First-ever survey of race, sexuality and gender identity of Episcopal…

first_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing There is much more diversity among clergy than there once was, and the Church Pension Group is trying to measure that by encouraging clergy to share their demographic information. Photo collage courtesy of the Church Pension Group[Episcopal News Service] At the 2018 General Convention, a series of resolutions directed the church to gather demographic data about clergy as part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative on racial equality and justice. As that topic takes on increasing importance in church life, the Church Pension Group’s effort to learn more about the diversity of the clergy is underway.The Church Pension Group, the financial services organization that also serves as the recorder of ordinations for The Episcopal Church, is encouraging all active and retired clergy to log on to their profile on CPG’s website and add their race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation. Demographic information like this has never been collected by CPG before, though CPG does analyze clergy compensation by gender, and those reports have consistently shown a pay gap between male and female clergy. (Other gender expressions have not yet been included.)The new data could reveal whether similar pay gaps – including disparities in deployment and stipendiary status – exist along other demographic lines, as well as the prevalence of various demographic groups within the clergy.“There’s an image of who and what The Episcopal Church is that may not conform to the actual reality of who and what we are today,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a statement to CPG. “Having data helps to inform us in terms of both who we are and who we want to be. Data has a way of dispelling myths.”Having demographic data on clergy will help the church assess how well it reflects both its congregants and the wider communities it serves. The most recent demographic study of American Episcopalians, done by the Pew Research Center in 2014, indicates that the church in the U.S. is 90% white, making it far less diverse than the U.S. population. That has prompted broader efforts to understand the role of race in the church, which is a key component of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative.“If we seek reconciliation, healing, and new life, it begins with telling the truth about The Episcopal Church’s racial composition, especially given the church’s relationship to the complex history of race in the 17 nations our church calls home,” the Becoming Beloved Community framework says. Although a full census of church members is not planned, a racial audit of church leadership is underway and is expected to be presented to General Convention in 2021.In the meantime, CPG is relying on clergy to voluntarily input their demographic information, which will be analyzed in aggregate form; individual demographic classifications are confidential and will not be made public in any form. So far, about 1,100 clergy have participated – about 10% of active clergy, according to CPG.“We are delighted to support The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative,” said Mary Kate Wold, CEO of CPG. “As a more fulsome demographic picture emerges, the church will be in a better position to examine trends and respond to inequalities.”“This part of Becoming Beloved Community is creating a wider road towards that place where all are counted as people on the way,” the Rev. Clayton Crawley, CPG’s executive vice president and chief church relations officer, said in a statement. “Black, white, gay, straight, male, female, non-binary – any of those labels and the multitude of others can be isolating on their own, but taken together, bound together, we form the Body of Christ in the world and it is marvelous to behold.”The new demographic data is expected to be included in the 2020 clergy compensation report, although the amount of data depends on how many priests, deacons and bishops choose to share their information. Curry and other church leaders like the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care, are encouraging clergy to participate so the church can have a clearer idea of where it stands and what work needs to be done.“As a woman of color, I am so grateful that my church is now asking about the racial identity and the gender identity of clergy,” Spellers said. “By sharing this information, we are taking part in a greater process that’s going to help us to become more just, to become more whole, to better reflect the dream of God.”“If our vision is to reflect the vision of Jesus, we need to know how close we are to it. Having a picture will help us understand how we are doing on the journey to looking like God’s Beloved Community,” Curry said.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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RSF calls on the UK to protect role of journalistic sources in treatment of Julian Assange

first_img Follow the news on United Kingdom News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment On 11 April, Assange was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, on a warrant issued by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court. Assange had been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since that time, having successfully sought asylum after a British court approved his extradition request to Sweden in connection with a rape investigation that Sweden later dropped in 2017.Assange had refused to leave the Ecuadorian embassy during that time out of fear that he could be extradited to Sweden and face charges in the United States in connection with Wikileaks’ publication of more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables in 2010.“Targeting Assange after nearly nine years because of Wikileaks’ provision of information to journalists that was in the public interest (such as the leaked US diplomatic cables) would be a purely punitive measure and would set a dangerous precedent for journalists, whistleblowers, and other journalistic sources that the US may wish to pursue in the future. The UK must stick to a principled stance with any related requests from the US to extradite Assange, and ensure his protection under UK and European law relevant to his contributions to journalism”, said RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire.RSF calls on the UK authorities to prioritise the principles of freedom of expression and protection of the role of journalism, including journalistic sources, in their treatment of Assange, in line with UK law and the UK’s international human rights obligations. As such, the UK should refrain from complying with requests to extradite Assange to the US that would aim at sanctioning his journalistic-like activities.The UK and US are respectively ranked 40th and 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London for alleged breach of bail. He was taken into police custody on 11 April after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been living for nearly seven years. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the UK to prioritise the principles of freedom of expression and protection of the role of journalism, including journalistic sources, in their treatment of Assange. News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment ALERT: US – Chelsea Manning sent to jail for refusing to testify on Wikileaks News to go further July 30, 2018 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF Index 2018: UK remains one of the worst-ranked Western European countries Organisation US – National Whistleblower Day: Will journalists be spared in the Trump administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers? March 8, 2019 Find out more April 25, 2018 Find out more April 11, 2019 RSF calls on the UK to protect role of journalistic sources in treatment of Julian Assange Newslast_img read more

Travel the World in Chocolate

first_imgHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Subscribe Travel the world with just a spoon and ice cream scoop. Get a flavor of the delicious variations countries around the world have to offer with Choctál. This gourmet single origin chocolate and vanilla company will take your tastebuds on a journey to eight countries around the world.Nancy Hytone-Leb, one of the founders of Choctál gave us the inside scoop on the Pasadena-based company. Although they don’t have a storefront parlor, you can find Choctál all over the city.Since moving here 11 years ago, Hytone-Leb says that the Pasadena food scene has become much hipper and there are many more options for dinners. “[It’s] the types of places that are moving into Old Pasadena and even to other areas we see Pasadena expand beyond Old Pasadena. We have much more new and interesting fare,” she said. Now is prime time for a gourmet ice cream experience.Think of single origin ice cream like wine of coffee – by using cocoa and vanilla beans from one place, you can really taste the unique characteristics of the beans. “We’re trying to work with smaller farmers, smaller suppliers and then it’s much more, it’s a much better relationship and we feel that we can do more for them also,” said Hytone-Leb. Choctál works with farmers in 8 different countries and produces 4 chocolate and 4 vanilla ice creams.In the future, Choctál plans to expand into more dessert territory. Hytone-Leb explains that they may soon make cocoa nibs or crunchy ice cream toppings. “I coined a new term in the food industry I think, I use the term “Ice Cream Accessory,” she said.But getting back to the main course, the ice cream. Choctál’s ice creams are a world trip and not the budget-backpacking-through-the-Amazon kind but a luxurious, leisurely world tour.The taste experience begins with the indulgent, fudgey, dark Ghana Chocolate and transitions to smooth, warm and slightly caramel-like Kalimantan Chocolate. Next, the Dominican Chocolate is a less intense but equally flavorful ice cream with hints of mocha. The chocolate tour ends with luscious Costa Rican Chocolate. Savor the flavors as they transition from intense and slightly bitter to sweeter and smoother chocolate.Embark on the Vanilla tour starting with the classic, creamy Indonesian Vanilla and then travel to Madagascar with the smooth vanilla- speckled ice cream. Next, savor the intensely vanilla Papua New Guinea Vanilla with a notes of cherry and florals. Finish with the icy Mexican Vanilla with hints of cinnamon and a hint of coconut. Enjoy this tropical tour from indulgent creaminess to subtly spiced flavors.So even if you can’t actually travel the world, grab a spoon and some friends, and savor your way around the globe. As Hytone-Leb said, “You can’t not eat ice cream and be happy.”Look for Choctál in a store near you or check out their website and order online at www.choctal.com/index.php/shop. First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Business News Cover Story Travel the World in Chocolate From STAFF REPORTS Published on Saturday, October 24, 2015 | 10:12 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more