Church Conference – NCNYUMC http://ncnyumc.org/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:05:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ncnyumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-1-150x150.png Church Conference – NCNYUMC http://ncnyumc.org/ 32 32 Church News: Friday, September 24, 2021 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/24/church-news-friday-september-24-2021/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/24/church-news-friday-september-24-2021/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/24/church-news-friday-september-24-2021/ A Cry for Revival – Hit the ground, meeting at Faith Outreach Assembly, 42 Callen Drive, announces: * Saturday – A community-wide conference will meet at 7 p.m. Come reunite with us as we salvage the orphan wells from past revivals. Evangelist Kyle Myer, pastor of Dominion Church, Darlington, will speak. Kyle and his wife, […]]]>

A Cry for Revival – Hit the ground, meeting at Faith Outreach Assembly, 42 Callen Drive, announces:

* Saturday – A community-wide conference will meet at 7 p.m. Come reunite with us as we salvage the orphan wells from past revivals. Evangelist Kyle Myer, pastor of Dominion Church, Darlington, will speak. Kyle and his wife, Jami, have served as student pastors, evangelists, and in foreign missions. This event is in partnership with Faith Outreach Assembly, Dominion Church and Knitting Hearts for Christ Ministries.

Knitting hearts for the ministry of Christ, which meets at Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., announces:

* Saturday October 9 – Knitting Hearts will meet from 10 a.m. to noon. You are invited to join us in welcoming Brian and Kathie Lee. Brian’s hands-on teaching has challenged generations to pursue the heart of God and understand their potential in Christ. Kathie has a heart for people who are suffering. She is called to pray for the sick and has seen God perform miracles before her eyes. For more information, find us on Facebook or visit knittingheartsheartsforchrist.wordpress.com.

Mount Zion Baptist Missionary Church, 325 Fulton St., announcement:



* Sunday – Church’s 128th birthday / homecoming will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m.

Baptist Missionary Church of the Trinity, 155 Wall Street, ad:

* Saturday – A free COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for members of the public 18 years and older.


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“Listen to God”: Denzel Washington explains to Orlando church conference what God told him to do https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/23/listen-to-god-denzel-washington-explains-to-orlando-church-conference-what-god-told-him-to-do/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/23/listen-to-god-denzel-washington-explains-to-orlando-church-conference-what-god-told-him-to-do/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 19:58:14 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/23/listen-to-god-denzel-washington-explains-to-orlando-church-conference-what-god-told-him-to-do/ Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington said at a men’s conference in Orlando, Florida this weekend what God told him to do and it has nothing to do with the entertainment industry. Christian Post (CP) reports that Washington was a guest speaker at “The Better Man Event” hosted by First Baptist Orlando. During a discussion with Pastor […]]]>

Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington said at a men’s conference in Orlando, Florida this weekend what God told him to do and it has nothing to do with the entertainment industry.

Christian Post (CP) reports that Washington was a guest speaker at “The Better Man Event” hosted by First Baptist Orlando. During a discussion with Pastor AR Bernard, the senior pastor of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York, Washington revealed a message he says he heard from God.

“At 66, getting ready to be 67, having just buried my mother, I made a promise to her and to God, not only to do good in the right way, but to honor my mother. and my dad by the way I live my life, the rest of my days on this Earth. I’m here to serve, help, provide, ”said the actor and New York native.

During the half-hour onstage interview, Washington said he heard God tell him what to do every time he prayed.

“In every prayer all I hear is, ‘Feed my sheep.’ This is what God wants me to do, ”Washington said. He admitted to the audience that his response was, “What does that mean? But he went on to explain, “What I have discovered over the past two years is that there are all kinds of sheep. This is why I talk to experienced shepherds to help me. to guide.”

The actor noted that the world has changed, asking the churchmen’s conference, “What is our role as men?”

“John Wayne’s formula isn’t quite right at the moment,” he explained. “But strength, leadership, power, authority, direction, patience is a gift from God to us as men. We must cherish it, not abuse it.”

The actor also wanted the conference to know that he is not the same man they see on the big screen, according to the CP.

“What I played in the movies is not who I am, it’s what I played,” he said. “I’m not going to sit or stand on a pedestal and tell you what I had in mind for you or your soul. Because the point is, in the whole 40-year process, I fought for my own soul. “

“It (the Bible) says that in the last days we will fall in love with ourselves,” Washington pointed out. “Photo number one now is a selfie. So we all want to lead. We are willing to do anything, women and young men, to be influential.”

“Fame is a monster and we all have these ladders and these battles, roads that we have to take in our lives,” he added. “Be famous or whoever is listening, we all have our individual challenges.”

Washington also explained how he thinks Christian men should strive for success. The first thing he said was to “stay on your knees”.

“Stay on your knees. Look at me, but listen to God,” he said. “I hope the words in my mouth and the meditation of my heart are pleasing in the sight of God, but I am human. I am like you. What I have will not keep me on this Earth one more day. Share what you know, inspire who you can, seek advice. If you want to talk to someone, talk to someone who can do something. Constantly develop these habits. “

As CBN News reported last year, Washington, a devout Christian, opened up about his spiritual journey with Pastor Bernard during an Instagram interview, recalling when he was baptized in the Holy Spirit and a prophecy that was spoken about his life when he had just been kicked out of college.

The actor revealed that earlier in his life he had given his soul to Christ on several occasions, but that it would take even longer for him to fully understand the magnitude of this belief.

“Three times … I think we all go through this. I was filled with the Holy Spirit and it scared me,” he said. “I didn’t want to go that far… I want to party. It was a supernatural, once in a lifetime experience that I couldn’t fully comprehend at the time.”

Washington also recalled when a prophetic word was spoken about her life during a visit to her mother’s beauty salon.

“Ruth Green was known to have the gift of prophecy. She lived in Mt. Vernon where I grew up and my mom did her hair. So she was in the beauty salon when I was sitting there after being kicked out of it. school, outside college, “Washington said.” And she said ‘Boy, you’re going to travel the world and preach to millions of people.’ “

He didn’t have much hope of reaching millions of people back then, but he has seen this prophecy fulfilled ever since, having the opportunity to share his beliefs in multiple events in person and online. .

“When I look at him now… what she said has come true,” he said.

Although he felt a spiritual presence on several occasions, Washington was not ready to live a Christ-centered life.

“I accepted it and I definitely lived it, but I was not ready to live it,” admitted the actor.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In reporting the journeys of faith of any prominent Christ-seeking person, CBN does not endorse past or current behavior that may not be in accordance with the Word of God. We are simply reporting the positive developments in their spiritual walk and their positive statements about God. As always, we encourage our readers to pray for everyone in the news, so that the fruit of God may grow in all of our lives.


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The great Razorback Floyd Sagely, “the last of iron men”, dies at 89 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/23/the-great-razorback-floyd-sagely-the-last-of-iron-men-dies-at-89/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/23/the-great-razorback-floyd-sagely-the-last-of-iron-men-dies-at-89/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 02:37:11 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/23/the-great-razorback-floyd-sagely-the-last-of-iron-men-dies-at-89/ FAYETTEVILLE – Whether on offense or defense for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Floyd Sagely caught the ball. As a senior in 1953, Sagely led the University of Arkansas and the Southwest Conference with 30 receptions for 542 yards and 3 touchdowns. A first-team All-SWC pick, Sagely also recorded three interceptions, a team-high, for the 1953 Razorbacks […]]]>

FAYETTEVILLE – Whether on offense or defense for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Floyd Sagely caught the ball.

As a senior in 1953, Sagely led the University of Arkansas and the Southwest Conference with 30 receptions for 542 yards and 3 touchdowns. A first-team All-SWC pick, Sagely also recorded three interceptions, a team-high, for the 1953 Razorbacks for 51 back yards.

Sagely, the last Razorback to have started for three years in the varsity football (1951-1953) and basketball (seasons 1951-52 to 1953-54), died Tuesday night at Fort Smith. He was 89 years old.

“I know Floyd Sagely was one of the greatest athletes we ever had at the University of Arkansas,” said Harold Horton, Arkansas football player, assistant coach and administrator. “He loved the Razorbacks and he will be sorely missed.

“If we had a Razorback feature, you knew Floyd would be there. “

Sagely, who also played in the NFL, was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and the UA Sports Hall of Honor in 1997.

“This is the last of the Iron Men,” said Henry Iba, the legendary Oklahoma state basketball coach, when Sagely graduated from the UA, the Arkansas Gazette sports columnist , Orville Henry, wrote about Sagely in 1985.

Sagely, a member of the Arkansas football team during the 1950s, played three seasons in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Cardinals before retiring from professional football to go into the oil business. and gas.

Between stints with the 49ers and Cardinals, Sagely served in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma for nearly two years.

Among Sagely’s teammates in Arkansas and with the Cardinals was Pat Summerall, a kicker who became a renowned sports broadcaster on television.

Horton said Sagely has become a close friend of Frank Broyles, the football coach and athletic director of the Razorbacks.

“I know Floyd and Coach Broyles played a lot of golf together,” said Horton. “Floyd has become a confidant of Coach Broyles.”

Sagely served on the Arkansas State Golf Association board of directors for nine years in the 1980s, most notably as president for three years.

Along with Summerall and Ray Tucker, Sagely started the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament in 1999, which became an annual fundraising event and is now known as the Pat Summerall Celebrity Golf Classic. .

Sagely was also an early sponsor of the First Tee program in Fort Smith.

Born in Rudy, Sagely distinguished himself in four sports at Van Buren High School, where he played in football, basketball, baseball and track and field. As a baby, Sagely’s father was laid off during the Great Depression and he lived with his parents, two grandmothers and four older siblings in a one-room cabin.

According to Henry, Sagely kept a photo of the family standing in front of the cabin in his wallet.

“I keep this photo because it makes me grateful,” Sagely said in 1985.

After graduating from Van Buren, Sagely played in a high school All-America basketball game in Murray, Ky. One of his teammates Bob Petit, who went on to play LSU and NBA for the St Louis Hawks and became a Pro Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee.

After retiring from the NFL in 1958, Sagely started in the oil and gas business as an oil field man for various companies. In 1962 he established his own oil and gas exploration company which continues to operate as Floyd E. Sagely Properties, Ltd., in Fort Smith.

In the mid-1960s, Sagely was one of the three founders of the first association of Christian athlete organizations in Arkansas. He also coached baseball and basketball with religious leagues in Fort Smith; served as president of the deacons council of the First Baptist Church; was a Sunday School teacher who served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of First United Methodist Church; and served on the Fort Smith School Board.

Sagely is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jimmie Lou; son, Floyd E. Sagely Jr., and two grandsons, Weston and Colton Sagely of Fort Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will take place.

Donations on behalf of Sagely can be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202, or the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, 8800 Dallas, Fort Smith, AR 72903.


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The Church in Poland and the protection of minors: from the reckless to the informed https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/22/the-church-in-poland-and-the-protection-of-minors-from-the-reckless-to-the-informed/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/22/the-church-in-poland-and-the-protection-of-minors-from-the-reckless-to-the-informed/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 12:30:35 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/22/the-church-in-poland-and-the-protection-of-minors-from-the-reckless-to-the-informed/ The Church and Polish society were not prepared to face the crisis caused by the sexual abuse of minors. Negative reactions first prevailed. In recent years, thanks to journalists and clear guidelines from the Holy See, the Church in Poland has learned to create an integrated structure for the protection of minors and support for […]]]>

The Church and Polish society were not prepared to face the crisis caused by the sexual abuse of minors. Negative reactions first prevailed. In recent years, thanks to journalists and clear guidelines from the Holy See, the Church in Poland has learned to create an integrated structure for the protection of minors and support for victims.

By Marta Titaniec and Father Piotr Studnicki

The Church in Poland entered the 21st century proud of herself, appreciating the success she had achieved. These feelings were motivated by the past and more recent history of Poland. Until 1918, the Polish state had disappeared, divided by neighboring powers for a good 123 years. For the Polish people, the Catholic Church had been a bulwark of freedom and had contributed to the survival of the language, the culture and even their hope for independence. The heroic deeds accomplished by many Catholic priests and lay faithful were not lacking in the post-World War II period. After 1945, when Poland fell under the influence of the Soviet Union, the Church was close to the people, seeking to preserve their autonomy and fighting for dignity and human rights.

It is in this context that Karol Wojtyła – Pape Saint John Paul II – was brought up. His pilgrimages to Poland contributed to the spiritual awakening of his compatriots, stimulating the growth of a sense of national unity and strengthening the role of the Church in the life of Polish society. In Europe, a process of secularization had been going on for many decades. However, Poland remains a country where the number of baptized constitutes more than 90% of the population. Half of them were practicing Catholics, and the seminaries were filled with candidates for the priesthood. The moral authority of the priest was indisputable in Polish society.

This legitimate sense of achievement and pride made it difficult to face honestly the abuse of minors committed by members of the clergy. In fact, it was difficult to admit, to grasp that such terrible crimes against minors could have occurred in the same Church. Consequently, the first reports of the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy produced an instinctive defensive reaction among priests and laity in Poland. It has been interpreted as an attack on the enemy – the media – and the umpteenth expression of a fight against the Church, too well known under communism.

Catalysts for change

Reports on the two Polish priests working in the Dominican Republic (the apostolic nuncio and a missionary, accused of sexually assaulting a minor in 2013) dealt a terrible blow. The documentaries posted on YouTube by the Sekielski brothers, on the other hand, were a real earthquake (“Tell no One”, 2019; “Playing Hide and Seek”, 2020). Today, it must be honestly recognized that journalists have contributed a fundamental element which mobilized the Church in Poland to face the issue.

No less important have been the actions of the Holy See and other transformations that have taken place in the Catholic Church that have influenced the Church’s approach in Poland to the sexual abuse of minors. One example is the story of the publication of the document defining the rules governing the diocesan process to be followed in Poland when priests have been accused of sexual abuse. The first edition of the document was approved by the Polish Bishops’ Conference in 2009. However, it has been kept confidential and has not been made public. It was only in response to the recommendation of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2011 that the Polish Bishops’ Conference adopted and published two documents in 2014 which, to this day, chart the way forward for the Church in Poland.

A second example concerns the persons responsible for the protection of minors responsible for receiving reports. Even though people had been appointed to these posts by bishops and superiors general of religious institutes in late 2014, in the years that followed, information about how to contact them had still not been published on official websites. many dioceses and religious institutes. The publication of this information did not become widespread until 2019 with the publication of Pope Francis’ Motu proprio. Your lux mundi estates.

Shameful statistics

Towards the end of 2018, the Polish Bishops’ Conference (KEP) decided to complete the first statistical analysis started in 2014. The report, covering the period from January 1, 1990 to June 30, 2018, published in March 2019 that 382 diocesan and religious priests had been accused of sexual abuse of children under the age of 18. He also revealed that from 1950 to mid-2018, the Church knew that at least 661 minors had been sexually abused. In addition, the report showed that the number of reported cases has increased over the years. But, the real wave of revelations was manifested in a successive report published in June 2021. During the 2 ½ period under review (July 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020) 368 reports had been received against 292 diocesan priests and religious concerning of events that took place between 1958-2020.

Presenting the report, Monsignor Wojciech Polak, Primate of Poland and delegate of the Episcopal Conference for the Protection of Minors, spoke directly to the victims and the scandalized public of the evils that had been perpetrated in the Church, again begging their forgiveness. . One of the things he said was: “Listening to the stories of people who have been traumatized by the sexual abuse perpetrated by religious and diocesan priests, on the one hand, we feel shame, pain and pain. immense compassion. On the other hand, we are grateful and we express our respect for those who have decided to speak out against the harm they have suffered by revealing their own traumatic stories, often after many years ”.

A support system under construction

“The investigation also shows that the Church, in which these evils had once occurred, has now become a place of listening and support, which seeks truth and justice”, added the Polish archbishop.

The Polish Bishops’ Conference established an office for the protection of minors in 2013 and appointed Father Adam Żak SJ as the first coordinator. Thanks to the projects he initiated, the Church has succeeded in developing a structure, both at local and national level, for the protection of minors and to provide assistance to victims of sexual abuse. The structures at the local level are essential because they are active in the dioceses and in the provinces of religious institutes. These structures include:

(1) 116 delegates authorized to receive reports concerning abuses, to initiate the processes required by ecclesial and civil law, to help victims to receive psychological, legal and pastoral assistance;

(2) 70 pastors whose duty is to offer pastoral help and spiritual support to the victims, their families and communities affected by the scandal, and to collaborate in the preparation of the annual day of prayer and penance for the sin of sexuality. abuse of minors;

(3) 86 curators who accompany the accused priest so that he understands and observes the prescribed restrictions and, in the event of a possible conviction, they help him to change his way of life so that he does not injure anyone from other;

(4) Other people responsible for prevention.

These local structures are supported, strengthened, monitored and developed at the national level, made up of:

(1) Delegate to the Episcopal Conference for the Protection of Minors (since March 2019, Bishop Wojciech Polak, Primate of Poland), responsible for canonical, legal, organizational and communication aspects;

(2) Coordinator of the Episcopal Conference for the Protection of Minors (since June 2013, Father Adam Żak SJ), who oversees the aforementioned structures in place;

(3) The Saint Joseph Foundation, created in October 2019, and financed by annual contributions from priests and bishops in order to provide financial assistance to victims of sexual abuse, as well as to support the structures in place;

(4) The Child Protection Center, founded in March 2014 at the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow, supports the structures in place for the protection of minors through educational, scientific and preventive activities with the aim of creating environments safe for minors.

Execution Your lux mundi estates

Recently, the Church in Poland has started to implement the Motu proprio Your lux mundi estates, promulgated by Pope Francis. Since its entry into force, more than 12 processes have been launched, examining the response of various Polish bishops to the reports received concerning sexual abuse. Twelve of these processes have already been closed, 11 of which resulted in confirmation of the bishop’s negligence, with the bishops receiving criminal penalties. Charges in one case have been dismissed, while other proceedings are still pending.

As painful and difficult for the Church in Poland, the purification process is moving forward. Many people feel offended, not only because of the harm that has been done, but – often more so – because of the approach taken by Church leaders. It is only by affirming the truth, seeking justice, and taking responsibility for all crimes and negligence in the Church’s response, that the Church in Poland can stop the process by which her trust and her credibility has been lost.

Biographies: Marta Titaniec – President of the Board of Trustees of the St. Joseph Foundation of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, co-founder of the “Hurt in the Church” initiative [Zranieni w Kościele], a helpline for people affected by sexual violence in the Church.

Dr. Piotr Studnicki, priest – Director of the Office of the Delegate of the Polish Episcopal Conference for the Protection of Children, Professor of the Pontifical John Paul II University in Krakow and of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.


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Endwell Methodist Church Members Donate in Kentucky https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/21/endwell-methodist-church-members-donate-in-kentucky/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/21/endwell-methodist-church-members-donate-in-kentucky/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:01:08 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/21/endwell-methodist-church-members-donate-in-kentucky/ Driving a truckload of donations down narrow, winding roads in rural Kentucky isn’t easy, but it’s a task three members of a church in Endwell happily take on every year. “Every trip is an adventure,” said Tom Scheibner. Scheibner is a member of the Endwell United Methodist Church and one of the leaders of the […]]]>

Driving a truckload of donations down narrow, winding roads in rural Kentucky isn’t easy, but it’s a task three members of a church in Endwell happily take on every year.

“Every trip is an adventure,” said Tom Scheibner.

Scheibner is a member of the Endwell United Methodist Church and one of the leaders of the Church’s annual campaign to collect shoe boxes filled with personal hygiene items from at least 40 churches in the Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church.

He and the other co-leaders of the project, Dave Alexander and Ken Schlock, then rent and load two large box trucks with the help of a few dozen volunteers. Then they made the 12-hour trip to the Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky. In early December to deliver donations. The mission then gives the donations as Christmas gifts to those in need.


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Beckum-Stapleton fields upgraded thanks to Christian Yelich https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/20/beckum-stapleton-fields-upgraded-thanks-to-christian-yelich/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/20/beckum-stapleton-fields-upgraded-thanks-to-christian-yelich/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 23:46:47 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/20/beckum-stapleton-fields-upgraded-thanks-to-christian-yelich/ The Beckum-Stapleton Little League fields receive improvements thanks to Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers, American Family and other groups. The league is a voluntary, non-profit organization that has provided supervised baseball opportunities to youth on the North Side of Milwaukee since the 1960s. “Christian definitely remembers where he came from,” Alecia Yelich, Christian’s mother, […]]]>

The Beckum-Stapleton Little League fields receive improvements thanks to Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers, American Family and other groups.

The league is a voluntary, non-profit organization that has provided supervised baseball opportunities to youth on the North Side of Milwaukee since the 1960s.

“Christian definitely remembers where he came from,” Alecia Yelich, Christian’s mother, said at a press conference Monday in the fields. She was there with his son, Collin, represent Christian. “He played a lot of games on a lot of fields like these when he was in a little league. He really cares about youth sports, especially baseball.”

The dugout canoes for two of the league’s five diamonds at Beckum and Carver parks will be redeveloped with new fences and locked gates and one field will receive new dugouts, said Jim Brey, the league’s executive director. These upgrades have been identified as the “top priorities” for the league, according to a press release.



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Cardinal O’Malley: Pope Francis’ Vision of Pastoral Conversion https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/20/cardinal-omalley-pope-francis-vision-of-pastoral-conversion/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/20/cardinal-omalley-pope-francis-vision-of-pastoral-conversion/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 12:30:24 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/20/cardinal-omalley-pope-francis-vision-of-pastoral-conversion/ On Sunday afternoon, Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, addressed the participants of “Our Common Mission to Safeguard the Children of God”, a regional conference on the protection of minors. minors for Central and Eastern Europe, describing the necessary pastoral conversion. The following is an excerpt from […]]]>

On Sunday afternoon, Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, addressed the participants of “Our Common Mission to Safeguard the Children of God”, a regional conference on the protection of minors. minors for Central and Eastern Europe, describing the necessary pastoral conversion. The following is an excerpt from his opening remarks.

By Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley

From the start of his ministry, Pope Francis has stressed the importance of pastoral conversion as a missionary journey for the whole Church. Such a conversion brings with it the kind of transformation needed to ensure that the gospel reaches every person and every part of our life. The Holy Father reminds us of the teaching of Pope Paul VI which called for a profound renewal on a personal level and on the part of the whole Church. Conversion at both the personal and institutional levels is at the heart of the renewal process and is essential for what Pope Francis calls a “missionary transformation” of the Church.

Pastoral conversion is important to us as we focus our efforts on renewing the Church in the face of sexual abuse. We must work for a change that will be incorporated into all aspects of the life of the Church, addressing sexual abuse wherever it has occurred, regardless of the status or function of the person who committed the crime. . I hope that the following steps can serve as a guide for the ministry of safeguarding and caring for minors and vulnerable people in our Church.

Listen

Pope Francis called us to begin the journey of conversion by recognizing the truth of what happened. To do this, we must adopt the approach of a listening heart. Those who have heard the testimony of survivors know how difficult and trying these experiences are. I have personally met hundreds of survivors, their testimonies are heartbreaking, especially when they share that no one believed them when they first reported the abuse. We can only imagine, but in truth never understand, how much more difficult it has been for those who have been abused and forced to live with the consequences their entire lives.

When someone who has been mistreated by the clergy, religious, or other Church people tells their story, we should receive it and their testimony with the greatest reverence. There should be clear channels of communication and meeting through which survivors can contact the Church if they wish. It is encouraging that many dioceses have a dedicated contact person or telephone service or e-mail account that survivors or their family members can use. It is a good and important initiative. If a diocese does not receive many responses after establishing these means of contact, it does not mean that the reality of sexual abuse by clergy or religious is not present. A lack of response may be an indication that the established communication channels are not adequate or appropriate for the particular circumstances of that diocese or country. It is important that we all maintain the focus on providing accessible, welcoming and non-judgmental opportunities for survivors and their loved ones to contact and engage in dialogue with the local Church.

We also need to be aware of the reality that many people in our communities have suffered the tragedy of sexual abuse in the Church and have never told anyone about their experience.

Our colleague Dr Ewa Kutz wrote about the complexity of victims’ testimony in an insightful article recently published in L’Osservatore Romano. She wrote:

“Those who have been injured are speaking. Some claim the right to speak out and be heard at the top of their lungs. Others speak shyly in the calm of a psychotherapeutic setting, or confide only to their relatives. Some are screaming. Others speak silently with their silence ”….

Recognition of survivors

In order for us to achieve the pastoral conversion to which the Holy Father calls us, we must honestly and clearly recognize those who have been mistreated. Listening to the pain of others, the sufferings of God’s people, leads to recognizing the wrong done and the suffering inflicted. Pastoral conversion requires turning away from an inappropriate defensive attitude which can be very harmful and hurtful, and embracing a deep listening to the survivor, with a willingness to understand more fully what he has experienced.

An obstacle to this recognition, especially for pastors, is what the Holy Father referred to in the video message he prepared for this conference as a “misguided concern for the reputation of the institutional Church”. Especially in places where the Church has been subjected to systematic persecution for a long time, a defensive response to accusations of abuse can often seem like a knee-jerk response. While pastors are responsible for protecting the Church, and in many cases have suffered or given their lives in defense of the faith, a skeptical and sometimes even humiliating response to witnessing abuse can cause serious harm to people. that the Church is called to consider as a priority for pastoral care and concern, namely, those who are broken and hurt by abusive ministers within the Church itself.

The Holy Father recognizes that accepting the wrongs that have been committed by the ministers of the Church can, in fact, make us vulnerable. But vulnerability can also be experienced as a moment of grace, a moment of kenosis, an experience of God’s action in our world that brings healing by lighting up a place of darkness so that all can live more freely as disciples. and believers. This means that we can continue to be dedicated co-workers in the Lord’s vineyard, while remaining honest about the abuses that have occurred among Christ’s faithful.

Seeking forgiveness

Recognizing the truth of what happened takes us further on the path of conversion and renewal. We cannot preach what we ourselves have not accepted as true. For pastors and other Church leaders, listening to and affirming the reality of sexual abuse by Church ministers engages us in a process of conversion. As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus who was moved when he saw the needs of the people, we cannot but be moved by what we hear and come to know….

If we place this dynamic in the context of an encounter with Christ, we can see in the survivor someone who has been treated unfairly, who has been made to suffer and who, in many cases, has been rejected in his suffering. by the Church itself. . By embracing the role of protagonists in our communities, survivors can provide important insight into gospel truth that paves the way for a new evangelization, even of the Church itself. Such listening and recognition of the reality of sexual abuse should lead to reconciliation with survivors. As Pope Francis urged us in his video message:

“It is only by facing the truth of these perverse practices and humbly seeking forgiveness from the victims and survivors that the Church will find her way to a place where she can again count as a place of welcome and safety. for those who need it. “

It is important to offer a sincere apology to the survivors. However, “asking for forgiveness” requires more than making a statement or having a meeting. Rather, it is a process that is rarely done in a single instant and sometimes may not be done at all. The experience and journey of each survivor is deeply personal and different from that of any other person. As the Lord seeks the lost and abandoned, priests, religious and lay ministers must seek forgiveness from those who have been hurt. For clergy and religious, the process of pastoral conversion is facilitated by our search for forgiveness from all those affected by sexual abuse. Obviously, it is not an easy road to walk, but we have to walk it, with the victims and all who are affected….

Concrete ways of reform

Listening, recognizing the survivors and sincerely asking for their forgiveness are essential steps on this path of renewal. They are part of the restoration that must take place if the Church is to regain her credibility and promote healing. The community demands that a just order be maintained, and the just order of the Church has been shattered by the crimes of some of her ministers.

Once again, the Holy Father emphasizes the importance of this next step, as he tells us:

“Our expressions of sadness must be converted into concrete avenues of reform to both prevent further abuse and give confidence to others that our efforts will bring about real and reliable change. “

In this regard, the essential work of creating policies, procedures and guidelines should be undertaken and they should be reviewed and updated regularly. Requirements for testing, training and mandatory reporting to civil authorities are critical. Without clear and defined policies and procedures, people try to improvise, often with good intentions, but the results are too often disastrous. Yet we know that policies themselves are not enough. We need effective methods to verify compliance and monitor policy implementation. Training and background checks of Church personnel are essential, along with performing safeguard audits and ensuring that our canonical and civil procedures are both up to date and in harmony with one another….

Conclusion

The path of learning about the crime and sin of sexual abuse in the life of the Church will continue throughout our lives. We have a long way to go. With the help of dedicated and knowledgeable people like those gathered here and many others in the region who are engaged in the process of healing and reconciliation, I am confident that we are on the right track and can make progress. meaningful, always focusing on and the needs of survivors as we move forward.

I want to recognize and thank all of the survivors who continue to come forward to share their stories. It is thanks to their courage that the services of protection and assistance to minors and vulnerable adults become central elements in the life of our Church. Because of them, evangelism is offered to others who have been gravely injured by the Church, and others are spared this horror….


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Pope opens C. Europe conference on sexual abuse ‘crisis’ – Manila Bulletin https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/19/pope-opens-c-europe-conference-on-sexual-abuse-crisis-manila-bulletin/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/19/pope-opens-c-europe-conference-on-sexual-abuse-crisis-manila-bulletin/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 23:49:00 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/19/pope-opens-c-europe-conference-on-sexual-abuse-crisis-manila-bulletin/ New / World / Pope opens C. Europe conference on sexual abuse “crisis” Pope opens C. Europe conference on sexual abuse “crisis” WARSAW, Poland – Pope Francis on Sunday opened a Vatican conference on the sexual abuse of children by clergy in Central and Eastern Europe, urging participants to consider “concrete ways of reform.” The […]]]>

Pope opens C. Europe conference on sexual abuse “crisis”

WARSAW, Poland – Pope Francis on Sunday opened a Vatican conference on the sexual abuse of children by clergy in Central and Eastern Europe, urging participants to consider “concrete ways of reform.”

The multi-day event – a joint initiative of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and the Polish Bishops’ Conference – brings together Church representatives from 20 countries in the Polish capital Warsaw.

The Catholic Church has been rocked by a long series of sex scandals in Poland, a staunch EU country where it wields strong political influence. Since last year, the Vatican has sanctioned eight Polish bishops accused of covering up abuses, as well as one cardinal. The Polish church announced in June that between July 2018 and the end of 2020 it had received 368 allegations of abuse by the clergy, some dating back decades.

In a video message delivered on Sunday, Pope Francis called the “serious problem” of child sexual abuse by clergy a “crisis.”

“Our expressions of sadness must be converted into concrete ways of reform to both prevent further abuses and give confidence to others that our efforts will bring real and reliable change,” the pontiff told the participants.

“I encourage you to listen to the cry of the victims and to dedicate yourselves, with one another and with society at large, in these important discussions because they really touch the future of the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. The September 19-22 conference titled “Our Common Mission to Protect God’s Child” will see participants discuss prevention and response in their respective countries.

Professionals in the field of the protection of minors will be present as well as the victims, who must speak out. The conference will also address the impact of a post-communist mentality on the approach to the issue.


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Child labor: the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Jasikan in dialogue with stakeholders https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/19/child-labor-the-conference-of-catholic-bishops-of-the-diocese-of-jasikan-in-dialogue-with-stakeholders/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/19/child-labor-the-conference-of-catholic-bishops-of-the-diocese-of-jasikan-in-dialogue-with-stakeholders/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:29:13 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/19/child-labor-the-conference-of-catholic-bishops-of-the-diocese-of-jasikan-in-dialogue-with-stakeholders/ The Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Jasikan in the Oti region engaged parents and stakeholders in the diocese’s fishing and cocoa communities to end child labor and abuse. The church, as part of its corporate social responsibility, has established a committee to ensure the protection of children’s rights and the elimination of […]]]>

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Jasikan in the Oti region engaged parents and stakeholders in the diocese’s fishing and cocoa communities to end child labor and abuse.

The church, as part of its corporate social responsibility, has established a committee to ensure the protection of children’s rights and the elimination of all existing forms of child labor and abuse in the diocese.

The Catholic Church diocese of Jasikan covers almost the entire Oti region.

Speaking at the ceremony, the regional director of social protection, Innocent Agbolosu explained the position of the law on parental responsibility towards children.

“According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, child protection is about protecting children from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect. This definition gives the states parties to this convention responsibility for formulating programs, policies and laws to protect children in their areas of jurisdiction. In addition, families, communities and even individuals must take concrete steps to protect children from abuse and exploitation.

Child labor: the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Jasikan in dialogue with stakeholders

Mr. Agbolosu also mentioned certain circumstances which may put children at risk of abuse.

“Some of us just give birth to children and we let them take care of themselves. It is a common practice for a man to marry four, five wives and each woman has to take care of her child. Worse yet, you see some of these kids taking care of themselves. So even during school hours they are busy. The law says that everyone who has a child has a responsibility to take care of them. “

Chief fisherman Daniel Vadze of Tapa-Abotoase said the number of cases of child labor on the lake is decreasing, but the punishment regime for those who traffic and use children on the lake is not enough powerful.

Child labor: the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Jasikan in dialogue with stakeholders

He also alleged that the lack of any educational infrastructure on the island is to blame for the use of children on the lake.

According to COCOBOD in Jasikan District, there are incidents of child labor in the various cocoa plantations, but this has been kept to a minimum due to various interventions made by the office to reduce the threat.

Reverend Father Pius Biamse, speaking to JoyNews on behalf of the diocese, said the initiative is just one of the church’s social interventions aimed at raising responsible adults.

Child labor: the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Jasikan in dialogue with stakeholders

“It’s our own future. If the children are not doing well now, how will our future be? As we can see with the dropouts, the number of girls at the lower secondary level is decreasing, so we need to do something. “

He added that the church is also concerned about recent crimes and murders involving children, hence the need to guide and secure them for the future.

Child labor: the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Diocese of Jasikan in dialogue with stakeholders

“The recent murder like what happened in Kasoa, (where, sic) teenagers are killing theirs. We know our children are also at risk. They learn a lot on the Internet and most of the time what they learn is bad.


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Many religious leaders say ‘no’ to approval of COVID-19 vaccine exemptions https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/18/many-religious-leaders-say-no-to-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-exemptions/ https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/18/many-religious-leaders-say-no-to-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-exemptions/#respond Sat, 18 Sep 2021 19:46:04 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/09/18/many-religious-leaders-say-no-to-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-exemptions/ The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also does not provide religious exemptions for vaccines for its members, according to church spokesperson Eric Hawkins. (Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is undergoing major renovations on August 4, 2021. By Peter […]]]>

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also does not provide religious exemptions for vaccines for its members, according to church spokesperson Eric Hawkins.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is undergoing major renovations on August 4, 2021.

While a significant number of Americans are calling for religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination warrants, many religious leaders say: Not with our approval.

Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said Thursday that although some people may have medical reasons for not receiving the vaccine, “there is no exemption in the Orthodox Church for its faithful from any vaccination for religious reasons “.

The Holy Eparchial Synod of the National Archdiocese, representing the bulk of Eastern Orthodox in the United States, urged members to “pay attention to the relevant medical authorities and avoid false accounts that are totally unfounded in science.”

“No member of the clergy should issue such letters of religious exemption,” said Greek Orthodox Archbishop Elpidophoros, and such a letter “is not valid.”

Likewise, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently issued a statement encouraging the use of vaccines and stating that “there is no obvious basis for a religious exemption” in its own Lutheran tradition or in the Lutheran tradition. wider.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York laid out its own position over the summer, saying any priest issuing a letter of exemption would “act in contradiction” to Pope Francis’ claims that receiving the vaccine is morally acceptable and responsible.

The Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have said Catholics can receive the vaccines in good conscience given the lack of alternatives and the goal of alleviating suffering – even by opposing research even with a remote link to abortion.

A number of dioceses have adopted policies similar to those in New York, and the bishops of El Paso, Texas, and Lexington, Ky., Have made vaccination of employees mandatory.

But other Catholic jurisdictions are more accommodating to exemptions. The Colorado Catholic Conference, the political arm of the state’s bishops, has posted a template letter for priests to sign online saying that an individual parishioner can rely on Catholic values ​​to oppose vaccines. The bishops of South Dakota have also taken this position.

The problem for many Catholics and other abortion opponents is that the most widely used COVID-19 vaccines have been tested on fetal cell lines developed over decades in laboratories, although the vaccines themselves do not contain no such material.

The issue is becoming more and more burning as employers in the public and private sectors impose more and more mandates.

A letter from the secretary would not necessarily be necessary for a person to obtain an exemption – federal law requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for “genuine” religious beliefs – although approval from the clergy may help strengthen the claim. of somebody.

Reverend Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas, a Southern Baptist mega-church, said he and his staff “neither offer nor encourage members to seek religious exemptions from vaccination mandates.”

“There is no credible religious argument against vaccines,” he said via email. “Christians who are troubled by the use of a fetal cell line to test vaccines should also refrain from using Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Ibuprofen and other products using the same cell line. ‘they are sincere in their objection. “

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not provide religious exemptions for vaccines for members, according to church spokesperson Eric Hawkins. Leaders of the Utah-based faith have advocated for members to be vaccinated even though doctrine recognizes that it is up to the individual.

The church’s Brigham Young University has asked students to report their immunization status but does not require vaccination, and the church also requires American missionaries serving in foreign countries to be vaccinated.

Some other religious groups, such as the Orthodox Union, an umbrella organization of Orthodox Judaism, and the United Methodist Church, have encouraged people to get vaccinated but have not issued policy statements on the exemptions.

The Fiqh Council of North America, made up of Islamic scholars, has advised Muslims to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and debunk the “unfounded rumors and myths” about them.

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Associated Press editors Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City and David Crary in New York contributed to this report.


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