first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Stuart Kenworthy says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Comments are closed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Christopher Epting says: March 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm Started in January. Today, began 2 Samuel and Acts. Using Oxford Annotated NRSV with fine introductions and footnotes. It’s been a long time since I read the Bible through and am enjoying reading each book in its own integrity and context without skipping around. Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Jerry Emerson (Christ Church Dover DE) says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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A very important and sacred enterrprise and endeavor. And so good for the Episcopal Church. Thank you! Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC center_img March 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm On behalf of our church, St Matthew’s, Austin, I want to state clearly that the Bible Challenge is going well! Thanks Marek, for starting this, and Pat, for writing a comprehensive article. I believe this will be spiritually transformational for our parish. Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Sharon Kelso says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY March 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm We did this in a small Men’s Group last year. At the beginning we all thought no-way, however as we proceeded all the things mentioned above apply. We found ourselves time and again considering some basic principles like: “original Sin” “God’s Love” “a remnant” “the Law” “our pride”, etc. etc. As pointed out above, yes we Episopalians do feel biblically illiterate, but once doing this one realizes how much of our prayer book comes directly from scripture. Doing it in a small group, I think, really helps to keep one at it. I know I needed them to keep me going. Psalm 1:1 March 28, 2012 at 11:31 am On the website for Biblical Studies there is a guide for readings each day. It helps me to stay focused (I’m on day 87). It is, for me, a beautiful way to start my day and gives food for thought as well. I am grateful for the movement that got me back into bible study and reading. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA [Episcopal News Service] Thomas Butler’s days are busy and full; the Flourtown, Pennsylvania, lawyer is in and out of courtrooms, representing clients in commercial litigation lawsuits.But not before he’s met the Bible Challenge; to read the entire Bible in a year.“It’s a grounding for me each day,” said Butler, 65, a parishioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, who started last January and is anticipating completing the Bible by Easter.Then he wants to start all over again.“Reading the Bible from cover to cover is like running a marathon,” Butler said during a recent telephone interview from his office. “Okay, you’ve accomplished it but what have you really done? My conclusion thus far is that there’s a lot more to get out of the Bible and a lot more to be gained by continuing to read the Bible.”Which is something he’d never considered until he attended a friend’s memorial service at St. Thomas Church in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 26, 2011. The rector, the Rev. Marek Zabriskie, invited the congregation to join him in the Bible Challenge.“I’d never thought about reading the Bible before I heard Marek’s invitation,” he recalled. “It was a challenge which on that day struck me as something I wanted to do.”After starting with Genesis 1 he is nearing the Book of Revelation, and acknowledges it’s taken him more like 15 months, but says the extra time was well spent.“I used to get up maybe like everybody, rush around, jump in the shower, shave, get dressed, have a quick breakfast and do whatever I was supposed to do that day,” he said.“Now, I take a half-hour and read the Bible and think about it. I find I’m not rushing as much. It has given me a different context and background in which to view things that are going on in the world and in my life.”Zabriskie came up with the Bible Challenge in 2010 as a way to rejuvenate his own spiritual life.Like many busy clergy, “I was feeling spiritually and physically worn down after Christmas, after helping lead seven services in three days,” he said. He decided to challenge himself to read the Bible in a year.“After three to four days I found it so incredibly spiritually gratifying, that it felt like God put it on my heart to invite others,” he said. He sent an invitation to a few friends, then to church members and then to “those not in our church, who I play tennis with or socialize with and got the same response. I kept on promoting it. We had 50 people within 24 hours.”And the good news has continued to spread, nationally and globally. “Fifteen dioceses around the world are doing it; ten are in the United States,” he said. “There are 45 churches doing it now and many more going to start. I anticipate we could have members in over a thousand congregations by the end of this year.”The effort also led to creation of the Center for Biblical Studies (CBS), whose website notes that “many vibrant and growing churches share one thing in common-they have a strong commitment to reaching and reading the Bible.”“Reading the Bible on a daily basis will inspire many people to start new ministries, make important decisions and significant changes in their lives. It will give them strength and comfort as they face major life challenges and allow them to feel truly alive in Christ,” according to the website.The Bible Challenge (TBC) can be adapted for individual, congregational, and diocesan use. Although Zabriskie designed a one-year reading schedule it is adjustable for portions of the year, such as a Lenten series on the Psalms, or the New Testament, or a Gospel.Since its inception, the CBS board has picked up such supporters and advisors as Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Frank Griswold and biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann. People ages 13 to 93 in churches from England to Nigeria, Tanzania to Pakistan are participating.TBC encourages participants to read three chapters of the Old Testament, one psalm and one chapter of the New Testament each day. The readings can be downloaded on iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Nooks or CDs.Participants may start on any day they choose, using a variety of Bible translations, including The Message by Eugene Peterson and The Story by Zondervan as well as age-appropriate versions of the Bible, in order to reach all age groups, he said.They are asked to begin with Genesis 1-3, Psalm 1 and Matthew 1 on the first day, for example. A meditation posted on the website offers the context for group study: “Today is all about beginnings,” it says, including setting the stage for the creation story in Genesis and connecting it to the birth of Jesus in Matthew 1.Considering that “bridge” between the old and new testaments is one of the reasons Martha King, 66, a parishioner at St. Peter’s Church in Del Mar, California, in the Diocese of San Diego, joined TBC.King, a retired English teacher and current Sunday school teacher, is in her third year of Education For Ministry (EFM), a four-year theological education program in the Episcopal Church that includes Scripture study.“I like what I read in the sense of reflecting on the Bible as a whole,” said King. On March 22 she was on Day 81 of TBC, and had read Joshua 10-12, Psalm 68 and John 2.“There was a lot of conquering and tribal warfare and God bringing hail down and trapping the kings in their caves and Jesus throwing the moneychangers out of the temples. I can’t help but see a connection between the Gospel of John and the way Jewish people were tending their temple,” King said. “I definitely find myself more open to the lessons in church on Sunday.”TBC participants at Grace Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, started during Lent and are already noticing its effects, according to the Rev. Karl Schaffenburg, 55, the rector.“We’ve been a ‘Father Knows Best’ parish and [TBC] is empowering people to understand they’re called into ministries,” he said of the parish, which has an average Sunday attendance of about 128.“They ask questions they wouldn’t have asked in the past, are taking a deeper look at their own faith, becoming more thoughtful about it and more intentional in worship.”He adapted Sunday adult forums into discussion groups. It’s also drawn a handful of people from the community, non-Episcopalians “who frequently stay around for worship afterwards.”“We say that Scripture, tradition and reason are the three legs of our faith but we don’t spend a lot of time exploring them,” Schaffenburg added. “This allows us to explore, to understand why we believe what we say we believe.”The Rev. Merrill Wade, rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Austin, Texas, started two discussion groups to support TBC. About 50 people have signed up and are experiencing “a grand opportunity to talk about” scripture and understand it in a different way, he said.For instance, he says, consider the practice of temple sacrifice, including “grappling with the idea of a burnt sacrifice, of the priest as the butcher and the cook and the holy man, and getting a sense of what it was like to bring the animal to the altar,” he said.“You think of our lives — we have meatpackers who do it all completely out of our sight, most of us. It arrives as a gunky-looking thing with plastic wrap on it. Nobody prayed over it, nobody thanked the animal for giving up its life. At least in this (temple sacrifice) there was a sense of gratitude that the animal gave its life. Its throat was slit; it was killed, dressed, eaten. In some ways that seems more humane than what we do.”And tackling other questions: “Why is God in a constant conversation with Moses, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with Jesus? What does that say about the way all these texts we’ve woven together and the understanding that all of this was verbal dictation from God, yet Jesus had to go off by himself to pray?”The church, about five miles north of the campus of the University of Texas, has an average Sunday attendance of about 430.“We’re not solving problems, we’re learning about how misty the look-back is for us. That we just can’t possibly know what it was like to live in that world and how useful it is to stretch our imaginations.”Participants are seeing “how much distance there is between pre-monarchy Israel and the 21st century and Austin, Texas. This was a really different world, and they’re getting that,” he said. “The idea that the Bible is benign and God’s just speaking to us in a kind of fanciful way, the idea that the Bible is something easy to read and understand, that’s pretty well been stripped from their consciousness.”And then there’s that pesky belief that, despite four Scripture lessons weekly and a three-year lectionary cycle, many Episcopalians are biblically illiterate.The Rev. Paige Blair, 41, St. Peter’s rector, compares the encounter with TBC to living in Boston and taking the subway. “You can know the city like crazy by subway but … to actually find how it’s all connected on the ground really takes walking it, pounding the pavement.”“Our prayer book is replete with Scripture and … we hear a ton of it in church but it’s excised from its context” on Sunday mornings, she said. “We very happily cut and paste Scripture or have a lectionary insert so people don’t have to thumb through their Bibles” to recognize the connection. “It’s a bit unhinged from its incarnate reality, its 3-D reality in the Bible.”TBC gives people that context, added Blair, 41. St. Peter’s average Sunday attendance is 310 and all age groups are represented among the 40-some parishioners taking the Bible challenge, from high school students to retirees — even a couple of professors from a nearby Bible college.That’s in addition to the church’s three regular Bible studies. TBC participants are noticing a new 3-D reality.“Now they can see where the Decalogue rests in Exodus, where the Lord’s Prayer falls within the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain in Matthew and Luke, respectively,” she says.Blair said she is grateful to Zabriskie “that he heard the call to just try this himself and that he invited others to join him.“There are people in Pakistan, in the city where Bin Ladin was found, there are people all over the world engaging this wonderful journey because Marek heard the call of the Spirit and invited others to join him. That’s discipleship, right? This is a real gift.”—The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent with the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. 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first_imgTie, lazo, slips, Krawatte, ネ ク タ イ, 领带, cravate or in Croatian tie is a garment that everyone knows and knows. World brand, right?The tie is a symbol of men and the business world. And the fact that every man in the world will put a tie on himself at least once in his life speaks volumes about the strength of the tie / brand. I think out loud, how good it would be if a tie “was” a Croatian product, the whole world would know about Croatia.Could it be better than branding and associating with one such symbol? Tie = Croatia – the homeland of the tie.But let’s start from the beginning of the story that began as a scarf around the necks of Croatian soldiers, and today is the most widespread fashion detail in the world.One of the oldest stereotypes about Croats in Europe is that of Croatian belligerence, courage and cruelty. As Božo Skoko writes in his book “What are Croats like? in the 17th century, German and Swedish mothers allegedly threatened their mischievous children “ If you are not good, the Croats will come and take you away”, And that is exactly how the prayer was created centuries later” God save us from plague, famine, war and Croats “. Zrinski defended Europe by stopping the Turks under Siget of Hungary, and even Napoleon himself said of the Croats that he had never had braver and better soldiers. ” If he had only one hundred thousand Croats, he would conquer the whole world”.Without going deeper into history, but in the 17th century, thanks to many battles won, even against the Swedes, who until then were considered the best warriors in Europe at the time, the Croats became synonymous with light cavalry. Why is this very important, precisely because as warriors at the time who were not ordinary mercenaries or bandits, as evidenced by their neat and carefully decorated uniforms, it was the Croats who stood out with a previously unknown fashion detail in Europe – red scarves around his neck tied in a knot. The young French King Louis XIV. he began wearing a tie in 1646 when he was only seven years old and thus in some way determined the fashion standard of all French nobles. They soon adopted this new garment worn a la Croate (‘the Croatian way’), which also became the new root of the French word cravate. And so somehow the story about the tie began. Ties shown to the world by Croats.Shift of the Guard, Association of Historical Troops with a Tie led by the Tie Regiment / Photo: Dhar MediaToday is World Tie Day (October 18), and I can’t help but get the impression that, despite all the power of this “symbol”, we have not been able to position ourselves in the world as a tie is a Croatian product.However, we can freely expand this story to the question: Why are we ashamed of our Croatian greats? Why don’t we want to and don’t know how to use it for our tourist promotion? Why is a pen not our Croatian souvenir? People from all over the world use the pen every day, imagine that we have branded it well and whenever someone receives the pen, remember Croatia. Well that’s marketing and branding!Croatian inventors are responsible for great discoveries, discoveries that the world must know are from Croatia, especially if we talk in the context of Croatia as a tourist destination and branding the country. Why doesn’t the world know about Tesla, Penkala, Fraust Vrančić and all our other innovators who have indebted us. Why doesn’t the world know that Croats are deserving for parachute, torpedo, tie, Dalmatians, airship, rocket engine, ship’s compass… Where are the theme museums, amusement parks… for each of our prominent innovators visited by thousands of tourists? Where are the themed evenings celebrating the achievements of our innovators? This is how the tourist season is extended!DO YOU KNOW HOW PETER MIŠKOVIĆ INVENTOR steam bath, AS Tomislav Uzelac invented the first MP3 PLAYER AND THE M-PARKING, AS IVAN VUČETIĆ FATHER dactyloscopy – METHOD Fingerprinting, A MARIN SOLJAČIĆ is the first carried out experiments WIRELESS TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY, WHILE JOSIP BELUŠIĆ INVENTED THE SPEEDOMETER. THE LIST IS MUCH MUCH LONGER.We have the holy grail in the world of marketing, but five have pictures and there are no tonesWhat is the image and perception of Croatia in Europe? Are we recognized with something other than the sun and the sea, the Homeland War, famous athletes and Dubrovnik? Is that all we can offer and show?How to stand out in a sea full of fish? How do the “small” survive among the big ones? We have something to be proud of, praise and stand out. We have true and credible stories with which we can and must be different. We have the “holy grail” in the world of marketing and branding, not one but hundreds of them. Yes, we are full of life only unfortunately the world does not know that. What only others would make of just one story, let alone more than one.Photo: / Lana’s DuckAssIt just took place recently Imex Fair in Las Vegas (from October 10 to 12), otherwise it is the largest and most visited convention fair on the American market, which was attended by the Croatian National Tourist Board. In addition to the CNTB, eight co-exhibitors presented their offer at the 46,45 m2 stand, including the tourist boards of Zagreb and Dubrovnik, Valamar, Le Meridien Lav, Rixos Libertas, Katarina Line, Elite Travel and Intours.However, what caught my attention was the very poor performance of the promotion, ie the stand where the CNTB and its partners presented Croatia. What is the reason for such a poor performance of the stand, while on the other hand we have a tie and pen as Croatian and world-famous innovations, symbols, brands… which are again naturally and perfectly connected to the congress and business segment?When I asked the CNTB, they answered that this year’s appearance of the CNTB at the IMEX Las Vegas fair was realized in a somewhat simpler concept for several reasons. ” Namely, the fair was not planned and included in the Work Program in 2017, but due to the great interest of co-exhibitors (8 of them) it was decided that the performance will be realized with a simple and minimally large stand that will unite all Croatian entities. more acceptable performance costs. Also, the mentioned concept was chosen due to the fact that the funds for the IMEX fair in Las Vegas were not planned, and the costs of participating in congress fairs are extremely high compared to other fairs and even compared to ITB and WTM. Additionally, despite the fact that the stand was significantly simpler compared to the IMEX congress fairs in Frankfurt and the IBTM in Barcelona, ​​the costs of performing in Las Vegas were almost identical. Depending on the feedback from this year’s co-exhibitors, the possibilities of presenting the offer next year will be considered. Finally, we note that the IMEX fair in Las Vegas is a fair with pre-arranged meetings, which means that there are almost no random visitors, while the meetings themselves, as it was emphasized, are arranged before the fair. ” they pointed out from the CNTB. Regardless of the above, it is simply incomprehensible to me that Croatia still does not know how to use what it had, including pens and ties in this case.Looking at previous CNTB presentations at various fairs as well as at the ITB fair, where we were unrecognizable in the mass or game of cat and mouse to accept attention and 5 minutes of fame, ie the opportunity to present ourselves – we did not show creativity or attract attention. Again, we have something to be proud of and be different, and thus jump out of the crowd in the woods in communication. A couple of months ago, more precisely in July, after a public tender, he was selected new concepts and creative solutions appear at tourism fairs. Personally, I have not seen the performance live, ie the new design of the stands and the presentation, but from the available pictures I can currently conclude: beautiful, modern, correct, but sterile, without a soul and nothing special.And when we add to the whole paradigm how it is the concept of promoting our tourism, I ask myself out loud again: What will we stand out in the crowd? Is this a picture and the best possible presentation of Croatia? Don’t we have anything else to brag about and be recognizable by? Where did the red and white cubes go, what are we known for all over the world?To repeat, every man in the world will put a tie on himself at least once, and whenever someone receives a pen in his hands, he must remember Croatia. Pens and ties must be our main symbols, at least when we talk about congress tourism, as well as the branding of Croatia.In the world of marketing when you are “small” you have to be different, special, fast, creative and innovative, and we still brand ourselves as a brown cow as Seth Godin, marketing guru and author of the world bestseller Blue Cow would say. “The thing is simple: you have to be special, different, special. You have to have what others don’t have. You have to know how to inspire, and you will only be able to do that if you inspire yourself. Something that is especially deserving of being talked about, to be noticed. That is something extraordinary. New. Interesting. It’s a blue cow. Boring is invisible. The brown cow is boring ” points out Seth Godin.It is fascinating how hard we try to be a brown cow, and absolutely everything we have can be synonymous with the Blue Cow. We have all the predispositions from innovation, creativity, success, beauty and diversity – we have it all. What else do we want and need?Tie Days, the only Croatian and European festival dedicated to the tie phenomenon todayFortunately, the awareness of the origin of the necktie is proudly promoted by the Academia Cravatica institution, which is also the organizer of the only and the first European festival dedicated to the phenomenon of the necktie today.The festival began on Saturday with the installation of red ties on Zagreb’s monuments, organized by the Academia Cravatica institution, and after a multi-day program, today on the Square of St. As part of this festival, the Kravat Regiment held the last shift of the guard this season, which was also an overture to the central celebration that takes place on the European Square at 17 pm, with numerous guests.Back in 2013, after two years of preparations, Academia Cravatica made one of the most beautiful postcards from Croatia, when they set up a large tie installation around the Arena, the world’s best-preserved Roman amphitheater, which symbolically connected past and future, antiquity and modern civilization. The tie was 808 meters long and the maximum width of the lower part of the tie was 25 meters. The knot of the tie itself is 15 meters long, in its greatest width 16,5 meters wide, and in the narrowest part 5,4 meters wide, and more than a billion people, according to the interpretation of Academia Cravatica, got acquainted with our story about the tie.Photo: adriaticholidays.euLet’s be what we are – Croats. It must be our tourism product. We have 1244 islands, islets, cliffs and reefs, and just as many amazing credible, unique and primarily authentic stories. We are the tourist “Blue Cow” of Europe, at least we should be, but again, it’s all up to us.I still wonder why we don’t use all these amazing facts in promoting our tourism and the State. Unfortunately, the answer is still the same – we are obviously ashamed of our history, culture and identity, and it is interesting how this is the meaning, ie the motive of the trip – getting to know new ways and culture of living. We don’t need to be smart at all or invent hot water and be some bad copy of other tourist destinations. Let’s be what we are – Slavonians, Istrians, Dalmatians, Zagorje… Croats. It must be our tourism product.And finally, be proud every time you put on a tie, be ambassadors of our tourism and tell the story of how a tie is a Croatian product.Happy World Tie Day.last_img read more