first_imgMargaret Morgan, rector of Howard Hall, gave a talk titled “Reconciliation: Why Should I Seek It?” Wednesday night at Legends as part of Campus Ministry’s Theology on Tap series. The lecture focused on what reconciliation means, the differences between reconciliation and forgiveness and why reconciliation is important in every day life.“A life without reconciliation is self-isolation, moving farther and farther away [from other people],” Morgan said. “Changing our lives due to annoyance or hurt, cutting ourselves off from people.”Morgan said this reluctance to open up to others is natural for everyone.“As humans we can relate to that. We do this all the time,” Morgan said. “If I have learned anything as a rector or as a teacher, it is that we are a conflict-averse people. … We are a honest communication avoiding people.“We love to talk about ideas, movies, sports, “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” but we don’t like to say how we feel to one another. Specifically, we don’t like to say how we feel to one another when that person is sitting in front of us.”The importance of reconciliation is preventing this distancing of ourselves in a relationship with God, Morgan said.“A fundamental belief in the Christian faith is that God created me to be in relationship with God. … When I mess up in my relationship with God, I have a choice,” Morgan said. “I can ask for forgiveness or I can start to pack up my things and be okay with moving a little further away from God.”Morgan said people often question the sacrament of reconciliation because they don’t realize the bearing it has on one’s relationship with God.“Oftentimes I hear the question, particular about reconciliation and the sacrament of confession,” Morgan said. “People say, ‘Why do I have to go to confession? Why does it have to be a sacrament?’. … It is not just saying you are forgiven, but that there is a relationship that is restored in this moment and that happens in this moment of reconciliation.”Forgiveness, however, is not the same as reconciliation, Morgan said.“We often forget that and put those two things together,” Morgan said. “[Forgiveness] is often an intimate and private journey. It doesn’t require working or sitting with another person. The journey to forgiveness is its own story and one that is required before you can reconcile, but it is still its own story.”In order to reconcile with others, we must first look past the person’s mistake, Morgan said.“We have to surround ourselves with the memories of that relationship,” she said. “We have to remember who this person is, we have to remember who we are and the context of this person. … We have to remember that people are people and often there is more to them than a simple mistake.”Morgan said the sacrament of reconciliation is ultimately important to repair our relationship with God after having made a mistake.“God has reconciled himself to us and now we must reconcile ourselves to God,” Morgan said. “We need the physical signs to do that. We need the help of a community. We need to feel the emotions that go along with working up the courage to say we’re sorry, of admitting to ourselves ⎯ as well to Christ ⎯ what we’ve done wrong and the most important thing we need in the sacrament, is to hear someone say to us, ‘You are forgiven.’”Tags: Campus Ministry, God, Howard Hall, Margaret Morgan, Reconciliation, Sacraments, Theology on Taplast_img read more

first_img 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Johnson Michelle Johnson is an Instructional Design Manager for CUNA’s Center for Professional Development (CPD).   Her primary responsibility is to develop the volunteer training programs for CUNA.  In this role, … Web: www.cuna.org Details On October 20, 2016, credit unions nationwide will join together for International Credit Union Day (ICU Day), a global celebration of the movement’s history, values and achievements. On top of being a fun commemoration to our impact on the financial services industry, ICU Day is a reminder of our cooperative spirit, of the capacity of credit unions around the world to work together.Another such reminder will appear January 15-18, 2017, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, during CUNA Volunteer Conference. A venue for volunteers to catch up on industry developments, network with their peers and discuss key issues in the movement, this conference embodies cooperative values every year.For the first time, CUNA Volunteer Conference will be held in cooperation with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU), a trade and development organization for financial and non-financial cooperatives that represents more than 200 credit unions in the Caribbean Diaspora with more than $4 billion in assets.CUNA, WOCCU and CCCU are working together on this event to address a serious, pressing need in the Caribbean region: To provide vital training opportunities to Caribbean credit union volunteers.“By virtue of its location, the Caribbean doesn’t have the same quantity of live training events that credit unions in the states enjoy,” says Ralph Wharton, General Manager at Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions. “This means that volunteers do not have as many opportunities to engage with fresh ideas, new perspectives and innovative approaches—or, essentially, to grow.”Through the collaboration, CUNA, WOCCU and CCCU will aggressively raise awareness for the CUNA Volunteer Conference in the Caribbean and actively work to bring volunteers from the region to the event. Caribbean volunteers will receive a rare opportunity to update their knowledge in expert-led sessions on major topics, including economics, regulations, millennials, and governance, risk and compliance (GRC).They’ll also have the chance to network with stateside credit union volunteers, creating professional connections that will help them stay connected to the industry developments long after the conference ends.The benefits of this cooperation, however, aren’t only heading the Caribbean’s direction.“For American volunteers, this is a unique opportunity to learn about a seldom-examined corner of the credit union movement and see the challenges of cooperative finance for those outside of the U.S.,” notes Victor Miguel Corro, Vice President Member Services, Education & Training at World Council of Credit Unions. “It’s a mutually beneficial international collaboration.”Events like the 2017 CUNA Volunteer Conference make the movement more integrated, more united and stronger. When we all stay connected to the global fraternity of credit unions, everyone—from America to the Caribbean and beyond—is better for it.To learn more about the CUNA Volunteer Conference, visit training.cuna.org/cvc.last_img read more

first_imgThe announcement wasn’t all that surprising considering the crappy teams the Pelicans had put around Davis, but what followed further soured his public image. Paul released a short list of teams with which Davis would re-sign that included the Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks before Davis made a confusing TV appearance during All-Star Weekend announcing all 29 other teams were on his list. That didn’t sit well with Pelicans fans and gave the public the idea that Davis was sending out mixed signals. Davis has been a fascinating case study in how the public views uber-talented players. He started out as a darling of all, the indisputable first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft who went to New Orleans and immediately dominated, putting up statistics that were unprecedented for players his age. His 30.81 Player Efficiency Rating in 2014-15 is the 13th best of all time and by far the best mark ever for a 21-year-old. “We’re talking and trying to help each other out,” Davis said after the game of his relationship with James, according to ESPN. “The more we can do that, the easier the game will be for us and our teammates.” Davis has made only two postseason appearances but was brilliant in both. He averaged 31.5 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game while being swept by the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and absolutely dismantled the No. 3 seed Portland Trail Blazers before bowing out to the Warriors again in the second round in 2018. The polarized discourse around how good Davis really was intensified. He could never quite seem to put it all together from both a team and an individual standpoint. But I keep thinking about that old saying: Be careful what you wish for. The pressure is now on Davis in a way it never has been at any other time in his career. He’s on a better team, yes, but that means the excuses are gone and the expectations are higher. The spotlight in L.A. is a different animal from New Orleans, one of the NBA’s most apathetic fanbases. The Lakers have won the second-most championships of all time and have upheld a tradition of excellence that fans and the organization alike are desperate to return to this season.  Then came Davis’ 2018-19 season, one of the strangest for a star in recent memory. On Jan. 26, the Pelicans lost to the Spurs 128-112, moving the team to a disappointing 22-28 record following the success of the previous season. Two days later, Davis’ agent Rich Paul — who represents his good friend LeBron James and runs the Klutch Sports Group, in which James is heavily involved — announced that Davis was requesting a trade. But as Davis’ career continued and his Pelicans teams struggled to even make the postseason, some began to question Davis for the first time. If he was so talented, why couldn’t he carry his teams to success in the sport most influenced by superstars?  Aidan Berg is a junior writing about sports. He is also an associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Berg is the Word,” runs every Monday. Davis is somewhat in limbo right now, caught between the all-time great everyone wants him to be and the misplaced talent that we all saw last season. He’s got a lot riding on this campaign — not only to retain his reputation in the short term but to vault into the conversation as one of the greats. But Davis was eventually traded to the Lakers in June for a boatload of future assets. Davis got exactly what he wanted — he’s in the nation’s second biggest market, and he’s playing for perhaps the league’s signature franchise with one of the greatest players of all time in James. There’s also the fact that James is the perfect partner for Davis, or any other player for that matter. With his size, court vision and basketball IQ, he is perhaps the greatest passing forward ever. James will live to feed the Brow, and that’s been evidenced by reports from training camp that the two already have a strong connection. It was also proven by the team’s first preseason game Saturday night, where the two combined for 37 points on 14-for-26 shooting in a win over the Warriors. The Lakers desperately tried to set up a trade for Davis involving some of their promising young players, but after the deal ultimately fell through, the public nature of these negotiations contributed to these players underperforming as the Lakers sputtered to the 11th seed. Preseason excitement is great and all, but none of it matters once the regular season starts, and it damn sure doesn’t matter come playoff time. Davis is playing with one of the five greatest players ever; if he wants to take his place in basketball’s pantheon, he needs to come through this year. That means his usual stunning numbers and a case in the MVP race, but more importantly, a top three seed and a championship for the Lakers. No exceptions. Since USC football has a bye this week, this week’s column is going to focus on a topic I’ve been ruminating on for a few weeks now. As the NBA season approaches and the hype continues to build, I’m most interested to see one outcome: how Anthony Davis fares for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Then things got really ugly. Davis was held out of games by the Pelicans as trade talks continued. He only played sporadically after the trade deadline and missed the final seven games as the relationship between him and the Pelicans turned irrevocably icy. He showed up to the team’s final game wearing a “That’s all folks” shirt that, along with his unwillingness to honor his contract and the way that his agency handled the relationship with the Pelicans organization, pushed fans and media pundits alike to question Davis’ behavior and status as a true superstar. There were bad feelings all around: The Pelicans felt that Paul and the Lakers had tried to strongarm New Orleans into trading Davis to L.A. and seemed to take pleasure in denying the Lakers his services by turning down and leaking multiple trade offers. last_img read more

first_imgShay Given’s father has revealed his son gives all his payments for playing for the Republic of Ireland to charity.Lifford man Seamus Given says his son, 35, has donated all the cash form his 120 caps to others less-well-off.“Shay gives it all away to charity. It’s not hard to give up because it’s not a lot. “It was about (the equivalent to) €300 when he started out and it hasn’t gone up much since.“It’s not something Shay’s interested in. He only wants to play,” said Seamus.One of Shay’s biggest career moments came on Tuesday night when he helped the Boys In Green qualify for the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.Shay’s son Shayne, 7, was the proud mascot for the game. SHAY GIVES ALL HIS PLAYING FEES FOR IRELAND TO CHARITY REVEALS DAD was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Republic of IrelandSeamus GivenShay Givenlast_img read more