Representatives of Christian faiths from around the world and members of the local community participated in an ecumenical prayer service at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday night to celebrate the University’s commitment to unity among Christians. The service was co-presided by representatives from the Presbyterian, Evangelical Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Episcopal and United Methodist Churches: Rev. Neil Arder, Rev. Maxwell Johnson, Fr. Gerry Olinger, Rev. Hugh Page and Rev. Anna Adams Petrin.The service was attended by guests from the global religious community, including Rev. Chris Ferguson, general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Rev. Martin Junge, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Rev. J.C. Park, president of the World Methodist Council.The prayer service uniting believers of all Christian religions in the community was held Tuesday in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.In his sermon, Page, who serves as vice president and associate provost for Undergraduate Affairs, highlighted the stories of Richard Allen and Absalom Jones — both African Americans born into slavery who purchased their freedom — as models of ecumenical action for social change. Faced with racial discrimination at St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, they formed the Free African Society and two separate churches — the African Episcopal Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Page said.“They engaged in prophet action and ecclesial re-envisioning by disaffiliating from St. George’s [Methodist Episcopal Church] in protest and resolving to invest their energy into nurturing a Free African Society and an independent church — institutions that could help ensure the sanctity of black life, challenge racialized notions of personhood [and] citizenship,” Page said. “Theirs was an ecumenical collaboration.”According to Page, Jones and Allen “alter[ed] the American religious landscapes” and “redefined what it meant to be church” by working locally to create change and social uplift across denominational divides. Page additionally spoke of the commonalities between people of Christian faiths, specifically their common mission.“We are, when all is said and done, a community seeking to understand the breadth and the depth of [its] faith and its implications for our respective branches of the Christian family,” he said. “We are all attempting to get our hearts and our minds around what it means to be people of God.”Page voiced a call to all Christians to echo the prophetic actions of Jones and Absalom by cultivating relationships to maintain unity and diversity simultaneously. These relationships will blossom to from a willingness to embrace a common relationship with God, he said.“Our ability to enact the love that embodies the new commandment of this incarnate word is indeed our girt and our good news,” Page said. Following the sermon, the co-presiders led a renewal of baptismal vows, a sprinkling rite to symbolize common baptism. Prayers of the faithful were presented by members of the Notre Dame community in different languages. Music for the service was provided by the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir. A follow-up panel titled “From Conflict to Communion: The Future of Christians Together in the World” at will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. in the McKenna Hall Auditorium. Several senior leaders from different Christian denominations will speak and Notre Dame assistant professor of theology Neil Arner will moderate. The event is free and open to the public. Tags: churches, ecumenical, Faith, prayer
The current Ambassador of Georgia to Spain, Morocco, Algeria and Andorra, Zurab Pololikashvili, was appointed today the new Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the period from 2018 to 2021, and Zurab Pololikashvili’s candidacy was presented by his country Georgia in accordance with the statute UNWTO.Zurab Pololikashvili was chosen by consensus during the XXII. the session of the UNWTO General Assembly to be held from 11 to 16 September 2017 in Chengdu, China, in accordance with recommendation 105 of the UNWTO Executive Council. “I am extremely glad and I would like to congratulate Zurab Pololikashvili on his election as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization. I believe that his knowledge and experience will significantly contribute to the further progress of tourism as one of the world’s main drivers of socio-cultural and economic development. The Ministry of Tourism will continue, as before, to participate intensively in the work of the World Tourism Organization and thus contribute to even better networking, exchange of ideas, experiences and trends among many member states. “, said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli on the occasion of the election of the new UNWTO Secretary General.Croatia has been a member of the World Tourism Organization since 1993 and hopes to continue good co-operation within the organization, led by newly elected Secretary General Pololikashvili.More and more tourists in the worldIn the first half of 2017, there were almost 600 million tourists in the world, which is 6 percent more than in the same period last year.The UNWTO announced its half-yearly results in world tourism in a new tourism barometer, noting that a 6 percent increase in foreign tourists means nearly 40 million more have traveled the world than in the past six months, the strongest increase since 2010. years.In all regions of the world in the first part of this year, the growth of foreign tourist arrivals was recorded, and the largest, by 9 percent, in the Middle East, while in Europe and Africa the number of tourists increased by 8 percent, in Asia, the Pacific 6 percent and in the Americas 3 percent.
Reporting by KGLO News Director Bob Fisher and Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson Watch LIVE: Remarks from @Winnebago in the great state of Iowa! https://t.co/spKOgLOAwO— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) June 16, 2020 FOREST CITY — During his visit to Winnebago Industries in Forest City Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence says a centerpiece of America’s transition to greatness as the economy bounces back from pandemic shutdowns will be law and order. “Let me say it from my heart. What happened to George Floyd was a tragedy and a disgrace. It should have never happened. It shocked the conscience of our nation. There’s no excuse for what happened to George Floyd but there’s also no excuse for the rioting and looting and violence that has ensued.” Pence made his comments with Black Lives Matters protesters chanting from just off the Winnebago campus, and just moments after President Trump signed an executive order on law enforcement reform. “Like every American, we cherish our First Amendment, we respect the concerns of peaceful protesters. We’re going to listen, we’re going to learn, and we’re going to lead, but we’re not going to defund the police.” Pence says the White House is going to support law enforcement and African-American communities with resources and reform. “We’re not going to stop there. As President Trump said in Dallas, we’re going to move an agenda that promotes public safety, but we’re also going to keep moving an agenda that promotes jobs, prosperity and greater educational opportunities for all our minority communities in cities across this country.”Pence says all 50 states are reopening in a safe and responsible way. “Here and across America, we slowed the spread, we flatted the curve, we saved lives and that’s why we’re opening up America again,” Pence said, to cheers. “You did it.” .The vice president praised the company for its temporary shift to making face shields. “It’s men and women like you and companies like this that are…getting America rolling again,” Pence said. “I mean it was companies in essential industries that literally never stopped…who transformed themselves to be a part of the solution for our health care workers and for our families”.Pence ate lunch today at Sally’s, a Forest City restaurant. “She opened up today for the first time since the pandemic struck,” Pence told the crowd at Winnebago Industries. Pence ate with Governor Kim Reynolds, the governor’s husband AND state Senator Randy Feenstra. He’s the Republican who defeated Congressman Steve King in this month’s G-O-P Primary. Pence has visited Iowa 10 times, including a visit six weeks ago to focus on issues in the nation’s food chain. His visit today comes a day after The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll showed President Trump just a point ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump won Iowa by nine points in 2016.