Church Conference – NCNYUMC http://ncnyumc.org/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 02:27:04 +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 MEMORIES (as section header) https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/08/church-memories-as-section-header/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 21:32:28 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/08/church-memories-as-section-header/ Branchport Methodist Now that the hustle and bustle of the Christmas and New Years season is over, it’s time to reflect on the past and look to the future. The past year has been tough for everyone. Many have suffered loss of loved ones, health problems and depression from isolation. As we look forward to […]]]>

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Now that the hustle and bustle of the Christmas and New Years season is over, it’s time to reflect on the past and look to the future. The past year has been tough for everyone. Many have suffered loss of loved ones, health problems and depression from isolation. As we look forward to this year, we still have the same problems, but maybe we can solve them with the help of our Lord. We can bring Christ deeper into our lives by attending church more often and reflecting on what our faith means to us. As Pastor Kim tells us, “Do not hesitate to reach out and lean on one another in prayer. One of the greatest gifts Jesus has given us is relationship. We don’t travel alone.


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Your thoughts on NCR’s 2021 news https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/07/your-thoughts-on-ncrs-2021-news/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 09:23:33 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/07/your-thoughts-on-ncrs-2021-news/ NCR has chosen Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez as our Journalist of the Year 2021. Gomez “has wasted the majority of his presidency fighting cultural war battles, like this year’s over politicians and” Eucharistic consistency “and against racial movements and other social justice movements”. The letters have been edited for length and clarity. To […]]]>

NCR has chosen Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez as our Journalist of the Year 2021. Gomez “has wasted the majority of his presidency fighting cultural war battles, like this year’s over politicians and” Eucharistic consistency “and against racial movements and other social justice movements”. The letters have been edited for length and clarity. To join the conversation, follow the instructions below.


I am appalled that this Archbishop has been selected to win an award. Why would such a shameful and negative member of the hierarchy be presented to us as worthy of esteem?

NANCY URANKER
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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The editorial, “NCR’s Newsmaker of 2021: Archbishop Gomez, a failed culture warrior”, could more specifically read “NCR’s wall of shame 2021 edition: Archbishop Gomez, missed priest because he used the bloody sword of a warrior of culture rather than wearing the armor of God. “

They reap what they sow.

MICHAEL J. McDERMOTT
Tyler, Texas

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It’s amazing what one can learn by reading the instructions.

Why was the Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez not appointed cardinal? Although there was an exception in New York with Timothy Dolan becoming a cardinal during Cardinal Edward Egan’s lifetime, church tradition is that there is only one cardinal at a time and that the cardinal Roger Mahony is alive.

KEVIN CRONIN
Laguna Woods, California

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I think we should all thank God that the Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gomez, seems very hesitant to impose his reactionary and socio-theological views on the Archdiocese.

As the shepherd of America’s largest diocese, he is well positioned to do enormous damage beyond his sad leadership of the American Bishops’ Conference. Apparently he didn’t. God be praised.

JEFFREY JONES
Hamburg, New York

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The scowl of the 2021 NCR Newsmaker, Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez, perfectly reflects my response to his choice as the 2021 NCR Newsmaker. I understand the nature of that “award”, but there are some. certainly a lot more newsworthy because they actually contributed something to our struggling world in 2021.

What about, for example, those men and women of faith on the front lines who are fighting COVID-19 and the ignorance that has allowed it to spread across our country? What about the doctors and nurses and all the faith staff who have really made a difference to our church and to society over the past year? Or what about the teachers and administrators of our Catholic schools who have worked through thick and thin to continue to educate our children in the faith in these very difficult times?

Their loyalty, not Gomez’s rejection, makes them the most worthy men and women of 2021.

I shudder at the thought of the “reward” you have in mind for Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone.

BILL KRISTOFCO
Parkville, Maryland

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He does not appreciate the real gospel of the Lord and has indulged in the right-wing political machine in the United States. I suspect he thinks he’s doing the work of the church and of the Lord, but he’s just a stooge on the right. – wing the fools and actively help and encourage the overthrow of what was once a somewhat democratic system.

It’s a shame he’s too stupid to figure this out and doesn’t see how he let himself be used by these criminals. Poor man he is.

JOE QUINN
Dallas, Texas

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My wonderful mom sends me NCR articles every now and then. I learn something new with each article and sometimes I get excited by what I read.

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez issued a 1,200-word statement describing disagreements over policies that “would advance moral evils” after President Joe Biden’s victory.

Gomez, take a look into your own backyard where the “politics” of covering up clergy sexual abuse is the ultimate example of moral evil. Wake up, take responsibility, and tell the truth about your role in the cover-up. Until then, Gomez, you’re a costume-clad impostor.

On the one hand, the church is pro-life. On the other hand, there is the cover-up, manipulation, intimidation, minimization and rejection of certain calls for help that have destroyed men and women mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It is not pro-life.

DAVID PIETRASANTA
Encino, California

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The article on the Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez describes the character of several prelates who, like Gomez, will never be elevated to the rank of cardinal. Our country is becoming more and more polarized and some prelates either encourage these divisions, which already divide the Catholic population, or exacerbate these divisions with their rhetoric.

Sunday morning should be a time for peaceful contemplation and a feeling of how we apply the teachings of Christ in our lives. We shouldn’t have to worry about where on the political spectrum our fellow parishioners find their comfort level. This last posture only serves to make us suspect our brothers and sisters of conforming to the worst stereotypes in which the media prefer to categorize the electoral population.

If we only think of our brothers in terms of politics when they occupy the adjacent bench, we will only see them through the prism of prejudice, thus labeling them for or against a given social problem. We only need to see each other in the light of fellow travelers on a personal pilgrimage under the aegis of the Church.

If Gomez and his like-minded fellow bishops don’t understand that all of our sheep belong to the fold, not just those who agree with them, he will have put Jesus’ teaching on the Good Shepherd to his ear. Some in the hierarchy, like Gomez, will not look for the lost sheep but will encourage others to look for different shepherds.

CHARLES A. LE GUERN
Granger, Indiana

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Kudos to NCR for having the courage and initiative to publish a well-deserved review of Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez for his shameful “leadership” of the American Bishops’ Conference.

This cleric is yet another example of clergymen following a trend out of fear rather than conviction. The entire institutional structure of the church is rotten with crawling opportunists. Pope Francis is to be pitied, for he is obliged to preside over this puny system, where, for decades or more, new bishops have been chosen, not for exceptional character traits, but to be docile “yes” men. The composition of the episcopal conference is a consequence of this modus operandi. I know, because I’ve been a part of it before.

NORTH CYRIL
Brampton, Ontario

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It certainly saddens me that the NCR chose Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez as its Journalist of the Year. Not because it was the wrong choice, but because it was the right choice regarding this man’s disappointment as the spiritual leader of the church.

In the Beatitudes, I am particularly drawn to: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. During such a tumultuous time, we expect our Spiritual Leaders to step up and protect those less fortunate than us. Instead, he engages in cultural wars attacking those who seek social justice.

I remember the words written in No man is an island by Trappist Bro. Thomas Merton on the measure of charity, that “the beginning of love is the willingness to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to match our own image “.

We, as Catholics, have a responsibility to protect those who are less fortunate than us. We must work for racial justice, work to reduce poverty, work for a fair and equitable distribution of wealth and accept everything in our Christian family. To open our hearts and minds to those who seek to be treated fairly. This includes the poor, the LGBTQ community, women, the elderly, the infirm, immigrants and those of other faiths. He must be by our side in these very difficult times.

STEPHEN G. SMITH
Commack, New York


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Aurora Church to Install Senior Minister on January 9 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/05/aurora-church-to-install-senior-minister-on-january-9/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 06:07:13 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/05/aurora-church-to-install-senior-minister-on-january-9/ Reverend Dr. Brandon Perrine will be installed as Senior Minister of the New England Congregational Church in Aurora during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, January 9. Members and friends are invited. Parking is free. The church is at 406 W. Galena Blvd. to Aurore. The Reverend Dr Terrill Murff, Acting Conference Minister Delegate, […]]]>

Reverend Dr. Brandon Perrine will be installed as Senior Minister of the New England Congregational Church in Aurora during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, January 9.

Members and friends are invited. Parking is free. The church is at 406 W. Galena Blvd. to Aurore.

The Reverend Dr Terrill Murff, Acting Conference Minister Delegate, Fox Valley Association of the Illinois Conference United Church of Christ, will be the guest preacher.

The service will be broadcast live and a video recording will then be posted on the church’s YouTube site.

A welcome coffee will follow the installation service.

The 8:30 am church service on Sunday January 9 will be canceled to allow everyone to participate in the installation.

Reverend Gary McCann recently celebrated his retirement after 35 years of ministry with the church.

Visit www.newenglandchurch.org for more information.

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Three Republican WA lawmakers used taxpayer dollars to attend Mike Lindell’s Election Plot Conference | https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/02/three-republican-wa-lawmakers-used-taxpayer-dollars-to-attend-mike-lindells-election-plot-conference/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 23:20:00 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/02/three-republican-wa-lawmakers-used-taxpayer-dollars-to-attend-mike-lindells-election-plot-conference/ This summer, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell hosted a three-day “Cyber ​​Symposium” in South Dakota, promising to provide “compelling” evidence that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump by hackers. The live-streamed three-day event, riddled with disproved conspiracy theories, produced no such evidence and ended embarrassingly when even some of Lindell’s own guest experts said […]]]>

This summer, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell hosted a three-day “Cyber ​​Symposium” in South Dakota, promising to provide “compelling” evidence that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump by hackers.

The live-streamed three-day event, riddled with disproved conspiracy theories, produced no such evidence and ended embarrassingly when even some of Lindell’s own guest experts said the data breach that he had bragged about was absurd.

Dozens of state lawmakers from across the country were in attendance at the Sioux Falls Symposium, who repeated Trump and Lindell’s false story of fraud, demanding audits of the long-standing settled election.

Among them were three Republicans from Washington, whose trips to Lindell’s event were paid for with taxpayer dollars.

Public documents released to the Seattle Times last week show that state officials Robert Sutherland, R-Granite Falls, Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver and Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, requested and received reimbursement for the expenses of the Legislative Assembly for the symposium. In total, the state paid $ 4,361 for their hotels and flights.

The three lawmakers have stoked doubts about the 2020 election, claiming widespread fraud and irregularities across the country and in Washington – even as they touted their own re-election victories last fall. Kraft and Klippert are running for Congress in 2022. Klippert challenges Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, in the 4th Congressional District.

Klippert, who did not respond to a request for comment, sponsored several bills during the 2020 legislative session aimed at changing the state’s electoral system, including a proposal to suppress ballots mail and return to voting in person with photo ID.

They are also among 186 state lawmakers nationwide who have signed a letter from Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers calling for “forensic audits” in all 50 states and potentially withdraw the certification of election results.

The use of public money – albeit a relatively small sum – to subsidize lawmakers’ trip to the Lindell Conspiracy Festival has been criticized by the head of a national nonprofit that fought against false election declarations.

“The Mike Lindell Symposium was prima facie a conspiracy theory designed to undermine faith in American democracy. It shouldn’t have been funded by taxpayer dollars in any way, and no one in the public service should have attended it, ”said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, a liberal-leaning group that has Filed lawsuits and public registration applications to document ongoing efforts by Trump loyalists to cast doubt on the 2020 election results.

Lindell has become a leading provider of weirdly bogus election stories – repeatedly claiming Trump would be reinstated as president last year – and says he spent $ 25 million on his efforts.

In emails last week, Kraft and Sutherland defended their participation in the pillow mogul’s symposium, saying they would use the information gleaned there to craft election-related legislation they will present at the next legislative session.

Sutherland said voters in his legislative constituency were “very suspicious” of the 2020 election results “and for good reason …”

“My constituents demanded that I and others do something about this. So I embarked on a journey to learn all I could about our electoral system (s), particularly in Washington State and Snohomish County, to see if their concerns were legitimate.

Sutherland has long denied the election results, telling his Facebook followers in December 2020 to “prepare for war” and suggesting that the election was “a coup” that could spark a second American Civil War.

Sutherland also visited the election audit in Maricopa County, Ariz. This summer at his own expense, he said. (This exercise widely criticized by a private company called Cyber ​​Ninjas ended without finding proof of a stolen election, and validated President Joe Biden’s victory in the state’s most populous county.)

Sutherland then invited some people involved in the Arizona audit and Lindell Symposium to a public hearing at a Snohomish church in August, where they repeated claims that millions of votes were reversed, including at Washington.

Kraft said she attended the event in South Dakota “to learn more about what a full forensic audit process looks like, how hackers might hack an electoral system and to meet with other legislators working on this issue. The conference helped me achieve these goals.

At the conference, Kraft took the stage, calling Lindell’s event “very important” and denouncing Washington’s mail-in voting system and vaccination warrants. She also tweeted a photo of herself with Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief political strategist who was charged with refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol – a event sparked by Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election.

On January 6, Kraft backed Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign to block congressional certification of the election, writing on Facebook that “as a lawmaker you will have to question and reject the results and the electoral votes counted today ”.

State House Chief Clerk Bernard Dean said state lawmakers have enough leeway to be reimbursed for travel expenses for events related to their legislative work. Each member has an annual allowance of $ 9,000 for such trips.

Typically, Dean said, the House administration does not judge the relevance of lawmakers’ travel decisions, as long as they can justify the “connection” to their official duties.

In some cases, the connection is obvious, such as when lawmakers attend events hosted by the non-partisan National Conference of Legislatures, Dean said. In other cases, the legislator is asked to provide a justification.

Email tapes show lawmakers pleaded for Lindell’s event, with Kraft telling House administrators she wanted to attend “to better understand how and what processes were broken in our election to across the country last year “.

Such explanations were sufficient and the trip was approved.

Republican State House Leader JT Wilcox said the dean’s office asked him “generally” about the symposium request and responded that the office should ask lawmakers to provide justifications for the trip.

When asked if he thought his caucus’ participation in the event was appropriate, Wilcox replied: I am not in favor of giving them a political litmus test. It seems that this judgment belongs to the voters.

Biden won the 2020 election with 306 votes to 232 for Trump and garnered an additional 7 million votes nationwide, according to officially certified results in all 50 states.

Trump and deniers such as Lindell refused to accept the result and, almost a year later, continued to argue that the result was not legitimate.

Their lies could have legal consequences. Dominion Voting Systems filed a $ 1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Lindell, claiming that his false claims that the company’s voting machines were rigged had seriously damaged the company’s reputation. The company also sued former Trump attorneys Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell over similar allegations.

In August, a federal judge dismissed their requests to dismiss the case, writing that Lindell’s claims of “a large international conspiracy ignored by the government but proven by a spreadsheet on an internet blog are so inherently unlikely that alone a reckless man might believe it. . “

Denial of the 2020 election results has become a litmus test for many Republican candidates across the country, although top Republicans in Washington, including Wilcox and State GOP Chairman Caleb Heimlich, have generally defended the accuracy of the vote count here.

Evers said he was amazed that even after the embarrassing collapse of Lindell’s Symposium, some elected officials continue to echo his claims while seeking a higher post. “The proof that people who aspire to public power see the Big Lie as their ticket is an insidious development,” he said.

Kraft and Klippert are among many pro-Trump Congressional candidates running in Washington for the 2022 midterm. Both challenge Republican incumbents who have broken with most of their party and voted to impeach Trump for his conduct during the assault on Capitol Hill on Jan.6, when he refused for hours to take action to protect Congress from rioters motivated by his electoral lies.

Kraft is appearing in the 3rd Congressional District of Southwest Washington against Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground. Klippert challenges Newhouse.

It appears that Klippert and his supporters viewed attendance at Lindell’s Symposium as politically beneficial, according to posts obtained through an application for registration and posted online by American Oversight.

In a text message in August, a Klippert campaign volunteer asked him to confirm his presence so that they could “blow him up” on social media.

Klippert also texted another congressional candidate on August 12, saying he was at the symposium.

“I wish you were here! It would have, in many ways, put you one step ahead of your opponent!” He wrote.


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“The Climate Conversation Will Define Us” – Anglican Journal https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/01/the-climate-conversation-will-define-us-anglican-journal/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 14:14:55 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/01/01/the-climate-conversation-will-define-us-anglican-journal/ Thoughts on a disappointing climate conference and a loving pledge Greenfield, left, with daughter Hannah. Photo: contributed i was involved in the Anglican Church’s response to the climate crisis for a few years now. At one point, at first, I proudly told my teenage daughter Hannah that I said no to an invitation to serve […]]]>

Thoughts on a disappointing climate conference and a loving pledge

Greenfield, left, with daughter Hannah. Photo: contributed

i was involved in the Anglican Church’s response to the climate crisis for a few years now. At one point, at first, I proudly told my teenage daughter Hannah that I said no to an invitation to serve on my diocese’s climate response committee. It is so important to be a role model without over-committing!

My beautiful daughter interrupted me. In fact, she said, if there was one thing she really wanted from the church, it was for her to be active in this discussion. So I went back to church and agreed to be part of the committee. (Turns out I was the first person to agree, so maybe – if I could chair the committee too?)

This work has become one of the most beautiful, stimulating and faith-forming activities that I do. I accompanied the committee throughout the process of creating a series of recommendations to guide our diocese in recognizing and responding to the current climate emergency. I have met people I would never have had the honor of meeting otherwise. And I learned. I learned a bit about climate science and something about emission reductions. And I’m still learning a lot about righteousness in dealing with people and with Creation.

And so, when For the Love of Creation, a grouping of faith communities and Canadian organizations concerned with climate justice, called for volunteers to serve as virtual delegates to COP26, the United Nations climate conference, I applied. As my manager reread my application, I told him that it was unlikely that anything would come of it, but they chose me.

Airplane engine pollutants are particularly harmful to the atmosphere, and our choice not to fly to a conference on reducing emissions from human activities was born out of our desire to align our actions and our values. So I was happy that our participation did not aggravate the issue of the shows. But I have also discovered that virtual participation in a conference like this is difficult.

The strangest part was flipping between the screens, without the time to wander my body between the rooms – without the time in the hallways and pubs to let the multiplicity of truths settle in the bones and the breath. One minute, I watched a parade of world leaders make carefully worded statements about the commitments they could safely make. The next second, in the movement of the screen, my heart was taken to hear the indigenous rulers of the islands of Panama explain that some of these islands are now extinct. My body remained still (except, of course, for the pilgrimage to the kitchen to boil my drinking water and turn it into coffee). Flick — my heart was with a new screen. This time, Canada’s Indigenous leaders spoke about their small-scale renewable energy projects being done in good connection with the land and people. Flick – now a Chinese official in military uniform with prominent national flags is sending his message about the compromises he was unable to make. Flick – Now a Fijian minister is speaking out begging the Global North to act and take responsibility for action and finances while standing knee-deep in the ocean.

Then, at the end of each day, the For the Love of Creation delegation met to debrief and share our observations over another coffee. (It was actually 9 a.m. BC time; since the conference was in Glasgow, Scotland, I started almost every day at 3 a.m.) We lit candles and we had prayed for Creation. We wrote blogs to share our experiences and cover the truths we have heard from around the world. And we talked about faith and power.

Our fellow delegate, the Reverend Tony Snow, a minister of the United Indigenous Church, spoke to us about the struggles for Indigenous voices to be raised. Globally, indigenous peoples are the most affected by climate change and are most often the protectors of the earth. But we have not seen many indigenous delegations to official arenas of power influencing final decisions.

The Saturday following COP26, there were authorized announcements of agreements. For the first time since the start of the United Nations climate change conferences in 1995, fossil fuels have been identified as a major cause of climate change, and the need to end their use in human energy production has increased. been expressed. But the final wording was carefully toned down and, disappointed, I closed my screen. I cried and watched the rain.

And it rained. And it rained.

As I write these lines at the end of November, I am clicking on the news. British Columbia has declared another state of emergency. The last was in response to this summer’s dome of heat that killed people, plants, and animals – this summer of wildfires when all of Creation groaned. Now there is flooding; the water flowed through the roots of trees that no longer lived to absorb the rain. Mudslides and flooding are wreaking havoc in the province.

I look at my screen again. Click — the news, with a reminder that most of BC’s dairy products come from the flooded area. Stories of food shortages are circulating and grocery store shelves are emptying. Click: A friend’s social media post saying they’re safe but stuck between mudslides. Click — a screen full of toxic smoke rising above a flooded RV storage area. Click — more information on people, plants and animals killed. Creation groaned again.

This land contains the stories of the indigenous peoples who never ceded it – for example, the stories of Sumas Prairie, which was once a lake and supported the people and creatures who lived there before the farmers.

And now everyone — my family, friends, church and neighbors — is asking, what does COP26 mean? What have you learned? My heart moans.

I believe the answer to our climate crisis is going to be love. Not the kind of casual, easy loving, greeting card quote. I mean to be introduced, correctly, to Earth. Meet Earth like a mother, like someone you might have complicated feelings for. Keep that confused family feeling of gratitude for all that is received and accept the duties and obligations necessary to stay in a good relationship. I mean that love that requires calling and listening even when the message is hard to hear.

I think that means my daughter was right. The climate conversation will define us and the church must faithfully engage.

Reverend Alecia Greenfield is curate of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Vancouver. She is also Chair of the Diocese of New Westminster Climate Action Committee and a member of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia Social Eco-Justice Committee. From October 31 to November 13, she attended the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, often referred to as COP26, online as a member of the ecumenical initiative For the Love of Creation.


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Church in Europe must stop being nostalgic and look to the future, says Vatican expert | Catholic National Register https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/30/church-in-europe-must-stop-being-nostalgic-and-look-to-the-future-says-vatican-expert-catholic-national-register/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 21:39:16 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/30/church-in-europe-must-stop-being-nostalgic-and-look-to-the-future-says-vatican-expert-catholic-national-register/ In a dramatically de-Christianized Europe, the time is no longer for nostalgia for religious leaders, but for the active construction of creative minorities. This is what Andrea Gagliarducci, Italian journalist and Vatican expert, affirms in the conclusion of his delivered dedicated to the fifty years of existence of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE). […]]]>

In a dramatically de-Christianized Europe, the time is no longer for nostalgia for religious leaders, but for the active construction of creative minorities. This is what Andrea Gagliarducci, Italian journalist and Vatican expert, affirms in the conclusion of his delivered dedicated to the fifty years of existence of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE).

Prefaced by the President of the Council between 2016 and 2021, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Cristo speranza dell’Europa, 50 anni della Chiesa europea tra passato e futuro (Christ, hope of Europe: 50 years of the European Church between past and future) offers keys for reflection on the vocation of this institution in the light of its history, marked in its beginnings by the profound changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council within the Church, then by the collapse of the communist regimes on the continent .

In this interview with the Registry, Gagliarducci – a veteran Vatican analyst for the Catholic news agency EWTN and ACI Stampa – discusses the relevance of such an institution in today’s world, as well as the great challenges facing it. expect the Catholic Church in Europe in the years to come.

What is the real influence of the CCEE in today’s Europe, where the Church is constantly losing ground? What is its vocation and its relevance?

If we’re looking for some kind of political impact, it’s hard to claim that there is. CCEE brings together Episcopal Conferences from across Europe, but it has yet to have coordinated efforts to have an impact as a whole. Rather, it is a kind of group that finds common ground and problems, but then lets each episcopal conference work its way. For example, family issues are always a big part of the discussion, but then every bishops’ conference in their own nation finds a way to move the issue forward.

The true vocation of CCEE is to constitute a working group on pastoral questions. From the start it was conceived as a kind of club of friends, as the European bishops discovered that they had a common history, values ​​and challenges during Vatican Council II.

But let me add this: although the work of CCEE has no visible impact, I would say that its existence was important for Europe, because at least it showed the bishops that they were not. alone. This is important now, it was even more important when the CEEC was created and Europe was still divided by the Iron Curtain.

What are the major challenges facing the Conference today, compared to 50 years ago?

Fifty years ago, when half of Europe was under atheistic and anti-religious regimes, there was still a religious sentiment which found its main expression in religions. Secularization was not as developed as it is today. Nowadays, not only has secularization grown, but it has also gradually become more and more aggressive. Fifty years ago, the language of the Church – let’s call it that – was not as demonized as it is today. Today there is a new language which, in fact, kills everything. The Church’s message has not changed. The world has changed. The tools of war are more refined. Christianity is in danger of being culturally destroyed from the continent.

And that’s the biggest challenge, I would say. It is no longer a question of being together and of contributing to European construction. The Church can no longer even contribute, or if she does, she must do it the way the world does. Otherwise, the Church becomes the victim of visible and subtle attacks.

On the issue of religious freedom, which occupies a preponderant place at an unprecedented level since the founding of the CCEE, what tools does the conference have to defend its flock?

The theme of religious freedom has been a powerful tool that the Holy See has given to bishops and that Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, Saint John Paul II, has helped to develop. By participating in the Helsinki Agreements which led to the creation of the OSCE, the Holy See proposed a paragraph on respect for religious freedom in each country involved in the discussions and in the future organization. This was a boost, since the paragraph also required the Soviet Union to comply with it. And the Soviet Union, the promoter of the talks and indeed the country that invited the Holy See, agreed to the inclusion of this paragraph. Cardinal Wojtyła, who at the time was Archbishop of Krakow, immediately saw the opportunity to hammer home the communist system via the tool of religious freedom. He brought the issue to the CCEE table, and the European bishops also thought it was an opportunity for them to speak out.

I dare say that the shared understanding of the importance of religious freedom contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall some 15 years later. The fact that the bishops have spoken out on the issue of religious freedom, seize the moment and exploit it, has become a kind of precedent. Nowadays, it is a powerful tool whenever the faith is discriminated against or attacked. It’s incredible to say, but it also happens in Europe.

The title of your book – Christ, the hope of Europe – refers to the post-synodal exhortation of John Paul II Ecclesia in Europe. Why did you choose this title?

John Paul II understood that with the fall of the Berlin Wall, Europe was going to be a real center of interest for the bishops. Things would change and the transition from the Communist regime to freedom was going to be difficult. He convened two special Synods on Europe, the first in 1991 and the second in 1999. The first aimed to recognize what was happening, the second to settle certain problems and to reach out for the future. It was interesting to me that the post-synodal exhortation Ecclesia in Europe, published in 2003 (four years after the second synod) focused on Christ as hope for Europe. Much has been said about re-evangelization, secularization and new challenges. Not only does this document contain clues to all modern problems, but it also provides them with an antidote, which is Christ. Thus, the title of the book is at the same time a tribute to John Paul II, who already helped as cardinal to energize the CCEE; and a tribute to the prophecy of John Paul II in anticipating the challenges of today.

You also develop the idea that the European divide, which was once between East and West, is now between North and South. What are the dynamics of such a division and what impact does it have on the Church?

When I talk about the East and the West and the North and the South, I am not just talking about geography. The East-West dialectic was very present in the days of the Iron Curtain, and it was clear that the Western world knew a quota of freedom and wealth that the peoples of the East could not. East and West talk about the differences between a free society and a state-run society. North and South speak of the difference between developed and less developed societies. Now that the Iron Curtain has fallen, there are still differences between East and West, and sometimes it seems that one cannot get rid of the Eastern mentality when visiting some countries previously of the other side of the Iron Curtain.

However, this difference is increasingly blurred, as economic imbalances have grown enormously. A gap has closed, and yet it is still present. The other gap has exploded. The impact on the Church has been enormous, as the Church has yet to resolve the East-West divide. There is a long road of reconciliation (with history, first) to come. The countries of Eastern Europe still think that the countries of the West did not get what they experienced. Thus, bishops and priests, with their knowledge and initiatives, are always working to heal the wounds of the past. In the meantime, they must take care of the new imbalances, they must take care of the primary needs of the population. These needy people don’t care less about the hurts of the past, and neither do wealthy people. As a result, the Church in Europe is still determined to find a real balance on how to fill the two gaps and end the imbalances. Not an easy task, I know.

Noting that “Christianity has shaped Europe and vice versa”, you write that looking to the past is not used to recover a glory that no longer exists. What role should the Catholic Church play in the future of the Old Continent?

The Catholic Church can be the future of the continent if the Catholic Church functions like the Catholic Church. When I speak of a glory of the past that no longer exists, I mean that there is too often a certain nostalgia for the times when the Church was glorious and heard. This nostalgia must end, because we are not living in this world now.

But the Church is committed to building a new world. It must be. The role of the Church today, in my opinion, is to nurture and nurture the creative minorities of Catholics in every country. Many small creative minorities will build a larger community of Christians engaged in politics, society and culture. However, first we need creative minorities. This means that the Church does not have to look for the big numbers, but is now called to look for the good numbers. That is, people who really believe and who really have the mindset to build a new world. If the Church does this, not only will it survive, but it will generate a new generation and hope can be restored. Otherwise, the Church will be marginalized and ultimately not heard at all, seen as one voice, and a small one, among the rest.


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English cardinal: Stop closing churches because of COVID https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/27/english-cardinal-stop-closing-churches-because-of-covid/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 09:04:02 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/27/english-cardinal-stop-closing-churches-because-of-covid/ LEICESTER, United Kingdom – As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to be briefed on the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has pleaded with the government not to close churches if restrictions are reimposed in England . The Archbishop of Westminster was speaking to the BBC ahead of Christmas Eve mass, […]]]>

LEICESTER, United Kingdom – As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to be briefed on the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has pleaded with the government not to close churches if restrictions are reimposed in England .

The Archbishop of Westminster was speaking to the BBC ahead of Christmas Eve mass, where he said churches were “not places where we are spreading the virus”.

The Omicron variant has surged in the UK over the past month, becoming the dominant variant in the country.

There were 122,186 confirmed cases on Friday, the latest figures available.

The UK’s constituent countries are primarily responsible for their own COVID policies, and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have imposed restrictions on social gatherings from December 26, though these will be well below full foreclosure and have not closed the Houses of Worship.

Johnson has resisted the imposition of restrictions in England, but said he would not hesitate to change course if the data indicated it was necessary.

Over 82% of the eligible population received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, while over 56% received a third booster dose. Data has also shown that the Omicron variant is less dangerous than previous types of COVID, which means it causes fewer people to go to the hospital. However, it is highly transmissible and the large number of people infected with the virus could put pressure on the National Health Service (NHS).

Ahead of Christmas, Johnson urged people to get their boosters.

The Prime Minister said: “get stung not only for themselves, for ourselves, but for friends and family and everyone we meet”.

“It is, after all, the teaching of Jesus Christ, whose birth is at the heart of this huge festival – that we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves,” he said.

In his remarks to the BBC, Nichols sent a message to Johnson and his government ministers: “I would sincerely ask that they no longer consider closing churches and places of worship. “

“I think this country has shown that people can make good judgments themselves. We’re at this point of saying we understand the risk. We know what to do. Most people are sane and careful. We don’t need stronger impositions to teach us what to do, ”the cardinal said.

Meanwhile, the Bishops of Scotland – who have a separate Episcopal Conference in England and Wales – have decided to delay the reimposition of the compulsory Sunday Mass, which was due to begin on New Years.

“As Advent began, the Bishops of Scotland looked forward to welcoming the faithful back to Holy Mass and foresaw that the reestablishment of Sunday obligation might be possible as we begin the New Year. Unfortunately, the situation has seriously worsened and the reinstatement of the obligation will be postponed to a more favorable time, ”the bishops said in a statement.

“For us Sunday is always a holy day, and we invite those who cannot be with us in person to continue to join us in prayer and spiritual communion either through personal or family prayers or through Mass celebrations online, “the statement read. continued.

“We ask everyone to continue praying for a quick end to the pandemic and for the good health of you and your loved ones in 2022. We also pray for all those who have passed away in 2021 and those who are grieving. May Our Lady of the Health of the Sick pray for us and that Saints André and Marguerite protect us ”, declared the bishops.

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Adventist Church in North America Partners with Local Hospital to Offer Two COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/25/adventist-church-in-north-america-partners-with-local-hospital-to-offer-two-covid-19-vaccination-clinics/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 13:00:49 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/25/adventist-church-in-north-america-partners-with-local-hospital-to-offer-two-covid-19-vaccination-clinics/ On December 12, 2021, the sun rose on a cool afternoon as a flood of personal vehicles pulled into the parking lot of the North American Division Headquarters. Once parked, people of all ages were greeted and directed inside to the second COVID-19 vaccination clinic held this fall at headquarters. The clinic, hosted by the […]]]>

On December 12, 2021, the sun rose on a cool afternoon as a flood of personal vehicles pulled into the parking lot of the North American Division Headquarters. Once parked, people of all ages were greeted and directed inside to the second COVID-19 vaccination clinic held this fall at headquarters. The clinic, hosted by the NAD Public Affairs and Religious Freedom Department in partnership with Howard County General Hospital, used the Charles E. Bradford Conference Center on the building’s first floor. For some, it was a return for a second injection after receiving their first vaccination on November 21. For others, it was either a booster or a first vaccination.

“On behalf of the Department of Public Affairs and Religious Freedom, a big thank you to our NAD family for making the immunization clinics and giveaways a huge success,” said Melissa Reid, event organizer and associate director of the PARL.

“Community events like this are essential in helping us immunize as many people as possible, taking us one step closer to ending the pandemic,” said Ben Bigelow, director of the mobile team at COVID-19 vaccination, Johns Hopkins Health System. . “This event was a huge success, and we are grateful to NAD for allowing us to use their building.”

An elderly patient prepares for a COVID-19 vaccination at NAD headquarters, where he hosts a clinic in partnership with Howard County General Hospital, the Johns Hopkins Health System’s COVID-19 mobile vaccine team. [Photo/screenshot by Pieter Damsteegt]

During the first clinic, a total of 255 community members were vaccinated (6 first or second dose for adults; 131 third dose / booster; and 118 pediatric doses). In the first half hour of the event, 75 people were served. We were also able to distribute a pallet of yams, Irish potatoes, squash, onions and bananas to 100 families in less than 90 minutes.

The number of people seen at the second clinic on December 12 increased to a total of 415 (17 adult first or second dose; 228 third dose / booster dose; and 170 pediatric doses). Bags of products were again distributed to 100 families.

As community members left the NAD, many expressed their thanks, satisfied with the smooth and organized vaccination process. One patient, who declined to share his name, said he was hospitalized in January 2021 with COVID-19 and is now receiving a boost. “It’s a beautiful building and a great location,” he shared. “I’m glad I found out that the clinic is taking place here. It means a lot that a religious organization opens its doors to the community.

Felicia Ward, another local resident, agreed, saying, “I live here in Colombia, so I came here because it was convenient for us. And it was easy for us to get an appointment. Ward, who came with another family member, added: “I think it’s important for us to get the vaccine to help slow this down and really get back to what life is like normally.”

Mandy Leblanc, from Highland, brought her two children, aged seven and nine, for their immunizations. “I think the clinic was great. It was quick; it was easy; it was good. The kids were a little scared, but it’s important to help them stay safe and healthy and do the things they love.

Leblanc plans to continue next month with the second shot. “I think it’s great to be able to partner with the community and help build that relationship. See you soon guys [for] the next one, ”she finished.

In addition to Howard County Hospital employees and volunteers, NAD staff also participated, including helping with the setup and welcoming visitors.

Two staff from the Johns Hopkins Health System in Howard County, Md., Instruct visitors to the NAD COVID-19 vaccination clinic where to go. [Photo by Brian Patrick Tagalog]

Two staff from the Johns Hopkins Health System in Howard County, Md., Instruct visitors to the NAD COVID-19 vaccination clinic where to go. [Photo by Brian Patrick Tagalog]

“Special thanks to our amazing NAD administration, our facilities services team, our on-call staff, our security team, our volunteer hostesses and members of the local church who facilitated the distribution of the products,” said Reid. . “We were even helped by [sic] some of our friendly staff kids! We are especially grateful to our ministerial partners, especially Adventist community services, publishing and stewardship ministries, for providing disposable bags, sharing literature, and children’s activity pages.

This is not the first time that NAD has organized a health clinic at its headquarters. The division opened its doors to welcome health and well-being screenings and provided a place where people could get their flu shots. And with the help of volunteers, they also distributed food to people in the area at least twice.

“The volunteers responded positively; it really turned into friendship evangelism, ”Reid explained of one of the previous produce gift events. “God has shown us that he doesn’t always act the same. He just wants us to be consistent when it comes to our willingness to meet the needs of others.

“Thank you again for your partnership in ministry and for helping us reflect Christ’s message of hope and fullness to our neighbors in Howard County,” added Reid, of health partners and volunteers, as ‘she looks forward to the next vaccination clinic on January 9, 2022..

“We are delighted to be returning for a third clinic at NAD,” Bigelow said. “We have also partnered with individual Adventist churches in the area, and we know the partnerships we are building now will serve us after the pandemic as we continue to promote healthy practices in the community. “

This article was originally published on the North American Division News Site

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Hundreds of religious leaders demanding that Biden and other Democrats do more to do https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/23/hundreds-of-religious-leaders-demanding-that-biden-and-other-democrats-do-more-to-do/ Thu, 23 Dec 2021 16:09:00 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/23/hundreds-of-religious-leaders-demanding-that-biden-and-other-democrats-do-more-to-do/ “We cannot be clearer: you must act now to protect the freedom to vote of every American without interference and with the confidence that their ballot will be counted and honored,” the leaders said. said in a letter which was obtained by CNN and made public later on Thursday. “Passing comprehensive voting rights legislation must […]]]>
“We cannot be clearer: you must act now to protect the freedom to vote of every American without interference and with the confidence that their ballot will be counted and honored,” the leaders said. said in a letter which was obtained by CNN and made public later on Thursday. “Passing comprehensive voting rights legislation must be the top priority of the administration and Congress.”

The letter, which was originally addressed only to Biden and the Senate Democrats, but was later expanded to become an appeal to the entire chamber, comes as civil rights leaders and members of the Congressional The Black Caucus are increasing pressure on the Biden administration to pass voting rights legislation. after Republicans blocked two Democrat-led measures.

Congressional Black Caucus chair Joyce Beatty, a Democrat from Ohio, returned to Washington on Wednesday to hold an emergency meeting with the rest of the caucus, a source close to the planning of the meeting told CNN.

The push by religious leaders comes a week after Martin Luther King Jr.’s family called for “no celebration” of MLK Day – a federal holiday on the third Monday in January commemorating the rights icon’s birthday civic – without the passage of voting rights legislation. It also follows another effort by a group of young Americans who went on a 15-day hunger strike to demand action on the issue that ended earlier this week.

Martin Luther King III and his wife, Arndrea Waters King, organized the letter with several faith-based organizations. The African American Christian Clergy Coalition, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action and Faith in Public Life are among the organizers.

The religious leaders who signed the letter are from Muslim, Christian and Jewish traditions, including Reverend Canon Leonard L. Hamlin Sr. of the Washington National Cathedral, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg of the National Council of Jewish Women, and Rabbi Charles Kroloff , former president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

“We should be in a phase of extending, protecting and preserving the right to vote and that is why the redress must come to the federal government,” Martin Luther King III told CNN, noting that more than 30 projects of law restricting the vote were introduced. in state legislatures.

“This relic must disappear”

Leaders also called for passage of the John Lewis Advancement of Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, the two bills that Senate Republicans blocked, writing that “nothing – including systematic obstruction “should not stand in the way of the measures.

“We believe that the filibuster should be abolished,” King told CNN, adding that it had been used to block key measures such as the antilynching legislation and civil rights legislation. “This relic has to go. It’s really unfortunate that we have to have this discussion this time.… It should have been done already.”

Democrats have been frustrated by the lack of progress on some measures, including voting rights legislation, and many have called for eliminating or amending the filibuster. But they do not have the votes to end the reign amid a slim majority and opposition within their own party. The Senate filibuster rule requires 60 votes to advance most laws, and Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are against changing the rule to pass a law on the Senate. right to vote.

Sinema, who says she supports both bills, also supports the rule “to protect the country from repeated sweeping reversals in federal policy that would cement uncertainty, deepen divisions and further erode Americans’ confidence in our government. “said spokesperson John LaBombard. A declaration.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York spoke about passing a voting rights bill next year in a private conference call with other Democrats on Tuesday night and said that “the foundation of our democracy – free and fair elections – is at stake,” a Democratic source told CNN.

“We need – for the sake of our democracy – to ensure that the Senate can debate and come to a final conclusion on voting rights legislation this Congress. And soon,” Schumer said, according to the source.

That same night, Beatty asked the Senate, who is on recess for the holidays, to meet again to “send meaningful voting rights legislation” to Biden’s office.
Biden, who has said he’s ready to change the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, also vowed last week that he would continue to fight for voting rights, telling graduates of South Carolina State University that “this battle is not over” and urging lawmakers to pass the two voting bills blocked by Senate Republicans.

“We will continue the fight until we have finished it, and you will continue the fight, and we badly need your help,” he said during the graduation ceremony at the historically black university.

A deeper message than voting rights

As Biden and other Democrats pledge to continue fighting for the right to vote, religious leaders say lawmakers need to do more than just make promises. The Kings believe the President and Congress must do their utmost to ensure that there is a victory over the voting rights legislation.

“We have seen what happens when the White House and Congress put all of their power and effort into something that they support. We have seen it with the infrastructure bill,” said Arndrea Waters King to CNN, adding that this is why they and other activists will do it. cross symbolic bridges on MLK Day weekend. “We are physically crossing these bridges to say that you have stood up for the bridges, now is the time to stand up for the people.”

Dr Stephany Spaulding, pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said the letter sent another message besides protecting voting rights.

“Deeper than that is the reality that we can no longer continue to harness the life and pain of our communities,” Spaulding told CNN. “Every two to four years we see politicians come into sacred space, into our congregations, make promises to our members and say how life in this kingdom will improve for our congregations and our members. And then we find ourselves in times like this, where we are on the verge of a huge failure. ”

She continued, “As sacred as our confidence in them as politicians is, it is also sacred for them to stand up for the righteousness they speak of.”

This story has been updated to reflect the publication of the letter and its distribution to the entire United States Senate.

CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi, Sam Fossum, Eva McKend, Lauren Fox and Manu Raju contributed to this report.



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FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE NAMED BEST CHRISTIAN COLLEGE IN FLORIDA STATE https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/21/florida-southern-college-named-best-christian-college-in-florida-state/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 19:21:00 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2021/12/21/florida-southern-college-named-best-christian-college-in-florida-state/ LAKELAND, Florida, December 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – South Florida College was named the no. 1 Christian college in the Florida State for 2022 by EDsmart, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and independent rankings. Annie Pfeiffer of Florida Southern College, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo credit: Mikaela Reine. South Florida topped […]]]>

LAKELAND, Florida, December 21, 2021 / PRNewswire / – South Florida College was named the no. 1 Christian college in the Florida State for 2022 by EDsmart, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and independent rankings.

Annie Pfeiffer of Florida Southern College, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo credit: Mikaela Reine.

South Florida topped the list statewide with a score of 100, followed by Eckerd College (99.8), Palm Beach Atlantic University (99.0), Warner University (98.8) and Southeastern University (98.4).

The ranking only includes fully accredited colleges and universities. Rankings are based on affordability, student satisfaction, academic quality, and student achievement according to US Department of Education reports.

“We are proud of our religious tradition at South Florida College“, the president of the FSC, Dr. Anne B. Kerr noted. “Since our founding, we have intertwined the ideals of our faith in South Florida mission to prepare students through dynamic and committed learning to have a positive and consequent impact on society. “

South Florida College was established by the Florida Methodist Conference as the South Florida Institute in 1883, making it the oldest private college in the state. He was transferred to Land of lakes in 1922 and remains affiliated with the Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. The FSC became a United Methodist Historic Site registered in 2017.

“It’s important to recognize colleges and universities that go above and beyond,” said Tyson stevens, editor-in-chief of EDsmart. “Our goal is to showcase these schools and their commitment to higher education.

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Founded in 1883, South Florida College is the oldest private college in the state. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through more than 70 distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physiotherapy. South Florida has a 14: 1 student-faculty ratio, is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning, and has 30 NCAA Division II National Championships. Florida Southern is ranked 8th among “Best Regional Universities in the South” by American News and World Report in its 2022 guide “Best Colleges” and is included in The Princeton Review’s 2022 The best 387 colleges and the “Fiske College Guide 2022”. Colleges of Distinction 2021-2022 guide praises the AACSB-accredited Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise of Florida Southern, alongside the College’s School of Education and its Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Poets and Quants, American News and World Report, Fortune, and The Princeton Review further hail the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise and the Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences as the nation’s leading programs for business and nursing education. Home to the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, FSC has been on The Princeton Review’s nationwide list of the 20 “Most Beautiful Campuses” for 12 consecutive years. Connect with Florida Southern College.

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