College Campus Ministry panel discussion explores human dignity

first_imgSaint Mary’s Campus Ministry explored the relationship of human dignity on issues such as racism, disabilities and autism during a panel discussion Wednesday.Assistant director of Campus Ministry Emily Sipos-Butler said this panel discussion was intended to explore the inherent human dignity of each and every human person. She said the panel served to reinforce the idea that humans are all created in God’s image and likeness, and it means something for each of person in the Saint Mary’s community, as well as the community as a whole.“When we talk about this notion in Catholic social teaching of life and dignity of the human person, we often start with life and the right to life — the right to be born — and the next thing that gets added on is natural death,” Sipos-Butler said.The panel discussion came about as a way to help students and members of the Saint Mary’s community explore a whole variety of issues that relate to the life and dignity of the human person, Sipos-Butler said.“There is a lot that happens in between the right to life and natural death that relates to life and dignity of the human person, and its impacts on the community as well,” she said. “Ultimately we’re created as social beings. We’re not just individual hermits scattered across the Earth, so we need to look and reflect deeply on each of these issues that affect us and the world around us.”Michael Waddell, associate professor of philosophy and the McMahon Aquinas Chair in philosophy, said the sanctity of human life is not only a matter for reflection and consideration for Christians but ought to be for all people in society.The way in which people can foster the flourishing of different types of human goods, Waddell said, is by defending every human being’s right not only to life, but also to education, to healthcare, to work and to living and participating in the world.“We are not merely beings, we’re human beings — which is to say that we’re rational animals, and as animals we have bodies, and bodies are prone to illness, injury and disability,” he said. “Therefore, we need healthcare to preserve the bodily life. But we’re not just animals either, we’re rational animals, which means we are capable of knowledge, and so we need education to foster the good of knowing truth. As rational beings, it turns out that we are also social beings, and so we need access to the community.”Andrew Pierce, professor of philosophy and the coordinator of justice studies, discussed racism in contemporary American society as a form of discrimination that violates the principle of solidarity and dignity of all human persons.“One of the principles that tend to fall out of our broader understanding of human dignity is the principle of solidarity,” he said. “This notion enforces that we are one human family, equal in dignity regardless of differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, etc.”Although our society as a whole still has work to do in becoming truly inclusive and respecting of all types of people, Sipos-Butler said this event is one way of engaging the Saint Mary’s community to talk about and highlight the various issues facing the community today.“And particularly at a time when I hear from students that some of them are trying to find their place, they’re not sure where they fit in and there is a lot of negative talk in the political arena that heightens anxiety and it erodes not only civil discourse, but also how we understand other human persons,” she said. “This is a way to engage as Christians and members of society to contribute anything that we can to uphold this notion of the life and dignity of the human person as being really foundational for not only our society but here on our campus as well.”Tags: Faith, Human Dignity, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministrylast_img read more

Here Lies Love & Natasha, Pierre Garner Most Nods for 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards

first_img SPECIAL AWARDS Lifetime Achievement Award Robyn Goodman Outstanding Director Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Lear deBessonet, Good Person of Szechwan Sam Gold, Fun Home Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God Outstanding Play Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon Domesticated by Bruce Norris The Night Alive by Conor McPherson The Open House by Will Eno Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Carson Elrod, The Explorers Club Philip Ettinger, Bad Jews Russell G. Jones, The Call Jeremy Shamos, Dinner With Friends Fred Weller, Reasons to Be Happy Nominations have been announced for the 29th annual Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor the best in off-Broadway theater. Here Lies Love and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 have garnered the most nods with 11 each, while Good Person of Szechwan is the most nominated play with five nominations. Playwright Richard Nelson will be inducted onto the Playwrights’ Sidewalk. As previously announced, real-life husband and wife actors and comedians Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman are set to host the awards ceremony, which will take place on May 4 at NYU Skirball Center in New York. Outstanding Lighting Design Daniel Ionazzi, The Jacksonian Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Ben Stanton, Fun Home Justin Townsend, Here Lies Love Japhy Weideman, What’s It All About Outstanding Choreographer Martha Clarke, Chéri Marguerite Derricks, Heathers: The Musical Danny Mefford, Fun Home Annie-B Parson, Here Lies Love Sonya Tayeh, Kung Fu Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee Richard Nelson Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Hannah Bos, The Open House Lynn Cohen, I Remember Mama Lisa Kron, Good Person of Szechwan Molly Ranson, Bad Jews Sarah Stiles, Hand to God Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Sydney Lucas, Fun Home Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love Alexandra Socha, Fun Home Phillipa Soo, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Barrett Wilbert Weed, Heathers: The Musical Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Jeff Blumenkrantz, Murder For Two Michael Cerveris, Fun Home Jose Llana, Here Lies Love Kyle Riabko, What’s It All About Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love Outstanding Scenic Design Miriam Buether, Love and Information David Korins, Here Lies Love Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Clint Ramos, Appropriate Matt Saunders, Good Person of Szechwancenter_img Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play Steven Boyer, Hand to God Jon DeVries, Regular Singing Peter Friedman, The Open House Taylor Mac, Good Person of Szechwan Armando Riesco, The Happiest Song Plays Last Outstanding Musical Fun Home, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, based on the Alison Bechdel book Here Lies Love, concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, additional music by Tom Ganey and J Pardo Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy What’s It All About, music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and others, conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer Outstanding Revival Good Person of Szechwan Hand to God London Wall The Model Apartment The Weir Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Heath Calvert, Nobody Loves You Nick Choksi, Bunty Berman Presents… Blake DeLong, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Noah Hinsdale, Fun Home Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Outstanding Costume Design Gabriel Berry and Andrea Hood, Love and Information Clint Ramos, Here Lies Love Anita Yavich, The Explorers Club Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Catherine Zuber, Far From Heaven Outstanding Solo Show Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins, performed by Michael Urie How I Learned What I Learned by August Wilson, co-conceived with Todd Kreidler, in collaboration with Ruben-Santiago Hudson, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson Satchmo at the Waldorf by Terry Teachout, performed by John Douglas Thompson Outstanding Sound Design M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Here Lies Love Clive Goodwin, What’s It All About Matt Hubbs, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Ryan Rumery, The Hatmaker’s Wife Christopher Shutt, Love and Information Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews Diane Davis, The Model Apartment Carolyn McCormick, The Open House Laurie Metcalf, Domesticated Andrus Nichols, Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Uzo Aduba, Venice Brittain Ashford, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Melody Butiu, Here Lies Love Judy Kuhn, Fun Home Shaina Taub, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 View Commentslast_img read more

Bolivia and Paraguay Agree on Actions Against Drugs and Arms Trafficking

first_img Bolivia and Paraguay agreed in Santa Cruz to establish channels for exchanging information and to hold coordination meetings on the fight against drugs, arms trafficking, and human trafficking, according to a document made public by the Bolivian foreign ministry. The two countries’ foreign and defense ministers “reached agreement to establish channels for exchanging information and to hold periodic coordination meetings at all levels, for the purpose of deepening cooperation” on the mentioned issues. The two countries share a 738-km border, across which there takes place, chiefly, a sizable traffic in cocaine and marihuana. They also “agreed to create an Emergency Council on Natural Disasters, with the objective of promoting the exchange of information and experiences in the area of disaster-risk management and the study of threats and vulnerabilities, especially along the border.” The Bolivian foreign minister, David Choquehuanca, his Paraguayan colleague, Héctor Lacognata, and defense ministers Rubén Saavedra (Bolivia), and Cecilio Pérez (Paraguay) participated in the meeting. The meeting was held in the city of Santa Cruz, 900 km east of La Paz, within the framework of the Fourth Meeting of the Bolivia-Paraguay 2+2 Dialogue Mechanism. By Dialogo November 22, 2010last_img read more

France to make masks compulsory in most workplaces from Sept. 1

first_imgThe French government plans to make wearing a mask compulsory in the vast majority of workplaces from Sept. 1 to try to stop a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.The labour ministry said on Tuesday the new arrangement would apply to all shared spaces in offices and factories, but would not extend to individual offices where only one employee is present.It also said that working from home would remain its recommended option for employees. A government official said masks at work would become mandatory from Sept. 1. He further said there would be talks with employers and unions about borderline cases, such as when only two people are present in one large open-space and sitting well apart.Details will also be worked out for special work environments such as frozen food warehouses, where masks are not practical as they would freeze.Mask-wearing is also compulsory nationwide on all public transport and in most indoor public spaces such as shops and museums, as well as in crowded outdoor areas in some cities.France imposed some of Europe’s toughest lockdown restrictions earlier this year, greatly reducing the rate of coronavirus infections. But in the past few weeks the numbers of new COVID-19 cases have climbed, and public health officials have warned that contagion could spin out of control.The government has been under pressure from trade unions to step up protective measures in time for September, when people return to work after long summer holidays, and when children are due back at school.”The best thing we can do to prepare for the return from vacations is to reassure employees that, together, we are taking the precautions to avoid spreading the virus,” Elisabeth Borne, the labour minister, was quoted as saying by the ministry.  Topics :last_img read more

Sam Roberts, age 89

first_imgSam Roberts, age 89, of Brookville, Indiana died Friday, April 22, 2016 at his residence in Brookville. Born November 19, 1926 in Brookville, Indiana he was the son of the late Sam Sr. & Mariah Roberts. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the 50TH Ordnance Ammunition Company. On November 27, 1957 he and the former Junavonne A. Hawkins were united in marriage, and she preceded him in death on September 20, 2005. Sam was retired from Owens Corning in Brookville where he had worked for many years. After retirement he opened Blacktop Bait Shop in Brookville which he has operated for over 30 years. In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, and running his business. Survivors include eight children, Donna (Rick) Hartman and Sherry (Michael) Miller all of Yorkville, Indiana, Mary Roberts, Doris (Bob) Jonas all of Brookville, Indiana, Phyllis (Robbie) Morgan of Connersville, Indiana, Gary (Alice) Roberts, William (Chris) Roberts and Jerry Roberts all of Brookville, Indiana; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; as well as a brother, Elmer Roberts of McKee, Kentucky. In addition to his parents & wife, Junavonne, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Sue Roberts who died June 22, 1993, a brother, Delmer Roberts, a sister, Vernie Roberts, as well as his grandson, Byron Hartman. Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12 Noon on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Pastor Tim Billups of the Connersville Baptist Temple, will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Byron Hartman Scholarship fund C/O the Dearborn County Community Foundation. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Roberts family, to sign the online guest book or send a personal condolence please visit .last_img read more

Lambert earns career first win at 141

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (May 23) – Josh Lambert bested a 23-car field to earn his first career Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature victory Saturday at 141 Speedway.Lambert put his racer up top and grabbed the lead from Race Van Pay on lap four. Lambert put on a dominant performance that saw him with a full straightaway lead mid-race but a caution with eight laps remaining brought everyone back together.Doug Maurer used a veteran restart to move around Lambert and into the lead with seven laps to go. Lambert stayed true to his line and didn’t falter as he moved back around Maurer with laps left.Other winners on Memorial Weekend included Jeremy Jacobs in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, John Heinz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Brandon Kay in the Mach-1 Sport Com­pacts.last_img read more

Jol: Fulham are in safe hands

first_img “We are very close. It’s not easy to win games. “I can appreciate fans are getting a bit nervous, or other people. If they invest money in the club, they would like to be in the top 10. “The only risk I can see is that we will still be near the bottom at the end of the season. I never did that (took part in a relegation battle). I feel I can keep them up, but it’s not about me.” Jol, who guided Fulham to ninth and 12th in the last two seasons, is not happy with the jeers. “That is a problem,” said Jol of the boos. “It’s not helpful. That is what always worries me. “It’s bad, it’s not good for your health. I’ve got a thick skin. I could easily say ‘b***** off’, but I won’t do that. It’s the reality of the Premier League.” Jol also believes supporters calling for his dismissal should recognise the financial constraints at Fulham. The Dutchman’s position is under scrutiny after another late lapse saw Cardiff claim a 2-1 win on Saturday, meaning the Cottagers are still without a home victory in the top flight since April 1 in a run which has seen supporters’ frustration grow. “The devil was playing with us. If you concede goals that late, it’s awful,” former Tottenham, Hamburg and Ajax boss Jol said. He added: “I can understand the criticism but they should realise that we are 20th in the table in spending money.” Following a change of ownership, with American billionaire Shahid Khan taking control from Mohamed Al Fayed, there could be more funds available in the future. Whether Khan will entrust Jol to spend them remains to be seen. Jol added: “You never know. They could say that you are fine and the next day you are out.” Press Association Martin Jol is confident Fulham will not be relegated from the Barclays Premier League with him in charge.last_img read more

Students make push for elections

first_imgWith less than 24 hours before polls open, student political organizations are hoping their increased presence on campus Tuesday will serve as a reminder to get out and vote.Groups such as the USC College Democrats and Students for Meg will hold events throughout the day intended to increase student voter turnout.Phone banks will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, which will become the base for Get Out the Vote activities on Election Day.“We want it to be impossible for you to be on campus and not know it’s Election Day,” said Micah Scheindlin, political director of the USC College Democrats.USC’s chapter of Students for Meg will be out rallying as well, beginning today and continuing straight through to the end of Election Day.“[We] specifically will continue with phone banking and precinct walking, reaching out to voters on a more personal level,” said Anjali Naskar, communications director for Students for Meg. “[Today], we will be on Trousdale [Parkway] informing students of Meg’s plan for California, especially her jobs plan. We will also be dorm storming to talk to students and connect with the undecided voters.”Naskar said the group will continue its efforts on Tuesday along Trousdale Parkway.USC College Democrats faculty adviser Marlene Towns said that she believes the reminders will help increase voter turnout.“When it comes down to it, it’s just a matter of remembering to go vote,” Towns said. “So having these reminders can make a difference. It also keeps people in the spirit of Election Day.”Scheindlin agreed, saying that if people are reminded, they’re more likely to cast their ballots.“I think that the reality is people do want to vote,” Scheindlin said, “but they’re busy and don’t know how to go about it.”Once people know, he said, all it takes is five minutes.“That’s a message that’ll resonate,” he said.The College Democrats will be monitoring polling places in and around campus throughout the day Tuesday to make sure voting goes smoothly.They’ve teamed up with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to hand out voter pamphlets and fliers, as well as Organizing for America to put on the GOTV events.last_img read more

Vincent Tan donates additional 43.000 BAM for Reconstruction of the Health Center

first_imgMalaysian businessman and owner of the FC Sarajevo Vincent Tan decided to donate additional 43.000 BAM for the reconstruction of the Health Center in Maglaj which was destroyed in floods.Tan confirmed to the Malaysian The Sun Daily that he will donate additional 43.000 Bam for the project of reconstruction of the Health Center in Maglaj. This is his second donation, after he donated 250.000 for the Health Center in Maglaj and the same amount for the Health Center in Doboj in 2014.First donation of 250.000 BAM is sufficient for procurement of expensive medical equipment. However, that amount of money is sufficient for reconstruction of only 80 percent of one floor.“I believe this is a worthy project and that it should be done very well. Therefore, let’s do this right and finish the work. I will donate 43.000 BAM for the completion of the project. This is a gift to the BiH people from the Malaysian people,” Tan said.The project includes reconstruction of the attic and procurement of medical equipment, which is necessary after the floods which destroyed all equipment on the ground floor. This is why the project was focused on the higher level of the facility, in order to remove the threat in case of new floods.Health Center Maglaj expressed gratitude to Tan because without his donations the reconstruction would take 15 years to complete. Ground floor of the Health Center has been flooded three times in the last ten years.(Source: read more

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