In English for the first time, read The Truth About IKEA whatsapp Share whatsapp KCS-content Wednesday 17 November 2010 7:41 pm Show Comments ▼ WITH an insider’s knowledge, Johan Stenebo’s controversial book is a remarkable, personal view inside a company that overtook Argos as the UK’s largest home furnishings retailer in 2009 but, after 67 years, only disclosed its profits for the first time last month (worldwide net profit £2.2bn in the year to 31 August 2009). In these three extracts from the book, Stenebo gives his view of Ikea’s UK business dealings, Ikea’s 84-year-old founder and the seductive layout of Ikea’s stores.ON IKEA IN THE UK“During these years [the 1990s] up until 2000, Ikea’s British subsidiary showed a profit which in percentage points surpassed the cost level of many sister-companies. Swedish legislation regarding company secrets unfortunately prohibits me from quoting the exact figures, but let me give a fictitious example by comparison. Say, the Hennings company runs ten textile stores and in all has a turnover of SEK1bn per year (£90m). The turnover of SEK1bn corresponds to 100 per cent. The company’s profits after having paid the purchase of all goods and materials are, say, 50 per cent. From the remaining 50 per cent it must cover all the costs of running the company and make a sufficient profit. The total cost of running Hennings corresponds to 40 per cent of turnover. Thus Hennings makes a profit 10 per cent (turnover less purchases less running costs), which is a fine result for any company. Now imagine a case, as with Ikea UK Ltd, where profits are actually higher than the cost of running the entire company! Very few retailers like that exist anywhere in the Western world.Obviously such profit levels cannot be healthy for a subsidiary in the long run, as it amounts to ruthless exploitation of the customer. Only someone who shopped or worked in the British stores at this time can really understand the immense pressure both customers and co-workers were subjected to when far too many people crowded into a far too small space day in day out. As a customer you could frequently go neither forward nor backward in the store aisles, but were forced further into the interior of the building like penned cattle. This was a common state of affairs in the Wallau store in Germany when I first started working for Ikea. But there it happened one or two days a week. In the case of the UK the crush soon became unbearable throughout the week, and in many stores during all opening hours. This was a totally unique situation within the Ikea-world. Nowhere else – neither before nor after – has the customer experience been so unbearable, for such a long period, as in the British stores.”ON IKEA’S FOUNDER, INGVAR KAMPRAD“Ingvar has today no neo-Nazi or fascist sympathies whatsoever. I have never even heard vague allusions to this. Ingvar is absolutely no anti-Semite. I would say the contrary. He has told many anecdotes from the early sixties when he helped Polish Jews or Jewish groups in need of money or support in other ways. He has a soft spot for colleagues of this religion. Some of them are among Ingvar’s favourites. Why this is so I do not know, perhaps he wishes to compensate for his earlier sins.Ingvar grew up in an extremely authoritarian family of German origin. His paternal grandmother was more than pro-German, a matriarch who set the agenda in the Kamprad home. The fact that Ingvar’s father Feodor was a confirmed Nazi was, according to the now dead colleague Leif Sjöö, known all around the district. Beatings and indoctrination were part of everyday life on their farm, Elmtaryd, as in so many other homes during the twenties and thirties. To be able to escape from this emotional desert as a child without lasting damage must have been difficult. The fact that Ingvar, as Sjöberg perhaps correctly points out, was a Nazi, or in any case a fascist, at the end of the fifties is decidedly bad. But my assessment is that those acts of folly stopped, in order to never return.”ON IKEA’S PSYCHOLOGICAL SEDUCTION“One of Ikea’s absolute competitive advantages is the fantastic capability to in a subtle way, almost unnoticeably, manoeuvre your purchases, something usually called purchasing process. This is done in a very ingenious way and with the only purpose to make you buy as much as possible. It begins already as you come up the escalator to the furniture display. Here you are met by the open-your-wallet market and bins with Ingvar’s bags [the distinctive large, blue Ikea carrier bags] so that you will have room for all the extremely cheap products you without fail will pick up.Then your stroll along the main route begins, the grey path. You continually find new tasteful room sets and interesting products. Wherever you go it is all so interesting and varied. To get lost is almost impossible. Signs in the ceiling, pedagogic plans and arrows on the floor lead you on with a firm but gentle hand. Your visit is going smoothly. Perhaps you won’t even notice that no part of the grey pathway has a straight stretch of more than 10-15 metres (longer than that is called “Autobahn” and is considered a serious mistake) before it is interrupted by a bend, then a short straight stretch and then a bend in the other direction. As you turn your eyes you will without noticing see new hot areas with new hot products. You carry on like this throughout the entire store: straight stretch, bend, short straight, bend, straight stretch. You cannot really tire as your eyes are inexorably guided towards new destinations and Ingvar’s bag will be exchanged for a trolley in order to have room for all you have picked up and in the end there you are at the checkout with a full trolley. Consider that this entire process, all your experiences, the firm control over you strolling through the department store happens so subtly that you at no time manage to perceive how you are being influenced to purchase decisions other than possibly subconsciously.”CITY A.M. 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Cricket By Kunal Dhyani – January 15, 2018 Gunning for IPL glory: News makers in run up to auction Cricket RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR F1 French GP 2021 Live: Max Verstappen to take pole position, Lewis Hamilton second Facebook Twitter Football Cricket Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket In pure hiring terms, for the Indian Premier League auction, there are 1,122 applicants for up to 175 vacancies. As the eight IPL franchisees bid to acquire players for the IPL 2018 on January 27-28, for players it is time to hit headlines in a bid to persuade the franchisees. The ones who make bigger headlines over the next 10 days, stand a better a chance to land bigger deals.Two youngsters, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan and Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant made the news from right in the middle, England captain Joe Root and India’s left-arm bowler Yuzvendra Chahal have hogged limelight away from the ground. WTC Final Day 2 Stumps: Brilliant Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane saves the day for India as bad light stops play 33 overs early Chahal’s RCB teammate Tabraiz Shamsi instantly commented on his video: “Oh my gosh! Is this @yuzi_chahal23 or @chrisgayle333??,” Shamsi commented on Chahal’s video.Chahal promptly responded “I lift heavier than @chrisgayle333. This is my warm-up set @shamsi90.” Gayle was not too late to join the conversation in his own style. “Wtf. Kill me,” Gayle’s comment read.Chahal will now be up for grabs from a base price of ₹2 crore. The RCB will no doubt be gunning for one of their precious assets by exercising the Right to Match option. Previous articleBeckham unveils his grooming brand HOUSE 99Next articleDsport bags Indian broadcast rights for Bellator MMA Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. ICC WTC Final, Ind vs NZ Day 3: Can India survive the Kyle Jamieson storm in Southampton? 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Rashid has conceded less than six runs per over in taking 11 wickets from six BBL outings. The 19-year-old Afghan talent has emerged the highest paid IPL player from an ICC Associate Member nation when Sunrisers Hyderabad had acquired him for an approximate six lakh rupee deal. The team has missed to opportunity to hold on to their precious catch. His heroics Down Under with every passing game will be adding a premium to his IPL price tag. The Hyderabad franchisee will though have the privilege to get Rashid by exercising Right to Match option. However, given his present form and potential, the franchisee might not find it easy to win that “match”. He is in the top players bracket with a ₹2 crore base price.Rishabh Pant: The Delhi wicketkeeper and Ranji Trophy team captain will not have to undergo the hammer at the IPL player auction later this month. 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The FTSE 100 index has gained over a thousand points in the last two months, following the Covid-19 vaccine success and a politically stable election result in the US, the largest country economy in the world. These are big gains, to be sure.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But still burnt from the 2020 experience, I’m plagued by the question – can the stock market rally continue? The question gains importance because there are indeed risks to the stock market rally. On balance though, I think the odds right now are in favour of a continued FTSE 100 increase.Here are three reasons why:#1. Brexit-driven stabilityThe UK and the EU managed to put together a free-trade deal in the nick of time. A no-deal Brexit would have started from 1 January otherwise. This would have made a chaotic beginning to 2021 if the two sides hadn’t managed to see eye-to-eye. That threat has passed now.And it’s showing up in investor confidence as the FTSE 100 index moves closer to 7,000. Brexit uncertainty has kept the FTSE 100 index in limbo for years. I reckon there’s a lot of pent up investor interest that will continue to drive up the UK’s stock markets from here.It’s true that some aspects, like the financial services sector, cold do with more clarity. But for now there appear to be more positives in investor perception from the Brexit deal than not. #2. Vaccine rollouts support FTSE 100 rallyEven though the UK is in the midst of yet another lockdown, there’s much hope. The vaccine rollout has begun. Some 1.5 million people in the UK have already been vaccinated and the number is targeted to rise to 15 million by mid-February. That would be more than 20% of the country’s population. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford University jabs are being administered, which have high enough likelihood of bringing Covid-19 under much greater control. This hope is enough to continue driving stock markets upwards despite the emergence of the coronavirus variant. #3. New US president Last, the impact of the US on the global financial system is always something to bear in mind. And there’s been a lot going on there. 2020 was an exceptional year in any case. But it was perhaps even more so for the US because of the uncertainty about it’s national election results.The election results coincided with the vaccine rollout making it near impossible to figure out how much the results drove the stock market rally. What we do know is that it probably didn’t pull back the vaccine rally either.If there was still any sense of uncertainty, now with Biden sworn in as president, that too has passed. This can only be good for the financial markets. 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The Anglo-Australian group is an absolute Goliath of a business, selling iron ore, copper, diamonds, gold and uranium around the globe. For 2020, I expect Rio’s cash pay-out to exceed £5bn, making it the Footsie’s dividend king. Yet Rio’s cheap shares look attractive to me.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As I write, Rio’s stock trades around 5,981p, valuing the group at £101bn. At this level, Rio trades on a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.5 and an earnings yield of 5.4%. Rio’s dividend yield is a chunky 5% a year, almost two percentage points higher than the FTSE 100’s 3% yield. 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Comments (13) Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC February 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm I attended a South Carolina private girls college my freshman year (1972…indeed, another troubling time, remember forced bussing?) only to be teased for being from Mississippi…dumb, pregnant and barefoot was the talk of all women MISSISSIPPI. I smiled for a few months, then reminded them that I was taught in a Public school that South Carolina was the 1st state to secede from the Union. Is history just repeating itself once again? Bishop Gray cares!! His undying belief: thoughtful prayer to the GOOD LORD above (isn’t this what love is?), followed by ACTION w/ feelings; his sole interest is in the great diocese of Mississippi struggling to remain united in Christ’s welcoming grace. We have survived nearly 200 years…with Duncan Gray as our leader, we will march forward. As Brother Faulkner said: ..”we will not merely endure, …we will survive.”. Pray for PEACE. February 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm As a former communicant in the Diocese of Mississippi and an Episcopal clergyman, I am proud of Bishop Gray’s courage, one, in light of what is doubtless to be a troubling decision for some, but more importantly for his courage, two, in responding to the work of the Spirit in finally recognizing Her presence in the sacredness of the union of two persons. Given the Diocese of Mississippi’s work in civil rights in my home state, this decision continues a bravery and witness to the Gospel that characterized our church in the 1960s, but which has been slow to come in discussions of human sexuality. What troubles me is that some view Bishop Gray’s decision as a political one, bowing to some sort of public or societal pressure, rather than one guided by a deeply rooted understanding of scripture. Instead of darkening the light of Christ in an already dim world, Bishop Gray’s actions take that light out from under the bushel and unashamedly allow it to shine, brightening that dimness with a grace and a hope reflective of the Gospel, indeed true to scripture, not in opposition to it. Blessings to Bishop Gray and to the people of the Diocese of Mississippi; may they both grow in strength as they witness the working of the Holy Spirit. February 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm What continues to be ignored is the fact that conservatives are increasingly wondering how much longer there will be a place for them in TEC. Mr. Caldwell mentioned ‘no one is being forced to do anything’. I remember all too well some previous “conscience clauses” and how long those promises lasted. Bishop Gray promised he would not do what he just did. Do you see why conservatives might not trust his promise now? February 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm One word, “Amen” !! Human Sexuality, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Knoxville, TN Richard C. Johnson says: Burl Salmon says: Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing February 12, 2013 at 10:31 am As someone who is gay, I can assure the doubters out there, that I was born this way. Better stated, that this is how God created me. I no more “chose” my sexuality than any heterosexual chooses theirs. Mine is not a “lifestyle” – it is a LIFE. I applaud the Bishop as his decision is an example of living the “reason” pillar of TEC. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET February 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm The fact remains, Bishop Gray is doing what he told the conservatives of his diocese that he would not do. I believe they are feeling betrayed. I wonder what effect this might have on those parishes in DSC still discerning if there is a place within TEC for them? You say no one is being forced to do anything. Not now, but if I were a conservative I would wonder just how long that will last.Unfortunately, Mr. Caldwell, my experience of the intolerance towards the conservatives of my parish has caused me deep sadness. I observed them mocked, belittled, and accused of bigotry. Seems to me we are very inclusive church, unless you happen to be a conservative. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group walter combs says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Elizabeth E. Hanson says: Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Ronald J. Caldwell says: Bishop Duncan Gray addresses the Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi on Feb. 2 in Jackson. Photo: Jim Carrington[Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi] In his annual address to the 186th Annual Council in Jackson, Diocese of Mississippi Bishop Duncan Gray III announced a process that can used by parishes and missions which can lead to an authorization by the bishop to allow clergy to perform a liturgy of same-sex blessings until the next General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2015.By canon, priests have the authority of all matters of worship in their own congregation, but due to the “sensitive nature of this decision, I am simply requiring serious and prayerful consultation with the lay leadership of the congregation,” said Gray to the delegates, alternates and clergy gathered at the opening service of council at the Jackson Convention Center Complex.Citing the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music declaration that the blessing is not marriage, Gray reiterated that this liturgy for blessing is not a sacrament of marriage. “I will take the Standing Liturgical Commission at its word. The State of Mississippi will not authorize such a rite and my own conscience would not accept it [if it were a marriage],” said Gray.Gray further stated that “no priest, no vestry, no congregation will be asked to do anything that violates their conscience.”In order for a congregation to receive an exception to the ban on the blessing of same-sex couples, a congregation must petition the bishop and certify in that request four areas of process that were undertaken by the clergy and lay leadership.Indicate the process of prayer and study that was undertaken;Describe how they see its use as beneficial to the mission of the church in their community;Describe the process for preparing a couple for this blessing and how the congregation would show its support for the couple; andMake a commitment to report back on their experience in time for input at General Convention in 2015.At the completion of the process a congregation may do one of three things: nothing; differentiate themselves from the decision with a statement; or petition the bishop to lift the ban.Gray said he has formed a small task force to work with him on questions and issues that may arise during a congregation’s processing of a petition.In acknowledgement of the seriousness of his position change (Gray voted against the trial use of the liturgy for the blessing of same-sex relationships at General Convention while all Mississippi deputies voted for the authorization), Gray said: “I am well aware of the extraordinary diversity of emotion that this decision will evoke. This announcement will delight some of you. For others this will be experienced as horror and betrayal. I recognize both realities. . . For those who feel betrayed, I will accept your anger. I trust that I have earned your respect over 13 years and that we can find ways to talk and move forward.”Gray also said that he chose to implement this change in policy “so that deep emotions that this action evokes can be borne by me, [the] one who has walked with you through so much over these last 13 years — and not by someone who must address it at the outset of his or her new ministry with you,” Gray said referring to his announced retirement in 2015 and the calling of a bishop coadjutor who will take Gray’s place.Gray referred to St. Paul’s metaphor of seeing through a glass darkly as we attempt to ascertain God’s truth. “Each of us has distorted perceptions of truth, and we need one another — our unique gifts, our unique perspectives — to give us a fuller, but always imperfect, vision of God’s truth and God’s purposes.“We’ve still got work to do together. And for all that we’ve fought over and for all that we’ve disagreed about, I cannot imagine a people with whom I would rather do God’s work.”— The Rev. Scott Lenoir is the editor of The Mississippi Episcopalian. Rector Washington, DC February 7, 2013 at 9:29 pm A friend of mine who grew up in Mississippi forwarded this article to me. I don’t perceive Bishop Gray as betraying promises he made almost 9 years ago, but rather as someone who has thought about things with an open mind. I grew up in Baltimore, MD, where I spent grades 1 – 12 at a small Episcopal boys’ school, St. Paul’s. We went to chapel every day, and the school itself, while conservative in nature, instilled in its students the golden rule, integrity, and honor. It was a school that valued mental, physical, and spiritual growth. I attended a small, conservative college in Virginia that lived by similar values. I don’t know if I believe that Jesus is the son of God or if there really is a God, but I do believe in Love, that there is good and evil in the world, and that most people have a conscience that guides them to do their best and to do good. I continue to attend church in Washington, DC, at the Church of the Epiphany, because I believe there is a nurturing spirit in our Church. For those that feel homosexuality is a sin and that scripture says it is so, I urge them to do more study, for one’s sexuality is a gift from God, or whatever you perceive God to be. It took me a fairly long time to come to grips with that, but fortunately I did and as a result of accepting who I am, I have found strength, courage, and an ability to achieve great success without harboring fear or guilt. It also led me to a monogamous relationship that has lasted 20 years and hopefully, will last many more to come. To various commentators above, I suggest not worrying about trusting Bishop Gray, but taking his cue and learning more about why he chose to do what he did. I suspect it is not out of political means, but out of study, soul searching, and coming to a deeper understanding of all members of God’s great community. As I read the comments, I wonder why those who label themselves as Conservatives are fearful of change. Were you dismayed when the 1928 prayer book and the 1940 hymnal were replaced? Does singing out, praying with voice, passing the peace or holding hands during the Lord’s prayer make you feel uneasy? Our current liturgy is more life affirming and the hymnal more diverse and inclusive. All of this is positive if one is open-minded and willing to embrace new ways of expressing one’s relationship with God and with the community. The mission of the Church is to grow. The way we learn and the way we work all change over time. The way we worship and the way we see the world and all those in it change too. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Same-Sex Blessings Featured Events Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Pittsburgh, PA February 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm I applaud Bishop Gray for his reasonable, careful, and open approach to a very delicate issue in the deep south (I live in Alabama). He is not forcing anybody to do anything, merely giving parishes the right to deal with the issue of the blessing of same-gender unions as they wish. Parishes and missions are often extended families. Families need to talk, discuss the issues before them. This will not go away. It is here to stay. It will have to be dealt with sooner or later. I imagine most local churches will turn down the blessing. If they do so after honest, open and fair debate, then so be it! But let’s face it as a family. We have all lost family arguments but we didn’t leave the family.We deep southerners are too often behind the curve on matters of human rights. Here in Alabama we had to have a Yankee come to us in the civil rights years to show us how Christians should behave. He gave his life for us. We now revere Blessed Jonathan Daniels.What Bishop Gray is saying is let’s not hide from the hard issues of human life any more. I say bravo.The exact opposite to Bishop Gray’s approach is the case of South Carolina. There, for years the conservative leadership of the diocese relentlessly attacked the Episcopal Church and blocked out the local defenders of the church. Only one side was allowed to make its case. After years of this, local parishes and missions were suddenly put on the spot to choose between the conservative leadership and the national church. The majority chose the former. No wonder. It was a revolution from the top down.Gray is calling for addressing a serious social issue starting with the people in the pews. I would choose Gray’s way any day. Otherwise, we get the disaster of South Carolina. walter combs says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Sally Neville says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Mississippi bishop announces local option for same-sex blessings Michael Kirchner says: February 5, 2013 at 9:47 am Although we are all welcome sinners in the church I do not find the church aplace that should condone this immoral institution. All through-out scripturethe Word states that homosexuality is an abomination. I will leave that upto you for your common sense. We should not change for the world, but bea light in the dark world. Listen to God and act as Noah did. We should buildthe boat and be ready for the big flood. In other words let us not conform tothis world, but rather transform the world. I will be in prayer because I havemany liberal friends who stand up for individual rights. I am totally not inagreement with adding illness to an already sick world. Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS February 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm As a member of the Episcopal Church in Lexington, KY, this whole issue is saddening. I believe God is love, and people love who they love. There is plenty of evidence that gays/lesbians are born the way they are. Why would someone choose to have a characteristic that people condemn? People are still cherry picking from Leviticus , “A man who lays down with another man….etc.” That law was there because back then, they believed that the man produced the baby, and the woman was just a baby incubator, therefore, they made that law (and the law against masturbation) to prevent “spilling the seed.” I learned this from my own Rector.Besides, Leviticus has plenty of rules that we people don’t do: If you eat Shellfish, it’s a violation. If you get a tattoo, it’s a violation. Adulterers are supposed to be killed. We don’t do that. I just don’t pick and choose what I will obey.I am not surprised the Bishop in Mississippi is in a dilemma. This is the same state that finally ratified the Amendment of the Constitution that got rid of Slavery in 1995. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ronald J. Caldwell says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments are closed. By Scott LenoirPosted Feb 4, 2013 Rector Collierville, TN February 10, 2013 at 9:46 am Mr. Combs I just do not see how conservatives can see this move of Bishop Gray as a threat or a danger. No parish or mission is being required to address the issue of same gender unions. I imagine most local churches will simply ignore the subject. I am certain they would here in Alabama. But there may be some parishes that wish to consider whether to allow the blessing (not marriage) of same gender unions. Under Gray’s plan they will be permitted to consider it but must go through a rigorous process before they can petition for a lift of the ban. I think this is the right approach to dealing with contentious social issues. It is better for the extended family to grapple with issues as a community. It is reasonable, common sensical, and democratic approach to how the Episcopal Church deals with the changing social mores of modern American society. Anyway, I just do not see how this harms anyone. Youth Minister Lorton, VA February 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm I was raised in the Diocese of West Texas under the guidance of Bishop Everett Jones who, no doubt, is weeping in heaven over the disgusting rhetoric and leadership of a now very divided and heartbroken members (former member in this case) of the Episcopal Church. The church has split from Biblical teachings in supporting/condoning same sex relationships (that are in no way a Christian Marriage which can ONLY be between a man and a woman). Your current presiding bishop (Katherine Jefferts Schori) is hell bent on destroying/dividing a once unified and beautiful means of worship. I am surprised at the support she has received and am sure that part of it has to do with the Episcopal clergy running scared of losing their long earned retirement benefits. 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I imagine the conservatives that have remained loyal to TEC are feeling a complete betrayal by his acitons. In his address to the diocesan council back in 2004 he said, “I do not intend to change the policies of my Episcopal predecessors in matters of sexual morality. I will not authorize in this diocese the blessing of same gender unions, nor ordain unmarried non-celibate heterosexual or homosexual persons”. I believe so far the conservative faction in Miss. has remained loyal to TEC based largely on assurances that this would not happen. I shudder to think that another exodus awaits this church that is so quickly shrinking. I also want to say that until 2003 my parish was growing. Since then we have dwindled to the point that both we and the parish in the next town over are talking about closing our doors. Pretty depressing! Rector Belleville, IL Emma Young says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis walter combs says:
L’Évêque Primat Michael Curry annonce la conclusion d’un Pacte pour le diocèse d’Haïti Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Le 24 avril 2017] Avec nos sincères remerciements à Dieu tout-puissant et une profonde gratitude pour les prières d’un si grand nombre de fidèles de toute l’Église, Michael B. Curry, l’Évêque Président et Primat de l’Église épiscopale, annonce un Pacte conclu entre l’Évêque d’Haïti, Mgr Jean Zaché Duracin, l’Évêque suffragant, Mgr Ogé Beauvoir, le Comité permanent et lui-même.Le Pacte « vise à traiter et à résoudre un grand nombre de questions conflictuelles qui ont pesé sur le Diocèse », met fin à la pause sur les collectes de fonds de l’Église épiscopale et ouvre de nouvelles possibilités pour un avenir uni alors que le Diocèse se prépare à élire son prochain évêque diocésain en 2018.Comme indiqué dans la lettre de l’Évêque Président aux parties (lettre partagée avec l’Église): « Le Pacte a entièrement réglé l’affaire du Titre III qui impliquait la relation entre Mgr Beauvoir et le Comité permanent du Diocèse. En outre, le Pacte, tout comme le Protocole d’accord [qui donne des directives aux partenariats de mission]… a entièrement réglé l’affaire du titre IV qui était en instance contre l’Évêque Duracin ».L’Évêque Président célébrera la Sainte Eucharistie avec le clergé et les fidèles à Port-au-Prince le 23 mai. La liturgie comprendra la signature officielle du Pacte qui est maintenant en vigueur, ayant été signé par toutes les parties.Dans sa lettre à Mgr Duracin, à Mgr Beauvoir et au Comité permanent, l’Évêque Président Curry a déclaré : « Ce Pacte vise à traiter et résoudre un grand nombre de questions conflictuelles qui ont pesé sur le Diocèse et ouvrir une voie à suivre saine et positive pour le Diocèse et la relation entre le Diocèse et l’ensemble de l’Église. Je suis reconnaissant à mes deux frères évêques ainsi qu’au Président et aux membres du Comité permanent pour leur volonté de parvenir à ce Pacte qui, je pense, sert la cause de notre Seigneur et Sauveur Jésus-Christ en Haïti dans la poursuite de la reconstruction et du renouveau suite au tremblement de terre et alors que le Diocèse d’Haïti se prépare à élire son nouvel Évêque diocésain ».Il a ajouté : « Je suis satisfait de ces mesures car elles reflètent un engagement de la part de toutes les parties en faveur d’un travail continu de guérison et de réconciliation. Ceci n’aurait pas été possible sans les prières constantes des fidèles épiscopaliens d’Haïti et de toute l’Église. Et je sais que nous continuerons tous à prier pour le peuple haïtien, le Diocèse d’Haïti et le ministère du Seigneur Jésus-Christ ressuscité en Haïti et dans tous les pays de l’Église épiscopale.Le Pacte en anglais et en français figure iciVoici la lettre intégrale de l’Évêque Président :Lundi de PâquesLe 17 avril 2017Mes frères et sœurs dans le Christ,En cette semaine sainte commémorant la résurrection de notre Seigneur Jésus Christ, c’est avec sincère reconnaissance que je suis en mesure de partager avec vous la bonne nouvelle suivante. L’Évêque d’Haïti, l’Évêque suffragant d’Haïti, le Comité permanent du Diocèse d’Haïti et moi-même, votre Évêque Primat, avons conclu ensemble un Pacte.Ce Pacte vise à traiter et résoudre un grand nombre de questions conflictuelles qui ont pesé sur le Diocèse et ouvrir une voie à suivre saine et positive pour le Diocèse et la relation entre le Diocèse et l’ensemble de l’Église. Je suis reconnaissant à mes deux frères évêques ainsi qu’au Président et aux membres du Comité permanent pour leur volonté de parvenir à ce Pacte qui, je pense, sert la cause de notre Seigneur et Sauveur Jésus-Christ en Haïti dans la poursuite de la reconstruction et du renouveau suite au tremblement de terre et alors que le Diocèse d’Haïti se prépare à élire son nouvel Évêque diocésain.Le Pacte a entièrement réglé l’affaire du Titre III qui impliquait la relation entre l’Évêque suffragant Beauvoir et le Comité permanent du Diocèse. En outre, le Pacte ainsi que le Protocole d’accord (tous deux ci-joints) convenus entre l’Évêque Duracin et moi-même l’année passée, et les conversations pastorales entre l’Évêque Duracin et moi-même, ont entièrement réglé l’affaire du Titre IV qui était en instance contre l’Évêque Duracin. Je suis satisfait de ces mesures car elles reflètent un engagement de la part de toutes les parties en faveur d’un travail continu de guérison et de réconciliation.Permettez-moi de vous dire comment nous sommes parvenus à ce point. Comme je l’ai annoncé le 1er décembre 2016, j’ai nommé un panel de trois personnes (le rév. Stephen T. Ruelle, Évêque du Maine, le rév. P. Roger Bowen et Paul B. Nix, Jr., conseiller juridique interne de DFMS à New York) pour étudier la situation (voir https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2016/12/01/presiding-bishop-releases-letter-about-the-diocese-of-haiti/). À la suite d’entretiens minutieux et d’écoute des deux évêques, du Comité permanent et d’un groupe du clergé identifié par l’Évêque Beauvoir comme ayant des préoccupations majeures, le panel a indiqué dans son rapport ce qui suit :Ils ont tout d’abord signalé que quasiment toutes les personnes impliquées étaient profondément blessées par les choses que d’autres avaient dites et leur douleur était réelle et profonde. Malgré tout, les relations au sein du clergé sont généralement considérées comme « fondamentalement saines » . Le clergé a connu de graves tensions mais il semble qu’il y ait une volonté, voire même un fort désir de la part de bon nombre de membres du clergé d’essayer de parvenir à un règlement entre eux. Les membres du clergé travaillent entre eux depuis longtemps et leur engagement envers le Diocèse était évident. Il y avait un sens général que de bonnes relations au sein du clergé pouvaient être restaurées avec un travail courageux et prudent. Il y avait également un sens partagé qu’il y a une tâche beaucoup plus importante à accomplir dans le Diocèse à laquelle il n’était pas prêté attention du fait de l’énergie dépensée par les litiges en cours et il y avait un empressement à s’attaquer à cette tâche.Par opposition aux relations au sein du clergé, il est apparu aux yeux du grand nombre que la rupture de la relation entre les deux évêques était irrécupérable, pour le moins en ce moment crucial. Il y avait des preuves d’un profond manque de confiance entre les évêques, manifesté en partie par les nombreux rapports de leur échange ouvert d’insultes. L’état de leurs relations avait donné lieu à beaucoup de tristesse, de frustration et de colère, non pas seulement entre les évêques mais également entre les membres du clergé, certains d’entre eux ayant une allégeance vis-à-vis d’un évêque ou de l’autre, qui ressentent que cette lutte entre les évêques a jeté une ombre malsaine sur le fonctionnement du Diocèse.Enfin, chaque groupe du clergé a fait part de ses profondes inquiétudes concernant l’exercice du pouvoir de l’un ou l’autre des évêques que chaque groupe pense ne pas servir les meilleurs intérêts du diocèse. Il y avait certaines préoccupations que l’Évêque Beauvoir, avant de prendre son congé, avait exercé son rôle d’Évêque suffragant sans pleinement apprécier les limites des pouvoirs de sa charge si bien que ses actions sapaient le bon ordre de l’Église. D’un autre côté, il y avait des preuves que l’Évêque Duracin n’avait pas apporté son soutien à l’épiscopat suffragant de l’Évêque Beauvoir, sur le plan financier et autre. Il y avait également des inquiétudes concernant le fait que l’Évêque Duracin exerçait son pouvoir de transfert du clergé au sein du Diocèse d’une manière qui était largement perçue comme récompensant ou punissant de façon indue ceux qui avaient ses faveurs ou ceux qui ne les avaient pas. Il y avait également une crainte que le processus à venir de l’élection d’un successeur à l’Évêque Duracin allait manquer d’intégrité en excluant les voix du clergé qui n’étaient pas en tous points alignées avec l’Évêque Duracin.À la lumière de cette situation compliquée et navrante et avec toutes les meilleures espérances et prières en faveur d’une solution positive et tournée vers l’avenir pour la santé du Diocèse d’Haïti, j’ai proposé de conclure un Pacte entre l’Évêque Duracin, l’Évêque Beauvoir, le Comité permanent du Diocèse et moi-même. J’avais espoir que ce Pacte allait servir de base pour résoudre les procédures du Titre III et du Titre IV alors en instance et engager le Diocèse sur une voie saine pour l’élection épiscopale prochaine.Après de profondes conversations et négociations, nous sommes maintenant parvenus à un Pacte avec lequel toutes les parties sont à l’aise et qui a à présent été signé par tout un chacun. Le texte du Pacte figure ci-après, tout comme le texte du Protocole d’accord qui offre un modèle pour nos partenariats caractérisé par l’égalité dans la prise de décision et la relation, par la transparence financière, par la responsabilité et la mutualité dans la mission, que ce soit en Haïti ou ailleurs dans l’Église épiscopale et au-delà. Grâce au Pacte et au Protocole d’accord à présent convenus et en place, la pause que j’avais placée sur la collecte de fonds pour Haïti est levée.En dernier point, nous sommes convenus et avons signé le Pacte mais nous allons tous nous rassembler pour la signature liturgique officielle du Pacte dans le contexte de la Célébration de la Sainte Eucharistie le mardi 23 mai 2017 à 10h00 au Séminaire théologique épiscopal de Port-au-Prince en Haïti.Je suis véritablement reconnaissant envers l’Évêque Duracin et l’Évêque Beauvoir, le clergé et les leaders laïcs du Diocèse d’Haïti et envers vous tous dans l’Église épiscopale qui avez prié et œuvré pour ce moment.Que les bénédictions de notre Seigneur Jésus crucifié et ressuscité soient avec nous tous alors que nous avançons ensemble pour proclamer la Bonne Nouvelle dans le nouvel avenir de Dieu.Votre frère,+Michael In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Haiti, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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March 17, 2017 at 9:23 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSGreg Jackson Previous articleMayor Kilsheimer: “We created more than 1,000 jobs in the projects we approved”Next articleSt. Patrick’s Day: Fact and Fiction Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR At certain points in my life I have been conflicted over the death penalty. The place where I’m at now still flinched somewhat due to the use of DP as a deterrent but statistics show its used more against minorities than whites for the same crime. Yet as a Christian who believes in the word of God, my studies of his word leads me to believe that he expects us to follow the laws of the land in which we live. As the state attorney, Ayala is expected to uphold the laws of the land and the office she represents fully, and if she has a personal conflict that puts her at odds and unable to fulfill the cloffice capacity in which she sits, then she needs to respectfully vacate that office. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Mama Mia Dan Marcus Sconierd Rev Ruth Diehl Reply OpinionBy Greg Jackson, Esq.Greg JacksonListen, I approached this with an open mind, and I promise that I really, really tried to understand what in the world Orange County State Attorney, Aramis Ayala, is going through. In case you missed the breaking news story at eleven this morning, Ms. Ayala announced that not only will she refuse to seek the death penalty against alleged (actual) murderer, Markeith Loyd, but she will also refuse to seek the death penalty in any murder case in Orange County, no matter the circumstances or severity. Even in a case where a man guns down a woman and her unborn child in cold blood, attempts to murder a young man in the prime of his life, then executes a decorated, respected police officer on the street, Ms. Ayala announced that the death penalty is off the table — period.To place an absolute moratorium on seeking the death penalty in any case that warrants such consideration is unfathomable. Yes, I heard her say that the cost to house death row inmates is astronomical, but what does that have to do with her office? When was the last time you heard a quarterback say “I am not throwing any passes over 30 yards because more people will come to the game and hot dog prices at the stadium will increase.” That sounds ridiculous, right? Well so does Ms. Ayala’s argument about the cost to house inmates. That has nothing to do with her department’s budget.Then I heard her say that the death penalty is not a deterrent. Well, I beg to differ. There are a lot of bosses, pizza delivery drivers and clowns (real and figurative) that are still walking around because folks know if they killed them in a fit of rage they would go to jail and possibly be put to death. While I have made a serious situation slightly humorous, I truly believe that for some of the population they do not kill people because they do not want to face the death penalty. Based on Ms. Ayala’s logic, one could argue that we should stop arresting people and trying them for crimes because that does not deter people from committing crimes. However, thankfully, that has not stopped law enforcement from doing its jobs apprehending criminals, or even Ms. Ayala from doing parts of her job, which is to try criminals who are arrested.I also heard Ms. Ayala say that families would not get the closure they wanted if the person who murdered their loved one were put to death, but the last time I checked death pretty much closes out the book of life. What does not allow for closure is a murderer who receives three meals a day, while the person they killed lies in a grave. What does not allow for closure is a murderer getting visits from their loved ones in prison, while the families and friends of the person murdered cry over a gravesite. What does not allow for closure is a murderer getting book and movie deals, while the person they killed is memorialized on a t-shirt.Ms. Ayala’s stance as the top prosecutor in our county to never seek the death penalty is irresponsible and selfish. I found it interesting that she used the words “I”, “me” and “my” more than she did “we” “us” or “together” during her manifesto, I mean statement. Moreover, if she would have run on the platform that she would never seek the death penalty, it is doubtful that she could have defeated even a flawed, Jeff Ashton, who had no problem seeking the death penalty. As Ms. Ayala stood boldly and confidently this morning declaring her research as the gold-standard of what this community needs, I am pleased to see that one person was not asleep at the switch – Governor Rick Scott. Quite possibly, Governor Scott looked at Orange County and saw a State Attorney refusing to even consider all statutory options available to dispense justice and he felt enough is enough. In a move that Ms. Ayala probably did not anticipate, Governor Scott has appointed Lake County State Attorney Brad King as the special prosecutor to do Ms. Ayala’s job –handle the murder cases of Markeith Loyd and seek the death penalty for his unconscionable, violently murderous acts. Unlike the many supporters of Ms. Ayala, Governor Scott rightly determined that it was not her job to do away with the death penalty in the State of Florida, much less Orange County, Florida.I am certain that this is not the last that we will hear of this matter or of Ms. Ayala, but I am sure there is now some clarity on the expectations of our elected officials to do their jobs to the best of their abilities, despite politics or their personal opinions – in my humble opinion.Greg Jackson is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat. March 19, 2017 at 5:36 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate March 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm March 18, 2017 at 9:22 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Reply She needs NOT to be paid with tax payer dollars….FIRE her….imho Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply 4 COMMENTS I so totally disagree with your opinion of her job and the execution of such. First and foremost we do not have the right to take another’s life even those guilty of such horrific crimes. I do not know the details of the young women’s death and as tragic as it is we are obligated to act justly and have mercy. Does he deserve mercy most think not; but the God I serve had mercy on all. Death penalty is archaic and detrimental to our society. Justice is that he lives to suffer as the families of those loved ones lives he has taken. She’s doing her job the unqualified uninformed need to take a seat. Please enter your name here Well, I don’t know the law, but there are some others who do, and one of the ones that thoroughly knows the law very well is Belvin Perry, who was a judge here in Orange County, and now is working in a private practice law firm, and speaks on tv when subjects related to law come up, such as this case of our prosecutor announcing she will not seek the death penalty for anyone under her jurisdiction. Mr. Perry who knows the law like the back of his hand, believes that she will be removed by our governor, Rick Scott, for the reason of neglect of duty of her job, and that she will then go before a hearing of the Senate who will make a determination of her fate as a prosecutor here in our area, and if they decide to remove her, she will be removed from office, and it will be up to the governor to appoint someone, who he chooses to replace her, until the next election. The Anatomy of Fear
Houses Projects Photographs: Claudio ReisCollaborators:Cristina Chicau, Maria Sofia Santos, Miguel Marques, Patricio GuedesLocal Architect:Dionysis Zacharias ArchitectsLandscape Architect:Thomas DoxiadisEngineering Structure:Christos KaklamanisEngineering Electrical And Mechanical:George CavoulacosConstruction Manager:Dimitris Karantzas, Kostis MakrisProject:2008-2013Property Area:25370 sq. metersClient:Iasson TsakonasCity:AntiparosCountry:GreeceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Claudio ReisRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesText description provided by the architects. The main idea of the project was based in two elements: the existing walls, at different levels, and the platforms created by those walls. The elevations of the two house levels are broken lines that were created as continuation of the existing site walls. The topography helps to dissimulate the house.Save this picture!© Claudio ReisSave this picture!Floor PlanKtima, in Greek, means farm or parcel with fertile land. The project site is a plot with steep slopes, mostly green, with a few trees that are an exception in the context of Antiparos Island.Order and chaos can be found in Greek civilization throughout the ages, including in our days – we were interested on these aspects and both were part of the concept for this house.Save this picture!© Claudio ReisIn the territory we can perceive this construction in two different ways. From above, in the main access area, we see a thick white and abstract line, adapting to topography and to the interior requirements. On the other hand, looking from the sea, we discover the facade with a figurative, continuous yet apparently fragmented composition that refers us to an ancient citadel.Save this picture!© Claudio ReisSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Claudio ReisThe architecture process is very complex most of the times and Palazuelo’s paintings were also one of the most relevant references for this house.In the Greek regulations, volumes can’t exceed ten meters long and this rule dictates the composition rhythm, always related to the interior spaces. All of them have distinct landscape framing and particularly varied in the amount and intensity of light. Based on a large program we decided to divide the house in two levels: the entrance level being the main house and the lower level the guesthouse, service and staff areas. The house was built following the local construction tradition and the island regulations – those aspects were crucial to the house expression.Save this picture!© Claudio ReisSave this picture!SectionSustainable aspects:This house has a particularly favorable condition from the sustainable point of view: the green roof guarantees with efficiency a constant temperature in the interior, without the need of powerful cooling systems. On the back of the house we incorporated a few patios that are extremely important for both levels ventilation. So we tried to use simple architecture elements to achieve low energy consuming.Save this picture!© Claudio ReisOriginally published on January 21, 2015Project gallerySee allShow lessGerês House / Carvalho AraújoSelected ProjectsTorta da Vila Restaurant / PHENOMENA arquiteturaSelected Projects Share Greece 2014 ArchDaily Architects: Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Ktima House / Camilo Rebelo + Susana MartinsSave this projectSaveKtima House / Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins Photographs Save this picture!© Claudio Reis+ 18Curated by Nico Saieh Share CopyAbout this officeCamilo Rebelo + Susana MartinsOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMies van der Rohe AwardAntiparosIcebergHousesGreecePublished on February 02, 2020Cite: “Ktima House / Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins” 02 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.