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EXPLORING CHURCH AND SOCIETY RELATIONS: SHOULD THE CHURCH GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND BUSINESS?…

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first_imgIn this third article of the series centered on examining Church and state relations, particular attention is drawn to the question of whether the Church should get involved in politics. Bluntly put, “Should the Church get involved in politics or not?” And if the answer is “yes” then what kind of politics and to what extent? What happens to Church and state if the Church gets involved or fails to get involved in politics? Let us explore below. The second article of this series on the role and functions of the Church in society made the following points:What then is the role of the Church in society? Succinctly put the purpose and role of the Church in society is to evangelize it. I am using evangelism far beyond the common understanding of it. It is not just about winning people to a particular Church (group of believers) but a total transformation of individuals and their societies. True evangelism as Jesus taught and demonstrated it, is aimed at total transformation. Jesus taught a message of liberation and empowerment, healed the sick and fed the hungry. He told those who were oppressing and exploiting others to stop and instead to set people free (Luke 4:18-19).He told them to go and be his witnesses in the form of being the light of the world and salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16). Light has the main characteristics of driving out darkness, revealing what is good and bad and, guiding. Likewise salt has the key characteristics of giving flavor (good taste), as a form of medicine to heal and to preserve. In other words, Christians or disciples of Jesus Christ ought to be an agent for positive good in every society they find themselves.The Church through her members ought to penetrate every sphere of society and be a witness of truth, encouragement, service and empowering people to live better lives. In short the Church should be about spiritual growth and renewal of its members and the wider society, assisting people find and make good use of their talents, time and treasure before God and man, taking care of peoples’ spiritual, social and physical needs, and to be a prophetic voice calling her members and society to the practice of love, truth, justice and advancing the common good of all of society and the environment. With regard to the question of the Church and politics different segments of the Church give different answers. For the sake of clarity and simplicity we will divide the varying views into three categories. The first category refers to those who say the Church should have nothing to do with politics and should solely concentrate on “spiritual” matters of prayer, fasting, winning souls and engaging in humanitarian works. The second category covers those who claim that the Church (the people of God) should not be barred from any areas of human endeavor including business and politics. The third view espouses that the Church can and should take part in politics but not in party politics.Again we need to be clear about what we mean by Church and politics before evaluating these positions. As noted in the second article the Church is the people of God whose loyalty is to Jesus Christ and all true Christians make up the Church. But sometime we use the word Church in the sense of an institution and its official representatives (the bishops and clergy). For example, the speeches and actions of Archbishop Michael K. Francis represented the official position of the Roman Catholic Church of Liberia. Politics in the general sense is about the society and its citizens and their responsibilities to it and one another as well as the privileges they derive from being members of the society; it is concerned with the management of the whole of life in society. In this broad understanding of politics all Christians should seriously be involved in promoting the welfare of the society in every aspect.Concerning party politics (the agenda of a particular political party) our first category will say no to it while the second view will say yes and the third will say yes and no. the third category will yes but that the official Church through its official representatives should be cautious in taking part in politics of a specific party. Rather the Church should be for all and advocate fairness towards all. It is against this background that the Episcopal Church does not permit any of its bishops and clergy to occupy elected or appointed political positions (senator, representative, or minister) while still serving as an active clergy person. If a clergy person chooses to get into party politics she/he must ask the bishop for dispensation and suspend pastoral work for that time in government. The view that says no all forms of politics is unscriptural. All Christians should get involved in good or clean politics of every kind but the institutional Church should do its best to maintain neutrality. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Town Councils must drive enterprise, employment – President

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first_img…as newly-elected Mayors, Deputy Mayors across 9 towns sworn inAs Government moves ahead with plans to establish municipalities across the Regions, the newly- elected Mayors and their deputies were on Wednesday sworn in before President David Granger at State House.The event saw Guyana’s nine Mayors and eight of nine Deputy Mayors being appointed to their posts for the nation’s nine towns.The simple ceremony sealed the Georgetown Mayor & City Council’s re-election of A Partnership for National Unity member Patricia Chase Green as Mayor andYoung politician Maxine Welch re-appointed as Deputy Mayor of LethemAkeem Peter as her deputy, replacing the Alliance For Change’s Lionel Jaikarran who had held the post after Sherrod Duncan opted against re-election. The ceremony also saw former Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland’s replacement, Waneka Arrindell, being sworn in to lead the mining town.President David Granger reiterated that the appointment of the Mayors and their deputies was in line with plans to ensure that local democratic organs were upheld, saying that the advances in establishing capital towns would lead to universal access to public services.“Town Councils, therefore, must retool the administrative systems in order to become the engines of enterprise, employment, and of economic development.From left: Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, New Amsterdam Mayor Winifred Haywood, Corriverton Mayor Krisha Jaichand, Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell, Rose Hall Mayor Vijai Ramroop and Anna Regina Mayor Rabindranauth MohanRegional Councillors regardless of their political affiliation must work collectively for the common good of the municipalities and their regions,” the Head of State observed.Other Mayors appointed were Winifred Haywood of New Amsterdam, Krishna Jaichand of Corriverton, Vijai Ramroop of Rose Hall, Rabindranauth Mohan of Anna Regina, Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall, Lethem Mayor Terry Jervis of Lethem and Henry Smith as Mayor of Mabaruma. Some of the Deputy Mayors are: Akeem Peter – Georgetown; Compton Grant – New Amsterdam; Wainewright Bethune – Linden; Dave Budhu – Rose Hall; Darshan Persaud – Anna Regina; Nageshwari Lochanpersaud – Bartica and Maxine Welsh – Lethem.last_img read more

Blairmont, Cotton Tree advance to finals

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first_imgBCB/Sueria Manufacturing Magic Moments 20/20 TournamentThis past weekend saw riveting cricket action in the ancient county of Berbice. The Blairmont Community Centre and Cotton Tree teams have registered convincing wins to book their highly anticipated meeting in the final of the West Berbice League of the BCB/Magic Moments 20/20 Tournament.Blairmont Community Centre, batting first, powered themselves to a healthy 172 for 8, as Kevin Jawahir (44), Seon Glasgow (35) and Marvin Prashad (33) were productive with the bat.S Johnson and G Johnson were the top bowlers for the No. 5 Cricket Club.The visitors, in response, were bowled out for 108, as only Michael Persaud and Travis Moore (14) could reach double figures.National Under-19 left arm pacer Javed Karim took 4 for 20, while Jawahir returned with the ball to lead his team to an easy win.Blairmont Community Centre had, on Saturday, defeated West Berbice Achievers by seven wickets to advance to the semifinals.Achievers were restricted to 88 all out, as Marvin Prashad took 3 wickets for 15 runs, and Kevin Jawahir and Nigel Deodat supported with two wickets apiece. Jawahir continued his impressive form in 2018 by stroking an unbeaten 51, while Nigel Deodat supported with 18.Cotton Tree Cricket Club stifled Bush Lot Rising Stars Cricket Club in their matchup. Rising Stars managed only 107 all out in 15.3 overs, as only R. Gousanil passed twenty, with a polished 49.Left arm spinner Wagar Hassan took 3 wickets for 10 runs, while off spinner Roshan Gafoor took 2 for two.Cotton Tree, needing to score 108 from 20 overs to clinch a place in the finals, raced to 110 for 3 from only 9.3 overs. Abdool Subhan slammed 43, while Wagar Hassan returned to complete a good all-round performance with 33 not out. Glenford Fraser took 2 for 28 from 3 overs in a losing cause for Bush Lot Rising Stars.The Berbice Cricket Board is yet to announce a date and venue for the tournament’s final. Thus far, the Berbice Cricket Board has already completed Championship finals for three zones (Upper Corentyne, Lower Corentyne and New Amsterdam/Canje).Number 48 Challengers Cricket Club are the champions of the Upper Corentyne Zone; Rose Hall Town Bakewell are the best in Lower Corentyne; while Young Warriors Cricket Club have won the New Amsterdam/Canje Championships.When the individual championships are completed for each zone, the four champions will be involved in a special tournament for the right to be called the overall Berbice Second Division 20/20 Champions.The Tournament is being sponsored by Sueria Manufacturing Inc under the Magic Moments Brand.last_img read more

Carver puts Newcastle future talk on hold as Magpies continue fight for safety

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first_img1 Newcastle boss John Carver Newcastle boss John Carver has put all talk of his future at the club on hold as he attempts to secure the Magpies’ Premier League status.The 50-year-old, who was appointed as head coach until the end of the season following Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace, had overseen over an eight-game losing run before last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.A dreadful sequence of results can hardly have helped his cause, with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley still considering their options.Despite the difficulties he has encountered – and injuries and suspensions have been significant mitigating factors – Carver still believes he is in with a chance of landing the job on a permanent basis.However, as he prepared his team for a potentially decisive trip to relegated QPR on Saturday, Pardew’s former assistant insisted his situation can wait to be resolved.Carver said: “If we win on Saturday and all the results go our way, I still want to go and win the West Ham game. Then we’ll talk about it.“I want to win at everything I do. This goes back to what I said last week about me believing, in my head, I am the best. I want to win everything. I’m so competitive.“My pride has been hurt by the run of results. I want to do something about it. If that means winning the next two games, that will make me feel a little bit better.”Newcastle decided not to make a permanent appointment in January after discovering their main targets were not available, and an approach to Steve McClaren following the end of Derby’s promotion hopes proved equally fruitless.But they will look to move swiftly once they know where their future lies with a big summer rebuilding programme on the cards, although Carver, who held lengthy talks with Charnley in the wake of a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Leicester, is adamant the job has not even been discussed.He does not expect it to be until after the final-day fixture against the Hammers, saying: “There has been nothing discussed. We have just focused on these two games.“I am going away on holiday on the Wednesday after the West Ham game, so I would like to know where I am by then.“But I want no discussions from now until the West Ham game is finished. I don’t think it’s right. I think it’s important we have to keep all our focus on these games.”last_img read more

TRAGIC CONOR LOSES BRAVE FIGHT FOR LIFE

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first_imgTragic Donegal teenager Conor Boyle has passed away.A huge outpouring of prayer and hope was offered for Conor Boyle who passed away this morning.The brave 18 year old had been fighting for his life in a hospital in London after being involved in a car crash two weeks ago.A huge social media campaign sent thousands of messages of support for the popular young man. The Loughanure teenager was left in a critical condition after his car struck a tree when he was making his way home from work in the early hours of Saturday the 8th of September.Conor had been on a life support machine and his condition was described as “stable but critical.”Conor, who completed his Leaving certificate in June, had been working with his father’s tunneling in company for the summer.He had planned on working in England for a year before returning to Ireland next year to go to university. His mother Sheila, father Hugh and his five brothers are being comforted at this trying time.Members of Naomh Muire GAA Club this morning posted a message of condolence on their Facebook page this morning.“Words can’t describe how we feel this morning in the club,the news we prayed and hoped would never come has hit us and its a terrible feeling to lose one of our… own so young.“To Sheila,Hugh and the boys and extended family we extend our deepest sympathy.“RIP Wee Conor Boyle you were one of our own and you will be deeply missed,but will be remembered always by us. “A life made beautiful By kindly deeds,A helping hand For others needs,To a beautiful life comes a happy end –He died as he lived, Everyone’s friend”.TRAGIC CONOR LOSES BRAVE FIGHT FOR LIFE was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Drops Final Exhibition at Iowa State

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first_imgThe Cyclones scored each of their goals in the first half. The Bulldogs recorded four shots with Sam Nosler having the best chance at a goal midway through the final half. Nosler had her shot from just outside of Iowa State’s 18-yard box blocked by the Cyclones’ wall in the 66th minute. AMES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team fell to Iowa State, 2-0, in its final exhibition of the preseason on Saturday night at the Cyclones Sports Complex. PDF Box Score Drake opens the 2019 schedule Friday at Colorado with first kick set for 6 p.m. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – BALLYLAST GIVE IT A BLAST FOR SAM!

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first_imgAs part of the build-up to Donegal’s historic All-Ireland finals three girls from fourth class in St. Columba’s National School, Ballylast have added their own words to this popular song. Here they perform the song, “Donegal Abú” accompanied by their classmates. And what a great effort it is in support of Jim and the lads. Simply click on the video to see the pupils in full voice!COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: DDTV – BALLYLAST GIVE IT A BLAST FOR SAM! was last modified: September 17th, 2014 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:BallylastdonegalSt Columba’s National Schoollast_img read more

A’s bullpenning strategy opens door for second-guessing after Wild Card flop in Bronx

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first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — To win their first World Series in Oakland back in 1972, the A’s used a primitive version of “bullpenning.”Only it was more like starter-ing. In Game 7 against the Cincinnati Reds, Manager Dick Williams unleashed Blue Moon Odom (for 4.1 innings) before turning things over to Catfish Hunter (2.2) and Ken Holtzman (one batter) before eventually getting to an actual reliever (Rollie Fingers).That strategy …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — November 30, 2017

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 11-30-17Keep the umbrella handy today. A weak cold front moving across the state this afternoon and evening, and we still expect it to trigger some minor precipitation. Right now we have no reason to deviate from our thoughts of a few hundredths to a tenth or two, most of the state will be in the lower part of that range. In fact, if we get just a little lucky, we can escape with just spits and sprinkles in many areas. Still, we are moving coverage up to near 80% of the state getting at least a little wet, and only SW OH has a chance of completely missing out.  There just is not a lot of moisture to work with here. Action is done by midnight tonight, and we should see a decent sunrise in most areas tomorrow morning.Dry weather is back behind the front for tomorrow through the weekend. Most of the state will see that dry weather continue a 4th day on Monday. However, we still see some precipitation threats trying to sneak into far northwest OH. This will come from a warm front moving through WI, northern IL, and MI, and the bulk of the fringe action gets wrung out in northern Indiana Monday morning and midday. But, there is a good chance at least a little bit of it makes it into a 4-8 county area in NW OH, west of Toledo and perhaps as far south as Van Wert. The rest of Ohio will be dry for Monday. Temps will moderate through the weekend and should be nicely above normal Monday, even in areas where it rains.Strong southwest flow pumps plenty of moisture into the second southern low on Monday as it moves across MO and into IL. That part of the system will bring rain to us after midnight Monday night and Tuesday. We continue to look for our best rains in this period, with .25”-.75” over about 70% of the state.Clouds break up overnight Tuesday night, and we should be dry for the balance of the week, Wednesday through Friday. While there is a threat of some lingering moisture still in far southern OH Wednesday, that threat looks to be easing farther south, so coverage may be down to 10% or less of the state currently. We expect Canadian high pressure to nose into the western Corn Belt, and while we never really fall under the influence of that high, we see it blocking any moisture or systems coming in from the west and northwest. Overall, we only see 2 systems in the next 10 days – what we see today, and then Tuesday of next week. The map above shows combined rain potential over the next 10 days.No significant change in the extended forecast period this morning, except to push back our next system just a bit – about 12-18 hours or so. We now have a weak upper level circulation moving into the great lakes closer to the 10th, but it has potential of only a few hundredths to a tenth or two. The rest of the period looks mostly dry, but colder. Northwest flow will keep temps closer to and below normal as we move toward midmonth.last_img read more

Cinematography Tip: Creating the Illusion of Scale

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first_imgIllustrating a sense of scale is something that filmmakers still often have difficulty with today. These resources and cinematography tips should give you a better understanding of how to magnify your subjects.Top Image: GoldenEye miniature set via MGMIn this day and age, there are numerous ways, both practical and digital, to exaggerate scale and fool the audience into seeing something as larger than life. Whether you’re simply emphasizing the size of something truly massive, or making something tiny appear large, these resources and cinematography tips can give filmmakers a better understanding of how to illustrate a sense of scale.Shot CompositionImage from Walt Disney StudiosThe simplest thing you can do to make your subject feel large is to shoot it from a low angle, pointed somewhat upwards at the subject. By providing the illusion of looking up at something, low-angle shots convey a sense of power and greatness in a scene, which is why you’ll notice that characters who “hold the power” of the moment are generally shot from a lower angle than others. In this same vein, point of view shots from the perspective of someone can give insight into how characters are experiencing the situation.The introductory shot to Star Wars is an iconic example of this technique, with the clearly enormous Star Destroyer framed above not only the smaller ship, its prey, but also above the nearby planets, implying true grandness. It also takes up more of the frame than anything else, signifying the scale and reach of the Empire itself. As you can see, hyperbolizing the scale of specific objects can often hint to larger ideas within a story.By deliberately keeping some of the subject out of the frame, you can give the impression that it is simply too big to be seen all at once. This also feels a bit spatially intrusive, and therefore intimidating, by occupying most of your vision to the point of breaking its borders. It’s All RelativeImage from Legendary PicturesTerms of scale like “big” and “small” are almost entirely relative, defined mostly by the standards of a certain situation. Something is only “large” when compared to objects smaller than it. When compared to even larger objects, a previously “large” object suddenly becomes “small.” For this reason, you should always have at least one shot that shows your “large” object near something that most people are familiar with.Humans are the most common example of this, since they provide the most quickly identifiable point of reference. However, other every day things like cars, buildings, and trees can all provide this same effect. The reveal of Godzilla in the 2014 Godzilla remake used this trick to similar effect. Forced PerspectiveUnlike static objects and fictional creatures, real humans and animals generally cannot be replaced with miniatures. In these situations, you’ll probably have to rely on either green screens and CGI, or some old fashioned in-camera magic. Forced perspective, or the use of depth to create optical illusions of scale, is an older technique that, while time-consuming and often complex, can produce some truly flawless results. Forced perspective received widespread recognition with the release of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which used it to an unforeseen degree.By creating precise custom tracks for their props and cameras, they were able to perform camera movements while maintaining the illusion of a small human, all without the assistance of computers. This was truly groundbreaking, and like most well-done practical effects, it still looks great. Even if these kind of complicated set pieces are beyond you, forced perspective is still something you can use to your advantage without fancy camera movement.MiniaturesImage from Metro-Goldwyn-MayerPrior to the domination of CGI, most filmmakers turned to miniature models when depicting something that could not be created in full scale. For the most part, the use of miniatures has held up better over the years than the use of CGI, since it is still uses a real object. You’d be surprised at how many films, even more recent ones, have featured miniatures.One of the most notable of these is the sci-fi Stanley Kubrick classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which paved the way for later films set in space, such as Alien and, of course, Star Wars.Image from Ian WalshEven now, films such as the 2009 sci-fi drama Moon employ similar miniatures in their sets, as seen below. Miniatures are, for the most part, more affordable than CGI, and will stand the test of time better to boot.Image from the Prop GalleryThanks in part to the use of greebles (adding smaller parts to a an object to make it appear larger), the intricately detailed miniatures of the film are still stunning by today’s standards. For instance, the surface of the Death Star in Star Wars was covered in greebles, as they give a reference point for scale, unlike a smooth, bland surface.Image from Walt Disney StudiosYou may not have realized it, but Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight features a thrilling sequence shot with miniatures. Remember that awesome shot of the Tumbler crashing into a dump truck head on? That was actually shot at 1/3 scale, meaning all props were a third of their real-life counterpart. Nolan is one of the last modern filmmakers fighting to preserve practical effects, and he makes great use of them through miniatures in most of his movies.As you can see, this was still large enough to feature enough details to be nearly indistinguishable from the full-sized footage. Additionally, the physics of the objects were still realistic since they still held significant mass — which we’ll go into next.MovementModifying the movement of something to make it appear larger is one of the trickier aspects of exaggerating size, though Hollywood has gotten quite good at it over the decades. Since the depiction of early giant monsters such as King Kong and Godzilla, artists have realized that large objects tend to move more slowly, meaning that usually slowing down footage will at least hint at size. This technique is best applied to non-organic props that lack the subtleties of, say, an animal’s movements.CGI opens up possibilities for more precise movement when needed, but in most cases,the limitations of slower playback speed aren’t too apparent. Minor flaws in physics are not as noticeable as a poorly textured or lit CGI element. The above funny scene from Ghostbusters features a building-sized monster version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and manages to make it slightly less unbelievable by slowing down its motion.The 2013 action blockbuster from Guillermo Del Toro, Pacific Rim, displayed some awe-inspiring creatures of epic proportions, with a true sense of impact as they slowly lumber, even while fighting. While a normal human punch might take a half second, the giant robot punches of Pacific Rim take one or two seconds, conveying the idea that a lot of weight is being moved.This film was extremely CGI-heavy, but it took full advantage of what CGI has to offer by focusing on accurate physics simulations.AtmosphereImage from Walt Disney StudiosAnother great way to exaggerate scale is by incorporating the effects of the environment into your scene. This is best applied when showing something large from far away. For instance, you might obscure it in comparison to foreground objects with some fog, if the setting calls for it. In a hot setting, you could obscure it with some heat waves. Phenomena like this that indicate distance are a very natural way to show how big an object appears even from afar. We’ll use another Star Destroyer as an example, with this gorgeous shot (above) from the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.Note that foreground objects are saturated and clear, whereas the distant Star Destroyer features muted colors, low contrast, and a little blur. Additionally, like the earlier Star Destroyer shot, this one is pushed slightly out of frame.center_img While the human eye is constantly improving at detecting what is and isn’t real, the best techniques are often among the oldest. However, it no longer takes a titanic budget to depict something titanic — just some planning and creativity. What films do you think did a great job illustrating scale? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more