Eyes of Faith
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Chappelle Letmanâ€™s Inner Vision
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Testimony: Blessings Delayed Arenâ€™t Blessings Denied Remarkable
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Departments: Arts & Entertainment Health, Beauty and Fitness Education Culinary Confections Inspiration Literary Muse/Music Social Movers & Shakers
Contributors Linda Mose Meadows Richard Meadows, Jr. John O. Mose, Jr. Drusilla O. Pair Linda Pate Anna Forge Eva Hedouville
Eyes of Faith Magazine FALL 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ Special thanks to: Charles Stanford for keynote address written in honor of Mileka Aljuwani & the contributing writers for their dedication, very diligent work and Don Snyder the photographer who beautifully captured our friend Chappelle Letman at work! The Chautauquan Daily for the sharing a
memorable Institute Week! ~~~~~~~~~~~
Table of Contents
NOTE PAD: MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHERS
SHARING A WOW MOMENT!
CHAPPELLE LET MAN HAS INNER VISION
NEW GENERATION OF JAZZ
OBLATE SISTERS OF PROVIDENCE
TESTIMONY BLESSINGS DELAYED ARE NOT BLESSINGS DENIED
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS PG. 14 “WE’RE GOING TO BE ALRIGHT!” TRIBUTE TO MY SISTER FRIEND MILEKA ALJUWANI PG. 17 REMARKABLE CHAUTAUQUA A SOUL AWAKENING EXPERIENCE!
LINDA’S PICKS: ON THE FLIP SIDE WITH NIKKEA SMITHERS
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
FAMILY BLESSING: GENEALOGY
FAMILY BLESSING: THE WORKOUT DOCTOR IS IN!
EVA’S NOT YOUR GRANNY’S LEMON BARS
SIX SOCIALLY CONSCIENCE COMPANIES CHANGING THE WORLD
WE’RE IN GOOD COMPANY!
NotePad: From the Editors Eyes of Faith , Fall 2010 will introduce you to some of our favorite things: food for our mind, body and soul. The contents showcase our circle of loved ones that have the tenacity to see beyond their circumstances and the dictates of society. This issue resonates with the theme of triumphant living! Sharon Bailey richly belts out ballads and Kirk Whalum ministers to our spirits through vocal and instrumental music. Enjoy an exceptional human being and sculptor: Chappelle Letman’s Inner Vision. Learn more about him in the edition featured in The International Review of African American Art. Linda Pate, my dear trailblazing friend is owner of Precious Memories Bookstore (reporting for Essence Magazine) has reinvented herself with the stellar writing of an Invisible Woman and critiqued one her best literary pick’s, author & poetess Nikkea Smither’s On The Flip Side.
“It’s only a matter of time before what I am working on comes to pass.” These are Bishop TD Jakes words not mine. But it makes so much sense to me that what we need in the main ingredient of our lives requires faith and our halt to procrastination! TAKING ACTION! Now, right now we can become witnesses to God’s glory! WHERE IS YOUR FAITH? That’s a question more for me than you! When doubt creeps in, I must ask myself that question. Scripture remind us to, “Help [our] unbelief.” Sometimes I crawl into the cubby hole of not totally believing it will all work out in my favor. Ever been there? Having the faith to see the invisible and embrace the intangible. Having faith to complete that dreamscape that you’ve tucked neatly on the shelf way back in your heart’s desire, sometimes we’re hard pressed to reach for that. It must have been that for me too, a dream deferred, but I slipped up and shared it with my friends and loved ones. Mainly my husband who’d tease me and say,” When you gonna get that magazine completed?” I didn’t have a ready answer, I wanted it to happen but I wasn’t sure how, so I blamed it on not having enough time nor energy. Well that dream MUST have been the seed planted in the heart and soul. And guess what my friends? I not only dreamed and talked about it, but my husband and I eventually got busy with realizing our virtual Magazine: Eyes of Faith! Thank God for cheerleaders which inspire, motivate and push us and don’t mind visioning with us.
“Having faith to complete that
dreamscape that you’ve tucked neatly on the
shelf way back in your heart’s desire…”
Celebrate our spiritual refueling at Chautauqua Institute. And I am sure you’ll join our Amen corner with the testimony that Blessings Delayed Aren’t Blessings Denied. Who doesn’t like mouthwatering baked goods? This recipe from entrepreneur Eva will have you glued to your cake pans. Haitian born Eva whips up baked delicacies that will have you tipping into the kitchen long after bedtime. She’s generously contributed one of her recipes. By faith she’s acquired her own bakery in Douglasville, GA. Customers are clamoring for her cakes and sumptuous goodies. My brother John O. Mose, Jr. the Workout Doctor provides insightful information for making living healthier a desired choice for maximum living! Get excited about your family tree with Professor Drusilla Pair. After reading her piece your appreciation for family will surely blossom.
There’s much to enjoy and discover. We pray the magazine will prove beneficial to your faith journey. Let’s speak faith together and celebrate the launching of Eyes of Faith Magazine!
God desires that we call those things that be not, as though they were. (Romans 4:17)! God surely initiated this dream and here we are!
Rickey and Linda Meadows
Linda Mose Meadows resides in the Hampton Roads Tidewater area. She originates from her beloved hometown of Buffalo, New York. She has very fond memories of her family and friends. Most recently she became a contributing journalist for The International Review of African American Art, and is the Inspirational Columnist with Urban Views Weekly/Richmond Times Dispatch and Empower Magazine. Employed in higher education as an Academic Advisor, Linda Meadows assists adult students pursue their professional education. She attended Howard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and received her Master of Science Degree in Public Affairs Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In November 2007 her first devotional was published by Tate Publishing. This devotional (paperback/audio book/eBook) is entitled: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises which has received positive accolades and endorsements for her heartfelt devotionals. Her book can be purchased on the World Wide Web, Tate Publishing and in book stores: Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books a Million, Walden Books and B Dalton. She thoroughly is enjoying her life. Her family is very proud of her accomplishments and vocation. She’s a wife of Rev. Richard D. Meadows, Jr. and mother/stepmother that loves the creative arts and blogging, http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com and http://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com
Richard D. Meadows, Jr. with his wife Linda Mose Meadows, are parents of six children, born in Buffalo, NY, for the past ten years have made their home in Newport News, VA. Currently he is a Candidate for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, The Episcopal Church, USA. Recently graduating in Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary (’10). He is a graduate of Virginia Union University (‘05). Serving in ordained ministry beginning in 1987, he served as pastor of the Herbert Baptist Church in Wachapreague, VA a congregation in the Baptist General Convention of Virginia. In that setting he carried the full pastoral role as preacher and leader in a small rural congregation, and Associate Minister in the COGIC and Historic Queen Street Baptist Church, Norfolk VA. Currently he serves as a Pastoral Counselor for Tidewater Pastoral Counseling in Norfolk VA and as Assistant Rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Williamsburg VA. Also serves on the distinguished Professional Advisory Group of the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital’s School of Clinical Pastoral Education and as a Mentor through Next Generation Consulting project at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He was named a New Clergy Fellow at Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Religion, 2010. Theological interests have focused on pastoral care and counseling, but also includes studies about the Black Church and racial reconciliation within the Episcopal Church. He will serve on the Committee (R-1) of the Diocese of Southern VA as it addresses race, slavery and the framing of its apology over its role in the institution of slavery. Currently he has identified the issue of exercising legitimate and relational pastoral authority as being of great importance in fulfilling ministry along with understanding social location and having a Healthy Identity: whereby emerging church leadership develop a healthy racial/ethnic identity, regardless of context, and navigate the tension between identity preservation and a shifting sense of identity within various contexts.
Linda Meadows obtains inspiration from her faith in God-His imprint in our midst and the prayers of a devoted mother. Mrs. Meadows’ strength is drawn from those individuals that persevere despite life’s obstacles. Two of her favorite quotations are: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1Cr. 2:9 “Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.” —Chinese Proverb
FAMILY SOJOURN This was written more than a year ago, and I wanted to revisit this post and thought you too might appreciate the sentiment for family and poetry that resonates with the divine. God bless you my friends! Lucille Clifton was born in Depew, New York, on June 27, 1936. Her first book of poems, Good Times, was rated one of the best books of the year by the New York Times in 1969. Clifton remained employed in state and federal government positions until 1971, when she became a writer in residence at Coppin State College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she completed two collections: Good News About the Earth (1972) and An Ordinary Woman (1974). Feb 17, 2010 our beloved路 Lucille Clifton expired from colon cancer. blessing the boats by Lucille Clifton (at St. Mary's) may the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding carry you out beyond the face of fear may you kiss the wind then turn from it certain that it will love your back may you open your eyes to water, water waving forever and may you in your innocence sail through this to that
This was my third Jones Lewis Family reunion celebrated with my husband's side of the family in Baltimore, Maryland; Dougie and Janice did an exemplary job as our host family from the start of the weekend through Sunday farewell gathering afternoon spent in their backyard. Truly it was a memorable occasion and quite a whirlwind weekend filled with cultural and family appreciation. New connections were made, conversations had with favorite family members, laughter and lamenting opportunities had while we meandered through the
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. Why I never thought about Art History and eventually becoming a curator is beyond me? I love visiting museums, truly it's a great meeting place, and yes there's history, culture and art under one roof. This was my second visit to this fine museum, but this moment provided me with an opportunity to journey through the exhibit A People's Geography. As my husband entertained and chased little Courtney around the museum, I eventually caught up with them in the gallery that featured A People's
Geography: The Spaces of American Life and there was Lucille Clifton's blessing the boats poem painted on the wall. There I stood transfixed rereading her blessing. I felt the words were as powerful as the beautiful quilts, the artistic impressions and the historical video. I thanked God for how eloquent and appropriate Ms. Clifton's words were for this family sojourn. These were words were stenciled not only on this wall, but in my heart. The words that captivated my soul. Words meant for our time, our ancestors and the generations yet to be born. The words that were a blessings for any visitor, any traveler to behold-here we were in the midst of this celebration of family and culture, why it couldn't have occurred in a more appropriate setting! Thank you and may God continue to keep you Sister Lucille!
SHARING A WONDERFUL “WOW MOMENT": PUBLISHED IN THE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART! http://museum.hamptonu.edu/store/ for subscription and art information visit : THE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART VOL. 23: NO. 1
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV) Keep believing friends in unexpected blessings and brighter days on our horizons! This is no cliché, God does have great things in store for you and me. My YouTube video is a good news report; it’s my creative way of sharing my recent personal "wow moment"! This “wow moment” is about my literary contribution and it being published in The International Review of African American Art Volume 23, No. 1, 2010 edition. My article is entitled: "Superior to Circumstance – The Splendor Within," an "Art, Body and Soul" column on visually-impaired sculptor Chappelle Letman, pg 41. Mr. Letman is an incredible artist and human being with resilient faith! The icing on the cake was learning that my son, Michael is also sharing this testimony of how God will honor your heart's desires. He's a newly published journalist and has written about the renowned artist Samella Lewis. His column is entitled: Samella Lewis Visits The HU Museum pg. 50. The International Review of African American Art Volume 23, No. 1 2010 Editor, Juliette Harris chose to place our columns n the same publication. Now that’s clearly how God orchestrates his blessings! He provides us with a universal testimony. Art by Samella Lewis I hope this news encourages you to stay the course and continue on your journeys, assured that God knows the plans He has for each of us, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11. For the bible and our celebratory moments tells us so!
CHAPPELLE LETMAN HAS INNER VISION Photographer Don Snyder â€œWhen there is no where else to turn, turn inward. Enter into the sacred silence of your soul and ask for healing, guidance and personal peace. â€? Michaiel Bovenes I am very pleased to introduce you to an outstanding man. He's an amazing person that I am elated to call friend: Chappelle Letman. Our initial introduction occurred when I was selected to become a contributing journalist for The International Review of African American Art. I quickly learned that this sculptor and visual artist was no ordinary man. Literally he walks by faith. This past Spring 2010 Edition of The International Review of African American Art includes a glimpse of Chappelle Letman and features several pieces of his outstanding sculptures. At the conclusion of my journal entry I wanted to do more. I felt the urgency that there must be another way that would allow me to further contribute and share with others about this phenomenal artist. Values.com provided the perfect venue to share what my heart wished to convey about Chappelle's humor, joy of living and deep abiding faith in God. When viewing his art and conversing with him, it is evident that his inner vision and resolve push him to persevere as a visually challenged in a "sighted" world. What's better than a billboard on the information highway-the internet? Well, possibly a Hallmark card, but Values.com, Foundations For a Better Life is an inspirational website-one of my favorites which allows all of us to create an inspirational community billboard! ( Enjoy creating a billboard also! On the Home page, click on the red banner CREATE YOUR OWN BILLBOARD.) I knew of just the right photo of Chappelle. I contacted Greg McGrath at The Cleveland Sight Center, sharing my endeavors and then Don Snyder of Don Snyder Photography, Inc. requesting his permission for use of his photos of Mr. Letman. As they say the rest is history!
Chappelle Letman: A remarkable sculptor with eyes of faith.
Kodak Billboard @ Chautauqua Institute. Linda Meadows appreciated the billboard and couldn’t resist photographing the billboard.
It’s a marveling moment! Sometimes you’ve got to just stop in your tracks, ponder and appreciate the creativity-the apparent ingenuity of others! Thank God for those moments that we stumble upon something our eyes and hearts applaud! Richard D. Meadows, Jr. and Linda Mose Meadows, Summer 2010
The New Generation of Jazz Celebrates by Richard D. Meadows, Jr.
is a Buffalo, NY based canary whose
amazing natural talent is equally matched with her beauty. She is a jazz old sckool sound in a new millennium, bringing back the past, hardcore into the future. Sharon is the premier female jazz and R&B vocalist in Buffalo and has been honored with The Buffalo Music Award for 'Top R&B Female Vocalist" in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005. She is a new sound for a whole new generation of jazz lovers. Sharon has also performed with numerous jazz and blues musicians throughout Canada, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Some of the venues and performances in her résumé include The Ellicottville Jazz Festival, The Pine Grill Reunion, The Hamilton Jazz Festival, The Buffalo Blues Festival, Nick Veltri's R&B Review, The Colored Musician's Club, The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Buffalo News Reviewer Toni Ruberto deemed her "Rhythm Queen" and wrote, "Sharon Bailey knows how to shake up a classic. The vivacious songstress takes the works of Irving Berlin, Gus Kahn and Richard Rogers and with a vocal inflection or a beat, gives well-loved and well-worn standards a contemporary feel. It's a sound honed through her love of rhythm, a curiosity leading to experimentation, and an intolerance for monotony." Sharon Bailey is the Executive Producer of her freshman project "Live on 7" recorded live at The New Tralf, Buffalo, NY. http://www.myspace.com/sharonbailey
& I was there! Yes, at the debut event in Maryland, when Kirk, now my friend (and a whole lot of other folks, too) treated a select crowd to an interactive session of gospel jazz. Not only did Kirk, play solo live, brother got a Word from the Lord too. He was a one man, hand clapping, foot stomping, and tongue talking church by himself. Of course we joined in, and patted our “foots” and shouted for joy. However what is amazing to the soul is when he joins the “Dukie Stick” himself, George Duke, virtuoso on Because You Loved Me. I only warn you to get you tissue in your hands. Enjoy! I’ll give you this for free, check it out. For lovers of the Word http://blog.kirkwhalum.com/biye/
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WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Our Sweet Sister Loretto is holding my devotional: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life's Lessons and God's Promises. This devotional gift was given to Sister Loretto during our visit with her in May 2009. As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 It was quite a blessing to receive an email from my Oblate Sister friend: Sister Lorraine. Her note blessed my soul, and motivated me to continue on my inspirational literary journey! I thought why not share? I pray you'll be further encouraged in your anointing to learn and support endeavors that glorify God and take you beyond your customary circles. The Oblate Sisters of Providence are indeed in service for our Lord Jesus Christ and doing extraordinary work! I am thankful for their example of loving service. "Hi Linda, Excuse my delay in getting in touch with you. Since you left, Sr. Constance and I have been very busy with the events that come with the season of Spring. Many groups have come to use our facilities for their activities. Sister and I help with the preparation and the clean up. So, this time of the year is extremely busy. I am letting you know this because I do not want you to think I have forgotten you. Your presence as you touch other people is not a forgotten one and it demand joyful remembrance. ( smile.) I view your blog and all that you wrote about the Oblate Sisters. Thank you for your time and kindness in doing that. I like your blog very much. Keep expressing the Spirit of Christ's living in your writing. It is a ministry so needed. Peace and many Prayers, Sister Lorraine Wonderful women of God! Sister Lorraine and Sister Constance So you see my friends, the words that we speak, the words that spill out of our hearts, the words we convey to each other and write are divinely purposed to build us up and encourage us to be vigilant in our ministries. Keep spreading those exuberant words of encouragement!
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by Linda Mose Meadows http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/
BLESSINGS DELAYED, ARE NOT BLESSINGS DENIED! Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:13,14 I thank God for allowing me to be a witness that a blessing delayed isn’t always an indication of a blessing denied! In May of 2009 our family’s hearts were broken, just crushed when we learned that my son wasn’t going to be graduating from college as anticipated. Our party plans were senseless, only multiple notes and conversations of regret were the order of the day. Oh, but that wasn’t the end of the story. Apparently classes were missed despite what his academic program card conveyed and thus there was more, much course work yet to be completed. It felt horrible to me, but it must have felt even worse for Michael to be engaged with classmates excited about securing their regalia, class rings, receiving letters of acceptance for graduate school while they enthusiastically planned for summer and fall ventures. This time friends, my son would have to bite the bullet, display the “stiff upper lip” and share that he’d been delayed with graduation plans for another year. And trust that this was really the truth! Ever been there? What must that have been like, to speak those words: “No I’m not graduating yet?” and digest the very essence of that implication! Failure, disappointment must have been ringing in his ears. No one said much, but it was rough on our psyches! And to add insult to injury, more courses, more and more work! The ask ant glances, wondering stares, voices of predictable doom and our own silent regrets were audible! This was not the emperor’s robe of choice! Was defeat going to be his life’s main appetizer? What must have been Michael’s prayers?
What are your prayers during life’s overwhelming setbacks? Well just like the admitted doting Mother that I am-my heart ached, tears flowed freely and often, but my prayers never ceased! I spoke life every opportunity, no matter how angry I was. This was only temporary, I remained adamant! My mind kept reeling the tape that hope was alive and well, and God would not abandon my child’s efforts.
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Yes sir my friends, it does happen, God allows us to see His goodness in the land of the living! Not only did we witness my son’s commencement, but relished with other parents this 2010 Mother’s Day Weekend was an answer to prayer! I stood unashamedly with outstretched arms among a host of strangers, my husband, father, extended family members and a cloud of witnesses acknowledging God’s faithfulness! It was surreal to be finally witnessing, sharing in each other’s merriment of this long awaited milestone reached! Our loved ones had attained one of their important goals and this was no small fete. Thank you Holy Ghost, there is real joy seeing God’s hand of deliverance when dreams are finally birthed! My household realizes and Michael can testify that we couldn’t have survived without God’s leading! Oh it’s a fact that rain storms erupt, thunder frightens and clouds hang heavy and even stir our soul's anguish. Oh indeed; but torrential rains halt and the sun does streak the clouds! I see the rainbow on our horizons. Congratulations to the Class 2010. What a day, what a moment never to be forgotten! Keeping running and reaching towards your mark! We await your testimony!
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Leadership Development Through the Congressional Black Caucus Our testimony celebrating God’s grace and goodness with Michael just keeps snowballing! Sometimes we’ve got to see things for ourselves and often when this happens it’s an eye popping experience which causes us to smile broadly and say, “Oh my goodness!” This is one of those “for real, for real” occasions’ friends! Oh I just love sharing this! Our son, Michael was a participant as a 2010 Summer Intern for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. to say we were thrilled is an understatement. He was assigned to work with VA. Congressman Bobby Scott’s Office; he learned and experienced invaluable lessons for leadership development and serving in government.
students through young adults (generally ages 40 and under). Participants are provided with opportunities to learn the inner workings of Congress, explore public service and public policy careers, discuss current events and policy initiatives and see close up leadership at its very best by working with and learning from Congressional Black Caucus members.
It was also a great learning experience for me as a parent. Thank goodness for http://www.cbcfinc.org/ I appreciated the CBCF‘s mission and efforts immensely. Our son was one of the fine students which debuted in the September issues of JET and EBONY Magazine with several other HBCU College students. He shared with us that as a summer 2010 intern for the Congressional Black Caucus they were selected for Ebony Magazine’s educational issue with President Obama gracing their cover. Several of the brightest and best young people had the distinct and blessed opportunity to reflect and share solutions for addressing today’s pressing issues faced by this nation and the President of the United States The “IF I Were President” scenarios and difficult questions presented to The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.’s , Summer Congressional Interns make readers proud! Here indeed was another golden opportunity for these sharp minds to offer new insight and perspectives on change for the better. Guess what? When I visit my local grocery store, stop in airport news stand, or purchase a newspaper or book from my favorite bookstore, Ebony Magazine’s September issue is on the same shelves. I couldn’t have imagined that this summer internship would have harvested such awesome opportunities for all of these young HBCU students! Lord I just can’t thank you enough! Lesson learned: God can do so much more than you could ask or think of!
CBCF Scholarships CBCF has award scholarships to talented students for over 20 years. Our scholarship recipients have gone on to successful careers in government, non-profit and private sectors. Each year, we award more than 700 scholarships to students across the United States. For more information on individual scholarship programs, visit the CBCF Scholarship page.
CBCF Alumni Success Stories Click here to read about the experiences and successes of current and former CBCF Leadership Institute interns and fellows.
CBCF Congressional Internship Blog In June 2010, CBCF debuted its official blog (located here) which will initially focus on the experiences of our Summer 2010 interns (full intern roster). In their own words, CBCF interns will share their personal stories each week on their time on Capitol Hill working for a congressional member. Check back often as the blog will be updated daily!
Hallmarks of the Leadership Institute include:
Leadership Institute for Public Service
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Taken from the CBCFINC.org The Leadership Institute for Public Service prepares the next generation to take its place in community service and policy development arenas. The Leadership Institute’s primary goal is to increase the pool of black leaders in community-based programs and public service careers. The Leadership Institute offers numerous educational and leadership development programs for individuals ranging from junior high school
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Congressional Fellows Program Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellows Program Congressional Internship Program Emerging Leaders Internship Program Communications Internship Program African Globalism Internship CBCF Leadership Network of Alumni
2010 Congressional Black Caucus Interns Learn more about this wonderful endeavor @ http://www.cbcfinc.org
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"Were Going To Be Alright" Tribute to my Sister Friend
Mileka Aljuwani 1957 – 2006 “Mileka” “we’re going to be all right.” One more time, “Mileka” “we’re going to be all right.” Mileka Aljuwani was born on May 8th, 1957 to Saharah and Wahab Aljuwani in Buffalo, New York. Mileka received her formal education at Bennett High School in Buffalo, New York and furthered her education at Howard University, obtaining a BA in Pharmacy and in Accounting. Mileka was the National Executive Director of Project 2019. In her leisure time, she enjoyed writing and painting. She was active in the following organizations, among others: Project 2019, National Black United Front, N’COBRA, Black Chamber of Commerce, Black Business Alliance, New Black Panther Party, LOC, and Angela Davis Cop Watch. She worked with the Million Women March, the Million Youth March and the Million Family March. Mileka was a founder of Blacks for Responsible Government. Mileka departed this life on August 20, 2006. She was preceded by her father, Wahab Aljuwani; her mother, Saharah Aljuwani; and her older brother, Wahab Aljuwani, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory: her brothers, Shakoor and Hashiem Aljuwani and Rodney Heath; her sister, Tanya Heath; her sisters-inlaw, Carol and Lenore Aljuwani; and a host of loving aunts, nieces, nephews and caring friends. On August 20, 2006, our beloved sister, Mileka Aljuwani, the National Executive Director of Project 2019, lost her courageous battle with cancer. The entire Project 2019 family is heartbroken by the loss of our beautiful, intelligent, dedicated leader. Mileka wanted everyone to know she regarded Project 2019 as our legacy and that the best way to honor her was for each of us to work
harder and to do more to ensure the success of Project 2019. In her leisure time, she enjoyed writing and painting. She was active in the following organizations, among others: Project 2019, National Black United Front, N’COBRA, Black Chamber of Commerce, Black Business Alliance, New Black Panther Party, LOC, and Angela Davis Cop Watch. She worked with the Million Women March, the Million Youth March and the
better. Her Aljuwani.
Passionately, steadfastly, she began working on all kinds of justice issues, especially anything to do with education and economic development. Mileka was extraordinarily passionate," said Ellen Bravo, now with the women's studies department at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. "She took seriously the issues of justice and equality. People were never just tokens or statistics to her. They were always real people." "Wherever there was an issue, you'd look up and she was there," said Shakoor Aljuwani, her brother. Mileka died of breast cancer Sunday. She was 49.” And, by the way, her brother, Shakoor, went to New Orleans right after hurricane Katrina hit – and he has been there ever since. And finally, here is part of the tribute that I delivered at Mileka’s funeral. “The French author, Victor Hugo, is credited with having said that, ‘there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.’
Million Family March. Mileka was a founder of Blacks for Responsible Government.” Now, that was the “official list.” Her friends who are here from Milwaukee can attest to the fact that it did not matter who, what, when, or how – if she could help one black person – man, woman, or child – Mileka was there. A tribute to Mileka that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel began as follows: “Thirteen years ago, a human whirlwind blew into Milwaukee, determined to shake things up for the
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Needless to say, when I envisioned Project 2019 in 1998, I was absolutely convinced that it was an idea whose time had come. Three years later – after I had written the book, established the Project 2019 Web site, spent most of my money, and all of my time – and had NOT convinced black America that we could close the education gap by the year 2019 – I could not help but wonder if Project 2019 was, indeed, a powerful idea whose time had come. It was just about that time that I got an e-mail from some woman in Milwaukee – named Mileka Aljuwani – who had run across the Project 2019 Web site while surfing the net. I don’t remember her exact
words, but they were typical of the thousands of positive e-mails and verbal comments that I have received regarding Project 2019. Mileka and I exchanged a couple more e-mails and – as I always do – I invited her to join the movement. I was not shocked that I did not hear back from her. You might be surprised by the number of times that people have said – Project 2019 is a great idea – or, Project 2019 is just what black America needs – or, Project 2019 will truly make a difference in the future of black America – with these comments being follow by, I wish YOU the best of luck in making it happen. Of course, this was not how the story of Mileka Akjuwani and Project 2019 ended. It took about a year – but I did hear back from her. This time, I do remember what she said. She said that in spite of anything and everything else that was happening in her very busy life, she could NOT get Project 2019 out of her head. The rest of the story, as the say, is history. She founded the Milwaukee Chapter of Project 2019. She subsequently became a member of the National Board of Directors. And in March, 2005, she was chosen to serve as the National Executive Director of Project 2019. During the 4-plus years that Mileka and I “conspired” to save black America in our late night phone conversations, we developed a deep and abiding friendship. A few days ago, I received the highest complement from one of her friends. I will never forget it. She told me that Mileka considered me to be like another big brother to her. And that complement has become so much more meaningful now that I have met and now that I am getting to know her brother, Shakoor. I can only promise that I will continue to strive to be deserving of being associated with such a great family. For as strange as it may seem, Mileka and I talked about death more than you might imagine. For one thing, we both had a great sense of history – especially in regards to the previous 18 generations of black Americans and their struggles over the past almost 4 centuries. We both understood that the millions of black Americans who had come before us – those who had lived, fought, and died – they were responsible for getting us to where we are today.
AND we both understood the INCREDIBLE debt that we owed to them for their sacrifices. AND we both understood that the only way to pay that debt was to create a better future for the millions of black Americans who would follow us after we were gone. And, of course, because of the challenge of Project 2019 – that is, to reach educational parity by the year 2019 – there was the reality that we might not be around to see the results of our labor. The standing joke was that, in the year 2019, Mileka would roll me out onto the stage in a wheel chair, push me over to the side, and SHE would make the speech congratulating black America for having accomplished a task that people had the AUDACITY to say that black America could NOT accomplish. So, you can’t begin to imagine how I feel standing here today. Because in my heart of hearts, I always knew that it would be Mileka, standing here where I’m standing, praising me as a great hero of Project 2019 – and not the other way around. Mileka did not make it to the year 2019. I may not make it to the year 2019. And, sadly, some of you here today may not make it to the year 2019. But, the year 2019, by the grace of God, will arrive and there will be millions of black Americans who WILL be here to share this watershed moment in black history. It was Mileka’s dream, as it is mine, that the year 2019 will NOT be a year of black Americans cursing and bemoaning 400 years of Slavery and oppression – but rather, a year of joyously celebrating – the resilience, the resourcefulness, and the strength of character of black America. I am humbled that Mileka Aljuwani – for all that she had seen, all that she knew, and all that she had done – chose to dedicate a part of her life to Project 2019. I am so grateful that Mileka Aljuwani – for all that she had seen, all that she knew, and all that she had done – by virtue of her faith in Project 2019, validated that it truly is a powerful idea whose time has come. I am so honored that Mileka Aljuwani – for all that she had seen, all that she knew, and all that she had done – I am so very honored that she shared my dream. Mileka, you will be remembered. Your legacies will include your beautiful mind – your beautiful heart
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– and your beautiful spirit. And if I have my way, you will be remembered for the next 400 years in black American history as the visionary who – with your life, showed us the way to the Promised Land – and with your death INSPIRED us to stop talking about it – and to actually REACH the Promised Land. Thank you, Mileka, for giving us all that you had to give. We will always love you.” So, now, let me tell you about the promise that I made to Mileka. I last talked to her on a Saturday night and again that Sunday morning. Later in the day, I received a call telling me that she had been taken to the hospital. By Monday morning, she had lapsed into a low-level coma and she passed the following Sunday, never having regained consciousness. The last time that I saw Mileka was that Friday, two days before her death. I am sure that at least some of you have gone through the sad and painful experience of holding someone hand and comforting them as they approached their last days or their hours of life. So, what do you say in that situation? Well, in my case, I talked about Project 2019 – about things that we had done – things we had planned to do – things that we needed to do. After a couple of hours, I bent over, kissed Mileka on the cheek and I whispered the following promise. “Don’t worry, we’re going to be all right.” And then, I said it again. “I promise, we’re going to be all right.” Now, I have to explain to you what I meant by this promise. Note that I did not say that, “I was going to be all right,” I said “we.” And when I said “we,” I was not talking about just Project 2019 – and I was not talking about just her friends and associates – and I was not just talking about her loving family. When I said “we,” I was talking about every black American here this evening – every black American NOT here this evening – and every black American who will be here long after we are all gone. “We are going to be all right.” Now, some of you may be asking yourselves, why would Charles Sanford make such a big promise regarding the 40 million black Americans alive today – and the millions yet to be born. Well, keep in
mind Charles “Hubris” Sanford is the same person who truly believes that black folks can reach educational parity with the rest of America by the year 2019. But, actually, there are two good reasons why I made that promise to Mileka – that “we’re going to be all right.” The first reason is that I knew that it was the ONE THING that I could say to her that would make her passing easier. The reason that I know this to be true is because – Mileka Aljuwani actually felt guilty about having breast cancer. Mileka felt guilty about dying. She believed that she was letting her people down – that there was so much more work to be done – and so much more that she could contribute to uplifting black America. So, for as big of a promise as it was, I felt that I had to assure her. “We, black Americans, are going to be all right.” The second reason why I promised Mileka (that) “we’re going to be all right” is because of what I have said to you each time I have addressed you on this occasion. I believe in black America. And not just because I’m black. I believe in black America because I “understand” in my head and in my heart – the pain, the suffering, the degradation – that the first 12 generations of black Americans had to endure during 246 years of Slavery. I believe in black America because I, like many of you here this evening, “understand” and remember what it felt like to be a second-class citizen during the five generations and 103 years of the Jim Crow era. And, yet,
here we are today. Having won the struggle to end Slavery and having won the struggle for civil rights, we are now in a position to fight and win the battle to reclaim the knowledge that was stolen from us the moment we were put in the bowels of those first slave ships. And we are now in a position to overcome the education and knowledge that was forbidden and denied to us from the year 1619 until the 1960’s. I believe in black America because I understand what we have had to endure – how long we have had to endure it – and how hard white, racist America tried to make sure we could not do any better. Any, yet, here we are. Maybe my promise to Mileka wasn’t so outlandish after all. But I can’t keep that promise by myself. I need your help. And the first thing I want you to do is to look up at Mileka’s picture – and I want you to make that same promise to her that I made. I want you to say it out loud. Repeat after me – “Mileka” – “we’re going to be all right.” One more time – “Mileka” – “we’re going to be all right.” http://www.project2019.com/hrM AljuwaniMem7.htm (2007 "Project 2019 Annual Conference" Keynote Address by Charles Sanford) FOOTNOTE: I am extremely grateful for Brother Charles Sanford, no we've never met, but this keynote address that he shared about my dear sister and beloved Mileka provided me with
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such insight and a deeper appreciation for her worthy civic work. We are family -we grew up together, skipped to kindergarten together with our sneaker bags and rugs for naptime. So many childhood memories, great high school fun and college escapades and then on to adulthood, we'd journey on our separate paths. Michael's God mama a real trail blazer! We'd talk on the phone, share funny "remember when stories" and occasionally see each other during the Christmas Holidays in our hometown of Buffalo, New York and then share real heart matters. There aren't many days that I don't think of Mileka, it's hard to believe that she's no longer here in body, but the complete truth is that she has provided us with a tremendous legacy of loving life, demonstrating what it means to extend and reach beyond selfish motives to do good and spark change. She taught us what being our brother's keeper really meant. So I was delighted when our high school classmate, David and I were chatting about our Bennett High School days, and I shared our sister's obituary, but then I googled her name and there Mileka was-this beautiful photo and this touching, reflective keynote address. I thank God for this heartfelt tribute. We're all the more blessed because of Mileka's earnest desire to make a difference. I thank God for the gift of friendship, enlightenment and always the unexpected joy that He bring us all!
As we careened down the highway yesterday headed for home, Ricky and I had fun reminiscing about the tremendous power packed agenda and our anointed new friends: Stephen, Nannette, Mark & Michele, Clemette & Mary, Lee Ann & Stefan, Phoebe, Jennifer & Nathan, Evie, Derrick & Marnie and Ann & Loren.
REMARKABLE CHAUTAUQUA A SOUL AWAKENING EXPERIENCE!
He’s the pilot smoothly navigating the highway. With pleasure, I’m co-piloting happily sharing my “road safety” commentary and speed limit observations. But for this blog post is my imaginary seat is perched comfortably in the Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Religion’s Amen corner. That means I highly support and recommend Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Religion’s endeavors. I can hardly contain all the spiritual benefits received regarding all that my heart and soul witnessed. As folks once would say, "I was weary!" Kindly indulge me and I gladly will share a few soul awakening moments.
Written by: Linda Mose Meadows
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jeremiah 17:8
The drive from New York through the mountains of Pennsylvania didn’t seem so tiring because our spirits are celebrating and laughing about my bold pronouncement of my “vacation”, during the opening introductions. Why didn’t I just announce the entire truth when the opening facilitator requested participants, spouses and partners share why they agreed to be a part of The New Clergy’s Program?
Incredible God! This is thundering through my spirit as I recant the remake able previous week spent with honored “Fellows” from diverse religious backgrounds and their spouses selected for week # 2 of The New Clergy Program (NCP) of Chautauqua Institution’s Department of Religion. The theme for week two is: The Ethics of Leadership.’ My husband Richard had the distinct pleasure to be honored as one of the fellows.
Good question. Answer, probably my pride was at work! I missed a golden opportunity to thank God audibly in that instance. I knew the moment I made my pronouncement of vacation, that that wasn’t the entire truth. Maybe I was too spent to share all that had preceded our arrival to Chautauqua Institution. So, instead I shared that I was “vacationing”, when the fact of the matter was I needed an immediate elixir. Yes my friends, what was missing prior to Chautauqua Institution was a very tall glass of spiritual refreshment, an encounter with God on a deeper level-a renewing, nectar from the wellspring of living water.
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Almighty God, We worship and adore you, Most Holy and Righteous creator. You have done all things well. We have gathered in your name And we pray for your blessing on the church in this place called Chautauqua, its people and pastors. Here may the faithful find salvation, and the careless be awakened. Here may the doubting find faith, and the anxious be encouraged. Here may the tempted find help, and the sorrowful find comfort. Here may the weary find rest, and the strong be renewed. Here may the aged find consolation and the young be inspired; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Through many dangers, toils and snares, we have already come, Tâ€™was grace that brought us safe thus far, and grace will lead us home. Gracious God, in the name of Jesus we beseech you, to hear our prayers, hear our pleas for mercy and grace in this time of trial, called life. It is written in your Holy word that we would be tried, but just as we are tried, we trust you to walk with us and guide us, along this journey. Every good and perfect gift comes from you, So, gift us with joy in times of sorrow, peace in the time of struggle. We lift our hearts and minds to you, looking to the hills from whence cometh our help. Knowing that our help comes from you. Help us to abide in the shadow of thy wing. Amen. Then the eagle will carry our prayer for peace and love, and the people of all communities can sit in the same circle together to communicate in love and experience the presence of the Great Mystery in their midst. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far, on the way, thou who has by they might led us into the light, keep us forever in thy path, we pray. Let that day be today for our sake, through Jesus Christ our advocate and redeemer. Amen. Prayer written by Richard D. Meadows, Jr. (July 2010) for Closing Worship of The New Clergy Program of Chautauqua Institutionâ€™s Department of Religion Joan Brown Campbell Director of the Department of Religion
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The beautifully sculpted prayer written by my beloved Ricky does convey this sentiment of need for a fresh spiritual wind, especially during these complex and turbulent times. (I just feel it- the Holy Ghost orchestrated its inception.)
believers to embrace a holistic heath regiment and appreciate the Great Awakening in our midst. Our minds were awakened during the Morning Lecture Series and notably when the dynamic President of Echoing Green, Cheryl Dorsey, shared about her passionate commitment and alliances with philanthropic leaders which are providing the needed capital and business acumen for jump starting young innovative Social entrepreneurs. As a result of these "social-preneurs" insight, lives are being changed for the better! Her testament about these global change agents was very encouraging. The power of her ingenuity and dedication for service couldn’t be overshadowed.
In a final moving Praise and Worship opportunity this prayer was corporately shared. It spoke beautifully to our hearts along with Rev. Will Terry pulling no punches with his timely sermonic message and Rev. Stephen Austin lifting our spirits with his beautiful voice and piano worship selections. God was actively ministering to each of our needs. The feet washing, laying-on of hands and lifting in prayer the program’s major supporters and our exemplary servant leaders: Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Rev. Will Terry, Rev. Cameron Pennybacker and Rev. Dr. Albert Pennybacker was certainly in order for this blessed outpouring. As some might say, “God was in the house!”
God’s love was visible in the stirrings and poignant accounts of Daisy Khan, Executive Director, and American Society for Muslim Advancement. Mrs. Khan shared in the Hall of Philosophy and during NCP session/dinner. Hers is a heartfelt commitment of embracing others and reaching across Ecumenical barriers. She lovingly shares her Islamic faith principles, humanitarian endeavors and hope for rebuilding torn lives.
God’s presence was not mistaken, it was apparent-surely felt and appreciated daily, especially during the morning messages from the esteemed Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., President and Founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation of New York and Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church. Rev. Dr. Forbes, Jr. beckoned
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Otis Moss III
abundance was all around us! It spilled over into one opportunity after another, appreciating this stimulating community and life force at Chautauqua! It was expressed in the love of ministry, passion for sharing the Gospel and in demonstrated service.
And Lord knows the creative interpretation of the Preacher Extraordinaire: Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ’s panel discussion and “talk” of our need for the urgency of all Americans to become Jazz lovers, preserving Louisiana, and more importantly not take for granted a rich musical /historical legacy which should be treasured. He creatively said we should start a jazz orchestra inclusive of all, an intergenerational experience-partaking in a united love supreme jazz rendition.
It must have been in the weeklong soul connections and sheer joy of seeing God in others! It included the resounding hospitality of the Robertson’s and the Stahl’s. It was found in the welcome received at The Mission House, and Nancy Robert’s emails, her concern for us and securing our breakfast groceries? Goodness, grace, caring -there was plenty distributed!
Enriching moments experienced at these lectures and during worship spilled into simply celebratory encounters. Angelic encounters on every turn! God's handiwork was realized and you couldn't help but to acknowledge the divine instantly! Reflecting on this my Spirit agrees that it must have also been the Spouse’s Luncheon/Partner Luncheon with Lynn Stahl
This was soul food we feasted on! Friends, it was all of that! Rev. LaVerne Gill and Rev. Dr. George Wirth’s sweet spirit and devotion to service and inclusiveness were spiritual presents, just like the inviting tall-backed white rocking chairs found on the porches.
wife of Rabbi Sam Stahl of San Antonio, Texas, or the raucous sacred laughter and sheer enjoyment shared! No, it was marveling in awe of the picturesque landscapes, or my instantly applauding as I walked pass the Amphitheatre during the rehearsals of the Chautauqua
How did this equation of people and sprit connect so well? It must have been the divine configuration of new clergy? Was it their partners and spouses which created an uplifting support community, new kinships/friendships and love for brethren which trust and understand our reliance of a sure foundation? Yes, I too believe it was that and a culmination of chats, the impressive and varying architecture, creative artisans, hearty luncheons, the ingenious visual and performing arts? Friends it must be God's love woven throughout!
Symphony Orchestra, or closing my eyes and intently absorbing the choir voices and the organist's mastery of music witnessed for early morning service! And then meeting the outstanding multimedia artisans ( Cheryl Olney aka "Louise's Daughter", Rebecca Grace Jones, James Sankowski, Alan Resnick and Gail Markiewicz) who displayed their anointed creations and entertained my questions too!
Hands down, it 's evident in The anointed Religion Department with their stellar leadership team of: Joan, Will, “Penny” and, Cameron and the fine supporters (i.e. Daney-Holden Family Foundation, Robertson Foundation, Constance Somers and Sam and Sarah Everett McLaren and others I am confident). Just possibly it's the rich panel discussions, the genuine
Well it surely was in the assortment of the delicious home baked cookies and our indulging in the slice of heavenly carrot cake! Have your taste buds ever sang? Simple
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embraces, Dr. Forbes’ affirmations, receptions, testimonies, unbelievable landscapes, and culminating worship experiences gathering diverse religious and cultures converging and partaking in the wonderful Chautauqua Experience! This Chautauqua Experience is an ongoing revival and nourishment for the mind, body and soul! A real angel Cheryl Olney! Louise's Daughter!
public awakenings erupted our spiritual and natural gifts that I am confident of. We can be peacefully assured that God is doing a new thing in us and has not abandoned us! It's ok to acknowledge that we too are blessed even in the midst of discomforts. Thank God for the discoveries made at this historic landmark! Discoveries of self, our freedom to unmask vulnerabilities and limitations! God’s wonder filled omnipotence is present and presence enough! New leaves are falling, healing is all around.
My soul yearned for respite, a safe haven and revitalization.
I feel very confident that during our past week’s sojourn the longings of our heart were evident. These private and
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Yes, also the divine was evident when Rabbi Irwin Kula, President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership expressed passionately his receptivity and desire to actively engage listeners to embrace new thinking/actions for living effectively in a chaotic world. Not to mention his generosity to all the NCPâ€™s a gift of his most recent literary work: Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life
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Yes, Lord! Send REVIVAL! I believe revival did happen! It was a vacation indeed, a vacation from the stressors of life! I witnessed and re-experienced revival up close and personal with many others! Life Anew! Revival which captured our Spirits! Thank you Holy Spirit! Thank you Dr. Forbes! Thank you Chautauqua! Our hearts are forever changed we're dancing in our new nature! Love has resurfaced void of ecumenical and denominational alliances. Heart matters are revealed, resistance halted! Lord! Lord! Honest dialogue has spawned into sacred and cherished experiences. Remarkable! Remarkable! The table is spread, let's feast! Thanks be to God! Grateful to God for a Fresh New Wind! Sharing in Faith, Linda Mose Meadows
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NEW CLERGY FELLOWS 2010
Steve Austin, Derrick L. Weston, Richard D. Meadows, Jr., Phoebe Roaf, Nannetter Banks, Evie L. Stuard, Ann G. Willet, Jennifer Soule-Hill, Nathan Soule-Hill, Lee Ann Pomrenke, Caneron Pennybacker, Mark Brainerd. the conference,” explained New Clergy Program director Albert Pennybacker, “because of its theme: ‘The Ethics of Leadership.’ This is especially important for religious leaders and provides an opportunity for clergy relatively new in ministry to focus on ethical issues — this is Chautauqua’s gift. “This week’s group,” he continued, “is diverse in terms of identity and experience. Six denominational traditions are represented.
New Clergy Program Chautauqua Institution by Joan Lipscomb Solomon Writer for the Chautauquan Daily, Chautauqua, NY Staff writer The dozen smiling Fellows of Week Two New Clergy Program filled the gathering room at the Hall of Missions with enthusiastic energy as they arrived to prepare for their participation in the second week of the Chautauqua Season. “The Week Two Fellows represent a strong cross section of America’s religious life,” said Cameron Pennybacker, on-site coordinator. “They will, no doubt, benefit from their experiences at Chautauqua, and Chautauqua, we expect, will benefit from their presence and leadership.” “Week Two was chosen for
Their promise in ministry is already confirmed by their present leadership. The program has become so popular.” He said that an additional group of Fellows will be present during Week Seven. The Robertson Foundation and the Holden-Dany Fellowship pay all expenses, except transportation, for clergy and their spouses
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or partners. They reside for the week at various denominational houses. Anyone wishing to contribute financially in support of the program, Pennybacker said, may do so through the Department of Religion.
(ELCA), St. Paul, Minn.; Phoebe A. Roaf, associate rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans; Jennifer A. SouleHill and Nathan T. Soule-Hill, co-pastors of Family of Christ Presbyterian Church, Greeley, Colo.; Evie L. Stuard, associate minister of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville, Ind.; Derrick L. Weston, pastor of Oakland Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Springfield, Ohio; and Ann G. Willet, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Royce City, Texas. Roaf commented, “I think it’s a great privilege for me to be part of this program. I wasn’t aware of Chautauqua Institution until my seminary dean, Ian Markham, recommended this to me. I plan on sharing my experience with people in New Orleans when I return.” In addition to Director Albert Pennybacker and on-site coordinator Cameron Pennybacker, the program is served by Chaplain William Holt Terry. The three are enjoying introducing the Fellows to each other and to Chautauqua.
Week Two Fellows are: Steven M. Austin, interim senior minister of the Congregational Church of Salisbury, Conn.; Nannette E. Banks, ordained elder on the staff of Chicago’s Progressive Community Center; Mark Brainerd, associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, N.C.; Clemette Haskins, pastoral associate on the staff of The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, Ky.; Richard D. Meadows Jr., former pastor of Herbert Baptist Church and candidate for Holy Orders in the diocese of Southern Virginia, after studying at Virginia Theological Seminary; Lee Ann Pomrenke, pastor of River of Life Lutheran Church
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Danica and Tavares’s worlds clash and things get shaken up a bit. You won’t want to miss out as the roles get reversed and lives are forever changed. I had an opportunity to interview Nikkea Smithers let’s see her spin on how this story was developed. Share with our readers why you felt it was necessary to write about a father struggling to take care of his two children while the biological mother is taking advantage of the situation? When I think of this story and single fathers I just think of the flip side to the game. You read a lot of books about single mothers who don't get support from the fathers of their children but not a lot about single fathers. I'm not talking about the ones who have their kids every once in a when. I'm talking about the ones who have their kids 24/7, 365 with no support. These men truly exhibit the reverse roles of single mothers. Single fathers are often under celebrated but often carry the same weight as single mothers. When I wrote this book I wanted to write it in that roles reversed setting. What if the man has the kids and the woman has the greed? What if the mother is a professional baby mother and doesn't care about her kids but how much profit she can make off of them? While we don't talk about it, there are women like this out there. I wanted to make people finish reading this book thinking about the women who use their kids as pay checks and could careless about their well being. I'm hoping that someone will finish my book and think about the subject matter and want to affect change. Why did Danica have such a dark side? Why was she so obsessed to the point of death?
Danica is the woman that you love to hate. She has it all, she's a successful therapist and she has a serious God complex that causes her to think that she can do whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Though she can clinically analyze everyone around her she has deep seeded issues that she never comes to grips with. This comes from her relationship with her father. This also causes her to delve deeper and deeper into her superiority complex and causes her to believe that karma is her middle name. At first she's not obsessed with death; she's obsessed with making people pay for their indiscretions in life. While she plays karma to other people she fails to notice that her ways will come back to her. No matter how she tries to cloak her ways with so called good deeds, this unfortunately causes her to meet her match which ends up in fatality.
On The Flip Side with Nikkea Smithers Essences Best Selling Author Nikki Smithers and an interview with Linda Pate.
Is this book based off of a true story? This book is not based off of a true story but is a composite of multiple conversations. The topic of most of these conversations would be child support. I was surprised to find out how many men were either paying child support in two different states or had custody of their children and were still paying child support. I took these conversations and wrote the poem On The Flip Side. After performing single fathers often approached me off the stage saying that I was speaking to their lives. I started hearing all types of stories about the flip side to the single parent game. One of my friends told me after I performed this poem about one of her friends whose child's mother told him to pick up his newborn from the hospital if he wanted them. I thought this was outrageous. Ultimately all of this encouraged me turn that poem into this book.
Often times we don’t consider the struggles of a single father who desires to be a good father to his kids and desires the very best for them. How often do we look at the obstacles they face from the biological mother? We often look at the mother, but there are many single fathers who care for their children full time. On The Flip Side (Auset Ausar Productions $15.00) is a well written novel by Essence Best Selling Author Nikkea Smithers. You will be introduced to Tavares who desires to be a good father to his kids but this becomes very difficult when he is faced with obstacles from the mother of his children. He meets Danica who is living a double life. She has a successful psychiatric practice and has her patients lives all figured out. Danica enjoys a double life of making people pay for their indiscretion in the worst way.
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What would you share with fathers who have some of the similar struggles that Taveres has experience? I would share with them that I wrote this book with them in mind, hoping that the traits that Tavares demonstrated would inspire them to be great. No matter how hard it got in this book that man was about his kids. He did what he had to do and didn't leave excuses as to why he couldn't handle his responsibilities. Don't let anything get in the way of standing up and being a man as well as father to your kids. What is the reward after all of the drama that occurs? In this book the main characters needed each other as a stepping stone to get to the next level. I say all the time when someone asks me about this book that this is not a love story. While readers may yearn for the two main characters to drift off into happily ever after, it's not that type of story. I wanted to keep the focus on Tavares and his plight so I had to give Danica a little bit of wrong in her to make the readers say hmmm.... The drama was needed to keep the readers entertained while I slipped in education. Along the way I slide in subliminal messages of accountability and karma. Provide our readers encouragement
If this book teaches you nothing else let it teach you that what you do, will always come back to you. Wouldn't you rather this be the blessings that accompany positivists? I encourage you to stay positive despite disappointments, adversity or pain. There will always be a blessing to follow when you allow positive-ity to enter your heart. Who is Linda Pate She is the owner of Precious Memories bookstore located in Richmond, Va. She is known for supporting authors and hosting events that will bring communities together that include, book signings, poetry readings and her famous Chocolate Dip and Sip annual event for Valentine's Day. Visit our newly released online bookstore. She is a book review columnist for Urban Views Weekly and she currently reports book sales to Essence Magazine and the NY Times. She is proud of her store and the opportunities it has afforded her in bringing the community closer together through books.
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outside of the restaurant entrance. People are complaining
The Invisible Women By Linda Pate
about the heat but refusing to go inside while they wait for their buddies. Cell phones are ringing, a tall and slender young lady very neat in her appearance answers with frustration in her voice.” Hello”, she answers, as she joggles
It is 9:00a.m., and the day is already hectic for a Friday
her leg. She listens and then says, “Okay, I will wait for you
morning. Mary feels that she needs to call her newly-
to arrive; I understand how difficult it can be attempting to
assigned social worker Ms. Frazier to let her know that she is
get two children ready.” From the disappointment in her
going to be late for her appointment.
voice, everyone can tell she is not happy with what she’s
“I can’t be late,” she mumbles. “If I miss another
appointment, I may lose my assistance again.”
Finally, a black Ford Taurus scuttles into the
Annoyed by the struggles of having to pull her
parking lot looking like it’s been in a war. Mary gets out the
daughters out of the front door, Mary looks at her cell phone
car and scans the parking lot for Ms. Frazier’s Blue Chevrolet
and laments the time. ” Oh no!” she yells. “I’m running late!
Impala. She’s exhausted now, and while getting the girls out
I wonder if she will meet with me around 10:00a.m.” Mary
of the car, she attempts to bring very little attention to herself.
takes her keys out of her pocket book and attempts to lock
Taking her eldest daughter out of the car, her voice rises as
her front door. She grabs Jackie’s hand as she continues to
she tells her, “Stand right here. Don’t move while I get your
cry about a toy she left inside the apartment. Mary positions
sister out of her car seat!”
Lynn on her left hip trying to quite down Jackie and lock the
Walking across the parking lot holding Jackie’s,
door at the same time.
her 2- year- old’s, hand and carrying Lynn, her 11- month-
Mary runs to her car, opens up the back door and secures
old daughter, in her arms, she whisks across the parking lot,
her daughter’s into their soiled car seats, turns the key, and
noticing in despair that her tightly- fitting pants are wrinkled
only gets a cough. “Why did they donate a car that has
and her hair is uncombed.
asthma?” She mumbles under her breath, “I’m having car
“Good morning,” Mary says to Ms. Frazier.
problems, and the girls are not cooperating with me. They’re
“Sorry I’m running late.” As she sits down on the bench, the
going to make me late, and I can’t let this happen again. I
sun blinds her and causes her already-too-small shirt to cling
must ask her if we can meet at the I Hop Restaurant on
to her more closely. Looking perplexed, she asks Ms.
Jefferson Ave in Newport News; I don’t want her to know
Frazier,” Can we go to another location to talk?”
that I did not stay at home last night. If she discovers that
“It would great if we could find a location that is not
I’ve been staying with my boyfriend, it may cause her to
so congested,” Ms. Frazier answers with a glance around at
think that he is financially assisting me. Umm, Mary moans
to herself, “I can’t afford to let that happen; I need to think
Smiling nervously, Mary asks, “Can we ride in
about this.” Mary takes her cell phone out of her pants pocket
your car? My car is messy, and I know you don’t like
and calls Ms. Frazier.
According to the Constitutional Rights Foundation
Ms. Frazier agrees, and Mary proceeds to get the
(CRF), a non-profit, non- partisan, community- based
children’s car seats and place them into the other vehicle.
organization dedicated to educating America’s young people about the importance of civic participation. “Suddenly, in
When did the government get involved with
the Great Depression, state and local governments and
helping the poor? According to CRF, the year was 1935;
charities could no longer provide even minimum assistance
envision poor children and dependant adults having no other
for all those in need. Food riots broke out. Desertions by
alternative but to become the federal government’s
husbands and fathers increased. Homeless families in cities
responsibility, for 60 years!
lived in public parks and shanty towns,” As Mary approaches the I Hop, uncounted cars
When they arrive at Newport News Park off of
are turning into the parking lot with patrons anxiously
Jefferson Ave, Mary says, “I’ve seen this park before, but all
seeking to feed their unfilled stomachs. The sun is hot, and
I did was turn my car around in it. I never knew that it was
the rays are beaming down on those sitting on the bench
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Ms. Frazier looks at Mary, smiles and asks,”
this big. Wow!” Her eyes dart around, discovering a world
Did your mother ever need public assistance since there were
previously unknown as the car eases along the park roads.
so many children?”
Finally, a parking space is found, and a quiet spot reveals itself. Collecting herself and the children, Mary steps out of the car
Patrick Fagan, the Senior Fellow and Director of
and asks,” Can we go over there to sit? It looks nice over
the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion,
there.” Ms. Frazier smiles at Mary as she takes her brief case
demonstrates to us the negative effects of the earnings and
out of the car, looking back making sure she had not
employment capacity of young men. He feels the length of
forgotten anything. Ms. Frazier says to Mary” It’s a beautiful
time that welfare is received in a child’s family, the lower
day today isn’t it?” Mary getting Ms. Frazier’s assent, she
that child’s earnings will be as an adult.
walks over to the pavilion, not knowing what it is, but liking the feel of it all.
Mary tells Ms. Frazier, her mother was never on
She begins to settle the children so that she and Ms.
public assistance; she worked as a nurse. She never had a lot
Frazier can talk. Realizing her uncombed hair is defying
of money, though.” As a child, Mary wondered where her
gravity, she tries to pat it down into place. She sits Jackie on
mother’s husband was during these lean times. She recalls
the bench and continued to hold Lynn in her lap.
seeing her father about two years ago at a family event, “But
A luminous blue sky invites them to make
the last time I saw him living in the house with us,” she
themselves comfortable, while the trees, their leaves rustling,
confides, “I was about five. I never asked her where he was,
seem to talk amongst themselves. The tree branches sway
because I did not feel it was my place to ask. They have both
back and forth, causing a downdraft. Two squirrels scurry
moved back to Panama now, and I still have many
around playing, running up and down the branches like
trapeze artists. “Looking back in time before welfare,” CRF tells us,”
To be continued…Part I of III
Americans always prided themselves on having a strong sense of individualism and self-reliance. During the 19th century, local and state governments as well as charities established institutions such as poorhouses and orphanages for destitute individuals and families.” Ms. Frazier, newly-assigned to Mary’s case, crosses her legs as she turns towards Mary, her green eyes are focused on Mary attentively, she nods and says “Mary are you ready to begin? start when you’re ready” Mary begins sharing information about her family history; “Just last week,” she says, I found out I was adopted.” She tells Ms. Frazier that there were sixteen children, and they were all adopted by her mother.” I didn’t know all of them; I only know about 4 sisters and like 5 brothers,” she says sadly. “That’s about it.” She stares at the ground, kicking her right foot back and forth.” I’ve always been told that I was adopted, but I never believed it. My childhood was somewhat stressful, but my mom tried to make the best of it.” Pondering the thought for a moment, she questions herself, “Why was this stressful? We didn’t always have a lot, especially at Christmas; I didn’t always get a lot. It made me upset. Everybody else, like the neighbors and other kids, had a lot of gifts, but I never got much.”
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Blessed Family Oral History
Genealogy by Drusilla Pair
Note: Thanks to all of you who have read my previous postings about my Great Grand Uncle Andrew Bullock. A special thanks to William Carson, of Afrigeneas Genealogy and History Forum for nicknaming my uncle “Uncle Andy B.” I love this nickname and to plan use it in my blog postings. Thanks William for your permission. ======================================
I have been tracing my family history since November 1994 in Greensville
He said…? She said…? Who really said it? This is both my dilemma and regrets for not always documenting the sources of oral history or “who said what” regarding Uncle Andy B. and others. Now as I write up my oral history tradition about Uncle Andy B’s life, my memory grows fuzzy with regard to who really said what. Some of these “informants” are still alive and well so I can still ask them questions again, while others are now deceased or not so well in mind now. Throughout my years of tracing my family history, I have learned many facts about my family through oral history. In some cases, I conducted formal interviews where I took notes and tape recorded the conversations. In other cases, I learned tidbits about my family through informal conversations with my older relatives by phone or face-to-face. From my recollections of conversations within the last 15 years of researching, I gathered several bits of information about Uncle Andy B.
County and Newport News Virginia, and Warren, Granville, Vance, and Halifax counties in North Carolina. Since that time, I have given numerous genealogical presentations at family
In analyzing the oral history information learned about Uncle Andy B., I will identify the sources of oral history by their kinship to him and comment whether they are alive or deceased. If alive, I will comment on what I know about their health or state of mind.
reunions, churches, local and national genealogical societies, and other organizations and have also written
I first learned that I had a Great Grand Uncle named Andrew Bullock from two of his nieces and a brotherin-law at a family reunion in 1989. Later, I learned several things about him from the following sources whom I’ll refer to as “Informants.”
family history articles for genealogy and religious publications and books for several of her family reunions. I am a member of the following genealogical
Informant #1 Niece saw him once at family funeral in 1951; remembers him as tall and dark-skinned. Informant still living and in good state of mind.
organizations: Hampton Roads AfroAmerican Historical and Genealogical
Informant #2 Niece in law visited him on several occasions with her husband (one of Uncle Andy B.’s nephews), Attended his March 20 1972 funeral. Informant is now deceased. I think that she mentioned that Uncle Andy B. had stepchildren.*
Society, Inc. (AAHGS), National Genealogy Society, Greensville County, VA Genealogy Society, and the Genealogical Research Institute of
Informant #3 Niece visited him when she lived in NY and attended his March 20, 1972 funeral. I think that she also mentioned
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that Uncle Andy B. had stepchildren.* Informant still living and in good state of mind.
***** *Note: My memory is fuzzy with regard to who said what about Uncle Andy B. having stepchildren. I think that both Informants #2 and #3 mentioned that Uncle Andy B. had stepchildren. Since both of them visited him during his lifetime, they both would have probably known about the stepchildren. I am not sure which informant (#2 or #3) gave me details on the gender of the stepchildren and the names of some of them. The recollection is that Uncle Andy B. did not have biological children, but had one stepson and two stepdaughters. The informant thought that the stepson’s name was Johnny; and that one of he stepdaughter’s name was Winny. Informant did not remember the name of the second stepdaughter. *****
Informant #4 First Cousin who may have interacted with him when both lived in NY. Informant still living. This first cousin who is in his early 80s possibly has Alzheimers, but I am not sure how severe. This informant did not tell me directly, but reportedly told another Bullock family researcher that Andy B. left home during his teenage years and moved to NY to live with relatives. He and Uncle Andy B. were first cousins and it is likely that their paths crossed in NY. I have met and had several conversations with this informant and probably brought up Uncle Andy B’s name during our conversation after I learned that informant lived in NY during his adult years. If this conversation took place, I do not remember anything in particular that this informant said. Other Oral History Conversations I am positive that I asked others about Uncle Andy B. during times when I have inquired about memories of the children Uncle Andy B’s parents, Andrew and Luvenia Bullock. Nothing significant is remembered from these inquiries other than Uncle Andy B. was the son who lived in New York. More Possible Informants There are still a few living relatives whom I have not talked to yet, who likely remember Uncle Andy B. or remember hearing about him. Uncle Andy B. has several first cousins still living, one in particular who moved from NC to New York during her early adult life. Last time I saw her, she was 95 years old, very spry, and walking better than I was. I can’t remember what year I last saw her and for some reason I don’t have her date of birth recorded in my family tree file. Yesterday I posted a message on our Bullock family website to ask about this cousin’s well being as well as contact information for her. If this cousin is not well enough to talk, then there are other possible persons such as her son who might be in his 70s or 80s or other living cousins or nieces and nephews of Uncle Andy B.
Drusilla has a whole series of Tips and Articles on Genealogy. Visit her blog at
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For years I have suggested that everyone wanting improved wellness use ground flax seeds or flax seed oil as a healthy supplement as well as fish oil for a variety of health benefits. New research lists flax seeds, and flax seed oil as one of the most potent source of Omega 3’s, flax seed also rates low on the Glycemic Index of carbohydrates that we introduced last week. Omega 3’s found in fish, fish oil supplements and certain plant and nut oils lower tryglycerides, reduces the risk of death, heart attack, strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease, slows atherosclerotic plaques and slightly lowers blood pressure.
THE WOROUT DOCTOR IS IN! He’s John O. Mose, Jr. a fitness specialist and owner of Workout Doctors Company of Fort Worth, Texas. Healthy eating and living are his objectives. Let’s check in for a visit!
An increased consumption of Omega 3’s weakens the natural inflammatory damage that Omega 6’s permeate. Before you rush out and get your newfound source of wellness, consult your physician and let them know what you are considering. Follow the directions listed before jumping in. Look for Healthy Omega’s part 2 next week. My webpage, facebook and multi media blogs will be available soon, so look for me.
Let’s get a jump on the competition and add more sources of Omega 3 fatty acids into our diets. Omega 3’s can be found naturally in walnuts, flax seeds, fish, fish oil and are abundant in grass fed beef. Omega 3’s can be separated from nuts and oils and used as a heart healthy nutritional additive, omega 3’s have strong anti oxidant qualities and more. A fatty acid is nothing more than a proper name given to a fat both terms are used interchangeably. Dietary fats are the densest of nutrients possessing the largest amount of stored energy which can be accessed by prolonged exercise, starvation, fasting, etc. The least healthy fats comes from animal sources such as grain fed beef fat, lard, chicken fat, bacon fat, etc. These are heart clogging saturated fats that are harmful to health when eaten excessively and are classified as non essential fatty acids. These fats are non essential to maintaining prolonged good health meaning we can do without them. Omega 3’s are the best, most health rendering type of fatty acids when used properly.
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Do not confuse Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, as a matter of fact when considering purchasing Omega’s just think 3’s. Omega 6 fatty acids promote unwanted inflammation within the body but Omega 3’s anti inflammatory properties reverses those conditions. To be fair Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are both essential for prolonged good health but as informed consumers do not add fuel to the fire by supplementing your diet with additional Omega 6’s, we already ingest more than enough. The foods that line our pantry shelves are filled with 6’s these come from the metabolizing of processed foods that use vegetable oil sources. The Mayo Clinic as well as many nutritionists suspect that our western diets that are grain heavy therefore producing an proliferation of Omega 6’s in the typical American’s fatty acid profile is responsible for a variety of illness. Mayo Clinic researchers estimate that the average American has a fatty acid ratio of 10:1 which means that the population has 10 times the amount of Omega 6 fatty acids versus 1 of Omega 3’s. Organic food purveyor and nutritionist Ted Slanker says the fatty acid ratio is much greater he claims that ours is between 20-30: 1, any ratio in excess of 4:1 is problematic. Imbalances in personal fatty acid profiles exceeding 4:1 invites illnesses such as hypertension, obesity, cancer, diabetes that can possibly be reversed or lessened by the immediate introduction of omega 3’s.
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The latest studies indicate that a great increase in individual can be had if a fatty acid profile of 1:1 is met which would place a normal person in a category that includes the few that are perfectly healthy. Excuse me for jumping ahead but something as simple as ingesting a teaspoon of olive oil or canola oil daily can be a great start to improving your wellness.
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Not Your Granny’s LEMON BARS
CRUST 2 Cups all-purpose flour ½ Cups confectioners’ sugar ¼ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter or margarine Very cold and cut into slices FILLING ½ Cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 4 large eggs 2 cups sugar ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel 1/3 cup lemon juice Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish
Soup, Sandwiches and More !
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch baking pan., tapping out any excess flour. Crust. In a food processor combine the flour, ½ cup confectioners’ sugar and butter pieces. Pulse in short spurts until the mixture becomes coarse crumbs. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes. Filling: In a large mixing bowl combine the flour and baking powder. Set aside In a large mixing bowl combine he eggs, sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and mix well. Pour the filling over the baked crust and bake for 26 to 28 minutes, or until browned and set. When cooled, cut into 32 pieces and sift a light coat of confectioners’ sugar over them before serving. Makes 32 bars Eva’s Bakeshop Eva Hedouville owns and operates, Eva’s Bakeshop is nestled in the suburban town of Douglasville, GA right outside of the Metro Atlanta Area. She is available for wedding cakes, birthday cakes and other specialty items. Eva’s is also serves lunch. If you are in Douglasville area this is a must see restaurant for their fabulous food and friendly service and if your sweet tooth is calling try one of her delectable lemon bars or gourmet cupcakes. Eva’s is located at 6880 Douglas Blvd. Suite D in Douglasville, GA. So come on in and satisfy your sweet tooth.
SHE BELIEVED HER DREAM WOULD BE REALIZED!
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Six Socially Conscious Companies Changing the World
3. City Year: "Give a year. Change the world." A member of AmeriCorps, City Year has
Social entrepreneurship is a fast-growing career field. With the growth of green consciousnesses all over the planet, it is no surprise that some of these innovators are making quite the profit while simultaneously bettering our social environment. Oil spills, war and combat, and a failing economy riddle our news media on a daily basis; it's time for some good news--some stuff that will make us proud to be human.
expanded from a 50-person experimental year in 1988 to an 18-location service powerhouse, completing over 16 million hours of service. City Year students take on roles of mentors, tutors, and role models by working with children and at-risk communities in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England, as well as across the United States. Not only are City Year participants changing the world one at-risk child/school/community at a time, they are simultaneously garnering life skills in civic leadership and philanthropy that will serve their own goals throughout their lives. An all-around accomplishment, City Year projects that this year's 1,400 participants will log over 2.4 million service hours in hopes of keeping kids "in school and on track."
Here are five companies that are changing the worldâ€Śfor the better.
1. ACCION International: "Helping millions help themselves," ACCION is the leader in the fight against poverty by evolving into a micro-lending genius. Instead of providing the poor with "charity" money, as CEO Maria Otero scoffs, ACCION provides the less fortunate with business training and education in order to teach them how to make and keep making money, eventually garnering the ability to lift themselves out of poverty. ACCION issued its first loan in Brazil in 1973 after getting its feet wet in 1961, and now gives assistance to poor citizens of Asia, Africa, Latin America, as well as the United States. Ku-dos!
4. Common Ground: Sometimes people just have bad luck; ordinary people with extraordinary ability who got dealt a rotten hand and wind up homeless are Common Ground's target recipients. Their mission "is to END homelessness." With an affordable "supportive housing" strategy, tenants usually take advantage of Common Ground for about 5 years. Within supportive housing, tenants receive medical and mental health services, skills training and employment opportunities, substance abuse counseling, and quality of life services; computer, cooking, and exercise classes. Their approach has reduced homelessness in NYC's 20-block Times Square area by 87%, an astonishing result.
2. Aspire Public Schools: Education in the U.S. has long been a focal point of disappointment in the eyes of the country. With statistics showing more and more kids opting out of college and even high school, many are concerned that our country's growth and ability to compete with other tycoons will eventually become stagnant due tp the level of failure. Aspire has accomplished amazing feats in some of California's roughest neighborhoods; they've built high-quality public charter schools in Oakland, Modesto, East Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Stockton, serving over 6,000 students in low-income communities. Their academic rankings continue to blow other institutions out of the water, as their mindset of "College for Certain" is working: as of June 2007, 99% of students who graduated from Aspire schools matriculated into colleges and universities like UNLV, Columbia University, and UC Berkeley.
5. Endeavor Global: these guys are the ones behind entrepreneurs; they fund, encourage, and support high-impact entrepreneurs in order to act as a catalyst in creating jobs and helping money come into high-need communities all over the globe. How are they doing this? "Endeavor identifies entrepreneurs through a rigorous search and selection process. Working through a network of local business leaders, we identify and screen a large number of entrepreneurs leading high-growth innovative companies. Four times a year, international panels of experienced business people elect a new class of Endeavor Entrepreneurs based on the following criteria: innovation, initiative, role model potential, values and ethics, and development impact. Entrepreneurs who are selected receive customized services and access to a world-class global network." How's that for promoting a business-minded philanthropist?
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human and civil rights. Echoing Green is based in New York City. Since 1987, Echoing Green has invested $27 million to help more than 450 social entrepreneurs create positive change in 40 countries. Echoing Green has helped to launch model organizations working in education, youth development, health care, housing, environmental justice, human and civil rights, economic and social justice, the arts, and immigration. A recent study found that Echoing Green Fellows’ organizations have raised close to $1 billion in additional funding, delivering a return on investment (ROI) of approximately 44 times Echoing Green’s seed funding. Echoing Green helps fellows raise more money, more quickly than their peers: 46 percent of fellows’ organizations have budgets over $100,000 by year two, while only 20 percent of peer organizations reach that mark.] Sixty-five percent of organizations launched by Echoing Green Fellows are still in existence and 85 percent of Echoing Green Fellows stay in leadership positions in the social sector.
These companies and individuals are amazing at what they do, and extremely good at getting people involved. Click the hyperlinks. Browse their sites; see how you can help fuel the change.
6. Echoing Green: Echoing Green is a twenty year-old global non-profit organization operating in the area of early-stage social sector investing. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green identifies individuals with ideas for social change and provides them with seed money and strategic support to help them launch new organizations. These social entrepreneurs and their organizations confront social, economic, and political inequalities and work to ensure equal access to basic
Anna Forge is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer on online schools for Guide to Online Schools.
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WEâ€™RE IN GOOD COMPANY! Did your mother ever tell you that you must be careful with the company that you keep? Well, I am confident that sheâ€™d be pleased with these individuals. They are turning heads and enriching lives through their endeavors. Consider networking with these reputable, dedicated community minded people:
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HERE’S A PEEK @ EYES OF FAITH MAGAZINE’S UPCOMING 2010 WINTER EDITION: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CELEBRATION OF JONATHAN BUTLER ART SCAPES HOW DID YOU KNOW! MEMORABLE GIFT GIVING PHOTOGRAPHY THAT CAPTURES THE ESSENCE & CULTURE OF A BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE COUNTING OUR BLESSING RONETTE JACOB’S TOOLS FOR LIFE
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"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared form them that love him" (1 Cor. 2:9).
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