, NY July 13, 2018 at 3:18 pm You claim to believe in the Bible. Perhaps you do, except in those Biblical passages where God plainly proclaims that Homosual behavior is an abonination and sinful. Fr Ian Wetmore says: Matt Ouellette says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Tom Borcher says: Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Charlene R Cook says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Jordan Sakal says: Resolution B012, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ July 14, 2018 at 3:47 pm The prior discussion highlights the problem with religions that claim to find a source in the Bible and the purported Word of God. I am a retired attorney. I believe in Logic. I am what I believe is called a “Humanist.” I believe in consistency. I do not require a God or a Jesus or a Bible to know that we should all treat our fellow earth occupants with love, respect, equity and kindness. On the other hand, I find so much contradiction in the teachings of religions that I can’t accept. Some examples: In just about every mass school shooting that we’ve had over the past few years we’ve heard relieved parents thanking God for having protected their child. So what does that mean as to the kids who died in the attack? God didn’t want to protect them? Did He want the deceased innocent children back in heaven with him? Wasn’t there a kinder way to “retrieve” them than for these young people to have to sit in a classroom while a maniac went up and down the aisles shooting them in the head or chest? There are just too many horrific tragedies that take place for me to believe there is an “interventionist God.” As the prior comments in this string show, the Bible says one thing but when it gets in the way of current thought we conveniently explain it away. Most religion, it seems to me, is governed by popular thought – albeit just, equitable, kind and generously based popular thought. If it was the Word of God when written in the Bible how can it not be the Word of God now? It’s an issue without any logical explanation. That’s why we there are such divisions on what should be accepted and what should not. Why can’t we set aside a God-based or Bible-based life as a determination of our conduct. Simply treat all humans with dignity, equal application of the laws, kindness and assist the downtrodden. Isn’t that really what most religions demand? Why do we need the illogical and inconsistent forms of religion and the Bible to do that? Rector Tampa, FL Frank Harrison says: Joe Barker says: Frank Harrison says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments (39) July 20, 2018 at 8:45 am Mr. Harrison,I apologise that it has taken me four days to respond to you, I was in a nasty bicycle crash which resulted in a broken nose and a pretty banged up rest of me which I had to take care of first. (That and I didn’t have the option ticked to notify me of responses to my posts, silly me) Going back to your first post here about the Tri-partite view of the Bible, you could be right about the differences between sections two and three. What I mean is that there is historical evidence for portions of the Bible I mentioned (the resurrection and life of Jesus for example) You are correct that these facts also require the application of faith, but like you say, believing in things provides people hope and a sense of direction and purpose. That’s pretty much par for the course in human history.Section three though (the flood, wiping out of civilisations etc etc) is shakier to me, there (to my knowledge) does not exist historical record or archaeological record of the possibility of the flood or the cleansings. Where are the remains of the ark? things like that. Does that clarify? Frank Harrison says: Bruce Robinson says: July 13, 2018 at 4:57 pm The criteria must pass the “gospel test” established in the teachings of Jesus himself August 2, 2018 at 5:58 pm Tom, Didn’t you and I have this discussion a few posts ago ? July 13, 2018 at 3:34 pm Not to argue one way or the other, but IF God’s Word is eternal, then we ought to be very careful to appeal to modern day society to sustain a point. Frank Harrision says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA August 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm Tom,Also, Was Jesus cherry-picking in Matthew 5:38-42 when he overturned the rule about an eye for an eye? Or if St. Paul and the other apostles were cherry-picking when they overturned the dietary laws and circumcision requirement.The Bible is mutable. July 13, 2018 at 6:13 pm Frank–I apologise dear sir for the lack of my return comment, I appreciated yours and agree with you that it is “above our pay grade” to decide such matters. I enjoyed chatting with you though Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI
ArchDaily Houses photographs: Raul GarciaPhotographs: Raul Garcia General Contractor: Heltshe Interior Design Emerson Rowhouse / Meridian 105 ArchitectureSave this projectSaveEmerson Rowhouse / Meridian 105 Architecture Emerson Rowhouse / Meridian 105 Architecture 2015 CopyAbout this officeMeridian 105 ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousingDenverUnited StatesPublished on June 26, 2015Cite: “Emerson Rowhouse / Meridian 105 Architecture” 26 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily Save this picture!+ 133Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Houses Area: 504 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project House ACK / Studio AG Arquitetura “COPY” House ACK / Studio AG ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveHouse ACK / Studio AG Arquitetura Manufacturers: Caesarstone, Flos, Foscarini, Marset, REKA, Viking, Artec, Arthur Decor, Bertolucci, Brentwood, Carbono, Carlos Camargo, Clami, Codex, Conceito Firma Casa, Cremme, Decameron, Dpot, Dpot Objeto, Fineflex, +14Franccino, JCS, Jmar, Lab Luz, Lumini, Líder, Madeira de Lei, Madezonia, Mais Revestimentos, Nani Chinellato, Ovo Design, Pedra cor, Sacaro, Vasos da terra-14Landscape:Marcelo BellottoEngineering:Target EngenhariaCity:Chacara Santo AntonioCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Recommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Text description provided by the architects. The renovation project of this residence in a quiet and forested neighborhood of São Paulo consisted of a general reformulation of spaces in order to integrate and connect the living areas. The original plan, cropped and segmented, compromised the amplitude desired by the residents. The main action of the architecture was to clean up the excesses and make openings at strategic points in order to frame the landscape and bring more life and natural light into the interior of the house.Save this picture!Save this picture!Ground FloorSave this picture!The ground plan has been completely refurbished and the upper floor has received major adaptations, with the creation of new bathrooms, improvements to the bedrooms and circulation. With the replacement of a pillar on the porch by a metallic structural reinforcement it was possible to open the house to the garden and have an integrated leisure area – living room, barbecue pit, pizza oven and swimming pool.Save this picture!The absence of a significant architectural style freed us to create a whole new look for the house, with a unique contemporary feel. The project prioritized timeless pieces of Brazilian design mixed with more stripped-down items. Neutral tones predominate in the furniture and the different textures, colors and materials bring a cozy and poetic composition to the spaces.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessWe Australia – Embracing Evolution through ArchitectureStudent CompetitionsFrank Lloyd Wright Foundation will use Taliesin West to Educate about Living with Na…Architecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/915483/house-ack-studio-ag-arquitetura Clipboard “COPY” Architects: Studio AG Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project Year: Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/915483/house-ack-studio-ag-arquitetura Clipboard 2016 CopyHouses•Chacara Santo Antonio, Brazil Projects CopyAbout this officeStudio AG ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMetal StructureConcreteChácara Santo AntônioBrazilPublished on April 22, 2019Cite: “House ACK / Studio AG Arquitetura” [Casa ACK / Studio AG Arquitetura] 22 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Architects: Estudio Pablo Gagliardo Area Area of this architecture project KM House / Estudio Pablo Gagliardo Save this picture!© Ramiro Sosa+ 30Curated by Clara Ott Share Photographs 2009 KM House / Estudio Pablo GagliardoSave this projectSaveKM House / Estudio Pablo Gagliardo Argentina “COPY” “COPY” CopyHouses•Rosario, Argentina Year: ArchDaily Area: 365 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Houses Photographs: Ramiro SosaCity:RosarioCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ramiro SosaRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Text description provided by the architects. Detached house located a few kilometers from the city of Rosario, Argentina, in Portal de Aldea, a low density and mainly residential neighborhood. On a corner lot, the ground floor volume was located on the southern limit, with the main entrance on the avenue. Its façade, more closed, opens to the interior of the land, facing north all social areas and the master bedroom. A warehouse was also located, with a second kitchen, bathroom, and grill, as support for the gallery and another staircase as an alternative entrance to the upper floor.Save this picture!© Ramiro SosaSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Ramiro SosaThe volume of the upper floor was placed in the form of a transversal bridge, generating underneath a semi-covered space in the heart of the house, as a large-scale expansion, similar to a living room. The idea is that depending on the climate one or the other is used, thus obtaining two multifunctional spaces, for different times of the day and times of the year. This open gallery generates east-west continuity in the terrain.Save this picture!© Ramiro SosaTrying to free as much as possible of the ground floor, it was located upstairs along with the three bedrooms of the children, the service area, thinking of flexible uses such as desk, service unit, guests, landlords or another child, with an independent income. As a social place on the top floor, there is an open game room to the void above the main entrance, with a closed space for support and storage, acoustically isolated.Save this picture!© Ramiro SosaSave this picture!Elevations and SectionsSave this picture!© Ramiro SosaAs a constructive solution, reinforced concrete is adopted with visible boards in all the structural and enclosing elements, ceilings, partitions, and columns. The floors, both interior, and exterior are smooth cement, which generates continuity between the different spaces.Save this picture!© Ramiro SosaProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse in Sajonia / Plan:b arquitectosSelected ProjectsWoods Bagot Creates Stacked Design for New Melbourne Business SchoolArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/923535/km-house-estudio-pablo-gagliardo Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/923535/km-house-estudio-pablo-gagliardo Clipboard CopyAbout this officeEstudio Pablo GagliardoOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRosarioArgentinaPublished on August 23, 2019Cite: “KM House / Estudio Pablo Gagliardo” [Casa KM / Estudio Pablo Gagliardo] 23 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
The Dec. 3 mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., which claimed the lives of 14 county workers and injured 21 others, occurred less than a week after a mass shooting Nov. 27 at the Colorado Springs, Colo., Planned Parenthood facility. There, it was a “lone gunman” (white) who killed three people and wounded nine others. In San Bernardino, however, the official FBI narrative says the alleged shooters expressed sympathy with the group known as the Islamic State group (often called ISIS or I.S.). Why did this deadly attack happen and how can others be prevented?On Dec. 6, President Barack Obama gave a prime-time talk from the Oval Office of the White House in which he deplored the event and laid out measures the U.S. government would take in response. While he didn’t echo the extreme Islamophobia being pushed by his political rivals, and instead cautioned against blaming all Muslim people for the acts of a few, he failed in any way to mention the underlying social and economic crises that could bring about such an attack.What people living in the U.S. and other imperialist countries need to know is that these governments’ military interventions in Southwest Asia and North Africa — where a majority practice some form of Islam — have created a hell on earth for the people living there. The destruction is so horrendous that literally millions have been displaced from their homes and hundreds of thousands of refugees have been risking their lives trying to get away from the fighting.These crisis conditions began as far back as the CIA’s funding and organizing of right-wing Islamic forces against a revolutionary government in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Since then, things have worsened with the “regime change” invasions and devastation of Iraq and Libya. This has created a level of desperation for the respective populations comparable to that in Europe in the era of fascism and two world wars.What are the current wars all about? Obama won’t talk about that, because to do so would expose the fact that U.S. foreign policy is crafted by advisers closely associated with the multinational corporations and banks.For more than a century, U.S. foreign policy has facilitated the drive by these pillars of monopoly capitalism to amass superprofits abroad from the exploitation of other countries’ labor and natural resources. In the case of the Middle East, this particularly means oil companies and the banks behind them. But this is never mentioned. Instead, the interventions are explained as “helping” the peoples of the region create “stable governments.”How ridiculous and insulting that must sound to peoples whose rich cultural and political histories go back thousands of years!U.S. intensifies airstrikesObama in his talk said the U.S. would intensify its air strikes against the Islamic State group. The U.S. has already conducted roughly 6,700 strikes in Iraq and Syria, dropping more than 20,000 missiles and bombs during a campaign supposedly directed at terrorist groups. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee said, “We’re in the business of killing terrorists and business is good.” (USA Today, Dec. 4) But the transparency group Airwars estimates those strikes have killed almost 1,000 civilians.The U.S., like the Islamic State group, has been engaged in a war against the secular government of Syria. On the same day that Obama talked about intensifying attacks on I.S., the Syrian government sent an official protest to the United Nations Security Council charging that U.S. warplanes had just bombed a military base in Deir al-Zor province, killing three Syrian soldiers and wounding 13 others.The U.S. has also been supporting Saudi Arabia’s air strikes against an insurgent group in Yemen, the Houthis. In doing so, it is helping the I.S., which is carrying out a ground offensive against the Houthis.One thing is clear: The military actions taken by the Pentagon in the Middle East have not diminished groups like I.S. — they have only elevated them.Economic crisis exacerbatesThe rising tensions in this area, which are now spilling over into Europe and the U.S., cannot be separated from the unraveling of the capitalist world economy. While the profits of a tiny group of billionaires soar into the stratosphere, the signs of crisis keep multiplying.A key sign of capitalist crisis is overproduction: a glut on the market caused by producing more goods than people can afford to buy. As far back as April 24 the Wall Street Journal wrote, “The global economy is awash as never before in commodities like oil, cotton and iron ore, but also with capital and labor.” The situation has only deteriorated since then.As Sara Flounders reported to the Workers World Party national conference in November, “The world commodity markets are crashing. Machine parts, heavy equipment, tubing and pipes, along with oil, gas, steel, coal, copper, zinc, corn, soy and wheat are all valued at less than half of the price of just one year ago.”Even more recently, petroleum prices fell from $100 a barrel in 2014 to $37 a barrel on Dec. 7. The political fallout from this can be seen in all the oil-producing countries, from the U.S. itself to Russia, Venezuela and of course the area now engulfed in war.This reflects the completely chaotic character of the capitalist mode of production. The boom-bust cycle has been made even more intractable with the high-tech revolution. Initially, the bosses vastly increase their profits by introducing labor-saving technology, but the rise in productivity while jobs are being cut eventually leads to a big crash and intense suffering for the masses of people.Demagogic politicians who know that even tougher times are coming are trying to focus mass anger anywhere except on the capitalist rulers who have brought the world to this disastrous situation. That was the role of Hitler and Mussolini in the 1920s and 1930s, of Le Pen in France today, and of Donald Trump and his virulent Muslim-bashing in the U.S.If we are to defend the lives of innocent people not only from random killers but from the ravages of more wars and depressions, we must fight for the unity of all workers and oppressed peoples against the racist warmongers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
June 9, 2021 Find out more The text of Bahman Ghobadi’s letter is the following:”If I kept quiet until now, it was for her sake. If today I speak, it is for her sake. My Iranian girl with Japanese eyes and an American ID, is in jail. Shame on me! Shame on us!” Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News News She is my friend, my fiancée, and my companion. An intelligent and talented young woman, whom I have always admired. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists It is with tears in my eyes that I say she is innocent and guiltless. It is me, who has known her for years, and shared every moment with her, who declares it. She was always busy reading and doing her research. Nothing else. During all these years I’ve known her, she wouldn’t go anywhere without letting me know, nor would do anything without asking my advice. To her friends, her family, everyone that surrounded her, she had given no signs of unreasonable behavior. How come someone who would spend days without going out of her apartment, except to see me; someone who, like a Japanese lady, would carefully spend her money, and had sometimes trouble making a living; someone who was looking for a sponsor to get in contact with a local publisher so her book would be printed here (in Iran); could now be charged with a spying accusation?! We all know – no, we have all seen in movies – that spies are malicious and sneaky, that they peep around for information, and that they are very well paid.And now my heart is full of sorrow. Because it is me who incited her to stay here. And now I can’t do anything for her. Roxana wanted to leave Iran. I kept her from it.At the beginning of our relationship, she wanted to go back to the United States. She would have liked us to go together. But I insisted for her to stay until my new film was over. She really wanted to leave Iran. And I kept her from it. And now I am devastated, for it is because of me she has been subject to these events. These past years, I have been subject to a serious depression. Why? Because my movie had been banned, and released on the black market. My next movie was not given an authorization, and I was forced to stay at home. If I’ve been able to stand it until today, it is thanks to the presence and help that she provided me with.Since I had no authorization for my last movie, I was nervous and ill-tempered. And she was always there to calm me down.Roxana wanted to leave Iran. I kept her from it. She is the one who took care of me while I was depressed. Then I convinced her to stay, I wanted her to write the book she had started in her head. I accompanied her, and thanks to my friends and contacts, I knocked on every door and was able to set up meetings with film makers, artists, sociologists, politics, and others. I would go with her myself.She was absorbed by her book, to the point that she could stay and bear it all, until my film would be finished, and we would leave together.Roxana’s book was a praise to Iran. The manuscripts exist, and it will certainly be published one day, and all will see it. But why have they said nothing? All those who have talked, worked and sat with her, and who know how guiltless she is. IranMiddle East – North Africa I am writing this letter for I am worried about her. I am worried about her health. I heard she was depressed and cried all the time. She is very sensitive. To the point she refuses to touch her food.My letter is a desperate call to all statesmen and politics, and to all those who can do something to help. From the other side of the ocean, the Americans have protested against her imprisonment, because she is an American citizen. But I say no, she is Iranian, and she loves Iran. I beg you, let her go! I beg you not to throw her in the midst of you political games! She is too weak and too pure to take part in your games. Let me be present at her trial, sit next to her wise father and gentle mother, and testify she is without guilt or reproach. However, I am optimistic about her release, and I firmly hope the verdict will be cancelled in the next stage of the trial. Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News I thought it was a misunderstanding and that she would be released after two or three days. But days went by and I had no news from her. I started to worry and knocked on every door for help, until I understood what had happened. Follow the news on Iran to go further Receive email alerts April 18, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “To Roxana Saberi, Iranian with an American passeport” Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News It was the 31st of January. The day of my birthday. That morning, she called to say she would pick me up so we would go out together. She never came. I called on her mobile, but it was off, and for two-three days I had no idea what had happened to her. I went to her apartment, and since we had each other’s keys, I went in, but she wasn’t there. Two days later, she called and said: “Forgive me my dear, I had to go to Zahedan.” I got angry: why hadn’t she said anything to me? I told her I didn’t believe her, and again she said: “Forgive me my dear, I had to go.” And the line was cut. I waited for her to call back. But she didn’t call back. She didn’t call back.I left for Zahedan. I looked for her in every hotel, but nobody had ever heard her name. For ten days, thousands of wild thoughts came to my mind. Until I learned, through her father, she had been arrested. I thought it was a joke. February 25, 2021 Find out more
WhatsApp Personalis Announces Launch of Public Offering of Common Stock Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 26, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Facebook Twitter Twitter MENLO PARK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 26, 2021– Personalis, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSNL), a leader in advanced genomics for population sequencing and cancer, today announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of $150.0 million of its common stock. In addition, Personalis expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $22.5 million of common stock on the same terms and conditions. The offering is subject to market conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the offering may be completed or as to the actual size or terms of the offering. Morgan Stanley, BofA Securities, Citigroup and Cowen are acting as joint book-running managers. BTIG is acting as co-manager. 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News Updates”We Don’t Want Lip Service; You Have No Regard For Human Life” – Bombay High Court On Illegal Constructions In Maharashtra In Suo-Motu PIL Sharmeen Hakim12 March 2021 10:07 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court castigated eight municipal corporations and the Maharashtra State’s Urban Development Department (UDD) for their failure to comply with an order to provide information on illegal constructions in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and action taken against them. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni were hearing a suo-motu…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court castigated eight municipal corporations and the Maharashtra State’s Urban Development Department (UDD) for their failure to comply with an order to provide information on illegal constructions in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and action taken against them. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni were hearing a suo-motu PIL, taken up in September 2020, with a view to “put an end to the menace that unauthorised and dilapidated buildings pose to humankind” after 38 people lost their lives in a building collapse owing to unauthorised construction in Bhiwandi, a town outside Mumbai. “It seems there is no value for human life,” Justice Kulkarni orally observed on Wednesday, after the bench was informed by Amicus Curie, Senior Advocate Sharan Jagtiani, that most of the civic bodies had failed to file their additional affidavits, and the ones that have been submitted do not contain the relevant information. The court held that the affidavits filed by BMC and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation were mere “lip service” to its directions. “We cannot but express our shock and dismay at the apathy and indifference of the respondents,” the bench observed in its order. The court noted that the manner in which the municipal corporations and the UDD have conducted themselves exhibits extreme “lack of solicitude” and are indulging in “dilatory tactics” so that the litigation is not taken to its logical end. “This amounts to a direct interference in the administration of justice. If considered necessary, initiating action for contempt is one of the options that we would bear in mind.” Commenting on the affidavit filed by the UDD, the bench observed that the expert committee it was ordered to constitute in 2018, in another PIL, hasn’t had a single meeting from March 2019-February 2021. “It is, therefore, clear that the UDD too not only has scant respect for the Court as well as the process of law, but also lacks the necessary intention to ensure that this great city gets rid of the several unauthorised and dilapidated buildings, which have sprouted courtesy the blessings of not only municipal officers but others.” The Court then directed all the municipal corporations and the UDD to file additional affidavits by March 31 as a last chance. The civic bodies have been asked to provide ward wise data on the type of illegal construction and the steps taken to deal with each of them, while the UDD was directed to file a progress report on a 2018 PIL. The division bench warned to summon the respective municipal commissioners to court, in the event the court’s order was not complied with. “We forewarn the Municipal Commissioner(s) that his/their experience in Court may not be too palatable, if the course of justice is in any manner sought to be deflected by not rendering appropriate assistance.” In the 2018 suo motu PIL, the Bombay High Court had issued several directions to deal with illegal construction like setting up of an expert committee and a grievance cell to have supervisory mechanism like geo tagging of buildings to curb rampant illegal construction. The case will now be heard on April 7Click Hear To Download/Read OrderNext Story